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1 AN INTRODUCTION FOR NAEA MEMBERS Social Media 101NAEA MembersSOCIAL MEDIA 101:AN INTRODUCTION FOR NAEA MEMBERS
2 What is Social Media?Social media is the use of web-based technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue between network groups, consumers and businesses in a public forumSimilar to a web board, social media allows Internet users to comment and participate with other users publicly on the Web to start a conversation on related topics
3 Why Use Social Media? Stay up-to-date on industry and association news Boost your marketing efforts without breaking your budgetBrand your practice in your local areaIncrease client communication and referrals in a public forum for others to seeAn opportunity to introduce yourself to new clientsAn opportunity to establish yourself as an industry expert amongst your clients and colleaguesProvide proactive customer service
4 Is Social Media Just a Fad? Social media is no longer marketing’s new thing – it’s simply part of the way marketing is done todayThink you can sit the social networking craze out? Consider the following statistics…
5 Social Media Statistics 98% of online 18-to-24 year-olds already use social media each month according to a Experian Simmons report -- an important statistic if EAs are hoping to reach a younger audienceThe greatest growth sector is among older Americans. Today, nearly 3-in-4 online seniors use social media in a typical month as do 82% of those ages 55-to-64As of 2011, Facebook has more than 500 million active users and 30% of the entire Facebook user base is aged 35+ (Facebook)
6 Social Media Strategy: Determining Your Objectives Who are you trying to reach?What are your goals/objectives for each social networking platform?What are some goals/objectives you would like to achieve with your social media program?Setting up a social media strategy is important or you’ll find yourself running around in circles and left feeling that all this online networking stuff is just a huge waste of time.One thing that a lot of business marketers struggle with around the entire topic of social networking is trying to jump into the next new thing without enough analysis of what they should focus on first.Therefore, you’ll first need to figure out how you want to utilize social media by establishing a social media objective for each platform.Establishing an objective for each social media platform will allow you to build a successful social media program. Ask yourself some preliminary questions to establish your objectives.Who is your target audience? Are you trying to reach new clients or network with other professionals in the industry? What are their demographics? (Age group, Socio-Economic Status, Education, Interests). Is your client base mostly individuals or small businesses? Establishing this will be important so you can determine what type of content you’ll publish.2. What will you be using each social networking platform for?Do you want to spread content and expertise to new audiences?Do you want to grow your business or simply keep your current clients engaged and satisfied?Is your objective to help increase awareness about enrolled agents to the taxpaying public?Is your objective to help market your tax practice and services?Are there any other objectives you think might be relevant or does anyone have any questions or comments about establishing your objective?You can have more than one objective, but it’s important to make sure that each objective can co-exist in order to see a return on the time you’re investing in your social networking initiatives. For each social networking platform that you use, it will be important to establish objectives for each – every social networking platform is used differently and will not be able to accomplish all the same objectives/goals.
7 Social Media Strategy Plan Manage Listen Network Join Engage Once you establish your objectives you can start putting together a strategy for your social media program -- laying down a ground work for a social media strategy will be important so you can start moving in the right direction. One way to begin laying out your strategy can be with an easy six step process that starts off with setting your objectives:Plan – Set your social media marketing objectives and understand what it is you want to accomplish with each platform.Listen – Take a look at what other people in the industry are doing. If you’re thinking of starting a blog, start reading other tax blogs, if you’re thinking of creating a Facebook business page, check out other Facebook business pages of tax business owners or small business owners in general to get a feel for common trends, writing styles, and the look and feel of other pages.Join – Start joining and setting up your profiles on each social network. Open accounts on different social networks.Engage – Start commenting on blogs and Facebook posts, “tweet” to other people on Twitter, and add people to your network on LinkedIn, start “liking” other Facebook pages, and answer questions.Network – Take your efforts to the next level and start being proactive. Tell your clients you’re on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re at a networking event, make sure to mention your presence on these online platforms as well.Manage – The most important step which can be time consuming, but will be important to create a successful social media plan and schedule.
8 Picking Your Platform: Where You Should Be Once you have your objectives set, picking which platforms you need to be on will be the next step. There are many networks out there and sometimes this can be the most confusing part – so which social networks should you join? Let’s go over the major platforms and their purpose.
9 Facebook: What is It?Facebook is a social network where users can create profiles with photos, lists of personal interests and contact informationUsers can communicate with friends and other users through private or public messages and a chat featureThey can also create and join interest groups and “business pages" (formerly called "fan pages”), which are maintained by organizations and businesses as a means of promotion
10 Personal Facebook Profile Allows individuals to create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, pictures and other information including automatic notifications when they update their profileBefore creating an official page for your business, a personal account needs to be createdProfiles represent individuals and must be held under an individual name, while pages allow an organization, business, celebrity, or band to maintain a professional presence on Facebook. In addition, pages are managed by admins who have personal Facebook profiles. Pages are not separate Facebook accounts and do not have separate login information from your profile. Once you have set up a page within your profile, you may add other admins to help you manage this Page. People who choose to connect to your Page won't be able to see that you are the page admin or have any access to your personal account.
12 Getting Started on Facebook To create a personal Facebook profile, go to and review the sign up processOnce an account is created:Set up your profile, add photos, and “like” pages that interest you
13 Getting Started on Facebook Once your profile is set up:Understand Facebook privacy and set up Facebook privacy settings (read more on Facebook privacy settings here:Facebook’s privacy default allows the public to see your posts, likes, pictures, etc.Understand that it is important to maintain a professional image on Facebook and be aware of who might be looking at your profileFind and “add” friendsPost status updates, comment and participate in the online conversations taking place
14 Facebook TerminologyProfile: Your personal page. It contains your photos and videos, a list of your friends, your recent activities, and anything else you choose to include on it.Wall: A featured section inside every Facebook profile and business page that allows people to post public messages to you.News Feed: A continuous stream of updates about your friends’ activities on Facebook. It appears on your Home Page.
15 Facebook TerminologyStatus: A feature that allows users to inform their friends of their current whereabouts, actions, or thoughts.Like: A feature that appears as a link next to something you see on Facebook that allows users to let others know they appreciate that something, whether it be a video, a comment or something else.
16 Facebook Business Page Allows business owners and organizations to create a similar profile page for their business that allows networking with customers/clients while giving more privacy and an opportunity to brand their company separately from their personal Facebook profileFacebook’s Help Page on how to use Facebook Business PagesLink to create your Business Page
17 Facebook Business Page Become familiar with Facebook Business Pages by “liking” NAEA’s official Facebook PageClick the “like” button to follow NAEA’s Facebook updates
18 Facebook Business Pages Once familiar with what a Business Page is, members can create a page to promote their own practiceFacebook’s Help Page on how to use Facebook Business PagesSign into your personal Facebook account, and go to
19 Creating a Facebook Business Page www.facebook.com/pages/create.php
20 Creating a Facebook Business Page www.facebook.com/pages/create.php
21 Creating a Facebook Business Page Once a page is created, set up your business page as you would your personal profile, but substitute your business information insteadAdd your company logo as your “profile picture,” location, hours, business information, background, company photosBegin to add content and share your page with clients and others you want to connect with
22 Facebook Business Page Profile PictureWallPost aStatus Update
23 Facebook Business Page Wall Share linksand informationrelevant to your audience“Like” a comment to show recognition or appreciation
26 Why Use a Facebook Business Page? Allows you to create a flexible business outpost on FacebookConnect and be in touch with your clients and potential clients on a more personal levelAllows those connected to you to suggest your page to their friends – a great networking toolAllows visitors to see what others are saying about your company and services
27 Things You Need to Create Your Facebook Business Page A personal Facebook account (profile)A Facebook objective/goal –who is your audience and what do you want to achieve?ContentA schedule, time and consistency
28 TwitterTwitter is an online service that allows anyone to say anything to anybody in 140 characters or lessThese messages, or Tweets, are public and available to anyone interested in themTwitter users subscribe to your messages by following your account. Followers receive every one of your messages in their timeline, a feed of all the accounts they have subscribed toIt is a great network for what is called “real-time internet,” the conversation that is going on at this very momentIn simplest terms, Twitter is a free service that allows anyone to say anything to anybody in 140 characters or less – it’s the “what are you doing right now” of online sharing that permeates online social communication.It is a great network for what is called “real-time internet,” the conversation that is going on at this very moment.After creating an account for you or your tax practice, you will have the ability to follow other “Tweeters” to stay up to date on what is going on in the industry and post your own messages.Twitter can be a way to connect and network with others in the tax industry and is a steady stream for ideas, content, links (that you can post on your other social networking outlets for content), resources, and tips focused in your area of expertise.Twitter is a good place to share, get ideas, and establish yourself as an industry expert who is “in the know.” Remember to identify your social media strategy and objectives to decide if Twitter is the right tool to use.
29 Why Use Twitter: Possible Objectives As a business, you can use Twitter to quickly share information, gather market intelligence and insights, and build relationships with people who care about your practice. Some possible objectives:Stay connected with up to the second updates and network with others in the tax industryKeep your clients and potential clients up to date with the most current information that’s relevant to themInstant access to what’s being said, this minute, about your company and servicesExtend the reach of your thought leadership; blog posts and other content
31 How to Use TwitterOnce you create an account, you’ll be given a home page, profile page, and Twitter handle (username)i.e. NAEA’s handle orFrom these pages you can find other Twitter streams to follow, post your own messages, and watch the public stream of comments flow by
32 Twitter TerminologyTweet: When you post or write your 140 characters on Twitter and hit send, it’s called a tweet or tweetingHandle: Your Twitter name and part of your Twitter URL. i.e. @tax_expertsFollow: The act of adding someone to your list of people you are following – this makes their tweets show up on your homepage
33 Twitter TerminologyReplies: This is what it is called when someone writes a tweet directly at your handle, Thank you for posting the updated PTIN information!Retweet: This is a tactic of republishing someone else’s tweet – the original tweet along with the author stays intact, but you are basically showing someone’s tweet to your followers- many people find this a great way to add content and acknowledge good stuff from folks they follow
34 Twitter TerminologyDM (Direct Message): This is a message that is sent directly to another user. They must be following you for you to DM them, but this is a very useful tool for private messagesHashtag: This is a way people categorize tweets so that others might use the same tag and effectively create a way for people to view related tweets – it will look something like “#tax” in many of your cases
35 How to Use TwitterUse search.twitter.com/advanced as a lead generation tool. Find people in your area who are tweeting about “tax” and reach out to themAs with all of your other social media platforms, make sure to identify at least one objective from the “Why Use Twitter” slide, identify your audience, and focus your efforts on learning how to use the tool to that end
36 Who Should You Follow?To make Twitter useful, you need to follow others and begin to have others follow youWhile you can upload your current contacts (a good place to start) and search for people you know on Twitter, there are sites to help locate people with common interests:Twellow is like a Twitter phone directory that sorts people by industryTweepsearch focuses on searching Twitter bios and profiles to help you locate Tweeters who are interesting to follow
37 What Should You Say on Twitter? Whatever your answer, it needs to be 140 characters or less – make sure whatever you say, you’re targeting your audience and reaching your objective that you establish in your social media marketing strategyIf you’re trying to reach new clients or keep your current clients informed, keep them updated with information that is helpful and relevant to them
38 @Tax_Experts: An Example Handle or UsernameTweet
40 Building Your Twitter business.twitter.com What is Twitter? Twitter GlossaryBest PracticesCase StudiesResources
41 LinkedInLinkedIn is the largest online network specifically created for business professionals, used by many as a digital resumeIt has much more of business participation and is great place to network with other business professionals
42 LinkedInAs is the case with any social network, it’s important to take time and get to know the culture and accepted norms – lurk a little bit!Use the time to build your profile and your network of current friends so you can see firsthand examples of how people connect and reach out on your chosen networkFrom there you can begin to contribute and seek out connections
43 Why Use LinkedIn?Find clients, help, and deals. For the tax industry, LinkedIn is a great place to locate prospects and network with partnersBuild up buzz. Once you’ve established a following within LinkedIn you can begin to promote specific happenings around your tax practiceVisualize connections. Your profile lets visitors know exactly how they’re connected to you, which builds a degree of trust between the visitor and yourself
44 Why Use LinkedIn?Give feedback and research. Use LinkedIn as a resource for research and feedback. Simply putting questions out to your group is a great way to get a feel for areas where you want input.Receive and give recommendations. LinkedIn allows you to request, receive (and give) recommendations from your colleagues and clients – your connections will be able to see first hand what your business contacts have to say about you and your services!
45 LinkedIn Resources learn.linkedin.com learn.linkedin.com/new-users LinkedIn Learning Centerlearn.linkedin.com/new-usersNew User Starter GuideStep-by-step guide to building your LinkedIn Profilesmb.linkedincreatives.comLinkedIn for Small Businesses Starter Guide
46 Social SearchingA social search engine is one that lists small businesses and allows people to rate and review themAn online directory with answers, recommendations and user experiencesSocial search sites ask members and visitors to rate their experience, good or bad, with a business and post for others to view
47 Social SearchingNo cost involved and benefits outweigh the little bit of work you may put in to start building your online reputationSmart small businesses are starting to encourage online reviews – merely point out to your happy clients that they might want to share their positive experience!
48 Social SearchingOther businesses are printing and using their online reviews offline or in other marketing materialCoupons and offers are a great way to get noticed, too!
49 Social Search Engines(A social search engine specifically created for accounting and tax professionals)Craig’s ListJudy’s BookInsider PagesSmalltown.comYelp.com
50 Tips for Content Creation On Facebook, list your services and include a link to your websiteOn Facebook or LinkedIn, encourage your clients to post their testimonials or recommendationsPost articles from local publications you contribute toAsk and answer questionsHold contests and offer discounts to your fans to encourage engagement
51 Tips for Content Creation Post articles that detail the benefits of using an EA or other industry related articlesPost links and information that benefit your clients, i.e., tax tips, deductions they may not know about, etc.Sync your social networks – link to your Facebook and Twitter on your blog, and link to your blog posts on Facebook and Twitter
52 Tips for Content Creation Repost and retweet other people’s great content to your followers and subscribers as it builds your overall reputation for good content sharingTalk about who you are, what you’re working on or educational sessions you’ll be attending – shows your professionalism and how you’re working on improving yourself and services
53 Tips for Content Creation Subscribe to IRS updatesSubscriber Preferences Pagee-News for Tax ProfessionalsIRS Tax TipsIRS Newswire and moreSet up Google Alerts with important key wordsFollow blogs and Twitter feeds of industry information leaders
54 Managing Your Social Media Platforms Following an automated routine or schedule provides insight into how you can best integrate your social media strategy into your overall marketing planFor each social media platform, develop a plan/schedule for certain tactics that you will perform on a daily and weekly basis and stick to itMaintain a list of content ideas for posting
55 Create an Editorial Calendar Week 1MonTuesWedThursFriBlogBlog post on EITCFacebookShare new blog postShare photos from NAEA National ConferenceTwitterLink to IRS newsLinkedInStart topic in NAEA Linked Group
56 Tips to Promote Your Social Media Platforms Include links to your platforms in your signatureInclude links to your platforms on your website and in your client newslettersAdd social networking “badges” or logos on your business cards, brochures and other marketing materials
57 Tips to Promote Your Social Media Platforms Place Facebook ads using Facebook’s own social ad featureVerbally tell your clients about your social media platforms and ask them to follow you!Be present, post great content and people will find YOU
58 Social Media Wrap-UpValue can be created and benefits reaped when technology is used to facilitate social interactionAs long as you follow your plan carefully and you use the tools that are available, client relationships can be strengthened through social media