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Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ
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Hocking Hills Tourism Association Social Media Marketing FAQ

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Amy Marshall answered FAQs about social media marketing at Hocking Hills on April 20, 2010.

Amy Marshall answered FAQs about social media marketing at Hocking Hills on April 20, 2010.

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  • 1. Social Media FAQsWhat you really need to know!Amy Marshall – April 21, 2010<br />
  • 2. Why the “noise” about the Internet<br />Almost two-thirds of US adults claim to go online every day<br />Equates to almost 200 MILLION US adults a year!<br />(eMarketer)<br />Half of those will make purchases online (IDC)<br />40% of Internet users have mobile access (IDC)<br />Internet has surpassed TV as the most essential media (IDC)<br />
  • 3. Who is Really Using Social Media?<br />75% of college students<br />60% of the wealthy<br />Facebook’s fastest growing demographic is 50+, followed by 41-45 year olds<br />The average Twitter user is 31 yrs old<br />
  • 4. Why You Can’t Ignore Social Media<br />Ignoring social media is “like ignoring Google back in ‘99″<br />YouTube is the second largest “search engine” and provides an opportunity to tell your story<br />
  • 5. What is the ROI of Social Media?How much business can I get using social media?<br />Forget about the ROI you get from social media and treat it as your customer service department.<br />“An angry customer can lose you many more customers than a happy one can win you. Go to Facebook and register your business name or category, because there’s nothing stopping your competitors from doing so.” (Travel blogger)<br />
  • 6. Social media faqs<br />
  • 7. Social Media Time ManagementHow do I keep social media activities from consuming all my time?<br />Limit the number of networks<br />Find your audience<br />Set up alerts<br />Google Alerts, TweetBeep, WhosTalkin.com<br />Choose your connections carefully<br />Set aside 15-20 min 3-4 times a week<br />Build a “content calendar”<br />Divide and conquer the management<br />If managed well, can reduce emails! <br />
  • 8. Social Media Time ManagementI have 3 hours a week to spend on social media. What is the best way to distribute my time each week?<br />Sync social networks together to make content efficient<br />Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn<br />People use different networks for content  <br />Post to one and let the rest auto update<br />Focus on providing updates about events and responding to questions<br /> <br />
  • 9. Frequency of Contact on Social NetworksI have 200 Fans. How often should I be talking to them?<br />Keep fans updated on events, news, updates – as often as it takes to do that  <br />Start with 3 times a week, move to 5 times a week or daily<br />Always respond to questions or inquiries with 12 hours or a day at most<br />Ask fans to initiate conversations/content<br />
  • 10. Content Ideas<br />Events<br />News posts<br />Awards<br />Customer quotes/testimonials<br />Contests<br />Promotions, coupons<br />Advice / tips<br />Reference other resources<br />Pictures / videos<br />Destination updates<br />Location stories<br />Seasonal info<br />
  • 11.
  • 12. Being Transparent & Building Relationships with Social MediaHow do I get a conversation going without sounding like a commercial?<br />Never start with your elevator pitch<br />Be personal<br />Ask questions<br />Respond to questions<br />Use follower names/usernames to get their attention<br />Help them share their news/photos/updates/info<br />Provide info that they will find useful<br />Watch for people talking about your business or specialty and provide feedback when appropriate<br />Thank people when they mention or write about you or your business<br />
  • 13. Facebook AdvertisingDo Facebook Ads Provide ROI?<br />Jury is still out!<br />Facebook ads can be targeted by exact segments (age, location, interests)<br />Depends on the type of business<br />Landing page needs to be exactly what the audience is looking for<br />Try sending them to your Facebook page!<br />Cheaper than a Google ad campaign<br />
  • 14. Do I need a blog?How do I manage a blog?<br />YES! Especially for travel sites.<br />Blogs provide additional, timely, relevant, fresh content to your website<br />Provides more opportunity to appear for Google searches<br />Create a Content Calendar<br />Publish a post once a week or 2x a month<br />Posts can be event notices, press releases, pictures, history about the destination, special guests – can be short!<br />
  • 15. Social Media ToolsWhat are the top ones and how do I stay updated on new social media tools and what should I use?<br />Subscribe to one or two social media blogs to hear of new tools – Mashable.com, Techcrunch.com<br />Twitter<br />Twellow (find followers)<br />Twitalyzer (Analysis/stats)<br />Cotweet or Hootsuite (management)<br />TweetDeck(desktop apps)<br />Listorious (list management)<br />Facebook – No management tool other than TweetDeck or HootSuite<br />
  • 16. What are the top 5 social media sites? Where should I focus my online efforts?<br />Facebook - community<br />YouTube - Videos<br />Twitter – Microblog (140 characters)<br />MySpace – community<br />LinkedIn – Business community network<br />Flickr – Still photos<br />
  • 17. Top Travel Social Media Sites<br />TripAdvisor – travel planning, reviews – Top Travel site<br />BestTravelDeals.com – share deals and vote for the best ones – subscribe to deals<br />Dopplr.com – City profiles (maps, places to stay, places to eat, QA section) – Best for business travelers<br />Driftr.com – Travel community (maps, visitor slideshows, “friends”, traveler stats) “Traveler Facebook”<br />Could watch for what people are saying about your destination. Not many destinations have been reviewed in Ohio. Only 3,300 people belong.<br />TripSay.com – Uniting travelers virtually around common interests (i.e. camping, hiking)<br />ThornTree.com – Travel Forum<br />
  • 18. Other Social Media Sites<br />Foursquare – Really good for retail, restaurants, offering specials.<br />Gowalla – Similar to Foursquare, getting a little bigger.<br />Digg – Nothing makes it to the front page. For link building time is better spent building a wiki. <br />
  • 19. What Trends in Social Media are Emerging?<br />Mobile<br />Applications<br />Mobile gaming – experiential <br />Geocaching games<br />Develop Mobile friendly website<br />91% of all mobile users use social media sites<br />47% of generation Y replace laptops with phones<br />Free mobile apps available<br />Triggers for text messaging (Text 4444# to get a coupon)<br />
  • 20. Questions<br />Amy Marshall<br />@amymarshall<br />amarshall@webbedmarketing.com<br />

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