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Archives — November 2013

After an informal poll, it seems 33% of Hudlies think Christmas cheer is allowed to begin well before Turkey Day (i.e., the day after Halloween). That number may not be the majority, but we think it’s enough to justify listing ways in which the holidays are awesome today - the day before Thanksgiving.

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Even if your offseason has already started, there are a handful of Playbook updates worth checking out – from a tiny change in drawing tools, to a whole new way of seeing your plays in action. Football may be over, but the feedback never stops, and neither should the updates.

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Tyler Deboer isn’t the chattiest Hudlie. Which is fine, because he doesn’t work in support, so it’s not like he has to answer calls and talk to coaches all the time. But we do wish he spoke up just a little more, because anytime he does, it’s great. If you know anyone with a really dry sense of humor, Tyler’s is drier. You may think that’s impossible. It’s not.

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This time of year, every year, we get a handful of calls from coaches concerned about keeping game film safe during the offseason. With each person’s login providing so much access to your team’s library, those concerns are perfectly understandable – especially as players’ careers come to an end and their Hudl responsibilities change.

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Updates to our mobile apps are usually sporadic, and typically apply to only iOS or Android, not both. But this week is different. This week is monumental. This week, we have multiple updates for both iOS and Android devices. We took a look at all of the feedback we received from coaches and players, and made sure everyone got a little something out of our latest releases.

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Here at Hudl, we love fall for many reasons: days fly by with hundreds of support calls, football games are playing on every TV in the office daily, and the chilly weather has made the Keurig provided by our office managers that much better. Now that fall sports are coming to an end, one may think the Hudlies are disappointed.

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Listen, we know coaches and players love watching film and preparing for next week the second the clock hits zero, but there’s another group that also loves to check out their performance. We’re talking about you, officials. We haven’t forgotten about you and we know the best way for you to take advantage of Hudl, and keep you and the crew on top of your game.

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Erin Wacker is very Nebraskan. We’re not just saying that because she was born and raised in a small Nebraska town before attending the University of Nebraska. And not because she knows how to handle cold weather. And definitely not because the Huskers are her favorite football team, because duh.

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Earlier this month, our Coach Swap adventures came to an end in the nation’s capital where Kyle, Erik, Jason M. and I witnessed the long-standing rivalry between Oakton High School and Westfield High School. We scheduled our visit around a rematch of last year’s Regional Championship, which Oakton won 24-16. Oakton, located in Vienna, Va., came into this year’s match-up 4-4 on the year.

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After six stops and 4,808 miles traveled, we are happy to say we exceeded expectations on our first ever basketball-focused Hudl Up Tour. More than 300 coaches helped us break new ground and refreshed their Hudl skills before hitting the hardwood this winter. Our attendees on both the high school and collegiate level ranged from beginners to advanced users.

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High school football is what the American sports culture is all about. There’s something special about a crisp Friday night in the fall. As communities across the country come together to cheer on their teams, Hudl is hard at work making sure everything is ready to go for coaches and athletes to start breaking down film after the game. We love being a part of it. The passion around high school football is felt every week in our offices. It drives us to be better at our jobs, because after all, we’re fans too.

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Ian Anderson has red hair. It’s an undeniable fact. While pop culture loves to poke fun at people like Ian, we see it as one of many reasons to love him. In fact, Ian’s nickname around the office is Sweet Ginge – “Ginge” for short. As far as we know, he’s come to embrace it. Which is great, because even if he didn’t like, not a lot of people actually know his real name. So “Ginge” is here to stay, but where did he come from?

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Sometimes change can be a little scary. Especially when big changes are made to something you use all the time, like the Hudl Exchanges page. Considering the regular season is almost over – or totally over in some states – your Exchanges page has had its fair share of visits in 2013.

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We all love the cloud that Hudl offers, but it gets tricky when game film is the only category with unlimited storage. So every season we’re left with the task of managing the space consumed by other playlists. Fortunately, there are a few different ways to deal with that never ending storage dilemma.

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With the exception of our new basketball tools on iOS devices, it’s been a while since we made some big updates to the Hudl mobile app, and we jump at any opportunity to show Android users the love they deserve. (Contrary to popular belief, you have the same rights as the rest of the mobile world.)

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And just like that, support falls off a cliff. Well, it wasn’t quite that dramatic of a drop, but it was nice to catch a breather in October. As usual, let’s talk some numbers.

We took only 8,463 calls last month, which was almost 5,000 less than September. Looking back at 2012, our numbers have been down all football season in terms of support calls. August through October of 2012 saw us take 41,776 calls. Those same three months in 2013 only saw us take 34,709.

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Levi Nelson is a pretty cool guy. That’s really the simplest way to encompass his level of cool. We could talk about how he’s dominated his role as a product designer since joining Hudl in February, but with how creative and dedicated he is - don’t even get us started on his #realtalk prowess - we’d be here for days.

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