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10/15/2009   Defining Brands’ Role in the Twitterverse
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              1. Who’s using Twitter and how?


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  • Everyone is talking about Twitter at the moment. Whether it is for social/political reasons such as the plane crash on the Hudson in early 2009, the G20 summit in London or the Iran election, or even for lighter reasons such as Stephen Fry being trapped on a lift or even Jordan and Peter Andre splitting up, Twitter is the place to be talking and let your opinion be heard.
  • At the moment, there is already a wide range of brands using Twitter…
  • …but most are still working out how to use it in a successful way. A good example of ‘how not to use twitter’ is Habitat, that started using Twitter by tagging their posts with unrelated trend topics at the moment, causing indignation of some twitter users.
  • Bearing in mind that Twitter is a hot topic at the moment, and that there is so much we don’t know about it yet, we have conducted a piece of research with the objective of understanding who is using twitter and how they are using it. Also, we wanted to understand what are brands doing with Twitter and what users think of their presence, and subsequently what are the rules of engagement for brands in the twitterverse.
  • To try to achieve our objectives we had 2 approaches: qualitative and quantitative.For qualitative approach, we recruited 40 respondents from across the UK to take part in Face to Face and online focus groups. We also did a couple of paired interviews online using webcams.With ages varying between 18 to 35+ years old, our respondents were split according to their prior experience of twitter (long term and new users) and if they were following brands before being recruited (half were already following brands when we recruited them).We also asked our respondents to follow a list of 5 brands during the week prior to the discussion groups taking place.
  • The quantitative methodology for our study consisted of two parts:User behaviour was analyzed using a random sample of 3,000 UK based Twitter users gathered from search results over a period of a week and a half.Brand Message tracking was utilized to analyze the transmission of messages throughout a network. Messages were analyzed from an origin page (one of a selected group of UK brands) throughout the surrounding network (the brand’s followers and subsequently out) to see what messages were passed on and how often.
  • If we look at ComScore figures, when compared with other social networks, Twitter seems to be more popular amongst older internet users, as well as stronger in London.Interestingly, as we’ll see later on, a good part of all twitter users are accessing it through applications. Comscore does not track application data, so it is fair to assume this popularity amongst londoners and older internet users is in reality even higher, since this group is also more likely to be iPhone/blackberry owners, therefore accessing Twitter through applications.
  • Twitter’s nature makes it more for non-friends, allowing respondents to feel free to write what they want on it.It also allows users to have less rigid rules when it comes to following/being followed.In general, twitter users are open to follow people they haven’t met: Celebrities Like minded people Business people Interesting and relevant people
  • From our research, we found out that there are 2 different types of twitter users:Active Tweeters: login and post frequently, and contribute highly to twitter’s content.Passive Tweeters: post infrequently, read more than they tweet. Use twitter mainly as an information resource, and not so much to contribute with their own content.Aprox. 30% twitter users are Active Tweeters, accounting for 2/3 total tweets. This means that the majority of twitter users are Passive Tweeters, but the most tweets are generated by Active Tweeters.
  • We also looked into different types of tweets. Roughly, conversational tweets (@replies) represent half of total number of tweets. This indicates that twitter is also being used as a conversational tool between users.Even though only a small percentage of Twitter content is being re-tweeted, if we compared it with other types of content available (whether it is online, TV, press or other media), tweets have one of the highest rates of being passed through.
  • Heavy active users are tweeting more times a day than average tweeter, while some users are not tweeting at all. While for general twitter users the number of tweets per day seems to be steady from day one, active tweeters seem to fall in love with twitter when they join, tweeting very frequently on their first days. The tweet frequency tails off after aprox. 2 months for heavy users, but they continue to tweet more frequently than everyone else.
  • If we look at Twitter usage pattern during the day, we can assume that it is being used as a form of entertainment, being primarily used in the evening.Twitter usage throughout the day is very similar to general social network usage, increasing during the day and peaking in the evening, unlike overall internet usage that seems to be higher during the day.
  • As mentioned before, Twitter can also be accessed through a range of different applications, browser or mobile based.Only 43% of our network used twitter through it’s website. This means that the majority are using applications that comscore is not tracking at the moment, once again meaning that the number of twitter users are likely to be higher that comscore indicates. Therefore, there is potential for advertisers to forge links with applications, using it to target consumers.It is worth mentioning that at least 20% are using mobile applications. This seems to reinforce the idea we got from our qual groups, that due to twitter’s nature (easy and quick to access) it is more likely to be used on the go than other social networks.
  • The way twitter is designed provides a low barrier to creation. It is simple to use and open, allowing users to use it in a more flexible way. The only limitation is the 140 character limit, that users can use however they want to.There is no template on how to use it, as we have with other social networks, where we have defined areas to post comments, photos, etc. Users can use their imagination to take advantage of the fact that it is an open source and they can use it in several different ways.
  • This means that there is a diverse range of uses, which continues to evolve.In our research, we have identified 4 main ways of using Twitter, that range from a more active to a more passive usage of twitter.Self ExpressionNetworkingEntertainmentInfo Sourcing
  • When it comes to search function on twitter, it is still relatively unused at the moment, but there is potential to grow.Our respondents are starting to use twitter for opinion gauging, real time news, getting views from real people and crowd sourcing. Some respondents were using it to find real people opinion about movies, gigs they went to or to get live updates on particular events (such as G20 summit, for example).
  • Twitter offers a range of different functions, some overlapping with existent social networks (such as Facebook) and some quite unique to Twitter.Facebook is all about communication with friends and people you know. Similarly, twitter is also used for self expression (a bit like Facebook status) but it is much more about networking with people with common interests, not necessarily friends or family.Twitter also offers what we call ‘social search’, a positioning that is more related to Google, but being different in the fact that it is real time search, provided by ‘real people’.Twitter is quite unique, and the way it works seems to allow it to offer things that Facebook and Google don’t.
  • To date, brands have broadly taken 4 approaches: Values in Action, Brand Engagement, Sales Promotions and Customer Support. All these 4 approaches are utterly dependent on consumer ‘pull’, since consumers have to make the decision to start following brands to start with.In our research we focus on a few brand pages that illustrates these 4 approaches:Values in action: InnocentBrand Engagement: Compare the MarketSales Promotions: British AirwaysCustomer Support: O2Next we’ll look in more detail at each one of the brand feeds and learn what our respondents thought about it.
  • Respondents appreciated tone, that reflected brands personality, and that made them feel as if there was a real person behind brand’s tweetsInnocent using it to gather feedback from consumers regarding the company & to explain its position (used it to explain rationale for Coke stake) was also very appreciated by our respondents
  • Twitter’s quirkiness is good for characters and is suitable to provide brand entertainment. Some of our respondents that enjoyed the TV campaign were already following the tweet feed – those who weren’t didn’t see it as an intrusion since it is their own choice to follow it or not.It’s also a good vehicle to extend life of a campaign to those who liked it, without irritating those who didn’t.
  • Broadly speaking, respondents are open to learn about offers, but they expect to be rewarded if they follow a brand that uses this approach on twitter, as opposed to use site comparison sites, for example. They expect special offers.Most people don’t want to receive this type of tweets all year round, so generally will follow sporadically (only at specific times when thinking about travelling) or use search function to look for deals. So, this is evidence that number of followers is not the only measure of success on twitter. This approach is more likely to be RT
  • Respondents felt there was a human feeling to this approach, they enjoyed the fact that the brand actually replied to user’s queries. But, they wouldn’t like if a brand didn’t reply to them, as they think that is very negative. So, depending on the number of followers, this can easily escalate, as brands must make sure they reply to their users, to avoid the risk of getting negative reactions.As in the previous approaches, respondents would prefer to search through the tweet feed instead of following the brand continuously. Again, number of followers is not always equal to success.
  • The simple nature of Twitter’s design, means that changes to the service are constantly evolving through user convention. With the only limits being the length of the tweet, use has evolved to include linked multimedia content (easily provided by sites such as Twitpic) and message conventions such as “RT” or Re-tweeting. Through Re-tweeting, users can give credit to where passed on content has come from, while sharing it with all of their followers. This is profoundly powerful on Twitter as the entirety of a Tweet can be passed on to others (due to the entire message being concise, with external linking trying other content in).
  • Through users Re-tweeting messages to others, paths of message transmission are formed within a network. As shown above, network analysis can help us to identify which messages transmit throughout the network and how far they move. In the example above, a brand message about a sale can move from the brand’s direct followers (in red) to subsequent followers through reposting and then further on. The network analysis conducted within the study utilized custom software to track both explicit Re-tweets (those tagged with RT) and implied Re-tweets (where the message is kept consistent, but the RT tag hasn’t been applied).
  • Factors effecting possible WOM pass-on rates included amount of direct followers and message activity. High follower brands, allowing for a large base of guaranteed views and possible pass-ons, included Innocent drinks and Aleksandr Orlov (the mascot from Comparethemarket’s current campaign). High activity brands, allowing for more opportunities for message pass-ons, included O2’s main page, Howie’s cardigan and Aleksandr Orlov.
  • After analyzing brand messages and their pass-on rates, it was found that promotional tweets (such as the ones offered by Dell Outlet UK and British Airways) fared the best in being passed on by users. Both BA and Dell were average in their follower counts and message activity, indicating that the user preference to pass on promotional content is relatively strong and may be a strong indicator of pass-on adoption.
  • Averaging the reach of all the brand’s messages, it was found that pass on generates 6% of all reach for a brand on Twitter. Reach generated by pass-on is inherently minimized due to the guaranteed viewing of a message by a brand’s direct followers.In the best example of message pass-on, Dell Outlet UK’s messages were found to generate 11% of their reach through pass-on, with 8% of views coming from users reached one level from the brand. This illustrates the potential for pass-on reach as a smaller group of users in level 1 were able to pass-on the tweet to their larger follower base. While the majority of views occur almost wholly within the first two levels of a brand’s network, examples of messages going further were found throughout the study. One extreme example was found in Howie’s cardigan, which, seemingly due to its motivated network of users, passed on a message to 7 levels from the brand.
  • As brand’s move to interact with Twitter, its important to remember some key points. Establishing a brand presence on Twitter is the start of a conversation, not the end of an effort. Be aware of what people are saying about your brand on Twitter and join the conversation in a constructive manner. As Twitter’s search functionality becomes more prominent, the entirety of your public communications within the network become available, meaning that the relationship between you and Twitter users exist both in current communication and in those users searching your previous messages. Successful Twitter usage for brands includes fostering an interactive relationship, aligning brand values with the tone and content of communication and being aware of the overall network surrounding a brand presence.
  • Whilst Twitter can be a vital component, it needs to be considered within the wider context of a social media strategy
  • So here are ½ a dozen rules for engagement for brands to bear in mind when approaching marketing on Twitter – these also apply more broadly to all social media marketing
  • People choose to ‘follow’ so you must give them a reason to follow you and maintain that value to your followers
  • Twitter can be used effectively to complement you wider marketing activity and maintain engagement between other bursts of activity
  • Be genuine – Twitter is a human relationship and is public and permanent
  • Twitter is a ongoing relationship so don’t go cold on people at the end of a marketing campaign. Treat it as an ongoing platform for engagement.
  • Manage your level of activity carefully, respond to people but don’t batch send updates as this feels automated and cold
  • KPI’s should bear in mind more that just your direct number of followers. As we have found messages can successfully transmit many layers out and hit rich seams of influence beyond your followers.
  • Broadly speaking brands should listen before engaging in order to effectively develop a suitable approach to participation that can lead to an ongoing platform for advocacy.
  • Talk to us about how Mindshare can conduct bespoke research for your brand and develop a strategic approach to Twitter and your broader approach to social marketing.
  • Transcript of "Mindshare Ispy Twitter Research"

    1. 1. 1 10/15/2009 Defining Brands’ Role in the Twitterverse iSpy Wave 5
    2. 2. 10/15/2009 2 Monthly Unique Visitors UK (m) 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 3,500 4,000 0 Feb-2008 Mar-2008 Apr-2008 May-2008 Jun-2008 Jul-2008 Aug-2008 Sep-2008 Oct-2008 captured the digital zeitgeist Nov-2008 Dec-2008 Jan-2009 Feb-2009 Mar-2009 Apr-2009 Twitter has seen spectacular growth in 2009 & May-09 Jun-09 9.1% users Internet Source: ComScore, June 2009
    3. 3. 3 10/15/2009 A wide range of brands are starting to use Twitter
    4. 4. 4 10/15/2009 But most are still working out how to use it
    5. 5. 5 10/15/2009 Our research objectives 1. Who’s using Twitter and how? 2. What are brands doing with Twitter and what do users think of their presence? 3. What are the rules of engagement for brands in the Twitterverse?
    6. 6. 6 10/15/2009 Methodology - Qualitative 40 respondents from across UK • Face to Face & online focus groups • Online paired interviews with webcams Split evenly by: • Age group (18-24, 25-34, 35+) • Prior experience of Twitter (Long term & new users) • Prior following of brands (½ already following) Pre-task to follow brands Fieldwork Apr-May 2009
    7. 7. 7 10/15/2009 Methodology - Quantitative 1. User behaviour sample • A random sample of 3,000 drawn from UK based users • Analysis of tweets to identify usage behaviour 3rd Level Follower 3rd Level Follower 2. Brand Message Tracking • Analysis of networked message 2nd Level Follower dissemination 2nd Level Follower • Brands tracked included: • O2, BA, Thomas Cook, Innocent, Howie‟s, Dell, Andrex & 2nd Level Follower Comparethemarket.com • 95,000 users & 4m tweets
    8. 8. 8 10/15/2009 Who’s using Twitter and how?
    9. 9. 9 Twitter particularly strong in London and amongst older internet users 10/15/2009 19% 14% 14% 12% 48% 49% 53% 46% 40% 35% 38% 39% 16% 18% 23% 24% 54% 52% 51% 47% 35% 31% 18% 23% Twitter Facebook Bebo MySpace Twitter Facebook Bebo MySpace 15-24 25-34 35-54 55+ Males Females 66% 71% 69% 84% 34% 29% 31% 16% Twitter Facebook Bebo MySpace London Rest of UK Source: ComScore, June 2009
    10. 10. 10 Twitter network is much more open than other social networks 10/15/2009 1000+ 5% Number of Followers 501-1000 0-10 5% 11% 251-500 11-50 9% 32% 101-250 20% 51-100 18% • Less following of friends and family • More of interesting strangers / celebrities / information sources • So, less personal yet more open content is tweeted ‘Very different for me...facebook is about mates and ‘Twitter doesn’t have all your random school friends so twitter is about thoughts and opinions and your you can say a lot more without thinking about how interests’ people are judging you’ ’ (NU 35+) ’ (NU 18-24) Source: Mindshare Twitter Network Analysis
    11. 11. 11 10/15/2009 Top 30% of users account for 2/3 of tweets 100% 90% 80% 70% % Contribution 60% ‘I like the idea of random blurbs and thoughts put out 50% Active • Login and post frequently there to millions’ (LG 18-24) Tweeters 40% 30% • Post infrequently ‘i like the fact that it seems • Read more than they quite simple, its not too 20% Passive tweet challenging. but also a great Tweeters • Use it as information way of getting instant resource updates, a bit like RSS’ (LG 10% 25-34) 0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Active % Users Tweeters Passive Tweeters Source: Mindshare Twitter Network Analysis
    12. 12. 12 Even split between ‘broadcast’ and ‘conversational’ tweets 10/15/2009 60,000 Volume of tweets within network Jan-Jun 2009 50,000 40,000 Number Tweets 30,000 20,000 10,000 0 01/01/2009 01/02/2009 01/03/2009 01/04/2009 01/05/2009 01/06/2009 Tweets: @ Tweets: Re-Tweets: Source: Mindshare Twitter Network Analysis
    13. 13. 13 Tweet frequency drops off after honeymoon period for active users 10/15/2009 90 Average tweets per day by time since joining 80 70 60 Tweets Per Day 50 40 30 20 10 0 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34 37 40 43 46 49 52 55 58 61 64 67 70 73 76 79 82 85 88 91 94 97 100 Days Active Top 10% Average Bottom 10% Source: Mindshare Twitter Network Analysis
    14. 14. 14 Usage patterns mirror social networking, peaking in the evenings 10/15/2009 120 100 Proportion Peak Audience Delivery (%) 80 60 40 20 0 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Time Twitter Internet Social Networks Note: Rebased by peak audience delivery Source: Touchpoints / Mindshare Twitter network analysis
    15. 15. 15 Traditional use through a browser makes up less than half of total Tweets 10/15/2009 TwitterFox twitterfeed 2% 4% Both Mobile & TweetDeck Desktop Applications 17% 31% Twitterrific 3% Browser Other Applications 49% 11% Tweetie Web Browser 6% 43% TwitterFon 4% mobile web 3% twhirl 4% Mobile TwitterBerry Applications 20% 2% txt 1% Source: Mindshare Twitter Network Analysis
    16. 16. 16 Simplicity of Twitter’s protocol opens door to myriad of uses… 10/15/2009
    17. 17. 17 10/15/2009 A diverse range of uses which continue to evolve Active Reasons to use Twitter Passive Information Self Expression Networking Sourcing Entertainment • Stream of • Connecting with • Independent and consciousness like-minded users real time observations or people that work information • Sourcing snippets gathering (akin to in the same of RSS) • „Ambient intimacy‟ business entertainment, cele – connections with brity news, comedy friends • Potential to use as a search tool
    18. 18. 18 Using Twitter for ‘social search’ is likely to grow 10/15/2009 Relatively unused application currently But respondents are starting to use Twitter for: • Opinion gauging • Real time news • Unadulterated views from „real people‟ • Crowd sourcing
    19. 19. 19 Twitter fulfills needs that sit between social networks and search 10/15/2009 Networking Communicating with friends „Static‟ search Entertainment Self-expression Information sourcing Ambient intimacy „social‟ search
    20. 20. So what if… Google buys Twitter? Search on Twitter will get better but the rest of Twitter may largely remain the same Google however incorporate real time search results around which they can sell targeted advertising
    21. 21. 21 10/15/2009 Brand usage of Twitter
    22. 22. 22 To date, brands have broadly taken 4 approaches 10/15/2009 All utterly dependent on consumer „pull‟ Brand Values in Action Sales Promotions Customer Support Engagement •PR tool to interact with •Providing snippets of •Promoting new •Acting as a ‘help desk’ consumers entertainment products, services or providing support to offers consumers •Acting as a •Small moments of spokesperson to distraction to engage •Distributing vouchers demonstrate brand with consumers values •Competitions •Gauging consumer opinion e.g. Compare e.g. British e.g. Innocent e.g. O2 the Market Airways
    23. 23. 23 10/15/2009 Values in Action - Innocent Quirky tone expressing brand personality
    24. 24. 24 10/15/2009 Brand Engagement - Compare the Market Using Twitter to extend life of campaign to those who liked it, without annoying those who didn‟t
    25. 25. 25 10/15/2009 Sales Promotion – British Airways Expectation of exclusive offers & unlikely to follow continuously
    26. 26. 26 10/15/2009 Customer Support - O2 Opportunity to have contact with brand and get direct response is welcomed
    27. 27. 27 Twitter has a huge potential to facilitate Word of Mouth 10/15/2009 RT practice grew from Twitter user culture • 1of 3 core actions on receiving tweet All content (ie tweets) can be directly passed on • Not the case in social networking sites
    28. 28. 28 10/15/2009 Concept of network analysis RT @brand Sale on xxxx at http://www.brand.com Sale on xxxx at http://www.brand.com RT @brand Sale on xxxx Great News from @brand! at http://www.brand.com Brand Message: Sale on Sale on xxxx at xxxx at http://www.brand.com http://www.brand.com RT @brand Sale on xxxx at http://www.brand.com Sale on xxxx at Finally! @brand Sale on http://www.brand.com xxxx at http://www.brand.com Source: Mindshare Twitter Network Analysis
    29. 29. 29 Brands vary between high and low activity and follower bases, affecting their possible WOM 10/15/2009 Brand Followers Brands such as Innocent possess a large base of directly reachable followers 12,504 11,222 7,991 2,332 800 1,301 803 1,531 Andrex Howie's Thomas Cook O2 DellOutletUK British Airways Innocent Drinks Aleksandr Cardigan UK Orlov Brand Tweets Brands such as O2 create a large volume of messages, attempting to create a wealth of communication 2795 1278 1298 1016 187 158 208 242 Andrex Howie's Thomas Cook O2 DellOutletUK British Airways Innocent Drinks Aleksandr Cardigan UK Orlov Source: Mindshare Twitter Network Analysis
    30. 30. 30 The chances of a Re-Tweet occurring, when considered as a whole are relatively small 10/15/2009 Probability of a Brand Follower Re-Tweeting any one Message 0.39% Promotional Tweets seem to fare best 0.12% 0.07% 0.04% 0.03% 0.01% 0.01% 0.002% DellOutletUK British Airways Thomas Cook Aleksandr Innocent Drinks O2 Andrex Howie's UK Orlov Cardigan Source: Mindshare Twitter Network Analysis
    31. 31. 31 On Average, Re-Tweets account for 6% of Total Message Reach 10/15/2009 Proportion of Total Message Reach by Levels 4% 2% 8% 94% 3% 89% Of all the brands, Howie‟s gained the furthest distribution, out to level 7 Level 0 Level 1 Level 2 Direct Followers Followers’ Followers All Brand Average Dell UK Source: Mindshare Twitter Network Analysis
    32. 32. 32 As WOM pass-on is still emerging, direct followers are currently the main source of reach for tweets 10/15/2009 Within Publications on Twitter, pages using networks of Twitter pages fare better in drawing followers than singular “flagship” pages Data consists of only branded Twitter pages (i.e. No journalist pages) as 35 35 30 30 they existed on September 09, 2009 Number of Publication‟s Twitter Pages The Sun 25 25 Guardian Number of Total Publication Pages The Telegraph Financial The Times Times 20 20 15 15 The Independent 10 10 5 5 Daily Evening Mail Standard 0 0 0 10,000 20,000 0 30,000 200,000 40,000 400,000 50,000 60,000 600,000 70,000 800,000 80,000 90,000 1,000,000 100,000 1,200,000 1,400,000 Number of Total Followers Number of Total Followers Daily Mirror
    33. 33. 33 10/15/2009 Research key findings 1. Twitter‟s protocol leads to a wide & constantly evolving range of consumer uses • Self-expression, networking, entertainment, info sourcing 2. Most users are „passive‟, tweet infrequently & use as information stream 3. Social search is beginning to gain traction amongst mainstream Twitter users & will grow in importance 4. Consumers are open to brands on Twitter but (because) they have total control over access 5. Word of Mouth has as much, if not greater, potential on Twitter than social networks
    34. 34. 34 10/15/2009 Brand rules of engagement
    35. 35. 35 10/15/2009 View Twitter as a potentially vital component in a wider social media strategy
    36. 36. 36 10/15/2009 Your brand is already on Twitter People are talking about brands on Twitter, so at the very least listen to what they are saying Some people are searching on Twitter – you need to have an official presence, as other people may also be claiming to be you People use Twitter in lots of different ways and this should direct how you choose to engage them So if you do decide to get involved on Twitter here are……
    37. 37. 37 10/15/2009 …½ a dozen rules of engagement
    38. 38. 38 10/15/2009 …½ a dozen rules of engagement 1. Give people a reason to follow – be entertaining and/or useful
    39. 39. 39 10/15/2009 …½ a dozen rules of engagement 1. Give people a reason to follow – be entertaining and/or useful 2. Complement your wider marketing activity
    40. 40. 40 10/15/2009 …½ a dozen rules of engagement 1. Give people a reason to follow – be entertaining and/or useful 2. Complement your wider marketing activity 3. How you react to people is public and permanent - so be human and genuine!
    41. 41. 41 10/15/2009 …½ a dozen rules of engagement 1. Give people a reason to follow – be entertaining and/or useful 2. Complement your wider marketing activity 3. How you react to people is public and permanent - so be human and genuine! 4. Have an ongoing dialogue OR have a clear exit strategy
    42. 42. 42 10/15/2009 …½ a dozen rules of engagement 1. Give people a reason to follow – be entertaining and/or useful 2. Complement your wider marketing activity 3. How you react to people is public and permanent - so be human and genuine! 4. Have an ongoing dialogue OR have a clear exit strategy 5. Judge your frequency of engagement carefully
    43. 43. 43 10/15/2009 …½ a dozen rules of engagement 1. Give people a reason to follow – be entertaining and/or useful 2. Complement your wider marketing activity 3. How you react to people is public and permanent - so be human and genuine! 4. Have an ongoing dialogue OR have a clear exit strategy 5. Judge your frequency of engagement carefully 6. Measurement of success – bear in mind layers of influencers
    44. 44. 10/15/2009 44 Next Steps
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    48. 48. 48 10/15/2009 Talk to Jeremy and Alastair about how we can develop bespoke solutions to monitor and manage brand sentiment on Twitter and other digital social spaces Jeremy.Pounder@mindshareworld.com Alastair.Cotterill@mindshareworld.com
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