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All about personality and voice by Maryann Devine, for SMartCamp (Social Media Art Camp). March 2010

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  • Just like you’d never mistake Humphrey Bogart’s voice for Carol Channings …
  • Or Richard Pryor’s
  • Or Andy Warhol’s
  • Or julia Child’s
  • Or Morgan Freeman’s
  • It helps you stand out from the crowd.
  • So that begs the question, who are you? Who are you as an organization? If you were a person, how would you describe that person? If you were a character in an opera, who would that be?
  • How do you speak?
  • In fact, many organizations still take their brochure or ad copy and just put it online without thinking about how people actually use the web.
  • What works online
  • Page from Smithsonian’s giving page. Took brochure copy and broke it down to something scannable.
  • Whether you’re joining a forum, commenting on a relevant blog, blogging yourself, using twitter or facebook, Step 1 is listening. So is Step 2. Listen until you have a feel for what’s appropriate to post, what’s the appropriate tone.
  • It’s a cliché to say that when you’re using social media, you’re having a conversation, but it’s true. It’s important to remember that.
  • The academy of vocal arts, where I used to work – do a great job at making their blog conversational and giving patrons what they want – other than one-on-one conversation, they can’t get this dirt any other way.
  • On twitter and facebook, we often use these tools as tiny advertising streams.
  • On facebook, people are imagining a conversation with friends. On twitter, it’s like a party or a bar – no one is there to read advertising.
  • Imagine if you barged into a conversation at a party with this.
  • Imagine coming up to people at a party, with “DINNER AT MY HOUSE NEXT WEEK! SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! TOTALLY FREE!”
  • To be fair, Palm Beach Opera has their share of advertising-as-twitter, but they also show their human side and I always enjoy talking to them.
  • It helps you stand out from the crowd.
  • Whether you’re joining a forum, commenting on a relevant blog, blogging yourself, using twitter or facebook, Step 1 is listening. So is Step 2. Listen until you have a feel for what’s appropriate to post, what’s the appropriate tone.
  • On twitter and facebook, we often use these tools as tiny advertising streams.

Finding Your Voice Finding Your Voice Presentation Transcript

  • Finding your online voice.
  • Maryann Devine
  • 3 kinds of contexts
  • Context: 1. other arts people/orgs 2. your other communications 3. online community
  • Your voice is unique.
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  • Your organization’s voice should be unique, too.
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  • Who are you?
  • If your organization were a person, who would it be?
    • Formal?
    • Casual?
    • Calm?
    • Exciting?
    • Down-to-earth?
  • Boston Lyric Opera
  • Boston Lyric Opera
  • Boston Lyric Opera
  • Your online voice.
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  • People don’t read online. They scan.
    • Brief copy.
    • Bullets (like these).
    • Short pages.
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  • Your social media voice.
  • Listening.
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  • Online or offline: it’s still your voice.
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  • How we sometimes use Twitter and Facebook:
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    • “ Carmen opens Saturday night! Tickets still available!!!”
    • “ Ring in the new year by checking out our season!”
    • “ We’re excited about our honorary gala chair …!”
  • @ palmbeachopera
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  • Wrapping it up.
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  • Listen. Listen some more.
  • Don’t use social media to shout – Be human.
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  • Thank you!
    • Photo credits:
    • Singers: Mseckington on flickr. (cc)
    • Bogart: 1horsetown on flickr. (cc)
    • Channing: greginhollywood on flickr. (cc)
    • Pryor: Alan Light on flickr. (cc)
    • Warhol: VintageER on flickr. (cc)
    • Freeman: David Sifry on flickr. (cc)
    • Child: Cameron Nordholm on flickr. (cc)
    • All other photos: istockphoto.com
    • www.smartsandculture.com
    • [email_address]
    • @ maryanndevine
    • CC 2010 Maryann Devine | Some rights reserved.