Building communities on Facebook – a presentation

Presentation at the bottom of this post.

Yesterday I was invited to speak at Frocomm’s 3rd Annual New Media Summit hosted in Sydney. The event was attended by around 150 mainly PR professionals from across a range of industries in Australia and featured other speakers including, David Quilty of Telstra, Paul Borrud of Facebook and industry colleagues of mine Brian Geisen of Ogilvy PR and Dan Young Burson Marsteller. See the full list of speakers here.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see all the presentations due to work commitments that kept me in the office, but those I did were very interesting, particularly David Quilty’s presentation on how Tesltra the telecom giant is embracing social media practices right across the organisation.

During the day two panel session, which I sat on with Brian Geisen, David Quilty and Monty Hamilton from UBank, questions followed the general themes of justifying social media to the boss, understanding and qualifying measurement through to how social media can be integrated into the general PR and marketing mix.

Having worked in this industry for a little while now it was refreshing to see, based on the questions being asked, that there is now a general realisation within organisations that social media isn’t a fad and that it represents a fundamental shift in the way we need to conduct business. The audience was keen to learn how they can start embracing and undertaking more social work and it was evident whenever practical advice was being provided that frantic notes were being scribbled.

In addition to the panel session, I also presented a half hour session on building communities in Facebook, which I have posted below (For those reading in a reader, or via email check it out here). I created this presentation in an attempt to provide a platform for PR people to justify a presence in Facebook for their organisation and also to act as a roadmap of sorts for building out a Facebook campaign. I hope it fulfils these objectives.

I would love any and all feedback on this presentation. How do you think it could be improved? Have I left any important components out that you think need to be added?

Finally, thanks to Glen Frost for the opportunity to speak at the conference.

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