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1 Morra Aarons-Mele Staying Current The Technical Tools You Need and the Ones You Don’t

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3 Assess Your Needs Addresses Money Brand Awareness Advocacy eCommerce Media ConsumersElites

4 What You’re Up Against Each day, US adults absorb: – 34 GB data over 11.8 hours (USCD) – 65% of online adults use social media (Pew) – Adults using the internet as primary news source up 17% between (Pew) – 1 in 4 adults accessed most of their 2010 campaign news online (Pew) – 3-fold increase from 2002

5 Social Media is not a Silver Bullet Social media isn’t a SOLUTION, it’s a tool that can be deployed strategically in support of a larger organizational or campaign goal. A brilliant social media strategy cannot compensate for a campaign or organization that lacks a strong, memorable brand. Social networks are the interactive visibility tool of the digital age Thousands of followers or “likes” don't directly translate action Social networks are only one tool at your disposal

6 Essential Tools Your essential tools will depend on your blog’s goal – Image-driven? – Vlogging? – Written word? – eCommerce? You don’t need to (and shouldn’t) do everything

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8 Baseline: Website Your website houses your content Content’s purpose: Who I am (delivering on the brand promise) How/where you can join me What I’m doing and why it’s important Who pays the bills/Contact/Customer Service Most people won’t come back to your site voluntarily…you need to go out and get them

9 Use Your Channels for Messaging Getting to know you Search engine visibility Presence on major platforms and networks Supplement w/ ads if appropriate Building the Relationship Twitter (especially to engage media and influencers) list Know what your competitors/colleagues are doing Influencers Niche marketing, not mass Use channels to tailor your message and make it relevant Build relationships

10 Different Channels Reach Different People Know who you want to reach Engage with the social channels that will most benefit you Don’t create social profiles simply for the sake of having them – Quality > Quantity!

11 Twitter: Connect directly with influencers

12 Facebook: Connect directly with consumers

13 LinkedIn: Connect with colleagues

14 Instagram: Connect visually

15 Pinterest: Connect visually

16 Your Blog: Tailoring the Message Share unique information with assets (e.g., video, photos) Be yourself! words Great headlines, tags, categories help SEO Link & blog roll

17 What’s working best?

18 Don’t get discouraged You need to learn what your audience responds to – This may take some time! Don’t be afraid to throw lots of stuff at the wall and see what sticks Adjust your strategy accordingly


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