WagerWire, a first-of-its-kind marketplace for active sports bets, announced that it has formally launched it’s media division in tandem with a new Community Page on its website, which will be home to unique insights, viewpoints and written commentaries created by members of its rapidly growing community. The site will also host proprietary tools like its “Bet Value Calculator,” which instantly calculates the fair market value of any bet.
The mantra of WagerWire’s Community is to create content “for fans, by fans.” Through a platform built on mutual support between creators, @WagerWire attracted a talented and rapidly expanding base of micro-influencers bringing tens of millions of impressions per month to the brand’s platform. The company’s newly launched Community Page hosts video, audio and written content covering game previews and recaps, hot storylines in sports, wild betting action, and fan pontifications.
WagerWire’s live Twitter Spaces shows have a fresh spontaneous quality, with Hall of Fame athletes regularly making surprise pop-ins, such as recent guests Lavar Arrington, Cardale Jones, Ed Latimore, and more. During these audio shows, community members interview athletes and other notable personalities in the sports industry about their careers, and discuss insights and stats, while swapping sports takes and betting picks. WagerWire’s current slate includes “Executive Football Talk” hosted by former NY Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and legendary sports executive David Meltzer, multiple NBA, NHL and MLB shows, as well as the “Mental Health Zone” and “Queen’s Round Table.”
The company is also rolling out their Bet Value Calculator tool engineered with their proprietary technology to show users the real market value of their bet, and allowing them to compare these values to the cash out offer from their sportsbook. WagerWire logs this data to chart the pulse of the landscape. They have found users regularly reporting cash out offers in the 50% range of market value, which they feel further demonstrates the need for a free and open marketplace. WagerWire is also leveraging its in-house data team to supercharge content generation by finding narratives within the numbers, turning each bet into a story.
The WagerWire community has quickly grown to over 20,000 active participants and become one of the most engaged communities on social media. So far in 2023 their Twitter has garnered 8.5M impressions and 2,100 daily profile visits. Their TikTok videos have captured 500k views and 75k likes in the first two weeks of March alone.
“The new movement in social media is all about community,” said WagerWire’s content manager Nick Davis, known as @spoonofzeke on Twitter. “Recent years have isolated sports fans and bettors and sent them to the internet in search of something. What we have found is that users are looking for mutual engagement. We have put a significant amount of time into the community letting them know that we see them, we want to know more about them and we want to elevate their content.”
The network is headed up by WagerWire’s Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Travis Geiger. Prior to co-founding WagerWire, Geiger graduated from the UCLA film school and spent more than a decade in Hollywood TV and film production.
“The current sports betting media landscape is uninspiring for sports fans and bettors. The status quo is basically a stale sea of so-called experts telling people what to do. WagerWire is disrupting this monotony by injecting some democracy,” Geiger said. “People want to be invited to be a part of something. They want to engage and to be engaged with. They crave an interactive and honest way to connect with the brands with whom they choose to spend their time and money.”
Geiger sees a unique opportunity for the company to educate and empower the millions of people who will begin their gambling journey over the next few years as the tidal wave of legalization continues.
“When it comes to educating bettors, sportsbooks have an inherent conflict of interest in the eyes of the public — because they’ve built their empires on losses,” Geiger said. “WagerWire is different. We are proud to have been embraced by sports fans and bettors of all experience levels. We are excited to platform the explosive creativity of our grassroots community across all mediums including our app and newly launched site.”
WagerWire first came onto the scene when announcing its seed round in July 2022 from the likes of Miami Marlins co-owner Roger Ehrenberg (IA Sports Ventures and Eberg Capital), Betr & Simplebet founder Joey Levy, and NBA All-Star Richard Jefferson, among others.