London 2012 Olympics delivers two record-breaking weeks for

Date: 14.08.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.53
Category: BBC Worldwide Sports section celebrates a 76% rise in traffic

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BBC Worldwide today revealed that international sports fans seeking the latest high-quality, comprehensive and in depth analysis on all the latest news from London 2012 Olympics helped to drive record figures to’s Olympics coverage; with the sites dedicated sports and Olympic sections being the outstanding winners. 

  • A record 1.6 million unique users visited the Sports section daily, equating to a 76% rise and a total of 15 million (ex UK) unique users over the course of the games. 
  • Traffic to’s Olympic site doubled that of Beijing 2008.
  • 12 million unique users visited’s Olympic section throughout the games.

Other highlights for the desktop and mobile site include:

  • Traffic to homepage doubled - homepage attracted an average 1.7 million daily unique users (ex UK), double its usual performance.
  • 4.8 million visited the desktop site daily during the games, an uplift of 38%.
  • 60 % increase in traffic to the mobile website and a 25% increase to the BBC News app.

James Montgomery, Controller of Digital & Technology for BBC Global News said: “The 2012 Olympic Games proved to be one of the most talked about and celebrated sporting events of the calendar this year.  We are delighted with the volume of traffic has received throughout the games and all credit goes to the and Sport teams.  Everyone worked tirelessly to ensure sports fans across the globe had the opportunity to celebrate every record-breaking moment of over 10,000 athletes participating from 205 countries, be it via their desktop or mobile devices.”

Localised and relevant user experience:

Throughout the London 2012 Olympics, fans accessing on their desktop and mobile devices in all participating countries were able to follow all the latest news from their national teams thanks to the inclusion of GEO IP targeting, ensuring they received the most relevant news first.  For instance fans in the USA could check out news titled ‘Team USA Headlines’ This function complemented live text commentary reports, news updates from across the games on other teams, including the latest analysis, reporting across all events, fixtures, medals table and a host of video and audio clips.

The medals table proved to be most the popular page across  The USA and Canada contributed 30% of traffic to the medal table page, whilst users in France and New Zealand spent more than double the amount of time visiting the medals page than the rest of, during the games. also enjoyed an increase of audience engagement from the next host nation and winners of 17 medals, Brazil.   During the games traffic from users in Brazil surged to 12%, up from an average 1%.  The strong performances of China and South Korea dominated the news agenda early on in the games and resulted in an increase of 70% of traffic from China to the Sports website compared to the average, and South Korea contributed 50% more traffic to the site, also compared to the average. 

Increased social engagement: also saw some real successes in terms of social media engagement during the Olympics, for example, the virility of the ‘Your Athlete Body Match’ story, which gained 20% of its traffic from social referrals (compared to a site average of 4%).

Users were also offered the opportunity to tailor their experience to include five ‘favourites’, be they teams, sports or athletes to follow online.  Through simply clicking on the ‘Olympic favourite’ tab at the top of the page, users could build up their five tabs and enjoy easy access to a host of updates all  of which can be shared with their friends via Facebook, Twitter and email.

Within’s Olympic section the most read athlete page was Usain Bolt, closely followed by Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin.  The most popular sports were athletics, football and swimming.

For more information, please contact:

Cassandra Power, BBC Worldwide, Digital Communications Manager 020 8443 1525



(Statistics Source: Omiture. Daily average based on 5th Feb-July 25th 2012.  Beijing statistics based on Omniture DoP.

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