Tuesday 17 September 2019

Effective Social Media for Scholarly Publishers

Please contact to find out if this course is running in 2020. It is available as an in-house event to ALPSP members. Please contact for details.


Social media now offers the opportunity to reach huge audiences around the globe, but how can publishers effectively harness these new tools to achieve their own objectives? This course will help you to integrate social media into the marketing communications and wider promotional plans of your organization, regardless of budget or size of publisher. It will include setting measurable objectives, practical tips on what works - and what doesn’t - for different platforms.


  • Setting objectives and measuring results
  • Optimizing for different channels, using consistent messaging
  • Integrating social media activity into marketing and communications planning
  • Selecting the right tools
  • Understanding the platforms, and how they work
  • What works, what doesn’t - including content, timing, wording and platform-specific techniques
  • Case studies and examples from the publishing industry and beyond
  • Managing audience interaction
  • Practical activities
  • Achieving successful integration within your organization.

What will you learn?

Understand how to identify the relevant social media platforms for your audiences, how they work, and what they offer to scholarly publishing organizations. Plan and successfully deliver effective social media campaigns that are integrated into your wider marketing and communications activities. Work effectively within your organization to optimise social media activities.

Who should attend (Level 1-2)

Everyone in scholarly publishing who wishes to harness and integrate social media marketing into their organizations strategy. Typically all marketing staff including marketing managers, marketing executives, communications professionals, all editorial staff.

Delegate Comments

“Definitely amongst the better training days I've attended. Thank you!” Kerr Alexander, Cambridge University Press

“It was a really good course for someone who hasn’t had any formal training or qualifications in marketing.” Heather Gibson, Bristol University Press

The two course leaders were brilliant. They made the content easy to understand and retainable

Joanne Cheseldine, Journal of Management Studies


Meg Pickard, Consultant

Meg PickardMeg is an independent consultant, working in the areas of digital transformation, engagement and strategy. Her background is in social anthropology: in the mid-90s, she conducted ethnographic fieldwork into community participation first in Bolivia and subsequently online. Since 1998, she has worked as practitioner, strategist and consultant with a range of big-name brands, non-profits and startups, including long stints at AOL Europe and Guardian News & Media. Since 2012, she has been working with a range of organizations mainly in the media and charity sectors, to grow capability, collaborate and communicate with users and help staff become more digital by default.

Kam Arkinstall, Consultant

Kam ArkinsallKam is a freelance communications consultant with a passion for all things digital. She has a Masters in Physics from University of Oxford, and loves to combine her copywriting and communications skills with her science knowledge. She has worked in marketing and communications roles for various health organisations, including Cancer Research UK, and spent over two years at BMC (formerly BioMed Central) as their blogs and social media manager. Under her guidance, BMC more than tripled the number of visitors to its blog network. You can find her online at and Twitter as @kamkmk.

Early bird rates for members - Book by 17 June 2019*

Not an ALPSP member?  Want to take advantage of the reduced member rates? Click here to find out how your organization can join ALPSP

Members early bird            £382.00 (+VAT where applicable)
 full price             £425.00 (+ VAT where applicable) 
Non Members full price     £619.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Academic rates are available, please contact

Venue: Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DG T: +44 (0)20 7766 0625 (map)
This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00
 Melissa Marshall T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E: 

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team.

*In order to take advantage of the early bird discount for ALPSP members, you must (i) make a booking by 17 June 2019 and (ii)
 be an ALPSP member on the date of the event. In the event that you cancel your membership prior to the event, you agree to pay ALPSP the difference between the discounted price and the full price for the event.”

Any discounts will be applied at checkout.


Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 17 Sep 2019
  • Tue 17 Sep 2019
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