Avinash recently tweeted this overheard quote that sums up what many experience with their social media strategy and finding the value.
The study looked at how the 100 most valuable brands — as identified by the 2008 BusinessWeek/Interbrand Best Global Brands ranking — engaged in 11 different online social media channels.We critiqued the brands on not only their breadth of engagement across these channels, but also their depth, such as whether they reply to comments made on blog posts. Each brand was given a numerical score. The top 10 ENGAGEMENTdb brands with their scores are:Starbucks (127)Dell (123)eBay (115)Google (105)Microsoft (103)Thomson Reuters (101)Nike (100)Amazon (88)SAP (86)Tie - Yahoo!/Intel (85)The report is available at http://bit.ly/KRGNt and the main site is at engagementdb.com (includes ways for you to do a quick ranking of your engagement). A very neat interactive feature of the site is the ability to see the rankings in different ways, from highest to lowest scores, alphabetical, etc.
Emphasize quality, not just quantity. Engagement is more than just setting up a blog and letting viewers post comments; it’s more than just having a Facebook profile and having others write on your wall. It’s also about keeping your blog content fresh and replying to comments; it’s building your friends network and updating your profile status. Don’t just check the box; engage with your customer audience. To scale engagement, make social media part of everyone’s job.The best practice interviews have a common theme — social media is no longer the responsibility of a few people in the organization. Instead, it’s important for everyone across the organization to engage with customers in the channels that make sense — a few minutes each day spent by every employee adds up to a wealth of customer touch points. Doing it all may not be for you — but you must do something.The optimal social media marketing strategy will depend on a variety of factors, including your industry. If your most valuable customers do not depend on or trust social media as a communication medium, or if your organization is resistant to engagement in some channels, you will have to start smaller and slower. But start you must, or risk falling far behind other brands, not only in your industry, but across your customers’ general online experience. Find your sweet spot.Engagement can’t be skin-deep, nor is it a campaign that can be turned on and off. True engagement means full engagement in the channels where you choose to invest. Thus, choose carefully and advocate strongly to acquire the resources and support you will need to succeed. If you are resource-constrained, it is better to be consistent and participate in fewer channels than to spread yourself too thin
California Parks Foundation is used Youtube/Facebook as part of its battle to save the California State Parks budget cuts. Thousands signed an online petition and tens of thousands contacted the governor’s office. The Humane Society raised over $600,000 as part of its Spay Day Photo Contest using social media channels like Facebook The Red Cross leveraged a $50,000 grant from the Western Union Foundation by mobilizing fans and supporters on Facebook to participate in a contest. NWF is getting thousands of people to talk about their wildlife watching on Twitter and tracking how these individuals who are new to the organizations are becoming members. NDRC was able to get 100,000 to flood lawmakers in Washington with phone calls and emails urging them to not support a bill with less strict fuel standards – and this all got started by a social media strategy that listened to and engaged Prius owners.
donations, leads, new subscribers, increased page rank,
Toyota coming out in support of the Hill-Terry bill that calls for substantially less aggressive fuel economy standards than the Senate bill that was passed last spring - 2007
The Red Cross Case Study:
Listening to Improve Relationshipsand Gain Insights<br />First project was a listening project over two years ago<br />People were talking and they needed to listen<br />At first, felt like going to war, but changed internal perception of social media<br />
Listen: Monitor, Compile, Distribute<br />I
took an American Red Cross class I thought was less than satisfactory. […] The local chapter director. called me to talk about it honestly. They care about me and they’re willing to go the extra mile. I am now significantly more likely to take another class than I was before.” - Blogger<br />
“Since this was our first
run at a photo petition, it was difficult to get across exactly what we wanted people to do without writing a book. So every person who needed help was answered personally. This gave us a good idea of how to more clearly explain ourselves next time. “<br />Carrie Lewis, HSUS<br />