Community Management, Convince and Convert, Social Business, Social Media Monitoring, Social Media Staffing and Operations, The Now Revolution

3 Ways to Tell a Social Media Problem From a Crisis

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What constitutes a crisis? Discovering that someone has left a review saying they saw a mouse at your restaurant is certainly disconcerting. But is it a crisis? No. The social media monitors in your organization need to have a mutual understanding of what is a real crisis and what the subsequent escalation procedures are. Merriam-Webster […]

Community Management, Convince and Convert, Social Business, Social Media ROI

6 Parts of Your Company That Should be Listening to Social Conversations

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“Once upon a time, customer contact was centralized around the switchboard, and the phone was the preferred method for communication between companies and customers. When it rang, you answered, because it was likely a customer or a potential customer on the other end of the line. Now, the calls are coming through online, via the […]

Community Management, Convince and Convert, Digital Marketing, Social Business, Integrated Marketing and Media, Social Media Monitoring, Social Media Staffing and Operations, The Now Revolution

3 Key Roles to Make Your Social Team Scalable

3 Key Roles to Make Your Social Team Scalable

One of the continuous discussions and questions surfacing in the social media chatterbox is that of “who owns social media?” Is it marketing? Public relations (PR)? Customer service? The answer is . . . yes. For the long-term, anyway. You’re not likely at the point yet where you have social media wired into everything. Right […]

Social Business, Social Media Case Studies, Book Reviews, Social Media Staffing and Operations

The New Small – How Technology Levels the Playing Field

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Phil Simon is a technology cupid. Whatever your company’s issues or objectives, he can recommend the optimal platform, rollout strategy, and operational considerations. In his work as a tech consultant, he’s realized the days of “big iron” – solving problems with huge, expensive systems are gone. Now, it’s the nimble, inexpensive technology that rules. So […]

Convince and Convert, Social Business, Social Media Case Studies, Social Media Book, Social Media Staffing and Operations, The Now Revolution

The 5 Critical Social Media Skills You Need to Disperse

5 critical social media skills you need to disperse

Your customers, prospects, and the people looking for you online don’t care about your company structure. If they find you on Twitter, or leave a comment on your blog, they’re looking for a response from anyone who can help, regardless of what department that person represents or what someone’s official job title is. Everybody in […]

Convince and Convert, Social Business, Social Media Strategy, Social Media Staffing and Operations, The Now Revolution

5 Attributes of a Healthy, Real-Time Culture

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The future of business is not in measured, scrutinized answers or carefully planned initiatives. Business will soon be about near-instantaneous response; about making the best decisions you can with the extremely limited information you have; about every customer being a reporter, and every reporter being a customer; about winning and losing customers in real time, […]

Community Management, Social Business, Social Media Measurement, Social Media Strategy, Social Media Tools, Brand Communities, Facebook, Social Media Marketing, Social Media ROI, Social Media Staffing and Operations

Digital Sharecropping – Why Most Facebook Customization is Wasted Effort

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Part 3 of a 3-Part Rant The time, money, and overall exertion being spent on customizing Facebook fan pages is largely misspent. Just because you CAN replicate much of your corporate website functionality on Facebook, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Your Facebook fan page is not a collectible automobile. You do not get extra brand advocacy […]

Community Management, Digital Marketing, Social Business, Conferences and Events, PR 20, Social Media Staffing and Operations

The 7 New Roles Agencies Must Play to Survive Real-Time Business

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Change is all around us, in many shapes and guises. Yet the nucleus of most of the shifts that have us feeling like we’re in a transformational maelstrom is speed. Everything happens faster now. Awareness can be captured more quickly than ever before. Sales can be closed instantly online. Customer service issues can be resolved […]

Community Management, Guest Posts, Social Business, Social Media Monitoring, Social Media Staffing and Operations

3 Reasons To Dig Deeper In Social Listening

Connie Bensen

Guest post by Connie Bensen, the Director of Community Strategy and Social Media at Alterian, which provides leading marketing products for the enterprise. She also blogs at http://communitystrategist.com. Brands have realized that social networks offer an opportunity to interact directly with consumers. They create pockets of communities where like-minded people share information and seek advice. […]

Social Business, Social Media Measurement, Social Media Research, Social Media Tools, Campaign Testing and Optimization, Social Media Research, Social Media Staffing and Operations

6 Timely Tips for Twitter Success

Replies and Retweets on Twitter, a Report by Sysomos

New research from Sysomos shows that 92.4% of all retweets happen within the first hour after the tweet has been sent. This demonstrates that Twitter users are not browsing the public stream (or even their own lists) to find and interact with tweets from earlier in the day. Consequently, WHEN you send your tweets has […]

Social Business, Social Media Case Studies, Social Media Strategy, Social Media Staffing and Operations

Travel, Tweets, Trends – Social Media Runs Rampant in Adventure Travel

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There’s been a lot of talk (and rightfully so) lately about industries where social media adoption is as slow as a Brett Favre farewell. Financial services. Utilities. Pharma. And a lot more. I’ll write more about those issues soon, but today let’s turn our attention to an industry where social media is thriving like Cher’s […]