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“We can't open this up to our employees, it will pull them away from work."<br />"What about legal implications? The FDA regulates all our communications. An employee can distribute un-reviewed content to the world and we could liable."<br />"We lose control of our brand."<br />Sound Familiar?<br />
Quick, that's a corporate executive talking about what? <br />Blogging? <br />Twitter? <br />Facebook? <br />LinkedIn?<br />Sound Familiar?<br />
The year is 1997 and that's a conversation about email.<br />A Trip Through Time<br />
We won’t have time to check email because we spent a lot of time faxing, reading & writing memos and on the phone. Email reduced our dependencies on these communication channels. <br />Today with the flood of email we all receive, no one has time to Tweet. Done right, Twitter and other social networks reduce the amount of email you send, just as email reduced the number of memos we all typed. <br />Other Parallels<br />
Email is purely a social application and a way to distribute get-rich-quick-scams and pornography. <br />The same thing is said about social media every day. We've all become pretty good at sifting through the garbage and using email as a key part of our work environment.<br />Other Parallels<br />Other Parallels<br />
Email is a fad and a disruptive element that new college grads want.<br />Just like email, Twitter, LinkedIn Groups, Facebook and other social networks have fundamental benefits over other forms of communication.<br />Other Parallels<br />Other Parallels<br />
What is a Social Network?<br />An online meeting place for consumers and influencers <br />to create, <br />share and <br />interact with <br />content.<br />
What is a Social Network?<br /><ul><li>CitySearch
Flickr</li></li></ul><li>Why Social Networks Matter<br />47% of all respondents said they would go to a social networking site to download coupons or search for gift ideas if those services were available;<br />45% said they would visit a social networking site to find out about upcoming sales in stores or discounts on products;<br />22% said they would read or write a product review on a blog. <br />--BrandWeek<br />
Facebook<br />www.facebook.com<br />About<br /><ul><li>Facebook is a social media tool that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. </li></ul>Why<br /><ul><li>Facebook is made up of many networks, each based around a company, region, or school. Join the networks that reflect your real-life communities to learn more about the people who work, live, or study around you.</li></li></ul><li>Facebook and Chamber Goals<br /><ul><li>Listen! Your competitors, vendors, customers and prospects are talking about you, right now.
Start connecting with friends, classmates, neighbors, clients, relatives…</li></li></ul><li>Facebook – Action Items <br /><ul><li>All Chamber employees should have a personal page. (In addition, the Chamber should have a Business Page.)
Link to deep pages or special widgets on Chamber website.</li></li></ul><li>Twitter<br />www.twitter.com<br />About<br /><ul><li>Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives in 140 characters or less.</li></ul>Why<br /><ul><li>You can connect with your customers, follow your competitors and find out what others are saying about you. Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool to promote full posts.</li></li></ul><li>How Can I Use Twitter?<br /><ul><li>To listen! Consumers and the media are talking about you in real time, openly and honestly
Build your profile and start connecting</li></li></ul><li>Action Items for Twitter<br /><ul><li>Go to www.twitter.com
Pick a username (something relevant to you), create a short bio, choose your location, add a link to the Chamber website
Choose who to follow such as your target audience, competition and customers</li></ul>www.twellow.com- twitter directory (6,278 small business owners registered)<br />Use others you know (Chamber employees) to find followers<br /><ul><li>Add links and keywords to your profile</li></ul>www.columbus.org<br />www.liveworkplaycolumbus.com<br />www.columbus.org/member-center<br />http://www.columbus.org/about-columbus/connect-with-young-professionals.php<br />
LinkedIn Action Items<br /><ul><li>If you do NOT have a profile, you need to sign up and create one.
LinkedIn is free to join. With a basic account:</li></ul>Build a professional network of unlimited size<br />Find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates<br />Request and provide recommendations<br />Request up to 5 Introductions at a time<br />Search for and view profiles of other LinkedIn users<br /><ul><li>If you do have a profile, you need to optimize it.</li></ul>Optimize keywords<br />Optimize Links<br />Review WM LinkedIn Guide<br /><ul><li>Once Columbus Chamber group created on LinkedIn, join and invite all employees & friends to join</li></li></ul><li>YouTube<br />www.youtube.com<br />About<br /><ul><li>YouTube is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience.
YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.com and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email.</li></ul>Why<br /><ul><li>Video is one of the fastest growing social media tools
YouTube shows over 100 million videos each day
In the US, 13.5 billion videos are watched online each month
In October 2008, 77% of the total U.S. Internet audience viewed online videos.</li></li></ul><li>Videos<br /><ul><li>Create more videos and promote the videos on YouTube Channel</li></ul>http://www.youtube.com/columbuschamber<br />Working on more ways to get more exposure with new and existing videos<br />Ideas for testimonials, etc.<br />Link to these from other social networks (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook)<br />
Set Clear Goals<br />There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count, and those who can’t<br />
Set Clear Goals<br />Can’t measure “more buzz”<br />Define measurable metrics – 16 media placements, 40 relevant links, increase sales 12%<br />Take baseline metrics before campaign starts<br />SEO metrics, social media metrics<br />Break metrics down into quantifiable goals<br />Mentions in blogs, social networks, links to the site…<br />You can quantify metrics<br />
Determine the Hook<br />Set goals before determining the “hook”<br />Questionnaire to determine need – what gets the participants excited?<br />Examples: free sample, white paper, video, online calculator/application, stunt<br />
Determine Distribution Plan<br />Earn your way into distribution<br />Avoid using the word “free”<br />Look for specialized networks or “celebrity” bloggers that don’t often get pitched<br />Rate the value of each participant and determine the pitch<br />
Determine Distribution Plan<br />Think in terms of most efficient coverage<br />Examples: pitch a blogger, obtain a following on MySpace/Facebook, use tagging sites, Tweet to your target, make new connections on LinkedIn and build a presence on targeted social networks<br />Great Content + Great Distribution=Great Word of Mouth<br />
Case Study: Shizuka New York<br />Located in midtown Manhattan<br />Cosmetology & skin care with “Eastern holistic knowledge”<br />Featured in international media, including Marie Claire, Shape, Vogue, and Harpers Bazaar<br />
Shizuka New York<br />Following Word of Mouth program:<br />Mention on Jay Leno<br />Mention on CNN<br />Home page of CNN.com<br />E! “The Soup”<br />The Hollywood Reporter<br />Featured on the Today Show<br />
We Set Clear Goals<br />Branding and awareness<br />Increased site traffic<br />New clients <br />
Used that Compelling Hook<br />Highlighting “Bird Poop Facials”<br />
Determined the Best Distribution Plan<br />SEO Press Release<br />Blogger Outreach<br />Video<br />Social Networks<br />
Web Results<br />Ice Rocket Web results were at 3,960 at the beginning of May and are now up to 20,700<br />
Summary<br />Create a great hook, you can’t fake it<br />Funny<br />Useful<br />Outrageous<br />Taboo<br />Find the right mix of complementary channels<br />Measure results<br />
Get Social Today<br />Attendance and enthusiasm are half the game<br />Dedicate time to making this work<br />Bring wine<br />Seek first to understand, then to be understood<br />The conversation is going on right now, the only decision is if you will be involved<br />