To the many who enjoy social networking sites, our own Keith Cunningham would like to tell you about one particular "radio unemployed" person who is using social networking and the Internet to his advantage during these tough economic times.
The incredible data on social networking from Tech Poll V leaves no doubt about the importance for personalities and brands to establish an effective online presence. But just having a blog, website, or profile pages on Facebook or Twitter doesn’t guarantee a long list of followers, thousands of friends, or any type of viral activity.
In a recent memo to clients, I offered a few rules of the road for social networking. Now, here’s an example of what can be done with a little effort (and for very little financial investment).
Some of you may know Dave Lawrence from his resume, which includes stints in Boston and Hawaii, but he’s technically “radio unemployed” right now. That condition doesn’t make him special, but how Dave is spending his “free time” is worth noting.
His digital and networking efforts are impressive. In fact, they equal or trump what many radio stations are doing at this point. A few notes…
Without a transmitter to promote himself each day, Dave has managed to generate 26,000 followers on Twitter in less than five months.
Without a webmaster, interns, a promotions department, or even a budget, Dave’s personal website contains more rock content than the average radio station’s website. It includes:
A ton of new video. If a big rock band played the night before, it’s likely Dave will scour the web and find video from the show and put it on his site the next day.
Site visitors can consistently stream new music before they buy it (the new U2 or Green Day, for example).
Links to buy music, daily music news, and various other content sources are provided.
Dave has posted archived podcasts with all the interviews he’s done with rock stars.
He now lives in Hawaii, so Dave smartly offers live video feeds to satellite weather and surf conditions.
There’s a “Dave Lawrence Store” where visitors can purchase merchandise like T-shirts or coffee mugs.
This post is not about finding a job for Dave. It’s an example that radio websites aren’t just facing competition from other media, they now compete with anyone who has motivation and passion for music.
The next time you hear someone tell you they don’t have the time or resources to build a great concert listing or event page, or even add more music content to their website, you might want to direct them to Dave’s site.
I have a feeling we’ll see Dave back in radio’s hallways soon, and you can bet he’ll bring his passion for rock to the airways and the websites he’s affiliated with. Of course, like any good Social Networker, you can reach him in many ways: on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, or clicking on one of the links below.