I think together we can make a difference and turn anti-vaccination tide We just have to work together Local nonprofits folks like me and local public health need the CDC and state governments for information We also couldn’t do this without universities, researchers, doctors and so many more We can all be a voice for good Thanks for everything that everyone is doing to push the ball forward to increase confidence in vaccines Together we can make parents feel great about their choice to vaccinate
What is the one magic take away from this session?
Be a person. Social media is about being social and interactive. It can be very, very hard for governments and nonprofits to be real Make real connections with people, have fun and be a honest to goodness person.
Use Your Website Do a special project from your website That could be profiles of nurses or doctors It could be more interactivity with your educational classes At CCIC… We created a Healthy Kids Thank-A-Thon in November to celebrate healthy kids Something that is really important to us at CCIC is to have a very positive spin on vaccines – we talk about staying healthy rather than avoiding disease The thank-a-thon was a perfect way to harness this positive energy
We asked parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and vaccine advocates to share why they are thankful for their healthy kids in photos, comments, blog posts and videos We got 35 people to share their stories. Incredibly touching stories and photos from Colorado and all around the country We also go lots of engagement from bloggers across the country and the local media We even got a TV news story the night before thanksgiving! Ultimately this gave parents a way to be thanked for doing the best thing for their child’s health – which is vaccination
Blogging can be a great way to share your pro-vaccine message with the masses. It is free and easy to set up a blog. Use it to share the story of your organization At CCIC we’ve launched a mom blog called Colorado Mom2Mom Our mommy blogger talks about all the fears and questions parents have about vaccines once a week We also have a few video blogs or vlogs which help give our mom blogger a voice and more personality Recently we’ve added guest mom bloggers to get even more voices on the blog
Facebook is another great way to engage parents, health care professionals and vaccine advocates At CCIC… We use Facebook to promote events, share headlines. We have almost 300 fans – which isn’t very much but we still like the interaction we get out of this space. We like the comments and the “likes” and the sharing that happens on this page
By far our most successful space has been on Twitter Twitter allows us to be a news source for vaccine information, correct misinformation and encourage parents to vaccinate their babies As you can see in the Tweets – which is highlighted on the right – we are VERY active – we’ve been heavily engaged since this time last year and we’ve already sent out over 5000 tweets in those 365 days My one tip for Twitter is to post multiple times a day – if you don’t have time to do that, it’s not the right platform for you
We’ve also created Twitter lists of our favorite friends so we can track them at a glance. It’s also a nice way of recognizing our community members in a very public way
Finally, this is really what being engaged in social media is all about – it’s about helping parents This is a mom who has come back to us several times on Twitter to ask questions about the H1N1 vaccine and the MMR vaccine She sends me panicked questions that I’m able to answer b/c I have access to information from the CDC and state-health department I weave in a lot of personality and a lot of science and information Being on social media is about being a person
Here is a list of all our connections – we’d love to hear from you
Get out there and talk about immunizations I’m always available for chatting about strategy. Thanks!
Giving birth to a social media strategy NCIHC
Giving Birth to a Social Media Strategy <ul><li>Presented by </li></ul><ul><li>Dawn Crawford </li></ul><ul><li>Communications Director </li></ul>
Teamwork is AWESOME! <ul><li>Nonprofits, coalitions and local public health departments rely on information and sources from CDC and the state health departments </li></ul><ul><li>All can be a voice for good! </li></ul><ul><li>Together we can help parents feel confident about vaccines </li></ul>
Super Secret Magic Tip for Making YOU a Social Media Rock star?