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The App Gap FGIBI Webinar Slideshare 2008-06-25

Slides from TheAppGap webinar June 25,2008 reporting findings from our Facebook Groups in Business Investigation

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The App Gap FGIBI Webinar Slideshare 2008-06-25

  1. 1. June 25, 2008 “ Should Your Business Be Friends with Facebook?” New research on how businesses are using Facebook and other social networking strategies -- what’s working, what’s in the way, what’s next? Jenny Ambrozek, Bill Anderson, Victoria Axelrod, Conveners & Facebook Group in Business Investigation Participants Eric Edelstein, Francois Gossieaux, Kimberly Samaha
  2. 2. OUR FACES
  3. 3. FGIBI Overview <ul><li>What we did, when, & why </li></ul><ul><li>What we learned about Facebook Groups in Business </li></ul><ul><li>3. Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>4. “Should your business be friends with Facebook?” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Facebook Group Growth Percent of global Internet users who visit this site May 25 Facebook open platform to developers
  5. 5. Starting Premise “ Facebook may, but also may not, become THE enterprise social networking platform, but it's here, use is growing, so we need to understand the phenomenon and learn from it.” Study Description 2008-02-08
  6. 6. FGIBI Co- Convener William L. Anderson
  7. 8. Activity Data Tracked
  8. 9. We also wanted to know about group member ties
  9. 10. Investigation Tools Ecosystem Email Main means of group participant communications Private Wiki Stored participant information, data, reflections & industry information Private Facebook Group Posted updates. Related links 21 st Century Organization Facebook Group A participant. Study updates posted. 21 st Century Organization & Praxis101 blogs Project announced here . Google Docs Tried sharing activity data with investigation team members
  10. 11. What We Learned
  11. 12. Eric Edelstein <ul><li>Owner: </li></ul><ul><li>South African based retail chain, </li></ul><ul><li>eSquared Fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Participating eSquared Facebook Group </li></ul>“ Facebook can offer rewards, can result in sales, but is not an easy marketing avenue for beginners to Internet Marketing”.
  12. 13. Eric Edelstein Reflections <ul><li>Have to be active to make the Group active </li></ul><ul><li>We changed from using Facebook Groups to Fan Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Better business marketing vehicle </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Groups have communication limits </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Marketing learnings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FB is one channel/medium of many; need to use them all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try it. Be prepared to make mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook opened up social networking space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet marketing gets more exciting the more you do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We’re now experimenting with Twitter </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Kimberly Samaha <ul><li>Founder, Bordeaux Colloquium </li></ul><ul><li>Administrator Participating Facebook Group </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Energy - Innovation & Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Researcher </li></ul>
  14. 15. Facebook Group Study: Initial Objectives <ul><li>Create an on-line platform to connect ‘off-line’ members of the Bordeaux Energy Colloquium for exchanges during the year </li></ul><ul><li>Create outreach to ‘concerned citizens’ – a link between policy makers and consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Network with other energy professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Find interesting energy projects & technologies </li></ul>
  15. 16. Created 5 Facebook Groups <ul><li>Bordeaux Energy Colloquium : closed, private – members of Colloquium only </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Energy: 3 topics, open to public, used ‘advertising’ to attract new members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation & Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universal Access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Energy Futures : event page for a ‘virtual tradeshow’ and on-line case study competition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>open to public used ‘advertising’ and word-of-mouth recruiting to attract new members </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Conclusion: Off-line to On-line Results disappointing <ul><li>Facebook reputation still an obstacle for professionals (college or ‘kids thing’, company blocks, privacy concerns) </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook limitations: not able to send business type documents only video and photos </li></ul><ul><li>Over half the BEC members who went on-line are inactive </li></ul><ul><li>One action initiative launched: Hold an on-line case study competition on the event page. Over half of on-line members joined the group. </li></ul><ul><li>Most members are interested to hear status but slow to join or facilitate action </li></ul>
  17. 18. Conclusion: On-line Topic Groups Smaller groups but more committed members <ul><li>Most topic group members are early adopters: found group through searches; involved in the energy industry or sustainability movement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>78% found group vs. 22% through friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>92% of IT group became facebook ‘friends’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35% of group members are ‘very active’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority of topic group members also joined the Event group </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Conclusions: On-line Event Group W ord-of-mouth works <ul><li>Active recruiting is KEY to growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Averaged 70 new members per week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>44% of member growth from recruiters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% from the top 5 recruiters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16% from one recruiter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Friends of Friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>47% of new members found group through friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See others join through Facebook ‘newsfeed’ and ‘groups others have joined’ pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weak Links are harder to maintain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group drop out rates averaged ~ 5% across the 4 active groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>55% of drop outs were friend of friend invites </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Important Strategies to be Learned No easy way: High time level involvement required <ul><li>Find other ‘like-minded’ individuals and ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Actively facilitate group and group page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members don’t check group pages often </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members do respond to ‘message all members’ emails </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weave a larger network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach into non-affiliated groups: establish presence and ‘friends’ to create ‘weak links’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthen weak links around common areas of interest among other groups using surveys, links, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. Conclusions: On-line case study competition <ul><li>Facebook is about joining more than action </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook creates a unique way to diffuse influence; but few advocate or invite “all” to join their activities </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook groups: more like mailing lists than places where people actively participate </li></ul><ul><li>Group emails regarded as ‘advertising’ or ‘spam’ and often go unread </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting others to join the group was successful: > 60% of the group was invited by a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of the “Influentials theory”: top 5 recruiters accounted for 30% of the group membership </li></ul>
  21. 22. Conclusions: Business expectations <ul><li>Facebook groups are like mailing lists: ~ 15% of total membership participated in the contest </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook limit on messaging groups is 1200: this is a BIG limitation </li></ul><ul><li>1-click campaigns can bring in big numbers but action or education does not go deeper than the click </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach can be successful: create a few good connections to new advocates and new channels for communication </li></ul><ul><li>Viral growth is not the norm in Facebook: slowly expanding mission or cause by reaching a reasonable number of new people is achievable </li></ul>
  22. 23. Number 3 in member growth, up 124% Sustainable Energy - Innovation & Technology Facebook Group Analysis by Accession Media
  23. 24. Francois Gossieaux Founder, Beeline Labs Administrator Largest Participating Facebook Group
  24. 25. You can tap the benefits of communities once only reserved for companies with deep pockets Community development and management has to be considered a real investment Pay attention to what you name your group The Marketing 2.0 Group: Lessons to be learned
  25. 26. Patti Anklam FGIBI Contributors Network Analysis
  26. 27. Network Forming Around the Study <ul><li>A simple social network analysis (SNA) </li></ul><ul><li>Each participant asked: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which other participants they personally knew prior to the study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which participants they interacted with during the study </li></ul></ul>
  27. 28. Before and After – Full Group The role that the researchers play in connecting the people in the network is revealed. Network analysis by Patti Anklam
  28. 29. Victoria G. Axelrod FGIBI Co- Convener
  29. 30. <ul><li>Related research </li></ul><ul><li>2. Tool transience </li></ul><ul><li>3. Beyond the face value of the numbers </li></ul>Victoria’s Caveats
  30. 31. Facebook Today: What’s Next? Source :
  31. 32. Facebook vs. Twitter Extracted 2008-06-23 Source :
  32. 33. Participating Facebook Groups Membership Growth
  33. 34. Over to You- Your Questions Please Discussion
  34. 35. Facebook Groups in Business Investigation – The Bottom Line
  35. 36. “ Should your Business be Friends with Facebook?” <ul><li>Perhaps … Context </li></ul><ul><li>Business purpose determines focus </li></ul><ul><li>The technology extends our reach </li></ul><ul><li>Must meet stakeholders where they are </li></ul><ul><li>Demands design, resources & active facilitation </li></ul>
  36. 37. Continue the Conversation <ul><li>Visit TheAppGap Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Webinar audio is available here: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Join the 21stCenturyOrganization Facebook Group </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Email jenny at </li></ul>

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