San Jose Earthquakes Partner with FanKave for Fan Interaction Platform

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The Silicon Valley based company has created a unique messaging and engagement solution for Quakes fans, bringing them together around virtual watch parties with experts, player AMA sessions, and fan contests

The partnership with FanKave is another leap forward for the San Jose Earthquakes club in its efforts to provide fans with a wealth of social media interaction, both with the team and with each other --Dave Kaval, President, SJ Earthquakes

What happens if you can’t make it to Avaya Stadium for the match, or if the Quakes are on the road? Where can a fan satisfy their need for interaction with both Quakes players and with other like-minded fans?

FanKave, a messaging-based fan engagement platform, is enabling the Quakes organization to bring their fans together inside an interactive community. The platform offers the opportunity for fans to get their desired interaction through live game chat, aggregated Quakes and Major League Soccer content, real-time curated social media feeds, and exclusive Q&A interaction with players, coaches, and other personalities.

As noted by KPCB’s 2015 Internet Trends, chat and messaging are essential to the next “breed” of social networks and a key layer to any meaningful digital offering. FanKave aspires to be the technology enabler of next generation messaging and interaction platforms for professional teams and sports leagues.

“By creating a digital hub for fans to connect and engage, we are enabling teams to build true fan communities.” - Raja Gopal, Co-founder, FanKave

Currently, sports teams are forced to reach fans on multiple social networks and still get minimal engagement as their voice gets lost in the crowded social streams. From the fans’ perspective, this experience is fragmented- scattered across multiple apps and many different social networks. FanKave addresses the problem by offering an engagement platform for teams, delivered in a SaaS (Software as a Service) model for their digital assets, enabling a true fan community.

The #Quakes74 FanKave is available on the free mobile app, offering fans the ability to chat live during games and interact with players through organized AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions. Soon, FanKave will launch the solution so that it is accessible from the official Quakes website, making it available on both desktop and mobile.

“The San Jose Earthquakes have strived to become one of the most technologically advanced sports organizations in the world,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. “The partnership with FanKave is another leap forward for the club in its efforts to provide fans with a wealth of social media interaction, both with the team and with each other.”

About FanKave:
A sport technology startup located in Mountain View, FanKave was built by three co-founders, and friends, who are passionate sports fans. The founding team has multiple years of experience in creating and launching successful products in both startups and large tech companies. The FanKave app is available for free on iPhone and Android devices and will be available on the web in its next release. For more info: http://www.fankave.com/dl

About San Jose Earthquakes:
The San Jose Earthquakes are one of 20 teams in Major League Soccer. The club won MLS Cups in 2001 and 2003 and took home Supporters’ Shields in 2005 and 2012. They are led by 2012 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player Chris Wondolowski, one of the most prolific goal scorers in league history. The club opened its new home, Avaya Stadium, in 2015. The stadium holds 18,000 fans and is one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in MLS. The organization was originally founded in 1974 and was one of 10 charter members of MLS when the league began in 1996. The club’s non-profit arm, the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, focuses on health and fitness initiatives for underserved youth in the Bay Area. For more information about the Earthquakes, log on to http://www.sjearthquakes.com

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