Social media is a key communication instrument for the voestalpine Group, and is used to make the content and stories about the company more tangible and accessible to new target groups.
As a global steel-based technology and capital goods group, voestalpine was looking for a way to talk more about the company, its stories, employees, products, and projects, as well as to position these messages outside traditional communication channels. voestalpine began its first social media activities at the beginning of 2009, consistently following its Online & Social Media Strategy since that date.
Why is a B2B company such as voestalpine involved in social media?
voestalpine is an industrial enterprise, and thus intrinsically a traditional B2B company. But if we look more carefully, the term B2B, or ‘Business to Business’, is always about people. And this is exactly what the social web is all about. Therefore, as a B2B company, voestalpine no longer speaks of B2B, but rather B2P – i.e. Business to People. It is not our primary goal to sell more products via social media. Instead, we want to make the topics and stories about the company more tangible, and to reach out to further target groups.
Right target group – right content – right channels
voestalpine social media activities include information, communication, and interaction with all key target groups on the web. This is achieved using a variety of social media platforms:
- Corporate Blog and apprentice blog (German only) serve as content hubs for a wide variety of topics
- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, G+, LinkedIn, Xing, Pinterest, Flickr, Issuu, etc. are drive-to-platforms used to disseminate content
Each platform attracts a different target group. Therefore, the content is individually prepared for each target group and platform. The strategy is to reach the right target group, with the right content, on the right channels.
A wide variety of factors determine a company’s success in using social media. They include:
- Defined processes
- Ongoing presence
- Interaction, engagement, and community management
"The most important success factors at voestalpine are, above all, a dedicated team and the company’s commitment to use social media as a key communication instrument. "
Social Media @ voestalpine: Facts and figures
All interesting facts and figures about ‘Social Media @ voestalpine’ have been visually presented in an infographic. For example, 650 social media content articles are published each year, the equivalent to around 65 printed magazines. The corporate blog receives around 250,000 hits each year – three times more than visitors to Formula 1 races in Austria.
- Infographic on Pinterest
- Overview of all social media platforms: http://www.voestalpine.com/socialmedia
New voestalpine corporate design
The voestalpine Group is marking the consistent implementation of its strategy and its changing self-image by updating its visual identity: its transformation from a European steel company to a global technology and capital goods group is now also being mirrored in its corporate design. The new visual identity combines tradition with future expectations, and increasingly symbolizes dynamism and a focus on the future.