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How To Do Social Media Right In 2009

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There are 150 million active users on Facebook. 346 million people read blogs. 1 billion messages have been sent on Twitter. If social media is such an important part of our online culture, why is it so difficult for marketers to use it effectively?

This presentation will shine a light on how real brands are doing great things with social media and how you can too. Learn what you can do right now and how emerging technologies such as the semantic web (Web 3.0) are going to make things even easier

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How To Do Social Media Right In 2009

  1. Doing Social Media Right in 2009
  2. What is Social Media? Social media is an umbrella term that defines the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos, and audio. But that doesn’t quite do it…
  3. It’s how people engage, participate, and share online…
  4. … the experiences they leave behind
  5. … and the shared meaning they create.
  6. It’s… > 100,000,000 videos on YouTube 4,000,000 articles on Wikipedia 200 M blogs 1 billion tweets on twitter > 200 M people on Facebook each month FROM HONEYMOON TO MARRIAGE
  7. Social Media By The Numbers 346,000,000 number of people globally who read blogs 700,000,000 number of photos added to Facebook monthly 273.1 minutes time on average spent watching online video each month 55% internet users who have uploaded and shared photos 57% internet users who have joined a social network 93% Americans online expect companies to have a social media presence
  8. But It’s Not All Good News… Recent Headlines: • Social Media Fatigue. Too much out there? • Blogging is Dead, According to Wired.com • Forrester Says Consumers Don’t Trust Corporate Blogs • Advertisers Face Hurdles on Social Networking Sites • P&G marketing chief questions value of Facebook • Half of 'social media campaigns' will flop
  9. The Honeymoon Is Over…
  10. Social Media Challenge #1 Companies have to overcome their fear. How do you learn to “let go” • Give control back to the consumer • Lose the limits imposed by legal • Reinvent PR… PR 2.0 • But is the risk work the reward? •
  11. Social Media Challenge #2 This is a different kind of marketing. Stop thinking “campaign” • Stop thinking “channel” • Beware of Business Week syndrome • Objectives need to come first • It’s so much more than “marketing” •
  12. Social Media Challenge #3 It starts with the community inside. Bringing community to the business silos • Socializing success is the key to success • Watch out for company ADD • End users can tell if your “family” is • dysfunctional
  13. Social Media Challenge #4 Social media advocates are over-zealous. It’s not just brands who are challenged • The world wide echo chamber • Don’t follow the “shiny object” • Bring brands in with baby steps • Prevent culture shock •
  14. Social Media Challenge #5 Consumers are suffering from fatigue. It’s a competition for consumer attention • They can afford to be picky • Human behavior is complex • But phony never flies •
  15. Who Is Doing It Right?
  16. Reinventing Customer Service
  17. The Unhappy Customer Comcast’s New Nightmare 23,000 subscribers is how many TechCrunch's Michael Arrington told when his Comcast service was down 1.3 million viewers is how many saw the video a Comcast customer recorded when a service technician fell asleep in his house The customer’s voice has become a powerful weapon…
  18. The Happy Customer Zappos.com / Powered by Service Zappos.com doesn’t sell shoes, they deliver “WOW” through service. The primary sources of the company's rapid growth have been repeat customers and numerous word of mouth recommendations. Free shipping both ways, an always open call center, and 365 day return policy are part of what sets Zappos apart. quot;Hopefully, 10 years from now, people won't even realize we started out selling shoes.quot; Tony Hsieh (CEO)
  19. How Do You Measure Success? Active Participation: 438 Zappos employees are on Twitter Instant Access to Your Customers: 47,104 Followers on of the top Twitter accounts Extending Your Reach: Increased traffic and search volume More Efficient, More Effective: Limit the amount of advertising by focusing on a customer experience that will generate natural word of mouth Increasing the Bottomline: 75% of Zappos sales come from repeat customers $840 million in 2007, $1 billion (projected) in 2008
  20. Reinventing The Infomercial
  21. Take A Look Around Blendtec Before “Will It Blend” A faceless company with expensive product • New marketing director means a set of new eyes • A charismatic CEO with some interesting habits • “Extreme blending” as a regular occurrence •
  22. How Do You Measure Success? Millions of Eyes and Ears: 65 million YouTube views, 120 million WillItBlend.com views Dominate the Search Results: Turn search buzzwords (“Chuck Norris”, “iPhone”) into video traffic More Efficient, More Effective: They’ve received national media coverage (TV appearances, awards) that is equivalent to millions of dollars in advertising Increasing the Bottomline: Total Blender retail sales grew 700% in the past two years Making the World a Better Place: Blendtec auctioned the blended iPhone on Ebay which sold for $1,000 and proceeds were donated to a children’s hospital
  23. Reinventing Public Relations
  24. Change The Conversation The Trouble Ford Was In Consumers don’t trust corporations • Trust needs a face and a name • Enter the automotive crisis • Ford put into an interesting position • Can a bad situation be a brand defining moment? •
  25. How Do You Measure Success? Get Your Content Out There: Traffic increased 100% in past 4 months to thefordstory.com “Ford Story” CEO YouTube video has received 53,354 views A Strong Leading Man: Scott Monty has 14265 followers on Twitter and conducts almost daily interviews with blogs, news sites, and television Be the Brand Everyone Is Talking About: #12 in AdAge’s most social brands of 2008, next to Disney, Sony, Dell and Apple Owning Your Story, Before It Owns You: Ford effectively changed the conversation around the automotive bailout to position themselves in a different light than the others
  26. What Are The Best Practices?
  27. The Inconvenient Truth There are no best practices. • Every project is a custom fit. • You learn as you go. What are the best practices for a conversation? What about for a relationship? You can read books, attend seminars, but it all comes back to who you are and who they are. There is one best practice to which there is no exception… BE REAL
  28. An Approach to Being Real Understand Act Evolve You need to understand You need to act To evolve, you must • Who they are • Accordingly • Always be learning • Who you are • Transparently • Always be teaching • What you can handle • Honestly • Always be improving
  29. How to UNDERSTAND Understand Act Evolve 1. First and foremost, listen 2. Define the problem 3. Match the problem to project objectives 4. Find the community inside your company 5. Understand the community outside
  30. Are you ready to listen
  31. Understand Tools You Can Use Social Media Buzz Monitoring 1. Free Alert Systems 2. Paid Analysis Dashboard 3. Full Service Insights Partners
  32. Understand What Ford Heard… “If we all bought American, where would the competition and innovation be? Have you seen the junk on wheels they sell? The Big 3 haven't been selling what people want, but the foreign car companies have.” Why are American cars still so unreliable? Nobody buys American anymore!! Six in 10 oppose auto bailout…
  33. Hello?! I think we have a problem
  34. Understand Define the Problem It all comes down to a problem in communication… • Our customer thinks of us as _____ instead of _____ • People don’t know the facts about our brand • We don’t know what our customers think about us • Our marketing message isn’t resonating with our customers Ford’s big communication problem… • Big faceless corporation • American people against the bail out • Ford lumped in with misinformation and bad press
  35. Understand Determine Your Objectives Social media project objectives must… • Directly solve your communication problems • Have a clear way to benchmark before and after Ford’s objectives… • Put a face forward, humanize the brand • Combat misinformation • Tell your story, get others to tell it for you • Change opinion around the brand
  36. What is your corporate culture
  37. Understand The Community Inside Questions you need to ask… • What is (who owns) our corporate culture? • Who is allowed to talk on behalf of the brand now? • What assets are we or could we be creating? – Events, content extras, internal superstars How they did it… • Blendtec picked up on internal meme and decided to share it with the world wide web • Zappos looked at their core values, commitment to culture, and ways employees were already talking online
  38. Reach out to your followers
  39. Understand The Community Outside Questions you need to ask… • What the types of people exist out there already? • Should we build or join a community? • What does the community need? – Should we support, energize, or embrace them? How they did it… • Blendtec understood the tone people looking for and embraced their requests for content • Zappos continues to find and actively follow people that mention their brand
  40. How to ACT Understand Act Evolve 1. Create a pilot program with core influencers 2. Ignite conversation and engage your audience 3. Don’t forget to share results, content, and plans, be transparent and giving 4. Be a great party host by connecting community members together
  41. Act Create A Pilot Program • Start with creators and influencers. • Find renegades and evangelists. • Be interesting. How they did it… • Microsoft put together Channel 9 to show behind-the-scenes interviews with developers and even executives. On the first day, word of mouth had drawn 100,000 viewers. Half a year later, traffic was up to 1.2 million unique visitors a month.
  42. Find ways to ignite conversation
  43. Act Engage Your Audience Ignite conversation. • Develop community activities. • Build a content calendar. • Be social. • How they did it… • Chrysler engages business units on a weekly basis for discussion topics to put up for their Customer Advisory Board and finds executives to participate in online monthly chats.
  44. Act Don’t Forget to Share • Be honest. Be giving. • Be transparent, esp. when you are wrong. • Let the community own the community. How they did it… • When Cork’d was recently hacked, the very first thing Gary Vaynerchuk did was post a video comment on TechCrunch to apologize and inform • What not to do… When AMC first found out that fans were Twittering posed as characters from the hit show Mad Men, they asked that the accounts be shut down
  45. Remember to be a great party host
  46. Act Connect the Community • Be a great party host. • Encourage member interaction. • Drive exploration. How they did it… • Mr. Tweet takes a look at which Twitter users you should be following based on your personal interests • CCS, the College of Creative Studies, uses Facebook to match potential students to counselors and current students who can answer important questions
  47. How to EVOLVE Understand Act Evolve 1. Empower your advocates through reward and recognition 2. Cross-pollinate and extend into other programs 3. Measure, report, share, and improve 4. Learn what works and what doesn’t
  48. Evolve Empower Your Advocates • Reward and recognize. • Give them the tools. How they did it… • Yahoo! Answers gives users different privileges based on how many questions they have answered • At Dell IdeaStorm, community members suggest and vote on ideas for how Dell can improve their business. • Lego Factory allows users to create 3D lego bricks. The community can vote on the best creations and some of the winning creations end up at local toy stores.
  49. Extend your reach beyond the web
  50. Evolve Extend into Other Programs Integrate. • Cross-pollinate. • Widgetize. • Meet up in the real world. • How they did it… • The Barnes and Noble community is a lively brand loyalty community supported by the Lithium platform. Hot topic threads are featured on the e-commerce site. • ArtShare is an application developed by the Brooklyn Museum to share the Museum's collection on Facebook. Rather than expect users to come to the website to learn about the collection, they engage people in their own social space.
  51. Evolve Measure, Measure, Measure • Match metrics to your objectives. • Report, share, improve. How they did it… • Many brands use buzz monitoring software such as Radian6 or Sysomos to measure fluctuations in volume of conversation compared to competitors. • CCS, the College of Creative Studies, uses the metrics provided by Facebook’s Insight tool to measure increased traffic, photo views, and wall posts.
  52. What Do We Want From Them? Track, quantify, and analyze conversations around a To talk about the brand brand, their competitors, and their BRAND MONITORING industry through out the entire online space Determine the spread and velocity (how far, how fast) of branded To spread our content CONTENT TRACKING syndicated content (video, widget, article) Qualify and analyze social interaction To engage us directly within a defined channel in order COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT to determine community health, sentiment, and engagement levels
  53. Evolve Learn + Adapt • Go with the flow. • Catalog what works and what doesn’t. • Rethink often. How they did it… • Community platforms such as Lithium and SalesForce (which runs Dell Ideastorm and MyStarbucksIdea) have implemented “idea management” features which help brands manage insights collected from the community and measure and learn from user engagement. • Get Satisfaction is feedback widget that can get integrated into websites to provides real-time, dynamic customer support content that leverages the wisdom of crowds.
  54. This is HARD WORK But it will get easier…
  55. Introducing Web 3.0
  56. The Information Portal Web 1.0 • information exclusivity, be the first to own the content • dividing the world wide web into usable directories • everyone has their personal own little corner in the cyberspace The web became STATIC + LONELY It lacked: • community • interaction • scalability
  57. The Social Platform Web 2.0 • focus on the power of the community to create and validate • the power of a seemingly freer form of organization (“tags”) • setting up “hooks” for future integration (RSS, API) The web became NOISY + OVERWHELMING It lacked: • personalization • true portability • meaning
  58. We Broke Dunbar’s Number Dunbar's number is the supposed cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable social relationships And here are There’s me all my friends And their Myspace, Flickr, Yelp, YouT ube, LinkedIn, There’s my Facebook, Last.fm… Myspace, Flickr, Yelp, YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Last.fm… And their friends with their content
  59. Navigating the seas of the social web
  60. Introducing Web 3.0 What does it mean? The 3rd decade of the Web (2010–2020), when simultaneous and complementary technology trends will finally reach maturity: a network of separately siloed applications and content repositories creating • more seamless interoperability between connected devices data anywhere anytime via broadband adoption, mobile Internet • access, software-as-a-service, and cloud computing true data portability via open identity (OpenID), APIs and data formats • a consistent web language via RDF, OWL, SWRL, SPARQL, etc. • intelligent agents, natural language processing, and machine learning • Web 3.0 is The Relevant Web
  61. Improving How We Listen Social Monitoring 2.0 • Monitoring based on keywords makes it hard to distinguish brand conversation (“jaguar” the car vs “jaguar” the animal) • Sentiment changes based on the context (ie “lemon”) • Too much reliance on manual adjustments and interpretation Social Monitoring 3.0 • Smarter aggregation, mapping conversation trends • Conversation tracking beyond keywords
  62. Better Customer Acquisition Online Advertising 2.0 • Contextual ads can be inaccurate and unsafe for brands • Behavioral ads don’t account for multiple users • Consumers trust each other more than corporations, brands, and their advertising messages. Online Advertising 3.0 • Deliver relevant ads to the right consumers • Make content easier to discover by interested users
  63. Better Community Management Community Management 2.0 • Shear number of social networks with disconnected profiles makes it difficult to find the most valuable people to connect with • Hard to distribute the conversation beyond your blog or community • No relevant social information when you need it most Community Management 3.0 • Finding the influencers across the social web • Extending the conversation beyond the networks
  64. Improving How We Measure Measuring Success 2.0 • Limited amount that we can measure: reach, exposure, volume of conversation • Social networks are “walled gardens” with inconsistent metrics • No algorithms to measure that a community has been built Measuring Success 3.0 • Better sentiment analysis than “positive, neutral, negative” • Social graph analysis, conversation connections
  65. Thank You.

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