by Ben McAllister and Kate Canales
When a friend invites you to dinner, you bring wine or flowers – not $100 cash – as a gesture of thanks. That goes without saying. But if a brand comes to dinner, what should they bring? When it comes to social media, there are unwritten rules for how to behave that many brands simply aren't getting.
Brands are grappling with social media as they try to find a place at our virtual dinner table. Some brands get it, some gaffe it. The rules, it turns out, are hidden in basic social psychology. The established behaviors of friendship are the prevailing rules of the road in social media: sharing valuable information, entertaining one another, support in a crisis, celebration of a personal achievement. But the established behaviors of transactions (the way we historically interact with brands) can feel awkward and forced in social media. So how can brands build trust with their networks while being social like a friend? This session will look at social media behavior and what brands can do to become a delightful guest and valuable contributor at our virtual dinner party.
PERSPECTIVES ON SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING addresses 89 of the most compelling and important issues that marketers face on a regular basis when it comes to social media, providing advice and insight on how to deal with each issue from the perspective of two thought leaders in this arena: Stephanie Agresta from Weber Shandwick and B. Bonin Bough from PepsiCo. Together, they discuss what social media is, how it has changed the marketing landscape, how to implement a tactical and strategic social media plan across your organization, how to best measure the ROI of a social media campaign, and more.
Come meet Stephanie, chat about the current Social Media Landscape and get your book signed!
**Stephanie Agresta currently serves as EVP, Mananging Director of Social Media for Weber Shandwick. She loves Austin and SXSW and her favorite Austin restaurants include Guero's and Salt Lick!
by Chris Busse
There are many services that will generate wordclouds and simple graphs from the conversations on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. These services use Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs) to access the data on the platforms then perform various analysis on that data. These tools are often very limited in their functionality, or are very expensive to use for large-scale ongoing analysis and even then they often don't cover all the needs of a dynamic organization.
This presentation will demonstrate how to programmatically access the APIs of several social media platforms to pull out specific data, store it in a database, and perform custom analysis on it to meet the needs of various business cases.
We'll take a look at how different social media platforms are better suited for gleaning different kinds of data. This includes Twitter and Facebook as well as various blog and location-based platforms. Specific business cases will be shown around marketing, communications, competitive intelligence, crisis management, and return on investment analysis.
Attendees of this presentation will leave with a better understanding of how looking at the universe of online conversation as a whole can provide valuable insight into what consumers are thinking and interested in at any given moment.
The purpose of this panel is to focus on a few key points. The first point is to briefly discuss how to form content within the channels of social media communication (microblogging/microcommunication/anything that uses XMPP to transmit information) that shows off a person's expertise. The presentation will use examples from key figures in the field and note how those figures connect their knowledge with their audience.
The second point that will be explored in this presentation will be how “opinion leaders” were formed in this channel. It looked like since these channels used as a pseudo-formal “many-to-many” communication platform, it seemed that the strength of speaker comes from the ability of that speaker’s message to be re-transmitted, how “well-known” is the user and the value of the information/knowledge being delivered by the user. It is a through a combination of these factors that a user can attract and maintain a following. Examples of this will be shown during the presentation.
The final point that I want focus on is how these opinion leaders using these channels to deliver vital information to an audience. I would like to be able to tell the stories of the community outside the confines of the network. There is a series of interesting and complex narratives that can be shared by these nanocelebrities to the rest of the outside world. These narratives will be shared during the presentation.
by Jamie Turner
If you’re like many people, you’re ready to take a deeper dive into social media. After all, creating a YouTube channel or developing a Foursquare promotion is one thing, but actually tracking a social media campaign on an ROI basis is something else altogether.
Join Jamie Turner, co-author of How to Make Money with Social Media, in this fun, engaging and educational talk about how to calculate the ROI of a social media campaign. In this talk, you’ll learn about the 5 business models the Fortune 500 use to make money with social media. You’ll also learn about the three categories of social media measurement. And, finally, you’ll learn how to calculate your Customer Lifetime Value and use that to see if your social media campaign is generating a positive ROI.
If you’re interested in learning how to calculate if your social media campaign is generating profits, then you won’t want to miss this fast-paced, upbeat talk from someone who speaks on TV, the radio and to corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company on the topic of How to Make Money with Social Media.
by Jamie Turner
Jamie Turner, co-author of the book How to Make Money with Social Media, will be stopping by the SX Bookstore to greet registrants and sign copies of his book.
You CAN measure the ROI of relationships - personally, and professionally, and this seminar will show you how. No spreadsheets needed for this lecture, and only minimal algebra. Bring a cocktail napkin, a flair ink pen, and learn how to calculate the net present value of your future mate, your pet, or the 8,299 followers of your company's Twitter feed. Yet ROI alone will not tell you the ultimate value of your relationships. What other indicators do you need to be looking at to predict whether or not you, your future mate, your pet, or your followers will be happy with the relationship in the long run? Strong relationships depend on other factors - connection, a sense of fairness, health, humor, fun, the ability to learn and evolve together, and a sense of overall engagement with each other, and with life. At a more macro level, communities need to understand the equity they are building not just economically, but socially and environmentally as well. As the social graph reveals a huge volume of data about our actual relational behavior, we have an opportunity to pause for a moment: to consider the value system reflected in how we measure each other, ourselves, our relationships in the world. Participants will walk away not just with a clear and precise method for how to measure ROI, but also a holistic framework for measuring return on social behavior.
by Jon Goldman
The rise of social gaming, and its adoption within the world's mainstream cultures, has had a profound impact on many of the world's cultures, as well as the way in which we interact with each other, with digital content and how we consume media. No longer do people want to simply consume online media in a static and lonely fashion, randomly e-mailing and tweeting links to their friends. Today's consumer aims to mimic their real-life social interactions within their online experiences, bringing the full promise of the Internet - to enhance and expand our real-world lives - with them into their online experiences.
We are entering a time when neither the actual means of distribution, nor the content, are the primary driving forces behind consumer consumption of media, but rather, it is the socialization around that media that leads people to continually want to consume hours and hours of digital content every day and week.
We will take a look at examples of socially-interactive digital content in our everyday lives, as well as the impact it is having on consumers and advertisers. This discussion will also provide examples of how content developers can better incorporate socially-interactive features into their online content--music, videos, photos, etc.--and how they can get site users and other consumers to fully enjoy and appreciate the power of socially-interactive features.
by David Slater
Well over 90% of people who shoot video with a camcorder, point & shoot, or mobile device do nothing with it. This video, orphaned and sad, longs to be shared and loved. Today video on the web is still largely stuck in a non-interactive, non-social networked, broadcast-like "I post footage and you can view it" world. Basic commenting, metadata, and tagging of entire video clips provide rudimentary social capabilities, but new enabling technologies are required to make video truly a shared experience.
As the cost, scale, and responsiveness of cloud computing converges with maturing social networks, the underpinnings are now in place to develop the kinds of systems required to make working with video fast, widely accessible, and collaborative. Letting users share not only movies, but the source files as well, co-editing across two or more creators, remixing of trusted associates already published content, automated frame-accurate (rather than entire movie) tagging, and auto-creation of context-specific metadata are just some of the possibilities these new systems could enable.
This session will explore the current state of online video in the realm of social networking; why so few ever take their video off the device on which it was shot; the benefits of further enhancing shared experiences with video; and the tools, technologies, and behaviors required to allow video to be a standard communication tool in social media.
11th–15th March 2011