Social Media – Why it’s not all about you.

How many times have you heard marketers or pr professionals say:

– “Social Media is so hard to get over the line’  and -‘Its hard to demonstrate the ROI of Social Media’ or

-‘The CEO is just not on board with the Social Media idea’

These comments typically come from individuals that do not have the full business picture in mind when they are talking with their client.

As marketers we often think of Social Media as part of our own personal toolkit – albiet a growing and quickly developing one. Via Social Media we have the capacity to reach consumers,  with some prs still aiming to get a few messages across  (yes very old school) and ideally raise the brand profile and ultimately sell the item that we are marketing.

So what is wrong with that notion? After working in traditional media, online pr, market research 2.0 and knowledge management it is clearly evident that we need to recognise that Social Media touches all the above disciplines within a business including R&D and CRM.  As individuals within those disciplines we need to step outside our own areas and look at how we deliver business value across many areas of the business  – a much more wholistic approach.

So how is this relevant to you as a marketer? First understand that the Twitter account that you are trying to sell in for pr purposes can also be used for CRM and that means working with those relevant internally to support customers if complaints arise.  That branded Online Community that you are thinking about will provide ROI for many elements of your business including innovation and R&D. It is not just about your big shiny idea or your pr/marketing silo, or for that matter (and this is positive) the marketing budget.

Finally social media strategies can be devised and initially implemented by agencies but collaborative maintenance must come from the company itself.   What is maintenance? after the initial burst of creative activity is the hard yakka of continuing the conversation with your consumers, listening to them and embracing what you learn. If your social media marketing agency is simply selling you a one-off campaign and not educating you along the way they are doing you a disservice. Sure campaigns such as World’s Best Job have a finite time period but most customer engagement strategies should be for the long-term.

Social Media has the power to transform a company,  break down internal silos, deliver excellent ROI, engage with consumers and deliver more relevant products to the marketplace but we need to first recognise its not all about us.

About the Author: Jenni Beattie is the Director of Digital Democracy a Sydney based Social Media Consultancy . Enjoy the article?please subscribe to the RSS Feed .

Update May 9 Mashable produced an excellent article using Twitter for customer service well worth a read!



Filed under Digital PR, Enterprise 2.0, Market Research, marketing, online communities, Social Media, social media strategy, twitter

11 responses to “Social Media – Why it’s not all about you.

  1. Take a bow Jenni ! I’m so pleased this post has been written and explained clearly. It’s full of zest and punch! So many organisations and businesses out there just don’t get that Social Media (when used to it’s fullest) can create a power arm to the business model. It’s simple, as you say – “it’s not all about us” – If you care about your customers, provide fantastic content, listen to them and then deliver, then it’s a win win! People always look at what’s in it for them – if you can provide and exceed expectations in this space, then now’s the time to get that fireworks party started!

    Awesome blog Jenni with powerful content – I will be coming back for more!
    High fives
    Sam Mutimer – aka – Sam2.0 !

  2. Jenni Beattie

    Thanks Sam appreciate your thoughts and positivity.

  3. artroxthinks

    Yes yes yes…social media is not about the business or the brand it is about ME! It is MEkerting in action.

    Marketers should not as you so succinctly put it consider social media as a tool they own.

    Social media + marketing = MEkerting

    It is a conversation and engagement between customer and brand and it is about making your brand relevant to ME.

    I don’t care about you and your shiny new whatsit…I care about me and my needs for what your shiny new whatsit can do and how I can tell you what else i want it to do and how you can tell me that I’m clever and then I’ll tell my friends you told me I’m clever and that’s MEkerting…(in a nutshell and a very long sentence)

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  6. Alison

    Just came across your blog and finding it incredibly interesting. So many great writers in Australia!

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  8. I couldn’t agree more with this piece. Social media is contending with the same issues CRM was 10 years ago from an organisation ownership perspective. Marketers must champion the cause but realise the benefits outside of a new channel for promotion and engagement – only then will senior executives see the true value of this very important channel.
    Great post.

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