Tools and Strategies for Social Businesses


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A 45-slide presentation to the Girls in Tech Retreat in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Oct. 10, 2009, with sections on 6 steps to social businesses' success, best practices for the social Web, successful and unsuccessful social media campaigns, Twitter, widgets, metrics and the sharing economy.

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  • I had a dyslexic moment and abbreviated Corporate Social Responsibility as CRS on one of the slides. Somehow CRS rolls off the tongue easier than CSR.

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Tools and Strategies for Social Businesses

  1. Social media bootcamp! Tools & strategies for social businesses Girls in Tech retreat, Santa Cruz, Oct. 10, 2009 JD Lasica President
  2. Relax! Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Nattu (all sites in this talk have been tagged for later retrieval)
  3. Today’s hashtag Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Prakhar Tweet this talk! Today’s hashtag: #git09 (Our goal in this talk: 3 takeaways)
  4. Handouts!
  5. Glossary for this new stuff “Social media: Any online technology or practice that lets us share (content, opinions, insights, experiences, media) and have a conversation about the ideas we care about. ”
  6. Types of social media • Blogs • Social networks • Microblogs (Twitter) • Online video (YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler) • Widgets • Photo sharing (Flickr, Photobucket, etc.) • Podcasts • Virtual worlds • Wikis • Social bookmarking • Forums • Presentation sharing
  7. What we’ll cover today 1. Overview 2. 6 steps to social businesses success 3. Best practices for the social Web 4. Social media campaigns 5. Twitter 6. Widgets! 7. Enabling local conversations 8. Metrics! 9. Sharing economy
  8. Overview: Who’s participating? Women active in social media More than half of online U.S. women report doing a “social media” activity at least once a week. Of those, more than half do so on a daily basis. Survey of 2,821 women conducted by Compass Partners, March 2009.
  9. Participation is widespread 42 million women do it Some 42 million U.S. women participate in some form of social media at least once a week. Activities include: • social networks • reading blogs • posting to blogs • message boards & forums • status updates on Twitter, etc. Source: 2009 Women and Social Media Study by BlogHer, iVillage and Compass Partners
  10. Kinds of participation Weekly participation by women by social media activity Source: (c) Compass Partners
  11. Shifting time to social media Shift by women away from traditional media continues to increase Source: (c) Compass Partners
  12. Topic areas with biggest impact When asked, “Which sources do you rely on for information on the topics you’re interested in?,” surveyed women responded: Source: (c) Compass Partners
  13. State of social media 2009 Whenever someone opens a computer, 60% of time it’s for social reasons 5 of 10 top websites are social sites 125 million-plus blogs Facebook: 300 million members Twitter: 50 million users Flickr: 3 billion-plus photos YouTube: 1 billion-plus videos served per day Blog growth continues. Women are most engaged social media users. Social media continues to supplant, and supplement, traditional media
  14. 6 steps to social business success 1. Define your target audience 2. Define business objectives • Increase sales? • Increase membership? • Build reputation for new brand? • Customer feedback on new product? 3. Define your strategy • Identify internal champions • Set out rules for interaction • Assign responsibilities • Establish measurable goals • Identify tools & platforms
  15. 6 steps to social business success 4. Launch! 5. Measure results, track analytics, refine 6. Be patient. If no results after 4-6 months, move on. In identifying projects or campaigns, be realistic, but don’t be afraid of blue-sky thinking. Silicon Valley mantra: Fail often, fail fast. Photo on Flickr by jonrawlinson
  16. Best practices for Social Web • Listen long and hard. • Then: Share. Engage. Participate. • Build relationships. It’s all about the conversation. • It’s not all about you. It’s really not. • Empower customers, don’t market to consumers. • Be authentic and transparent about who you are. Disclose your relationship to the product or service you’re promoting. • Don’t be defensive — be open to critical feedback. • Establish your own ethical policies. Enforce them. • Successful campaigns engender authentic enthusiasm. Social media still comes down to the product or cause.
  17. Social media campaigns American Cancer Society “In 2009, you canʼt build a $2 million destination site and use marketing muscle to drive traffic to it.” — David Neff American Cancer Society
  18. American Cancer Society, Web 2.0
  20. Creating a space for ‘us’
  21. Leveraging sharing culture
  22. CRS in a Web 2.0 world Crate & Barrel’s CEO sent 18,000 $25 gift certificates to their customers on behalf of
  23. Corporate social responsibility Crate & Barrel not only received positive coverage but showed a 12% increase in merchandise sales by gift certificate redeemers.
  24. Becoming a brand Gary Vaynerchuk has become well- known brand with • daily wine video blog Wine Library TV • extensive use of Twitter (850,000+ followers) @garyvee • new book ‘Crush It’
  25. Campaign that didn’t work Skittles In March 2009 Skittles launched a social media campaign with these features: • All Twitter tweets with the word ‘Skittles’ landed on the Skittles website home page • Clicking on ‘videos’ on home page took you to Skittles’ YouTube page • Clicking on ‘images’ took you to Flickr photos tagged with ‘Flickr’ • Clicking on ‘friends’ took you to Facebook Fan Page for Skittles
  26. Why it didn’t work • On the upside, Skittles received a temporary bump in traffic to its site & coverage in LA Times, USA Today, Financial Times • On downside, most people saw it as a blatant PR stunt. • Mars-owned Skittles did not release a new product, content or message • They made their site inaccessible to children • They encouraged false conversations • Racial slurs & obscenities appeared on their home page, which could have been prevented. • Skittles did not engage in a conversation with its customers, and most commenters did not talk about the candy • Instead, it merely held up a mirror and let Twitter users make funny faces
  27. Twitter ecosystem for GIT on Twitter
  28. Make Twitter work for you • Train your staff on how to use Twitter • Not a broadcasting medium to just distribute press releases or your headlines • Start by listening & observing • Be human, be conversational, lose the marketing jargon • Use it for research, soliciting ideas, customer support, to announce events, to recommend articles, to identify experts • #1 traffic driver: retweets • Use calls to action; use ‘Please RT’ strategically • Tweets with a URL are 3x more retweeted • Twitter drives 10% of its traffic
  29. JD’s 75-25 Rule 3 conversational tweets for every ‘broadcast’ tweet Omar Gallaga Austin American Statesman
  30. Identify & engage influencers • Scope out Twitterers in your business area with large # followers. Engage them, don’t sell them. • Learn about how people in your business community use social media • Connect with social media influencers through Advanced Twitter Search & tools in handout
  31. Essential Twitter tools • Dashboard apps: Tweetdeck, Seesmic Desktop or Hootsuite (Web-based) • Real-time Web search: Twitter Search, Tweetmeme, TwitScoop, OneRiot, Scoopler, SearchMerge • Mobile apps: Tweetie, Twitterific, Twitterfon, Twittelator, Tweetstack • Metrics:, TweetStats, Twitterholic, Twinfluence, TwitterGrader, Twittorati, Twitalyzer • Video chat from the field: Twitcam lets you tweet while live-streaming & enables live chat with users
  32. Use hashtags to join conversations • Find relevant hashtags through or Twitter Search • Join (but don’t spam) conversation threads • Start your own hashtag • Some hashtags to latch on to: #women #health #latino #education #democracy #politics #Obama #news #media At left, widget found at:
  33. The power of widgets World news widget Widgets are prettified RSS feeds. It’s easy & free to turn your existing feeds into widgets. Create widgets for specific sections of your business’s website. Two benefits: • slick packaging of content • enlist users to distribute content Services: Widgetbox, Nervibes, Yahoo Widgets.
  34. Take the community’s pulse Real-time conversations Turn Twitter conversations into widgets. Tap into the conversations that are already taking place in your community: Widgets let you post discussions tailored to specific topics or geographic locations. Monitter widget on
  35. Enabling conversations Avert registration fatigue by giving commenters more ways to sign into your site.
  36. Social news services Digg: 35 million monthly unique visitors; 80 million outbound links per month; home page story on Digg will send 20,000 to 200,000+ clicks Facebook Connect: Each story shared on Facebook is seen on avg. by 40+ friends. Use it to authenticate comments. Google Friend Connect: Just beginning, with same potential for large network effect.
  37. Metrics! BlogHer’s stats on Quantcast
  38. Track your success For integrated social media campaigns: • Monitor social media activity • Optimize content, try to make it viral • Interact with target audiences • Use customer feedback loop for product research and development For ongoing brand monitoring: • There’s no single ‘best metric’ for social media • Track the benchmarks & goals you set down • Decide on a set of measurement tools
  39. Monitoring services Paid monitoring services: Free monitoring services: • Radian6 • Google Alerts • Techrigy • Technorati • Spiral16 • • ScoutLabs ($99/mo.) • Backtype • • Feedburner • Chat Catcher • SamePoint • Quantcast • Socialmention • PostRank • Facebook Lexicon/ Facebook Insights • trendrr • Addict-o-matic
  40. Beyond traditional metrics Engagement metrics • Direct metrics - Comments on company blog post - Number of conversations engaged - Number of members who engaged • Indirect metrics - Increased traffic from referral links - Views on social site like YouTube - Number of links posted to client site - Page views of postings
  41. Tap into the sharing economy Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Jason Means Don’t do all the heavy lifting!
  42. Creative Commons • Rich source of free commercial material. • Flickr: 25 million+ Attribution & ShareAlike licenses • Use them for your blog, website, email or print newsletter, presentations, etc.
  43. Leverage the ecosystem of free Free content! Free resources! Free photos Free videos (TED Talks, etc.) Free music & audio Free platforms! Free expertise! WordPress & its plug-ins BarCamp Drupal PodCamp Joomla & other open WordCamp source platforms Social Media Kaltura Club
  44. Sorry! Didn’t have time for ... • Facebook (but see handout) • LinkedIn • Video sharing • Photo sharing • Reputation management
  45. Thank you! Let’s talk! email: twitter: @jdlasica