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Roger Harris, Principal at Harris Social Media, provides a nuts and blots start for businesses to start engaging in social media.

Roger Harris, Principal at Harris Social Media, provides a nuts and blots start for businesses to start engaging in social media.

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  • It’s an exciting world we live in. Technology is allowing us to create more information and more ways of connecting. Social media is a way of doing this faster, better and cheaper than ever before.
  • So you’ve all heard of social media. What is it exactly?
  • Social media is a disruptive technology. It has disrupted communications in practically every area of interaction. Blogs changed the playing field in news reporting and analysis. Social networks changes how we make and maintain friendships. Wikis changed how we manage knowledge. Photo platforms such as Flickr changed how we use and think about images. Video applications such as YouTube and Netflix changed how we relate to video and movies. And the same for podcasting as we relate to radio and audio. Most recently, Twitter has disrupted how we converse, replacing phone call, emails and even phone texting for communicating in real time.
  • Social media is made possible by Web 2.0. Web 1.0 was static Web pages, which were prevalent from the mid 1990s to mid 2000s. Web 2.0 is dynamic and interactive.
  • Social media allows Web sites to integrate multimedia such as video and audio. It allows users to generate their own content, to share and connect with each other. All these channels can help a non-profit connect with stakeholders with a higher resolution than ever before.
  • Social bookmarking and sharing allow for intensive viral marketing of messages. Free applications such as AddThis make it a snap to provide this service to users and provide useful analytics.
  • So where is your non-profit in social media space? Are you here? Do you want to be here? This is a map of interconnections between Web sites in social networks.
  • Use iGoogle and RSS feeds to monitor news and updates on need-to-know news channels.
  • But getting back down to earth, social media can be overwhelming. There just seems to be so much going on. The main issue is the sheer quantity of information how do we deal with it all?
  • Basically there are two sides to the equation. Information coming in and information going out. The key to managing information, and indeed, the key to understanding social media is that it is the individual who has control. That is, you. You control information coming in and what information goes out. Tools are available to help you do this more efficiently than ever before. Aggregators allow you to manage information coming in. Disseminator applications allow you to control information going out. The beauty of the latest technologies is that they allow you to aggregate and disseminate in many different channels at once. Let’s see some examples.
  • Here’s my social media activity. You can see that I joined the Science Debate cause on Facebook.

Launch Your Business Into Social Media Presentation Transcript

  • 1. A Small Step, A Giant Leap Launching your business into social media space
  • 2. Any launch can be scary, and potentially risky. We can make things less scary by understanding. So let’s first cover the basics…
  • 3. What is social media?
  • 4. The “social”
    • It gives a voice to the individual
    • It allows people to share content
    • People can quickly find each other and connect
    • You can listen to conversations of the marketplace
    • You can participate in virtual communities
  • 5. The “media”
    • Technologies that allow creation and sharing of content
    • Social media taxonomy
      • Blogs
      • Social networks
      • Social bookmarking
      • Wiki
      • Collaboration tools
      • Event scheduling
      • Etc.
  • 6. Disruptive Technologies
    • Blogs disrupted the way we get used to get news
    • Social networks disrupted the way we make and keep friendships
    • Wikis disrupted how we acquire and disseminate knowledge
    • Flickr disrupted the way we create and share images
    • YouTube, Netflix disrupted the way we watch TV and video
    • Podcasting disrupted how we listen to radio
    • Twitter is disrupting how we have conversation
    • Others?
  • 7. There are countless social media platforms and websites
  • 8. How do we map the social media space?
  • 9. So how can social media impact your business?
  • 10. Why?
    • Your stakeholders (customers, suppliers, employees, etc.) are already engaged in social media.
    • The best way of connecting with them is where they are already talking about things that are important to them
    • You join in the conversation where it’s already happening.
    • Social media is a way of communicating faster, better and cheaper than ever before.
    • Social media allows your website to integrate multimedia such as video and audio.
    • Users to generate their own content, to share and connect with each other.
    • These channels help a non-profit connect with stakeholders with a higher resolution than ever before.
    • You might need to convince your colleagues that engaging in social media is a necessary step for the business.
    • With the risks is it really worth getting into social media?
    • Should your organization engage?
  • 11. Take Facebook as an example #1: I see an invitation to a “cause”
  • 12. #2: I see my friend Sheril has invited me to join a cause, “Science Debate.” I click “Join Cause.”
  • 13. #3: I decide to join the cause and get a welcome screen. The screen then invites me to send my own invitation.
  • 14. #4: A checklist appears, allowing me to choose which friends to invite.
  • 15. #5. I click on the friends I think will be interested in the cause and hit send.
  • 16. #6. I can set my status to show that I joined the cause. It appears on my timeline so even friends I didn’t invite can see I joined the cause.
  • 17. What you can do…
    • You can create a cause on Facebook – free
    • You can invite your friends to join
    • They can invite their friends to join
    • You can supplement this with a targeted ad campaign in Facebook
  • 18. And that’s just Facebook!
    • Other technologies
      • Blogging
      • Twitter, et al.
      • Wikis
      • Discussion boards
      • Social bookmarking
    • Other media
      • Photos
      • Video
      • Audio
    • Other audiences
      • Baby boomers
      • Blogger moms
      • Gen X, Y, Z, etc…
  • 19. Social bookmarking
    • Social bookmarking provides intensive viral marketing of messages.
    • Free applications such as AddThis make it a snap to provide this service to users and provide useful analytics.
  • 20. Social media…
    • Builds relationships
      • Employees
      • Customers
      • Suppliers
    • Impacts decisions
    • Engages new audiences
    • Maintains competitive advantage
  • 21. Why your business needs social media
    • Gain market insights
    • Enhance your brand
    • Connect with stakeholders
    • Get ideas for new products
    • Save money
    • Generate revenue
  • 22. Countdown to launch
    • 10… Decide on staffing and consulting resources
    • 9… Establish a budget and timeframe
    • 8… Listen to what people are saying
    • 7… Identify your audience
    • 6… Understand your online reputation
    • 5… Develop a social media strategy
    • 4… Implement crisis management process
    • 3… Evaluate online technologies
    • 2… Establish success metrics
    • 1… Take a deep breath (I’m cool, I’m cool.)
    • 0… Blast off!
  • 23. Key concepts
    • Honesty, transparency, openness
    • You are human
    • Be yourself, be individualistic
    • Avoid “corporate” messages
    • It’s not IT, it’s communications
    These are musts
  • 24. Are you here? So where is your business in social media space? This is a map of interconnections between Web sites in social networks. You need to be here.
  • 25. When you’re trying something new, it can feel a bit lonely.
  • 26. You want to take the right steps, to go carefully.
  • 27. But also go boldly where no one has gone before. We can best do this by learning and understanding .
  • 28. Getting started
    • Listen
      • Search
        • Web: Google
        • Blogs: Blogsearch, Technorati
        • Forums: Boardreader
        • Bookmarks: Delicious, Digg
      • Monitor
        • Google Reader (RSS)
        • Google Alerts
  • 29. Use iGoogle and RSS feeds to monitor news and updates on need-to-know news channels.
  • 30. But getting back down to earth, social media can be overwhelming. There is so much going on. The main issue is the sheer quantity of information. How do we deal with it all?
  • 31. Aggregator-disseminator model
    • Basically there are two sides to the equation.
    • Information coming in and information going out.
    • The key to managing information, and the key to understanding social media is that it is the individual who has control, i.e., you.
    • You control information coming in and what information goes out.
    • Tools are available to help you do this more efficiently than ever before.
    • Aggregators allow you to manage information coming in.
    • Disseminator applications allow you to control information going out.
    • The beauty of the latest technologies is that they allow you to aggregate and disseminate in many different channels at once.
    • Let’s see some examples.
  • 32. FriendFeed is an aggregator. It allows you to see friends’ (aka customers) activities on a whole bunch of different social networks.
  • 33. Here’s a timeline of my social media activity. You can see that I joined the Science Debate cause on Facebook.
  • 34. Here I can see the timeline of my friend Troy. He’s updated a blog, posted a couple of Tweets and bookmarked sites on Delicious. And I can see who else is following Troy’s updates
  • 35. Ping.fm is a disseminator. With Ping you can update up to 30 social channels at the same time. You can use phone, instant messaging and even email, as well as your browser, to make updates.
  • 36. Here are some of the sites supported by Ping.fm
  • 37.
    • Social media trends
    • Personal, customized info management
      • Aggregating
      • Disseminating
    • Lifestreaming
    • Mobile
    • QR codes
    • Virtual reality
    • Augmented reality, etc.,…
    So that’s where we are. But where are we heading? To be a step ahead, your business needs to understand emerging technologies.
  • 38. Whoa!!!
    • That’s a lot of stuff
    • You need to put it into perspective
    • You need to plan
    • You need a strategy
    • You need to strategize in context of your existing business goals
    • Consider if you need help…
  • 39. By adopting a sound smart strategy you and your business can aim for the stars.
  • 40. Thank you!
    • harrissocialmedia.com
    • [email_address]
    • 919 662 1618
    • Twitter: @rharris
    • LinkedIn: rogerharris