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8 Brilliant Social Media Tools for Event Promotion

11 Mar 2013

Posted by Tiffany St James

The era of broadcast tweeting is over. With smart and engaging use of social media, you can create great audience interaction and increase uptake of your live events. Here’s how.

1. Set up event-specific digital and social channels

Make branded, specific event pages on the web and most audience-relevant social platforms. For example, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

2. Don’t make a hash of your #hashtag

Choose a #hashtag that sums up your event concisely. But before you start publicising it, search for it in both Google and Twitter to make sure it hasn’t already been used for an event or will pull up a Twitter username. Consider adding the year to personalise something common.

3. Make booking easy and social

There are plenty of great tools that let you share and track online registrations. Try Facebook eventsEventbrite or EventElephant. Encourage and reward social sharing by thanking and commenting upon social reposting of your materials.

4. Enable and empower your promoters

Give your partners, sponsors and speakers packages of rich, digital content so they can easily shout about the event on their own social channels and networks. This type of content could include:

-web links to their profile with social sharing button

-Facebook posts

-blog posts

-photos

-suggested tweets

Send as one package, then drip feed them more content during the build-up.DM them time-pertinent messages to retweet.

Make it easy for them to share.

5. Build a Twitter speaker list and share it

If you’ve got speakers at your event, compile them into a list on Twitter. Let everyone on the list know it’s there and share it socially. You can follow the list using a Twitter client such as Hootsuite to see how it’s performing too.

6. Set up your engagement tools

Set up Twitter listening tools, for #hashtag mentions, Twitter account event name mentions, event name mentions, subject matter mentions, partner promotions, sponsor mentions, speaker mentions. Track them so you can thank, engage and amplify. Some good free or low cost tools include HootsuiteTweetDeck, and SocialBro.

7. Consider building a buzz aggregator

With a little fiddling in WordPress and other blogging platforms, you can bring all the social media platform widgets into one elegant page showing all the social chatter, blogs and tweets before the event to stimulate interest and build excitement. Here’s one for last year’s UK Government’s unconference for example, UKGovCamp2012

8. Use and customise tracking URLs

You’ll want to track which channel, as well as which key influencers are most successful, for your marketing, right? Sign up for an account with url shortening service like bit.lytiny url, or Google’s own. By doing this, you can customise your URLs and send different ones to partners, sponsors and speakers.

Use a separate tracked url for your press releases, Facebook and Twitter, too. You’ll be able to see which sources gave you the most traffic and be able to tailor your marketing better in the future. Remember: you can set different tracked urls that all come back to the same page, so be creative.

Tiffany St James
Posted by Tiffany St James

Tiffany is the BIMA Group Chair of Universities - enabling better engagement between Digital Industry, Academia and Government to help ensure graduates have better opportunities to work within Digital Industry and Digital Industry has better access to emerging talent. Tiffany is a C-suite digital strategist advising large national businesses, governments and global businesses embed better digital capability. Her management consultancy St James and Partners helps leaders embed digital change programmes and her digital skills business Transmute helps map digital capability, build corporate universities and embed stronger professional capability. Clients include: BBC, Big Lottery Fund, Channel 4, HP, Google, The Guardian, Microsoft, National Trust, Norton Rose Fulbright, TalkTalk, The Telegraph, UK Government, Viacom. Tiffany previously held the post of Head of Social Media for UK Government and Director of Comms for Directgov she launched data.gov.uk working with Cabinet Office and Sir Tim Berners-Lee.  She was the strategic lead in Cabinet Office for social media, the first role of its kind. Tiffany is one of the inaugural Tech City100, a TED Speaker, a tech columnist for The Drum and is regularly listed as one of the UKs Top 100 Digital Marketers. Tiffany wants to help Britain become a digital powerhouse, nurturing digital talent is what she jumps out of bed for and pursues through BIMA, Lecturer for Google’s We Are Squared, Digital Trainer for Marketing Agencies Association and a graduate of MIT for Design and Development and Education Technology.

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