Published on March 5, 2014
Building a Writing Community Mindie Burgoyne | Bay to Ocean Writers Conference 2014
Why Build a Community?
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The G.A.F. Principle • Know Your Core Customer • Give Them MORE Than What They Expect • MAKE IT EASY
How Do I Start? Know Core Customers Find the Hole
Goal Get people talking
Where are the Conversations? • Groups • Blog Posts • Newsfeeds • Forums • News
Use a platform where people talk back
• 3 Billion videos viewed daily • 70% YT traffic is outside US • 800 million Users monthly • 2nd largest search engine
You Tube Tips • Keep under 3 minutes • Use the Description Fields • Create a Channel • Tie to a link – a product or back to your website.
• Demographic – 18 to 54 years • 17 million users link to other platforms • More videos uploaded in a month than 3 US Networks in 60 years • 48 hours of video are uploaded every minute = 8 linear years of content daily
FACEBOOK The Granddaddy of all Social Media • • • • • Robust Platform Ease of Use Portable FREE 1 Billion Users
Timeline Comment Friends Pages Groups Notes Video Photos Status INFO Apps Ticker Network
Facebook Pages • A Page Serves the fans • Meant to engage not preach • Community involvement • Niche focused • Dependent on Engagement • Boost Posts ***** • Think Like a Publisher Let’s take a Look!
11 Success Tips for Facebook Pages • • • • • • • • • • • Post interesting content – What the fans want to read. Post Content likely to be shared or commented on. 1 Picture – with Headline and content is best for engaging Don’t be afraid of controversy Be personal, be interested, be grateful Create a Facebook Page Ad for your Website Highlight others – share others content Use the Scheduler Boost some posts Have a contest Answer comments
FACEBOOK MISTAKES • • • • • • • Pushing Marketing Copy Uninteresting Content Not engaging – one way poster Too many or too few posts Dozens of pictures at once Selfies please…. Politics, Religion, Controversy
Blogging is Constant Blog ---> Newspaper What’s the Conversation Today? Every Conversation is a tentacle to draw into the main site Throw-away Content Website is static WEBSITE BLOGS
Blogs – the Ultimate Conversation
TIME SAVERS • • • • • • • • Use Smart Phone as much as possible Let everyone in your company use social media Use a consolidator like Buffer or Social Oomph Pick two platforms and stick with them. Use others little. Move away from email. Use Analytics – Statcounter, Google Analytics Learn to use an image editor - Pixlr, PicMonkey Spend 15 minutes in the morning – 15 minutes in the evening. • The weekends are typically not big traffic times.
How do you harness the power?
Fill The Hole
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