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World Social Marketing Conference Recap 2: Picture This

Finally…a picture-based recap on the events from the World Social Marketing Conference, which took place in Brighton, England on September 29-30.

NOTE: PDFs and audio of all keynote presentations are available here.

<– Prof. Stephen Dann was the conference’s Twitter King, providing live coverage of the conference through @WSMC08, and #WSMC08.

Prof. Alan Andreasen gave a closing and optimistic keynote address about the future of social marketing. –>

<– Bill Smith, of AED, discusses the journal Social Marketing Quarterly, calling for more concentration towards social marketing products and services.

This quote was presented by England’s National Social Marketing Centre’s director, Jeff French, who calls all social marketers to unite together and learn from each other in moving the field forward. –>

<– Philip Kotler opened the conference with a keynote about poverty, and how we can apply social marketing to poverty to increase effectiveness and positive change.

Jeff Jordan, M.A., President and Founder of Rescue Social Change, presented his research about Social Branding (which he trademarked), along with 2 case studies about how to use social norming to influence behavior for high-risk adolescents. –>

<– The Purpose Driven Campaign – my master’s thesis that I presented during the poster session! (I also created SocialButterfly, Fly4Change.com pens that were quite popular. =)

Craig Lefebvre, presented an exciting presentation where he “dropped the gauntlet,” and presented the challenge for social marketers to walk the walk, as well as talk the talk when it comes to creating an international social marketing association. Lefebvre announced that he alone has raised a quarter of a million dollars for the project! –>

Other Highlights included:

  • NIOSH presented add some ‘flavoring’ to the conference by presenting their case study on a social marketing program to improve the safety of butter flavoring employees.
  • Ogilvy PR presented their fascinating Pandemic Flu case study.
  • Porter Novelli and CDC presented their case study on HIV testing.
  • Nancy Lee outlined 4 examples of how social marketing can offer products and services.
  • RT Hon. Alan Milbourne, MP, discussed how the world of social marketing and public policy relate.
  • Bob Marshall presented findings from studying the NSMC and from his recent survey about creating a new social marketing association for the States. This is part of an on-going discussion that can be followed here, USSocialMarketingPlan.
  • Ronne Ostby-Malling of AED presented her preliminary research about the behavior of online social network behavior among adolescents versus their behavior in real-life.

October 13, 2008 at 6:57 pm 4 comments

To 2.0 or not 2.0? That is the Government’s Question

**This article I wrote was originally published at ReadWriteWeb on September 10, 2008. And P.S., I still don’t have the internet, but the install is scheduled for Wednesday…hence the blogging delay. Thank you for your understanding!

And we’ve got the answer. Three of them actually: Listen, learn, and let go.

Let’s face it, Web 2.0 is a buzzword. And when it comes to government, change, and innovation, we have to reach beyond buzzwords. Surprising to some, the government isn’t too far beyond.

The other week Mark Drapeau, Government 2.0 columnist for Mashable, suggested that the government is currently in a state of 1.4, at least when it comes to Twitter.* I would agree, however, as my lovely professors back in grad school taught me to say, “it depends.”

Government is doing some amazing social media initiatives to better serve their constituents, and why not – social media is all about increasing the democratization of communications. The government serves its people, and thus, it’s a perfect match.

We government-familiar types know of the greatness that is CDC – from their virtual world explorations in Whyville and SecondLife, to their numerous podcasts, e-cards, MySpace page and blog, and their CDC-TV channel, they are leading the way. But there’s more.

The EPA has its own cause on Facebook for its EnergySTAR program to stop global warming. The U.S. Intelligence Agency has it’s own data-sharing and social network-esque called Intellipedia. TSA uses its blog Evolution of Security as instrumental to its customer service abilities. Not to mention, there are currently 7 head directors and decision makers with their own blog. But, I will admit that some areas in government just need some more coaching.

If you are within government or outside of government, here are three helpful strategies to be the social media maven for your agency: Listen. Learn. And Let go.

These three strategies are listed in no particular order as they all circle one another. Think back when you learned how to ride a bike. You did not let go of the training wheels, until you have learned how to ride the bike. But, you couldn’t learn how to ride the bike, until you listened to the instructions. Same deal.

Listening

The more you learn about the space, the more comfortable you will become. This will involving listening to webinars and speakers on the topic. For starters, the CDC is having a live web dialogue on September 18th with an expert panel to talk about how government health agencies can integrate social media practices into their initiatives. There are currently 217 people signed up!

Listening also involves learning how to search, and how to search effectively. Largely, learning how to navigate the RSS feeder. I know it looks intimidating. I was at first too. But, it’s called Real Simple Syndication for a reason, because it really can be simple. Check out Google Reader or Bloglines or email me, and we can work together.

Learning

While listening, you will learn. It’s inevitable. I have best found that learning is maximized when you live with what Geoff Livingston said best in one of Buzz Bin blog posts, “You cannot underestimate the value of remaining teachable.” Attending speakers, applying your knowledge and participating in the space as an individual all help facilitate learning.

For example, Sec. Mike Leavitt and a group of world leaders came together in 2007 to create the Pandemic Flu Leadership Blog. Through this short-term blog, conversations and discussions were shared leading up to an offline Leadership Forum. Taking the lessons learned from this experience, Sec. Leavitt launched his own blog on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in August 2007.

Letting Go

As your listening and learning combines, eventually, you will feel more comfortable in letting go. And letting go can include baby steps. Like, the case of Sec. Leavitt, you can build upon past activities. Do gather the statistics. Do highlight other case studies.

• Perhaps, instead of creating your own social network, it begins with placing a web badge or banner about your initiative on a social network.
• Perhaps, instead of creating a Twitter account feed, you conduct Twitter searches for your government agency’s name and important keywords.
• Perhaps, instead of creating your own blog, first do a guest entry on an already established blog.
• Perhaps, when pitching new information or publications to traditional news outlets, see if that media organization has a relevant blog column or social media reporter and share your information with him or her.

The ideas are endless, which is why being relevant is core. Let’s not be doing things for the sake of doing them. Let’s connect in meaningful ways. The tools may be new, but the importance of relationship-building and support remain constant. I’m excited to have the opportunity to highlight in this Government 2.0 column ways our government is being innovative as we all listen, learn and let go together.

*Context and attribution corrected.

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September 15, 2008 at 3:03 am 3 comments

The Changeblogger Meme Continues

After allowing some time for reflection, I want to respond to the Changeblogger Meme that the wonderful Qui Diaz began over at the Buzz Bin.

Qui, while highlighting the changeblogger movement, also created mapped out a great way to further spread the word, while also allowing us to learn more about each other and what motivates us in our work. She asks us three important questions. Thus, these questions not only continue the changeblogger mantra, but lets us know more about our community.

  • What is one change – big or small, local or global – you want to see in your lifetime?
  • I love to champion for people to own their education. It’s my number one advice to any student or colleague. Education, being defined as increasing one’s willingness to learn – about life, people, a neighbor, a stranger’s circumstance, a country’s predicament, and about oneself. From this, I feel so much else flows. =)

  • Who is already working this issue that you think others should support?
  • Many people. This being both an Olympic year and an election year, I am seeing it more sources for inspiration than ever. Journalists are working towards this goal. Teachers, communicators, athletes, social tech friends, lawyers, youth, social workers, non-profits, repairmen, grandmothers, and more. I’m just blessed to be working among these people…and learning from them along the way! =)

  • How are you going to use your Web/tech/marcom skills to further this cause? (Or, what are you already doing that work?
  • Through this blog, I hope I am inspiring others to continue learning and growing. I hope that in you, there is a root that’s taken hold that is growing infectiously within you and being spread among others, that when you believe in something, when you work hard, and settle for nothing less than your utmost best, anything truly is possible. It’s just easier when we have a community to support us, and healthy influencers amongst us. Thus, thank you.

    **********

    Before you think I am being a cop-out from the meme. This is honestly how I feel. And, I feel the beginning for positive change around oneself, begins within oneself.

    Beyond this, I do have a personal interest in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. Much of my volunteer efforts have gone towards this issue, as well as other health-related issues. I’m also a strong believer in mentors and role-modeling programs, individual empowerment as a route against alcohol and drug abuse. As a female and past gymnast, I am well aware issues like anorexia due to many beloved friends battles. The issue that has been increasinly on my mind most recently is access to healthy drinking water.

    However, this is why I love social marketing! It goes beyond awareness, beyond fundraising, and looks to develop long-term programs and initiatives to address these challenges. I can’t wait for the future of this field. But that’s a whole ‘nother rant. For now, join the journey. It’s going to be rad. Check it, =)

    Tagging: Kivi Leroux Miller, Mike Kujawski, Tera Wozniak, Thursday Bram, Leyla Farah, Jeff Brooks, Katya, Rosetta, Rebecca Leaman

    photo cred: flickr, carfs

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    August 29, 2008 at 4:40 am 1 comment

    What’s Your Social Media Ritual? Sharing My Own 15-Steps

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    At work, we’ve been talking a lot about the information scans we all do on our own…who we refer to, which sites are the best, the most useful feeds, etc. So, now, out of curiosity and from inspiration gained from Chris Brogan’s recent post: “Where I Learn More,” I’m asking: Where do you go to learn?

    Brogan’s article is great, as in it, he talks about the role of influence and asks us to reflect on what influences what we learn, think, behave and believe….so close to a social marketing (the real social marketing) question my buttons were popping with techy-excitement.

    Here is my average, daily, social media ritual.

    Please share me yours, and perhaps we can both expand our horizons a little. =)

    1. Check my work e-mail account. Its true fellow co-workers.
    2. Check my regular Gmail account. I get various e-newsletters and feeds here such as the Ad Council Creative E-newsletter, emails from the Social Marketing listserv, Chris Brogan’s new e-newsletter and others.
    3. Check my blog email account. I get various e-newsletter and feeds here that help me stay up to date on the social media, nonprofit, and social marketing arena. Some of my favorite includes Nedra Weinreich’s Spare Change Blog, Beth Kanter’s blog/wiki, and Ogilvy PR’s 360 Digital Influence blog.
    4. Check my Bloglines feeds, to see what good posts are up and published.
    5. Check out both the nonprofit and the social media categories on Alltop.com
    6. Do a scan of: TechCrunch, Trendspotting, Read Write Web, Osocio, Non-Profit Times, NextGov, BrazenCareerist, Social Times, and others. This can depend on the day and the topic I’m currently investigating.
    7. Check old Twitter feeds I may have missed. Especially key feeds from @GeoffLiving, @Nedra, @chrisbrogan, @scobleizer, @rww, @abfdc, @allllll the others I follow on Twitter. Really, it’s a community working together and sharing. It. is. awesome.
    8. If it’s a Monday, I check out the Carnival for Non-Profit Consultants.
    9. Check in on Linkedin to see if anyone new I know has joined or connected. The homepage on Linkedin is becoming increasingly fun.
    10. Surf around the NonProfit Blog Exchange if Emily has posted some great new posts.
    11. Then, it’s on to the social bookmarks. I check my delicious, both my networks and my subscriptions. Oftentimes, those I am connected to are in a similar field or have similar interests, so thank you everyone on del.icio.us.
    12. Then, I spend a little time on Digg, and may occasionally check in on StumbleUpon. I’m really liking Mixx more and more too, though, there doesn’t seem to be as many people on it.
    13. I check up on the scoop of my work’s internal wiki.
    14. Check meetup.com for upcoming events and opportunities to take online connecting –> offline.
    15. More scooping that I probably, and I apologize, didn’t list. Though, if I remember more, I will place in the comments. There’s always MORE to learn and MORE resources to discover. =)

    Important note to make: This is just the listening phase.

    About the listening phase. I might do some or all of this ritual depending on the day and the time. The point is though, that my ritual is…I am always listening. Always checking in. Always asking questions. Always working to seek answers.

    The FUN part, is taking it all in, reflecting, and creatively organizing the content and information in your head to implement innovative, effective communications. And, when I really want to *get wild,* I reflect further, beyond the field of communications, social media or marketing…but more to what Chris mentions, about influence. About change. About society. About trends. About what it all means.

    Photo Credit: Flickr, Elias Pirasteh


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    June 29, 2008 at 4:06 am 9 comments

    Social Marketing | Nonprofit: Conferences, Events and More

    This week I’ve noticed numerous announcements events, so I’m sharing them. If you would like an event you know about or are hosting, let me know and I’ll add it here and on my SM Events page (currently in progress), please let me know. =)

    Perhaps we could get more social marketing and social change themed initiatives integrated into more events…anyone else see this call for a Humanitarian Lion at the Cannes Festival this summer? Thoughts?

    Conferences

    June 2-4, 2008
    Social Marketing University:

    Objective: Train, teach and engage social marketing practitioners
    Host: Weinreich Communications Location: Washington D.C.
    Registration Contact: Nedra Weinreich, training@social-marketing.com

    June 15-21, 2008
    Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival

    Extra: The Cannes Festival is wider than social marketing and nonprofit, but it’s the Cannes, and thus, must be included. Anybody see this YouTube message to the big dogs at the Cannes, calling for a Humanitarian Lion?
    Location: Cannes, France
    Registration Contact: Online Here

    June 18-21, 2008
    18th Social Marketing in Public Health Conference

    Theme: Translation * Dissemination * Change
    Host: University of South Florida Location: Clearwater, Florida
    Extra: The first half of the conference is a social marketing training academy, while the second half is the main conference event.

    June 22-24, 2008
    Social Tech Training

    Theme: Building New Leaders. Supporting Social Change. Harnessing Web Thinking.
    Host: Web of Change and MaRS Location: MaRS Center, Toronto, CAN
    Registration Contact: Sarah Pullman, info@webofchange.com

    July 14-16, 2008
    2008 International NonProfit and Social Marketing Conference

    Theme: Partnerships, Proof and Practice
    Host: Center for Health Initiatives, University of Wollongong Location: New South Wales, AUS
    Registration Contact: Kelly Andrews, kellym@uow.edu.au

    July 14-16, 2008
    2008 AMA NonProfit Marketing Conference

    Theme: Telling Your Story: From Vision to Results
    Host: AMA and the AMA Foundation Location: Washington D.C.

    August 12-14, 2008
    2nd Annual National Health Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media

    Theme: Engage and Deliver
    Host: CDC, National Center for Health Marketing Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    Registration Contact: Lisa McBride, lisamcbride@conferencemanagers.com

    September 29-30, 2008
    1st World Social Marketing Conference

    Objective: Bring delegates, speakers, and exhibitors from around the world together to discuss the application of social marketing.
    Host: International SM Organizations Location: Brighton, England
    Application Deadline: February 29, 2008 Time: 2 days
    Contact: srm@uleth.ca

    December 1-3, 2008
    Australian and New Zealand Marketing Conference 2008

    Theme: Shifting Focus from the Mainstream to the Offbeat (has a social, not-for-profit and political marketing streat)
    Host: ANZMC, SONY and MONASH University Location: Sydney, AUS
    Contact: ANZMAC2008@uws.edu.au

    Workshops

    July 10-12, 2008
    2008 Montana Summer Institute for Social Norms Practitioners

    Objective: Develop and refine social norms messages and projects through interactive workshops by bringing together a community of practitioners.
    Host: Most of Us Location: Bozeman, Montana
    Application Deadline: April 7, 2008 Time: 3 days
    Contact: Jeff Linkenbach, Ed.D

    July 13, 2008
    4th Annual Summer Institute for Social Marketing & Health Communication

    Objective: The goal is to bring communication and creative professionals together to work in interdisciplinary teams that apply social marketing theory and principles to some of the biggest social issues of our time. Includes interactive lectures and discussion sessions, case study presentations, group exercises and networking with guest lecturers.
    Host
    : Emerson College Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    Application Deadline: May 1, 2008 Time: 5.5 Days
    Contact: Tim Edgar @ 617.824.8743 or at timothy_edgar@emerson.edu

    More

    • Kivi Leroux Miller from Nonprofit Communications, is launching a series of a dozen new webinars covering topics from nonprofit story writing, annual reports, e-newsletters, social media strategy and more. Kivi’s webinars also feature fellow expert guests as well!
    • Mark Scrimshire over at EKIVE is putting together HealthCampMD on June 14, 2008 in Owings Mills, Maryland to discuss issues related to Health 2.0. Visit the event’s Wiki site here.
    • The University of South Florida is also hosting its 2008 7-Day Social Marketing Field School from June 13-17, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.
    • Britt Bravo and fellow BlogHer editors are attending the “Blogging Birds of a Feather Meet-Up: Green/Social Change” on Friday, July 18th at the BlogHer Conference in San Francisco, CA.

    May 23, 2008 at 4:51 am Leave a comment

    Social Marketing | Nonprofit: Conferences, Events and More

    This week I’ve noticed numerous announcements events, so I’m sharing them. If you would like an event you know about or are hosting, let me know and I’ll add it here and on my SM Events page (currently in progress), please let me know. =)

    Perhaps we could get more social marketing and social change themed initiatives integrated into more events…anyone else see this call for a Humanitarian Lion at the Cannes Festival this summer? Thoughts?

    Conferences

    June 2-4, 2008
    Social Marketing University:

    Objective: Train, teach and engage social marketing practitioners
    Host: Weinreich Communications Location: Washington D.C.
    Registration Contact: Nedra Weinreich, training@social-marketing.com

    June 15-21, 2008
    Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival

    Extra: The Cannes Festival is wider than social marketing and nonprofit, but it’s the Cannes, and thus, must be included. Anybody see this YouTube message to the big dogs at the Cannes, calling for a Humanitarian Lion?
    Location: Cannes, France
    Registration Contact: Online Here

    June 18-21, 2008
    18th Social Marketing in Public Health Conference

    Theme: Translation * Dissemination * Change
    Host: University of South Florida Location: Clearwater, Florida
    Extra: The first half of the conference is a social marketing training academy, while the second half is the main conference event.

    June 22-24, 2008
    Social Tech Training

    Theme: Building New Leaders. Supporting Social Change. Harnessing Web Thinking.
    Host: Web of Change and MaRS Location: MaRS Center, Toronto, CAN
    Registration Contact: Sarah Pullman, info@webofchange.com

    July 14-16, 2008
    2008 International NonProfit and Social Marketing Conference

    Theme: Partnerships, Proof and Practice
    Host: Center for Health Initiatives, University of Wollongong Location: New South Wales, AUS
    Registration Contact: Kelly Andrews, kellym@uow.edu.au

    July 14-16, 2008
    2008 AMA NonProfit Marketing Conference

    Theme: Telling Your Story: From Vision to Results
    Host: AMA and the AMA Foundation Location: Washington D.C.

    August 12-14, 2008
    2nd Annual National Health Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media

    Theme: Engage and Deliver
    Host: CDC, National Center for Health Marketing Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    Registration Contact: Lisa McBride, lisamcbride@conferencemanagers.com

    September 29-30, 2008
    1st World Social Marketing Conference

    Objective: Bring delegates, speakers, and exhibitors from around the world together to discuss the application of social marketing.
    Host: International SM Organizations Location: Brighton, England
    Application Deadline: February 29, 2008 Time: 2 days
    Contact: srm@uleth.ca

    December 1-3, 2008
    Australian and New Zealand Marketing Conference 2008

    Theme: Shifting Focus from the Mainstream to the Offbeat (has a social, not-for-profit and political marketing streat)
    Host: ANZMC, SONY and MONASH University Location: Sydney, AUS
    Contact: ANZMAC2008@uws.edu.au

    Workshops

    July 10-12, 2008
    2008 Montana Summer Institute for Social Norms Practitioners

    Objective: Develop and refine social norms messages and projects through interactive workshops by bringing together a community of practitioners.
    Host: Most of Us Location: Bozeman, Montana
    Application Deadline: April 7, 2008 Time: 3 days
    Contact: Jeff Linkenbach, Ed.D

    July 13, 2008
    4th Annual Summer Institute for Social Marketing & Health Communication

    Objective: The goal is to bring communication and creative professionals together to work in interdisciplinary teams that apply social marketing theory and principles to some of the biggest social issues of our time. Includes interactive lectures and discussion sessions, case study presentations, group exercises and networking with guest lecturers.
    Host
    : Emerson College Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    Application Deadline: May 1, 2008 Time: 5.5 Days
    Contact: Tim Edgar @ 617.824.8743 or at timothy_edgar@emerson.edu

    More

    • Kivi Leroux Miller from Nonprofit Communications, is launching a series of a dozen new webinars covering topics from nonprofit story writing, annual reports, e-newsletters, social media strategy and more. Kivi’s webinars also feature fellow expert guests as well!
    • Mark Scrimshire over at EKIVE is putting together HealthCampMD on June 14, 2008 in Owings Mills, Maryland to discuss issues related to Health 2.0. Visit the event’s Wiki site here.
    • The University of South Florida is also hosting its 2008 7-Day Social Marketing Field School from June 13-17, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.
    • Britt Bravo and fellow BlogHer editors are attending the “Blogging Birds of a Feather Meet-Up: Green/Social Change” on Friday, July 18th at the BlogHer Conference in San Francisco, CA.

    May 23, 2008 at 4:51 am 1 comment


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