Social Media Communicators Meeting 02/15/2011: SCVNGR, BU Culture Shock, Facebook Pages, Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, February 15th, the Social Media Communicators met to discuss several topics, including SCVNGR, the BU Culture Shock blog, updates to Facebook Page functionality, and upcoming events.


Michael DeFillippis (COM’13) came to the meeting to speak on behalf of his teammates (Alex Shuck and Rachel Sprung) and their experience with the SCVNGR Beantown Challenge. From February 7th through the 14th, the Boston University community was invited to participate in various challenges at campus locations (the GSU, Warren Towers, SMG) for points and prizes. For the campaign, they:

  • Created a Facebook event page
  • Enlisted the help of 17 “student ambassadors” from the Dean of Students office, who helped to spread the word
  • Launched a fan page for Dean Elmore
  • Created an initial batch of 15 challenges
  • Used #BUSCVNGR to spread the word on Twitter

During the campaign:

  • 113 participants played (this number does not include the team or ambassadors)
  • An average of 22 challenges were completed per person
  • New challenges were rolled out to keep up with the demand of new games

Some limitations of the tool include: iPhone and Android support only (if the challenges are connected into treks, SMS-capable phones can play, too). Limited backend functionality, including analytics (exportable views of participants, freeform text entries for challenges). There was also some confusion on challenge resets, which allow participants to do the same challenge for more points after an hour has passed.

To learn more about their campaign, visit the Beantown Challenge SCVNGR page, as well as coverage from the BU Quad.

BU Culture Shock

BU Culture Shock

Raul Fernandez of the Howard Thurman Center presented on the efforts of the BU Culture Shock blog, a student-run operation with roughly 30 staff members (contributors and four editorial). The blog recently celebrated its first birthday, and has seen tremendous growth — in strategy, traffic and working knowledge. Some brief highlights:

  • Currently netting roughly 4,400 hits/month on a custom-built WordPress frame
  • About 20% of reader base are “frequent fliers” — considered heavy repeat visitors
  • Emphasis on “street cred”/authenticity of voice. Allow writers ample freedom to say things in their own way
  • Give student writers & editors opportunity to self-edit and self-police with occasional spot-checking from the staff
  • Be Younonymous: Compelling content from anonymous guest contributors
  • Releasing content at an average rate of 20 posts per week
  • Recruiting new writers through current writers
  • Using Google Analytics to benchmark against past performance

We asked Raul if he would be willing to share more about the inner workings of making BU Culture Shock run smoothly, and he has kindly provided us with the presentation he delivered during the meeting. Social Media Communicators members can access it on the SMC Google Group.

BU on FacebookFacebook Pages

Jenny Mackintosh of Public Relations updated the Communicators on recent changes made to Facebook Page functionality. Facebook Pages now act more similarly to Profiles, including the ability to “Use Facebook as Your Page.” This includes updates & notifications (new fans and wall posts), the ability to view the News Feed as the Page, and the ability to write on other Pages’ walls. Some possible trouble spots included:

  • Pages’ walls no longer in complete timeline order (help for admins: Admin View)
  • Confusion about switching between “Use Facebook as Your Page” and “Use Facebook as Yourself” — could lead to erroneous posts from the wrong author.
  • Facebook no longer automatically delivering news feed updates to fans who haven’t visited your Page recently (read more about this on All Facebook)

Upcoming Events

Our last item on the agenda was to go over upcoming events for cross promotion and introduce new members. We have posted the Upcoming Events to the Google Group, which can be accessed by all Social Media Communicators. If you can’t see the group, simply request an invite on the page.

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By SCVNGR’s Beantown Challenge « Rachel Sprung on PR on February 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm

[…] 3) Traditional media.  We were interviewed by the BU Quad in an article “#BUSCVNGR: Don’t Get Mad, Beat BC” and the Daily Free Press in an article, “Students Show BU Spirit and Win Prizes in Beanpot Scavenger Hunt”.  These articles highlighted our ability to gain support from the students, and the lead we had over the other schools.  (After the event, we were also featured on BU’s Social Media blog in “Social Media Communicators Meeting 02/15/2011: SCVNGR, BU Culture Shock, Facebook Pages, Upcoming Ev….”) […]

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