SES London: Social Media 101, Lisa Myers

Yeah! That’s right Y’all. Our very own SEO Chick Lisa Myers is making this morning’s social keynote.

Microsoft’s Mel Carson: Advertising Community Manager is our MC.

Mel sets us up for the session by explaining they like to think of social media not just as platform, but as marketing tool. It’s important to remember it’s not all just about Twitter and Facebook, but about finding your audience and where they hang out.

Apparently 21% of FB traffic comes from IM. So shared content, is the pull and such stats act as carrot to businesses who often jump in, looking for an instant win. It takes dedication, committment for reward.

Get the basics right!

Lisa starts by stressing this is a 101 and we start with a definition.

Technical platform that facilitates connection. HOWEVER, just being there is not enough. Presence is not the success factor in social media.

Speed by which social media faciliates communication, can be understood b a move from word of mouth to WORLD of mouth.

The key to participation is to listen first – sell later (if at all). SM is not a traditional “sales” tool. Much more below the line relationship sales.

Lisa Plays… Social Media Revolution

Which contains some awesome facts about social media growth, user numbers, frequency of access, and some metrics about the decline of the traditional news media industries.

We’re moving onto looking at the core of social media strategies; The Social Media Elements…

Content marketing, Link Baiting, Site Seeding, ORM and Monitoring, Blogging, Viral and Social Media Networks.

Start With an Objective.

Example: brand awareness, traffic generation, link generation, conversions.

Identify Your Audience.

Who are they and where are they? Doesn’t need to be obsessively detailed as most social medium’s reach some range of audience.


200,000,000 blog out there in the interwebosphere, of which 54% post content of some sort DAILY. 34% of whom post product and service OPINION.

Identify your bloggersphere and factor outreach into social strategy.

Allow your own blog to develop a personality. Make sure the blog is designed with the contributors in mind. Easy enough for the CEO to use.

Think about who is blogging, who is managing, what topic and style?

Checklist before you start.

Main topics and categories; who are the bloggers, who is the manager.

Then build out content and relationships accordingly. Consider personality and how this drives content and profile. (Lisa is showing everyone our freakin’ mugshots. LOL) Good point though as all the Chicks have pretty strong social profiles, and can be traced throughout social media including other blogs, Twitter, guest posting, our own company blogs, FB, and the rest.

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So much material here, as there are inextricable linkes between the two disciplines. Don’t ringfence them as you will get much greater benefit by comining strateguies and knowledge.

One way to think about it – the Linkerati (who any SEO will be grateful for) are the same people we would consider to be the “Socialerati”.

Linkbaiting = a piece of content designed to be attractive so that it is linked to. Remember it has to be on your domain. Viral content can be off-site, but it can not be considered to be linkbait. Linkbait can gain viral popularity though.


You can’t “create” a viral. Viral is the spread mechanism not the content type. It can be difficult to control or predict content the “goes viral”.

Must be a creative idea with solid execution elements.

All the tweeting, digging etc will not help a shit idea. Or flash content for example.


Lisa got her first client through Twitter! (Moi aussi).

Top tips… don’t overthink it. say it, share it, be normal, be natural.


This is a two way process and going into it with this mental attitude, you may find you get more out than you put in!

Remember #hashtags add great additional value for grouping and organisation, search and content retrieval.

Twitter lists are a great tool.

Tweetdeck and other third party apps allow for ease of access, multi-account management. Some allow for scheduling Tweets e.g. Hootsuite, and FutureTweets.

Free Social Monitoring Tools for Twitter

Paid Monitoring Tools


Good for spreading the word, linkbuilding, campaign specific and brand perspective.

Fan page pros- indexed, vanity URLs Twitter and blog integration, member stats.

Cons – can’t message all, no post notifications, can’t bulk invite.

Group Pros, bulk invites, DM all members, pre-approve members.

Cons – Not indexed, lose message feature

YouTube: Launching own keyword monitoring and data tools. 2nd biggest global search engine, with it’s own algorithm.

Final point…


Integrate your social media, with each other, integrate your strategy, so that it interconnects and flows through.

CASE STUDY: City Inn Advent calendar

(Please refer to the presentation that Lisa will be posting as this is a brilliant and highly effective campaign. )

Micro-site advent calendar with click on each of the 24 days, revealing a great prize e.g. iPhones, 2 tickets to “Strictly” final.

Campaign promoted through Twitter, site, blogs other social media.

Generated equivalent 50% of average monthly traffic

Increased email database considerably

300 more Twitter followers (from starting point of handful).

In summary from Lisa:

Don’t let the stats fool you. If it’s too good to believe it probably is. Think, before you go, and trust your instinct.

Live example. We’re about to do a funky live example social media activity. Which will be going on and Twitter with #sessocial

Lastly, as Lisa promised, here’s her slide deck from the session (including links etc):

Lisa was also interviewed after the session by Mel Carson and the SES YouTube Channel, here’s her thoughts of the Social Media Tidalwave (and feel free to laugh at the ridiculous “freeze frame”)

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10 Responses to “SES London: Social Media 101, Lisa Myers”

  1. [...] SEO Chicks: "200,000,000 blog out there in the interwebosphere, of which 54% post content of some sort DAILY. 34% of whom post product and service OPINION." [...]

  2. [...] The live coverage can be found at [...]

  3. Meri Garcia says:

    Hi Nichola,

    I was also at the conference and I enjoyed it very much.Many thanks for keeping us up with an overview of the presentations. I didn’t have a chance to talk to you personally but I did have a chat with Lysa.

    She probably remembers me… I ACCIDENTALLY forgot her business card on the table after I introduced myself timidly on the exhibition hall ¬¬’

    Mind you, I had been wanting to go talk to her for about an hour before I could put myself together and overcome my irrational shyness After lots of thinking I decided that a quick ‘Hi, my name is..’ couldn’t be so difficult after all…and..

    Oh, dear…so much suffering for nothing…She was SUPER COOL!-Thanks Lysa ;)

    Anyway,I found that the tips she gave at the session were really useful for people, like myself, who are still on the first stages of SEO and SM learning.

    Here’s what I grasped most interesting:

    *FuturTweets–sweet! such a time saver 8)
    *Free Social Monitoring Tools–even sweeter!idem
    *Integrate Social Media and Marketing Strategy–sooo true…so 101, yet so difficut to keep up with sometimes

    *Paid Monitoring tools–thanks…but no thanks(yet)

    All in all, a good hour full of good advice, tips and new info.


    Meri Garcia

  4. Meri Garcia says:

    Oh.. right…rereading my previous post now…
    It seems like my RAD (acronim I’ve just made up for Randomly-Appearing Dyslexia)is embarassing me once again…sorry for that (twiced) mispelled name, Lisa! ^^

  5. see4 says:

    i love this pres and figures available inside. but to me facebook is the 3rd country in the world (400 000 0000 users) because facebook users are more large than USA population

  6. Lisa Myers says:

    @Meri Loved your comment, you write like you talk, and that’s a good thing with blogging and commenting. And don’t worry about spelling my name wrong (Lysa sounds allot cooler than plain Lisa). It was lovely to meet you, and next time don’t wait an hour before you come over for a chat :) And get that blog started (on wordpress of course).

  7. Meri Garcia says:

    @Lisa, so great to hear that you like my morphological attempts to change people’s names XD
    You won’t believe this but last night I was at the Camden Head and I saw you guys all there and was intimidated again…hehe I’m terrible I know! It was a great night after all, but I SWEAR next time I will swallow down my shyness and come say Hi! It’s getting ridiculos now n_n

  8. @Meri – I’m so glad you found the liveblogging useful. Lisa was absolutely superb wasn’t she? So many people at drinks and just socialising afterwards came to tell me they got so much out of this presentation.

    I’ve just seen your picture and remember seeing you a few times upstairs. Aw… next time you must say Hi. If you’re on Twitter do follow us as it’s a nice easy way to break the ice if you’re shy.

    All of us have our twitter handles on our respective profile pages here

  9. [...] a talk by @lisadmyers on Social Media. It was a very informative session which I’ll leave to SEOChicks to cover the ins and outs of, but I did want to share this video which she played to show just how big Social Media has [...]

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