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Listen to our CEO, Ramsey Ksar, on the GaggleAMP Podcast (Using Social Media for Events)

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Check out a recent podcast by the team at GaggleAMP featuring our CEO, Ramsey Ksar.  In it he talks about the importance of live events/q&a and how you need to move from solely thinking about engagement to challenging yourself and your organization to use Blyve as a means for lead generation.  Take a listen and share with your network!

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You can also check out the full article here:  https://gaggleamp.com/blog/using-social-media-for-events-with-ramsey-ksar/

Do you have any comments or questions?  Let us know below.  We’d be happy to chat with you about Blyve!

5 Tips on Live Blogging Your Next Event

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5 Tips on Live Blogging Your Next Event

Brands have a huge opportunity to engage with their community during product launches. No longer are you just having a press only event but brands have the ability to invite their communities that can’t attend the event in-person to a live engaging online event.  From a tactical standpoint having been involved with over 150+ online events with my clients over the years here are 5 tips:

1. Empower your employees

You might be a one person social media machine at your company but you can’t be everywhere at the event so train your employees to take photos, videos and post messages to their favorite social network about what’s going on from their perspective. A couple of weeks before the event, have a lunch meeting and update the team (product, marketing, event, customer support and pr) on the live blogging & social strategy.

2. Incorporate & Curate from Twitter

It’s without saying with any event that you produce whether in-person or online or a combo, a hashtag is helpful to amplify your message to influencers. Incorporate it into all the presentation decks, speeches, posters, badges, event marketing materials and the live video stream. Once it is incorporated, they key issue as a live blogger for a company is how are you going to curate that content in a moderated fashion. Not every tweet is going into your live blog stream so find a live blogging platform that can help you with the moderation flow/process.

3. Give your online attendees some love

So often in live online events, the online attendees are not highlighted or even given the ability to ask questions. For example, the Salesforce Dreamforce events do a great job of video streaming but a poor job of incorporated real-time user feedback into the presentations. Best thing you can do is the following:

  • Announce attendee locations – simple yet effective.
  • Take questions from the online audience – give a few mins of love and have a platform that can save questions for the right time during your event.
  • Raffle off a prize for online attendees or offer some exclusive content.

4. Have your social media toolkit ready for prime-time

Here is a mini-checklist of tools you should have at your disposal and shared with employees attending the event, if applicable:

  • SLR camera w/ external flash and if possible mobile lighting system (Canon 7D is my choice of camera)
  • Your preferred choice of mobile app publishing tools (depending on the client I use Blyve, Sprout Social or Hootsuite)
  • FAQ that includes answers to respond to common expected questions
  • Social content that can be referenced in the form of product launch videos, how-to videos, datasheets and screenshots. Store everything in Dropbox or similar service and make sure everyone has access to it.

5. Make it an integrated marketing campaign

Market the online event at minimum 2 weeks out if you have that flexibility. When marketing it make sure it is in all your event marketing materials, tell your partners/vendors to tune in and use your employee’s social influence to spread the word. As the owner of the live blog / online event, create a doc that is easy for everyone to cut-n-paste content into their specific channels. Provide small, medium and large copy blocks, imagery, links to share and your contact info.

In the words of philanthropist Margaret Mead:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

If there is one thing that you leave from this blog post, empower a small team of bloggers with real-time engagement tools and real-time marketing content. If you have that in place you’ll have a successful live blog with community engagement that ties back to your business goals.

As always, comment below or ping me at randyk@blyve.com or @djksar on Twitter.

Happy Holidays!

This blog post originally appeared on the Business 2 Community website & syndicated on Yahoo! Small Business.
Image Credit: Flickr User Zach Scott

New Chat 12/5 10am PST: Creating Social Videos

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Join video producer Cory Fossum and social strategist Randy Ksar to chat about best practices on creating social videos this Thursday 12/5 at 10am PST / 1pm EST. RSVP to the Blyve event at http://bit.ly/b2bsocialvideos

#b2btechmktg Chats Every Thursday at 10am PT / 1pm ET

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Every Thursday on Blyve, we’ll be chatting with B2B marketing experts talking about such topics as content marketing, social media, developer marketing, community management and more.  The genesis of this chat series started from the B2B Tech Marketing LinkedIn Group where I wasn’t finding any real conversation with the over 55K community members. I wanted to have real, authentic conversations with the community and I thought interviewing B2B experts would spark that. Join myself (@djksar) and my brother Ramsey Ksar (@ramseyk), CEO and Chief Product Officer of Blyve, as we interview the experts, learn valuable B2B marketing insights, ask questions and network with each other. Here are the next 3 chats that we hope you will be able to join:

Jennifer GregoryContent Writing Best Practices
Speaker:
Jennifer Gregory, @ByJenGregory
Date:
November 21 at 10am pacific/ 1pm eastern
RSVP/Email Reminder: 
http://bit.ly/b2bcontentwriting
Hashtag: #b2btechmktg

 

Cory Fossum - Fossum Creative5 Tips on Creating  Social Videos
Speaker: Cory Fossum, @coryfossum, Fossum Creative,
Date: 
December 5 at 10am pacific / 1pm eastern
RSVP/Email Reminder: http://bit.ly/b2bsocialvideos
Hashtag: #b2btechmktg

 

2100a3fHow to Engage with Your Developer Community
Speaker:
Erika Balbuena, @ErikaDMSF, Community Engagement Manager, Twilio
Date: December 12 at 10am pacific / 1pm eastern
RSVP/Email Reminder: http://bit.ly/b2bdevcomm
Hashtag: #b2btechmktg

Content Strategy Chat with Kevin Cain from OpenView Venture Partners 11/7 10am PT

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Kevin Cain, Director of Content Marketing at OpenView VenturesJoin on our live chat on Blyve with Kevin Cain, Director of Content Strategy, at OpenView Venture Partners on November 7 at 10am PT / 1pm ET to discuss his recent e-book titled “It Takes a Content Factory”. The e-book is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to building the content factory your business needs to generate and nurture leads, enable sales, and establish your company as a thought leader.   With expertise in content marketing and corporate communications, Kevin has spent more than a decade working in the financial services and consulting industries and helping expansion-stage technology companies develop their content strategies.

Join us to be apart of the conversation and where we’ll cover the following topics:

  • The importance of content marketing and how the digital customer experience has evolved
  • Best practices in defining your audience
  • Structuring your organization and process to be scalable and effective in producing content
  • Connecting your content strategy to your lead generation process

RSVP to the event on Blyve to receive details on joining the live chat 11/7 at 10am PT / 1pm ET.