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Online Marketing in the Energy Industry

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"Online Marketing in the Energy Industry" provides energy marketing execs a business case for online marketing and a roadmap for planning and execution of online marketing campaigns. The presentation also discusses how the energy industry can use social media as a marketing platform to build their brand and engage customers.

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Online Marketing in the Energy Industry

  1. 1. Online Marketing in the Energy Industry August 2009 1
  2. 2. Setting Expectations This presentation IS NOT…   A deep dive into online media   A thesis on why social media matters   A compilation of things you already know This presentation DOES seek to…   Explain why the Web is great for energy marketing   Provide a Roadmap for incorporating digital into your mix   Discuss Social Media plays, dry holes and best practices 2
  3. 3. Why Energy Companies Should Invest Online Web plays a key role in how we do business   How we do research   How we stay informed   How we communicate Your online presence represents:   Who you are   What you do   How you differentiate Digital media offers compelling advantages   Able to Target, Engage and Interact   Measurable, Affordable, Accountable 3
  4. 4. Implications for Energy Marketers Customers are now in control   “Push” tactics don’t work   Customer choose when & how " they engage Customers have high expectations   They expect to find “it” quickly " and easily Customers have more choices   Competitors are only clicks away The marketplace is changing. We need to adapt. 4
  5. 5. Online Media… Can be Overwhelming Video E-Mail Search Display and House & 3rdParty Paid + Display Pre-roll email Natural Social Rich, Flash and Tweets, Posts, Blogs, Static Ads Photos, Videos News Sites Search Web Site Social Networks Blog Email Lists So let’s keep it simple! 5
  6. 6. What To Do in Challenging Times? Are you expected to do more with less? If so, it’s a great time to leverage the Web! 6
  7. 7. Here’s One Approach… ??? Mobile Apps Display Video Blog Site Usability Social Search Email However, silos work best on farms 7
  8. 8. Here’s Another Approach: Build a Foundation 1.  Research: find out how customers use the web" - Influencers, decision makers, users, procurement 2. Develop a Business Case for Energy marketing" - Based on trends, customers, competitors, costs 3. Develop an Online Strategy for energy marketing " - See next slide 4. Define Metrics for energy marketing" - Determine how to measure impact Business " Research Strategy Metrics Case 8
  9. 9. Success Begins with a Plan! Create a roadmap that defines: •  Audiences •  Objectives •  Competitive landscape •  Tactics •  Requirements •  Metrics •  Expected results Include key stakeholders in the process! 9
  10. 10. What To Measure? Basic Metrics Engagement metrics   Impressions   % Returning   Clicks   Frequency of visit   Visits   Pages viewed per visit   Page views   Time on site   Actions / Submissions Web 2.0 Metrics   Mentions / Tweets   Posts / Participation   Viewing Content   Sharing / Posting content   Uploading content 10
  11. 11. Assigning Value to Web Metrics 1. Determine how Actions  Intent Action Value Visits Indicates awareness Key Page Views Indicates consideration RFI / Submission Indicates preference Sharing Content Indicates loyalty 2. Forecast how Intent  $$$   Some % who show Intent will buy or recommend   Do the math and apply across each set of actions   Use common sense to normalize results 11
  12. 12. Execution: Build On Your Foundation Focus on objectives, not the Medium ??? Interaction Integration Site Usability Branding Corp Comm. Business " Research Strategy Metrics Case 12
  13. 13. Site Usability / Marketing Effectiveness • Make it easy and intuitive to navigate • Minimize steps to finding what they need • Make it engaging • Use words your customers understand • Tell your story! Your site shapes your Brand. " Make a good impression! 13
  14. 14. Online Branding Awareness alone does " Awareness not drive sales! Consideration Consideration and preference precede purchase decisions Preference Brand marketing works - especially in B2B! Decision $$$ Use online media to build your brand and drive sales! 14
  15. 15. Communications • It’s never been easier to communicate •  Email •  RSS •  Social Media •  Mobile • It’s never been harder to communicate! •  Each requires planning, expertise and resources • Find out how your audiences want to hear from you • Incorporate into your existing programs •  Recruiting •  Product launches •  Trade shows 15
  16. 16. Interaction: the Silver Bullet? • New Web architecture makes it easy to interact •  Sites, groups, tools •  Real-time web is the next new thing • Creates a new set of challenges •  Legal, resources, duties, guidelines • Keys to interaction: •  Monitoring mentions •  Listening to your community •  Engaging your audiences •  Being transparent Think: Telephone vs. a Megaphone 16
  17. 17. Integrated Approach = Superior ROI Integrated Program Coordinated planning and execution is a must 17
  18. 18. A Few Words on Social Media… What the *#@!*? 18
  19. 19. 5 Reasons to Embrace Social Media 1. You are already involved in Social Media   Your employees are doing it   Discussions about your brand are taking place   If you participate you can shape outcomes 2. Comparative advantages   Word of mouth is #1 influencer of purchases   Requires minimal spend 3. Revenue growth   Among top 100 Brands, those who utilize social media saw 18% lift in revenue (Altimeter / Wet Paint 2009) 19
  20. 20. 5 Reasons to Embrace Social Media 4. Effective for Energy Marketing:   Inbound marketing   Recruiting   Employee relations / culture   Community relations   Investor relations   Crisis / corporate communications 5. Search Engine Rankings!   Used properly, can produce great results!   See example on next slide 20
  21. 21. Case Study: Social Media Drives Search Using social media, I have 3 of top 4 listings for “social media business case” 21
  22. 22. Social Media Pitfalls   Rush to action without a plan   Lack of objectives and measurement   Failing to engage audiences   Limited Reach 22
  23. 23. Q’s to Ask to Avoid Social Media Pitfalls   Focus: who are you targeting? Objectives? •  Define audiences and identify influencers •  Set reasonable (conservative) expectations   Media: which PLATFORMS should you use?   Engagement: how to LISTEN and INTERACT? •  Who will create, review and post content? •  Content guidelines: media, voice, frequency? •  How will you respond to negative comments? 23
  24. 24. Avoiding Social Media Pitfalls (cont.)   Reach: how will you promote your program? •  Online, email, offline, PR, word of mouth •  How will you build your network?   Resources: what is needed; what will it cost? •  People, process, assets, tools, etc.   Metrics: how will you measure success? •  What metrics will you use? •  What tools will you use? •  What will constitute success? 24
  25. 25. Sample Report - Buzz Volume Trended Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 This is an example of a buzz volume - trended chart. This chart can be used to see how conversation changes over time for a particular brand or topic. This report allows a researcher to drill into the conversations and determine what topics are driving these discussions 25
  26. 26. Sample Report – Buzz Volume Cross Topic Buzz Volume, Cross-Topic: Client vs. Competitors (source: Nielsen Online) This is an example of a buzz volume cross topic chart. Topics that are driving conversation around a brand can be measured in terms of volume as well as the sub-topics associated with each of these brands. 26
  27. 27. Worst and Best Practices in Energy Marketing Worst Practices Best Practices Chasing shiny new objects Business case One-off efforts Strategic Plan Hunting Fishing Shouting Listening and Interacting Silo approach Holistic / integrated approach Unrealistic Expectations Under-promise, Over-deliver Empire building Outsource expertise 27
  28. 28. In Closing… Online represents a significant opportunity to:   Build your brand   Improve ROI from budget   Engage and interact Maximize Opportunities   Foundational approach   Strategic, integrated plan   Complement existing programs   Capitalize on social media Let’s stay in touch!   Check out my blog at   Follow me on Twitter @stevelatham   Find me on Facebook, LinkedIn and SlideShare 28
  29. 29. About the Presenter Steve Latham is the founder and CEO of Spur Interactive, a strategic interactive marketing agency. In this role, Steve has planned and managed successful campaigns for leading brands, including ConocoPhillips, FedEx Kinko's, Southwest Airlines and The Scooter Store, to name a few. Steve is an accomplished industry lecturer and an active member of the business and non-profit community. Steve’s articles on interactive strategies have been published by MediaPost, iMedia Connection and Marketing News. He has been quoted in PR Week, Fortune and Steve received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from the University of Oklahoma. 29