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ROI of Social Media


Presented at the Fall 2010 National Restaurant Association Marketing Execuitives Group Conference. How can you increase the return on your social media investment?

Presented at the Fall 2010 National Restaurant Association Marketing Execuitives Group Conference. How can you increase the return on your social media investment?

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  • 1.
  • 3. Who Are You?
    Mike Schaffer
    Social Media and Online Marketing Manager
    Background in Sports/Restaurant/Entertainment PR
    PR and Social Media Blogger
    Among PR Pros on Twitter: Top 100, Top 30, #21 Most Influential
    Twitter: @mikeschaffer
  • 4. …And What Do You Do?
    • Advertising agency with digital, branding and design teams
    • 5. Offices in Washington, DC; Nashville, TN (HQ); Hawaii
    • 6. Agency in-house resources
    - Brand campaign development
    - Online advertising
    - Website development
    - Social media management
    - Photography and video production
    - Custom publications
    - Contact center
    - Chats, comments, calls and emails with client prospects
  • 7. Our Agenda
    • What is ROI for Social Media?
    • 8. Four Truths About ROI
    • 9. Solutions For Your Problems
    • 10. Getting Social
  • If You’re Tweeting This Session…
    My Twitter Name: @mikeschaffer
    Hashtag: #NRAMEG10
  • 11. What is Social Media?
    Social media is a universe of online networks that allow people around the world to connect with each other every day.
    Each network has different audiences and features.
    “Social media…is a category of online media where people are talking, participating, sharing, networking, and bookmarking … [encouraging] discussion, feedback, voting, comments, and sharing of information from all interested parties.”
    – Ron Jones, Search Engine Watch 
  • 12. Staggering Stats!
    • Over 600 million people access social media sites daily. (laptops, desktops, mobile)
    • 13. Facebook alone has over 200 million unique visitors every day.
    • 14. People will spend 700 BILLION minutes per month on Facebook.
    • 15. 51% of active Twitter users follow companies, brands or products on social networks.
    • 16. Over 68,000 Tweets per minute (via 11 OCT 2010)
    • 17. LinkedIn: Growing at roughly one new member per second.
    • 18. 24 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and YouTube clocks 2 billion views per day.
    • 19. 70,000 new blogs go onto the web every day.
  • Return on Investment
  • 20. Types of Social Media ROI
    • Sales
    • 21. Online Network Growth
    • 22. Customer Loyalty
    • 23. Increased Traffic (foot and web)
    • 24. Brand Affinity
    • 25. Brand Engagement
    • 26. PR/Marketing/Advertising Support
  • A Note About Network Size…
    “Quit counting fans, followers and blog subscribers like bottle caps. Think, instead, about what you’re hoping to achieve with and through the community that actually cares about what you’re doing.” 
    – Amber Naslund, Social Media Today
  • 27. Social Media: Not the “Silver Bullet”
    It is not the be-all and end-all of marketing in the year 2010 and beyond.
    Social media should:
    • Be a part of your integrated marketing and
    communications plans
    • Support your branding and advertising
    • 28. Be supported by your branding and advertising
  • 29. The Four Truths About ROI
  • 30. #1 - ROI Starts With Strategy
    What are you trying to accomplish?
    Why is this something you need to do?
    What is your time frame?
    How will you go about achieving your goals in that time frame?
    How and when will you measure effectiveness?
  • 31. #2 - Location, Location, Location
    With your goals set, find the right platform(s) to host your campaign!
    Things to consider:
    1) Where do you already have a presence?
    2) What network will best help you achieve your goals? Remember
    each network has itsown capabilities and demographics.
    3) Can you leverage multiple platforms or digital entities? Email,
    text, etc.
  • 32. #3 - The Leaky Faucet
    Do you pay attention to a faucet that drips once a day?
  • 33. #4 – Choose the Right Yardsticks
  • 34. Issues and Solutions
  • 35. ISSUE #1: It Takes Too Much Time
    Reduce your workload by utilizing a social media content calendar.
    Content calendars improve:
  • 41. Maximize Your Content Calendar
    The BIG Question: What should you put on which networks when?
    Step 1 – Gather content that relates to and promotes your brand/agency image.
    Step 2 – Identify the right channels to distribute that content.
    Step 3 – Try posting different content at different times (morning, midday, afternoon, evening) to see when your network responds.
    Step 4 – Adjust as necessary: each network has unique standards and rhythm.
  • 42. ISSUE #2: Who Should Own It?
    • Knowing how to tweet does not make you a social media expert.
    • 43. Social media is a unique blend of advertising, marketing and PR that should be integrated into your overall communication strategy.
    • 44. New form of market research
    • 45. Scalable, cost-efficient
    • 46. Controlled message
    • 47. New business/member/donor generation
    • 48. Strategy and execution can be different people.
    • 49. ROI Tip: Use your customer service representatives to patrol social media. They are already trained to answer every question!
  • ISSUE #3: I’m Not Seeing Results
    • Step 1: Revisit your goals. Is your current strategy helping you work toward them?
    • 50. Step 2: Identify the disconnect.
    • 51. Content
    • 52. Community Management
    • 53. Network Selection
    • 54. Step 3: Fix it or Drop it. Either way, learn from it.
  • Top 5 Simple ROI Metrics You Should Follow
    1) Traffic to website via Google Analytics
    2) Sources of traffic to website (referring domains)
    3) Traffic trends to key pages (donation, membership, etc.)
    4) Facebook “Like” growth
    5) Email marketing trends (subscriber rates, click-through rates, conversions)
  • 55. ISSUE #4: It’s Not Generating Revenue
    Make it work for you!
    • Feature specific products you want to boost – you can even build campaigns around a product. (Burger sales slowing down? What about a video contest where customers discuss their favorite topping and the winner gets a $500 gift card?)
    • 56. Attach a sales tool to social media:
    • 57. Passwords
    • 58. Coupons (active and bounceback)
    • 59. Exclusive deals
    • 60. Engage your network – ask them for feedback and suggestions. Let the customers contribute to the brand!
  • Let’s Get Social!
    Mike Schaffer
    Twitter: @mikeschaffer