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The 5 rules of real-time engagement
Join us for a live video chat with ScribbleLive CEO Michael De Monte, as he discusses the five rules of real-time engagement, and explains how brands can use content to tell stories that serve their audience.
Back up. Look at what you're doing today, start small and find things that are easily translatable to real time.
Also, make sure you take a look at the Scribble Market -- our content producers make content that is available for syndication.
Michael: Every brand has an audience. Capture what's happening in whatever ecosystem you're in and bring it back on your site, share it with communities that are relevant to your industry. (He's using a boat manufacturer example here -- target boating blogs, or recreational sites.)
The audiences are out there, but you need to create content that is engaging to them.
Next question from the audience:
Hi Michael, what are you're experiences about your own metric "engagement minutes". Is it accepted/understood by your customers and their ad-partners? As far as i understand this metric, it should establish some kind of new currency that underlines the higher user-engagement in comparison to regular articles/PI&Visits.
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Arneflying_ahat 11:47 AM
First, some background. Two years ago, ScribbleLive switched its billing from bandwidth to engagement minutes.
Bandwidth wasn't speaking to what we were trying to do, because bandwidth was dependent on the content being produced (i.e. photos and video take more).
The idea of pageviews also didn't really apply -- after all, you're just sitting on the same page for an extended amount of time.We needed a metric to show our clients what their audience was doing, and we settled on engagement minutes (also known as time spent).
There is still a disconnect on the advertising side, but it's moving toward this idea of time spent. Even Nielsen, etc. are trying to figure out how to measure how long eyeballs are watching something.We do provide other metrics as well, including uniques, pageviews, the source of these, etc. To learn more about the types of metrics Scribble provides, check out this article.
Michael: Shell did an event around the environment ("Shell and the environment are like water and oil. I know.") But if you leave it up to social media, people are going to hijack the hashtag and take it over. Say what you will about Shell, they wanted to have a conversation around this.They used ScribbleLive to tell the story they wanted to tell, engage the audience in real time as well as reach out to social when they felt it appropriate to add context to the story they were trying to tell.
Another example around financial institutions. We have some examples of financial institutions using ScribbleLive for real-time hiring practices.
Michael: If you have a website where the content isn't always moving, you're probably not in the right spot.If you look at a news site now and an hour from now, it would be vastly different. That's how news organizations engage their audiences.But if you look at a brand's site today and a week from now, they'd probably be the same. But at the same time, you probably do have always-on elements. What we're saying is that you should be taking the next step and engaging your audience in real time, and having a live element to your site. If you're a sports brand, why aren't you presenting sports scores to your audience? Or information about the athletes that you're sponsoring.
Let's look at something a brand like Ford could do. They have dealerships all over the country. There are so many stories that happen on those lots--the family who drives away in their minivan with their kids, or the 21-year-old who just bought his first car. These stories aren't being told right now, but they're constantly happening in the Ford community.Then, when the auto show is on in Detroit, they go and cover it not as Ford, but almost as journalists in content marketing, providing full coverage of the event.
This leads into our next question fairly well. Miles just asked a question that brought us back to media organizations for a second. The journalists who work for them and who use ScribbleLive every day to tell real-time stories obviously understand this idea of real time and always-on. But these organizations are also massive brands. How can they tell the overarching story of the brand as well?
Michael: You probably have a favourite news site. You may flit away to Twitter or another site, but you probably have one or two that you always come back to.But media organizations can amplify their own brands using our Scribble Market syndication marketplace.
Example, once again: Boston.com's coverage of the Boston marathon. They could have very easily kept that story on their own site, but they placed it into the Scribble Market and dozens of media properties around the world picked it up and hosted Boston.com's content on their sites.This is one way that media brands can use our technology to go beyond their own site.
Another thing media brands could do (though, Michael says, he isn't sure they'd be into this...) is let them branch out from their organization. News organizations could let their writers do what they love -- for example, someone going and covering a music festival. This music festival content could end up on their organization's site, or it could not. But at the end of the day, the writer would still be seen as a member of that brand's organization, thereby expanding their reach.
Michael gives a slight shameless plug of the services ScribbleLive offers (training, customer success managers, etc.)But even beyond ScribbleLive, success won't happen overnight necessarily. What you have to do is get your audience used to the idea of always-on; Used to the idea that your audience will get new information each time they come to your site--that they won't be coming to a static, unchanging environment.
You can talk about whether or not social media changed the way people consumed content, or you can argue--as Michael has-- that this is just the way people absorb information. They want to engage with content. When someone leaves a comment, and it ends up in the stream and gets answered, it's a much more compelling experience for someone.
And on the brand side, Michael says that over the next few years we're going to see this trend as well. Brands will be doing things that don't just sell, period. They'll have content divisions staffed with journalists who cover events not because it's going to sell a product, but because it's a great story that your brand's audience will enjoy.
And that's all for today! This chat has wrapped. If you have any questions for Michael or for any of us, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.