#APHA15 Social Media Lab: Where digital and health communications meet!

Content From: Pavni Guharoy, Communications Director, AIDS.gov, and Jodi SperberPublished: November 10, 20152 min read


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For the third year in a row, we collaborated with APHAExit Disclaimer to provide free social media technical assistance (TA) at the American Public Health Association’s Annual MeetingExit Disclaimer.

Over 130 conference attendees stopped by the "Social Media Lab." They received personal sessions with an HIV.gov or APHA social media expert, or attended mini sessions addressing popular social media topics.

Patrick Benko, Manager of Online Marketing for APHA, noted the change he has seen over the past few years, stating, “the profession is getting more sophisticated. In year one we were helping with password recovery. Now people are seeking us out for campaign building and organizational use.”

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Attendees came to the Lab with a wide range of questions and varying levels of social media experience. Two popular topics were planning ahead to save time and creating eye-catching visuals. Here is some of what we shared:

  • Plan your content via an editorial calendar. At HIV.gov we encourage modifying a template such as this free toolExit Disclaimer created by Lightbox CollaborativeExit Disclaimer. We have found it to be very useful as a starting point, as it underscores the value of building social media into organizations’ broader communication strategy and goals.
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We know that many people are still trying to figure out how to use digital tools to both manage and extend the reach of their work. Didn’t make it to the conference, but still want to take advantage of this type of help? We offer TA through social media labs and Virtual Office Hours with an HIV.gov social media expert.

You can also check out the HIV.gov Social Media page for more resources.