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This about Change Management, what a surprise. What they talk about is basically what we change facilitators talk about for years.The introduction of social media into organizations needs to fit into their general strategy and you need to have executive buy-in. Charlene says that in many companies there are now plenty of people who belong to the digital natives generation. She opposes the idea to appoint a Chief Social Officer who is in charge for promoting the use of social media.
Jeremiah proposes three organizational models with regards to social media:
- the tire: social media activities come from the edges but aren't really connected
- the tower: the executive mandate defines the communication strategy, top-down
- the hub and spokes: cross-functional group in the middle of the hub which catalyzes social strategies
A few statements from the panel:
Peter Kim asks how do companies with measure and their meet quareterly goals and should we get rid of the marketing department?
Charlene Li: Social media isn't about technology. It's about relationships.
Jeremiah Owyang: The difference between campaigns and community marketing is campaigns are short term - community is long term
Measure of social media success should be based on what you want to accomplish, not the number of followers.
Charlene Li: Corporations don't trust their employees when it comes to the use of social media. So we usually do a comprehensive risk analysis before we advise our clients to embark on that journey.
Charlene Li: If you engage in social media you have to accept to fail.
Charlene Li: Most organizations don't want to open up.
Interesting question from a participant: What risks are we running in as a company if we are embarking on a social media strategy? Will we be accountable to deal with any request that comes in, e.g. through Twitter?
It becomes clearer to me that if we as consultants advise our clients on a social marketing strategy, the entire organization has to understand the significant impacts such a strategy will have on that organizations. Introduction of social media in organization is a change management tool and a change management process at the same time.
The big question at the end is: "Does social media even matter (to the well being of an organizations / it's execution)?" Peter say not yet but it will, certainly. Look back at ecommerce 12 years ago and how that developed.
Yes, I believe it will matter.
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