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A presentation done for Meeting Planners International on the opportunities provided by social media.

A presentation done for Meeting Planners International on the opportunities provided by social media.

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  • Survey/Prize: How many people are pretty familiar with social media? How many people have some knowledge? How many people have no clue but keen to learn more?
  • Before we get started, here are the ground rules. First, questions: If you have questions, free feel to ask me at any time during the workshop. We’ll also take a break half-way so you ask me then, or you can wait until the end. As well, there will be a hand-out when you leave with my contact info.Third – let’s have fun. While I’m sure you’ll be hanging to every word I say over the next two hours, I can also appreciate it’s a long time to be sitting, which is why there will be prizes.
  • Before we get started, here are the ground rules. First, questions: If you have questions, free feel to ask me at any time during the workshop. We’ll also take a break half-way so you ask me then, or you can wait until the end. As well, there will be a hand-out when you leave with my contact info.Third – let’s have fun. While I’m sure you’ll be hanging to every word I say over the next two hours, I can also appreciate it’s a long time to be sitting, which is why there will be prizes.
  • Social Media Revolution 2 Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFZ0z5Fm-Ng (Social Media Revolution)
  • Before we start, let’s clear up a couple of misconception. Social media is exciting and has lots of potential but it is not the greatest thing since sliced bread.
  • The benefits of social media are driven by meeting the needs of consumers.
  • Top Facebook countries: U.S., U.K., Turkey, France (source: checkfacebook.com)
  • Let’s put 17 million in context because a number is just a number unless it’s put up against other numbers.
  • For example, Margaret Atwood is using Twitter. One of Canada’s most decorated authors has succumbed to writing 140-character messages. I imagine she has just finished whipping off a tweet in this photograph.If you can believe it, Atwood has 118,000 followers. Now, that’s impressive.
  • Another example of the Obama Affect: Queen Elizabeth II is also on social media. She’s got her own Facebook Page, although I’m not sure how many updates she is doing personally, although Prince William’s upcoming wedding to Kate Middleton would provide offer a lot of great Facebook updates.
  • What’s amazing about Justin Bieber is not how well he uses social media but how many people are into Justin Bieber via social media. He has more than nin million followers on Twitter.
  • Social relevance is more than social media buzzwords such as engagement, conversations and relationships. Not to suggest these buzzwords aren’t important but they’re a part of social media relevance.
  • The confusion and uncertainly about what to do with social media makes it more important for companies to embrace what I call social relevance.
  • Social relevance is about aligning a company’s business goals and objectives with its social media activities to drive sales, profits, brand awareness, customer service, etc. Pretty fundamental stuff.It’s about harnessing social media to serve the business as opposed to doing social media because it’s cool or that lots of other companies using it.I believe that social relevance drives strategy, tactics, content, influencer outreach and monitoring. It sets the stage for everything you do with social media.
  • So the big question facing many companies is how to get started. They know social media is becoming more important or interesting but it’s hard to know where to start. Do you just do everything and hope that something sticks? Do they wait until it becomes more clear about what works or doesn’t.
  • How will social media be integrated into your communications, marketing and sales activities? What social media services make the most sense and why? How will you reach your target audience? What tools are the most appropriate? What’s the budget? Who has ownership over social media? What are your social media guidelines and policies?
  • Create buzz for the eventAttract attendees/sell ticketsBuild a communityMarketingCompetitive intelligenceFeedbackProvide information, tips, resourcesShare content
  • Who do you want to target?What are they saying about your event/product/service/brand?
  • Who do you want to target?What are they saying about your event/product/service/brand?
  • Who’s going to do it, how much time/resources will be devoted to it, how are you going to measure it? What services and tools should be used?
  • How much resources should you commit?Internal?Freelancers?External agencies?
  • At the end of the day, engaging content is one of the most effective ways to drive social media programs.
  • There’s No Lack of Choice
  • But only a small number of social media services matter.
  • The three major blogging platforms are Blogger (owned by Google), TypePad and WordPress. Of the three, I would highly recommend using WordPress.
  • Bill Marriott’s blog, chairman and CEO of Marriott International, who has been blogging since late-2007.
  • http://www.thetomkatstudio.com/
  • Any guesses on how many tweets there have been since Twitter started in 2006? Answer: 20 billion
  • Nearly 11,000 followers
  • https://twitter.com/#!/sheratoncentre
  • @talenevents
  • I suspect most of you have seen the Old Spice “I’m on a Horse Campaign”, which was a huge success on social media via Twitter and YouTube.
  • In the B2B marketplace, Cisco is doing an excellent job using social to engage and build relationships with customers. They even have some fun with social media as you’ll see in this video, which offers some Valentine’s Day tips for the men in the room.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pffeMdDSoY
  • Canadian demographics
  • Facebook Pages: http://www.facebook.com/advertising/?pagesHow To Develop A Facebook Page That Attracts Millions of Fans - http://www.allfacebook.com/2009/03/facebook-page-strategy/
  • Facebook Pages are an effective one-two punch with a corporate Web site.
  • They are great ways to build and engage communities.
  • And deliver engaging content such as polls, menus, news about product launches and even e-commerce…all within Facebook.
  • A Facebook Page for Gold Passport members
  • 7,500 Facebook fans.The company has also started a partnership with coupons site Mobile Spinach to offer coupons for the group’s restaurants. And the company has partnered with Foursquare to offer deals for check-ins at its various restaurants.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzT3JVUGUzM
  • Make sure to fill out your profile. It’s become your online resume.
  • Introduce yourself to the person next to you. Build a real network.
  • Geo-location sites let you set up a page with rewards including badges, coupons, specials, or gifts. These location based services are easily integrated with other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, so checkins will be shared with larger networks. When attendees come to your event, you can reward them for checking in at different stations, panels, or activities. Rewards such as free ice cream, a gift card, or other small incentives can be redeemed after the show.
  • A key to success within social media is the three E’s: entertain, educate and enlighten. Within social media, you need to do at least one E; if you can two or more, that’s even better.

Social Media for Event Planners Social Media for Event Planners Presentation Transcript

  • Making Social Media Relevant
    May 2011
  • So Why is Everyone So Excited?
  • The Benefits of Social Media
  • Just the Facts, Ma’am
    660 million registered users
    200 million users
    Delivering 2B streams/day,
    100 million members
  • 17 million Facebook members
    3 million Twitter users
    17 million YouTube users
    57% of online Canadians use social networks at least once a month; 82% of Gen Y consumers use social networks each month
  • 17 Million Canadians…..
    ….are in the workforce
    ….have a pension plan
    ….own life insurance
    ….have access to recycling
    ….use wireless services
    ….have a passport
    ….filed their taxes online in 2008
  • Strongest growth
  • The Novelty’s Over…….
    Conversations
    Engagement
    Authenticity
    Relationships
    Transparency
  • Social Relevance
  • Getting Started
  • The Importance of Listening
  • Strategy
  • Goals/Objectives
  • Target Audience
  • The Competition
  • Why Social Media…..Versus Something Else?
  • Tactics
  • How Much
    Who
    When
    What
  • Don’t Forget About Content
  • …..And Measuring Activity
  • Cross Pollinate
    • Insight & information
    • Domain expertise
    • Powerful content “engine”
    • Google loves blogs
    Why Blog?
    ?
  • Variety is the Spice of Life
  • Easy and quick
    Real-time Conversations
    Multiple purposes
    Great listening tool
    Why Twitter?
  • Why YouTube/Video?
    • Everyone love videos
    • Google loves videos
    • Multiple purposes
  • Canadians Love Watching Videos
  • Great One-Two Punch
  • Build Community
  • Deliver Engaging Content
  • Why
    ?
    - Online Resume
    • Networking/Relationship building
    • Research
    • Recruitment/Job Searches
    • Business Development/Sales
    • Expanded digital footprint
  • Your Profile
  • Exercise
  • LBS, Anyone?
  • Walk Before You Run