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This is the presentation I gave to the IMPACT session sponsored by HP Engineering Inc.

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  • BlueZooWebsites.com Twitter.com/ccondray 3/8/2011
  • Collin Condray
    • 15 years experience in web development and programming
    • Retail data analysis for multi-billion dollar companies (3M and Tyson)
    • Social media marketing
      • Agency experience with Collective Bias and Saatchi X
      • Local speaker at University of Arkansas, JBU, & Webster University
    • Currently Director of Technology at Blue Zoo Websites
  • Please Ask Questions! View slide
  • View slide
  • What Is Social Media?
    • Twitter and Facebook
    • AKA Social Networking AKA Web 2.0
    • These are the technologies.
  • What is Social Media?
    • “ A social trend in which people use technologies to get the things they need from each other, rather than from traditional institutions like corporations.”
    • - Groundswell
  • What Is Social Media?
    • Social media networking is no different than regular networking.
    • Same rules in How to Win Friends and Influence People apply.
  • The Social Media Revolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFZ0z5Fm-Ng
  • Why Should I Care About Social Media?
    • The always on power of networking
      • Help others and get help. Crowdsourcing.
      • “ All of us are smarter than one of us.”
  • Excellent Reading
    • Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
    • WineLibraryTV.com
    • Great “immigrants come to America and make it” story
    • Very hyper and thinks sleep is overrated
  • What Is Social Media Brand Building?
    • Reputation building
      • Character
      • Knowledge
    • Social media tools make it much easier to make your brand more visible.
  • Why Build Your Online Brand?
    • To be more competitive by differentiating yourself.
    • Make sure that you really like your subject– people can sense a fake.
  • Plan Your Content
    • Make sure you can think of at least 50 awesome things to write about.
    • Write them down before you start.
  • Name Your Brand
    • Give it a catchy name
      • “ The No-BS Real Estate Agent”
      • “ The Connoisseur of Cookware”
      • “ Blue Zoo Creative”
    • Give it a name search engines like
      • “ Real Estate Tips”
      • “ Cookware Reviews”
  • Reserve You Internet Real Estate
    • Buy your user name-definitely .com, and maybe .tv or .fm
    • Relatively inexpensive at about $10 per name.
  • Weapons of Choice - Text
    • Easiest to do.
    • Lots of free tools to get your content out there.
    • Search engines like text.
  • Now a Major Motion Picture
  • Weapons of Choice - Audio
    • Twit.tv
    • Founded by Leo Laporte, radio/TV host.
    • Started off with one show, grew to many.
    • Various ways to have remote participants.
    • Video added later.
  • Weapons of Choice - Video
  • Weapons of Choice - Video
    • The technology is in in your hands: $200 flip cam does HD YouTube level video that looks great.
    • Imperfections makes it real as well.
    • Most YouTube video is still standard definition. Many cell phone cams can do that resolution.
  • Other Ways To Be Creative
    • Make a presentation about your industry and put it on SlideShare.
    • Advertise your brand using AdWords and Facebook Social Ads.
  • Where to Begin?
  • Organizing for Social Media
    • Home Base – The central place you want to interact with people.
    • Outposts – place where you have a presence and participate and promote yourself.
    • Passports – where you have profile but don’t take part in the conversation.
  • Pick Your Home Base
    • WordPress
    • Tumblr
    • Posterous
  • Set Up Outposts/Passports
    • LinkedIn is the office
    • Facebook is the home
    • Twitter is Happy Hour
  • Complete Profiles Fully
    • Make sure your target keywords are in your profile
    • Link back to one place, your “home base” that has all the detail about you
    • Be real
      • Use a picture
      • Talk about your personal life…a little
  • Make It Easy To Share
    • Include a Facebook Connect link, Call-to-Action buttons, Share Functions, or a button that invites people to do business with you in a prominent place on your blog.
    • Certain plugins can create all of these in one place.
  • Post Consistently
    • Start using the 50 topics you’ve already written down.
    • Post at least weekly.
    • Ask people in the industry what they’d like to know and create content around that.
  • Don’t Know What To Say?
    • Find something cool, link to it on your site and comment on it. It could be as simple as adding “This is a great article because ____.”
  • Connecting With Others
    • Use Twitter search to find as many people as possible talking about your topic, and communicate with them.
    • Use Blogsearch.Google.com to find more blogs that are relevant to your subject.
  • Make Connections
    • Tell everyone what you’re building.
    • Exploit Strength of Weak Ties.
    • Crowdsource questions about your niche.
    • Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to strangers.
    ---- Strong Ties ---- Weak Ties
  • Be Polite
    • Don’t consistently talk about yourself and not help others.
    • Don’t randomly approach followers you barely talk to and simply ask for favors.
    • Don’t spam.
    • Don’t publicize private conversations.
    • Until You Build A Following
  • Parting Thoughts
    • Social media is an indirect method of marketing. Sometimes its hard to see concrete results quickly.
  • Get Organized
    • Creating a social media infrastructure can be easy and there are plenty of free tools to support you.
    • Social media is a conversation not broadcast medium. It is two- way communication.
  • Get Involved
    • Be there – you can’t talk to your customers without being in the game.
  • Get Involved
    • Be humble – People connecting together are a hugely powerful force. They can be more powerful than your organization.
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  • Blog.BlueZooWebsites.com Twitter.com/ccondray 3/8/2011