Pillars To Become A Social Business

The people in your organization are of course the “face” of your organization in social media. Michael Brito just write a great article on the Social Media Examiner about ensuring your business is ready for social media, or more specifically, to become a social business. This diagram from the article summarizes it nicely: 

social business


Certified: I Understand Facebook as a Marketer

imageAfter attending the Facebook Success Summit 2010, attendees were tested in order to receive the Certification of Completion to prove that you paid attention and learned something.

The PDF version of my certificate can be seen here: Brian Groth’s Facebook Success Summit 2010 Certification of Completion

Social Media Science

Dan Zarella (http://danzarrella.com/) gave a great presentation regarding Social Media Science (#SMSci is the Twitter hashtag) where he has data focused on Twitter and Facebook that backs his key takeaways, which are categorized into three categories which are the topics:

1. Try lots of campaigns and iterate on what works.
2. Audience size does matter: Spread your message to as many people as possible.
3. Find and target your influencers.

1. Bigger and louder works – to a point.
2. Personalize: talk to your audience (be human)
3. Avoid link fatigue: don’t tweet links more than once per hour

1. Help your audience look cool: Give them something cool to share
2. Don’t let information voids form and spread about your brand. If they do, jump on it with real info.
3. Use combined relevance: That is, combine two different ideas into one
4. Don’t forget calls-to-action: Use a request or question

You can view a variety of his “Science of” presentations at http://danzarrella.com/speaking#

Mobile Consumer Converging Technologies

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Yes, this is my list of technologies that are merging and converging on mobile devices, specifically smartphones. But this is also just an example of me testing Prezi, which is VERY similar to pptPlex that Microsoft was testing a while ago.


UPDATE: Looks like I have problems embedding it in WordPress, but I have problems embedding most things in my WordPress.com blog.

Advancing the Art and Science of Marketing

When I explain Marketing Technopology to people, I often start out by saying that it is the advancement of the art and science of marketing, Carl Warner just wrote an article in AdWeek titled The Science of the Art of Advertising, which is right in line with what I mean.

The article poses the question of if, or how, can you measure the feeling someone gets from an ad (or perhaps from a brand in general). I’d argue that’s where social media comes in: If people are moved by something, they’ll discuss it with their friends. If those discussions happen on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere, then you can measure it. So when creating online marketing solutions and online ads, think about how you measure the use (number of people and views) and impact (number of discussions) and any other metrics you consider necessary for your campaign. But don’t let the science of measuring get in the way of the art of the marketing.

Technologist or Technopologist?

question@RickardBorjel recently asked me about the difference between a Technologist and a Marketing Technopologist and I promised to answer it in a blog entry. Someone please contact me if you agree,  disagree or have something else to add that will help explain it. I’ll narrow it down to Marketing Technologist and Marketing Technopologist, in an attempt to make it more relevant to you, me, and others in marketing who are (hopefully!) reading my blog.

Marketing Technologist: This person understands technology and how to apply it to solve business and/or marketing problems. It requires a base level understanding of a variety of technologies, staying on top of new technologies and a base level understanding of business and marketing – think of your business acumen, marketing strategies, and so on.

Marketing Technopologist: This person brings together the strengths of marketing, technology and social interaction. Or to put it another way, this is a Marketing Technologist who also understands how and why people interact and share. This should be at a base level (anthropology) and via social networks. 

To add to these definitions, within large corporations it is also necessary to understand what the IT department has to offer, what they can’t/won’t offer and how solutions should be created and supported. This topic spans the organizational skills required to get things done within a corporation, but also understanding policies which may be in place and budgeting limitations. I’ll refer to this as Corporate Marketing Technopology.

Here’s an example to pull it all together: Let’s assume you are trying to create a great experience for people to engage with your brand while on the go (the business challenge) and that this will be a long-term solution offered for your brand. Mobile applications, as opposed to mobile web sites, offer great immersive/interactive experiences and on Windows Phone 7 these can be built in Silverlight (your IT developers already work in Visual Studio and build Silverlight apps). So you may consider solving your business challenge with a Windows Phone 7 application, but you will also want to assess the mobile behavior of your target audience and the advertising you will use to capture/entice that audience (the marketing strategy). But you also need to consider how the mobile user can incorporate the social graph within the application to bring friends to the experience and share with them later, plus how current social media efforts can be used to drive awareness of this app when it releases.

The example touches on the need for business acumen, marketing strategy, an understanding social media and technical capabilities. Do you have other examples?

Resources for Marketing Technopologists

In my Technopologist Unite post, I pointed out a Facebook Community page, but I’ve been busy since then building a other resources for us to use. Please feel free to join in any of these. 

Resources for Marketing Technopologists

Example Topics

Agencies and Digital Marketing

Shiv Singh, Head of Digital for PepsiCo (previously at Razorfish) recently posted a great article titled From the Other Side – Advice for Agencies. A few exerts are:

Organizational complexities:

Anyone who keeps telling a brand marketer that it is about 360 degree marketing with paid, owned and earned media integration is over simplifying.

Digital agencies feel traditional agencies don’t get it and traditional agencies can’t understand why brands don’t completely appreciate their digital chops.  In a sense, everyone is unhappy. That’s not good. It has to change and probably only will when truly a new form of an agency rises

Social media and consumer engagement for brands

It is easier for an agency or a media company to sell TV advertisements or digital media impressions or traditional PR tactics than it is to sell social influence marketing or deep consumer engagement.

These remind me of the problems that were brought up on a recent Twitter chat that I captured here regarding Ad Agencies and Social Media.

SharePoint and Your Web Site

Hosting a web site is a topic that every marketing organization faces and is one that a Marketing Technopologist should take interest in since it is an opportunity to bring web technologies, with potentially inclusion of social media with thought toward the audience coming to the site. Some might not think about it and simply let a vendor/partner manage it, but I’d argue that not putting any thought into it will lead to higher costs and potential problems in the future. Problems such as a lack of content management, difficulties in reusing content, differing developer skills (dev language, code sharing, project management, etc) and so on. 

However, SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites can be a great answer to these problems for your web site hosting needs. Note that I do work at Microsoft, but I honestly haven’t heard of equivalent solutions and I have personal experience with SharePoint .

From the SharePoint product information site about what it brings for Internet-facing web sites:

Think of SharePoint 2010 Sites as a “one-stop shop” for all your business Web sites. It provides a full set of tools that your people can use to create any kind of site, plus a single infrastructure that simplifies site management. From a team site for colleagues, to an extranet site for partners, to an Internet site for customers, people can share and publish information using one familiar system.

Here are a few great resources to learn more about what SharePoint can do:

Advances in Video Streaming

One of the challenges for a Marketing Technopologist is to keep up-to-date on all the latest technologies available to create engaging experiences for your customers online. At Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC), we released a variety of information regarding technologies related to online video streaming. These are: 

  1. The Bob Muglia Blog Post on details when he said, “Our Silverlight strategy and focus going forward has shifted,” at PDC. His post clarifies his vision for the future of Silverlight and the emergence of HTML 5 and will eventually impact us as marketers.
  2. Microsoft’s IIS Media Services 4.0 Chris Knowlton’s Blog: details on MS streaming tools for multi-platform/multi-device/multi-protocol video including support for iPhone/iPad. StreamingMedia.com also had a good hands-on review of IIS Media Services 4. (by the way, if you didn’t know, IIS Media Services is an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform that delivers true HD (720p+) live and on-demand streaming, DVR functionality, and real-time analytics support to computers, TVs, and mobile devices)
  3. The Streaming Media Conference also has a good presentation related to this: Encoding H.264 Video for Streaming & Progressive Download

Thanks to my guest writer for this blog entry: Scott Lum