Ahem: the pitch

So I already alluded to my pitch as part of my research summary so this won’t be unfamiliar ground.

I’m going to follow Scott Berkun’s advice on “How to pitch an idea”…particularly step 4, specific to a written pitch.

You’ll notice that it builds progressively…so for the whole shebang, you can read the 5-minute version.

*clears throat*

 

The napkin

The napkin


5-second

I know how we can make GO Transit more accessible, to a wider passenger audience.

 

The napkin: stage 2


30-second

I know how we can make GO Transit more accessible, to a wider passenger audience. There’s an opportunity to leverage the social media platforms GO Transit already uses. We have such an online presence and ways to engage our passengers, but we could do more to cross-promote our use of social media. By offering yet another way for our passengers to engage in a dialogue, we can continue to build trust. And ultimately, we’ll be able to show our passengers that we are addressing issues and we’ll be able to showcase route expansions and other positive things to our customers to keep them in the know.

 

The napkin: stage 3


5-minute    

I know how we can make GO Transit more accessible, to a wider passenger audience. There’s an opportunity to leverage the social media platforms GO Transit already uses. We have such an online presence and ways to engage our passengers, but we could do more to cross-promote our use of social media. By offering yet another way for our passengers to engage in a dialogue, we can continue to build trust. And ultimately, we’ll be able to show our passengers that we are addressing issues and we’ll be able to showcase route expansions and other positive things to our customers to keep them in the know.

Now there are things to consider, and we’ll need to do a lot of work up front to make sure we’re well-positioned to handle all that using social media means: the good, the bad and the ugly. We have to be aware of the issues our passengers bring to our attention through surveys and properly integrate our increased use of social media with all of the ways we presently communicate with our passengers.

By focusing on increasing our presence on three key social media platforms – Facebook, YouTube and Twitter – we’ll have a better chance of reaching a wider passenger audience. The more reliable and consistent access points we offer to customers as options to engage with us, the more likely we’ll be to increase our reach. But we have to start somewhere. And if we spend time and commit resources at the beginning of this process, we’ll be able to use social media strategically and influence public perception.

Part of the problem is that many of our passengers don’t know that we’re using social media. We can’t risk falling behind in the social media stratosphere. Our audiences are already there, so we need to go to them to make sure we’re engaging with them. I’m not saying it’ll be a walk in the park; this will take work and constant vigilance. We can’t start this and not follow through. We’ll have to dedicate resources to community management and engagement.

Increased dialogue is what we want, and what we need. When positioning things like a fare hike, our passengers will be able to voice concerns or encouragement in more online forums. Our supporters will help us respond to the negative and we’ll be able to reinforce our messaging. And our critics will feel like they’ve been heard.

This is directly related to our third customer promise: “Keeping you in the know.” Increased use of social media completely reaffirms that commitment.

I have to fall back on building trust. If we become a reliable source on multiple social media platforms, our passengers will see value in engaging with our business. If they can depend on us for consistent, transparent and real-time communication, they will certainly never feel like we left them hanging. If passengers see that added value from using our service, our profits will surely follow.

We have a great starting point. We’re already using social media. We have clear goals and a focus on safety that’s widely known. We’re committed to keeping passengers in the know. And we can leverage our online presence in other areas for an effective “re-launch”.

We can’t ignore this opportunity. The framework’s in place – all we have to do is build on it.

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5 thoughts on “Ahem: the pitch

  1. Beth Amer says:

    Dani, you put us all to shame with your early and dare I say perfect completion of this assignment. As with you, I’m finding it easier to work on an entity I’m familiar with. Have you set up a google alert for yourself and another one for GO?

    • Perfect? No way! But thanks, Beth! I have yet to subscribe to Google alerts…maybe it’s something I should seriously consider…

      I have no doubt your assignment came together perfectly 😉

  2. mcivorda says:

    I love the humour and the illustrations. You really write from a personal, conversational point of view and I enjoy reading your work. Careful not to set the bar toooooo high for the rest of us. 😉

  3. theCClife says:

    I really liked that you picked GO Transit, it is such an integral part of most people in the GTAs daily commute (especially yours!). Can’t wait to see what else you post 🙂

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