Beth Becker Progressive PST @Spedwybabs Alan Rosenblatt Center for American Progress @DrDigiPol
Social Media: A definition
1. pertaining to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations: a social club.
2. seeking or enjoying the companionship of others; friendly; sociable; gregarious.
the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, that reach or influence people widely
The way things were: Email Advocacy
Email is a closed communication loop
Email was the only online channel to reach Congress
Campaigns email activists (very few forward it) Congress gets the email (but no one knows for sure) Activists send email to Congress
The way things are now: Social Advocacy Congress can ’t ignore because the world can see! Campaigns email activists & promote on social media Activists send email to Congress & msg via social media Activists sent to email/petition page, twitter petition, Facebook wall, etc.
Questions to Ask Yourself What do I want to say? When do I want to say it? Who do I want to say it to? Who do I want my audience to repeat it to? What areas of interest exist between us & our audience? Where does my audience live? How formal is my relationship with my audience? Which social media platform is best to accomplish my goals? What other pieces are there to this campaign and how can social media complement them?
Know the Twitter Audience in General Category Number Worldwide Users 100 million + % of Users Access via Smartphone 55% Average # of Tweets/Day 230 million Estimated % of Passive Users 40% The Racial Gap 25% users African American, 16% Caucasian Racial Gap part 2 Largest growth: Latinos at 33% monthly The Age Gap Largest age group: 18-29 at 18% Bridging the Age Gap Largest growth: 30-49 at 14% growth Income Over 50% over %50,000/year Geographic Location 15% Urban, 10% Rural % of Internet Users who Admit using Twitter 13%
Know the Facebook Audience in General Category Number Worldwide Users 600 million + % of Users Access via Smartphone 200 million + The Age Gap 18-25= 35% of all users Bridging the Age Gap 50 and older= 12% and rising 58% yearly % of FB users related to overall web use 72% Page Post Impressions % 10% of fans see any one update Profile Post Impressions % 10% of your friends see your status updates Gender Gap Myth 298 million male- 288 million female Average time spent on FB/week 7.5 hours