When a social marketing campaign is killer we hear about it. It ends up in discussions on blogs, Twitter, Ad Age, or you'll find it waiting in your inbox with a note from the CEO that says, "Did you see this!?" Now that this social media thing has really caught on, brands have proliferated social networks vying for the attention of people willing to engage and spread their messages. It's no longer an anomaly to see a brand big or small launch a Facebook focused promotion asking you to "share your story" or "post a photo of" this and that.
What does it take to kill it? The answer is different for each brand. Yet, the foundation of what makes a successful social campaign is common to everyone. Let's explore the foundations in this step-by-step guide.
Before going into full brainstorm mode, establish what's most important to the brand by agreeing on success metrics. One primary goal and up to two secondary goals is a good framework for keeping ideas focused and stakeholder meltdown to a minimum. Ensure that the campaign concept you plan to pass around the organization aligns closely with agreed upon goals so that each time someone starts up with the "but what if, and it won't, or what about…?" you have a purpose to anchor to.
Key Takeaway: Killer campaigns are not watered down.
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