Posts Tagged IGC

Enterprise social networking strategies

In my recent posts I have discussed the use of wikis and blogging strategies in terms of how the International Geological Congress can these great tools towards their advantage. In this post I would also like to continue with strategies by talking about a Social Network strategy using the IGC. But first of all we will discuss what a social network is and consists of, as well as its benefits.

What is Social Networking?

Social networking is a collaborative website of people together in one place. A perfect example of social networking websites is Facebook and Twitter. These two social networking sites are used by millions of people from a broad range of countries and cultures. Social networks like Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are great ways of keeping in touch with friends and family as well as making new connections with people based on similar interests or professions.

Social Networks and the IGC

When it comes to implementing a Social Network or any web 2.0 tools into your business, it is important to look at how it will meet your needs and goals. A big challenge the IGC faces both approaching the 34th International Geological Congress and while the congress is running is communicating with delegates and attendees before and during the event. In this post I will outline some Social Networking strategies that the IGC can use to create a successful online social networking presents.

The Strategies

It is extremely important to establish some goals before implementing them. The IGC will benefit from this strategy because it is always important to know your goals.

Creating a presence:

With out an online presence there is no real way to promote the IGC, the first step is to create a Facebook page for the event and assign delegates from the IGC to post on it. After the creation the that page it is very important to allocate time for social networking, track and measure your results and review your plan at intervals. Facebook is also a great social tool being used as a place for direct contact to people running the congress, as well as a great place to post comments, questions and feedback related to the event.

Encourage Participation

Social media has the potential to encourage participation amongst the delegates of the events. It can be used for the purpose of making making friends, connections or building brand exposure, networking is also key. One way to encourage attendance of delegates and encourage participation is to provide a way for people to develop connections for future job opportunities. This is where the social media can come into play, you can see what others that have liked on facebook page and who is creating posts and commenting on them. Through this it encourages promotions and participation amongst others who are attending or plan to attend.

Other Strategies identified

  • Track and measure your results
  • Review the current strategies and plans
  • The choice of social networking sites e.g. Facebook, Twitter
  • Allocate time for social networking
  • Participation/Collaboration

Conclusion

Social networking can be a great platform to help facilitate campaign advancements and participation in the events. It is also a great tool used to keep attendees informed and up-to-date with the event so as to not feel “left behind”. Social media can create a platform for a social attendee lists, starts conversations, encourages meet ups, and allows conference organizers to react to issues immediately. Incorporating social into IGC’s conference simply makes the experience better.

References

How to use Facebook for business and Marketing 
7 essential elements
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5 Winning Social Media Campaigns to Learn From
How to Build a Social Business 
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Enterprise Strategies – Microblogging

In previous posts I have discussed blogging and its strategies, though these mainly revolved around personal productivity and online presence. In this blog post, we will discuss the implementation of microblogging in the sense of using it as a strategy in the corporate domain, for the betterment of promotion and keeping the general public at bay with upcoming organisation topics.

What is microblogging?

Microblogging is defined as a being a “broadcast medium in the form of blogging that is different form a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregate file size. It allows user to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images or video links.” Wikipedia

Whilst there are a number of articles and organisations that promote their own strategies for microblogging I will attempt to outline some simple microblogging strategies for International Geological Congress (IGC). Two great microblogging tools that will be as part of the strategy are FriendFeed and Twitter.

What is the IGC?

IGC stands for International Geological Congress. It is the leading global forum for the Earth sciences. The 34th IGC is to be held in Brisbane, Australia in August 2012, which is to be hosted by the Australian Geoscience Council(AGC). The IGC is the major multi-disciplinary global event for reporting on and discussing the latest geoscientific research, applications and international cooperation.

With the expected turn out projected to be around the 3000-5000 mark, there needs to be at least 6000-7000 to cover the expenditure. In preparation for such a sizable event, there are many challenges the AGC have to overcome and identify for this event to become a success. The biggest challenge of this event is creating a greater interest and promotion for this event. The first step is to create a broader awareness of the event and then promote it is through a social media driver, this is seen as a vehicle that will help to achieve this objective.

The Strategy!

One of the biggest contributions that microblogging provides to events such as the IGC is it has the possibility of detailing live updates to its followers as they unfold. This combined with other great tools such Google maps enhances the user experience and gives them up to date information to follow.

Another great method to gain followers and maintain interest is by setting up promotions and providing links to relevant information and websites, videos and other blog posts that are relevant to the delegates attending the IGC. This will attract people who are interested in geoscience to the AGC twitter, where the users will learn more about who the AGC are and what the IGC is.

Though through the use of twitter as a main microblogging strategy how much you get out of it will depend on how much work is being put in. It is therefore important to consider the appropriate information posted and make sure it is relevant, engaging and provide latest news updates for the event, any changes and promotions.

Final Verdict

 Through the integration of microblogging and other social media networks such as twitter, the AGC will be able to interact and connect with the broader community as well as the delegates that will participate in this event. As the use of microblogging is growing daily, it has the possibility to generate interest and awareness, which can greatly increase the number of delegates that are attending.

 

References

34th IGC. (2011). 34th International Geological Congress Organising Committee. Retrieved September 28, 2011

34th IGC. (2011). Relationship Between the International Geological Congress (IGC) and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). Retrieved September 28, 2011
MarketingTechBlog. (2011). Corporate Blogging Strategies. Retrieved September 28, 2011
Web2Practice. (2010). Microblogging. Retrieved September 28, 2011

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