I’m speaking to the Algonquin Public Relations students about social media and community management and I wanted to share a few resources with them. I was going to throw it all in a PowerPoint presentation, but that’s not very Web 2.0. So here it is compiled in a blog post. Of course if you have anything to add, drop a comment! Also, be sure to check the comments for more great suggestions
First, a little primer in social media:
(more videos like these on Commoncraft.com)
Books to read:
Groundswell (which I’ve reviewed here before) is written by two senior Forrester Research analysts. It is focused on social media strategy for enterprise businesses. It includes some great case studies of large brands using various social media.
Cluetrain Manifesto does an excellent job of explaining the idea of markets being conversations, and the importance of companies listening to their customers. It clearly details the backbone of social media–and it was actually written 10 years ago! (And hey–the authors are so passionate about their ideas, that the entire text of this book is available on the web site..for free!)
The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott is next on my reading list, but I feel confident recommending this book because of the great reviews it’s received and because I really dig David’s blog…
Want to get started? Here’s a few blogs to learn more…
Web Strategy by Jeremiah – A ‘social computing’ analyst for Forrester and long-time social media advocate
Chris Brogan – a well-known expert in social media and community
Six Pixels of Separation (blog and podcast) Mitch Joel is “Canada’s Digital Marketing Rockstar”
Prefer to listen? Try these podcasts
(podcasts are simply audio and/or files, which you can listen/view to from a web site, or subscribe to receive each episode in iTunes and listen from your computer or mp3 player)
Want to build your personal brand? Try getting involved with these sites…
- Twitter (warning! Can be highly addictive!)
- LinkedIn (unofficially called Facebook for professionals)
- MyRagan (social network for PR professionals)
- Sixent(a very cool Ottawa-based social network that lets you manage multiple profiles)
Want to start blogging?
- If you have a good understanding of the web/HTML/CSS Check out WordPress (If you’re really savvy-go self-hosted)
- If it’s all new to you, Blogger is a great starter blogging platform..Have your blog up and running in minutes!
- Somewhere in between? TypePad is a good choice too.
- Oh, and check out the Bloggeries Forum for tricks and tips to promote your blog!
Social media tools for PR people
- CNW Social Media Releases – Canada’s leading news wire now offers social media release services
- Pitchengine – create a social media release, free!
- PRWeb – a newswire services that allows you to incorporate social media elements and search engine optimization into your news release
- Radian6 – A social media monitoring service for PR firms (previously reviewed)
- Social Radar by Infegy – A social media monitoring service for small/medium businesses (also reviewed)
- SM2 by Techrigy – Another social media monitoring software that gets talked about a lot.
Want to network with social media folks? Check out these regular events in Ottawa
- Social Media Breakfast Ottawa – part of a franchise started in Boston by Bryan Person, and brought to Ottawa by Ryan Anderson, Simon Chen and Rob Lane.
- Third Tuesday Ottawa – Usually happens around the third Tuesday of each month. Started by Joe Thornley of Thornley Fallis, a PR firm that’s really tuned into social media.
- Podcamp Ottawa is an unconference that happens once a year, and it’s coming up November 23. Organized by Mark Blevis, Andrea Ross,Bob Goyetche, Maurizio Ortolani
And finally, some random tools that make your life easier:
- Delicious.com – social bookmarking site. Don’t you hate when you’re on a different computer and can’t access your bookmarks? Wish you could share bookmarks with friends? Delicious addresses both these. You’ll never use browser bookmarks again!
- Digg is a news site where users vote on the news they like best. The more votes they more exposure the news gets.
- MyBlogLog – Promote your blog and find other bloggers
- Evernote – If you use multiple computers and a mobile device, this really rich notes program syncs them all. (thanks to @jpblogger for this tip)
- Firefox is the essential browser for the social media junkie, because you can get all sorts of add-ons to manage your social media tools efficiently.
- StumbleUpon is a fun program that takes you to a random web site based on your interests. Also it’s great for promoting blog posts.
- Ning – If you’re really ambitious and passionate about something, why not start your own social network around it?
- Socialmedia.alltop.com – Guy Kawasaki kindly put all the best social media blogs on one convenient. In fact, go to alltop.com to find an Alltop page on almost any subject!
- CoComment is another great tool if you are commenting on people’s blogs… It will track all your comments and follow up comments all in one place.