The Face Behind Kent State’s Social Media

From her computer to her phone, at all hours of the day and night – yep – there really is a face behind all those tweets, postings and pictures on Kent State University’s social media pages.

For nearly two years, Nicole Carlone, social media community manager in Kent State’s University Communications and Marketing department, is the one connecting with you on social media.

“I really do feel like I have a connection with people on campus,” Carlone said. “It’s funny when I actually meet them and they’re like – oh.”

And she has lots of platforms to actively use. You name it, Kent State has it:

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, YouTube, Pintrest and now Snapchat.

Carlone monitors it all and respond to the good, as well as the bad. Can you guess what generates the most social media outcry? The answer: the blustery, snowy winter weather.

Every month Carlone runs reports on all the conversations about Kent State around the world, which can add up to millions.

Besides measuring the sentiment and breaking it down by gender or location, Carlone is also communicating back and forth, sometimes as many as thousands of tweets a year.

“It’s kind of tough sometimes,” Carlone said. “I could be in an appointment, or with my friends, then I have to take a break and follow up on something that’s an emergency.”

So what is the best and quickest way to get a question answered through social media? With more than 300 accounts throughout campus, Nicole suggests starting with Kent State’s social media directory and finding the department that best fits your question.

“That will eliminate some lag time, especially if they’re looking for an immediate answer,” Carlone said.

With her phone always by her side and a Starbucks coffee within reach, Carlone draws from her own positive college experience to share Kent State’s story, while providing the best customer service possible.

“I love this job and I love making connections with the students and there actually is a real person behind it all, and that person is me,” Carlone smiled.

POSTED: Monday, November 9, 2015 - 10:47am
UPDATED: Monday, November 9, 2015 - 10:57am
Kristin Anderson