Empowering Your Virtual Voice


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Liz Brown Bullock, Director of Social Media & Community, Dell, discusses how you can successfully find your virtual voice with ten ideas strategically starting off to more in depth tips on content curation and building influencer relationships. Presented at the Women’s Empowerment Conference 2012 in San Diego, CA.

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  • August 2006Blog Outreach Expands Beyond Tech SupportEngagement with anyone who commented about the company. Business model and other issues considered.August 2006Blog Outreach Expands Beyond Tech SupportEngagement with anyone who commented about the company. Business model and other issues considered.June 2007Dell joins TwitterWhy don’t we reach out and help bloggers with tech support issues?February 2008Twitter ExpandedStart experimenting with Twitter for business– another venue to help customers, but also thanking Dell customers. Outreach leads to some Twitters asking for help on purchases.May 2008Dell Outlet Achieves $0.5M in Sales via TwitterCommunity team active on TwitterJune 2009 $2M+ Sales via TwitterDell outlet on Twitter surpasses $2 million in sales with another $1 million dollars in sales at dell.com 2009Dell TechCenterA Collaborative Community for Datacenter pros grows by 400%December 2009Huffington Post BlogDell’s VP of Social Media and Community, Manish Mehta, begins blogging at Huffington PostJune 2009Global Twitter Revenues of $6.5 M Community across the social web =3.5 million direct customer connections
  • Most employees are already using social media sites personally and are happy to help support their company. However you need to provide guardrails for engagement. Leverage a social media policy or principles to identify which actions are okay or not okay for employees to engage in and provide ongoing training. I’ve trained over XXXX team members are Dell and even the most tech savy users can learn something new. For instance, the Federal Trade Commission requires any employee talking about their company’s product or service to disclose that they work for that company even in their personal posts. We encourage our team members to include #Iwork4Dell in their posts as an easy way to disclose.
  • Before video - Ask attendees which social media platforms they are using today?Let’s take a deeper look into this social media revolution. TA Script: “Let’s start the class by watching a video that does a great job of communicating how important social media has become to modern society and business.”[Watch video]“Has anyone ever seen that video before? It’s a great video produced by a company called Socialnomics and they update it every couple of months since the statistics around social media are constantly changing as more and more people get involved.”
  • http://mashable.com/2012/05/23/egypt-election/HI Amy, Yes it erupted in protest because the campaign headquarter of Ahmed Shafiq Ex-Mubarak PM’s office were set ablaze last night. You will find more info here. To give an idea about what is going on right now :  At this stage there are two candidates “ Ahmed Shafiq “Ex-Mubarak PM’s office” and people are against him because he was part of the previous “corrupted” regime and another person- the latter is having more vote- from the Islamic party and those who are against him are saying that this party is a Radical one. Ok I will try to send you a report today or tomorrow morning at the latest with the required information.Kind regardsMustapha
  • At Dell, we use a tool called Radian6 to listen to customer conversations, but there are also a lot of free services available. Twitter.com/search enables you to see all recent tweets around a particular topic. Google.com/alerts allows you to sign up for daily or weekly email alerts for particular keywords. I’d recommend that each of you set up a weekly google alert tied to your company name at a minimum to listen to what customers and the media are saying about you. Finally, socialmention.com will provide the most robust listening analysis. It allows you to search on particular channels such as blogs, microblogs, video or all social media sites as well as identifying topic sentiment, top keywords, top hashtags and top users of a topic.
  • What Motivates us to Share?Interesting or Insightful Material – People share material because they have found it useful or think others might find it interesting. The motivation is to bring relevant information to those we care about the most. On the other hand people might share content which is relevant for them but not necessarily the recipient. This might be done to show off their knowledge or define themselves.Advocative Sharing – We share to get the word out about causes (or brands) we believe in. Sharing is driven by our desire to maintain and shape relationships with others. Therefore if we are passionate about a cause we would want others to build a relationship with it as well.Social Validation – People share to define themselves to show what they care about and give people a sense of who they are and why they care. For example, some social networkers regularly post updates of their day to day lives. They do this for a sense of importance and because it makes them feel connected and more involved with the world.To Pass on Something Entertaining – We share to bring entertaining content to others. Humour is one of the main reasons why we are sharing content online. Just think of the memorable Old Spice campaign, which was one of the most talked about and shared viral campaigns ever.Duty or Incentive – Using an incentive is a great way to motivate someone to react to your content. This could be in the form of a discount or sale. A good example of this is LoveFilm who have sent free trials to their current customers provided they sign up a friend. They are sharing the discount and the service in exchange for a reward. This is an offline strategy but it works the same online.
  • SPEAKER NOTE: Have attendees open their toolkits to the events checklist
  • AwarenessThe total audience exposed to your owned and earned messagingEx. Monthly gross impressions, followersEngagementThe total level of participationEx. Total interactions, # fan photos/videos, % engaged on page, comments/postsInfluenceHow an information source is deemed relevant, authoritative and credibleEx. # page likes (Fans), external RTs, # of subscribersAdvocacyThe messages, opinions and recommendations about a brandEx. Message delivery, sentiment, recommendations
  • If you found this content useful and are looking for practical tips on social media you can find out more information online in a free social media toolkit.The toolkit includes [list out]
  • Empowering Your Virtual Voice

    1. 1. Empowering Your Virtual VoiceLiz Brown Bullock, Director Social Media & Community, Dell@lizbbullock#wec2012
    2. 2. Business is socializing with purposeGraphic thanks to Gapingvoid.com Hugh MacLeod2 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    3. 3. Five year journey of embedding social to be a better business February 2006 December 2006 October 2007 May 2008 June 2009 April 2011 Dell Michael Dell Asks Ratings and Michael Dell quote in Business Week Dell Outlet achieves Global Twitter Why don’t we reach out and help Jeff Jarvis story quote, “These conversations are named #1 most reviews on $0.5M in sales via Twitter revenues of $6.5 M social brands in bloggers with tech support issues? going to occur whether you like it or not. Do you Dell.com want to be part of that or not? My argument is you Community team active on Twitter ranking of 100 top absolutely do. You can learn from them. You can Small Business improve your reaction time. And you can be a blog launched March 2010 August 2006 better company by listening and being involved in Blog outreach that conversation.” Launch @DellCares; expands beyond March 2008 today 24/7 11 languages February 2007 tech support IdeaStorm Launched Accepted Solutions January 2009 June 2009 A voting based site allowing launched on Community China Micro- Dell Organizes in to $2M+ Sales Blogging customers and others to submit Dell France begins Online 4 customer focused ideas for Dell. Community Outreach via Twitter Dec 2010 launched business units Social Media Listening Command Center2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 October 20101 July 2006 Altimeter recognizes Dell with Direct2Dell launched June 2007 April 2008 2009 “Open Leadership Award for Today Direct2Dell exists in Dell joins Twitter Inside IT launched Dell TechCenter Innovation and Execution on English, Spanish, Norwegian, January Blog focused on business Listening Japanese and Chinese. Dell launches 2008 customers, and Cloud Dell aligns Computing. EmployeeStorm Spring 2009 December Dell Social Media and Internal Blogs organization Community University Launched for for success Some Members of 2009 Community and launched/5,000 team Employees. Huffington members trained by Conversations Post BlogAugust 2006 January 2007 end of year deployed within eachBlog outreach (Aug.) StudioDell launched of the new Dellexpands beyond Dell’s video and podcast February 2008 Business unitstech Support site, with helpful tips and June 2010 tricks. Eventually expanding November 2007 Twitter expanded Dell launches B2B pages this into the YouTube channel DellShares launched making sharing easier. June 2008 Facebook The first investor relations blog by a public company. Channel blog 3 Confidential launched Global Marketing
    4. 4. How companies organize for social media:• Holistic: Everyone is in customer service and support and any employee who wants to be social is enabled• Dell & Best Buy’s Twelpforce are examplesSource: Survey of 140 Corporate Social Strategists, Altimeter Group, November 20105 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    5. 5. This discussion will cover… Planning: 10 tips to get How Social Media is you started & keep you changing our going! landscape7 Confidential Global Marketing
    6. 6. What is social media?• Any tool or service that uses Internet to facilitate conversations• Words, pictures, video, audio, experiences, observations, opinions, news and insights• Connections and collaborations between friends, peers, and influencers• The redistribution of influence• An opportunity and privilege - Brian Solis, “Engage!” 8 Confidential Global Marketing
    7. 7. The Social Media Revolution Video Thanks to Erik Qualman9 Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eUeL3n7fDs&feature=related Global Marketing
    8. 8. Social Media is reinventing how business is doneRed Robin, Gourmet Burgers• 460-restaurant chain used internal social network to launch new sandwiches• Traditional 6 month process: mailing spiral-bound books, getting feedback, etc• Taught managers recipes, fastest way to make them all via video & online in daysCompanies are using social to:• Build teams that solve problems faster• Share information among employees, partners & customers• Bring customer ideas & input in to the company10 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    9. 9. Customers want to interact• 93% of Americans believe a company should have a social media presence• 85% believe a company should be active with customers in social media• 56% feel a stronger connection with companies they interact within in social media Source: Cone Research of 1000+ Americans, September 200811 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    10. 10. Planning12 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    11. 11. Your social strategy needs as much forethought as anyother business process Tip 1: Write up a plan 1. Planning According to CRM industry analyst, Brent Leary: “Strategic users are almost 4. Measuring 2. Listening 3xs more likely to execute activities for engaging prospects than informal users (53% vs. 19%)” 3. EngagingSource: Brent Leary’s Strategically Social: 5 Keys to Becoming a Social Business13 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    12. 12. Questions to Ask in the Planning Stage:• What are the organizations’ goals?• What is the business plan?• What is the current relationship with our customers?• What is the relationship we want with our customers?How does social media support these goals?Tip 2: Tie social media to your business and customer objectives I think it starts with understanding what the organization’s goals are…part of the problem is that too many people want to jump into a Facebook “strategy” or a Twitter “strategy” – Shel HoltzSource: Shel Holtz: http://labs.openviewpartners.com/shel-holtz-talks-content-and-social-strategies/14 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    13. 13. Embedding social to Dell’s purpose:• Deepening our customer relationships and helping our customers thrive• Dell encourages thoughtful and customer focused interactions at every touch point15 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    14. 14. Listening16 Confidential Global Marketing
    15. 15. Questions to Ask in the Listening StageTip 3: Identify and target your community• Any social strategy first begins with listening to feed & inform your strategic plan• Listening should be for conversations about the company, product(s), category, competitors and the industry• By listening, you gain insights on what people are talking about & how they talk about companies and products – What are people saying about your brand? – What are the popular topics about your brand? – Who are the advocates, detractors and influencers in your industry? – Where are the conversations happening?17 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    16. 16. Dell’s Social Media Listening Command Center 25,000 posts a day Global Marketing
    17. 17. Listening report: 2012 Egyptian Elections19 Confidential Global Marketing
    18. 18. Listening to conversations: Twitter search21 Confidential Global Marketing
    19. 19. Listening to conversations: Google.com/Alerts22 Confidential Global Marketing
    20. 20. Listening to conversations: Socialmention.com Google.com/Alerts23 Confidential Global Marketing
    21. 21. Fish where the fish are…24 Confidential Global Marketing
    22. 22. Where? Broad use social media platforms25 Confidential Global Marketing
    23. 23. Let’s start engaging…26 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    24. 24. Engagement pyramid27 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    25. 25. Standard conversation values for engagement:• Authentic• Personal• Transparent• Inclusive• Honest• Conversational• EducationalIt’s not just about being outthere and participating, it’sabout being authentic andbringing value28 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    26. 26. Engagement Ideas to get started…Facebook• Like• Comment• Post link to an article of interest• Check inTwitter• ReTweet relevant, useful content• Reply promptly• Twitter events with hashtagLinkedIn• Recommend a team member• Provide status updateBlogs• Comment on relevant blogsSlideshare• Upload most recent, relevant presentation• Tweet and/or post on facebook that you uploaded presentation29 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    27. 27. Develop compelling content and make it shareableSource: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/14353/60-of-Social-Media-Messages-are-Links-to-Published-Content-Data.aspx 30 Confidential Global Marketing
    28. 28. Content rules – 80/20• People more likely to do business with a friend• You need to make friends to influence people• Follow 80/20 rule: 80% to support others and 20% self promotion• Being real on social media makes 80% target easy to reach• When you share a great article or blog post, use their twitter name31 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    29. 29. Identifying good content to share:• Idea 5: Follow @lizstrauss (twitter) – What publications do you already read? › Follow their Twitter account – Follow customers, partners and your industry thought leaders – Follow industry experts and thought leaders in social media – Stay up to date with industry blogs on Google.com/reader32 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    30. 30. Google Reader33 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    31. 31. Online curated sites for relevant content:Idea 6: Vary your content and keep target audience in mindLionel Menchaca’s, Dell’s Chief Blogger, recommendation: techmemeGuy Kawasaki recommendations: Smartbrief (customize industry topics for daily top stories via email) Stumbleupon (customized by your interests includes photography) Alltop (top stories by popular media)My recommendation: LinkedIn Today @LinkedInToday (twitter)34 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    32. 32. Schedule posts via BufferApp.com• Idea 7: Avoid pushing the same content to all your platforms• Buffer: Available for Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn35 Confidential Global Marketing
    33. 33. Increase fans & followers36 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    34. 34. Increasing fans and followers:• Idea 8: Adopt a relationship mindset. Just as you do with your friends, engage fans and followers in meaningful ways – Keep asking questions – Create virtual projects › Brainstorming for a campaign or raising $$ for disaster relief – Celebrate follower activities & achievements – Add value › Give sneak peeks, exclusive content and special promotions – Complete the circle › Tie off the communication: Thank them for reaching out and ask if you can be of additional assistance37 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    35. 35. Build stronger relationships by bridging social & in-person• Idea 9: Take advantage of in-person interaction to deepen relationships• Events are powerful opportunities to build relationships• Recommended tools: Twitter & Slideshare – Offer inside access by “live-tweeting” during the event & use hashtag – Join conversations to share your thoughts and opinions – Connect with influencers attending or covering the event – Post-event, share presentations on Slideshare38 Confidential Global Marketing
    36. 36. What the heck is a #hashtag?!?• Relevant keyword or phrase prefixed with the symbol # (no spaces)• Objective: categorize on common topics & allows search• Searching by hashtag, allows you to see all conversations• Hashtags are extremely popular at events. It allows likeminded folks to connect, plus share conference insights to the outside worldReminders:• Before you publish a new hashtag, check & see if it is being used• Keep it short! Only 140 characters in Twitter• Publish out your hashtag everywhere before events39 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    37. 37. Measuring40 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    38. 38. No single measurement for social mediasuccess• Idea 10: Select key performance indicators based on your objectives Awareness Influence Ex. Monthly gross impressions, # Ex. # page likes,/shares, external of fans/followers RTs, # of subscribers Engagement Advocacy Ex. Message Ex. Total interactions, # fan delivery, sentiment, recommenda photos/videos, % engaged on tions page, comments/posts41 Confidential Global Marketing
    39. 39. Top Ten Ideas:Idea 1: Write up a planIdea 2: Tie social media to your business and customer objectivesIdea 3: Identify and target your communityIdea 4: Sign up for free Listening tools if you haven’t already…Idea 5: Follow @Lizstrauss (twitter) for content inspirationIdea 6: Vary your content and keep target audience in mindIdea 7: Avoid pushing the same content to all your platformsIdea 8: Adopt a relationship mindset. Just as you do with your friends, engage fans andfollowers in meaningful waysIdea 9: Take advantage of in-person interaction to deepen relationshipsIdea 10: Select key performance indicators based on your objectives42 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    40. 40. Make time for social media • Add 30 minutes to your calendar 2x a week to listen or engage in social media • Don’t go overboard – just start with 1-2 platforms • Download social applications to your phone • Find a social media mentor • After a customer meeting, thank the customer in social media • Use relevant hashtags to connect with event attendees, speakers, etc.43 Confidential Global Marketing
    41. 41. When you rock, the world pays attention…44 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    42. 42. Thank You Q&A45 Confidential 9/25/2012 Global Marketing
    43. 43. Dell social media toolkitGuide to how small and medium businesses can make the most of social media Available online The guide includes: • How to develop a social media strategy • Creating social media guidelines • Best practices and case studies • Choosing your social media channels • Measurement and influence • Tips from social media experts • Practical advice to get started www.slideshare.net/DellSMB/d ell-smb-socialmediatoolkit Global Marketing