UMES ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES IMPROVEMENTS TO UMESHAWKS.COM
March 26, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Department of Athletics is pleased to announce new revisions to umeshawks.com, the official website of Hawk Athletics. UMES is excited that they now offer a new mobile-optimized site as well as a partnership with SpotOn.it, who upgraded the calendar functionality and made it easier for fans to track the Hawks' events.
"I am thrilled that we can offer these improvements to our site," said G. Stan Bradley, Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs. "We always want to improve and do things better and we always want to keep our fans in touch with Hawk Athletics. Both of these new improvements do just that."
The new mobile website, which has been active for a few weeks now and can be viewed on all mobile devices, is the result of the partnership between UMES Athletics and CBS Interactive Advanced Media, who hosts umeshawks.com. Fans don't have to do anything new; the mobile device will automatically direct fans to the new site and it will still be located at its current mobile URL.
The new sites offer a "significantly improved mobile experience, featuring a redesigned look with improved functionality and more related content, aligning the mobile experience more closely with the desktop experience. The new mobile redesign also allows greater flexibility and editorial control than ever before," said CBS in a statement.
If the fans prefer, they can still access the desktop version via a link included in the footer of each page. The redesigned sites will also now allow partners to have a greater vision into their brand performance across platforms.
CBS Interactive Advanced Media produces the redesigned mobile site in-house, and will have the ability to continually refine and perfect the mobile experience for UMES fans.
UMES Athletics also partnered with SpotOn.it, who is working with CBS schools to upgrade calendar functionality across the school's website. The new product allows fans to add any of the UMES Hawks' athletic teams' schedules to their digital calendars, which include Outlook, Yahoo, Google, iCal and Facebook. The schedules, once installed, automatically update if game times, date changes, or updates occur. Fans also have one-click access to tickets from within the calendar.
"UMES Athletics is happy with our partnership with SpotOn.it to bring the Hawk faithful downloadable game schedules on our website," said Bradley. "Simply visit the schedule page of your favorite sport or our all-encompassing calendar page, and click the Add to Calendar button to automatically add upcoming game dates to your phone, email and social media alerts. Hawk fans will never miss a moment of the action with this new tool."