SMC 12/9 Preview

Our last Social Media Council meeting of the calendar year will take place tomorrow, Dec. 9, 2 p.m. in McGuinn 334.

For the first time in a long time, we’ll hold a working meeting and hear from social media practitioners across campus who will talk about campaigns, trends and challenges.

Thanks-120115The University Advancement team behind the recent #GivingTuesday campaign will kick off our meeting with with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a successful one-day campaign. In case you missed it, UA executed an excellent giving drive on Dec. 1, across multiple platforms, including email, websites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (A special thanks to all members who participated!)

Boston College Career Center will give an update on the upcoming #BCendeavor campaign. A new program this year, this social campaign will be used throughout the two-day career exploration to promote activities of the sophomores on campus and in Boston.

Boston College Admission has been using the Boston College Periscope account this semester to do campus tours for perspective students. Administrators will share their experiences using the platform. Admission will also be kicking off #BC2020 this month to welcome the newest class of Eagles (yes, that says 2020! yikes!)

If you haven’t already, please RSVP to social@bc.edu so we have enough room for everyone. There should be plenty of time to talk about trends and brainstorm upcoming topics, so please come with ideas. See you tomorrow!

SMC Date Correction

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Correction: In a previous blog post the next Social Media Council meeting was posted as today, Dec.2. The next Social Media Council is Dec. 9, 2 p.m. in McGuinn 334. Apologies for the error and stay tuned for the preview.

#GivingTuesday Campaign

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If you haven’t yet already, be sure to support Boston College Alumni’s #GivingTuesday campaign on your social media channels today!

Want to know more? Here are the details from the campaign organizers:

“Giving Tuesday is when people unite for a global day of giving before the holidays. This year we’re asking the BC family to make a gift to support Boston College. Donors can designate where their gift goes…including to your department or its programs!

As a bonus, if BC reaches 1,000 donors today, an anonymous donor will contribute $100,000 to financial aid.

We welcome you to join Boston College for Giving Tuesday in any of the following ways:

* Today we would appreciate it if you could please share our posts from BC Alumni Facebook, BC Alumni Twitter and BC Alumni Instagram.

* Or create your own posts on your social media channels. You can download special BC badges and graphics at http://bit.ly/1X1b9R8. Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #WeAreBC so that we can find your posts and share them on our website and social media.

* Ask your students and staff to download the #UNSelfie sign from http://bit.ly/1X1b9R8, write why they gave to BC (maybe they gave to your department or one of its programs!), and post it on your channels or their own social media. Use the hashtags #UNSelfie, #GivingTuesday, and #WeAreBC so that we can share these, too.

We hope that you will join us in the #GivingTuesday movement. Together we can truly make a difference in the lives of current and future BC students.

Thank you!”

SMC 10/14 Review

The BC Social Media Council returned this semester with a full house and an hour packed with information.

Boston Tweet, A.K.A. Tom O'Keefe, posing with BC cupcakes, compliments of BC Dining!

Boston Tweet, A.K.A. Tom O’Keefe, posing with BC cupcakes, compliments of BC Dining.

The meeting kicked off with alumnus Tom O’Keefe, who explained that he is so identified with his brand that “my mom is the only one who doesn’t call me Boston Tweet.” A major influencer in Boston with more than 164,000 followers, Tom said his social media experience was bred from necessity when the stock market crashed and recession hit in 2008. At the time, Twitter was in its infancy and early adopters carved out niches long before industry brands adopted the medium. Tom found himself focused on his adopted city of Boston and affordable options for food and entertainment. That resonated with his demographic – college students and young professionals.

“I believe in and support local business. I’m the type of person who wants to know the bartender and recognize the owner when I go out to eat or drink. Especially in a city like Boston, there is an interconnected-ness,” said Tom. “At the time, in 2008, local businesses were suffering. I had lost everything. I started using Twitter as a way to share tips like where you could get a meal that filled you up all day. It’s a a powerful communication tool, it lends itself well to networking.”

As his Boston Tweet following grew, so too did the user expectations. Timeliness was and continues to be a challenge, he said.

“The best thing is the nonstop flow of information. And the worst thing is the nonstop flow of information,” Tom said. “It’s amazing that we’re at this place where we’re all journalists. We’re all responding in the moment to what is happening right int front of us.”

Tom has spun a business model from his Twitter prowess, and works with local and national companies to promote events, products and ideas. He also is the founder of Flutter, a concept that marries crowdsourcing and charitable giving.

Tom said what sets him apart from other personalities on Twitter is his continued focus on Boston exclusively, positivity and authenticity. “I know exactly who I am and what I believe in. My followers know who is behind the account. They value that transparency. And I always try to be positive and support local charities….within a character limit.”

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BC Athletics Associate Director of Communications Lizz Summers gave a brief presentation on the new department website and a strategic shift from using the hashtag #WeAreBC to #BCEagles. Lizz said that considerable consideration was made into this decision. Although used for years as a hashtag to show BC pride, #WeAreBC is also used by groups from around the world, including high schools, competitions and, of course, British Columbia. Because Athletics’ messaging was becoming so diluted from non-BC community members, the shift was implemented on Aug. 1. Lizz asked all Council members to support the new hashtag, #BCEagles, if posting about Athletics’ events or programming.

Boston College Alumni Social Media Manager Cheryse Ong updated members about upcoming programming and the Office of International Programs asked Council members to support International Education Week (stay tuned on their Facebook page.)

Finally, the Council had a brief discussion on Periscope. Social Media Manager Melissa Beecher briefly talked about some experimentation News & Public Affairs is doing with campus tours and events. Athletics will be using Periscope for press conferences and BC Alumni is using the medium for campus events. We’ll be sure to continue discussions on this medium as more members start adopting, or are interested in learning more.

Our next Social Media Council Meeting is Dec. 9. What topics would you like to see covered?

SMC 10/14 Preview

The first meeting of the Social Media Council this semester is upon us! Tomorrow we’ll meet in McGuinn 334 at 2 p.m. with a packed agenda.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 2.47.14 PMOur guest speaker this month is Tom O’Keefe, A.K.A. Boston Tweet, who has established himself as one of the top social influencers on Twitter in Boston. Tom has a Twitter audience north of 160,000 and is the founder of Flutter, an online platform for local charities to create interesting local experiences. A 1995 alumnus of BC, Tom has agreed to share with us his story, tips on Twitter and details on how to successfully build and sustain a brand on social media.

Next up, Athletics Associate Director of Communications Lizz Summers will give us an update on her department’s new website, and preferences with hashtag usage when posting about BC Athletics teams or news. Cheryse Ong, Social Media Manager for BC Alumni, will also provide an update on upcoming campaigns and social media efforts from her department.

We’ll leave some time to talk about Periscope, as more departments have become interested in or already started utilizing this live streaming service connected with Twitter. Curious about Periscope? Read this blog post from the team that developed it. And here’s a look at how other schools have utilized Periscope to date.

If you haven’t already, please RSVP to social@bc.edu so we have enough chairs! See you tomorrow.

#BC2019 Are You Ready?

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Greetings, SMC-ers! We are asking all Council members to support the upcoming #BC2019 campaign. Be sure to follow @BostonCollege and @BC_Admission for the official Admission announcement, which will come soon.

In the days following the mailing of decision emails and letters, the BC channels will publish fresh content to keep our online community engaged. Be sure to support the effort by sharing the posts and using the #BC2019 hashtag on original content to make a great first impression to our newest Eagles.

Remember, this is an opportunity to showcase your individual program, school or department. We’ll be adding the best #BC2019 posts and tweets to a Storify and Tagboard, so don’t be left out.

Need some inspiration? Here’s last year’s #BC2018 summary.

Thanks for your support and email social@bc.edu with any questions!