I’ve done it. It’s gone. Cold turkey. After years of asserting we need to measure what matters in social business – as opposed to just tracking outcomes we can count easily — I decided to take down the social sharing counter on my blog. You can still share our blog items on social media tools – please do! –but we won’t be quantifying every act of sharing anymore.
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Ironically, as more so-called experts raise their voices, the value of sharing real expertise has only grown–but now the challenge becomes creating the right context for that sharing. To be a credible thought partner, brands need to know who their real tribes are and learn what they care about. Create a clean, well-lighted place–or, better yet, join one that already exists. Give up a little control. Worry a little less about yourself. Stop being so damn smart and start being a little more human. In an era when everybody seems to be yelling, a little quiet confidence can go a long way.
Does your IT and Marketing team collaborate on social business projects? Should they? What would happen if they did? What is the impact of IT and Marketing collaboration due to social business? These are the questions that Oracle, Leader Networks and Social Media Today examined in a recent research report entitled Socially Driven Collaboration that explores how each of these groups perceives the opportunity for increased collaboration as their organizations evolve towards becoming socially enabled enterprises. It is rather sizable mixed methods study of 925 Marketing and IT leaders from over 500 organizations around the world from over 20 industries and 52 countries and includes in-depth interviews with Paul Gillin, Shell, Chubb & Son and Whole Foods. While the study report won’t be available for download until next month, I wanted to share some of the highlights and the opportunity to listen to a webinar.
What happens behind the scenes of major B2B online communities? How do traditional businesses like manufacturing use online community to advance? As part of our ongoing series of interviews with outstanding B2B online community leadership, we spoke with Jennifer Mitchell, the Lead, Community & Social Business Center of Excellence at Analog Devices, Inc.
Analog Devices, Inc., (ADI: NASDQ), is an American, multinational semiconductor company specializing in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts. Their revenues top $2.6B.
Just last week, EngineerZone won not one but two premier awards for B2B online community. EngineerZone was awarded the winning entry for the 2013 Forrester Groundswell Award in the category of Social Relationship, Business to Business AND The Society of New Communications Research (SNCR) 2013 Commendation of Excellence in the Online Community Category Corporate Division.
Social customer care is more than just basic customer service. It means creating ongoing, detailed and sustained conversations with customers, prospects and even those who are “just looking.” Through online communities and other forms of social interaction, there are more opportunities to foster sustained dialogue, ask “tough” questions and follow up on issues raised. Instead of relying on verbal communications that dissipate as soon as the words are spoken, there is a written record of questions, responses, opinions and comments. The challenge is turning this detailed anecdotal information into data, and then using that data to improve results for both the customer and the business.
Talk about online communities is everywhere lately. This is good news to those of us who have been building online…
Online communities offer traditional businesses an opportunity to bridge the gap with customers and keep them connected to your company and your services through out the year. This is a benefit that customers appreciate because it allows them access to their peers and to the information they need in order to support their purchase around the clock.
Through the use of an online community, customers can be provided with a superior level of support. Especially with big ticket items or those that have a complex deployment environment, such as with technical products or consulting services, the customer needs more than just the annual conference to make the most of their purchases. Community creates ongoing opportunities to learn about the future and from those on-staff experts you pay so well to demonstrate credibility. Community offers a ready-made platform for thought leadership. Also, by having access to their peers they can tap into coveted hand-on experience when their projects encounter difficulties and learn a better way from others like them.
By using social media tools, the fashion industry can uncover a goldmine of consumer inspiration and trend-testing. The ability to identify and capitalize on what’s hot and catch rising trends in advance of market saturation can make all the difference to a fashion brand or retailer’s margin. The ability to amplify the buzz of a new look at social’s warp-speed provides even the most leading edge designers with a strategic weapon. So why, with all this creative energy and market-moving opportunity available to an industry built around trends, do so few fashion organizations take social business beyond the most routine implementation?
In the B2B world, reach is less important than depth. Decision-makers rely most heavily on peer referrals when making strategic or expensive decisions. One colleague who has hands-on experience will naturally weigh exponentially more heavily than endorsing tweets of 100 strangers! It is the details of practice and depth of insight that helps shape larger decisions and the public social media marketing tools rarely provide an appropriate platform for these kinds of explorations to occur online.