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Growing and Nurturing an Audience

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Recently, I’ve experienced a recurring theme of people asking about how they can use social media to inform people, to promote their event, or because they just need a Facebook or Twitter page. And yes, social media can be used to inform people and promote events and programs, but that’s is not what they are about. They are about conversations and relationships. And don’t even get me started on having social media channels just for the sake of having them. But your audience members take some nurturing to grow, so give them a little water and sunlight and they’ll grow into thriving, engaging members of your community.

Take the Time

Just like an taking the time to pick up the phone and call an old friend, you need to take the time to find out how your audience is doing! This can be accomplished by asking them, monitoring relevant hashtags, or by listening to what they’re flat out telling you. You can then gauge their feelings and talk to them appropriately. Talking to students during the summer is different than during finals week.

Truly Listen

I’ve talked about truly listening to your audience before, but I’m going for it again. Sometimes you think you know what a problem is, or what an audience member is referencing, but if you jump to conclusions you could miss someone’s point quite easily, especially if you’re on Twitter and have a 140-character post to work with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or take the conversation to email if you need more information to understand what your audience member is trying to tell you.

Engage

Your audience wants to know you care. In higher education, that can be as simple as congratulating newly admitted students, answering questions about when food locations are open during spring break, or offering to answer questions of prospective students. Tell your audience you’re there for them in whatever capacity they need.

Story Time

I heard University of Cincinnati’s @PrezOno speak at EduWeb last year, and he told a story about a student who was upset that the vending machine was out of Cheez its. He listened to the complaint, and said he would find out why the vending machine was empty. And he followed through. His audience understands that he’s there for them, and reaches out regularly. He provides a perfect example of how to listen and engage with your audience. You can see this and more of Santa Ono’s presentation in the SlideShare below:

 

Retweet After Me: Week of Mar. 11, 2014

Social Media Crisis Management: A No-Nonsense Guide by Mack Collier

Past Social Media dramas involving The Red Cross, Groupon and Kenneth Cole are good reminders of the importance of having a solid social media crisis management plan in place. At its very basic level, the proper handling of a social media crisis should consist of two things. [Read More]

The first fully integrated polling and survey option on Tumblr by Nick Cicero

Social survey and VegasTechFund company Wedgies announced a partnership with Tumblr today bringing fully functional polls and surveys to publishers of the Yahoo owned microblogging platform. Tumblr users publish 94.1 million posts per day. And at least 70 percent of Tumblr’s users spend their time in the dashboard, or the backend where actual content creation takes place. Until now, publishers could not share a poll to Tumblr and have it work interactively on Tumblr blogs or in the Tumblr Dashboard. [Read More]

Free Design Resources To Upgrade Your Community Management Game by Tony Hymes

When you’re working in the digital world, companies spend a lot of time on design. Scratch that, in any world, companies spend a lot of time on design, for their branding, their products, their functions, everything. A community manager should do the same. [Read More]

‘Honest University Commercial’ Provides A Brutally Funny Education In Cost by William Goodman

While going to college or university can provide many with the tools they might need to succeed, it also tends to give people something far less worthwhile: lots of debt. Which is just part of what Ryan Higa, better known as Internet personality Nigahiga, pokes fun at in this parody college commercial above that plays upon all the cliches you’ve seen before in higher education advertisements and blends with tongue-in-cheek and far less ideal elements that come from pursuing a bachelors or otherwise. [Read More]

17 Rules of Engagement to Create a Love Affair Between Your Brand and Buyer by Barry Feldman

Yes, this is a story about building your business. The points I’ll make might appear to be about turning people on. They are indeed. We call this social media. It may seem I’m talking about courtship. I am. It’s often referred to as lead nurturing. You’ll gather my lesson here today is about commitment. Right you are. You can call that buying. [Read More]

What to Measure When it Comes to Social Media

I’ve written a short introduction on social media analytics, specifically talking about what numbers are available to you, and programs that will assist you with measuring your social media efforts, but what analytics should you keep track of to move your social media strategy?

Competitors

I think it’s important to know where your competitors stand in comparison to your accounts. For me, I keep this surface level, mostly looking at number of likes, followers and the subscribers. At least this way, I can have a benchmark to see where my accounts measure up against those competitors.

Engagement

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The second word in the title of my blog, and my social media mantra, is engage. Good content will cause people to react, whether it’s a retweet, a like or a comment. This is one of the most important things you can measure in my opinion. Measuring engagement informs your social strategy, and without it, you won’t be able to adjust to ensure you’re accomplishing your goals.

The “UNs”

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Unlikes, unfollows, hides, you know, all the negatives. It’s important to keep track of these, because it is the exact opposite of engagement. If your audience is taking the time and effort to perform a negative engagement action, that should be a red flag if it is happening early and often! By monitoring these numbers, you can keep ahead of the outflow of people, by changing your content types or topics.

There are lots of different things to measure and keep track of, what other analytics do you pay special attention to?

Retweet After Me: Week of Jan. 7, 2014

How to Use Google+ Hangouts for Your Business by Phyllis Khare

Are you using the Google+ video hangout feature? Are you looking for some creative ideas to use hangouts? Keep reading to discover how your business can connect in a personal way with your customers using this face-to-face video conferencing tool. [Read More]

How Morton’s Steakhouse Won Over Social Media After Cancer Patient Controversy by Kim LaCapria

Popular chain Morton’s Steakhouse found itself on the losing side of the power of social reviewing this week, when a situation at their Nashville branch was described in a Yelp review that later went viral and caused big headaches for the chain. [Read More]

The Complete Guide to Tumblr Etiquette by Sara Roncero-Menendez

Tumblr, like most social media platforms, has a world all its own, complete with a specific etiquette. It can be a bit confusing for users just starting out on the site, and although Tumblr has plenty of users who are willing to help, not everyone knows how to find them. [Read More]

Are Twitter Ads Useless? by Larry Kim

Twitter rocked markets this week with a spectacular initial showing. But how do Twitter ads measure up against Facebook ads? Is it worth spending your ad dollars on Twitter? [Read More]

Authorities issue confusing social media policy for Sochi Olympics by Fran Berkman

The International Olympic Committee is confusing journalists. First, reporters scheduled to cover the 2014 Sochi Olympics were led to believe that they would lose press access if they used Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest or any social media to post photos from their phone. [Read More]

Texas Tech’s 90th Anniversary Campaign Results

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Back in February, Texas Tech celebrated its 90th anniversary! Surrounding this university milestone, we launched a small social media campaign to encourage our audience to celebrate with us. We used a variety of different channels and tactics for this, including starting a new Tumblr channel.

Elements

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We created a Tumblr account for this campaign so we could house historical content, similar to Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday, but on a much larger scale. We decided to post 5 pieces of content per day, and each week was a different decade, starting in the 1920s through today. Creating this much content was a challenge, but it attracted a lot of eyeballs with more than 13,000 pageviews, so it was a success! In addition, we’ve continued the Tumblr on a smaller scale, posting Texas Tech history a couple of times a week.

Facebook and Twitter

We used Facebook and Twitter as a supplement to Tumblr since it was a brand new channel for us. We directed a lot of traffic to our Tumblr from our mainstay channels. Facebook was by far the largest referral traffic source for the campaign, with Twitter not far behind.

Web Advertisements

In addition to social media efforts, we also used some banner ads in higher education publications to show our peers Texas Tech’s success. According to the website, this ad had one of the highest CTR they’ve seen on their banner ads.

In-person Event

We also hosted an in-person event in our Student Union Building where we served cake to students, faculty and staff. This helped include our audiences within the celebration in a more active way, and provided us an opportunity to receive feedback.

Keys to Succeed

This was a long campaign for us, and one that took a lot of content. In hindsight, I would say be 100 percent sure that you can commit to the amount of content you decide at the beginning. A second piece of advice is to write as much content ahead of time as possible, and to schedule it if possible. Since our history wasn’t going to change, I could schedule our content far in advance, allowing us to be sure that everything went out evenly and timely.

Have you taken on a campaign similar to this? What advice do you have for others embarking on this type of project?

Avoiding Social Media Marketing Mishaps

Too often the headline, “Company makes social media blunder, offends large group of people,” goes by on social media. And these headlines aren’t exclusive to social media, but can happen with any advertising, public relations or marketing tactic. There are a few simple ways to avoid this becoming your reality.

Use Common Sense

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If your are recognizing a day of remembrance of a tragedy, you can pretty much guarantee slipping a product reference or sale price in to your social media or other content or advertising is probably going to be received poorly. People are passionate about these events, and if they think you are trying to make a profit off of a national tragedy, they will call you on it. If you are going to recognize this day, separate your promotional materials. Have to push a sale or marketing piece, then don’t recognize the day of remembrance, or what ever the tragedy or event might be, at the same time. Make separate posts, and space them out a bit.

Plan Ahead

I know I’m the biggest poster child for planning ahead, but this is even more important in this type of situation. Think out what you are going to say well before hand. One word slightly out of place could be enough to upset your audience. I find myself double checking the meanings of words that I know the meanings of, just to be sure it can’t be taken in a way I didn’t intend.

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We all know that tone is lost in written digital communications, so make sure your tone can not be misconstrued. If you take the time to do this all ahead of the posting time, then you can be confident your post won’t land you in hot social media water.

Wear Other’s Shoes

Take some time to research the event or day that you will be making a post for. Do you consider Memorial Day as the first day of summer? You should probably take some time to read up on what Memorial Day is for others. An easy way to get an overall understanding is reading up on the topic on Wikipedia. I find that Wikipedia typically shows a well-rounded view on big topics like these. This especially applies when talking to an international audience.

Now that you know these easy ways to avoid these marketing blunders, go forth and avoid them!

Retweet After Me: Week of Sept. 3, 2013

Here’s another round up of good-to-know information for you!

Google Plus for Business – The Google Plus Features You Should Know by Evan LePage

Only a few months ago, Google Plus underwent a serious redesign. The major changes, coupled with the fact that many people are only now starting to get themselves and their businesses on the network, mean a lot of users probably don’t know all the features the fast-growing social network brings to the table. [Read More]

Be More Personable on Social Media: 3 Tips by Jeff Haden

Almost every business engages its customers through social media. Some do it well… and many could do it better. If you fall into the latter category, here are tips from Andrew Caravella, VP of marketing at Sprout Social, a leading social media management and engagement platform. [Read More]

Higher Education Searches Rise on Google, Reveal Marketing Opportunity [Study] by Jessica Lee

Attention marketers: demand is high on mobile devices for higher education info, and online programs from traditional universities are highly sought after, according to new Google research that was revealed during the first Hangout on Air for Google’s education team. [Read More]

Top 10 Social Media Research Articles for the First Half of 2013 for Public Relations Professionals

With the explosive growth of social media, the editors of the Institute for Public Relations’ Social Science for Social Media Research Center have identified what we think are the top nine social media research reports in the first half of 2013 that are beneficial for public relations professionals. We determined this based on the rigor of the report’s methodology, sample size, findings, and accessibility. [Read More]

Content on Tumblr has a Longer Shelf Life than on any Other Social Network by Sarah Evans

Networks, like Tumblr, reddit and even Pinterest have changed the way we not only share, but re-share information. The very act of “re-pinning” and “reblogging” are the way information travels and are essential tactics for the most popular players on each site. New research from social analytics company, simplymeasured looks at how the reblog keeps content alive. [Read More]

#SocialFresh Key Takeaways in 140 Characters

#SocialFresh is a perfect description of how I’m feeling right now. I just returned from sunny San Diego and the Social Fresh West conference. Every speaker was fantastic, and was obviously passionate about what they’re topic. I definitely left this morning feeling re-energized to hit the road running. If you’re looking for a conference in the future, this would be an excellent option to explore.

Here are some of my key takeaways, in tweet form. Not all of them were a perfect fit for a higher education scenario, but the idea is still there, and still applicable in some way or another.


There was a huge emphasis on images and visuals in the conference, but I think @PRSarahEvans said it best. Don’t ignore the image, it’s powerful, and not just on Facebook any more.


So in higher education we don’t necessarily have a C-suite in the traditional sense, but we do have administrators who should be interested in what is being done in communications, which includes social media. Every aspect of communications and marketing you do counts. Make sure others know that, too.


We have to treat students like people, because that’s what they are. As community managers and social media managers we have a large opportunity to make our universities real to our students. We get to tell them we care. Feel empowered to do just that. This is actually one of my favorite parts of my job, helping students when there are issues, encouraging them when needed, and celebrating with them throughout the process of earning a degree and starting a career.


When I think mobile, I always think of smartphones and then responsive and mobile websites. Both technologies. Those days are gone. Think about how your user interacts with your content in a mobile-environment, and you’ll start on the right path.


Again: visual, visual, visual. Audiences interact with images, and it’s the first thing that will draw a reader in, so don’t skimp, and use pretty images to tell the story.


A tale as old as time. You will never be successful if you’re always behind the eight ball. Set yourself up for success, whether it be committing to a social content calendar, using your editorial calendar more, or just organizing your thoughts. There’s no silver bullet, do what works for you.


A personal montra of mine, so I was happy to hear it said. Social media in some ways is your brand’s window to the world. Why would you just throw whatever content up you could find without thinking of how it represents your brand?


I think we all know this. But sometimes it’s just nice to hear that you’re not the only one whose marketing campaign gets stomped on every now and again.


I’ll admit, sometimes I’m the first person to jump to saying no to a request for social media. But I’m getting better at quickly reevaluating that initial thought, and finding a better solution: I don’t think that piece of content is appropriate for that social media channel, but it would be a great fit on this one. Work with the many different areas of the university to make the content and the communications work for you.


Lead your own conversations, don’t follow. The conversation is happening all around you, so make sure you steer it where you want it.


Another huge theme of #socialfresh was repurpose, and I love how Jason Miller from LinkedIn said this. Evergreen content isn’t old since it’s been posted for a bit, just pre-loved. So why don’t we repurpose that content and give it another round of love.


Retweet After Me: Week of Feb. 26, 2013

Facebook and Tumblr take the spotlight in this week’s Retweet After Me!

Facebook Admits Critical Bugs Caused Page Reach To Be Misreported For Months by Josh Constine

While trying to speed up its iOS and Android apps, Facebook accidentally stripped out too much data about news feed posts by Pages. This caused Page Insights to be misreported, leading admins to believe their posts reached fewer people than they actually did, in most cases. Bug fixes are now rolling out and accurate data will flow into Page Insights starting Monday. [ Read More ]

Tumblr Draws a Distinction Between Its Ads and Those of Google and Facebook by Mike Shields

If you like direct response ads and blue links and tired display ads, don’t talk to Tumblr. But if you’re a creative who’s dying to get clients off their click addiction and do some truly great brand advertising, give Tumblr a call. [ Read More ]

How to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Facebook Graph Search by Andrea Vahl

Do you want to be more visible in Facebook Graph Search? As Facebook Graph Search rolls out to more users, marketers are exploring different ways to use it. [ Read More ]

Tweet in Haste, Regret in Leisure: The Onion’s Oscar Faux-Pas by Brian Adams

If you were on Twitter after the Oscars then you are aware of “The Tweet.” It was sent out at 8:42PST and taken down within an hour of being posted. Its content divided Twitter users between defenders of satire and those standing up for a 9-year-old Oscar nominee. [ Read More ]

Do You Need A Tumblr? by Brian Adams

We know, we know: You’re already on LinkedIn and Twitter, and of course you’re on Facebook. Maybe you even joined the early adopters in trying out Google+. How many hours a day can a person be expected to be social? [ Read More ]