Archive for the Social Media Category

Can the Department of Defense realize the full power of social media?

Oct 05

Nielsen reported recently that social networks and blogsites now account for more than 22 percent of Americans’ time spent online, more than twice than that of online gaming.  To put that in perspective, Nielsen lists 75 categories as “other,” which combined accounts for only 35 percent of Americans’ time online. Read the full report here: […]

Personal Communication Still Drives Word of Mouth on Causes

Jun 15

Quiz of the day: What is the most typical way in which people tell others about social issues and causes they want them to get involved with? a)      In person b)      Over the phone c)       Via text messages d)      Via social networking messages and invites e)      Via personal emails or email forwards The answer: a) […]

How Social Media Can Be Used As An Epidemiology Tool

Jun 14

Social media, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, and location-based services like Foursquare, are forever changing the way epidemiologists discover, track, and study the spread of disease. Instead of waiting for health authorities to investigate an outbreak and not report on results for weeks or even months, victims from all over the world are coming together and […]

How alike and different are Caucasians, African Americans and Hispanics when it comes to supporting causes?

May 31

How alike and different are Caucasians, African Americans and Hispanics when it comes to supporting causes? Our latest release on the study Dynamics of Cause Engagement revealed interesting similarities and differences in how people of different ethnicities engage with causes. Among the most interesting findings is the fact that social media play a greater role […]

Smart Listening Essential in Social Media – A Recap of the International Healthcare Social Media Summit

May 27

Last week, a couple of my colleagues and I had the chance to attend the International Healthcare Social Media Summit. We, along with over 150 people worldwide, joined the summit online via a livestream. Hosted by GlobalHealthPR and convened at Spectrum Science in Washington, DC, the summit brought together social media and health communication experts […]

Women Are Strongest Believers in the Power of Supporting Causes

May 17

This post was originally posted to Ogilvy PR’s Womenology blog. A recent study conducted by Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in partnership with the Center for Social Impact Communication at Georgetown University revealed the importance of supporting causes for women in the U.S. 8 in 10 women believe that supporting causes creates a sense of purpose […]

How social are you when it comes to seeking health information online?

May 13

When it comes to sharing and/or looking for health information online, are you a social butterfly or a wallflower? New findings from the Pew Internet and Life Project’s The Social Life of Health Information 2011 survey were released yesterday, showing that online resources, including advice from peers, serve as a significant source of health information […]

When it Comes to Social Media, Where Do We Begin?

Apr 28

“Where do we begin?” This is a question we see a lot in the social media space, particularly with agencies and organizations that have limited time and resources. And as with all questions related to the social Web, the answer depends on who you ask. Some believe it starts with defining your audience, while others […]

Friday Round-Up: What I’ve Been Reading

Apr 22

I’m back for another edition of Friday Round-Up. Sorry for the brief hiatus; we were in full swing conference mode with the World Social Marketing Conference. Using Social Media to Save Women’s Lives. I love that these stories are increasingly being told. The Women’s Refugee Commission launched Mama: Together for Safe Births in Crises. To […]

The Dynamics of Cause Engagement

Apr 19

How has the digital revolution changed the way Americans get involved with causes and social issues? Lately, we have seen a lot of discussion on the impact of digital media on cause involvement.  “Twitter revolution” and “slactivism” are terms that are now part of the social causes lexicon. As in all good debates, different points […]