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How to create an employee advocacy program

Set goals & KPIs for your employee advocacy program

Your colleagues may be posting about work on their social media feeds. They may be doing so on their own. But without an organized system, you don’t have a way of tracking results.

The more you define your specific goals, the more your employees could be able to help. If your goal is to grow awareness, ask employees to post more about the brand. If it is a new product, create shareable content about the product. If your target is a share of voice, seek out and organize employees who use several platforms & post often.

Other aims might include improving organic reach, increasing traffic from social media, and expanding your demographic.Look at how employee advocacy can help.

 Establish social media guidelines

Employees need to know not only what the message is, but also the best way to communicate it. What kind of language could they use? How should they post? How could they respond to comments?

A social media policy takes the guesswork out of these & other questions. The easier you make advocacy, the more likely they’re to do it.

Guidelines ensure consistency across platforms and accounts. You do not want one employee adopting an irreverent tone, while others take a more formal approach.

Guidelines can help protect your company’s reputation & ensure against legal trouble and security risks.

Some guidelines are just common-sense—for example, avoiding vulgar or intolerant language. Others might be left to the legal department. But you could ask employees themselves for their input. Engage staff early on—they’re more likely to buy in.

Also, make the guidelines easy to understand & follow. Guidelines should enable advocacy instead of restricting it. Include recommendations on what, where & how to share.

Educate employees on social media best practices

People’s social-media comfort levels will differ. Bring everyone up to speed on social media best practices. This extends to employees across all departments & seniority levels. Training everyone on company policies & guidelines creates a level playing field.

Be consistent in offering new & shareable content. This helps employees also be consistent & create new social media sharing habits. Offer a mix, if possible, of fun, shareable content& industry trends.

Want to make sure best practices across the board? Put your employees’ social media education in the hands of the pros. Hootsuite Academy offers free social media training & courses. Get started here.

Appoint employee advocacy leaders

Executives set the pace for social media. But if the organization is large enough, outsource employee advocacy roles to employees. Responsibilities may include communicating missions and goals/creating proper incentives.

The initial excitement of having an employee advocacy program will not last forever. People will start to share less often/stop altogether. To minimize drop-offs, your advocacy liaisons will need to be proactive.

Track the right metrics to measure success

An advocacy mission could align with at least one of your company’s primary business aims. Then decide on which social media metrics you will be tracking. Those might include a share of voice, website traffic & new sales leads.

Once that mission has wrapped up, summarize your results in a report that demonstrates social media return on investment (ROI). Include information on general metrics as well as employee engagement.

Some key metrics to keep an eye on are:

  • Top contributors. Which individuals/teams are sharing the most? Which advocates are generating the most engagement?
  • Organic reach. How many people are seeing that content shared through your employee advocates?
  • Engagement. Are people clicking links, leaving comments & re-sharing content from your advocates? What is the engagement you are getting per network?
  • Traffic. How much traffic did the content shared by employee advocates drive to your website?

Most analytics tools let you track and attribute traffic from your advocates. This data could inform future employee advocacy efforts.

Lastly, share the results. Measurements like the above are concrete & actionable numbers. They can inspire your workforce. Both you & they can learn from what worked & what didn’t.

Employee advocacy made easy with Hootsuite Amplify

You know why employee advocacy is important, and how to suggest your workforce to get involved. But the hardest part is the execution—actually getting staff to share company messaging on social media. That is why we created Hootsuite Amplify, an employee advocacy tool for your mobile device that makes it safe & easy for employees to share approved social content with their friends & followers.

 

3 Ways to Get More Website Traffic

When it comes to building your email list, there’s no shortage of ways to do so. You can improve the content in your sign up form, create an irresistible incentive, and even split test different versions of your form to increase engagement.

But even if your sign up form is amazing, you need website traffic to make it effective. By increasing traffic, you can increase the number of people who see your sign up form and subscribe to your email list.

So what are some ways you can drive traffic to your website without breaking the bank?

Build your community

Having a presence in online communities gives you a good opportunity to develop your brand and your expertise – and as you do, you will naturally begin to raise interest in your business & increase traffic to your website.

In Thinkific’s #WeOnline summit, Dana Malstaff, author of Boss Mom, showed how she used community participation as a way of building her business. Throughout the presentation, she emphasized that you have to give generously to other people’s audiences in order to be authentic & build trust.

To accomplish this, share your knowledge & expertise with the communities you reach out to. This would help you develop deep relationships with those communities & bring people back to your site when they are looking for more useful information.

There’re numerous ways to increase your online presence, like: commenting on blogs & in forums, answering questions on Quora, talking in subreddits, guest blogging, or even participating in Facebook & LinkedIn groups.

Building a presence in communities will not only increase brand awareness for you, but it’ll also give you the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals & even people you could develop partnerships with.

Tip: When participating in LinkedIn groups ensure to follow the group rules. While some LinkedIn groups let you link back to your website in certain situations, others do not allow this at all.

Collaborate with another business/influencer

One of the most necessarytactics you can use to drive traffic & conversions is to leverage relationships with other companies & influencers. By getting your brand in front of new audiences, you open up the door to new traffic to the site.

If you have already developed these relationships – that is great!

If not, do not be afraid to reach out to new people to beginforming mutually beneficial partnerships.

Before reaching out, write down a list of opportunities that you could bring to the table. Do you have a large social following? Do you have a loyal & engaged subscriber base? Are you good at public speaking?

You will be able to use this list as talking points in your negotiations with partners. Be confident in your offerings, but know where you will draw the line to protect your own audience.

Once you have established a partnership, you can explore opportunities to work on projects together that will get you in front of their audiences.

Twitter chats, webinars, and exclusive online education series are good ways to create experiences that will benefit everyone.

For instance, we partnered with AddThis for a webinar on email list building. Not only where we can share the expertise of both companies with webinar audiences, we also had more webinar attendees since we invited both of our audiences to the webinar.

Tip: Do not know where to start finding partners that will work with you? Review your referral traffic in Google Analytics to seek sites that are already sending traffic to you. If they are already a fan of your brand, they are more likely to work with you.

Email your subscribers

While Facebook & Twitter are great for bringing your social audiences back to your website, email marketing may be more effective.

One of the reasons email drives conversions is its ability to boost website traffic.

By sending your email subscribers emails with links back to your blog & website, you encourage them to visit your site & learn more about your company.

For instance, to regularly encourage your email subscribers to visit your blog, you could send a weekly/monthly email sharing your latest blog content. Our weekly blog digest emails share the top blog content from the past week & increase traffic to our blog.

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