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Spur |Communications

Match images from front of website

10 Step Guide:

Developing a Social Media Plan


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Social Media is HotEverybody is talking about it

  • Is it just for kids?

  • Should we get involved?

  • Are we missing something if we don’t participate?

  • Can this work for our organization?

    We get asked these questions all the time.

    The answers are No, Yes, Yes and Yes.


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Social Media is HotEverybody is talking about it

  • No, it’s not just for kids

    • Millions of people from all generations are participating

  • Yes, you should get involved

  • Yes, you are missing an amazing opportunity for your organization

  • Yes, social media will help advance your business goals

    Let’s get planning …


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Step 1Look, Listen, Learn

  • Observe the lay land

    • What tools are out there?

    • What do/don’t you understand about the tools?


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Step 1Look, Listen, Learn

  • How do people interact?

    • Primarily professional or social?

  • Does the conversation change by time of day or day of the week?

  • Do individuals communicate or do brands?

    • People tend to follow individuals

    • You need to have a branded presence too


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Step 1Look, Listen, Learn

  • Ask questions

    • A great way to get information and learn quickly

    • Lots of people are willing to help and share knowledge


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Step 2Define Your Audience

  • Search for your base

    • Using multiple channels

    • Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc

  • Where are your donors?

  • Where are your prospects?

  • Where are your advocates?

  • Where are those you serve?

    Go find them.


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Step 3Develop a Plan

  • Set a goal or goals

    • Why are we doing this?

    • What do we want as a result?

    • Who will we serve?

    • What is a victory?


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Step 3Develop a Plan

  • Possible Outcomes

    • Learn something we didn’t know

    • Tell our story to new people

    • People sharing information about us

    • Gain experience with two-way communication

    • Create a community of advocates


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Step 3Develop a Plan

  • Develop a strategy

    • Rationale for how you will meet the goal(s)

  • Strategies can be long term or short term


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Step 3Develop a Plan

  • Possible Long Term Strategies

    • Educate the target audience about the cause by identifying, sharing and discussing pertinent online content

    • Increase traffic of those we serve by injecting ourselves into conversations to provide solutions and mitigate confusion or complaints


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Step 3Develop a Plan

  • Possible Short Term Strategies

    • Gather information about the benefits a new facility should provide by asking questions and engaging in conversations regarding best/worst practices, people in need, similar services and organizations

    • Mobilize a constituent base to back/block a piece of legislation by starting a viral conversation


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Step 3Develop a Plan

  • Define your tactics

    • Tactics are specific actions you will take to execute the strategy

      • Who?

      • What?

      • Where?

      • When?

      • Why?

      • How much?


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Step 3Develop a Plan

  • Possible Tactics

    • Marketing Coordinator to write and post 3 blog posts per week following the editorial calendar

    • Marketing Coordinator, Director of Development and Marketing Manager to use Twitter when new blog entries are posted

    • Twitter feeds link to main Facebook page

    • Deploy 5 emails to the A, B & C mailing lists over a two-week period

      • Emails to include a PURL (personalized URL) that drives traffic to landing pages that recruit people to your cause

    • Include landing page URLs in daily Twitter Tweets


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Step 3Develop a Plan

  • Determine your success metrics

    • What does success mean to you?

    • How will you measure and record progress?

    • Keep it simple (KISS)


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Step 3Develop a Plan

  • Possible Success Metrics

    • The number of advocates you add over a defined period of time

    • Change in the engagement level of advocates in that period of time

    • Increase in number, size, frequency of donations

    • Time it takes to mobilize X number of advocates regarding an action


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Step 4Staff Your Team

  • Internal

    • Your biggest cheerleaders and enthusiasts

      • Not always the higher ups with the titles

  • External

    • Get help

      • Extend your network

      • Paid participation ensures it gets done

      • Expertise is invaluable


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Step 5Deploy Your Tools

  • Core Tool – Your Blog

    • If you don’t have one (or more) you need one, now

    • Fastest, least expensive means for you to distribute timely information about your organization and its efforts on a regular basis


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Step 5Deploy Your Tools

  • Create an editorial calendar

    • What will you say and why

    • What should people do in response

    • How will your constituents use this information?


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Step 5Deploy Your Tools

  • Search for lists on blog topics (there are lots of them)

    • Write a Top 10 Reasons post

    • Interview a thought leader

    • Highlight an issue related to your cause

    • Hold a contest

    • Discuss other blogs


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Step 5Deploy Your Tools

  • Leverage Social Media

    • Pull people to your cause

    • Continue conversations

    • Build trust – the first step in a relationship


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Step 5Deploy Your Tools

  • Creation Tools

    • YouTube

    • Flickr

    • SquiDoo

  • Use to tell visual stories

  • Post only relevant material

  • Link back to your blog and/or website


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Step 5Deploy Your Tools

  • Sharing Tools

    • Facebook

    • MySpace

    • Twitter

    • LinkedIn

    • Plaxo

  • Use to engage with others

  • Post only relevant material

  • Be helpful, add value

  • Link back to your blog and/or website


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Step 5Deploy Your Tools

  • Critiquing Tools

    • StumbleUpon

    • Digg

    • Reddit

  • Use to bookmark and vote

  • Mark only relevant materials

  • Choose material that is helpful and adds value


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Step 5Deploy Your Tools

  • Posts that are outside your blog or website create links

    • Links provide incoming traffic

    • Links are used by search engines

    • Links improve your search rankings

    • Links infer authority


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Step 6Participate and Engage

  • Execute your editorial calendar

    • Invite questions and comments

    • Respond and thank people for their participation

    • Respect differing opinions

    • Befriend like-minded individuals and their friends

    • Walk away from fights — don’t engage


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Step 6Participate and Engage

  • Develop a voice and brand

    • Be consistent with what you say, how you say it

    • It’s okay to be human, but you’re not here to be the life of the party

    • It’s like networking at a cocktail party — some are there to drink, you’re not, be professional

    • Don’t be a zealot

      • Advance your cause in a calm, rational manner


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Step 6Participate and Engage

  • Establish a pattern of use

    • Match your use to that of your constituent base

    • Divide up the day with your team

  • Don’t get consumed

    • Set limits to how much time you will spend each day

    • Stick to your limits


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Step 7Convert and Capture

  • Convert your visitors and capture prospect data

  • Give them something that they want

    • White paper, presentation, guide, T-shirt, membership, etc.

    • Require they give you contact info in exchange


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Step 7Convert and Capture

  • Use any and all methods to drive traffic to the offer

    • Email and landing pages

    • Twitter and landing pages

    • Links from other sites

    • Google Adwords and landing pages


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Step 8Measure Results

  • Google Analytics

    • Tracks blog/website traffic and Adwords campaigns

    • Adwords campaigns add to your search results

      • Inexpensive and controllable


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Step 8Measure Results

  • Email and landing page analytics

    • Track opens, bounces, conversions

    • Track A/B tests of copy, layouts and images

    • Track clicks on both graphics and text links


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Step 9Integrate Followers

  • Onboarding

    • A defined process for welcoming new followers to your organization

      • Create a plan to touch new followers at defined intervals

      • Pre-develop the onboarding messages

      • Execute a multi-touch campaign for each new member

      • Automate the effort to ensure it happens consistently

      • Provide planned human contact as well


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Step 10Empower Advocates

  • Creating connections between people is more important than adding people

  • Facilitate connections and many small groups will form

  • Each person you add creates opportunities to create many more small groups because there are more links than people


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Step 10Empower Advocates

  • Provide advocates with tools

    • Online conversation & meeting tools — celebrate progress

    • Dashboard with downloadable templates for signs, ads, etc.

    • Online editing capabilities for customization (This empowers ownership)

    • Make it easier than starting from scratch

    • Track what is used — make it better

    • Reward those who participate


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Step 10Empower Advocates

  • Generate activities for groups

    • Meetups, Tweetups, Twestivals, Fundraisers, a-thons, contests

    • Use groups to foster friendly competition

    • Celebrate everyone’s participation

    • Encourage groups to be creative on their own

    • Share what they do with others


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Step 10Empower Advocates

  • Solicit funding from your followers

    • Accept online donations

    • Ask for and accept small amounts

    • Thank donors immediately and often

    • Tell them where their donation went

    • Tell them what their donation did

      Then, and only then, can you ask them again.


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Now What?What to Expect

  • Social media done right is harder than it looks

    • You will probably spend more time and money than you planned

    • Your ROI will be far greater than you hoped

    • Your organization’s base will grow exponentially

    • Your organization will be forever transformed


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Spur Communications

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6900 W. 80th St., Suite 201

Overland Park, KS 66204

Phone: 816.471.7373 x 130

Email: [email protected]


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