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I just received an update from slideshare.com on the 2009 activity through the Daemon Digital account and it is easy to see the appeal of sharing presentations when they provide the instant gratification of being able to track how many people view and like your work.
The annual update adds icing and is a great touch by the Slideshare team. For the record, Daemon Digital uploaded 11 presentations during the year, which were viewed 16,066 times at an average of 1,461 each. Social Media Strategies for Business was the most popular with 4,886 views.
Not many by some standards I imagine, but satisfying none the less.
All Kevin Costner had to do to get the Chicago Black Sox to come and play in a field on his farm in the middle of nowhere (well, Iowa actually, but let’s not split hairs) in the movie ‘Field of Dreams’ was to build the stadium. In this instance, a sound albeit out of this world, piece of advice.
Recently I’ve noticed this train of thought coming up regularly enough to be concerning when discussing content and content creation for social media with organisations. The general enthusiasm and in some cases, actual content creation is happening but there is a notable lack of strategy in what to do with said content – the common belief being that if you put it on a social media channel, people will flock to it. But if it’s not the right content and no one knows it’s there, that’s a pretty big ask.
Social media, when used purposefully, with a long-term strategy and measurable objectives behind it, can be (and more often than not is) a very valuable asset. What is missing in many of the conversations’ organisations are having is the understanding that you need to think beyond just building a Facebook page. In short, you need to make people want to come to you and you need to want them to come back.
Listen: What does your audience what to know about, view, talk about, learn?;
Track: Where are they? Because that’s where you need to be; and
Understand: How are they consuming information? Video? Written? Podcasts?
Once you have done all of these things you can create effective content that you can use to seed out to your audience where they are and drive them to where you want them to be or your own ‘field of dreams’.
You can view the case study version of the content creation here http://ow.ly/NgDy
Social Media is no different from any other marketing activity for business in that it needs to be tracked and measured to ensure value against objectives. What is different, is both the style of the communications and the plethora of tools available to complete this tracking – many of which are still to be proven due to the relative infancy of the channel by comparison to more traditional media options.
That said, there is little forgiveness for its youthfulness and social media has to work harder to prove its value to most marketing professionals and certainly in order to demonstrate worth to CEOs and Boards. After all, social media is just a fad…isn’t it? Seriously though, we do face a number of challenges in proving the value of social media in terms of tracking organisations whose ultimate value measure lies offline.
Social Media allows us to have conversations – this as a means of communication is a much more complex channel to track as messages are two, or multi directional. Because of this, there is a need for these to be tracked both more frequently and using multiple approaches due to idiosyncrasies across social media platforms set ups and language.
Working with Tourism New South Wales on their ‘7 days in Sydney’ social media campaign, Daemon Digital worked much in the way that social media does when tracking outputs. We responded to what was happening, where shifts were made and what tools were best for the change in activity.
Whilst that might sound reactive, in fact we had set up a very structured outputs framework that married back against TNSW’s overall brand objectives and key messages. The strategy didn’t change, we just altered our game plan to glean the most detailed information.
In order to establish an overall brand perception, Daemon Digital first created a query framework and key word search against TNSW’s key messages run through a crawler system tracking over 6 million conversations of web chatter across blogs, wikis, forums and networks. From this, an eco-system of activity was created across each key message area to establish levels of activity and sentiment around these.
Using a combination of free tools, Daemon Digital established more specific trackers against the content creation from ‘7 Days in Sydney’ and the identity ‘Sydney Sider’. Blogs, microblogs, videos and engagement were tracked on a weekly basis, aggregated and expanded at specific points in the campaign to give greater insight.
The campaign itself is a success, with significant shift in the share of voice in social media from 22% to 39%. Ongoing measures are in place to track against the objective of increasing the number of travellers to Sydney by air ticket tracking and the number of nights in hotels.
For more on Daemon Digital and to view the case study http://ow.ly/LI1U
Correctly valuing and monetising social media engagement for clients that, unlike other media, can’t be switched on, or pre-programmed in quite the same way, is just one of the challenges specialist social media agencies face.
Conversations with clients recently have often come back to numbers. Yes, numbers meaning prices, but more often, numbers as in number of hours.
Social media is about dialogue. And one of the inherent values of social media that we don’t see anywhere else, is the opportunity to respond to outside occurrences in real time through the sharing of thoughts, ideas and emotions all wrapped up in various forms of conversation be that written, verbal, through images or video.
In order to do that however, you need to be constantly tuned in or switched on. Anyone who has even a smattering of work ethic does not hang up on a conversation, ditch a proposal or walk out on a meeting simply because it’s officially time to clock out. Let’s make no mistake, there are certainly those who don’t work a minute outside when they are paid to do so. And perhaps they’re the smart ones, but that’s a different conversation.
The point is, when your social media audience is most engaged, is when you need to be present and accounted for in the conversation. If that’s midnight, it’s midnight. What clients sometimes find it hard to understand is that this means being constantly switched on. So, when they ask you how many hours you’re going to spend on their social media strategy or campaign this week, the answer should be ‘as many as it needs’ rather than ‘as many as you’re paying for between the hours of 9am and 5pm’.
That’s all very admirable in an ideal world but at the end of the day, we’re all here to make money. Sure, we want to create brilliant work that makes our clients and ourselves successful along the way but we need to be realistic about just how we can do that. So where’s the healthy balance? Where’s the point you switch off?
This isn’t about answering all the questions, but one question that has been answered is that being switched on when it counts means you can maximise on all the good stuff and mitigate some of the bad stuff better and more swiftly.
A great example of just that is this case study from Tourism New South Wales.
Agencies tend to like the invention of new. There’s nothing wrong with being innovative. In fact, it’s both commendable and desirable, and, in the majority of instances, needed. What they’re sometimes not very good at doing is acknowledging the value in existing work or work (gasp), that is not their own.
So when it is right to take out the tried and tested, dust it off and make it better? When is it ok to say ‘that’s working, it’s working well, so we’re not going to change it (much)’?.
It’s a little bit of practice what you preach….
We’ve always advocated that social media is a long term commitment and by being continually involved in the space you have a voice that gets heard and has credibility. The application of that ethos helped in the creation of a successful social media campaign for Tourism New South Wales starting from somewhere around, ooh, I’d say, the 100m mark?
Our challenge? To raise the profile of Sydney as a destination of choice for young travellers (aged 18-30 years) from the UK and Ireland looking to travel on a variety of visa types.
We already had two things: A youth market contributing 37% of international visitor arrivals in New South Wales, and an engaged fan base on Facebook of a little over 3,000 fans. So we harnessed both of these and used them as a foundation to build even higher.
Facebook became the fulcrum for the campaign. The fan base at the beginning of May 2009 was 3,359. Since then, the number of fans has more than doubled through purely organic growth, with an increase of 4,275 additional fans. The fan base, which has a strong representation from the 18-30 target market, is now host to a total fan base of 7,634. And perhaps ‘fan’ is the wrong word. These aren’t discount driven relationships or pure broadcasting, they are engaged participants having conversations and sharing information.
Of course that didn’t happen all on its own and there was a carefully crafted strategic approach backing it that comprised of both offensive and defensive elements; a lot of research; content creation; seeding in travel and vertical markets; and general passion and enthusiasm for a fun job with a great client.
Better yet were the results. Tourism New South Wales share of online voice in social media for ‘Sydney’ went from 22% in the months leading up to the campaign to 39% at its conclusion including forums, blogs and micro-blogs.
So yes, it’s a lot of hard work too but the point is this. If clients have bothered to take themselves into the world of social media and they’re not doing a bad job, they may need your help and direction which they’ve obviously recognised (and for that we praise them) but don’t disregard their experiences to date. Use what they have and let them share their knowledge and challenges with you. It makes sense and it works. And you know what? You both end up feeling better for it.
See more of 7 Days in Sydney here:
The latter first.
If you have ever worked in a creative industry, particularly on the agency side, then you will love this post to David Thorne’s blog 27b/6: http://ow.ly/I1A5. In fact, if you like that post, you’ll probably love the others too, particularly this one: http://ow.ly/I1D9
Now to the good idea. Apparently it’s not fundraising but it is handraising, http://www.ihave.org.uk/ allows charities to create wish lists of required goods and services and for individuals to fulfill those wishes. Requirements are many and varied, for example a marketing strategy, a pint of blood, a laptop, warm socks and old bras. The wish lists are many and certainly varied enough to enable everyone to do something this Festive Season.
Daemon Digital is helping to promote the Warner Home Video Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand release of the hit film, The Hangover. The campaign, which launched at the start of November, employs a highly targeted social media strategy to encourage people to interact with the film and its characters and ignite interest in the home release of one of the year’s most popular comedies.
A competition to win an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas will be the centrepiece of the campaign; however Daemon recommended a supporting strategy which would drive a high number of entrants as well as importantly encouraging entrants to engage with the storyline of the film and therefore start conversations with the brand.
Entrants to the competition are invited to upload their funniest party photo to a dedicated page on Facebook – in creative costumes, striking poses and pulling faces that could only be captured in a split second; essentially doing things that make others laugh out loud, a la The Hangover!
The specific promotion of the campaign involves seeding invitational content through social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook news feeds, as well as creating a dedicated Facebook page with backgrounds and avatars in the style of the film and its characters.
The campaign results will be judged using traditional traffic based statistics together with an evaluation of the quality of conversations and interactions generated. Thus far, three weeks into the promotion, the Facebook page has over 11,200 fans.
You can enter the competition by visiting: www.facebook.com/hangovermovie
…and here are two great examples.
Firstly the Ogori Café in Chiba, Japan, where instead of getting your order, you receive the order of the person in front of you instead. A really simple and fun idea that allows you to surprise and treat the next person in line. Love this, such a good idea and how much fun http://ow.ly/w3ff
Secondly, the Fun Theory from VW, which is a site dedicated to the concept that fun is the best way to change people’s behaviour. Simple genius. The piano stairs are awesome http://ow.ly/w3mA