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SOCIAL NETWORKING 101
    CASSIE ROBERTS
SIT BACK AND RELAX

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    end of the presentation;
   We’ll send you our slides.
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SOCIAL NETWORKING
Our working definition:
  • Social networking is the practice of
    connecting your customers through
    social media outlets to facilitate
    positive relationships that grow your
    brand.
SOCIAL MEDIA VS. SOCIAL NETWORKING
Social media and social networking are not
synonyms.
Social media are the OUTLETS like
Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  •   Use social media outlets to create your social
      network.

The social NETWORK is what you create to
bring value to your event.
Your social media outlets are only as
 good as the network you build on
               them.
PRESENTERS

          Kendra                            Cassie
          Wright                            Roberts
•   First job managing events for   • Received BS Public
    non-profit                        Relations, & Masters Sport
•   Began building websites in        Management, The
    1995 for Fortune 1000             University of Texas
    company
                                    • Born in Central City, NE
•   Started own company in 1998
                                    • United States Olympic
•   Brings big-company
    experience to the event           Committee
    industry                        • Rodeo Austin
HISTORY
SAFFIRE CLIENTS
SAFFIRE CLIENTS
SAFFIRE ASSOCIATION PARTNERS
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Social Networking 101 - MO
PALAMINO FEST
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Our goal is to elevate the event industry by
enhancing its most important virtual front
       door – its online presence.
WHY USE SOCIAL NETWORKING?
      Traditional Networking Model

                            Local Radio Ad:
                             5,000 people/
   Local TV Ad                commercial
Campaign: 200,000
people/commercial
                                              Print: Varies
                                               based on
                                                  Send

*Based on midsized market
WHY USE SOCIAL NETWORKING?
         Social Networking Model


ME: 1
                               My Friends’
                My Friends:      Friends
                  500+
                                250,000+
WHICH OUTLETS TO USE?
YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRIORITIES
• Spend 70% of your time on Facebook

• Use an app that posts tweets when you post on
  Facebook (adding 0-10%)

• Spend 15% on YouTube

• Spend 5% between Pinterest and Instagram
  (photo sharing)
WHICH OUTLETS DO I USE?
Focus your attention on key players.

DON’T try to have a presence on every
social media outlet.

From the marketer’s standpoint, it’s much
more effective to have a solid presence in
one or two channels than it is to try to
dominate every platform.
WHAT TO SHARE & WHERE
What to Share      Where

Short blurbs       Facebook, Twitter

Longer stories     Facebook (and/or link to website or blog)



Photos             Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram



Videos             Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Contests           Facebook, Twitter (website)
FACEBOOK
POLL
How many of you have a personal
     Facebook account?

How many of you have a Facebook
    account for your event?
FACEBOOK
Over 1 BILLION monthly active users
One in every seven humans on earth
is active on Facebook
The most important way to spend your
social networking energy
Facebook trends to know
• People use it on mobile
• People use it for photo sharing
FACEBOOK COVER PHOTO
   Be creative! Use this space to make big
    announcements, i.e. event dates and
    upcoming performers.
   Change it daily during your event to
    highlight the day’s activities.
   You can’t put links on your cover photo.
FACEBOOK PROFILE PICTURE
 Don’t forget the profile picture!
 It will appear “solo” throughout Facebook;
  it needs to be able to stand alone and
  represent your brand.
COOL FACEBOOK COVERS/PROFILES
COOL FACEBOOK COVERS/PROFILES
COOL FACEBOOK COVER PHOTOS
TAGGING IN FACEBOOK
Let’s do an experiment.



              Smile!
TAGGING IN FACEBOOK
Take pictures of the crowd at
concerts, post them and encourage
them to tag themselves

       Your photo appears in
        their Facebook feed!
DEEP THOUGHT

  Ask questions that get people to
talk about themselves in relation to
             your event
GRAB THEIR ATTENTION
•   Consider funny – posts from mascot, etc.

•   Personal/human interest stories get a lot
    of hits

•   Posts with photos get more views!


          Think about what YOU
           would want to click!
TWITTER
POLL
How many of you have a personal
      Twitter account?

How many of you have a Twitter
   account for your event?
TWITTER
Your 2nd priority for social media
530 million accounts
340 million tweets a day
1 million accounts added to
    Twitter every day
WHY TWEET?
Twitter is current on up-to-the minute
important news and cultural
happenings.

Ramp up your publishing
frequency, and make timely content
the focus of your Twitter activities in
order to satisfy information-hungry
users.
STEP 1: SET UP TWITTER
No more than 15 characters in Username
Example: Amador County Fair
   •   Too many characters: @AmadorCountyFair
   •   Use: @AmadorFair
   •   Use your real business name so search engines & customers
       can find you



                          SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION
  Include your state in your username if you need to differentiate
                              yourself!
COMPLETE A FEW FIELDS
    AmadorFair
WHO TO FOLLOW IN SET UP
When you set up your account, just
follow the minimum - Industry
associations & businesses
 •   IAFE @IAFE
 •   IFEA @IFEAworld
 •   State/regional organization
 •   Saffire Events @SaffireEvents
STEP 2: CUSTOMIZE YOUR PAGE
Edit Profile
  • Add a photo (logo)
    o   Get 10x more followers
  • Add a bio (mission – make it fun)
    o   Get 8x more followers
Customize your design
  • Use your website background
Social Networking 101 - MO
NEW! ADD A HEADER
Make a file that is 1200px wide by 600px tall
It will be a background behind:
• Twitter name
• Bio
• Location
• URL
Just another way to convey your brand
Upload it to Profile/Design
Amador header
STEP 3: DO A FEW RE-TWEETS
Re-tweet people you follow
• Look through your timeline
• At first, this is just to get your feet
  wet
• Give people a taste of what’s to
  come
STEP 4: FOLLOW SOME PEOPLE
Events similar to yours
Big events
People involved in your event
Local businesses
Just for fun
                  SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION
  Don’t follow too many until you have tweeted
            and have a branded page!
PEOPLE INVOLVED IN YOUR EVENT
Sponsors
Vendors
Entertainers
Volunteers
Exhibitors
Board members
                    SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION
        Follow people on a Tuesday morning;
  there may be better chance they’ll follow you back.
LOCAL BUSINESSES
Local businesses
 • Amador (county)
 • Plymouth (city)
Local press


                  SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION
    Pilfer from those we are following & our
                      followers!
STEP 5: WRITE SOME TWEETS
It’s a chicken and the egg: people
don’t follow people without tweets, but
you’ll get better bang for buck once
you have more followers

Tweet what you think will be helpful to
your target audience
  •   Don’t be too self-serving
WHAT TO POST
Website changes/blog posts/email
articles
Testimonials
Photos/Videos
“Insider info”
News of weird/human interest stories
Contests
Questions
SPECIFIC IDEAS
Send opening day congrats to other
fairs
Judiciously promote big sponsors for
retweet
Same with vendors and entertainers
Post thanks to people/groups; they’ll
repost
TRICKS & TIPS FOR TWEETS
For the highest click-through rates:
Tweet between 120-130 characters.
Write tweets containing “via,” “RT,” “please” and
“check.”
Post weird/human interest stories.
Tweet on the weekends.

                   SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION
   Use: www.bufferapp.com or www.hootsuite.com
        to schedule social media in advance.
WHAT IS THIS?


     #
THE ART OF THE HASHTAG
A hashtag is how Twitter users organize
themselves.

People start including a hashtag when
tweeting about a topic.

It becomes easier to find that topic in search.

It is more likely to appear in Twitter’s Trending
Topics.
ENSURE ADOPTION OF A HASHTAG


  You can’t!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
POST it – relevant places on your
website/blog
PRINT it – event
materials, signage, scoreboards, etc.
PUBLICIZE it –SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION
                       Twitter feed, regularly
and consistently for customers to find, adopt
  Make it easy and enticing
              and promote hashtags.
AN RECENT EXAMPLE
Many also use hashtags to add something
parenthetical/funny
at the end of a tweet
Manti Te’o hashtag: #catfished
STEP 6: MANAGE YOUR TWEETS
TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER
STEP 7: GO ABOUT YOUR DAY
Install Firefox extension
  • While you are online reading articles,
    don’t just post them; highlight text and
    click Buffer icon at bottom right to
    tweet
EVEN WHEN YOU’RE MOBILE
TWITONOMY
STEP 8: TWEAK & REPEAT
Check BufferApp or Twitonomy analytics.

Write down topics that had the most
reach.
  •   Do more of those.

Write down topics that had the least
reach.
  •   Do less of those.
what is the fastest growing website
             of all time?
PINTEREST
Pinterest was the first site to
get 10 million unique visitors
in a month.

Pin event photos (and more)
and invite your customers to
follow your boards!

Not your highest priority, but
do it! It’s fun!
PINTEREST
PINTEREST
50% of all web content is…
YOUTUBE
            Customers exposed to
            videos are 437% more
            likely to engage in your
            brand.
                •   Engagement = Purchases

                 SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION
Make your videos raw and not too produced to help
       customers identify with your brand.
YOUTUBE
3rd in your social media
priorities
4 billion videos/day viewed
800 million unique users
visit YouTube each month
44% of YouTube’s users
are aged
between 12 and 34
INSTAGRAM
 • Mainly for mobile
 • Known for image
   “doctoring”
 • Trends younger
 • Ease of use
   lowers barriers to
   content creation
   and helps fuel
   posts on other
   networks.
Reach younger customers with…
1. CREATE AN ACCOUNT
2. TAKE A PHOTO
3. PICK A FILTER
4. POST!
FUN FACTS ABOUT INSTAGRAM
• Social media users plan to
  increase their use of Instagram
  at a rate higher than that of any
  other network.
• 85% of Instagrammers use the
  platform at work, way above any
  other social media format.
USE HASHTAGS ON INSTAGRAM TOO!




                SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION
 Use the same hashtags that you use on twitter
  so people (and you) have less to remember.
FINAL WORD ON INSTAGRAM
The most important thing you can
do for your Instagram community is
to remain active, engaged and
provide value by responding to
comments.
Where is the best place to
maximize your social media
       presence?
MOBILE NETWORKING
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
PINTEREST
YOUTUBE
YOUR WEBSITE
HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR SITE?
YOUR WEB GUY
THE GOAL

       you must be able to
market your event on your website
           in real time
MAXIMIZE SOCIAL MEDIA ON WEBSITE
    Facebook or Tweet your FESTIVAL
MAXIMIZE SOCIAL MEDIA ON WEBSITE
  Facebook/Tweet a festival EVENT/FEATURE
MAXIMIZE SOCIAL MEDIA ON WEBSITE
Facebook or Tweet a PHOTO of an event/feature
OTHER SPECIFIC IDEAS
MAKE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE INSIDERS
•    Be the first to know about X via social
     media!
•    See behind-the-scenes looks at our
     event!


         Your customers feel special,
    and they are more likely to be long term
                  followers.
MULTIMEDIA
• Photo contests on website and
  Facebook
• Caption that photo
• Funny video upload

          Photos and video are
naturally VIRAL and give you more event
                photos!
GET PEOPLE TALKING
Show live tweets on concert side
screens
Have a vote or quiz
 • Answer on text, app, QR code, etc.
RECAP
Don’t try to spread yourself too thin
over social media outlets-pick a few
and be successful
Don’t prioritize social media at the
expense of your website
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Social Networking 101 - MO

  • 1. SOCIAL NETWORKING 101 CASSIE ROBERTS
  • 2. SIT BACK AND RELAX Give us your business card at the end of the presentation; We’ll send you our slides.
  • 3. CAN’T GET ENOUGH SAFFIRE? Come by our booth: 41 A chance to meet Kendra!
  • 4. SOCIAL NETWORKING Our working definition: • Social networking is the practice of connecting your customers through social media outlets to facilitate positive relationships that grow your brand.
  • 5. SOCIAL MEDIA VS. SOCIAL NETWORKING Social media and social networking are not synonyms. Social media are the OUTLETS like Facebook, Twitter, etc. • Use social media outlets to create your social network. The social NETWORK is what you create to bring value to your event.
  • 6. Your social media outlets are only as good as the network you build on them.
  • 7. PRESENTERS Kendra Cassie Wright Roberts • First job managing events for • Received BS Public non-profit Relations, & Masters Sport • Began building websites in Management, The 1995 for Fortune 1000 University of Texas company • Born in Central City, NE • Started own company in 1998 • United States Olympic • Brings big-company experience to the event Committee industry • Rodeo Austin
  • 17. Our goal is to elevate the event industry by enhancing its most important virtual front door – its online presence.
  • 18. WHY USE SOCIAL NETWORKING? Traditional Networking Model Local Radio Ad: 5,000 people/ Local TV Ad commercial Campaign: 200,000 people/commercial Print: Varies based on Send *Based on midsized market
  • 19. WHY USE SOCIAL NETWORKING? Social Networking Model ME: 1 My Friends’ My Friends: Friends 500+ 250,000+
  • 21. YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRIORITIES • Spend 70% of your time on Facebook • Use an app that posts tweets when you post on Facebook (adding 0-10%) • Spend 15% on YouTube • Spend 5% between Pinterest and Instagram (photo sharing)
  • 22. WHICH OUTLETS DO I USE? Focus your attention on key players. DON’T try to have a presence on every social media outlet. From the marketer’s standpoint, it’s much more effective to have a solid presence in one or two channels than it is to try to dominate every platform.
  • 23. WHAT TO SHARE & WHERE What to Share Where Short blurbs Facebook, Twitter Longer stories Facebook (and/or link to website or blog) Photos Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram Videos Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Contests Facebook, Twitter (website)
  • 25. POLL How many of you have a personal Facebook account? How many of you have a Facebook account for your event?
  • 26. FACEBOOK Over 1 BILLION monthly active users One in every seven humans on earth is active on Facebook The most important way to spend your social networking energy Facebook trends to know • People use it on mobile • People use it for photo sharing
  • 27. FACEBOOK COVER PHOTO  Be creative! Use this space to make big announcements, i.e. event dates and upcoming performers.  Change it daily during your event to highlight the day’s activities.  You can’t put links on your cover photo.
  • 28. FACEBOOK PROFILE PICTURE  Don’t forget the profile picture!  It will appear “solo” throughout Facebook; it needs to be able to stand alone and represent your brand.
  • 32. TAGGING IN FACEBOOK Let’s do an experiment. Smile!
  • 33. TAGGING IN FACEBOOK Take pictures of the crowd at concerts, post them and encourage them to tag themselves Your photo appears in their Facebook feed!
  • 34. DEEP THOUGHT Ask questions that get people to talk about themselves in relation to your event
  • 35. GRAB THEIR ATTENTION • Consider funny – posts from mascot, etc. • Personal/human interest stories get a lot of hits • Posts with photos get more views! Think about what YOU would want to click!
  • 37. POLL How many of you have a personal Twitter account? How many of you have a Twitter account for your event?
  • 38. TWITTER Your 2nd priority for social media 530 million accounts 340 million tweets a day 1 million accounts added to Twitter every day
  • 39. WHY TWEET? Twitter is current on up-to-the minute important news and cultural happenings. Ramp up your publishing frequency, and make timely content the focus of your Twitter activities in order to satisfy information-hungry users.
  • 40. STEP 1: SET UP TWITTER No more than 15 characters in Username Example: Amador County Fair • Too many characters: @AmadorCountyFair • Use: @AmadorFair • Use your real business name so search engines & customers can find you SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION Include your state in your username if you need to differentiate yourself!
  • 41. COMPLETE A FEW FIELDS AmadorFair
  • 42. WHO TO FOLLOW IN SET UP When you set up your account, just follow the minimum - Industry associations & businesses • IAFE @IAFE • IFEA @IFEAworld • State/regional organization • Saffire Events @SaffireEvents
  • 43. STEP 2: CUSTOMIZE YOUR PAGE Edit Profile • Add a photo (logo) o Get 10x more followers • Add a bio (mission – make it fun) o Get 8x more followers Customize your design • Use your website background
  • 45. NEW! ADD A HEADER Make a file that is 1200px wide by 600px tall It will be a background behind: • Twitter name • Bio • Location • URL Just another way to convey your brand Upload it to Profile/Design
  • 47. STEP 3: DO A FEW RE-TWEETS Re-tweet people you follow • Look through your timeline • At first, this is just to get your feet wet • Give people a taste of what’s to come
  • 48. STEP 4: FOLLOW SOME PEOPLE Events similar to yours Big events People involved in your event Local businesses Just for fun SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION Don’t follow too many until you have tweeted and have a branded page!
  • 49. PEOPLE INVOLVED IN YOUR EVENT Sponsors Vendors Entertainers Volunteers Exhibitors Board members SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION Follow people on a Tuesday morning; there may be better chance they’ll follow you back.
  • 50. LOCAL BUSINESSES Local businesses • Amador (county) • Plymouth (city) Local press SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION Pilfer from those we are following & our followers!
  • 51. STEP 5: WRITE SOME TWEETS It’s a chicken and the egg: people don’t follow people without tweets, but you’ll get better bang for buck once you have more followers Tweet what you think will be helpful to your target audience • Don’t be too self-serving
  • 52. WHAT TO POST Website changes/blog posts/email articles Testimonials Photos/Videos “Insider info” News of weird/human interest stories Contests Questions
  • 53. SPECIFIC IDEAS Send opening day congrats to other fairs Judiciously promote big sponsors for retweet Same with vendors and entertainers Post thanks to people/groups; they’ll repost
  • 54. TRICKS & TIPS FOR TWEETS For the highest click-through rates: Tweet between 120-130 characters. Write tweets containing “via,” “RT,” “please” and “check.” Post weird/human interest stories. Tweet on the weekends. SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION Use: www.bufferapp.com or www.hootsuite.com to schedule social media in advance.
  • 56. THE ART OF THE HASHTAG A hashtag is how Twitter users organize themselves. People start including a hashtag when tweeting about a topic. It becomes easier to find that topic in search. It is more likely to appear in Twitter’s Trending Topics.
  • 57. ENSURE ADOPTION OF A HASHTAG You can’t!
  • 58. WHAT YOU CAN DO POST it – relevant places on your website/blog PRINT it – event materials, signage, scoreboards, etc. PUBLICIZE it –SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION Twitter feed, regularly and consistently for customers to find, adopt Make it easy and enticing and promote hashtags.
  • 59. AN RECENT EXAMPLE Many also use hashtags to add something parenthetical/funny at the end of a tweet Manti Te’o hashtag: #catfished
  • 60. STEP 6: MANAGE YOUR TWEETS
  • 61. TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER
  • 62. STEP 7: GO ABOUT YOUR DAY Install Firefox extension • While you are online reading articles, don’t just post them; highlight text and click Buffer icon at bottom right to tweet
  • 65. STEP 8: TWEAK & REPEAT Check BufferApp or Twitonomy analytics. Write down topics that had the most reach. • Do more of those. Write down topics that had the least reach. • Do less of those.
  • 66. what is the fastest growing website of all time?
  • 67. PINTEREST Pinterest was the first site to get 10 million unique visitors in a month. Pin event photos (and more) and invite your customers to follow your boards! Not your highest priority, but do it! It’s fun!
  • 70. 50% of all web content is…
  • 71. YOUTUBE Customers exposed to videos are 437% more likely to engage in your brand. • Engagement = Purchases SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION Make your videos raw and not too produced to help customers identify with your brand.
  • 72. YOUTUBE 3rd in your social media priorities 4 billion videos/day viewed 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month 44% of YouTube’s users are aged between 12 and 34
  • 73. INSTAGRAM • Mainly for mobile • Known for image “doctoring” • Trends younger • Ease of use lowers barriers to content creation and helps fuel posts on other networks.
  • 75. 1. CREATE AN ACCOUNT
  • 76. 2. TAKE A PHOTO
  • 77. 3. PICK A FILTER
  • 79. FUN FACTS ABOUT INSTAGRAM • Social media users plan to increase their use of Instagram at a rate higher than that of any other network. • 85% of Instagrammers use the platform at work, way above any other social media format.
  • 80. USE HASHTAGS ON INSTAGRAM TOO! SAFFIRE RECOMMENDATION Use the same hashtags that you use on twitter so people (and you) have less to remember.
  • 81. FINAL WORD ON INSTAGRAM The most important thing you can do for your Instagram community is to remain active, engaged and provide value by responding to comments.
  • 82. Where is the best place to maximize your social media presence?
  • 89. HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR SITE?
  • 91. THE GOAL you must be able to market your event on your website in real time
  • 92. MAXIMIZE SOCIAL MEDIA ON WEBSITE Facebook or Tweet your FESTIVAL
  • 93. MAXIMIZE SOCIAL MEDIA ON WEBSITE Facebook/Tweet a festival EVENT/FEATURE
  • 94. MAXIMIZE SOCIAL MEDIA ON WEBSITE Facebook or Tweet a PHOTO of an event/feature
  • 96. MAKE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE INSIDERS • Be the first to know about X via social media! • See behind-the-scenes looks at our event! Your customers feel special, and they are more likely to be long term followers.
  • 97. MULTIMEDIA • Photo contests on website and Facebook • Caption that photo • Funny video upload Photos and video are naturally VIRAL and give you more event photos!
  • 98. GET PEOPLE TALKING Show live tweets on concert side screens Have a vote or quiz • Answer on text, app, QR code, etc.
  • 99. RECAP Don’t try to spread yourself too thin over social media outlets-pick a few and be successful Don’t prioritize social media at the expense of your website
  • 100. BULLS EYE Leave your business card, and we’ll send: • These slides • A free subscription to The Dirt • Invitation to educational webinars

Editor's Notes

  1. We are going to give you lots of great info today you’ll be able to use to immediately increase revenue for your event. But you don’t need to take notes. Just come up afterwards and give us your business card, and we’ll send you a link to the slides right after the conference.
  2. We are going to give you lots of great info today you’ll be able to use to immediately increase revenue for your event. But you don’t need to take notes. Just come up afterwards and give us your business card, and we’ll send you a link to the slides right after the conference.
  3. Saffire Events was founded by Kendra Wright, who has been building websites since 1995, when the internet began.In 2000, she joined forces with Aaron Pederson, Saffire Events’ technical director, and Jeremy Emerson, Saffire Events’ creative director.
  4. Besides their work in the event industry, their team does work for large consumer companies in a lot of industries. This gives a breadth of experience that they bring to marketing events online.
  5. Monika- can you put a slide here, like the graphic on the next page, but for traditional media…start it with Me: 1 and then some stats on how many people each one may reach? Like TV ads, Radio ads, direct mail pieces…you can kind of make up the #’s or just find an example. Obviously direct mail’s going to vary per campaign, so just guesstimate what you think…-Graphic from Mashable.com
  6. Cassie does website, mobile and social networking.
  7. Cassie does website, mobile and social networking.
  8. http://www.inc.com/guides/201103/how-to-create-an-effective-company-facebook-page.html
  9. Troy, I had to unfollow Saffire Events so we can show these people how to do a follow. 
  10. Since we do the Amador website, we’re the perfect people to supply these graphics, so we’re going to add a heading now; it’s basically a background for the top part of the page.
  11. Looks pretty snazzy, doesn’t it, Troy?
  12. Don’t follow too many until you have tweeted and have a branded page!
  13. Troy, do any of these look legit, like you’d want to follow them?
  14. 1.    Share your Blog postsDoes your company blog? Why not take the time to share that wonderful content with your audience on Social Media? Sharing your blog posts with your Facebook and Twitter followers will not only help you engage with them, but it will also increase web traffic to your blog. If you increase this traffic you can then convert them into paying customers.2.   QuestionsAsk a question on Twitter, LinkedIn, Quora or Facebook and then share the answers you get. Create thought provoking and engaging questions based upon your area of expertise or industry that will produce great responses. Then share those answers with everyone on your company’s page. You can generate great feedback and start interesting discussions.3.   Highlight Customer Stories and TestimonialsLet your customers do the marketing for you! Share the stories and experiences that your customers have had with your company for all to see. This will show your company from different perspectives and show others what they can expect when doing business with you.4.   Local ActivitiesA great way to get people involved with your business and the community is to let them know about the things that are happening locally. Keeping your fans engaged with what’s going on in the community will not only look good for you but when they tell others where they heard about the event, they will be reminded of your company and that they heard it from you first! A good way to do this is to run a contest and give away something relevant to your community.5.   Fill in the BlankThis is a great way to get some conversations started. By creating fill in the blanks, you are setting yourself up for some interesting responses. These types of comments/ posts really get people to participate because when people see them they just can’t help themselves and feel the need to chime in with their two cents.6.   Organize a contestCreate a Contest that is both engaging and simple, but make sure that the prize is enticing as well! Simplicity goes very far when it comes to online contests. The fact of the matter is that people want to enter to win something for free, but are more reluctant to do so when they have to give out their information in fear of being spammed and contacted for services or products that they don’t need or want. Therefore use contests to create more visibility for your company and attract more followers and fans rather than trying to sell them something!7.    Top 10 ListsCreate top ten lists for different topics related to your industry. This is a great way to give your professional opinion on what you think is more important along with creating some discussion and engagement. Top ten lists usually draw a lot more attention because they are easier to read and people like to see how things rank in a list. This is why whenever you can create a list about a specific topic, you should. It’s also great for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)!8.   How-to VideosShow a video on how to do something specific that’s related to your business or industry. By making a step-by-step video, you not only improve SEO, but you’re also helping your online credibility. Just make sure that you pick something that you are an expert in and make sure it is done right. No one likes watching a how to video and not being able to do what it is you set out to show him or her. Since video is very popular on the Internet, it makes sense to be one step ahead of the competition and take the time to film out exactly what you are trying to show them.9.   Post Funny Photos or SayingsPeople love to laugh, so if you have something funny to say or something funny to show, then share it! Just make sure it’s appropriate for your audience and doesn’t pull in politics or religion. You don’t want to lose credibility for something you thought was funny but offended your audience.10.  Customer ContentDon’t put the entire burden on your own shoulders all the time. Let your customers and clients do the work for you! Allow them to upload and share their content with their friends and followers. Make sure that you respond accordingly to any negative content that may arise! Encourage your audience and provide them a place where they can share their content, to get all around engagement! Just be sure that it doesn’t turn off topic or become spammy.Leave us a comment below and let us know what has worked for you! We’re always curious to learn about what strategies work for particular businesses! You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
  15. http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/12-ways-to-market-your-event-with-social-media/http://www.commscorner.com/2010/04/live-events-need-twitter-hastags-built.html Source Mashable.
  16. http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/12-ways-to-market-your-event-with-social-media/http://www.commscorner.com/2010/04/live-events-need-twitter-hastags-built.html Source Mashable.
  17. http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/12-ways-to-market-your-event-with-social-media/http://www.commscorner.com/2010/04/live-events-need-twitter-hastags-built.html Source Mashable.
  18. http://www.commscorner.com/2010/04/live-events-need-twitter-hastags-built.htmlPost - media section, event section, etc
  19. Schedule up to 10 posts for each account you set up for FREEFacebook, Twitter, LinkedIn“GO AWESOME” and for $10 a month, you can schedule up to 100 posts per account
  20. Different for weekends and weekdays
  21. Videos account for 50% of all online traffic as of January 2012
  22. In the past, we all had a “guy.” Someone to keep our site updated.
  23. Sometimes, however, your guy isn’t available.
  24. #1 we all know nothing sells an event like photos. Photos are also an EXTREMELY personal way to share an event, especially if the photo is of them. This is one of the great things about localized eventsAbout half of young Americans find their news through Facebook. Do you make it easy for people to share content and articles?