Presentation on theme: "What road users want The road sector and the social media Christophe Nicodème European Union Road Federation."— Presentation transcript:
What road users want The road sector and the social media Christophe Nicodème European Union Road Federation
The Global context: Transport in Europe Major support to our socio-economic model Driver for employment and economic growth Mobility, trade and exchange Roads play an essential part European Road Network: some 5,5 million km A major community asset Estimated reconstruction value: 8.000 Billion €* * ERF estimation
Roads are the backbone of the economy (1) Contribution to the EU Economy: Direct employment: 5 Million people +/- 5 % of the EU GDP With related employment: 14 Million people +/- 11 % of the EU GDP Investing in roads generates economic growth (1 € 3 €)* * UKI BH 4th Road Congress September 2014
Roads are the backbone of the economy (2) 83,2 % of inland passenger transport
Roads are the backbone of the economy (3) 72,7 % of inland freight transport
Current trends in financing Declining maintenance expenditures
Consequences Degradation of the road infrastructure Loss of value of the asset Increased management costs Increased costs for the users
Current challenges for the industry and the society We cannot afford to lose the road asset How can we change the current situation? How can the road sector communicate with the road users? How can we together influence the decision makers?
Road users perspective Preliminary study (F, D, UK) – 2009/2010 on social media Do people talk about roads? Who talks about roads and where? What do people say? Feelings? Is there an opportunity for the road industry?
Results Yes, people talk about roads ! UKFrance
First conclusions People use social media as a platform to: Talk about roads Form opinions Organise debates Attempt to influence decision makers But there is no existing forum to organise conversations about roads and react to them!
Social media Awareness of social network is very high Facebook 95 % Twitter80 % Google+70 % More than 7 out of 10 internet users are members of at least 1 network 1.5 billion people use social network sites around the world Social networks are part of daily lives
The Opportunity: Social Media about Roads Let’s talk about roads together To promote: the BENEFITS OF ROADS the need to secure BETTER ROADS FOR ALL in the future!
Initiative started in 2008 now coordinated by the ERF Different partners: ERF National and Road Users Associations Industry External consultant
Mission of the ERI The mission of the European Road Initiative (ERI) is to become the Voice of the European Road through social awareness campaigns and content promoting the role of roads accross Europe
Strategy Draw attention of road users and communities Encourage interaction (comments, opinions, share) Build a positive advocacy within the road community Generate actions for a targeted demand for positive changes on the European roads at different levels: European National Local www.roademotion.com
Partnership Concept similar to a ‘franchise’ but without any financial commitment, unless otherwise decided Focused on the dissemination of the brand ‘roademotion.com’ Solution to the challenge of a central platform with local antennas without creating a new organisation Use of existing platforms and national campaigns (European virtual network) through NRA’s Bi-level support framework: central and national www.roademotion.com
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