Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Social media elevator statement

Calling all entry-level love social media, right? You have had a Facebook page for years, you watch YouTube on your iPhone and even if you're just starting to get into Twitter, you understand the game. Some of you might even claim that you're a social media expert (which I would advise against).

Now the question is: can you advocate for social media use within your organization?

This is the challenge I found myself up against recently. In attempting to initiate use of social media within various organizations I work with, I've discovered that there is a big difference between using and understanding social media and knowing how to communicate it to others. When recently asked the question, "why should our organization have a Facebook page?" I found myself momentarily speechless.

Fortunately I recovered and managed to share several reasons why I think Facebook is an effective platform for communicating with young people. However, it made me realize that I need to be more prepared next time. My endorsement of social media needs an "elevator statement" - a message that I can quickly use to summarize its uses and benefits. I'll be giving this idea more thought because I want to ensure that my elevator speech opens doors rather than closes them (pun intended). In the meantime, I would love to know - how would you pitch social media to an organization in less than 30 seconds?


Beth Evans said...

What a great question! The main point, I would make is that it's free and extremely targeted. The nonprofit I interned for during summer 2007 used social media in the form of free Web calendars.

One of my favorite bloggers wrote a great post summarizing research findings on social media use among individuals, which includes some great statistics for elevator statements, such as how 36 percent of online users think more highly of companies that have blogs:

Angela Seits said...

You make an excellent point about social media being extremely targeted. I will keep that in mind as I continue to advocate for social media use within nonprofit organizations. Thanks for the great link!