Social Media Campaign for Climate Change – BCM 303

Social Media marketing is one of the most effective ways of marketing anything to the world nowadays. It allows marketers to connect and engage potential customers through using strong social media strategies to obtain their targeted audience. Therefore, it is furthermost very important to have the skill to be able to run a social media campaign for our future World Expo for 2025. In this report, I will be focusing on the World Expo theme of ‘Climate Change. Through my discipline of social media marketing and creative direction and to evaluate current social media campaigns that are currently taking place. I have also interviewed a professional in Social Media Management and Creative Directing Julius Dimataga to gain a better understanding of the creative process and collaboration.

Research

Maëlle Jacqmarcq’s “Environmental Activism in the Digital Age” explores the development of new digital technologies and the predicted boon for environmental activism. With social media platforms were expected to facilitate change, and enable activists worldwide to communicate and organise more effectively.

Jacqmarcq (2021, p. 51) observed “The emergence of digital technologies has impacted the environmental movement by increasing the speed and scope of its messages worldwide.” Emphasises the impact that social media plays a significant role in addressing and hopefully positively influencing people on the impacts we have on climate change.

Social media has allowed for the organisation of climate change rallies drastically and has allowed for global participation as many of you have heard of “15-year-old Greta Thunberg started skipping school in 2018 to strike for climate action outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. The movement quickly went global. An estimated 1.6 million kids in 125 countries hit the streets during a protest in mid-March. And a youth-led demonstration planned worldwide for 20 September could be the largest climate protest ever.”(Marris 2019).

Google trends for climate change

Interview

Social Media Management and Creative Director – Julius Dimataga

I asked some essential questions about his creative skills, professional values, collaborative production skills and such as:

Q.1 Can you take me through your typical production process from idea development to final presentation?

Q.2 What would you say are key strengths or unique attributes that you bring to this profession?

Q.3 Can you recall any specific experiences that have been pivotal to your professional development?

Q.4 Have you had any memorable professional collaboration experiences? What makes collaboration worthwhile in your line of work?

Q.5 Where do you see your industry in 10 years? Where would you like to see it?

Interview Answers

And these are his answers:

A.1 Depends if I’m doing client work or creative work in that sense. With the creative process, everything begins with a sort of treatment and idea getting down on paper weather writing down a script or storyline or drawing a storyboard always got to be the process where you got to put your vision to paper instead of winging it most of the time with taking film things or photographs of things in visual documentation. I like to document all of my ideas on my I pad, procreate or paper.

From, there I will use whatever resources I have at my disposal, would touch base with my fellow workmates with scripting and organising talent, equipment, find locations and or rent a space to shoot, finally to shoot day and post-production. 

A.2 My key strengths are creativity in the sense of doing things out of the ordinary. I’m not afraid to experiment with things and have a fair bit of experience behind a camera. I can manipulate visuals and tell a narrative.

A.3 I would say maybe a couple of years ago I worked at the waratah’s, It was pivotal because it forced me to be in an environment where it’s always adapting and always changing very very fast. Being in the dynamic of the sport allowed me to see and work where I wasn’t in control all the time. However, I prefer to plan more it has given me that experience to be nimble and It allowed me to travel and work with a big team and very enjoyable

A.4 working with like-minded people and with creative people and people who like to express themselves through that and meet awesome people in awesome places. That’s the most rewarding about this line of work.

A.5 I like where the industry is right now, and how it’s face pace because everyone has access to technology and streaming services I enjoy that right now, it has given people the opportunity to express themselves and tell awesome stories and I want that to continue. For myself, I want to create a Netflix feature movie soon.

Through conducting this interview I have learned the skills and techniques that Julius implements into his creative and collaborative experiences as well as the industry that I want to work in in the future as well. He emphasized writing down ideas at the beginning stages of a creative endeavour as well as planning out the creative idea.    

Critical Evaluation of Case Study’s creative production

I have chosen to evaluate The Conversation’s blog post to evaluate, it breaks down the eight ways to make your climate change social media posts matter:

  1. Relevance matters
  2. Conciseness helps
  3. Chase positive, realistic targets
  4. Avoid misleading terminology
  5. Climate is global: weather is local
  6. Avoid uncertainty
  7. Suggest concrete action
  8. Listen

Theses’ steps would play an integral part in creating creative content on social media to raise awareness of climate change on social media.

Innovative Designs and Visual Communication Strategies in the final presentation

Taking into consideration of my interview with Julius, the case study of how to make your climate change social media posts matter, and the research I have done. I have advised creating a social media campaign around the fact of a proven method of creating awareness for this global issue I would also focus my attention on video creation the using the formation production process that Julius has explained during the interview to ensure my message and the creative idea was filled to my expectations.

Conclusion

Through the combination using Julius’s creative, collaborative teachings and the recent trends that are happening on social media it is important to post content thematically and aesthetically. Being creative with my future content is something I will be keeping in mind for the World Expo presentation. Aside from than regular content itself, it’s also important to post other relevant posts such as fun facts, memes or relevant quotes in the future project’s feeds. It is also very important to engage with our audience and be open to listening to ideas from everyone.

References:

Jacqmarcq, M 2021, ‘Environmental Activism in the Digital Age’, Flux, vol. 11, no. 1, p.41/ 51pp.

Marris, E 2019, ‘Why young climate activists have captured the world’s attention, Nature, 18 September, viewed 17 August, <https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02696-0&gt;.

Tenbrink, T 2021, ‘Eight ways to make your climate change social media posts matter – from a communication expert,’ The Conversation, 18 June, viewed 16 August,<https://theconversation.com/eight-ways-to-make-your-climate-change-social-media-posts-matter-from-a-communication-expert-161026&gt;.

Aquilah Productions (Digital Artefact Pitch)

My Digital Artefact (DA) Aquilah Productions has become a major part of bachelor and communications degree whether it was a part of an assessment or not, I have been developing it since I was in high school for a way for me to express my creativity and passion for photography and videography while adding to my professional portfolio.

Content is the trigger of customer interaction (Rahal, 2021). 

Daily, photos content to both my Instagram and Facebook feed using relevant hashtags to succeed with the algorithm and achieve growth.

l has also created daily Instagram stories based off the daily photo to promote audience retention and promote engagement and well as gain feedback of my work.

Will have also create video edits of my adventures for YouTube and have promoted sneak peaks on both Instagram and Facebook to drive conversion to watch the entire edit on YouTube. 

I have also been thinking of ways to be creative from home as shooting outside is against covid 19 restrictions. I going have a go at creating Instagram reels based on popular trends that I notice and see where that take the growth of the account.

The target audience of my project includes fans of adventure, travel, photography and videography, typically aged between 18-24. While it’s mainly male dominated (55%), I do consider my content to appeal to both genders.

If you’ve got any questions or want further info you can comment on this post or you can tweet me thank you.

Consider Following

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aquilahproductions/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AquilahProductions/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3m5aHKCCF26DkOR1bKocw

Is Social Media Management a Good Job?

The project that I was asked to undertake was to research a career that I want to peruse after university comes to an end. Since the beginning of my communication and media degree, I have always wanted to peruse a career in a social media management career. Through conducting secondary research and comparing different sources together in order to find out if this career is for me.

What is social media?

Social media can be thought of in a few different ways. In a practical sense, it is a collection of software-based digital technologies—usually presented as apps and websites—that provide users with digital environments in which they can send and receive digital content or information over some type of online social network. In this sense, we can think of social media as the major platforms and their features, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We can also in practical terms of social media as another type of digital marketing channel that marketers can use to communicate with consumers through advertising.

In Hesmondhalgh and Baker’s book the Creative Labour Media work in 3 cultural industries breaks down the objective goals and attributes in deciding what good work is.

Self-Esteem/Self Realisation

Samuels’s ‘9 skills every social media manager must have’ illustrates the skill and technical abilities that are needed to succeed in this industry to become more employable, and also recommends additional sources to improve in the areas that the reader may need to improve on. The skills involve “communication, writing, creativity, efficiency, traditional and digital, customer care, making connections, agility, data analysis.  

Job Security

Appel’s ‘The future of social media in marketing. Which breaks down the future of social media marketing into three different predictions of the consumer, business, and public policy as well as looking at the immediate and long-term futures in these areas.

The Immediate future:

There are many interesting future research avenues to consider when thinking about the role of influencers on social media. First, determining what traits and qualities (e.g., authenticity, trust, credibility, and likability) make sponsored posts by a traditional celebrity influencer, versus a micro-influencer, or even compared to a CGI influencer, successful is important to determine for marketers. Understanding whether success has to do with the actual influencer’s characteristics, the type of content being posted, whether the content is sponsored or not, and so on, are all relevant concerns for companies and social media platforms when determining partnerships and where to invest effort in influencers. In addition, research can focus on understanding the appeal of live influencer content, and how to successfully blend influencer content with more traditional marketing mix approaches.

The Far Future:

There are early indications that social media might feel different in the future. As mobile phones are held in one’s hands and wearable technology is strapped onto one’s skin, companies and brands are exploring opportunities to communicate to users through touch. Indeed, haptic feedback (technology that recreates the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, or motions to the user; Brave et al. 2001) is increasingly being integrated into interfaces and applications, with purposes that go beyond the mere call or message notifications.

Current Issues in social media management

Covid 19

Mountifield, C & Sharpe’s paper ‘Managing Social Media Content During a Global Crisis: Interview With Ben Read, Social Media Manager at World in Motion’ explains how Covid 19 has affected social media content which is integral to learn about as it is most likely to affect my employment in the future and I need to stay up to date with the new techniques of social media marketing strategies to remain employable in the future.

Conclusion

Through conducting secondary research and comparing different sources together I have concluded that a career in social media management has succeeded in multiple areas that are portrayed in Hesmondhalgh and Baker’s book the “Creative Labour Media work in 3 cultural industries” and resulting is a job that I want to peruse after my studies at university.

References:

Appel, G, Grewal, L, Hadi, R & Stephen, AT 2020, ‘The future of social media in marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 79–95, viewed 1 July 2021, <https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=141133003&site=ehost-live&gt;.

Samuels, R 2021, ‘9 skills every social media manager must have’ Sprout Social, weblog post, 26 March, viewed 25 April 2021  

Hesmondhalgh, D & Baker, S 2011, Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries, Routledge, London.

Mountifield, C & Sharpe, S 2020, ‘Managing Social Media Content During a Global Crisis: Interview With Ben Read, Social Media Manager at World in Motion’, International Journal of Sport Communication, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 300–306, viewed 1 July 2021, <https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=s3h&AN=145727424&site=ehost-live&gt;.

Is Becoming A Social Media Manager In My Future

In this blog post, I am looking at my personal short term future career for when my university career comes to an end. Since the beginning of my communication and media degree, I have always wanted to peruse a career in a social media management career I, therefore, have decided to research this career to increase my ability to attain this career.

While conducting some research I discovered a ton of research has been done on social media being integral to a business to strive in the modern world as well as research into social media managers as an emerging career to peruse.

I found Jacobson’s paper ‘You are a brand: social media managers’ branding and “the future audience”’ looks at social media management as an emerging profession and what current employees treat their social media and how “always on the job market’ to maintain their employment.   

Another source found is Samuels’s ‘9 skills every social media manager must have’ illustrates the skill and technical abilities that are needed to succeed in this industry to become more employable, and also recommends additional sources to improve in the areas that the reader may need to improve on. The skills involve “communication, writing, creativity, efficiency, traditional and digital, customer care, making connections, agility, data analysis. 

While Marianna Sigala & Ulrike Gretzel’s book ‘Advances in Social Media for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality : New Perspectives, Practice and Cases, New Directions in Tourism Analysis, Routledge’ details the importance of social media in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry and explains the innovation and techniques that social media managers are recommended to succussed in their career.

Another source I found is ANZ, LH’s paper ‘Introducing the Newest Member of Your Hotel Marketing Team: The Social Media Manager’ presents the social media manager position and responsibilities that are required of her/her.

The final source of my research that I have done was Mountifield, C & Sharpe’s paper ‘Managing Social Media Content During a Global Crisis: Interview With Ben Read, Social Media Manager at World in Motion’ explains how Covid 19 has affected social media content which is integral to learn about as it is most likely to affect my employment in the future and I need to stay up to date with the new techniques of social media marketing strategies to remain employable in the future.

References:

ANZ, LH 2010, ‘Introducing the Newest Member of Your Hotel Marketing Team: The Social Media Manager’, HVS International Journal, pp. 1–3, viewed 26 April 2021, <https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=56567872&site=ehost-live&gt;.

Jacobson, J 2020, ‘You are a brand: social media managers’ branding and “the future audience”’, Journal of Product & Brand Management, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 715–727, viewed 25 April 2021, <https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=inh&AN=20202294&site=ehost-live&gt;.

Marianna Sigala & Ulrike Gretzel 2017, Advances in Social Media for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality : New Perspectives, Practice and Cases, New Directions in Tourism Analysis, Routledge, [N.p.], viewed 25 April 2021, <https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1560789&site=ehost-live&gt;.

Mountifield, C & Sharpe, S 2020, ‘Managing Social Media Content During a Global Crisis: Interview With Ben Read, Social Media Manager at World in Motion’, International Journal of Sport Communication, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 300–306, viewed 26 April 2021, <https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=s3h&AN=145727424&site=ehost-live&gt;.

Samuels, R 2021, ‘9 skills every social media manager must have’ Sprout Social, weblog post, 26 March, viewed 25 April 2021