10 Things Not To Do Adding Social Sharing to Your Site

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Integrating your web site with social media and blogging platforms, like Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, seems like a no brainer. Just throw up some share buttons and watch the traffic flow in. This will present a number of different approaches that Polyvore (www.polyvore.com) tried, some of the technical pain points and show what worked and what didn't.Slides from Polyvore Tech Talk #2


<ul><li> 1. 10 Things Not To DoAdding Social Sharing to your site<br />jonathan@polyvore.com<br /></li> <li> 2. </li> <li> 3. </li> <li> 4. </li> <li> 5. Why share? Page views, visitors<br />Advertising<br />Marketing<br />Organic, by your own users<br />Posts by bloggers<br />Tweets on Twitter<br />Likes on Facebook<br /><br />5/23/11<br />5<br /></li> <li> 6. </li> <li> 7. Facebook<br />500M<br />Word-<br />press<br />19M<br />Twitter<br />200M<br />You<br />Your Site<br />Tumblr<br />19M<br />The Organic Game Plan<br /></li> <li> 8. 1. I know whats going on<br />Nothing does what you expect<br />5/24/11<br />8<br /></li> <li> 9. Nothing does what you expect<br />Dont assume something is working the way you think it is<br />Facebook &gt; Twitter &gt; Tumblr <br />StumbleUpon WTF?!<br />Measure, instrument and iterate<br />CTR and actions on your site<br />GA + your own measuring system<br />Activity on others<br />Facebook insights<br />3rd party providers like awe.sm<br />5/23/11<br />9<br /></li> <li> 10. 2. Ill focus on the CTR on my site<br />Dont be so narrow. Its part of a larger loop<br />5/24/11<br />10<br /></li> <li> 11. User 1 likes set<br />(20%)<br />Its part of a larger loop<br /></li> <li> 12. User 2 sees like in their stream<br />(10%)<br />Its part of a larger loop<br /></li> <li> 13. User 2 clicks on link(1%)<br />Its part of a larger loop<br /></li> <li> 14. User 2 starts using site(10%)<br />Its part of a larger loop<br /></li> <li> 15. User 2 sees like in their stream<br />(10%)<br />User 2 clicks on link(1%)<br />User 1 likes set<br />(20%)<br />User 2 starts using site(10%)<br />Its part of a larger loop<br /></li> <li> 16. 3. Users want to share<br />Not really, not all the time<br />5/24/11<br />16<br /></li> <li> 17. 25%<br />75%<br />Not really, not all the time<br /></li> <li> 18. 4. One size fits all<br />No. Bloggers and social sharers have different goals<br />5/24/11<br />18<br /></li> <li> 19. Bloggers and social sharers have different goals<br />Bloggers want editorial control<br />Dont publish as often, only their stuff<br />Care a lot about presentation<br />Social sharers like to share often<br />Care less about the message they are sharing<br />Opportunistic, any content will do<br />Quick and easy wins <br />Optimize dialogs for one or the other<br />5/24/11<br />19<br /></li> <li> 20. Optimizing Social Sharing on Publish <br /></li> <li> 21. 5. All shares are equal<br />Nope. One share isnt as good as the next<br />5/23/11<br />21<br /></li> <li> 22. Facebook, Twitter<br />Lots of people<br />Content is short-lived<br />Environment is noisy<br />Viewership may be small<br />Content may not even show up<br />Low match to reader interest<br />5/23/11<br />22<br /></li> <li> 23. Bloggers<br />Fewer people to share your content<br />Adds SEO value<br />Content richer, lasts longer<br />Rendering on multiple platforms is painful<br />5/23/11<br />23<br /></li> <li> 24. 6. Users can read<br />But they dont and wont<br />5/23/11<br />24<br /></li> <li> 25. They dont and wont<br /></li> <li> 26. 7. Wizards are better than complex forms<br />Breaking a dialog up wont help<br />5/24/11<br />26<br /></li> <li> 27. </li> <li> 28. VS<br /></li> <li> 29. VS<br />Progressive permissions vs Single login<br /></li> <li> 30. Breaking a dialog up wont help<br />Wizards arent always the answer to a complex set of actions<br />If cancel is an option<br />Put something you want them to do with something they want to do<br />One scary FB dialog &gt; multiple less scary FB dialogs<br />5/23/11<br />30<br /></li> <li> 31. 8. More networks = better<br />Less is more, or at least the same<br />5/24/11<br />31<br /></li> <li> 32. Less is more, or at least the same<br />Overlap between networks<br />Vertical networks are better than general ones<br />How many do you really need for 90% coverage? 1? 2? 3?<br />Placing 50 buttons is kind of hard<br />Picking 1 icon from 50 is too<br />5/23/11<br />32<br /></li> <li> 33. 9. Make complex simple by hiding<br />This really works <br />5/24/11<br />33<br /></li> <li> 34. This really works it does errr, too well<br /></li> <li> 35. 10. Something we didnt mention?<br />Come work at Polyvore and let us know<br />5/23/11<br />35<br /></li> <li> 36. Conclusion<br />Segment your users<br />Know what each group wants<br />Choose your moment<br />Pushing icons everywhere isnt going to work<br />Clich: keep it simple<br />Do your users really need that option?<br />Measure, measure, measure<br />Keep track of the loop<br />5/24/11<br />36<br /></li> <li> 37. Thank You<br />Questions?<br /></li> <li> 38. How Big is Polyvore?<br />1M sets<br />Sets created monthly<br />10M visitors<br />Unique visitors to Polyvore monthly<br />7 minutes<br />Average time on site<br />1.5M clips<br />Images clipped monthly<br />12.4%<br />Of Polyvores users visit 100+ times monthly<br />140M views<br />Pageviews on Polyvore monthly<br /></li> <li> 39. Get impressions from FB<br />35M impressions<br />Impressions on blogs &amp; other websites<br /></li> </ul>