Social Media Roundup Telling a story with Social Media Planning, posting, measuring
Social Media Roundup AgendaIn this week’s Social Media Roundup, we’ll take a look atwhat it takes to produce an effective social media strategy.• Introduction• Planning• Pre-execution• Execution• Responding• Measuring
Social Media RoundupNews and information in a social media world Today, people get their news from social media. Not all their news of course, but a great deal of it. In this social media culture, people no longer look for the news, the news finds them through news feeds, RSS feeds, twitter feeds, etc. In order to reach the largest audience possible, news outlets, government organizations and thought leaders are turning to social media platforms to spread their message.
Social Media Roundup The Army uses social media to provide supporting coverage of an event. By synchronizing multiple platforms, a story can be told through video, photos and links.
Social Media Roundup Creating a successful social media campaign There are several social media platforms available to help tell a story and cover an event, but they are just tools. The trick is learning how to use these tools effectively. A successful social media campaign goes beyond just posting links and photos, it’s a process, and it requires planning. To create a successful social media campaign, it’s important to plan, execute, respond and measure. In this Social Media Roundup, we will use the recent Medal of Honor ceremony for SSG Salvatore A. Giunta as an example illustrating how to organize a social media campaign.
Social Media Roundup PlanningDeveloping a social media strategy
Social Media Roundup Developing a social media strategy Developing a strategy requires research and preparation. To create a successful campaign, it is important to prepare. Identify goals of the strategy Identify target audiences Identify the social media platforms that will be used in strategy Draft posts ahead of time Identify links ahead of time Determine how each post will be measured for effectiveness One way to plan all of this in advance is to create a social media strategy document. A template of social media strategy document can be viewed on the right or downloaded from the Army’s Slideshare site: http://slidesha.re/dQgiVa
Social Media Roundup Careful planning is crucial Developing a strategy when preparing for a social media campaign. It is important to check all the links and draft all the posts in Planning Strategy advance. Drafting the posts in advance and including them in the strategy document gives everyone visibility of the plan. Once the document is created and approved, anyone can pick up the strategy document and execute the plan. Execution
Social Media Roundup Pre-executionBuilding awareness and generating interest
Social Media Roundup There are several courses of action Pre-execution steps a social media team should take leading up to an event to make sure the public and the media is interested and aware of a news event. Build awareness beforehand by linking to official external sites, or posting trivia information to your social media platforms. If Twitter is part of the social media strategy, make sure a hashtag is in place, then advertise the hashtag so people are using it before the event. By putting it out there in advance, it will make it easier to track the reach of tweets later on. Email potential bloggers and media early with educational and promotional products. Reach out to other social media teams and provide information and graphics so they can post to their sites as well.
Social Media Roundup ExecutionLinking, cross promoting and updating
Social Media Roundup On the day of the event, social media managers can simply cut Executing a strategy and paste their way through the day. In some cases a social media team may only have one person. If that’s the case, sites like HootSuite can schedule posts and tweets to go out at certain times so users don’t have to post manually. However, if events change, pre-scheduling can potentially cause problems. It’s important to be prepared to change the strategy if necessary. Occasionally, a ceremony time may change, or a link may go down, so social media managers need to be prepared to deviate from the plan.
Social Media Roundup Executing a strategy On the day of the event, it’s important to continue posting and continue updating. Occasionally, a live stream link will become available, or new photographs will surface. It’s also good to link to To link to another Facebook site, first “like” their other Facebook sites because it page. Then, when writing the post type an “@” in shows how other sites are adding front of the name of the unit and Facebook will take to the conversation. care of the rest. Keep in mind that while links, photos and information are great, it is possible to over saturate the platforms with event information. Make sure to pick the right links and avoid over posting. This is an example of using a link in a post. Facebook will recognize this and include the link and sometimes a graphic with the post.
Social Media Roundup RespondingReacting to bumps along the road
Social Media RoundupResponding to potential problems From time to time, a social media-related problem may arise during an event, like a fake twitter account, or a series of negative wall posts. Make sure there is a plan in place specific to the unit or organization to respond to potential problems. For example, during SSG Giunta’s Medal of Honor ceremony, a fake Twitter account surfaced. The Online and Social Media Division took a series of steps to identify the page as an impersonation of SSG Giunta, including a Tweet from the U.S. Army’s verified page and a direct message to the user updating the page. The owner of the site eventually changed his info box to indicate it was a “fan” twitter account. Every situation is different; that’s why it’s important to have an organization-specific crisis plan in place.
Social Media Roundup MeasuringDetermining the reach and success of your message
Social Media Roundup Posting is one thing, but Measuring success measuring the success of a post is something entirely different. It’s important to track metrics across all platforms. On Facebook, social media managers can track “comments”, “likes” and “impressions”. On Twitter, it’s good to track “retweets” and “mentions”. “Retweets” and “mentions” can both be tracked by clicking on the message or by using TweetReach, an application that shows how far your tweets go. On YouTube and Flickr, the most important numbers are measured through “views”.
Social Media Roundup Once the numbers are Measuring success recorded, those numbers can be included after each post on the social media strategy document. Planning Strategy Measurement in Planning Strategy This allows senior leaders to see the before and after effects of a social media strategy. It’s also advised to create a slide including numbers and screenshots to visually demonstrate the success of a social media campaign.
Social Media Roundup Summary• Developing a successful social media campaign requires more than just posting links. To be effective, a social media strategy requires research, planning, pre- execution, execution and measuring.• Creating a social media strategy not only helps with planning, it also makes it possible for those not associated with the planning to execute the strategy.• It’s important to plan for the worst. Make sure there is a plan in place to deal with social media-related issues, like imposter Twitter sites, negative wall posts or social media site malfunctions.• Measure the success of a campaign. It’s easy to post information and forget it, but a social media team can’t truly evaluate their success if they fail to measure how their messages resonate on the platforms they use.
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