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Facebook. Twitter. YouTube. Instagram. Google+. Snapchat. Vine. Reddit. Tumblr. Pinterest. I could keep going. That’s 10 social media platforms, and there’s probably at least one that made you scratch your head. Even the most seasoned social media manager would cringe if those were on their daily To Do List. As social media has become the poster child for digital marketing, it can be hard to determine which platforms are “must do.” There are a few things to think about that can help you figure out which social media platform will give you the most bang for your buck.
The events industry is all about moments. These unique, shared experiences between participants, volunteers, staff members, and spectators are what make your event extraordinary. They build loyalists, and are why participants want to return. Whether your ultimate goal is fundraising or experiential marketing-related, the experiences have a lifetime far longer than the event itself. Social media provides a unique avenue to capitalize on those moments. You can extend the passion and excitement surrounding an event for those who were present, and you can even bring in people virtually via social media channels. When done strategically, sharing these moments via social media can bring together your constituents into an engaged online community. Here are 10 tips on how to rock your on event social media.
How do you get any amount of people, who live in different places and time zones, to be in the same place at the same time? Ask them to meet on Twitter for a Tweet Chat! Tweet Chats, also known as Twitter Parties, are one of the many ways social media has been able to unite a group of people for a common cause. Tweet Chats happen every day and at all different times, by having participants follow one specific hashtag in real time. Some are recurring, like #RunChat, which happens weekly, and some are one-time hashtags, meant to promote a cause, brand, or event. Twitter Parties are a great way to ignite shared sentiment or to educate the public. Often times, brands host Twitter Parties with free giveaways to create incentive for participation (if you do this, make sure you research the latest Twitter Guidelines about giveaways). If you’re thinking about hosting a Twitter Party, read on for five of my favorite tips to help make your Twitter Party a success.
Event marketing has traditionally been sporadic, short-term, and short-lived. But the growth of digital marketing and social media now allows event organizers to keep the conversation going year round, giving them time to build an army of brand ambassadors, attendees and valuable content creators.
If you followed social media professionals in one of the 11 cities that hosted Social Media Week, your Twitter feed was overflowing with interesting user-generated content factoids, thought-provoking engagement graphs, and the ever-present #SMW hashtag. As a marketing professional who dedicates a big portion of her time to social media marketing, I devoured presentation after presentation, happily live-tweeting about analytics and different types of creative. Combine my love of word sleuthing and data mining into a week of panels, and you have one happy marketing geek.
Most of us spend our days constantly connected, juggling text messages, emails, phone calls and social media. Every day, billions of people log on to social media to share snippets of their lives. When the divide between work life and home life has been merged, supporting your staff to make social media a helpful tool can bring interconnectedness to an office rather than conflict.
As event marketing professionals, we are constantly evaluating and reevaluating the who, where, why, what, and when of our events. On this quick journey through our event marketing funnel, we’ll explore the best ways to target, locate, reach, inspire, and convert listeners into participants.
If you ran MuckFestTM MS, a 5K full of obstacles and giant pits of mud that leaves you hilariously covered from head to toe in muck, you’d want to brag about it! And as you snapped a selfie” then shared it with your friends on social media, we at MuckFest MS would send up a cheer – because you just became the newest member of our marketing team.
On a webinar I attended recently an interesting question came up. “Do I still need to do audience research when I have access to so much social media and web data?” The speakers pounced quickly. "I hate to break it to you, but YES! Social media listening is not research." That’s because social media listening:
We've written in the past about understanding the way your particular donors use social networks, and an interesting article on USAToday.com raised additional questions about how you should analyze your organization's social media activity. The article, entitled "Social media: Hype or money-maker for your small business?", focuses on business results, but is very applicable to event fundraising as well.