To describe the course, I ask the central question: How do established companies in business-to-business, business-to-consumer and non-profit areas use social media to build their businesses? The course provides a closer look at the strategies and planning used by effective social media practitioners within organizations. Case studies and hands-on projects will reveal which strategies are most effective and why. You’ll learn to think strategically and adjust your plan to changes in the community conversation. We’re sold out for Spring 2011, but the course is available again in the Fall 2011.
This page is a resource for students taking the course now:
Syllabus (PDF opens in a new window / tab)
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Case studies Dell and The Obama Campaign
Models: Common Social Media Models
Class project: Create a Social Media Strategy, Due: On or before our last class, Saturday, May 15, 2011 from 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM. UPDATE: Your final assignments are now due on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 by noon PDT.
Step One - Due via email day of or prior to Week 2:
Complete a Social Media Audit
Measure your chosen company’s online presence against two to three competitors
Use the following sites to track your unique Web site traffic (remember to grab the permalink!)
Web Site Meta Data
- HOW TO: Grab Web site meta data
- Keywords (no more than 30 phrases or words separated by commas)
Social Media Presences
- URL to your company and competitor pages
- Number of Likes
- Activity frequency – Roughly how often is the company posting?
- How often are users interacting with the company’s posts?
- Do they have a custom Welcome or Landing page? Does it imply or strictly require that you “Like” the page to see the wall?
- Frequent names interacting with company?
- Twitter URLs
- Number following
- Number followers
- Listed (public or private?)
- Custom background? What’s it say/promote?
- Which link shortener / tool do they use to publish? (e.g. Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Seesmic or another)
- Company page link
- Number following?
- Number of employees
- Percent male to female
- Top schools
- Recent hires / People who’ve left (lots of hiring / firing?)
- Where leave to? (Where they come from is useful, too)
- Google Places – Ratings, number of reviews and sentiment (positive, neutral or negative)
- Yelp – Ratings, number of reviews and sentiment (positive, neutral or negative)
Is the location “claimed” by the business?
Example strategy document: Download Word Document | Download PDF
Links discussed in class:
- The Altimeter Group Wiki: Social Media Policy Examples (Cisco’s Former Internet Posting’s Policy was the most discussed in class)
- Twitter Search: http://search.twitter.com (article: The Twitter Hashtag: What Is It and How Do You Use It?)
- Twitter Tips (has not updated since the end of April): TwiTip
- Twitter is More Useful Than You Might Think: Download PowerPoint Presentation by Lauren Dugan, Editor and Analyst for AllTwitter: The Unofficial Twitter Resource, on Twitter @alltwtr
- Twitter Chat Schedule: Download Excel File | Download PDF (also from Lauren)
- What The Trend (formerly What the Hashtag?)
- What is AB or Split Testing?: Wikipedia
- Bunchball – Check Out their “Nitro” Product (often referenced as “Gamification“)
- The Anatomy of a Clickable Headline: Download PowerPoint Presentation by Neil Vidyarthi, Managing Editor, Social Times, on Twitter @socialtimes
- Download More Presentations at SlideShare
- For those who have asked: mediabistro’s Social Media Boot Camp Summer Session starts in June. Get $50 off with promo code JN50 with Guy Kawasaki, Lockhart Steele, Charlene Li, Robert Scoble and many more. I am the conference leader as well as a speaker.
Course wrap up – Please refer to schedule below for important details about this class:
FINAL PROJECT DUE DATE:. I have checked with the university and am extending the deadline to email in your final assignment extending an additional week plus weekend. Your final assignments are now due on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 by noon PDT. I cannot grant additional time beyond that date, but I do hope it comes a relief and provides time for you to do a deeper drive into the findings of your Social Media Audit. My goal is to have feedback to you by our final class on Saturday so that we can discuss any questions or concerns you have based on said feedback. To reinforce the importance of the Final Project, you cannot pass this course without meeting this requirement. No exceptions.
FINAL CLASS: Our agenda for Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM reads below. Please note that you must come prepared to discuss items in the agenda below – my lecture time subject to change based on 3:30 PM opportunity, which I will move up and eliminate other session time to accommodate. Please review each item here carefully and provide feedback if needed:
9:30 AM – Roll Call – Please add your name to Office Hours list on the whiteboard during or before roll call if you need one-on-one time (if you cannot stay after class, please contact me immediately to make other arrangements)
9:45 AM – Discuss Required Reading & Questions – How did the examples provide illuminate / not illuminate your thinking and process?
10:45 AM – Exercise – Course Project: Real World Considerations: Each of you come prepared with 3 to 5 questions written on index cards or cut into 3″ x 5″ rectangles about the real world application of your assignment. Working table by table, your classmates will draw one of the index cards and present the dilemmas / questions in front of the class for feedback. Please phrase your items anonymous to you and your business – we will get more specific as we discuss
11:15 AM – Break: You must return and be sitting in your seat no later than 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – Interactive Lecture: How to overcome common hurdles to succeed strategically in the real world – Expanding on the topics discussed during the exercise, I will work with you to provide best practice guidance and examples
12:30 PM – Lunch: You must return and be sitting in your seat no later than 1:30 PM – Please feel free to bring your lunch, although there is no refrigeration available that I am aware of. Please feel free to bring food back with you, but be sensitive to potentially odd smells or loud crunching / noises. Please exercise your judgement and be considerate in order to foster a focused and open learning environment!
1:30 PM – Interactive Lecture: The Role Of ROI (Return on Investment) and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) – Social Media And Selling To The C-Suite
2:30 PM – Interactive Lecture: Measuring Success – How to use analytics to refine and engage and discussion of student findings
3:15 PM – Break: You must return and be sitting in your seat no later than 3:30 PM
3:30 PM – Course Project: Finalizing your strategy – The Pitch: Think about how you would pitch your strategic recommendations. Please come prepared to discuss and ask questions for the real world implementation of your Final Project: If you have a pitch ready that you would like to try on the class – please email me and let me know immediately. Any materials you need projected must be emailed to me and you will have 5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes for Q&A + feedback.
4:00 PM – Course Discussion / Final Q&A
4:15 PM – Course Evaluation
4:30 PM – Course Sessions Complete – IMPORTANT REMINDER: Final assignments are now due on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 by noon PDT. You cannot pass this course without meeting this requirement. No exceptions.
4:30 – 5:00 PM – Instructor Office Hours. Hard stop at 5:00 PM. Please make arrangements beforehand if you have a specific need.
Course ends. Final pass / fail submitted after review of final project and submitted no later than university deadline.
- 50 Effective and Creative Call to Action Buttons – Noupe Design Blog
- Social Media Small Business Plan (businessinsider.com)
- The 80/20 Rule of Social Media Tracking (techaffect.com)
- Building a Twitter Strategy for Your Business | Make Money Online. (marketersdaily.com)
- Create A Social Media Hub With About.me (lockergnome.com)
- How Social Is Your Business? #iStrategy #mashable (nickwallen.wordpress.com)
- How To Tweet Your Way To Money (businessinsider.com)
- Social Media Spotlight: Olejo Stores (progressivemediaconcepts.com)
- 38 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed (mashable.com)
- The Job Post: How to Land a Social Media Director Gig at BlueFly (socialtimes.com)
- Everyone Should Hire ‘Social Media Experts’ (seomoz.org)
- Like A Storm: How One Band Uses Social Media To Connect With Fans (socialtimes.com)
- The Four Social Strategies Applied to Facebook (geofflivingston.com)
- The 4 Biggest Stories in Tech, Business & Social Media This Morning (mashable.com)
- 5 Social Media Recruiting Tools for Small Business (mashable.com)