From foal to Facebook: Easter Show meets Web 2.0

Social networks used for interaction, not just promotion

Bluey, the 2009 Royal Easter Show mascot has a Wordpress blog

Bluey, the 2009 Royal Easter Show mascot has a Wordpress blog

Each year thousands of people from country NSW descend on Sydney for the Royal Easter Show, but this year millions of people around the world can experience the show online via social media portals like Facebook, YouTube and MySpace in its biggest Web 2.0 technology push ever.

Organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, the Easter Show attracts millions of visitors to Sydney's Olympic Park to view livestock judging, wood chopping, sample country produce and buy some showbags.

RAS spokesperson Stephen Lally said 2009 is the first year social networks are being used to promote the show, which seems to be having immediate results with its Facebook page already boasting more than 4500 members before the show has even started.

“We have used a Facebook group to market the Easter Show, but also to try and build a sense of community around the Show, and generate a buzz,” Lally said.

“Hopefully using Facebook [will] allow us to reach an audience we may not otherwise reach. We try to encourage engagement, and get people involved by running competitions and starting discussions.”

RAS staff also make an effort to reply to all questions posted on Facebook so its acts more like a service, than just a promotion.

“It's also a great way to do customer research,” Lally said. “We learn what people love about the show and get instant feedback on what they think about what we do.”

In addition to the pictures and text of Facebook, the show also created its own YouTube channel to post videos online.

“There's a MySpace page for the Xtreme Rider club [and] in the future we may use Twitter, but decided not to this year,” Lally said.

Not to be left out, “Bluey” the show's cattle dog mascot has a blog hosted at Wordpress.com.

Lally said the blog is going well, and by using Bluey the RAS hopes to get children involved in the show.

“They don't use social networks, but might chat to Bluey on his blog,” he said.

Other technology developments for this year's show include new “print at home” tickets which allow people to purchase entry tickets on the official Web site and print them on their printer, and a new mobile version of the Web site.

The 2009 Sydney Royal Easter Show runs from April 9 to 22 at Sydney Olympic Park.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Facebooksocial networkingyoutubeWeb 2.0MySpaceSydney Royal Easter ShowWordpressblogging

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Rodney Gedda

Techworld Australia
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?