Tag: viral

How to get members to talk about your union on social media

One of the regular questions I receive from unions is “how can I get members (or activists) to share our message on Facebook?” or “what will get members talking about the union on Facebook?” Sound familiar? Union organisers instinctively know that a positive “union experience” can be a powerful trigger to encourage word of mouth recommendations from […]

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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 “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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