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Social Media Bootcamp: Novice to Ninja

  • Apr 10, 2017
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media, Strategy and Planning
  • Buffalo, NY

As a marketer of arts and culture, you have to know how to learn, adapt, and tackle this thing called Social Media. It has affected how we live and work, expanded our possibilities, and made our jobs more exciting than ever before. But with that excitement comes challenges, and questions; from "What's a "hashtag" and when do I use it?” to "How do I leverage social media analytics to inform decisions about how we price and deliver tickets?" But don't worry, because we've got you covered! This bootcamp is guaranteed to set you on the path to getting your social media chops up to snuff and enhance what you already know. Through discussion, interactive and practical exercises, and case studies, this full day training program promises to take all the intimidation out of the world of social media and show you that no matter if you are a novice or a ninja, social media can be one of the most effective ways to connect with your audiences, build your brand, and grow your revenue. It will feature:

  • 3 skill levels: offering a beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, we've designed the day to meet you where you are in your career. The content  in each level will build upon the concepts from previous level.
  • The necessary skills for enhancing your social media efforts with limited resources.
  • The opportunity to build a new media strategy specific to your organization.

Who Should Attend
Social Media Bootcamp is for marketers who come from organizations of all budget sizes and artistic disciplines. It will benefit beginner, intermediate, and advanced marketers -- and while it is recommended that you attend the entirety of the Bootcamp, it is not mandatory. Those that participate in the full Bootcamp will have the unique opportunity to craft an organization-specific social media marketing strategy from start to finish. We encourage that you bring your laptop regardless of skill level.

I. Novice Social Media Boot Camp, 9:00am-10:30am

About this Class
Attendees are introduced to the current social media landscape and explores how it can be used for maximum results (in arts and cultural organizations of any budget sizes and discipline). Topics to be covered will include current social media terms, major platforms, advertising models, tools, and understanding the importance of a strategy.

Who Should Be There
This level is for beginners. This class sets the stage for the rest of the day by equipping you with the core fundamentals of social media marketing. You have:

  • Basic knowledge of your organization’s existing social media accounts and activity.
  • Questions about the challenges you face with social media.
  • An open mind, desire to learn, and a willingness to adapt.

II. Intermediate Social Media Boot Camp, 12:30pm-2:00pm

About this Class
This class builds on the novice level session and takes a more focused look at how to use social media for deeper engagement and measurement of marketing performance.Topics to be covered will include choosing the right social media platform, engaging influencers, and elements of a social media strategy.

Who Should Be There
You already manage your organization’s social media accounts and activity, but you want to take things to the next level by taking a deeper dive. Attendees should bring laptops. You have:

  • Experience managing your organization’s existing social media accounts and activity.
  • Access to your organization’s existing social media accounts.
  • The drive to learn what makes a social media strategy effective, and want to know the right steps toward building one.

III. Advanced Social Media Bootcamp, 3:00pm-4:30pm

About this Class
We’ll take an in-depth look at social media monitoring, engagement and analytics tools, and show you how to gather valuable insight to feed back into your strategy and campaigns. Topics that will be covered include Social Media Analytics, The Language of Social Media (Message Development and Message Testing), and Advanced Social Media Strategy through identifying motivations and barriers as part of a customer purchase journey. All attendees will craft a marketing strategy through practical work.

Who Should Be There
The advanced class is designed for marketing professionals who are responsible for the strategic development of social media. You can join whether you attended the Intermediate level or not; all are welcome. Attendees should bring laptops. You have:

  • Extensive knowledge of social media platforms available and the login credentials for your organization’s social media accounts across platforms.
  • A marketing role that requires you to evaluate/measure the effectiveness of your social media efforts.
  • Old, outdated frameworks for improving or creating a social media marketing strategy
  • Supervisory responsibilities; you manage internal marketing and communications staff.


Workshop Information

Date & Time:

10 April 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm


Western New York Library Resources Council

4950 Genesee St #170

Buffalo, NY



Workshop Presenter(s):

Strategic Branding & Arts Marketing Consultant

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