Obama’s Social Media Success

By Christina Mejia
ChiefMarketer.com
December 20, 2008

Dave’s Comments (Digital Marketing Tutorial Blog): A great post by this Chief Marketer analyst on how Obama won the “Internet election campaign” by taking Web 2.0 tactics to the extreme. My personal experience with the Obama campaign’s 21st century tactics was wireless phone-based. I signed up to receive text message updates from the campaign, and did I ever receive updates!

“One thing the recent presidential election has taught us is that this country has changed – both from a social and a marketing perspective. While history books will forever mark November 4, 2008 as the first time Americans elected an African-American President (or any non-Caucasian President for that matter), the Obama for America campaign will be viewed by today’s marketers as a comprehensive case study in how to build a brand in a Web 2.0 world.

As has been dissected by several social media marketing analysts and experts, Barack Obama clearly won the numbers game, dominating John McCain in all areas of social media activity from YouTube video views to Facebook “Fans” and Twitter “Followers.” A key part of Obama’s success was the campaign’s early adoption of social media strategies and their ability to maintain a constant high level of activity (regular updates throughout the campaign, all the while maintaining a consistent brand image and message.) And the essential lesson learned from the success of the Obama campaign: “that people united around a common purpose can achieve great things.”

So what’s the lesson for marketers?”

Example: Obama’s Thanksgiving Address Posted on Change.gov and YouTube

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