And Non-ProfitsSharing Stories, Building Followers, Raising Money! June 8, 2011 Juliann Grant Telesian Technology
Agenda About Twitter Getting Started Step by Step: Launching a Twitter Profile for Your Brand Building an Army How to Tweet Secrets to Success: Promoting your cause/special interest Hash tags Listening tactics Online fundraising/crowdsourcing Do’s and Don’ts of Twitter: Build a positive reputation Best practices for tweeting Success stories
The Social Media Landscape 94.2M in US 55% female 18-34: 45% 35-49: 24% 50+: 14% 4.6M in US 51% male 18-34: 26% 35-49: 38% 50+: 32% 139M in US 55% female 18-34: 42% 35-49: 20% 50+: 12% 137M in US 50% male/female 13-17: 21% 18-34: 36% 35-49: 22% 50+: 16% http://www.quantcast.com
Interesting Twitter Stats 3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet. 1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion Tweets. 50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago. 140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month. 177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011. 456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time). 6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day. 12.4M tweets in one hour current record when Osama Bin Laden was killed #accounts572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011. 460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month. 182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year. http://blog.twitter.com/2011/03/numbers.html
Twitter is NOT… A replacement for marketing or PR A megahorn for your message only A web site replacement Static Something to update only periodically A strategy unto itself
Choose follows wisely Rules of the Road You don’t need to follow back everyone who follows you. Beware of Spammers High following rate Low tweet and follower count Evaluate every profile Do not set up Automatic Direct Messages for new followers that are overly promotional.
Tweeting: Building your brand Have a giving spirit Offer guidance, humor, perspective, expertise whenever possible Make daily – weekly contributions Focus on sharing info that would be valuable to a customer or potential buyer
Tweeting: Participate, Be Visible. Informative Educational Sharing
Tweeting: Respond Quickly Most social media black eyes come from a slow response
Secrets to Success:Use Twitter to Promote Your Non-Profit Cause
Use #Hashtags Keep it short! Does not require registration but check for usage Search.twitter.com Hashtag.org Create unique topics and use for tracking conversations Events, Programs, Contests Around a cause/issue Geography General terms ex. Poverty, youth Create a body of knowledge #UnitedWay Short-lived on Twitter ~ last 7 days available Archive when necessary
Listen with Twitter http://search.twitter.com Search for keywords Search by #hashtag Monitor trends/sentiment Create feeds in a Reader or in an tool like Hootsuite Consider automated tools
Tips for Crowdsourcing Include a short personal message about a survey/poll/event within the tweet. Include an incentive such as “win a gift card” etc. Use popular hashtags related to your survey/poll/event. Try to send the tweet at peak Twitter times for maximum exposure. Don’t be afraid to Tweet more than once. Use a link shortening service such at bit.ly to shorten your survey/ poll link and track the clicks. Ask for a Retweet from your followers. Send a final reminder tweet such as, “poll ends today, results to follow”. http://socialmediatoday.com/jasonmillerca/285521/how-use-twitter-crowdsourcing-and-simple-market-research
Other Campaign Components Blog Human voice Can be a team blog, adds more points of view Facebook account Reach the largest social network YouTube, Flickr, SlideShare accounts Store photos, PDFs, videos, PPTs webinars Integration points with marketing and web site Media page for sharing blogs and social media profiles Use landing pages to eliminate link to nowhere
Twitter Best Practices Set up an organization ID Add brand IDs, use naming conventions to align with organization ID brand Even if you are not ready to dedicate time to Twitter, claim your ID now Build custom templates to reflect brand Maintain a 1:10 ratio of broadcast-type/self-promotion messages to pure participation
Twitter Best Practices Participate Make it a priority and spend focused time weekly Show you are listening and adding value to the conversation, not just posting endlessly Reach out and start conversations Ask questions, answer other questions Get to know Twitter culture Get the lingo down RT (Retweet) HT( Hat tip) OH (Other half) #FollowFriday Don’t be afraid to experiment! Expand beyond Twitter to other social networks
Twitter Best Practices Recognize others in your network, give credit Use Direct Messages for: One on one conversations Thanking followers for following Retweet (RT) messages you find valuable Refrain from sharing political positions Treat language as professional and personable Remember behind each profile is a person
Ten things to avoid on Twitter Set up a profile and then ignore it. Follow 1,000s of people in the first few weeks Use Twitter to broadcast your message only. Using a formal, stodgy corporate tone. This is not a web site. Not establish a Listening Strategy first.
Ten things to avoid on twitter 6. Ignoring information gathered from Listening. Never retweet others posts Take false credit for information or links Not be transparent Defend against negative tweets
Remember where Twitter fits in Organization Goals Build brand awareness Identify new fundraising opportunities Put a human face on your brand Deepen supporter relationships Organize a Strategy Why, who, what, when, where, how Schedule programs and tactics Identify programs and supporting content Plan to get the message out Social Media and Twitter
September 2008, a group of London Twitter users hosted an event called Harvest Twestival
First Twestival Global was launched with a tweet on 8 January 2009
One month later there were 202 cities around the world hosting events to benefit charity: water
Over 1,000 volunteers, crowdsourced through Twitter, contributed their skills
Over 10,000 people participated globally and countless others donated or used their creativity to ensure 100% of all proceeds went direct to charity: water projects.
Total raised in one day was $250k + through these events and online donations;
Resulted in 55 wells with more than 17,000 people served in Uganda, Ethiopia, and India.
Since 2009 over 200 cities have participated by hosting offline events raising close to $1.2 million for 137 causes
Share Our Strength Day of Service Capital Area Food Bank, TX and Friendship Public Charter School Goal to address hunger and poverty issues. The Day of Service was sponsored by Tyson Foods Created a team of social media volunteers who youtubing, blogging, flickring, and Twittering the work by these dedicated volunteers. Resulted in 1,100 boxes of food packed and delivered to 700 + agencies
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