social media

What makes something go “viral”?

Chances are, if you’ve been working in union communications, you’ve been asked at sometime to “make something go viral” by a colleague or superior. If you’re like me, you probably silently sighed to yourself. I’m a big advocate of social campaigning — that is, campaigns which integrate online and off-line action and emphasise the power …

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“If a tweet worked once, send it again” — and other social media lessons from The New York Times

Michael Roston at Nieman Journalism Lab has an excellent and interesting article about the New York Times’ social media desk. With over 5 million followers on Twitter, The New York Times has some very pertinent advice and hard lessons, many of which are relevant to unions and other progressive organisations. The reason I encourage you …

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Should your union advertise online?

Should unions advertise online? This question came up while I was travelling in the USA. How can your union determine whether it’s worth spending the time and money running ads, whether Google pay-per-click ads or those annoying banner ads you see everywhere? (There’s also growing use by unions of social media ads, especially promoted posts.) Unions …

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Should “viral” be a goal for your union social campaign?

A few years ago, I remember regular requests for “viral” content for the union campaigns that my colleague and I ran. This was not only a mostly impossible task, but also misunderstands the utility of social media for unions. Very few worthwhile campaigns, videos or articles go “viral”. The job is so difficult that it …

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Why your union cannot afford to ignore Google+ any more

I’ve long been scornful of Google+, but no longer. And your union cannot afford to ignore this much maligned social network either. Only a few unions are on Google+. Unions like the SEIU or peak bodies like the AFL-CIO are there, but even these are just empty shells that have not been updated in over …

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