Amid all the cautionary advice and fear surrounding the internet and social media it’s easy to forget that these new technologies offer clubs a quick, inexpensive and very effective way to communicate with members, recruit new people and increase your fan base.
Facebook or Twitter or YouTube?
Why not all three? Of all the social media sites on the internet, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are the most popular and perhaps most useful to a club. What’s the difference?
- Facebook is all about connecting with friends to share photos, events, personal news and interesting links.
- On Twitter you choose the information you want to receive and who you want to ‘follow’. Whereas Facebook focuses on social networking, Twitter is closer to a news network.
- YouTube is a place to upload, share and view videos online. You can even set up your own television station and broadcast live vision.
Think about how your club wants to use social media, the resources you need and what you want to achieve. Also consider which social media will give you the most value, which social media sites are the most popular with your members and who has the skills to manage it?
How do we manage the club’s social media?
You may like to recruit someone from within the club to set it all up and look after it. Keeping pages and tweets up to date can be a time consuming task and, just like traditional newsletters and advertising campaigns, needs a dedicated project manager.
Limit the club to high-impact relevant content, not only to save time, but also to engage your members and fans. People will quickly block or desert you if the messages your club posts are irrelevant or clogging up their in-box.
Tweet and message regularly. Even though quality is important, your ‘followers’, ‘fans’ and ‘likers’ may also depart if they hardly hear from you. Make sure communication is consistent but keep it short, sharp and interesting.
How can we use social media to help the club?
Every club is different and no one social media marketing strategy will work for all. Experiment with social media and get feedback from your members to work out which options are most effective and useful for your club.
Before adopting social media your club should develop some policy that provides guidelines about how this new technology should be used. Think about how, when, where and what should be shared. Play by the Rules has developed a Communications and Technology Policy template. Just add your logo or use it as astarting point to develop your own document.
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