Social Media and Financial Aid - Where are the millenials?


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Drew Keller's Keynote presentation to the 2011 WFAA annual conference. Discussion centered around an examination of "Millennials", the generation who have come of age after the turn of the century. Social Media policies and organizational management approaches are explored. Reference materials include Pew’s “Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next” and Cisco’s “2011 Connected World Technology Report”.

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  • Social Media and Financial Aid - Where are the millenials?

    1. 1. Where are the Millennials?Financial Aid in the Era of Social Media DREW KELLER
    2. 2. Holding back technology to preserve brokenbusiness models is like allowing blacksmithsto veto the internal combustion engine inorder to protect their horseshoes.
    3. 3.  A Millennial Snapshot Social Media and Organizations Policy and Starting Points
    4. 4.  A Millennial Snapshot Social Media and Organizations Policy and Starting Points 10
    5. 5. The Millennial generationrefers to those born after1980 – the first generationto come of age in the newcentury
    6. 6. 20
    7. 7. Four behaviors of Social Media Participants
    8. 8.  A Millennial Snapshot Social Media and Organizations Policy and Starting Points
    9. 9. 30
    10. 10. The way you can understandall of the social mediais as the creation ofa new kind of public space. DANAH BOYD SOCIAL MEDIA RESEARCHER MICROSOFT
    11. 11. “Thanks to the web, markets arebecoming better informed,smarter, and more demanding ofqualities missing from mostbusiness organizations.”
    12. 12. Bring the best ofyour authenticself to everyopportunity.JOHN JANTSCHAUTHOR OF DUCT TAPE MARKETING
    13. 13. Authenticity means be yourself• Listen and respond using all channels• Authentic and transparent communications• Conversational• Use social media to connect with students
    15. 15. For many organizations, the fear behind their social media reluctance isn’t just fear of failure, but of blame and accountability — both individual and collective.JAY BAER & AMBER NASLUNDAUTHORS OF THE NOW REVOLUTION!
    16. 16. 50
    17. 17. Flat organizationAccessibilityListen and act
    18. 18. Focus on the coreproblem you solveand put out lots ofcontent, enthusiasm,and ideas abouthow to solve thatproblem.LAURA FITTONFOUNDER, ONEFORTY.COM
    19. 19.  A Millennial Snapshot Social Media and Organizations Policy and Starting Points
    20. 20. Create relevant content by identifying spokespersons
    21. 21. Corporate Versus Personal Profiles School profiles are more one-way focused; less  Personal, conversational conversational  Content shared is more about the person’s role Managed by more than one person in the organization Usually a relationship with PR | Community  Personal brand Communications  80/20 rule Branded with logo, colors  Links to personal blog or LinkedIn account Some profiles are specific to organization  Employee “owned” (i.e. admissions, football) or task (i.e. financial aid) Links to organization home page, blog
    22. 22. The conversation is not: o controlled o organized o ―on message‖The conversation is: o organic o complex o speaks in a human voiceSocial media is not a strategy or a tactic – it’s simply a channel.
    23. 23. Resources required for social media may include: o Strategic consultation o Training o Creating content o Integrating tools o Distributing content o Relationship management o Measuring value
    24. 24. Rules • Really there are none • More like Guidelines • Common practices proven to be effective 60
    25. 25. o Avoid puffery (people will ignore it)o Avoid evasion and lying (people won’t ignore it)o Companies have watched their biggest screw-ups rise to the top 10 of a Google searcho Admit your mistakes right away
    26. 26. o Don’t be afraid to share. Colleges, like people, need to share information to get the value out of social mediao Make your content easy to shareo Incorporate tools that promote sharing: o Share This, RSS feeds, Email a friend
    27. 27. o Dont shout. Dont broadcast. Don’t brag.o Speak like yourself – not a corporate marketing shill or press secretaryo Personify your brand – give people something they can relate to.
    28. 28. o Don’t try to delete or remove criticism (it will just make it worse)o Listen to your detractorso Admit your shortcomingso Work openly towards an explanation and legitimate solution
    29. 29. Cisco Social MediaPolicy, Guidelines &FAQs PolicyDiscussions University
    30. 30. o You need buy in from everyone in the organizationo Convince your BOSS that social media is relevant to your organizationo Shape a POLICY you can live witho Get your communications team together, discuss the options, then divide and conquer with your team
    31. 31. There are no magic wands, no hiddentricks, and no secret handshakes thatcan bring you immediate success, butwith time, energy, and determinationyou can get there. DARREN ROWSE FOUNDER, PROBLOGGER
    32. 32. Thank