Creating a Unique Social Experience

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Tuesday 15th March, 2011

5:00pm to 6:00pm (CST)

"What is good social strategy" is fundamentally changing. Instead of everyone wanting to match competitor's social strategy (they have a blog & facebook so I should have a blog & facebook), we should be creating unique social experience that differentiate us from competitors. Apple wants their products to be unique from other computers and Abercrombie wants their shopping experience to be different from other stores....Why shouldn't we want social experiences to be different enough from competitors that the experience itself becomes part of the brand?

Powerful example = NBC's O&O local TV stations where they swapped out comments on news articles for a custom feedback system where people register their mood for how an article makes them feel. This exponentially increased interactions and gave people a new way to find local news. Instead of browsing random categories like "around town"; NBC visitors find "news in my city that people are laughing at" or "news...people are furious about". The unique interactions have rocketed NBC's numbers in a commodotized space (same boring stuff on ABC, CBS, local newspaper, radio) In just 12 months they DOUBLED registered users to 12 Million and TRIPLED traffic in an industry that is lucky to get a 10% increase: http://bit.ly/bd2dpD

LEVEL: Beginner

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Aaron Bollinger

I've worked on web technology and strategy for enterprise, brands, and non-profits. I currently head Business Development in the US South for KickApps. bio from Twitter

10 attendees

  • Andrea Genevieve
  • Dustin Mihalik
  • domobrien
  • ijbro
  • Kat Mandelstein
  • Aaron Bollinger
  • Tan Lam
  • Tom Whitwell
  • Trey Biggs
  • TyKisha

15 trackers

  • Andrea Nordgren
  • Carrie Stalder
  • Keith Chu
  •  Chris Heuer
  • Jasmine Trabelsi
  • Daniel Joseph Byrd
  • David Swinney
  • PF Samuelson
  • Orson Ka'ili
  • Liang Shi
  • Online Prism
  • Herman Kuiper
  • Patricia Marinho
  • Pelle Sten
  • Trish Lawrence

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Time 5:00pm6:00pm CST

Date Tue 15th March 2011


Hill Country CD, Hyatt Regency Austin

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