The Stefanie Spielman Facebook page is another great example of the possibilities with social media–the page has rapidly grown, sometimes gaining between two and 300 new fans a day. Krista Richardson explained that they hope to explore donor opportunities in the future by including a link to donate on the main page. This is also a great way to be the official source of information and use this tool to dispel any false information in addition to promoting donations and events. How did it get so big so fast? Krista used traditional media tools like e-mail lists and newsletters in addition to promoting the site through newer social media programs–the combination is really proving successful.
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Eric Geier talked about his work with The James’ Facebook page and how easy it is to use video to disseminate information. He said he typically uses these elements to display consumer information and events, like Pelotonia and Cancer Survivors Day. He also mentioned that Ryan created a hash tag for the event on Twitter, which helped us to track what attendees were saying and it also provided a nice opportunity for our team and attendees to share information. Eric said he would like to start using Twitter more regularly to target certain physicians and bloggers and build relationships with those key contacts. Tara Kuisick touched on The James Cancer Warriors Group on Facebook and how it has grown to bring together survivors of all different type of cancer–not just breat cancer. This goes back to what Beth NeCamp was talking about earlier when she discussed creating these patient communities and information sharing hubs.