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Panelists tout benefits of social media - #NAAmXc11
By Stephanie Collins
The "Social Media" session
explored how newspapers have used these platforms to raise traffic flow to news
websites, increase revenue and facilitate sharing of information.
Jodi Gersh, manager of
social media at Gannett Co., said that because many social media tools - especially check-in applications - are
still in the early-adopter phase, a lot of them are more popular with
advertisers and marketers than consumers.
Gersh said 29 percent of consumers
use check-in social media apps to get deals or discounts, but 51 percent have
no interest in checking in at all. "My question is, can we give them a reason
to check in?"
Gersh cited a new app,
"Porkappolis," which will launch soon in Cincinnati. The app features badges,
deals at local businesses and news pertinent to the area.
Deals with local businesses
generate revenue for these kinds of localized apps, Gersh said. Businesses want
to have more of an identity in the community and therefore will pay for a
check-in deal with a local app like Porkappolis.
Randall Keith, director of
digital content for MediaNews Group Inc.'s Bay Area News Group, discussed the
advantages of using Facebook to moderate commentary on news articles, as opposed
to the commenting module common to many news websites.
"The volume of offensive
posts has been skyrocketing for months," Keith said.
Because people can hide
behind anonymous user names, he said, they are more inclined to post offensive
comments. As a result, websites require aggressive policing and moderating.
Keith said that switching to
Facebook for commentary has been an ideal solution. "The use of real names on
Facebook improves the quality of the conversation," he said.
In addition, he said Facebook
offers useful metrics that enable news organizations to follow exactly how many
times and how often their stories are accessed.
Renee Monhollon, director of
new business development and digital sales for Scripps' KNS Media Group, said use
of social media facilitates detailed research that helps news media to tell
advertisers who their audience is, instead of the other way around.
By following Facebook user
activity, organizations can identify accurate audience profiles. "We are able
to really break down the conversations that are taking place on Facebook," Monhollon
>> WATCH: Renee Monhollon talks about how using social media drives revenue
>> View and download speaker presentations from the Social Media session. (NAA Members Only)
Stephanie Collins is a student at Southern Methodist
University in Dallas. Find out more about Stephanie and other students
reporting live from NAA's mediaXchange here.
Mar 27 2011, 11:59 PM
About Amanda Knowles
Amanda Knowles is Web & Social Media Manager at the Newspaper Association of America. Before coming to NAA, Amanda spent four years working in print journalism, both at the college and professional level. She has worked as a copy editor and news page designer for two daily newspapers in northwestern Pennsylvania, The Erie Times-News and The Meadville Tribune. Most recently, she collaborated on The American Observer, the online magazine edited and produced by graduate journalism students at American University in Washington, D.C. Amanda believes strongly in the secure future of the newspaper, and is excited to be a participant in the movement to integrate traditional print media into the burgeoning digital world.