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Beyond the Dashboard and Under the Hood | #SMBC5

From discussing the importance of having a social hub to setting up a dashboard and diving deep under the analytics hood, I covered some important tools, metrics and trends that can help you improve the effectiveness of your social media and web marketing strategy.

Having a social hub in place allows you to not only own your content (imagine if your Facebook page suddenly disappeared), but also track analytics and trends that can be used to make informed decisions about strategy. One of the best (and free) tools available is Google Analytics. A number of widgets are available that can provide valuable information about traffic, content performance, and more.

In addition, setting up dashboards to stay on top of your social and web marketing efforts can reduce time and stress. I shared several of the key items that I like to keep track of with my dashboards.

Lastly, insight on trends for 2013 shows that we are becoming more and more mobile, as well as less focused (decreased attention span), so we need to deliver content with repetition, novelty, and in a concise format–all of which that needs to be designed for folks on their tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.

View the PowerPoint slideshow (.ppsx) from my presentation at “Social Media Bootcamp 5.0” on May 16, hosted by the Greater Spokane Chapter of PRSA.

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Social Media for Insurance & Financial Services (NAIFA #PDX)

Earlier today a delivered this presentation to the Portland chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. I shared some ideas, strategies and tips on how they could use social media for their industries.

Social Media for Small Business 2.0

I recently held a workshop hosted by the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce on how to use social media for your small business. The workshop was designed to be at the “201 level” — getting beyond the basics, and into more about content development, strategy, campaigns and more. Here are the slides that guided are workshop, which include stats, tips and resources.

Mayo Clinic Success Stories: Why social media? | presentation by @KathyBarbour at @prsaspokane #hcsm

Kathy Barbour, APR, the communications manager at the Mayo Clinic spoke at a Spokane PRSA workshop on Sept. 8, 2011. She shared some of their success stories and how they are integrating social media into their communication strategies. The following are my raw notes from her presentation.

Their history and heritage are still a vital part of who they are. It’s included in their speeches, emails, facilities, conversations, etc. They celebrate heritage days annually.

Mayo Clinic is an integrated healthcare provider. They have electronic medical records that are shared between their physicians, sites, etc.

They’ve never done any national advertising. Instead they rely on word-of-mouth, stories in the media, physician recommendations, followed by advertising, Internet and others.

When they do advertise, they use patient stories and employee profiles to continue the “word-of-mouth” strategy. Their campaign is called “My Answer.”

Their primary value: the needs of the patient come first. Focus on how each employee reflects mission and value.

Posters showing their satisfaction scores are posted on their campuses.

They include a photo in their employee e-newsletter every week. Instead of just the written employee message, they now record their leadership on video and broadcast it.

The strategic plan campaign is called The Mayo Effect. They created a YouTube style video (below) that communicates the messages they had in their written version, but in a visually stimulating way.

They created an opt-in every-other-daily email communication that seems to be popular. About 4,000 out of 56,000 employees have signed up for it.

The Cowans video (below) was captured by a visitor at one of their hospitals and posted it to YouTube. When they heard about it, they tracked it down and cross-promoted it.

They post their social media policies for the public to see. And their staff can access Facebook, Twitter, etc. at work. Fortunately, they haven’t had to fire anyone for social media issues.

6 Tenets of Social Media

I first joined Twitter on April 18, 2008. Yes, I was not an early adopter. In fact, I only joined because I was curious about this “new” tool that some of my fellow colleagues were talking about. As for the other social networking sites, I had already given up on MySpace, I was very active on Facebook, didn’t have my own blog (unless you count my old LiverJournal account which hadn’t been used for years). So I will admit that Twitter actually re-energized my participation in social media.

And here I am, almost three years and three months later, with 13,337 tweets, 1,159 followers and 1,541 people I follow on my personal Twitter account. My “professional” account has only 469 followers; I follow 647 people and have tweeted 845 times (846 when this post is published). But enough of that small glimpse in time, let’s take a look at the fruits of my labor over the past several years: 6 Tenets of Social Media.

These tenets are grounded in professional experience of developing social media strategies and managing the accounts for institutions of higher learning, non-profit organizations, medical/healthcare organizations and a financial services industry. They are the result of the lessons learned there, as well as the knowledge gleaned from countless blogs, email newsletters, thought leaders, workshops, webinars, conferences, discussions and even academic research.

I invite your feedback and comments. These tenets are just that–guidelines–not laws to obey, but principles to use when making your decisions, formulating your strategy and implementing your tactics. They may change over time, as the technology changes, as the paradigm of social media changes, and as human behavior continues to evolve. But for now, I believe them to be fairly relevant…and hopefully, useful.

1. Be Human
  • Be conversational and friendly.
  • Be responsible; own up to your mistakes.
  • Develop a persona; have a consistent voice if possible.
  • Ask questions and engage your followers.
  • Be playful, but professional, matching your brand’s communication style.
  • Be transparent; don’t lie.
  • Give credit where credit is due.
  • Be unique.
2. Be Diligent
  • Explore the mediums; one may work better than another.
  • Get to know your audience.
  • Set goals and measure results.
  • Align social strategy with marketing and business objectives.
  • Know your tools and services.
  • Stay current on trends.
  • Have a plan for handling negative comments or crisis situations.
3. Be Relevant
  • Stay on topic.
  • Speak (and listen) to your followers.
  • Avoid automation.
  • Use appropriate conventions.
  • Don’t just regurgitate; add value.
  • Measure successes and failures.
  • Stick to your area of expertise.
  • Be a (thought) leader.
4. Be Thoughtful
  • Thank people.
  • Mention others.
  • Promote discourse.
  • Be creative and create excitement.
  • Be smart.
5. Be Timely
  • Respond quickly and accurately.
  • If acknowledging, less than an hour.
  • If the response requires research, acknowledge, then provide the full answer within one business day.
  • Post when appropriate.
  • Build buzz.
6. Be Respectful
  • Moderate the community with fairness.
  • Do not spam or inundate your followers.
  • Acknowledge positive and negative feedback.
  • Share opinions, but avoid speculation.
  • Respect privacy.
  • Disagree respectfully.
  • Think twice before posting.
Special thanks to my mentor and supervisor, Barb Richey for providing initial feedback. And of course, my sincere gratitude for further feedback and input from my social media mentor, Carri Bugbee.

Recent social media stats via @jmarkarnold (#mms11)

According to Mark Arnold, lead facilitator at the CUNA 2011 Marketing Management School, here are some recent social media stats.

47% of the online immunity now uses social networking sites.

Facebook has more than 500 million active users worldwide.

Facebook states that 50% of active users log in daily.

More than 200 million Facebook users access their site via mobile devices.

70% of local businesses use Facebook.

More than 30 billion pieces of content shared monthly on Facebook.

Twitter has 200 million registered accounts (56 million are active).

110 million tweets are sent daily.

LinkedIn has 100 million members.

Flickr hosts more than 500 billion images.

200 million views of YouTube videos are via mobile devices each day.

Expected spend of $3.08 billion on social ads in 2011, a 55% increase over 2010.

65% of U.S. adults that use social media say they have received a positive benefit.

Thesis: CONNECT.ED: Promoting Higher Education via Social Media to Millennials

On December 7, 2010, I successfully defended my masters thesis at Eastern Washington University. The topic: promoting higher education via social media to Millennials. Now, four months later, I am presenting on a panel at the Northwest Communications Association Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho regarding my thesis. I’m looking forward to the event, and in prepping for the discussions ahead, I was reminded that I had not published my thesis online for anyone and everyone to access. I’m a believer in free information and sharing resources. So therefore, I’m happy to share with you, after several years of rigorous coursework and study, several more years of refining my topic, and then a few more years yet of researching, writing and revising: my completed masters thesis: CONNECT.ED: Promoting Higher Education via Social Media to Millennials. (Complete PDF.)

It’s my hope that the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board can use this as a resource as they develop their portal for citizens of Washington who are interested in pursuing a college degree. And much of the information can also be used for any academic institution, company/organization interested in communicating with Millennials, or just general social media marketers and public relations professionals.

Enjoy and please feel free to share your thoughts with me.