Using Social Media to Effectively Market your Wake Forest Event


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By Gretchen Edwards and Stephanie Skordas. Whether you're a social media aficionado or don't have a clue why people use Twitter, join us to learn how to promote your Wake Forest events via social media. We'll focus on how to strategically identify and reach your event's target audience, utilize existing Wake Forest social media channels and communities, and track results. You'll at least leave knowing what a hashtag is and how to convey your message in no more than 140 characters.

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Using Social Media to Effectively Market your Wake Forest Event

  1. 1. Using Social Media toEffectively Market your Wake Forest EventGretchen Edwards (’10), Alumni Office Stephanie Skordas, WF News Center
  2. 2. Warm-up•  What’s your favorite ice cream? •  Vanilla •  Chocolate •  Strawberry
  3. 3. Let’s get to know each other•  Who’s already using social media for work?•  What social media channels do you use?•  Are you considering starting your own channel? •  Have you thought about the reason “why”?
  4. 4. Today we’ll learn how to…•  Identify & reach your event’s target audience•  Utilize existing Wake Forest social media channels and communities•  Track results•  and…what is a # ?•  and…how do I say something in 140 characters or less?
  5. 5. Social Media Dos & Don’tsDo•  Represent yourself and your department well•  Consider your social channels as important as phone, email•  Create a content strategy and calendar•  Remember customer service best practices•  Be honest and transparent•  Show your personality•  Develop your voice
  6. 6. Social Media Dos & Don’tsDo
  7. 7. Social Media Dos & Don’ts Don’t •  Mindlessly connect your accounts to each other •  Ignore negative comments •  Use others’ content without attribution •  Be afraid to take a chance
  8. 8. Social Media Dos & Don’tsDon’t
  9. 9. Reach your target audience•  Identify your audience •  Students? •  Faculty/staff/parents? •  Piedmont?•  What is your goal? •  Attendance? •  Awareness?•  Which social media channel is right for you?
  10. 10. Use existing channels•  How long will your event last?•  Not every event, entity, subject matter needs its own social channel•  Take advantage of strong communities •  Let others know about your event, ask them to talk about it •  Create a #hashtag•  Create content for others to share
  11. 11. Use existing channels
  12. 12. Pre-write content•  Compose messages that can be shared by multiple accounts •  #WordsAwake examples: “Desperate Housewives” or “Law & Order” fan? WFU alum and screenwriter Paul Bullock will be at #WordsAwake Register now 7wdtxv2 [tweeted by wfumagazine 03.20.12]
  13. 13. Pre-write content•  Pre-writing content allows you to: •  Create higher quality material than if you wait until the last minute #obviously •  Disseminate content to other social media managers •  Amplify your message
  14. 14. Pre-write content•  Consider new ways to present your message: •  Don’t say when and where, post a picture of the event sign
  15. 15. Create shareable content•  Tweets •  Why are 120 characters better than 140?•  Facebook •  Photo + link •  Short videos•  Storify •  Use this to create an easily shared story with social media or web elements
  16. 16. Track results•  Set aside a reasonable, regular amount of time to figure out if what you are doing, is working•  Decide how to measure your goals – correlate efforts spent on social initiatives to tangible results •  Increased event attendance •  Increased campus awareness about an office •  Higher level of customer service
  17. 17. Track results•  What to count? •  Friend/follower numbers •  Link clickthroughs (use, tinyurl)•  How to view engagement •  Use analytics to measure sharing •  Be sure to make your channel a two-way conversation, not just a broadcast•  How to prove it works to your supervisor •  Take screenshots of valuable interactions •  Share the good and the bad – this makes the good that much more credible
  18. 18. Track results•  Share the good•  And the bad
  19. 19. Track results
  20. 20. Review•  Target•  Tweet•  Track
  21. 21. Thanks for coming!Gretchen Edwards Stephanie skordas@wfu.edux4607 x3826@gretchEdwards @stephskordas@WakeForest1834 @WFNewsCenter