Demystifying Social Media: Tools and Techniques

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* Guiding Principles & Strategy for Participation
* Social Media Activities / Tools: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, FriendFeed, Blogging
* Monitoring: RSS, Monitoring Twitter & Yahoo Pipes
* Managing your social media efforts

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Demystifying Social Media: Tools and Techniques

  1. 1. Demystifying Social Media Tools & Techniques Dawn Foster dawn@fastwonder.com Fast Wonder Consulting http://FastWonderBlog.com 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 1
  2. 2. Topics ● Guiding Principles & Strategy for Participation ● Social Media Activities / Tools ● Twitter ● Facebook ● LinkedIn ● FriendFeed ● Blogging ● Monitoring ● RSS ● Monitoring Twitter ● Yahoo Pipes ● Managing your social media efforts 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 2
  3. 3. Social Media Takes Many Forms 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 3
  4. 4. Social Media Takes Many Forms 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 4
  5. 5. Social Media Takes Many Forms 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 5
  6. 6. Social Media Takes Many Forms 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 6
  7. 7. Guiding Principles: It's All About the People ● Focus on the individuals: Participate as a person, not a corporate entity ● Be Sincere: Sincerity = believability & credibility ● Not all about you: Community is about conversation, which is by definition two-way ● Be a Part of the Community: Don't try to control it ● Everyone’s a Peer: You are not the expert; knowledge comes from everywhere 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 7
  8. 8. Building Your Social Media Strategy? Clear Purpose / Goals are Key ● Do you need to build new or can you join an existing site? ● What do you hope to accomplish and what are your goals for social media? ● What is your overall strategy and how do your social media efforts fit within it? ● What are your plans for achieving your goals and how will you measure it? ● Do you have the resources (people & $) to maintain it long-term? Answer these questions before you start 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 8
  9. 9. Play Nice "I'm the Lorax who speaks for the trees which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please. NOW...thanks to your hacking my trees to the ground, there's not enough Truffula Fruit to go 'round. Translation: Play Nice: Be polite and And my poor Bar-bar-loots are all getting the crummies respectful in your because they have gas, and no interactions with other food in their tummies!" members 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 9
  10. 10. Where and How NOT to Participate ● Do not participate on competitor's sites (considered slimy & bad manners) ● Do not participate in communities solely to pimp your products. http://www.flickr.com/photos/victoriafee/2740896609 ● Do not mention your products in every post. Talk about the industry first & your products second 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 10
  11. 11. How to Participate ... Listen First: Understand the Norms ● Each site has it's own norms – Language and terminology – Acceptable behavior ● Participate gently at first – Pick one site to start – Spend more time listening http://www.flickr.com/photos/niclindh/1389750548 – Take the time to understand how people participate – Participate with an individual account first – Engage in additional sites as you get comfortable – Begin participating for your organization 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 11
  12. 12. People are Watching You “My eyes see. His eyes see. I see him. And he sees me. And so we say, Translation: “Hooray for eyes! People see everything Hooray, hooray, hooray... you do in the community. ... for eyes!” Be a good example of the “right” behavior. 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 12
  13. 13. Twitter ● Short messages (140 characters) – Talk about interesting things, engage in conversations, and interact with others – Be careful how often you promote your work (blog posts, community discussions, etc.) – Not all about you ● Following: – You follow people to receive their messages – People follow you to receive your messages – Only as interesting as the people you follow. 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 13
  14. 14. Twitter Best Practices ● Know what people are saying about you ● Respond frequently and sincerely ● Follow back where appropriate ● Have a personality ● Variety is important What to Avoid ● Don't be a link spam account ● Don't go overboard with messages ● Don't be self-promotional ● Don't use direct messages to promote anything ● Don't proactively follow too many people 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 14
  15. 15. Twitter Language & Terminology ● @reply: Reply to someone publicly on Twitter. – @geekygirldawn thanks for the link ● Direct Message: Reply to someone privately – d geekygirldawn call me at 555-867-5309 ● OH: Overheard & not attributed to a specific person – OH: I took shop & didn't lose fingers. I could use a chainsaw ● RT: Retweet to re-send something from another user with attribution it to the original author. – RT @geekygirldawn: Don't forget to RSVP for BarCamp! ● #: Hastags are used to tag Twitter posts. – The bubble tea has arrived. #barcampportland 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 15
  16. 16. Facebook ● Personal Profiles (private) – For real people – Not for your company ● Pages (public) – Used for products / companies / organizations – Fans, not friends (anyone can view a page) ● Groups – Often used to collaborate or organize – People become members of the group ● Applications 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 16
  17. 17. Facebook: Getting Started – Personal Profile ● Build your personal profile first (people, not brands) ● Add a picture that helps people recognize you ● Spend a few minutes on your information (personal info, education / work, etc.) ● Post status updates and add a few pictures. ● Add a few friends (personal, work, past lives) ● Go easy on your friends – save the poking, zombie requests, etc. for close personal friends. 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 17
  18. 18. LinkedIn Usage and Features ● Not just for job seeking / finding employees ● Get introductions to people thru mutual contacts ● Learn more about your colleagues ● Use groups to discuss topics with peers ● Get answers to questions 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 18
  19. 19. Doing More with LinkedIn ● Start by completing your profile – Picture, jobs, education, websites, interests, summary ● Add applications – Slideshare, blog posts, events, etc. ● Make recommendations – Recommend some past colleagues that you respect ● Add contacts – Take advantage of the 'people you may know' feature – Only add people you know ● Join groups & answer questions 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 19
  20. 20. FriendFeed ● Aggregated life streams – Twitter, blogs, bookmarks, pictures, events, and more. Add anything with an RSS feed. ● Share your info ● Keep up on news ● Search for topics ● Group your friends ● Tools – Get info in different formats 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 20
  21. 21. Should You Have a Corporate Blog? ● Can you commit to at least one post per week? ● Do you have people who have interesting things to say and with good writing skills? ● Can someone manage the process and make sure that the blog never gets neglected? ● Tips for making it easier – Group blogs with many authors (not just execs) – Short posts are great – Manage the process and have a content roadmap 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 21
  22. 22. Blogging Best Practices ● Be a thought leader in your industry ● Talk about ideas, passions, industry trends ● Be conversational. Personal posts are interesting ● Manage your content roadmap for variety ● Integral part of social media strategy ● Avoid: – Do not focus on product updates – Do not regurgitate press releases – Do not sound like a corporate drone 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 22
  23. 23. Make it Fun Why do you sit there like that? I know it is wet. And the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny! I know some good games we could play. I know some new tricks. I will show them to you. Translation: Your mother will not mind at all if I do. Have fun! Lighten it up occasionally! 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 23
  24. 24. Monitoring ● Social media is about conversations – you need to know what people are saying ● Know what people say about you, your industry, your competitors: critical element of community management, blogging, and social media ● Information can be used as ideas for blog posts, marketing messages, competitive analysis, etc. ● Become more responsive to feedback by proactively monitoring conversations 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 24
  25. 25. RSS / News Readers ● RSS: Really Simple Syndication – A way to have information that you want to see pushed to you in a news reader – Subscription service for online content ● Subscribe to blogs in your industry & interest areas ● Subscribe to competing efforts ● Examples: Netvibes, iGoogle, & Google Reader 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 25
  26. 26. Monitoring Twitter ● Don't Underestimate Twitter Search – Complex search operators, shows new results ● My Favorite Twitter Monitoring Tool: TweetDeck – Desktop application – sync across mult computers – Searches with notifications, groups, replies ● Browser-based Twitter Monitoring: Monitter – Dashboard-style monitoring with searches ● My WebWorkerDaily post with more details: – http://bit.ly/jkbkT 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 26
  27. 27. A Few Great Uses for Yahoo Pipes ● Monitoring social media sites with a list of keywords across many sites. ● Combining groups of RSS feeds into a single feed. ● Uber feed of your posts across blogs. ● Filtering feeds to find relevant content. ● More info and how-to videos: – http://fastwonderblog.com/yahoo-pipes-and-rss-hacks/ 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 27
  28. 28. Many Other Social Media Monitoring Tools 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 28
  29. 29. Community Managers Help Ensure Success “Jobs of the future, #1: Online What Skills do we need? Community Organizer – Patience ... If you were great at this, I'd imagine you'd never ever have trouble finding good work.” – Networking --Seth Godin – Communication What do we do? – Facilitation – Ongoing Facilitation – Technical Skills – Monitoring Conversations – Marketing – Content Creation / Mgmt – Self-Motivation – Evangelism – Workaholic Tendencies – Strategy – Organization 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 29
  30. 30. Incorporate into Existing Efforts ● Look at your overall corporate business strategy ● Find where community / social media fits in ● Articulate a clear purpose for the efforts ● Use the right tools and technology to achieve your goals 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 30
  31. 31. Be Flexible Never budge! That's my rule. Never budge in the least! Not an inch to the west! Not an inch to the east! Translation: I'll stay here, not budging! I can and I will Be flexible. Improvements and ideas If it makes you and me and the come from unexpected whole world stand still. places. 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 31
  32. 32. Q&A Companies and Communities Book ● Available for purchase / signing $15 ● http://fastwonderblog.com/eBook Additional Resources: ● Monitoring with Yahoo Pipes Training About Dawn: ● Online Community Consultant ● http://fastwonderblog.com/consulting ● Dawn@FastWonder.com ● @geekygirldawn on Twitter 07/08/09 FastWonderBlog.com 32

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