If You Don’t Add Flour, Your Cake with Fall

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Yes, I’m a baker! Love the smell of yummy goodness in the oven! But when you set out to make that wonderful chocolate cake, and miss adding flour, you might get something similar to fudge.  If fudge is what you wanted, then you are on the right track… if you were preparing to make a cake, then you got it all wrong.  And please don’t tell me about the awesome flourless cake you’ve had. That’s not relevant in this case, and besides… in this post I “ain’t” talking about cake!

I just read a blog post by Shannon Paul about the missing ingredient in many social media strategies, and I couldn’t agree more!  Feel free to read it for yourself, or just follow along here.

The Missing Ingredient in Most Social Media Strategies « Shannon Paul’s Very Official Blog.

There are several steps involved in preparing to bake a cake:

  1. Preparation
  2. Ingredients
  3. An Oven
  4. and Willing Consumers (you can’t have a cake and no-one eats it!)

The same applies to engaging in social media for your business!

  • Preparation = Developing a Strategy
  • Ingredients = The Messages you hope to Deliver + The Messages your intended audience want to hear
  • Oven = Mechanism for Delivery or  The Social Media Sites you plan to employ (where your audience is)
  • Willing Consumers = Your Audience, Your Followers, the People who want to consume to product or program you are offering

Everything begins with a plan (or recipe), but beyond the plan there is execution (baking), then testing (tasting), and listening (feedback).  And once you’ve measured the feedback, you can determine whether you should revisit the recipe, tweak a couple of ingredients and try again.

The most important thing to remember though, if you miss an ingredient, or even a step in the process, IT won’t turn out right.

Plan + Prepare + Execute + Review = 4 Steps for Success

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I’m into Social Media…does that make me an Expert?

I enjoy networking online and “meeting” new people…I’m learning alot, promoting some, and engaging others.  I could even write a “how to” or two….but does that make me an expert?

The game is constantly changing, and the rules are being written as I type.  I can’t say that I have mastered all things when the very things I could master are being developed and tested.

Perhaps I’m just highly experienced since I am immersed in this innovative and evolutionary methodology. Perhaps…Maybe…Yeah, that’s it.

Skittles and Your NonProfit

The following is a comment I posted on the NetWit’s ‘Think Tank’ blog in response to a post written by Frank Barry. The post is about the recent social “experiment” by Skittles. This topic I am sure has been blogged about to no end. Originally I wasn’t interested in creating yet another post about it…but I am sure you would agree there are some points of learning to pull from this exercise. Please read Frank’s blog post first to understand the context of my comment below. I will end by saying one more thing…you can’t fly if you don’t first spread your wings...

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Frank, great post! I totally agree with Rowan, this method

doesn’t fit with every non-profit…nor does it fit with every

brand or corporation. Mars tried this with Skittles versus anyone of their other brands. This was a test of the market, and by any measurement it could have been a sheer success. We unfortunately don’t have the honor of knowing which element they were looking to test.

On a global level…brand awareness/visibility and brand engagement are the central themes that can be measured. Those two areas also present a starting point for any non-profit. Sure any non-profit can do a quick constituent survey to find out what people close to them feel/view about the organization… but for those with a larger than community-based reach, or those looking to gain traction…why not think outside the survey box and find a way to gauge a larger base. Often times people are either not aware of an organization at all, or are unsure of exactly what the organization does, and what it could mean to them. This type of social experiment helps create that understand and potentially rally more people around an organization’s cause (see brand awareness & engagement). I will throw in the disclaimer that a campaign such as the Skittles campaign does take some time and labor (something many organizations won’t have the resources to dedicate to)…but again, this type of “out of the box” thinking can stir a small scale social experiment easily manageable by the smallest of non-profits.

Originally posted as a comment by Nishland on Kintera Think Tank using Disqus.

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