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Slides from the presentation "Basics of a Corporate Social Media program and the Network Solutions case study" at the Social Fresh Conference in Nashville. More details about the conference here ...

Slides from the presentation "Basics of a Corporate Social Media program and the Network Solutions case study" at the Social Fresh Conference in Nashville. More details about the conference here



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  • Social media is about conversations and relationships Customers are in control, but not total control because you CAN participate People do not want to me marketed to; they want to be heard and can relate more to another human than a banner ad It’s not just about great content, it’s about relationships Chances are there is a conversation going on online about your products or services, or even the business itself. Are you going to participate, or let someone else?

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  • 1. Basics of a Corporate Social Media program and the Network Solutions case study
  • 2. Network Solutions
    • Domains
    • Find-a-domain services
      • Certified Offer
      • Backorder
      • Premium Domains
    • Domain Web Forwarding
    • Private Registration
    • Communication
    • Business E-mail
    • Secure E-mail
    • Sell Online
    • E-commerce website packages
    • E-commerce Tools Merchant Account
    • Do It For Me E-Commerce Website Design Service
    • Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Pay Per Click Advertising
    • Optimized Press Releases
    • Directory Services: Monster Marketplace & ThinkLocal
    • Enhanced Business Listings
    • Link Building
    • Content Creation
    • Security
    • SSL Certificate
    • PC Security
    • Websites
    • Website Hosting
    • Statistics and Website tools
    • Professional Website Design Services
    • Professional Logo Design Services
    • Mobile Websites
    PR Measurement Summit June 2009
    • We service over 3 million SMB customers and manage 7.5 million domain names.
  • 3. Hi ! I am Shashi Bellamkonda (@shashib)
    • Head of Social Media Strategy at Network Solutions ( Unique title Social Media Swami)
    • I am the Network Solutions listening post in the Social Media
    • Helped Network Solutions win
      • 2008 SNCR Excellence in New Communications Award for Online Reputation Management
      • 2009 a Gold Quill Award of Excellence in Social Media from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).  
    • Speaker - `How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss' and 'Social Media Tools for Small Business at SXSW, IABC, Affiliate summit and others
    • Featured in Washingtonian Magazine’s Top 100 tech Titans for Community and thought leadership
  • 4. How Business can use Social Networking Tools
    • Connect with customers
    • Get ideas, trends, buzz
    • Find peers and network
    • Easy distribution of content
    • Greater reach
    • New Clients
  • 5. If chips can have their own page so can you!
  • 6. Social Media - Opportunity to excel and level playing field Photo Credit: Stand out from the crowd
  • 7. Become an expert
    • You have to learn the tools
    • Spend your own time
    • Find other enthusiasts/partners in crime
    • Invest time in attending offline events
  • 8. Convincing the Skeptics
      • No way to measure? Is there any ROI?
      • All these will pass
      • They are not mainstream, nobody pays attention to them
      • We cannot not control the message, lack of consistency, danger of going haywire
      • Only promote the company or products
      • Multiple stake holder approval of the message
      • Tools are expensive
    Photo Credit :
  • 9. Ownership
    • Jimmy Gardner
    • Everyone is responsible for social media – YOU!
    • How do you share the ownership? - EVERYONE
    • Who are your internal social media people? – MOBILIZE A TEAM AND COORDINATE EFFORTS
    • Can they write? Express yourself well and know your writing also reflects the company
    • Who should approve? – set up a process if necessary
    • Can we trust them? – start slowly, build trust then unleash the fury
    • Where should they engage? Wherever company is mentioned and customers are
  • 10. Network Solutions Swami’s - 3 Word Mantra Photo: courtesy: LISTEN PARTICIPATE Photo Courtesy: CONTRIBUTE Photo Courtesy:
  • 11. Listen
    • Basics
      • Google Alerts, Backtype, Radian6,
    • Feedback across company
    • Tracking and analytics
    • Educating across the company
  • 12. Participate
    • Respond to conversations
      • About your brand
      • Customer service
      • Industry news
      • Be human
      • Be goofy appropriately
  • 13. Contribute
    • Blogs
    • Communities
    • Forums
    • Multi media
    • Guest posts
    • Conferences
    • Customer Generated Content
  • 14. Internal organization
    • Social media
      • In house consultancy
      • Train across the company
      • Transfer ownership to them
      • Hold internal brainstorming
      • Create evangelists from marketing
      • Integrate efforts
  • 15. Your Social Media Plan
    • Setup Alerts
    • Join and setup profiles in 3 social networks
    • 15-20 minutes a day tracing the alerts and responding
    • Choose 3 blogs on your field to read and comment
    • Converse, don’t sell
    • Answer questions and become an expert in your niche on LinkedIn
    • 2 hours a week - Learn and write about the products you promote
    • Measure your efforts
      • How many times were you mentioned
      • How many people read your posts
      • Inbounds links
      • Are your customers evangelizing
    • Attend one local event a month| Ask for help from the community if you need it
  • 16. Building a Positive Image Online with Social Media: The Network Solutions Experience
  • 17. 4 Point Social Media Strategy
      • Brand / Reputation Management
      • Connecting with Customers
      • Community Outreach
      • Get new business
  • 18. Social Media Implementation
    • 2008
    2009 2010
    • Changed negative online perceptions to neutral sentiment
    • Increased positive sentiment
    • Positioned as Small Business Thought Leader
    • Utilized social media beyond customer service
    • Leverage social media for market expansion and leadership
  • 19. Top Three Accomplishments
    • Enjoying a positive sentiment online compared to the negative mentions in 2008.
    • Shift in perception of Network Solutions® as not just a domain registrar but also a thought leader in small business growth.
    • Network Solutions is often referred to as a company that has effectively leveraged social media to maximize customer satisfaction.
  • 20. Phase one: Listen
    • Team approach to response
    • Monitor using Radian6 and manual searches
    • Classify as crisis or not (>50 Technorati authority or 100 followers)
    • Classify as general issue or technical customer service
    • Engage in a variety of places:
      • Blog posts
      • Twitter via NetSolCares
      • Technical Forums
  • 21. Shift from High Negative to High Positive
  • 22. Phase 2: Content Contributions
    • Blogs
      • SolutionsArePower
      • Women Grow Business
      • Grow Smart Business
      • Unintentional Entrepreneur
    • Participation in industry events such as Twitterville
    • Small Business Success Index
    • GrowSmartBiz Webinars and Conference
    • Crisis Management Support
    • Rebrand
  • 23. Phase 2: Blogs
    • SolutionsArePower – over 130K visits since launched in 2008
    • Women Grow Business – over 28K visits since launched in Jan. 2009
    • Grow Smart Business – over 86K visits since launched in March 2009
    • Unintentional Entrepreneur - over 26K visits since launched in June 2009
  • 24. Phase 2: Participation in Premier Social Media Events
    • Hosted a premier silicon valley event/Shel Israel’s book launch party.
    • Created 300 customized t-shirts for Twitterville attendees generating a lot of buzz for NetSol.
  • 25. Phase 2: Small Business Success Index
    • Launched Grow Smart Business site
    • Generated over 290K minutes of viewership
    • 20+ blog posts to date since release of both SBSI waves
    • Over 3,500 views of the survey
  • 26. Phase 2: GrowSmartBiz Events
    • Webinars (2)
    • Over 400+ attendees
    • 20+ blog posts
    • 250+ tweets via #growbiz and #growsmartbiz
    • Conference
    • Over 400+ attendees
    • Increased @GrowSmartBiz Twitter followers by 200 and counting
    • 75+ blog posts
    • 1,500+ Tweets
    • 2K+ Tweets with #growsmartbiz
    • 5K participants on livestream
  • 27. Phase 2: Crisis Management Support
    • Created an online forum to provide information to merchants and customers.
    • Generated over 50+ blog posts, which Network Solutions team responded.
    • Applauded by many for use of social media in crisis management support.
  • 28. Phase 2: Rebrand
    • Created a social media advisory board
    • Used Twitter and blogs to market new rebrand
  • 29. Phase 2: Training other advocates
    • Social Media
    • Twitter
    • Blogging
    • Bookmarking
  • 30. Earned media
    • INC
    • Washington Post
    • Washington Biz Journal
    • NY1
    • WUSA9
  • 31. What Does 2010 Hold?
    • Drive more unique visitors to the storefront
    • Blogger outreach geared towards highlighting Network Solutions product offerings and customer testimonials
    • Increase user generated content on “How did I benefit from Network solutions”
    • Strengthen Network Solutions’ brand identity as Thought Leader in Innovative Online Solutions
      • Online engagement
      • Training sessions
      • Events
  • 32. Consumers are more savvy
  • 33. Final Thoughts
    • Listen first
    • Conversation, not publishing or broadcasting
    • Be a useful conversationalist
    • Build relationships - one at a time
    • Take a Leap of Faith and Jump In! Photo Courtesy Fred Dawson on Flickr /
  • 34. Thank you
    • Shashi Bellamkonda [email_address]
    • Twitter: @shashib
    • Small Business Success Index : http://
    • Network Solutions Blog : http://
    • Women Entrepreneurs : http://
    • Personal Blogs: Technology & Social Media:
    • Digital Thoughts:
    • Restaurant Reviews: