Successful businesses have productive relationships, and with social media you have several new channels for creating and nurturing your relationships with clients and prospects. What you've heard about the reach and adoption speed of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media may have been exaggerated, but not by much. They are indeed handy and powerful tools you can use to extend your branding, selling and public relations efforts, and their full potential has not yet been realized. Improved communication awaits. All you need do is take a little time to learn a few simple concepts to ensure high quality results for your chamber.
Getting Started with Social Media
- The Social Media Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Social Media - This guide from Associations Universe provides a grounding in fundamentals, tactics, and shares inspirational case studies from across the not-for-profit sector.
- How to Cook Up a Best-Selling Social Media Strategy - Ideas in Action from the SmartBlog on Social Media: The content is the key ingredient in your social media marketing recipe, described as Promotional, Informational and Entertaining (P.I.E.). (4/21/2016)
- 4 Project Management Tips to Execute Social Media Strategies - article by Hicks Crawford of Social Media Today (9/12/2015)
- Beginner's Guide to Social Media - from Moz
- Beginner's Guide to Social Media Metrics - from UberVU and HootSuite
- Chamber-Specific Social Media Checklist - by Frank J. Kenny
- The Complete Social Media Cheatsheet - from Votility
- Designing a Marketing Email that Works - from Constant Contact (2015)
- Facebook for Chambers: The Beginner's Guide by Jeff Kline on Accrinet
- Getting Started with Social Media: A Resource Guide - from Social Media Examiner, a free online magazine ranked by Technorati and AdAge as one of the world’s Top 100 business blogs
- IBM PartnerWorld: Getting Started with Social Media - from IBM, a deep and well-executed site on how and why to get started in social media
- Measuring the Influence of Your Nonprofit’s Network - article by Steve Boland of Nonprofit Quarterly addresses tools to measure effectiveness of social media (7/28/2015)
- Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram for Chambers by Jeff Kline on Accrinet
- Social Media Guide: Getting Started With Social Media Strategy - A short guide for getting results from social media quickly from Social Media Today.
- Social Media Marketing Strategy 20 Point Checklist for Chambers of Commerce - A 20 point checklist you can use to get started, improve or assess your social media marketing program by Barbara Rozgonyi of Wired PR Works.
- Social Media Policy Guide - Tips, best practices, and a step-by-step guide to writing your chamber's social media policy. From Weblink.
View a list of Ways to Use Social Media
at your chamber.
Award-Winning Chamber Examples
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Samples and Resources for Social Media Policies
An effective social media policy provides clear guidelines on what staff should do when posting and interacting with others.
See more Social Media Policies from ACCE's Samples Library
Articles & Blog Posts
- Now That’s Embarrassing! Tips on Selecting Chamber Hashtags - blog post by Frank J. Kenny (December 2017). See more on social media by this author.
- Social Media Helps Members #SeizeDesMoines, by Kyle Oppenhuizen, Chamber Executive magazine (Fall 2016)
- Timing is Everything! How, What and When to Post on Social Media - InLoop
- Blogs that Work...and Spread - Associations News Feed (May 17, 2016)
- Email Marketing Trends: Are You Doing Enough With Your Data? - By Ernie Smith, Associations Now (February 16, 2016)
- What Makes a Marketing Email Go Viral? - By Katie Bascuas, Associations Now (August 27, 2015) focuses on a new study that highlights the elements of viral marketing emails.
- Running Your First Social Media Campaign? Use This Checklist - by Sumari MacLeod, Hootsuite (July 22, 2015)
- Top 5 Tips on Facebook Marketing - by John Haydon, Wild Apricot blog (July 2015) - Learn about the most useful Facebook Insights reports and how to use them.
- The Power of Email: Improving Membership Retention - Article by Meghan Turner, Associations Now (June 2, 2015)
- Politics, Chamber Work and Social Media, by Mike Schlossberg, Chamber Executive magazine (Winter 2015)
- Is Your Chamber Social Media Friendly?, blog post by Tania Kohut, ACCE (May 31, 2013)
- There's Nothing Like a Good Tweet, by Natalie Haskins English, Chamber Executive magazine (Spring 2010)
- Social Media Leaps - Let's Get Started, Together!, by Steve Millard, Chamber Executive magazine (Winter 2009/2010)
- Legal Matters: New Social Networking Options Present Opportunities, Risks for Chambers, by George E. Constantine, III, Esq., Chamber Executive magazine (Fall 2009)
- Social Media For Chamber Advocacy - The Twitterview, by Ian Scott, Chamber Executive magazine (Summer 2009)
- Get Social: Social Media as "Power Tools", by Steve Millard, Chamber Executive magazine (Summer 2009)
Research & QuickPolls
Convention & Seminar Resources
- 2016 Convention: Communications and Marketing Track Pack (5 sessions) from the 2016 ACCE Annual Convention, available for purchase through the ACCE Store.
- Social Media for Events - Presentation by Tiffany Tauscheck, CDME, Chief Communications Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership (Iowa). From the 2016 ACCE Annual Convention.
- MarCom Metrics - Presentation handout from Nick Mattar, Director of Marketing, Detroit Regional Chamber (Mich.), from the 2016 ACCE Annual Convention.
- Using Social Media to Gain New Members - PowerPoint presentation by Mike Schlossberg, Pennsylvania State Representative and former VP at Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce (Pa.), 2014.
- Marketing & Messaging Track Pack (4 Sessions) from the 2013 ACCE Annual Convention, available for purchase through the ACCE Store.
- Communication Technology Trends for Chambers - by Caitlin Kaluza, Schipul-The Web Marketing Company (PowerPoint/Handout from session at 2013 ACCE Convention)
- Growing Memberships and Non-Dues Revenue - by Jeff Kline, Founder, CEO & President, Accrinet Corporation and covers Internet Marketing and Social Media. (PowerPoint/Handout from session at 2013 ACCE Convention)
Videos, Webinars & ACCE U Resources
Social Media Resources from WebLink
- An Association’s Guide to Facebook: 20 Power Tips to Engage & Grow Your Facebook Fans - This guide provides 20 tips on how to supercharge your Facebook page, create a great visitor experience, increase page interaction and engagement, and grow your overall reach.
- Daily Social Media Task-List - This free, interactive task-list offers a managable list of daily to-dos to ensure you are engaging and communicating with members, prospects and industry influencers.
- Social Media Editorial Calendar - A free resource designed to help you strategize, plan and meet deadlines for social media posting - from WebLink. (Note to Firefox users: This document (in xlsx format) will not instantly download. You will need to install Mozilla's Docs Online Viewer Add-On, or use an alternate browser like Internet Explorer or Chrome.)
- Social Media SLAM: How to Increase Your Engagement - This guide from WebLink International walks you through the four elements that you should to consider to successfully execute your social media strategy. You'll find the best practices, tools and guidance you need to better understand your audience, grow your followers, increase engagement and more.
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