Understanding e campaigning

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Understanding e-Campaigning
Why
social organisations
get more
social change
from
social media
Where we’re coming from...
• There are 4 of us: Paul, Sally, Rosemary and Liam
• We have backgrounds in youth work, social
media, volunteering, local government, grant
funding, facilitation, campaigning, policy work,
user involvement, community development,
disability rights, training, The Compact...
• We have an approach, rather than a discipline:
“We help organisations to be more like people.”
Our greatest (e-campaigning) fears!
1.Reputation/Professionalism
2.Control of message
3.Audience appropriateness
4.Return On Investment
Our greatest fears, debunked!
1. Reputation/Professionalism
• People are talking about you anyway...
• If criticism is happening on your site, you can
not only debunk it, but make it a positive!
• ‘Professionalism’ can still be informal
• Ignoring people is the worst thing you can do
for your image/perception
“Most customers that complain
online do NOT want to ‘hurt’ your
company. They just want you to
listen to them, and help them with
their problem. If you’ll do that,
you’ll often flip a detractor into an
evangelist.”
- Mack Collier, ‘Think Negative Comments/Reviews
Online Hurt Your Company? Guess Again’
Our greatest fears, debunked!
2. Control of message
• ‘If a bank robber was caught wearing your t-
shirt, would you blame the t-shirt?’
• MyBarackObama.com – 95%-98% of user
commentary was positive... other 2%-5% was
‘policed’ by the online community
• You often have more control online, than if
you put hard copies of a letter/statement into
the public domain (via admin controls)
Our greatest fears, debunked!
3. Audience appropriateness
• 85% of the UK is online
• 64% have a social network profile
• There are over 500 million Facebook users
• Avg. monthly social network time: 6h7m54s
• 37% of all Facebook users are 35+ (19% 45+)
...It’s not universal, but it’s changing VERY fast!
Our greatest fears, debunked!
4. Return On Investment
• This is still very hard to track (beyond technical
numbers)
• Greenpeace’ GreenMyApple:
– 50,000 letters to Steve Jobs, Apple CEO
– 10,000 newsletter sign-ups
– 4000+ blogs about the campaign
– Apple corporate policy change
• Social networking is networking, but online...
• If you wait for proven ROI to use social media,
others may assume the worst while you’re not…
‘Twenty Pound Notes’ Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
"Not
everything
that can
be
counted
counts,
and not
everything
that
counts can
be
counted."
- Albert Einstein
Do you have a GOOD experience
of social media?
• Kept you in touch with an old mate?
• Learned something new?
• Shared something valuable with others?
• Made new connections?
Is yours a ‘social organisation’?
• Conversational communications
• Trust in individual autonomy
• Collective expertise
• Risk embrace
Boss
You Me Us
Assistant
Manager
Assistant
Manager
How is a ‘social organisation’ different from a traditional organisation?
Broadcast vs Conversation
Broadcast
• One-way
• Single perspective
• Controlled
• Formal
• Consistent
Conversation
• Multi-directional
• Many perspectives
• Open
• Informal
• Erratic
‘Tin can phone’ Image Creative Commons Kit Cowan (K!T on Flickr)
How is a ‘social organisation’ different from a traditional organisation?
Control vs Autonomy
Control
• ‘Father knows best’
• Strict hierarchy
• Secrecy
• Compliance
Autonomy
• We are all leaders
• Loose network
• Openness
• Trust
How is a ‘social organisation’ different from a traditional organisation?
Individual experts vs Collective expertise
Individual Experts
• Experience=Ability
• Specialisation
• Top-down
• Expensive
• Exclusive
Collective Expertise
• Perspective=Ability
• Generalisation
• ‘In-the-mix’
• Costs varied
• Inclusive
How is a ‘social organisation’ different from a traditional organisation?
Risk management vs Risk embrace
Risk Management
• Risk=negative
• Cautious
• Efficient
• Reactive
• Consistent
Risk Embrace
• Risk=positive
• Uncertain
• Messy
• Proactive
• Innovative
How social is your organisation?
1. Practices two-way, conversational
communications, inside and outside its walls?
2. Supports autonomous leadership to emerge
from all levels?
3. Encourages broad, open, equal involvement in
organisational decisions?
4. Trusts staff to take risks and try new ways of
campaigning (without reprisal)?
Q: What does
this have to
do with
social
media?
A: Social media does this stuff
already – our organisations
can learn from it!
democracy, people + ‘web 2.0’
... now we talk to each other to get information
...Or put another way...
Image can be found at: http://socialreporter.com/?p=1037
David Wilcox’s models...
why are campaigners using new
technology?
• to reach greater numbers
• e.g. – MySociety, MPs expenses vote
• to involve your supporters
• e.g. – Greenpeace, GreenMyApple
• to engage a younger audience
• e.g. – The Scouts Association, Rain Tax Campaign
• to save money
• e.g. – BullyingUK
• to increase speed of communication
•e.g. – Avaaz.org / MoveOn.org / 38Degrees.org.uk
• The ‘If you build it, they will come’
philosophy
• Using tools as an ‘add-on’, not as part of a
broader strategy
• Not understanding supporters’ or targets’
relationship with technology
• Disconnect from other campaign activities
• Treating social media like a megaphone
common pitfalls of online campaigns
• Build a strong database
• Brief, focussed communication
• Make it personal
• Coordinate online and ‘offline’ activism
• Don’t obsess over the numbers!
• Treat it like a good conversation
tips for new ‘e-campaigners’
Image Creative Commons used courtesy of thoth92 on Flickr
What makes a good conversation?
• Honesty
• Emotion
• Opinion
...And talking a fair share of bollocks!
Trust
• It’s okay to make mistakes
• You’ve been hired/you hired them to do a job
• Things are too fast for traditional sign-offs
Photo by Joe Nangle via Flickr
Good relationships are good for
business!
The Networking Principle:
‘We may not know exactly how or
when our new connections will be
useful, but we understand and cherish
the value they provide to our work.’
Q: ...Should this be exclusive to senior management, or
should the connections, like the skills and experiences
generally, of all staff be seen this way?
Case Study:
‘Top’-of-the-Sector Tweeters
• Peter Wanless, CEO, Big Lottery Fund
• Toby Blume, CEO, Urban Forum
• Karl Wilding, Head of Research, NCVO
• Gloria Charles, CEO, Kids First
Case Study
Peter Wanless, CEO, Big Lottery Fund
Case Study
Toby Blume, CEO, Urban Forum
Case Study
Karl Wilding, Head of Research, NCVO
Case Study
Gloria Charles, CEO, Kids First
Case Study:
An organic culture shift...
Step 1: A few staff Tweet, managers clamp-
down, punishments doled-out.
Step 2: Tweeting continues – underground – and
gradually expands amongst staff.
Step 3: A more influential (w/ CEO) staff inc.
Twitter @ big event. Press coverage ensues.
Step 4: CEO tells EVERYONE to Tweet! Most
ignore. Some set-up accounts, then ignore.
Step 5: A healthier balance is struck...
Discussion:
How can we share these ideas within
our organisations?
• What’s the role of the ‘top’ in a structure
without a ‘top’ and ‘bottom’?
• Do you need the technology to initiate
the culture shift?
• What can you personally change?
• What would get your boss on Twitter?
Jenga!
• Every block is a block to your campaign utilising
social media better
• Before you remove it, you have to identify the
block and suggest an alternative approach
• You can’t remove blocks from the top
• You want a slimmer tower, not a collapsed one!
Your homework!
1. Join Twitter (if you haven’t already)
2. Find everyone else from the workshop
3. Share what you’ve learned via Twitter
4. Use the ‘hashtag’ #ConcreteSolutions
Image Creative Commons used courtesy of apdk on Flickr
Feedback: Your 3 ‘Somethings’ for us
1. Something I liked
2. Something I would change
3. Something I’ll do differently as a result
Thanks for
being social!
Liam Barrington-Bush
email: liam@concretesolutions.org.uk
web: www.concretesolutions.org.uk
twitter: @hackofalltrades
mobile: +44 (0) 7775732383
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Top 10 IT Tasks Small Businesses Can Entrust to Offshore Professionals

Understanding e campaigning

  • 1. Understanding e-Campaigning Why social organisations get more social change from social media
  • 2. Where we’re coming from... • There are 4 of us: Paul, Sally, Rosemary and Liam • We have backgrounds in youth work, social media, volunteering, local government, grant funding, facilitation, campaigning, policy work, user involvement, community development, disability rights, training, The Compact... • We have an approach, rather than a discipline: “We help organisations to be more like people.”
  • 3. Our greatest (e-campaigning) fears! 1.Reputation/Professionalism 2.Control of message 3.Audience appropriateness 4.Return On Investment
  • 4. Our greatest fears, debunked! 1. Reputation/Professionalism • People are talking about you anyway... • If criticism is happening on your site, you can not only debunk it, but make it a positive! • ‘Professionalism’ can still be informal • Ignoring people is the worst thing you can do for your image/perception
  • 5. “Most customers that complain online do NOT want to ‘hurt’ your company. They just want you to listen to them, and help them with their problem. If you’ll do that, you’ll often flip a detractor into an evangelist.” - Mack Collier, ‘Think Negative Comments/Reviews Online Hurt Your Company? Guess Again’
  • 6. Our greatest fears, debunked! 2. Control of message • ‘If a bank robber was caught wearing your t- shirt, would you blame the t-shirt?’ • MyBarackObama.com – 95%-98% of user commentary was positive... other 2%-5% was ‘policed’ by the online community • You often have more control online, than if you put hard copies of a letter/statement into the public domain (via admin controls)
  • 7. Our greatest fears, debunked! 3. Audience appropriateness • 85% of the UK is online • 64% have a social network profile • There are over 500 million Facebook users • Avg. monthly social network time: 6h7m54s • 37% of all Facebook users are 35+ (19% 45+) ...It’s not universal, but it’s changing VERY fast!
  • 8. Our greatest fears, debunked! 4. Return On Investment • This is still very hard to track (beyond technical numbers) • Greenpeace’ GreenMyApple: – 50,000 letters to Steve Jobs, Apple CEO – 10,000 newsletter sign-ups – 4000+ blogs about the campaign – Apple corporate policy change • Social networking is networking, but online... • If you wait for proven ROI to use social media, others may assume the worst while you’re not… ‘Twenty Pound Notes’ Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  • 10. Do you have a GOOD experience of social media? • Kept you in touch with an old mate? • Learned something new? • Shared something valuable with others? • Made new connections?
  • 11. Is yours a ‘social organisation’? • Conversational communications • Trust in individual autonomy • Collective expertise • Risk embrace Boss You Me Us Assistant Manager Assistant Manager
  • 12. How is a ‘social organisation’ different from a traditional organisation? Broadcast vs Conversation Broadcast • One-way • Single perspective • Controlled • Formal • Consistent Conversation • Multi-directional • Many perspectives • Open • Informal • Erratic ‘Tin can phone’ Image Creative Commons Kit Cowan (K!T on Flickr)
  • 13. How is a ‘social organisation’ different from a traditional organisation? Control vs Autonomy Control • ‘Father knows best’ • Strict hierarchy • Secrecy • Compliance Autonomy • We are all leaders • Loose network • Openness • Trust
  • 14. How is a ‘social organisation’ different from a traditional organisation? Individual experts vs Collective expertise Individual Experts • Experience=Ability • Specialisation • Top-down • Expensive • Exclusive Collective Expertise • Perspective=Ability • Generalisation • ‘In-the-mix’ • Costs varied • Inclusive
  • 15. How is a ‘social organisation’ different from a traditional organisation? Risk management vs Risk embrace Risk Management • Risk=negative • Cautious • Efficient • Reactive • Consistent Risk Embrace • Risk=positive • Uncertain • Messy • Proactive • Innovative
  • 16. How social is your organisation? 1. Practices two-way, conversational communications, inside and outside its walls? 2. Supports autonomous leadership to emerge from all levels? 3. Encourages broad, open, equal involvement in organisational decisions? 4. Trusts staff to take risks and try new ways of campaigning (without reprisal)?
  • 17. Q: What does this have to do with social media? A: Social media does this stuff already – our organisations can learn from it!
  • 18. democracy, people + ‘web 2.0’ ... now we talk to each other to get information
  • 19. ...Or put another way... Image can be found at: http://socialreporter.com/?p=1037 David Wilcox’s models...
  • 20. why are campaigners using new technology? • to reach greater numbers • e.g. – MySociety, MPs expenses vote • to involve your supporters • e.g. – Greenpeace, GreenMyApple • to engage a younger audience • e.g. – The Scouts Association, Rain Tax Campaign • to save money • e.g. – BullyingUK • to increase speed of communication •e.g. – Avaaz.org / MoveOn.org / 38Degrees.org.uk
  • 21. • The ‘If you build it, they will come’ philosophy • Using tools as an ‘add-on’, not as part of a broader strategy • Not understanding supporters’ or targets’ relationship with technology • Disconnect from other campaign activities • Treating social media like a megaphone common pitfalls of online campaigns
  • 22. • Build a strong database • Brief, focussed communication • Make it personal • Coordinate online and ‘offline’ activism • Don’t obsess over the numbers! • Treat it like a good conversation tips for new ‘e-campaigners’ Image Creative Commons used courtesy of thoth92 on Flickr
  • 23. What makes a good conversation? • Honesty • Emotion • Opinion ...And talking a fair share of bollocks!
  • 24. Trust • It’s okay to make mistakes • You’ve been hired/you hired them to do a job • Things are too fast for traditional sign-offs Photo by Joe Nangle via Flickr
  • 25. Good relationships are good for business! The Networking Principle: ‘We may not know exactly how or when our new connections will be useful, but we understand and cherish the value they provide to our work.’ Q: ...Should this be exclusive to senior management, or should the connections, like the skills and experiences generally, of all staff be seen this way?
  • 26. Case Study: ‘Top’-of-the-Sector Tweeters • Peter Wanless, CEO, Big Lottery Fund • Toby Blume, CEO, Urban Forum • Karl Wilding, Head of Research, NCVO • Gloria Charles, CEO, Kids First
  • 27. Case Study Peter Wanless, CEO, Big Lottery Fund
  • 28. Case Study Toby Blume, CEO, Urban Forum
  • 29. Case Study Karl Wilding, Head of Research, NCVO
  • 30. Case Study Gloria Charles, CEO, Kids First
  • 31. Case Study: An organic culture shift... Step 1: A few staff Tweet, managers clamp- down, punishments doled-out. Step 2: Tweeting continues – underground – and gradually expands amongst staff. Step 3: A more influential (w/ CEO) staff inc. Twitter @ big event. Press coverage ensues. Step 4: CEO tells EVERYONE to Tweet! Most ignore. Some set-up accounts, then ignore. Step 5: A healthier balance is struck...
  • 32. Discussion: How can we share these ideas within our organisations? • What’s the role of the ‘top’ in a structure without a ‘top’ and ‘bottom’? • Do you need the technology to initiate the culture shift? • What can you personally change? • What would get your boss on Twitter?
  • 33. Jenga! • Every block is a block to your campaign utilising social media better • Before you remove it, you have to identify the block and suggest an alternative approach • You can’t remove blocks from the top • You want a slimmer tower, not a collapsed one!
  • 34. Your homework! 1. Join Twitter (if you haven’t already) 2. Find everyone else from the workshop 3. Share what you’ve learned via Twitter 4. Use the ‘hashtag’ #ConcreteSolutions Image Creative Commons used courtesy of apdk on Flickr
  • 35. Feedback: Your 3 ‘Somethings’ for us 1. Something I liked 2. Something I would change 3. Something I’ll do differently as a result
  • 36. Thanks for being social! Liam Barrington-Bush email: liam@concretesolutions.org.uk web: www.concretesolutions.org.uk twitter: @hackofalltrades mobile: +44 (0) 7775732383

Editor's Notes

  1. Reference last event
  2. Have participants give their organisation a mark out of 10 for its performance on each. They can keep this to themselves and don’t have to share it.Will return to this later in the workshop.
  3. The major shift characterised by ‘new media’ (versus ‘old media’ – print, TV, radio, etc.) – sometimes described as ‘web 2.0’ – is in the interactive and two-way nature of the experience. As this shift has taken place, users have quickly come to expect an opportunity for dialogue, rather than a straight presentation of information. Increasingly, organisations in all sectors have left-behind the old website, which served primarily as an ‘e-brochure’ for their work, in exchange for something closer to ‘an online focus group’, allowing them to receive, as well as share and create information. Advocates of new media have pointed to the ‘democratising’ aspects this shift has brought to communications, allowing anyone to disseminate their ideas on a scale previously available only to commercial media providers. Others have argued it has initiated an over-saturation of information available. These arguments have been increasingly trumped by recent changes in searching, filtering, rating and self-policing of web content.It includes: social networking podcasting blogging wikis mobile phones/internet