7 social media slam dunks from the Phoenix Suns

Can’t get your fans to listen? Try asking them questions, acknowledging their answers, and starting conversations based on current events—wacky or otherwise.

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Some guy in China creates a Facebook page for a major brand. It looks official and has accumulated 30,000 likes. Time to call out the big guns in Legal?

Not if you’re the Phoenix Suns. The NBA team enlisted Facebook’s help to claim the page, but it found a way to keep the fan who lost the site happy.

The team thanked him and sent him an autographed jersey and a shoe worn by a Suns player in a game, says Jeramie McPeek, vice president of digital for the Phoenix Suns.

“Engaging is all about building a stronger relationship with our fans,” McPeek says.

In a Ragan Training video, McPeek offers insights into the sports team’s award-winning strategy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms. Here are some slam-dunk tactics you can try:

1. Don’t blab. Ask.

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