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Even if you are not a “science nerd” you can learn lots from checking out the social media of the CSIRO – (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
I’m so glad I started following the CSIRO’s social media – and I owe it all to a colourful photo of one of their people revealing her “other” passion as a hula-hooping circus performer.
Anyway, I regularly check in to see what the CSIRO social media and blog people are up to – and to be honest – to see what clever techniques I can learn from them.
I help organisations improve their social media. I’m an experienced writer and a fairly creative person – and yet I learn so much from studying the writing and bold creativity of the team at CSIRO – and YOU can learn from them too.
Here are 3 lessons for you:
1. Make what you or organisation does RELEVANT to the lives of your audience.
The twitter profile description picks 3 things (CSIRO “contributions”) that are probably of the greatest relevance to the audience.
“Putting polymer bank notes in your wallet, insect repellent on your limbs and Wi-Fi in your devices.”
They start with the thing that would probably appeal to most people – money in YOUR wallet.
The writing uses the word YOUR. Readers substitute themselves in place of when they read YOUR.
So is YOU.
In fact one year TIME magazine had the person of the year as YOU and the cover had a reflective “mirror” strip.
The reader saw themselves. Think of the words YOU and YOUR as mirrors in which YOUR readers will “see themselves”
2. The writing uses a tricolon in strong parallel structure. (Yes I’m a word nerd as well as a science nerd!)
That’s the rule of 3s where each line is in a similar structure:
polymer bank notes in your wallet
insect repellent on your limbs and
Wi-Fi in your devices.
And here’s another example of a tricolon in parallel structure taken from one of the early mission statements from NASA.
I often talk about NASA when I try to encourage scientific types to care about the importance of strong, clear writing – and of course the benefits of a good tricolon in parallel structure!
3. I also like the “playful” tone of the CSIRO tweets and blog posts.
It sounds like the writers are having fun and that they have a certain freedom to not always be serious.
Many organisations have social media that is deadly serious – and deadly boring!
The CSIRO tweeters will often re-post the same link to an article – but they will do it in a fresh style.
They are not afraid to use corny puns – “Pisa cake” OR riddles.
I was intrigued enough to click through to read both of these:
Now, your organisation may not like corny puns – but a question about what TWO things have in common CAN hook attention.
Anyway, I encourage you to check out what the CSIRO tweeters and blog writers are up to.
I am not connected with them in way – other than being a science and word nerd who is a sincere fan of their bold social media style.
If you are interested in Social Media Engagement – here are 3 other links:
1. about the importance of re-posting with fresh angles. I often see organisations just post good material once – and the message probably gets lost in the icy silence of cyberspace.
2. Two more posts about what the CSIRO does well and techniques YOU can borrow!
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