American Legion Navy Social Media Brief Final


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A brief presented by LT Lesley Lykins, Deputy for Emerging Media integration for the Department of Navy Office of Information, to the American Legion National Conference.

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  • Go over agenda of what will be coveredCall to actionEstablishment of Emerging Media Integration TeamMissionMethodologyValue PropositionProducts/ResourcesPropertiesChallengesSecurityPolicyTrainingResourcingLeadership supportOperation Unified Response – HA/DR to Haiti
  • Value to the NavySocial media makes the Navy a better service able to achieve its missions and objectives as a result of being a more open and transparent organization, having a more informed work force and families, and facilitating support from its advocates.Significantly more efficient communication for very little investment (compared with traditional media) More avenues of communicationHappier and more informed Sailors empowered to tell their part of the Navy story Happier and more informed families with a greater sense of identification with the serviceAdvocates with a greater sense of identification with the Navy empowered to share their enthusiasm for the service…the Commander.Immediate communication: The commander can get information immediately to target publicsTwo-way communication: The commander can receive near-real time feedback on information that’s distributedUnmediated dialogue: 100% of the message reaches target publics…the Sailor.Stay in touch with family & friends, regardless of location, in near real time quickly and easily and share experiences.Connect with their command, peers, and service in a way integrated into their life.Collaborate and seek out professional development with peers and mentors…the Navy Family.Stay in touch with their Sailor, regardless of location, in near real time.Connect with their Sailor’s command and understand their role in its mission.Connect with other spouses/family members and share sense of communityReach out to family service resources in a trusted platform…the Advocate.Connect with the Sailors, Navy communities, and commandsEasily receive timely information on their interests (ships, aviation, etc.)Connect with other advocates and share and feel part of that communityConnect with the Navy and feel part of the greater Navy community
  • And our methodology to approaching social media is to Listen, Plan, Engage, and finally Empower - all the while we measure what we are doing to better information our decisions.
  • So in order to provide support across the enterprise for the adoption of social media we developed a number of products and resources:Social Media Roadmap – The Roadmap was created for the RDML Thorp’s Call to Action at last year’s Navy Public Affairs Conference. It was written by a team of social media savvy public affairs officers that collaborated on it via Wiki. The final product is an executive summary on the importance of social media with a lengthy appendix on the use of specific social media platforms.Weekly Metrics Monthly MetricsSM SnapshotsSM Case StudiesSocial Media Adoption SurveySM DirectoryEmail DistributionSlideshareSM Resources Page
  • is the official website for the Navy and the touchstone for most of our social media sepcialize recruiting pages for Doctors, Nurses, and Nuclear communitiesNavyforMoms – a Ning based social networking site maintained by Campbell-Ewald on behalf of Recruiting CommandTwitter@NavyNews@USNavy – planned to transition @NavyNews to an enterprise accountYouTubeDMA-AnacostiaNavy Visual News ServiceFlickrNavy Visual News ServiceNavyLive – hosted on the DoDLive blog hosting service this is the planned but not launched Navy BlogSlideshareUSNavySocialMediaMCPON
  • Threats to the Networks are realThreats to our service members are real
  • While current policy permits the use of social media in the Navy there isn’t specific policy regarding how Commanders, Public Affairs Officers, and Sailors can use social media safely and effectively. There is also an internal debate ongoing on the extent social media should be adopted and the best means to do so – who owns what part of social media? What role does our Chief Information Officer and his or her organization have in social media? What role does our public affairs community have? These roles and issues are being hashed out.
  • With everyone exercising the ability to potentially publish to a global audience there is plenty of opportunity for misteps. Operations Security (OPSEC) is vitally important in today’s interconnected world. This means that we need to ensure that everyone is trained on safe and effective use of social media. Developing and delivering appropriate training on Social Media will be a challenge for the Navy for the foreseeable future.Anecdote about women who set up fan page for her husband.
  • These are expensive and the budget, even the defense budget, is a zero-sum game. While social media is relatively inexpensive compared to traditional media, and pocket change compared to some of the budgets in the Navy – none the less it’s value has to be demonstrated in ways that leadership can appreciate and understand.
  • Leadership throughout the Navy do not yet fully understand or support the use of social media. We continue to build the case for the importance of using social media in the Navy one best-case example at a time. However …
  • If we can steam a 100,000 ton warship, with two nuclear reactors, surrounded by thousands of pounds of bombs and jet fuel, around the world and launch and recover jet aircraft from it safely than I am more than certain we can handle our Commanders and our Sailors using social media.
  • We have a number of examples of successful use of social media in the Navy. However, the most recent and dramatic example is the Navy’s use of social media during the response to the earthquake in Haiti that become Operation Unified Response.
  • Began communicating immediately via existing media – (internal), @NavyNews (social)Established @NavyNews/Haiti-Relief Twitter list and #USGHaiti hashtag to take the lead in conversations on Haiti Relief and the US GovernmentEstablished dedicated website monitoring and analysis of social media
  • -We launched an unpublished Navy Facebook page and used it both to redistribute official content from but also as a platform for content specific to Facebook-We coordinated content with other Navy Social Media sites and with content from
  • Coordinated with deploying units to synchronize and energize communication on existing social media For units without social media –guided them through setup or did it for them and bridged the connectivity gap when needed – posting and tweeting for them.
  • Coordinated DoD Blogger’s roundtables with leadership and subject matter experts
  • Our social media efforts were complimentary to and coordinated to a degree with DoD and the other services.
  • This graph is retrospective but shows the overall growth and decline of conversation about the Navy in Haiti from 1/12 through 1/26
  • Word clouds showed us the trending topics on specific days and overall giving us feedback on how effective some of our communication efforts were.
  • Both quantitatively through graphs like this and qualitatively through directly observing Twitter and Military/Navy related blogs we were able to monitor the conversation as it transitioned from Twitter to the blogs.
  • American Legion Navy Social Media Brief Final

    1. 1. 0<br />Department of the NavyOffice of Information<br />Navy Social Media <br />Integration & Strategy<br />American Legion Conference<br />01 March 2010<br />LT Lesley Lykins<br />
    2. 2. 1<br />Agenda<br />Navy Social Media<br />Mission<br />Methodology<br />Value Proposition<br />Products/Resources<br />Presences<br />Challenges<br />Operation Unified Response – <br /> Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief to Haiti<br />
    3. 3. Emerging Media Integration Team<br />Established within the communication strategy and integration directorate as a proponent for social media and to develop a program for long-term sustainment<br />The team: (1) CDR, (1) LT, and contract support (BAH)<br />Our mission includes:<br />Advocacy<br />Policy<br />Training<br />Best Practices<br />Management<br />Metrics & Analysis<br />Identify emerging trends <br />Keep focused over the horizon <br />
    4. 4. Value of Social Media<br />Value to the Navy -- social media makes the Navy a better service and as a result a service better able to achieve its missions and objectives.<br />But it also provides value to …<br />The Commander<br />The Sailor<br />The Navy Family<br />The Advocate<br />3<br />
    5. 5. Social media: Part of a <br />harmonized communication plan<br />LISTEN<br />PLAN<br />EMPOWER<br />Social Media<br />MEASURE<br />Publishing – Print & Web<br />ENGAGE<br />Newsletters<br />COMM PLAN<br />Personal Engagements<br />Mobile<br /><br />Media<br />4<br />Email<br />
    6. 6. Products & Resources<br />
    7. 7. Social Media Presences<br />6<br />
    8. 8. Challenges<br />Security<br />Policy<br />Training<br />Resourcing<br />Leadership<br />7<br />
    9. 9. Challenges<br />Security<br />Policy<br />Training<br />Resourcing<br />Leadership<br />8<br />
    10. 10. Challenges<br />Security<br />Policy<br />Training<br />Resourcing<br />Leadership<br />9<br />
    11. 11. Challenges<br />Security<br />Policy<br />Training<br />Resourcing<br />Leadership<br />10<br />
    12. 12. Challenges<br />Security<br />Policy<br />Training<br />Resourcing<br />Leadership<br />11<br />
    13. 13. Challenges<br />If we can do this …<br />…then we can certainly handle this.<br />
    14. 14. Operation Unified Response<br />
    15. 15. First steps<br />Twitter list mentioned by DoD, Washington Post, and White House<br />
    16. 16. Navy social media in sync<br />62,581 fans within one week of Facebook page launch<br />5,000+ “likes” on Facebook posts and images<br />1,000+ comments on Facebook posts and images<br />More than 15,000 clicks on links on Twitter posts by @NavyNews<br />
    17. 17. USS Carl Vinson brings U.S. relief efforts to the world<br />Mentions of the Vinson went from virtually nothing to hundreds of posts in social media on January 13th <br />7,000+ fans on Facebook<br />1,429 followers on Twitter<br />
    18. 18. The world tracked USNS Comfort from Baltimore to Haiti<br />Mainstream media and blogs covering USNS Comfort before we were active with social media<br />2,132 followers on Twitter (over 100 followers before account was public)<br />
    19. 19. USS Bataan used social media to stay connected to families and bloggers<br />Families stay in touch through Facebook and Twitter<br />Bloggers were given direct access to USS Bataan Captain through Blogger Roundtable<br />
    20. 20. Navy seamlessly integrates communications with DoD and services<br />Powerful images of the U.S. military services providing aid to Haiti circulate over mainstream and social media<br />DoD is taking a particular care to have the most recent information, images and videos posted to all official pages (websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)<br />
    21. 21. Navy’s social media supporting Haiti relief recognized across government<br />White house blog post of ABH(AW) Lisa Gurnick, USS Carl Vinson (CVN70)<br />Official DoD Twitter account mentions White House blog post<br />White House Twitter posts mentioning and linking to official Navy social media accounts<br />DoD Facebook Page announces @USNSComfort Twitter updates with link, <br />@NavyNews listed on CNN’s Haiti list<br />Facebook’s Government page featured Navy as trusted resource for current information and photos on Haiti relief (3 unique posts)<br />
    22. 22. Conversation about Navy in Haiti <br />Mentions of “Haiti” and “Navy” Jan 22-Jan 26<br /><ul><li>US Navy prepares for Haiti
    23. 23. 3 ships leave for Haiti
    24. 24. Hospital ship eager to assist
    25. 25. USS Carl Vinson arrives
    26. 26. USNS Comfort leaves Baltimore
    27. 27. USNS Comfort arrives
    28. 28. Troops arrive
    29. 29. Food, water reaching people
    30. 30. US to send more troops
    31. 31. Navy providing medical aid</li></ul>Mentions of “Haiti” and “Navy” from Jan 12-Jan 25, 2010<br />
    32. 32. Top keywords within mentions of “Haiti” and “Navy” for 0500, January 20, 2010<br />Top keywords within mentions of “Haiti” and “Navy” since Jan 12, 2010<br />Keywords related to Navy and Haiti<br />
    33. 33. Conversation matures throughout the week<br />Jan 13: Navy’s involvement is mostly discussed over Twitter <br />Jan 20: Conversation greatly expands with blogs, photos and mainstream news taking more prominent position<br />
    34. 34. Pastor used Twitter as means to coordinate activities in Haiti<br />Sparked by Sanjay Gupta’s (+1million followers on Twitter) response after performing brain surgery on Carl Vinson that “there aren’t enough brain surgeons in Haiti,” Shaun King, a pastor, coordinated a team of doctors trip to Haiti only to find there is no place to perform surgery other than the USNS Comfort. Through Twitter, a frustrated Shaun King attempts to reach out to USNS Comfort to get the doctors on board.<br />@ShaunKing praises work of USNS Comfort crew and restores credibility of Navy among his followers<br />@NavyNews addresses Shaun King’s frustration and directs him to @USNSComfort on Twitter<br />@USNSComfort reaches out to @ShaunKing and arranges phone call with BUMED to work out arrangements for doctors<br />Sanjay Gupta’s 0730 show the next day does not cover the issue of doctor’s reaching out to the Navy <br />6,500+ followers of @ShaunKing spread his plea across web<br />
    35. 35. Communicating the Navy Story<br />External Media Reporting <br />More than 9,400 news stories printed and aired nationally and internationally(as of 1000 26 Jan 10)<br />Navy Visual News<br /><ul><li>Imagery distributed to national and international media
    36. 36. 628 photos
    37. 37. 9 hours of video
    38. 38. 600% increase in traffic on Navy FLICKR page at peak on 1/19</li></ul><br />Social Media<br /><ul><li>Navy Facebook (66K fans)
    39. 39. @Navynews (7.7K followers +10%)
    40. 40. Enabled Twitter & FB accounts for:
    41. 41. USS Carl Vinson
    42. 42. USS Bataan
    43. 43. USNS Comfort
    44. 44. USS Normandy
    45. 45. USS Gunston Hall
    46. 46. USS Carter Hall
    47. 47. White House highlighting Navy</li></ul>Total since Jan 13, 2010<br /><ul><li> 3.9 mil page views
    48. 48. 125 Print Stories on
    49. 49. 19 Daily News Updates
    50. 50. 9 All Hands Radio Pieces</li></ul>Jan 19, 2010 (noon) through Jan 26, 2010 (noon)<br /><ul><li> 2.4 mil page views; 1:15 avg stay times
    51. 51. 85 Print Stories on
    52. 52. 13 Daily News Updates
    53. 53. 6 All Hands Radio Pieces
    54. 54. 6 Multi-media Pieces; 27 airings over </li></ul> DTS<br />Forsee : Avg 84; High 89 on 20 Jan<br />
    55. 55. Thank you BlogWell!<br />Questions?<br />CDR Scott McIlnay, APR<br />Director, Emerging Media Integration Department of the Navy, <br />Office of Information<br /><br />(O)703-692-4718 <br />LT Lesley Lykins<br />Deputy, Emerging Media Integration<br />Department of the Navy,<br />Office of Information<br /><br />(O)703-695-6915<br />
    56. 56. U.S. Navy Sites<br />Official Navy Website<br /><br />Navy Social Media Directory<br /><br />Navy on Facebook<br /><br />Navy on Twitter<br /><br />Navy Visual News Service on Flickr<br /><br />Navy on YouTube<br /><br />Navy Visual News Service on YouTube<br /><br />Navy Emerging Media on Slideshare<br /><br />