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Navigating the Social Media Maze. IABC/Houston ESIG June 12, 2008. Today’s Panel. Pam McConathy Principal Foresight Communications Group Alan Deeter Account Director Spur Digital Christy Lee Account Manager Storyteller Communications. Program Outline. Introductions

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Navigating the Social Media Maze


June 12, 2008

Today’s Panel

  • Pam McConathy


    Foresight Communications Group

  • Alan Deeter

    Account Director

    Spur Digital

  • Christy Lee

    Account Manager

    Storyteller Communications

Program Outline

  • Introductions

  • Background/History Social Media

  • Some Social Media Tools

  • Changing Communications Landscape

  • Context for Communicators

  • Examples and Case Studies

  • Takeaways

The times, they are a changin’

We are living in a digital world!

Themes for Corp. Comm. Next Five Years

Themes for PR Next Five Years

The Changing Media Landscape

  • Declining print readership

  • Shifting focus of broadcast outlets

  • Audiences moving to online information sources

  • Emergence of mobile and global media market

  • Outlets are sharing stories = fewer story slots

  • Smaller, overworked, confused staffs

  • The age of “infotainment”

  • Growth of Social Media – blogging, shared information sites, online communities

Today, messages are born and disseminated without controls.

Social Media is about connection, not content.

Audiences are shaping brands.

Audiences are converging.

Communicators are just nowramping-upon social media.

We are all on the same team.

IBM’s Social Media Lab

Studying social networking in-house (2 yrs):

  • Dogear (like social bookmarking

  • Blue Twit (like Twitter) microblogging

  • Beehive (like Facebook) 30,000 users and top executives


  • Global company; 400,000 employees

  • Social tools enable personal connections

  • Help strengthen far-flung teams

  • Recruiting and retention

  • Competition

  • Leadership positioning

    Goal: Boost sharing of knowledge and expertise, and ultimately innovation

More Examples

Best Buy

  • Blue Shirt Nation (employee social networking)

    British Telecom

    • Wikis (Wikipedia technology)

      • Write software, map cell-phone base stations, launch branding campaigns

      • Company spots teams that form organically, find idea generators

Recap: Takeaway Tips

  • Assess needs/preferences of your audiences; organization temperature

  • Experiment yourself and learn

  • Work within client/company limitations

  • Accept transition (it’s messy)

  • Align efforts with organizational goals

  • Use the right tools for the job

  • Champion effective communications first; social media tools, second


  • LinkedIn

  • Twitter

  • Facebook

  • MySpace

“It is not the strongest of the species

that survives, nor the most intelligent,

but the one most responsive to change.

— Charles Darwin (June 2, 2008 issue)

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