Percent of online adults who use:
• Facebook: 71%
– 1.26 Billion users worldwide
– 128 Million visit daily (in the US alone)
– Fairly gender neutral
• LinkedIn: 22%
– 227+ Million users
• Pinterest: 21%
– 70+ Million users
– 80% women
• Twitter: 18%
– 645 Million users
– 243 Million monthly active users
• Instagram: 17%
– 150+ Million users
• Smartphone growth has been in double
digit percentages for several years.
Anticipate single digit in ‘14.
– 55% of US citizens have a smartphone
– 42% of US citizens have a tablet
– 189 Million Facebook users are mobile only
• Tablet growth, year over year, 2012 to
2013 was 87.1%
• Yankee Group predicts 1 billion tablets to
ship in 2017.
Source: www.expandedramblings.com and www.pewinternet.org/three-technology-revolutions/
• Gen-X (in 2014, age 38-48)
– Best educated: 29% have college degrees
– 41+- million
• Millenials (in 2014, age 20-32)
– Digital natives: never lived w/o techology
– 71+- million
• Gen-X and Millenials don’t read email. They
text and chat online.
• Fastest growing demographics
– Age 55-64 on Twitter
– Age 45-55 on Facebook and Google+
How do you get started?
– Commenting Policies:
• What others can say on your sites
• What you can say and how to say it on
your own sites
• What your representatives can / should
say on other sites
• See Facebook.com/MorrisCountyNJ for
our Commenting Policy
– Terms of Service Agreements
– Copyright Infringement
– Credit Cards / Purchasing
Develop, Draw & Write a Plan
• Discuss & Decide
– Where the information will originate
– Who may speak for your agency
– Which social channels you will use
– How many pages to have on Facebook (2)
– What will be the process, the flow
– What your policies will include
– How social media will be marketed
– How you will engage visitors
– Will you post other than government information
– Employee use; Content; Commenting
– Archiving (Backupify, Archive Social, Frostbox, & more)
• Start small and build
• Content Suggestions
– Road Closures
– Severe weather alerts
– Recreation events including field closures
– Pets for adoption with photos
– Election information
– Reminders: recycling, garbage, tax payments,
– Bike safety checks, child safety seat checks
– Community policing: “while you are away”
– Little known township services
– Notable residents
– Interesting historical information
• Use a dashboard
SocialMedia.biz 2013 top dashboards
• Free for one user; Pro plan (2 users) $10/mo.
• One-click messaging to multiple channels
• Schedule messages
• Connect to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,
Instagram, Flickr and many more social
channels and apps
• Hootsuite University for training
Monitor your social channels
• The public expects to be heard on social media.
• Using a dashboard makes monitoring easy.
• Watch mentions, private messages.
• Social media is not a “push” technology. It’s a
• Not monitoring your channels is talking at your
constituents, not talking with them.
• Respond as quickly as possible. If you’re researching an
answer, let people know that.
• People know there’s a real person posting and are quite
understanding of silly slips.
• Be honest. Social media is about trust.
• Don’t use personal email for public business.
• Township websites, Facebook pages, blogs or
Twitter accounts are for township business.
– Post facts not opinions
– Do not post links to newspaper articles.
• Facebook profile: for personal activity.
• Facebook pages: create one for political activity
• Share township posts on your personal profile or
• Share political posts on your personal profile.
• DO NOT share political posts on your gov’t page(s)
It all ties back to your profile…
Personal Facebook Profile
Carol A Spencer
Facebook page: GoWProNJ
Facebook page: NJ Federation of Rep Women
Facebook page: Bates College Class of ‘74
Facebook page: Candidate Carol A Spencer
Facebook group: Highland Lake PA (closed)
Facebook group: Fenway Dirt Dogs (closed)
•Why use social media
Because citizens live in this space
•Know your audience
Communicate by age group
Be everywhere: newspaper, web, email,
•What should be posted
Anything going on in town.
Anything that adds value to people’s lives
•Plan. Plan. Plan.
Design, staff, training, voice, policies
National Association of Government Web Professionals
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