*This content was previously published on Social Conversations in August 2009. Social conversations was a product of Serengeti Communications which closed in 2012.
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of presenting on three panels and at the last minute, the honor of getting to introduce Thursday’s keynote speaker, Charlene Li. As an avid fan of the book Groundswell which Charlene co-authored this was a real honor to do no matter how last minute it was.
Charlene had a lot of great nuggets of wisdom in her presentation which focused on theHow to Prepare for the Future of Search and how social media is affecting it each and every day. The biggest piece of advice was probably the hardest for any SEO or PPC professional to comprehend; Focus on the Relationship with People, Not the Keywords People Use.
Conversations in Social Media
That was the point of my presentation at Search Engine Strategies as well. The session “Managing Social Conversations” included myself, Dave Evans of Digital Voodoo, Mike Volpe of Hubspot and Brian Kalma from Zappos. The whole panel had that focus too, in social media its about the relationships and conversations you are having with your audience that ultimately win the day, not the keywords that drive those conversations.
There were two primary focuses to my presentation, the first was that social media needs a strategy. That requires a bit of work to create something successful. Research, defining and measuring all go into strategy – it’s not just tactics like putting up a Facebook page, or starting a Twitter account. If you don’t have a sound strategy behind doing those tactics, your efforts will most likely fail.
The second focus on my presentation was on measuring and monitoring. Without measuring and monitoring how does a company know that what they are implementing with their social media strategy is really working? Unfortunately most companies have been conditioned to relate success to a “click to purchase” ratio. In social media this type of action rarely happens. So what’s a company to do?
In Social Media – Measure Something Different!
So what do you measure? How about interaction, involvement, influence and intimacy? These are all factors that can be measured and proven to affect the bottom line of a company. These can be measured and monitored through buzz monitoring tools and web analytics, its just a matter of understanding the data and turning it into actionable data. This is what our new social media white paper: “Social Media Impact: Unicorn or Elephant” is all about, so sign up for it if you are interested in learning more about doing Social Media the right way.
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