And yet despite all the strategic planning most firms to progress or grow sales, marketing, and operations, they forgo including their digital footprint. The trend that we are seeing especially with mid to large sized organizations is that… social business activities at some firms aren’t aligned … With anything! For those firms, “doing” is all that counts. And a digital muddle is the result. Defining the audience, matching social business methods and messaging to the audience, creating compelling content for engagement and measuring success — all of these are part of the doing. But if these efforts do not advance the firm’s strategic goals? Wasted time, effort and investment are the only real outcomes.
(Social) business strategy means starting with the end in mind. To bring a firm’s brand story to life means developing a fully integrated and integrative approach. Social business activities are an electronic version of your firms identify, thought leadership, relationship and value drivers. It means looking at social business as more than marketing campaigns or a portfolio of social media accounts. Rather, it needs to offer a digital representation and manifestation of the firm’s mission and vision. To get there, the organization has to stop thinking about “doing” social business as pushing out content, grubbing for followers or searching for sensational images.
The customer journey has long been an integral part of the online community experience. Many – dare I say most? – online communities make “the journey” a key part of their mission, aiding the customer before, during and after the point of purchase or other key decision. Communities are dedicated to helping customers and other stakeholders understand, explore, question and learn about products and services. T
As part of our ongoing interview series, I had a chance to speak with Rahul Sachdev, CEO of Get Satisfaction, about his role, and vision of the future of online communities. He also shared some examples of exciting communities and what they can accomplish when customers and companies work together to solve problems and innovate. Here’s what he had to say…
It’s that #CMAD time of year again: Hooray for community managers! Let’s celebrate those digital leaders for their tireless, selfless, thoughtful work which creates, sustains and expands online communities around the world.
As anyone who has ever taken on the role can tell you, the online community manager’s job is one of the most demanding and most misunderstood in the knowledge work world.
Want to build an online community? When you understand the power of the online community, you’re bound to answer in the affirmative.
In every corner of an organization, the idea of having an online community is brought up. But often, the idea remains just that – an idea – because starting the journey seems daunting. How should we begin to build the business case for it? What are the steps to get started? How can we translate the hard-to-explain-and-grasp benefits of community into a comprehensive and convincing plan? What lessons can be learned from others who have succeeded? To answer these questions and more, we are sharing a detailed roadmap to set you firmly on course!
“The pen is mightier than the sword” wrote Edward George Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. Little did he know what was to come with the advent of social media? Around the globe, customers – friend and foe alike – share their experiences using indelible digital characters all across the social channel. We are experiencing a customer-driven revolution where companies are no longer defined only by what they say about themselves. Rather, customer experiences are a major force defining the strongest brands, and the Achilles heel of firms which fail to deliver on customer expectations.
Your content is well-written and well-produced, engaging, even useful. But is your audience really paying attention? We all know what it’s like when someone won’t stop talking — it’s very hard to stay engaged. Have you tried listening to your audience instead?
At the Social Shakeup conference in Atlanta (hosted by Social Media Today) I was delighted to participate in a keynote panel with Jeff Dachis and Renee Ducre to talk about the future of social business. A video of the session was just posted online so I am sharing it here as I think we covered some interesting ground.