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Your Social Media
Event Kit Bag
Using Event ‘Stories’ to
Promote, Engage, and Interact
via Twitter, etc
• As part and parcel of our marketing calendar you create a regular flow of
• Press events, trade shows, sales/branding events, etc
• Social Media gives you a great opportunity to tell the story ‘behind the
headlines’ and ‘behind the brand’
• When executed well, this provides your customers/fans with a set of
accessible, interesting, useful and ‘shareable’ stories - allowing them to get
closer to the brand, the people and the processes that design, build and
deliver the products they know and love - and to pass these ‘stories’ around
• In the process, this ‘storytelling’ activity can help you to grow your fan
bases (Facebook), followings (Twitter), and (in time) the general scope of
your web site content - which will help to improve your Search Engine
rankings and your wider customer acquisition activity
• As an exercise, the capture and publishing of event-based content can be
extremely cheap and easy to do - given the right brief....!
• To generate event-based Social Media content for real time
and post-event publication via Social Media publishing
platforms and Social Networking properities
• In other words, capture event-based content and publish it to
YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, and others... and cross-promote
these stories via standard communications channels: web
site, email, Twitter, Facebook, etc
• Give your customer base rich content stories that are easy to
pass around and share via their own Social Media activity
• Generate buzz and awareness outside the confines of any
given event (press conference, sponsorship activity, etc), i.e.
extend your brand story to the Social Web
• Grow your fan base and followings
Scoping the Event...
• Is your event worthy/relevant!?
• Here’s some guidance...
• Do you have any star attendees that can add value to / provide insight
for the brand story?
• Is it co-hosted with another star brand that has it’s own set of (high
• Is it newsworthy!?
• Is it specialist interest?
• Is it strategic to the brand?
• If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above, then there’s scope for telling a
story about it via Social Media
• NB: a little research can be very valuable at the scoping stage!
Types of Content...
• Primarily, you’re interested in the following types
• Blog posts
• Taken individually, they can build a picture of any
• When combined, they can tell some great stories
• (e.g.) You can publish to the following channels:
Base Content ‘Story’ Destinations
• Video • Facebook
• Images • Blog
• Tweets • ...etc
Base content can quickly and This content can then be
easily be published to the above aggregated and ‘wrapped’ on
brand channels these destinations in the form of
blogs posts or ‘Notes’ to tell a
deeper story about the activity
• Blog posts
• Facebook (e.g. a ‘Note’ or an ‘Event’)
• Where appropriate, create an event #Hashtag and use this in all Twitter
• Social Media bulletins
• Online press releases
• Blogger interaction
• Forums and discussion boards
• Facebook adverts
• Email blasts
• NB: ensure messages are on-topic, relevant, useful, interesting, fun and engaging
‘Live’ Event Actions...
• Capture images
• Capture video: event footage and 60 second Vox Pops
• Tweets (using #Hashtags where appropriate)
• Short updates to blog/Facebook
• Post best images and video to Flickr / YouTube
• Event reportage
• Attendee interviews
• Behind the scenes insights with event organisers
• Capture brand assets - signage, products, etc
• Storyboard as much of this as possible in the planning stage
• Can you encourage event attendees to contribute to the content effort?
• e.g. ‘post to Flickr using the following ‘tag’ and we’ll include your images in our event coverage’
• e.g. ‘use #TAG’ as a hashtag and join in with the conversation on Twitter’
• Tactically, can this be signposted as part of the event invite process and/or via signage for larger-scale
• Be consistent and engaging in your ‘real time’ communication - e.g. if Twitter is central, then use the
event #hashtag to encourage others to do the same, and respond directly to other people via @mentions
• ‘Wrap Up’ blog posts / Facebook Notes
• Aggregate ‘best of’ event content to tell the story
• Wherever video is used, create a ‘best of’, branded, edited version. Have a pro editor / producer
on standby to deliver this
• Video can be collated in ‘playlists’ on YouTube where appropriate
• Photography on Flickr can be grouped into ‘sets’ (or categories) around the event or sections of
• The above content can then be promoted via:
• Twitter (using #Hashtags where relevant, and via public messages to those attendees who
you are following)
• Via email to attendees
• Via Facebook Wall posts
• Blog comments (e.g. responding to blogs that cover the event)
• In all cases, the goal should be to encourage people to interact with the content - post
comments on blogs/Facebook Notes, Facebook ‘like’ ratings, comments on YouTube videos and
Flickr images, etc
• Photos and video
• Who captures/edits? Can I get a pro to do it?
• Are there any rights issues? Use release forms
• Event signage: make people aware that content may be used online in
the public domain
• Are there any location restrictions? Is photography allowed?
• Lighting? Research your environment as part of the plan
• Sound? If doing video, make sure equipment and environment are
• Storyboarding? Scope the desired outcome as part of the plan.
Storyboard the Q&A’s for Vox Pops and the event ‘overview’ video
• Branding collateral? Can the brand feature in pictures/videos? Can the
editing process be informed by on-brand logos, messages, stills, etc?
• Is there a WiFi connection at the venue? ...For on-site working and
• Is there a mobile signal? ...For ‘real time’ Tweeting, publishing, etc
• Do you have the tools for the job: camera, video, laptop (or computer),
• Do you have the right applications: simple editing software for photos
• Do you have your profiles / access set up for publishing: Flickr, YouTube,
• Event-based promotions
• Can you promote participation (eg, on Twitter, Facebook, etc) via signage
at the event?
• Can you mention your Social Media activity as part of the event agenda?
Speakers? Presentations? etc
Competitions / Invites...
• Always make it as easy as possible for people to enter, working within the
technical restraints of the channel
• e.g. Facebook: RSVP’ing requires more effort than a Note comment
• Always try to look for competition rules that require distribution of brand profile
and/or building of followings
• e.g. Facebook: write us a comment and ‘Like’ us to enter
• e.g. Twitter: re-Tweet this message, use the #hashtag to enter
• Beware of asking entrants to create content as a pre-requisite for entering the
• e.g. ‘Post us a creative video response’ in order to enter
• Think ‘opportunity cost’: is it worth my while creating a video to enter this
competition? (Unless it’s a big ticket item and extremely attractive, or creation
of content is intrinsic to the event/promotion, we’d recommend you avoid this!)
How to Capture Content...
• Your (pre-configured) devices
• Smart Phone
• Flip camera / hand held digital camcorder
• Use of on-site computer
• Ensure applications are pre-configured to Social profile accounts to make
content publishing easier
• e.g. Flickr and Twitter applications on phone
• ...and have your profile logins at the ready!
• ...or it could be just be an email or text to someone at HQ who can
upload for you
Your Content Assets and Channels...
Device Content Live Content Post-Event Content
* Phone * YouTube * Facebook Tab
* Flip / Laptop Video
* Flickr * Flickr Set
Pix * Facebook * Facebook Tab
* Phone Tweets * Facebook
* Facebook Note
* Computer * Blog post
Audience/Attendee Content and
* Flickr * Twitter / TwitPic * Facebook * Blogs, etc
Monitor and cross-
promote live on
the day and also in
NB: where you
structure / guide
‘Blog’ Pix their content. Only
rule is to TAG!
Example Tagging Principles...
• You can use ‘tags’ to stream your publishing efforts. This can
make your content more ‘findable’ and encourage engagement
• e.g. Twitter: use #TAG
• Enables attendees to participate in event-specific
conversations that are filtered aside from their broader,
public Twitter stream (as well as encouraging non-event
attendees to tune in, when used sensibly)
• e.g. Flickr: use the tag ‘TAG’ for images when uploading
• Enables other people to use the same tag in order to
associate their content with yours and with the event at
large. Also helps you to discover their content and interact
with it / publish it in your blog posts / Facebook Notes / etc
Twitter Editorial Notes...
• Ensure the following:
• Use the event #hashtag wherever you can
• Always try to re-Tweet other participants who are Tweeting in and around the event -
the goal is to spark exchanges with as many people as possible in attendance, and
also those who may be tuning in from outside the event. Don’t focus solely on you
and (where relevant) the participants you’re hosting!
• Always respond directly to individual Tweets (‘@XYZ’ mentions)
• Be conscious of the public (web) Twitter interface. Be aware that others will be
following you who have no interest in the event - therefore, keep the flow of event-
only Tweets sensible... and mix them up with other non-event Tweets
• Make sure Tweets are personal / personable wherever possible. ‘This event is
great!’ is boring. ‘I can see Hugh Grant from here and he’s lovely’ is more interesting
• If other high profile Twitterers are present, ride with them - get exchanges going,
nudge them and encourage them
• Stay in direct (Tweeting) touch with any participants you are hosting
Blog / Facebook Notes...
• Ensure the following:
• Use the post-event (or daily review) blog post/Note as your aggregation point for all other content
• Think ‘reportage’
• Here’s what David tweeted about the event
• Here are some great pictures from David
• David’s video shows this aspect really well...
• Remember, this content is also (and primarily) for people who didn’t attend the event. Therefore, tell
the complete story
• Why you’re there, what the event/competition/etc was about, what happened on the day/s,
interesting insights behind the scenes, etc
• Use these pieces to promote all of your Social Media channels whenever you can
• Follow us on Twitter for more events, promos and competitions
• Become a fan on Facebook if you want to get the inside view on other events
• Read the blog and stay tuned for future activity
• And always use these pieces to promote any upcoming activity / promos / competitions
Essential On-Site Elements...
• Use signage to promote Social Media activity and
interactions wherever possible
• ‘Follow our event conversations on Twitter via
@yourbrand - join in, and use the event hashtag
• ‘Check out our event photography at XYZ and videos
• For more formal events, use simple ‘release forms’ for
Vox Pops video content
• For all brand-run events use signage to tell people that
video of the event will be taken and will be used for
promotion on the web
• Basic tips for encouraging people to participate in your event content
• Keep it simple/non-prescriptive
• Verbal briefs
• (If appropriate) use simple handouts (tune into/use this!)
• (Respectfully ask if it’s OK to get their insights via some pictures/
video/comment at the event (for this, just give them the essentials
and keep it simple - don’t weigh them down!)
• Encourage them to blog, post content, Tweet (etc) during and after
• Again, if they’re attending the event as part of a promo/competition,
then you can also encourage them to participate in the pre-event
activity via their own Twitter / Facebook / etc activity
Pre-Planning... Pre-Promotion - do a... Post-Event Promos...
Is my event a good source of content? Facebook Note Tweet with links to your content
Can it be used as a promo or competition? Twitter (with #Hashtag) Tweet with links to other people’s content
Can influential partners get involved? Social Media bulletin Spark Twitter conversations with attendees
Can we tap into existing communities? Online Press Release Email people wherever you can with links
Planning - Can We Capture... Blogger interaction Comment on 3rd party content and link to yours
Video? Forums (where appropriate) Facebook Wall posts - yours and other attendees
Photos? Facebook ad (Use Dashboard to monitor 3rd party content)
Interviews? Email blast Tactical Considerations...
Vox Pops? Create event ‘tags’ (where appropriate) Can you get pro editing help?
Planning - Where Would it Work Best... Event Actions... Are there rights/usage issues
Facebook? Capture Photos Signage: provide some to raise awareness/participation
Web site? Capture video (60 second snippets!) Lighting and sound - suitable?
Twitter? Capture interviews Have I captured the brand where possible?
Flickr? Tweet (sensibly!) Technical - connectivity / network access?
Set targets for the activity Post content to YouTube/Flickr/etc Have I got all the apps/logins/etc I need?
Planning - Storyboard it... Use ‘tags’ wherever possible/appropriate Competitions/Promos...
Is it a ‘behind the scenes’ piece? Post-Event Actions... Invite timescale - x6 weeks?
Is it a straight reportage piece? ‘Wrap Up’ blog post / Facebook Note Is it *really* easy to enter / participate?
Is it a personality piece? Aggregate your content and others Is brand/message distribution built into entry process?
Edited, branded, narrative video (3 mins)