If you’re using social networking and social media for your horsebiz, you’ll find out what’s considered ‘the best of the best’ when it comes to equine industry social media use, hear from some of the winners, AND get your week started with a few laughs.
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Monday Quick Tip – Best In Horsebiz Social Media Continues – Listen Live Today For ESMA Wrap-Up on Horse Radio Network
52 Fridays is an ongoing series for equestrian professionals and equine business owners and managers, with marketing and public relations stories, ideas, tips, and resources shared here each Friday.
A bunch of equine industry press releases have crossed my computer screen recently, so here’s a potpourri of some news items that I find intriguing from a marketing and/or social media viewpoint.
The 2012 Equestrian Social Media Awards winners will be announced this week via their ‘virtual awards show.’ A different awards video is posted each day, announcing winners from the 30 different awards categories this year.
We’ve got the links to watch the videos AND listen to the Horse Radio Network wrap-up next Monday, March 12th. If you’re using social networking and social media for your horsebiz, tune in to find out what’s considered ‘the best of the best’ when it comes to horse industry social media use.
The horse world is getting used to the idea of embracing technology and social media for marketing purposes. Every week I hear from someone new that’s just started their Facebook page, has launched their own Twitter account, or is considering starting a blog. It’s all good.
A few weeks ago at my equestrian expo presentation on social media, I had attendees who were new to social media and some that had gotten started but wanted to improve; one trio included a couple who were the business owners, plus their newly hired assistant who was going to develop their horsebiz social media. All of social media, and how best to use it to achieve your own unique goals, has a learning curve; one way to learn about best practices includes looking at who the ‘movers and shakers’ are when it comes to horsebiz social media, and the Equestrian Social Media Awards provides a perfect opportunity to do it!
About a week ago, I received an award for a client e-newsletter I wrote and produced in 2010. While my decades of writing experience certainly had something to do with it (how the time does fly!), there are some basic strategies and tactics that can help your own horsebiz communications, too.
The Publicity Club of Chicago is the largest independent PR membership organization in the U.S., so award recipients represent the ‘cream of the crop’ when it comes to public relations. Other winners in my category, a Silver Trumpet in New Media, included The Field Museum, University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PR firm handling a campaign for Sara Lee, all nice company to be recognized in.
You can read the 2009/2010 archived e-newsletters for Horsemen’s Laboratory at their website to see what I did, but here are a few strategic tips & tactics you can implement for your equine business:
- When there’s only a template option, using colors and images consistent with your brand can result in a more custom look.
- A focus on client education can position your business as a leader and trusted resource.
- Variety in articles and information, including industry news and guest expert interviews, can add interest for the reader as well as information.
Have you ever heard the carpenter’s adage ‘measure twice, cut once’? It applies in public relations and marketing strategy, too. Think through what you want to accomplish, and then design your tactics to hit that target. Whether your efforts win awards or not isn’t important, as long as they win over customers.
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The No Biz Like Horsebiz blog started one year ago today. It’s amazing how fast the days add up to 365….
I’ve been doing a little ‘taking stock’ of where things are with the blog now, and I wanted to share some of that with you, plus a bit of the ‘looking forward’ to what’s next:
- The blog subscriber base is small but dedicated, with site stats that are going in the right direction (that’s up, in case you were wondering) in terms of both reading and subscribing. Thank you to EACH and every one of my subscribers and readers, and especially everyone who’s taken the time to comment or share in some way. I really appreciate it.
- I’ve allowed this blog to evolve organically, ‘finding its voice’ along the way and building a foundation for the future. The Monday Morning Quickie (MMQ) posts and 52 Fridays series are proceeding swimmingly, and being shared a bit via social media (thanks, y’all!). The one surprise is how many find my blog through an Internet search for ‘morning quickie,’ something I wouldn’t have guessed when I started MMQ and a good lesson in how you name something and what that name could bring!
- The last year has brought positive results for readers and mostly ‘boy, that’s useful’ or ‘I enjoy reading’ types of comments and feedback. And a fair amount of s.p.a.m. – the WordPress Akismet tool informs me that it’s blocked 684 s.p.a.m. comments, and I sure am thankful for it!
- The past year has also brought recognition for Kemp Equine that I’ve shared here, in the form of multiple PR and writing awards, and a Finalist nod in the ‘Best Use of Twitter – International’ category of the first-ever Equestrian Social Media Awards (ESMAs), which didn’t even exist at this time last year. The ESMAs show how much more of the global horse industry is adopting new media, social networking, and technology in getting the word out and connecting folks within the various equestrian communities, across not only geographic boundaries but breed and discipline boundaries as well.
As for what’s next….
- In general, my purpose and focus are still the same as they were a year ago…
Through this blog, you can look forward to equine industry marketing news and information, interviews with relevant experts, and tips and resources to help you reach your customers more effectively and efficiently. There’ll also be links to my articles in horse magazines, plus some fun stuff from time to time.
- Now that the blog is underway, I’ll be working to build readership and the subscriber list, including more use of social media and some fun stuff. I hope you’ll help me out by telling others or sharing links when you find something useful or valuable in this space.
If I could have a ‘one year anniversary’ wish, it would be that the trend of horse industry sharing and connecting continues and grows, that we look for even more ways to invite others into our horsey world and show them not only the beauty, power, and magic of equines, but also how horses and equestrians can, and should, have a place in our fast-paced world.
Care to join me?
Please feel free share your own wish for the horse world by clicking on the Leave a Comment link below. Thanks for reading and making my first year an enjoyable one!
As I’m writing this blog post, I’m listening to the Horse Radio Network’s ‘all-ESMA’ episode with the founders and winners of the first-ever Equestrian Social Media Awards. It’s all good fun with hosts Glenn and Jamie, but there’s some real value for horsebiz professionals in looking at the winners and what they’re doing with new media.
You can watch the ESMA ‘awards show’ online, a series of 5 videos with acceptance videos from the winners. The ESMAs also plan to release 2 ‘montage’ videos later this week, so we’ll see a bit from the equestrian finalists that weren’t selected as winners, but that are still doing creative, innovative, leading-edge work in equestrian industry new media.
Here’s why it’s a good idea to check out the winners and finalists
- Get inspired by what other horse professionals are doing in new media.
- Gather ideas for what you can do in your own horsebiz new media efforts.
- See for yourself how new media is helping the horse industry get the word out about what they’re doing, and improving industry marketing and promotion efforts in connecting with current and new customers and fans to give the entire horse world a higher profile across the globe.
A huge CONGRATS to all the first-ever winners, and an enormous THANK YOU to ESMA founders Liam Killen & Rhea Freeman, Horse Radio Network, and all the voters, volunteers, and supporters of the ESMAs – it will be fantastic to watch the ESMAs influence new media within the horse world.
If missed the other posts about the ESMAs, you can access them below:
- And the award goes to…. (ESMA week is here!)
- Monday Morning Quickie – First-Ever Equestrian Social Media Awards
You can listen to the Horses In The Morning (HITM) show on Horse Radio Network LIVE on weekday mornings from 9 AM to 10:30 Eastern, and also via archived ‘podcast’ recordings at the Horse Radio Network website.
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