Babies, Ninjas and Sprint Social Media  Jason Gertzen Business Communicators Summit 2010 Feb. 4, 2010
Social Media “grew up” at Sprint in 2009 <ul><li>Year began with questions, skepticism </li></ul><ul><li>“ Early adopters”...
Personal dialogue in real time <ul><li>Announce new Sprint phones, services </li></ul><ul><li>Social media conversations  ...
Customers expect us to meet them there
Teach your way to support for social media <ul><li>Share articles, reports illustrating success of other brands. </li></ul...
Find Partners inside your company <ul><li>DEALS  – Discounts, special offers or contests for your Facebook fans </li></ul>...
Sprint’s Reputation <ul><li>With @sprintcares team we help customers – solve problems, increase loyalty </li></ul><ul><li>...
Reinforcements for vast land of social media
Sprint Social Media Ninjas <ul><li>Voluntary program for Sprint employees </li></ul><ul><li>Help monitor social networking...
“ Help Twitter”
“ Thanks @Sprint”
Are you ready to connect with your customers? <ul><li>Jason Gertzen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manager, Social Media </li></ul>...
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  • Set presentation title in Arial Italic 48 pt. Black. Set title of presentation in footer menu in 16 pt. 80% gray When printing presentations, use the handout option to avoid printing a black background.
  • Ask – how would you handle these situations/questions? Have you dealt with these issues before?
  • What could we have done differently? What would you do?
  • So what does this have to do with Social Media? The same Ninja training principles apply when talking to customers online in Social Media.
  • Sprint Social Media Story: Customer Care

    1. 1. Babies, Ninjas and Sprint Social Media Jason Gertzen Business Communicators Summit 2010 Feb. 4, 2010
    2. 2. Social Media “grew up” at Sprint in 2009 <ul><li>Year began with questions, skepticism </li></ul><ul><li>“ Early adopters” lead the way </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts gain traction </li></ul><ul><li>Social media now claims prominent role in outreach </li></ul>
    3. 3. Personal dialogue in real time <ul><li>Announce new Sprint phones, services </li></ul><ul><li>Social media conversations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What’s your favorite Sprint phone?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Answer questions on minds of many customers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ How do I add Any Mobile, Anytime to my calling plan?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal attention to resolve problems </li></ul>
    4. 4. Customers expect us to meet them there
    5. 5. Teach your way to support for social media <ul><li>Share articles, reports illustrating success of other brands. </li></ul><ul><li>Brown Baggers – Social Media 101 on opportunities, tactics. </li></ul><ul><li>Show-and-Tell PR – Emails or presentations about what you did, why it worked and how others can try it. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Find Partners inside your company <ul><li>DEALS – Discounts, special offers or contests for your Facebook fans </li></ul><ul><li>ADVICE – Answer general questions via online chat on Facebook, other sites </li></ul><ul><li>HELP – Specialists, procedures to provide help off line to protect customer privacy </li></ul>
    7. 7. Sprint’s Reputation <ul><li>With @sprintcares team we help customers – solve problems, increase loyalty </li></ul><ul><li>Influence others about what experience they – or their friends – would have with Sprint </li></ul>
    8. 8. Reinforcements for vast land of social media
    9. 9. Sprint Social Media Ninjas <ul><li>Voluntary program for Sprint employees </li></ul><ul><li>Help monitor social networking sites, blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with customers </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops to share best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate about hot issues </li></ul>
    10. 10. “ Help Twitter”
    11. 11. “ Thanks @Sprint”
    12. 12. Are you ready to connect with your customers? <ul><li>Jason Gertzen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manager, Social Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>j [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Follow me on Twitter @jginkc </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Follow Sprint: @sprint, @sprintnews, @sprintgreennews, @sprintcare </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Facebook.com/Sprint </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sprint “Buzz About Wireless” Community at community.sprint.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>

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