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Social Engagement Team FAQ

Social Engagement Team FAQ

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Published by American Red Cross
Questions about how the American Red Cross social engagement team works? What we do? Here are the answers.
Questions about how the American Red Cross social engagement team works? What we do? Here are the answers.

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Published by: American Red Cross on Apr 10, 2012
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Last Updated: 8/06/2012
American Red Cross Social Engagement Team
Overview of work and frequently asked questions
Wendy Harman
(@wharman), Director of Social Engagement
Gloria Huang
(@riaglo), Senior Social Engagement Specialist
 Kristiana Almeida
(@mskristiana), Enterprise Community Specialist
Table of Contents
Social Philosophy and Mission
Our social engagement team operates under one overarching philosophy: that we want toempower social media communities to execute the mission of the American Red Cross online. We want to provide valuable user-focused news and tools to help people:
Get help or give help in emergencies
Donate blood and get others to donate
Take health and safety courses and get others to enroll
Get prepared for disasters and encourage others to do soThe American Red Cross is currently seen as a national leader in social media and socialstrategy, but our current goals are centered on evolving and growing social engagementthroughout the organization. Simply put, social media must be part of the operational DNA of theRed Cross
across lines of service, blood regions, chapters and Service to the Armed Forcesstations. By doing this, we can continue to be a leader in this area and remain relevant to ourclients, donors, and other stakeholders.The social engagement team at Red Cross national headquarters aims to help every Red Crossline of business and every department better provide value to its clients. To that end, we provideeducation and guidance for employees, volunteers, business units, and executives across theenterprise.In summary, the guiding principle of our strategy is to provide valuable interactions within socialcommunities to empower our stakeholders so that they may help us carry out our mission. RedCross social engagement consists of thousands of interactions led by Red Cross employees andvolunteers throughout the entire enterprise. Our job is to oversee a strategy for this socialengagement that fosters an immense sense of community while helping people get help and givehelp online.
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Red Cross Social Presences
Organizational Chart
The social engagement team resides within the Communications Department of the AmericanRed Cross National Headquarters. The diagram above illustrates the direct chain of reporting thatconcerns the social engagement team.
Day-to-Day Operations
On any given day, the social engagement team at national headquarters performs several tasks:
– reading mentions of the Red Cross online through Radian6,a service that aggregates mentions across multiple online platforms and allows for sorting andgenerating reports
Gail McGovern
Chief Public Affairs Officer
 Suzy DeFrancis
Senior Vice President,Communications
Roger Lowe
Vice President,Public Relations
Laura Howe
Social EngagementTeam
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– talking to people online, answering questions, encouraging conversationand helping route inquiries that need attention from different people across theorganization
– developing and establishing the national social engagement strategy for theorganization
Internal support
Answering questions and giving guidance to members of local chapters whomanage Red Cross social accounts
Supporting national campaigns alongside other departments and lines ofbusiness.
Content creation
– Creating and gathering content for all national social sites andaccounts
– daily social media update, monthly activity reports
Local Chapter Community Engagement
The national social engagement team provides a great deal of guidance for the local Red Crosschapters on the use of social tools and creating social engagement programs for localcommunities. Although we provide this guidance and oversight on social content and activities,our approach since the beginning has been to let local chapters freely explore the onlinecommunities in their service areas, giving them full control over the voice of their social mediaaccounts.Chapters are allowed their own Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and blogs. The nationalsocial engagement team regularly interfaces with the network of chapters – Kristiana, ourEnterprise Community Specialist, is in fact completely focused on keeping in touch with thesechapters.A presentation at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference in DC highlighted the American RedCross approach to the national headquarters/local chapter dynamic. It is a good source for moreinformation on this topic (see below for link).
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