Social media, yesterday today and tomorrow
Social Media: Are you in the game?Katie McDermottPublic Relations Specialist | Trilix Who I am.Public Relations Specialist | Trilix
Our PR team does it all internal and external communications, crisis communications, media and social media training, story pitching, event planning, writing and execution.
Trilixs public relations team leads earned media and social media efforts for clients like Stine Seed Company, Vein Center at Iowa Heart and Missouri Valley Line Constructors.
Who are the major players?Facebook Continues to be most-used platform, over 1.1 Billion users
Twitter Over 500 million users
LinkedIn 225 million acquired users
Pinterest More than 70 million users
Countless platforms continue to come out of the woodwork.Large user base, but not as popular with companies:Google+ 343 million users Instagram 130 million users Flickr 87 million users and 8 billion photos shared
Lesser known, but with large user bases:Camera360 100 million usersooVoo 75 million usersKik Messenger 50 million usersBebo 30 million users
FacebookA late 2012 Pew Research study finds that:67% of internet users are on FacebookMost likely to use it: women, ages 18-29
Who does it benefit most?B2C companies Coca Cola (69 million followers) and Target (21 million)Locally: Iowa State Fair (135,000) and Raygun (18,787)
TwitterMost likely to use it: both men and women in urban areas, ages 18-29Car companies, news outlets and celebrities Honda (128,290 followers) and NBC (310,334)Locally: Des Moines Register (32,275) and Downtown Des Moines (9,233)LinkedInMost likely to use it: males, ages 25-34, with high income levels, 3 out of 4 users want to be approached for job opportunitiesB2B and companies with many employees Adobe (189,948 followers) and Walt Disney (258,664)Locally: Greater Des Moines Partnership (1,217) and Dwolla (1,349)PinterestMost likely to use it: women, ages 18-49, with some college education and higher salaries 5x more likely than menTravel, food, DIY and homemade items The Travel Channel (41,984 followers) and Etsy (308,077)Locally: Des Moines Farmers Market (only 16!) and His & Hers Photography (3,810)To get started:1.Define your purpose and know your goals.2. Understand your target audience.3. Dont try to master all platforms at once.4. Be timely and consistent. 5. Use a personal, friendly voice. 6. Plan messaging, but stay flexible.7. Understand and review analytics. 8. Determine a measurement for each platform.Examples of goals:Drive traffic to website
Increase newsletter subscribers
Get more applications via the website
Foster interaction among staff and clients
Reach a new population of clients To improve your current strategy:1. Take time to listen to your target audience and provide valuable content. 2. Stop using posts as an ad medium.3. Utilize paid advertising options.4. Balance your content between direct, personal and industry-related content.5. Post pictures of people (real people).6. Integrate your platforms.7. Make it your brands behavior, not obligation.8. Focus desired results on quality, not quantity. Does it really work?A Social Media Examiner 2013 survey of 3,000 companies finds that most value their social media marketing efforts:
86% believe its important to their business
89% list increased exposure as #1 benefit
75% claim positive results in increased traffic
62% saw increase in new business partnerships (when used for 3 years or longer)
69% plan to increase social media efforts Why are we obsessed with it?It may seem that all were doing is just capturing every mundane moment. But look closely. These everyday moments are shot, displayed and juxtaposed in a way that offers a new perspective. And then all of a sudden these everyday moments, place and things look fascinating.
- Abigail Posner, Head of Strategic Planning and Agency Development | GoogleQuestions?