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Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbainfo/2536686370/ This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License Using Social Media to Promote Your Library’s Services INFORUM, 25th – 27th May 2010 Karen.Blakeman@rba.co.uk www.twitter.com/karenblakeman http://www.rba.co.uk/

Why you should be using social media : 

Why you should be using social media Search engines include social media in top results so use every opportunity to get listed as many times as possible in as many search tools as possible, and in as many networks as possible Social media is where an increasing number of people ask questions and share information Communications with users Respond to positive/negative feedback Marketing/advertising 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 2

Some social media “stuff” : 

Some social media “stuff” 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 3

Social media in search engine results : 

Social media in search engine results 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 4 Results from Google News Latest results - rolling feed from Twitter, blogs, discussions

Social media in search engine results : 

Social media in search engine results 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 5 Images Wikipedia article Blog posting listing videos YouTube video Results from my “social circle”: Twitter, RSS feeds, FriendFeed, Google Wave contacts etc. Videos

Getting started with social media : 

Getting started with social media Look at what content you already have that can quickly and easily be loaded onto social media sites PowerPoint presentations, photos, videos, podcasts consider a blog for your newsletter, alerts and current awareness Once your content is loaded you can start looking at the options for sharing and embedding in other applications for example Slideshare presentations in your blog, web page, Facebook page, LinkedIn If you are not allowed to do any of this “stuff” on your official web page set up a blog on Blogger or Wordpress, or a start page such as Netvibes.com But define your strategy first 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 6

Your social media strategy : 

Your social media strategy What do you want to achieve? make your content and information more easily accessible? promote your organisation’s/department’s skills and expertise? communicate with your users? reach a wider audience? Resources – time and people how much will it take to set up? how much will it take to manage, maintain and monitor? training? Draw a map of where and how the information is flowing for example PowerPoint presentation to Slideshare, which then embeds on your home page, blog posting, Facebook page and automatically announced in Twitter blog RSS feed automatically sent to Twitter, Facebook page, LinkedIn, web page 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 7

Your social media strategy : 

Your social media strategy Some general points Decide on copyright license: all rights reserved or one of the Creative Commons licenses (http://www.creativecommons.org.) Tagging and descriptions: make sure you tag your content and add descriptions so that people can find your content more easily Decide how you want to share your content and if you want it automatically published on other social networks and web sites Do you want to allow others to publish or download your material? 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 8

Your social media strategy : 

Your social media strategy Too much and too confusing? start with just one thing what is going to appeal most to your existing and potential users and what you already generate Monitor usage blogs – insert Google Analytics, Sitemeter code to see the number of users and how it is being used, or use the blog service’s own statistics presentation sharing services provide data on usage – number of views, number of “embeds”, number of downloads video e.g. YouTube – use the Views option to see basic statistics check your web site visitor statistics for changes and impact of your social media strategy 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 9

Social Media : 

10 Social Media From a presentation given at Internet Librarian International 2009, London, by Jeremy O’Hare. Traffic to BIPC Web site from these second only to Google Now also have a wiki!

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Two quick examples 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 11

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17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 12 Slideshare.net, authorSTREAM.com, Slideboom.com Slideshare is sometimes blocked by organisations’ firewalls so use more than so that your users have alternatives

Presentations – who’s been looking? : 

Presentations – who’s been looking? 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 13 Twitter Slideboom Slideshare authorSTREAM

Video : 

Video Promotional material, general information, demonstrations, presentations, slidecasts, lectures e.g. Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/), Vimeo (http://www.vimeo.com/) 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 14

Who is referring to your “stuff” on Twitter?http://www.backtweets.com/ : 

Who is referring to your “stuff” on Twitter?http://www.backtweets.com/ 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 15

Skills required : 

Skills required Strategy development and project management skills (this project never ends!) Delegation – you can’t do everything Imagination – let yours run riot Be bold and prepared to experiment Be ruthless prepared to fail and drop “stuff” that does not work 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 16

And finally.. the photo on the title slide : 

And finally.. the photo on the title slide Taken at Prague Zoo 2 years ago Was picked up in a search along with a Slideshare presentations, Twitter profile and tweets, blog postings Result was a new project and more business! 17/06/2010 www.rba.co.uk 17