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Social Media in the South Pacific:
It’s time to join the conversation.

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi of Oceanic Communications, Fiji


All images with the exception of slides 2, 37, 40-48 and 51 are sourced from Google. Statistics are from and

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  1. 1. Social Media in the South Pacific: It’s time to join the conversation. Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi Oceanic Communications, Fiji #web2pacificWednesday, October 24, 12Thank you Anju. Good afternoon everyone. I have been asked to talk to you about a communications or advertising agency’sperspective on social media.Before I begin, for any Twitter users in the house. You can use this hashtag when you mention anything about this workshop.The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as away to categorize messages.
  2. 2. Wednesday, October 24, 12Six months ago I gave birth to the cutest little boy (as his mother I’m allowed to be biased of course), and as a first-time mum,most parents here will agree that no matter how much you hear about what it is like from your own mothers and fathers, nomatter how many books you read about parenthood, nothing really prepares you for the magnitude of responsibility andexperiences you will encounter with your children. Both my husband’s mother and my mother were here to assist with ourfirstborn, however one early morning it was just my partner and I on baby duty and our son kept crying and we just didn’t knowwhat to do. Can you guess what we did? Anyone?We took out our iPhones and searched in Google.
  3. 3. Wednesday, October 24, 12Here’s what it was like before the internet, or before Google. Do you find yourself ‘Googling’ when you have a particularquestion that you cannot answer?
  4. 4. Wednesday, October 24, 12Can you still remember what it was like before the internet? Or before smartphones, Blackberries and iPhones? BeforeGoogle, Facebook or Twitter?
  5. 5. Wednesday, October 24, 12Hands up if you update your Facebook status before going to the toilet every morning.
  6. 6. Wednesday, October 24, 12These things called the internet, the world wide web, online media, social media - their global reach is growing at anastronomical pace. It is getting bigger, faster and more mobile each day. It has permeated our lives, so much so that we nowtake it for granted. Most of us are consistently online these days, on our computers, on our phones. An entire economy is builtbased on our browsing habits.
  7. 7. Wednesday, October 24, 12For our teenagers and younger people who are in their early 20‘s, they’ve never known life without the internet. Simply put,the internet is a force to be reckoned with.
  8. 8. 2,267,233,742 internet usersWednesday, October 24, 12According to the World Internet Users and Population Statistics, on December 31, 2011, there are 2,267,233,742 internetusers. In 2005 there were 957,783,222. That number has more than doubled only after 6 years.More than 23 million of these users come from Oceania and Australia. With Australia leading, then New Zealand, then Fiji.Quite a small fraction compared to the rest of the world, but the numbers are growing very rapidly.
  9. 9. Fiji 18.4% of 883,125 people 162,880 usersWednesday, October 24, 12
  10. 10. 2,071%Wednesday, October 24, 12User growth is 2,071% from 2000-2011
  11. 11. New Caledonia 34.1% of 256,275 people 87,420 usersWednesday, October 24, 12
  12. 12. 264.3%Wednesday, October 24, 12User growth is 264.3%
  13. 13. Samoa 6.6% of 193,161 people 12,816 usersWednesday, October 24, 12
  14. 14. 2,463.2%Wednesday, October 24, 12User growth is 2,463.2%2/3 of the global internet population visit social networks.
  15. 15. 800+ million Facebook usersWednesday, October 24, 12800 million. Users on Facebook. If Facebook were a country it would be the third most populated in the world just belowChina and India. One person out of 13 is on Facebook.
  16. 16. Fiji 188,620 usersWednesday, October 24, 12
  17. 17. 28,700+ in the last 6 monthsWednesday, October 24, 12
  18. 18. New Caledonia 103,560 usersWednesday, October 24, 12
  19. 19. 9,980+ in the last 6 monthsWednesday, October 24, 12
  20. 20. Samoa 19,920 usersWednesday, October 24, 12
  21. 21. 7,700+ in the last 6 monthsWednesday, October 24, 12
  22. 22. 400 million Tweets per dayWednesday, October 24, 12400 million. The average number of tweets on Twitter per day.
  23. 23. 30 million followersWednesday, October 24, 12Fact: Lady Gaga is the most followed person to date on Twitter. According to the latest stats she has about 30 millionfollowers.
  24. 24. Wednesday, October 24, 12The trend is quite clear. The numbers are going up. And they are going up exponentially.
  25. 25. ?Wednesday, October 24, 12But what is the fuzz really all about? Why is all of this such a big deal? From a communications, marketing and advertising standpoint, what does this all mean? Togive you a clearer perspective on how powerful social media can be especially from our point of view, I have a short 2 minute video from Youtube for you.Please take note that that video was done in 2010. The figures you saw are much higher now. I am not going to dwell now on why social media is huge. I believe itis quite clear why it has become such a phenomenon.
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  27. 27. Wednesday, October 24, 12People have a natural urge to add friends, to connect with others, we want to share our thoughts, to talk about ourselves, to be heard, to not feel alone and tobelong to a group. We are social beings and the quality of our lives are determined by our relationships.
  28. 28. Social media is about technology.Wednesday, October 24, 12So in essence, social media is not about technology,
  29. 29. Social media is about advertising.Wednesday, October 24, 12nor is it about advertising.
  30. 30. Social media is about people.Wednesday, October 24, 12
  31. 31. Only 14% of people trust advertising. And 90% trust recommendations on social media.Wednesday, October 24, 12From that clip, I want you to focus on this line: Only 14% of people trust advertising, and 90% trust recommendations on social media. For an advertising agencylike Oceanic, it is pretty obvious on what really works.
  32. 32. Wednesday, October 24, 12If you think about it, well who would you rather trust? Some company you don’t know? Or your Facebook friend?
  33. 33. Wednesday, October 24, 12Consumers are continuously bombarded with a lot of advertising messages and as a result they find it very difficult to sift through this media noise. It’s like thatgame,
  34. 34. ?Wednesday, October 24, 12‘Where is Waldo?’ It can be so confusing. This is why consumers pay attention to what others have to say before buying anything. The more they trust therecommendation, the more likely they will buy a product or try a service. I go to my hairdresser because she was referred to me by a good friend. When I orderbooks and baby stuff from Amazon, I read the reviews first. When a friend of mine liked and talked about a resort on her Facebook status, I took note and visitedthe place myself.
  35. 35. Wednesday, October 24, 12The most powerful and effective marketing has always been and continue to be word-of-mouth marketing. Even today, it is still the most influential driving elementin purchasing decisions. We know that people like to talk and they will either rant or rave to their friends about a good or a bad experience. Now add social mediain this mix. What do we have?
  36. 36. word-of-mouth on steroidsWednesday, October 24, 12With social media, the power of word-of-mouth marketing becomes amplified. It’s like word-of-mouth marketing on steroids. When I have a bad or good experiencewith a product or service, now I won’t have to tell one friend at a time. I’ll just update my status on Facebook or Tweet about it and all my 1,329 friends can readabout it, comment, re-post and share to their other friends in real-time. Right now.
  37. 37. Wednesday, October 24, 12At Oceanic, we know how significant this information is. We started as a firm that focused on website design and development, online media and services. After ayear we expanded to also offer traditional media services and we became a full service communications agency. From then on, our approach has always beenbased on our understanding, experience and belief in true integrated communications. This means, we develop creative and technical solutions and support thatare consistent and span from the printed page to the computer monitor, and our clients who utilise both parts understand the power of unified communications.
  38. 38. Some examples.Wednesday, October 24, 12Here are some local examples of integrated campaigns we have done for some of our clients.
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  44. 44. Wednesday, October 24, 12We put QR codes on store materials so customers can use their smartphones and the codes took them straight to the website page with details. QRCode (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code).
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  48. 48. Wednesday, October 24, 12From our experience, businesses and organisations in the Pacific have not fully harnessed the power of social media yet because of two things.
  49. 49. Wednesday, October 24, 12 Firstly, fear. Many of them are afraid of negative criticisms and comments from unhappy and disgruntled customers which they feel will destroy their reputation.
  50. 50. Wednesday, October 24, 12Secondly, misconception. Some of those who have actually jumped on the social media wagon honestly believe that how they are using it is right but if they take astep back, they will realise how badly they are doing it. The thing about online and social media is, just as big as it can be when used right, the ramifications arealso huge when used carelessly. It’s like a two-edged sword.
  51. 51. People.Wednesday, October 24, 12 For those organisations who are afraid of social media because it is very new to them or those who think they understand it yet misuse it, they must recognise twothings. Social media is about people. And it is about having a conversation with those people.In order to be successful at using this medium to communicate to their customers, followers, fans or advocates, we must always remember this.If your business or group has a social media profile in Facebook or Twitter for example, your customers or advocates feel like they can talk to you. A person. Not acompany or a group. But a person. Then when they start a conversation with you, you have to really listen to them.
  52. 52. 1Wednesday, October 24, 12Here’s a good example.
  53. 53. Wednesday, October 24, 12Zappo’s is a leading online store in the US. The CEO of this company, including many other employees have active Twitter accounts. They engage with theircustomers by keeping open lines of communication. In fact they use Twitter to generate over 1,200 conversations per month. Their Twitterers have their photos upon their Twitter page so their customers know who they are talking to.
  54. 54. Wednesday, October 24, 12Zappos Conversations uses Twitters Streaming API to look for all the Tweets that mention @Zappos and @Zappos_Service. Tweets of conversations, questions,and comments stream in and Zappos presents them on the Conversations website so others may read how Zappos is working to communicate with its fans andcustomers and solve any issues or problems. Very open. When someone is unhappy, that is seen online. Their response and reaction is also seen online. Why dothey allow this do you think? Simple. By showing your dedication to work through these problems with your customers, they become even more loyal to youbecause of your honesty and commitment. That is why we should not be afraid of those negative criticisms online. First, you’ll know what you are doing wrong, andsecond, you have the opportunity to make it right.
  55. 55. 2Wednesday, October 24, 12 A very good example of a successful integrated award-winning campaign is Tourism Queensland’s ‘The Best Job in the World’ campaign in January 2009.The objective was simple: to create awareness and interest on Queensland tourism.
  56. 56. Wednesday, October 24, 12To meet this objective, the concept they came up with was quite brilliant. A competition where contenders must post a one-minute video application on TourismQueensland’s Web site explaining why you should be chosen as caretaker of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef and you might get to blog and cam yourway through a six-month gig that paid about $100K U.S.So how did it go? Let’s find out.
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  58. 58. Wednesday, October 24, 12This is an example of a truly integrated campaign which utilised a range of channels. And I believe its consistency in both traditional or offline as we call it andonline media contributed to its success. Something for us to think about when creating our own communications strategies.
  59. 59. Wednesday, October 24, 12We are living in very fascinating times. Communication used to be mostly one-way before, but now, not only ‘the man’ can speak - everyone else can give their twocents and join the conversation. There is so much we can do now.At Oceanic, we continuously recommend using social media to be part of our clients’ communications plans.And though Fiji and the rest of the South Pacific (excluding Australia and New Zealand) are still a bit behind on this front, we are getting there.
  60. 60. 3 2 1Wednesday, October 24, 12It’s just a matter of time.
  61. 61. Wednesday, October 24, 12If you know how to best use and maximise social media, there is no need to be afraid of it. Imagine the possibilities.Online and social media is changing the way we work,
  62. 62. The way we workWednesday, October 24, 12
  63. 63. The way we learnWednesday, October 24, 12
  64. 64. The way we shareWednesday, October 24, 12
  65. 65. The way we collaborateWednesday, October 24, 12
  66. 66. The way we liveWednesday, October 24, 12
  67. 67. Thank you.Wednesday, October 24, 12
  68. 68. Twitter: @i_am_ronna / @oceanicfiji Website: / Linkedin: / communications E-mail: / #web2pacific Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi All images with the exception of slides 2, 37, 40-48 and 51 are sourced from Google. Statistics are from and www.socialbakers.comWednesday, October 24, 12