Time – the most important strategic insight you need to power social media

Around this time most communicators are thinking about how to balance their typically competing priorities and limited resources to deliver the best results for the business. Given that in the last months: The most powerful leaders in the world tweeted personally and/or using online armies; and usurped planned media in favour of live broadcasts on social media; or that[…]

Why you shouldn’t treat or measure social media like Amway

We all know what happens to that network marketing evangelist at the party who sees every guest as a sales opportunity and pounces to sign them up for some or other scheme within minutes of ‘hello’. They stop getting invited. Few people like to be seen as sales prospects or consider meeting someone as synonymous[…]

What the #panamapapers taught me about social media & how we consume news

I’ve been watching #panamapapers play out in social and other media this week and it’s reinforced that we need to stop talking about social versus other media. It’s medias.  Most people are sampling a global information smorgasbord and developing a point of view. This is how I followed the story. I first heard about the #panamapapers on Twitter,[…]

Social media influences investors & that influence is growing fast

Investors are influenced by research they find on social media and its importance will grow as younger players inherit, work and look for opportunities to invest. According to Cogent Research of the 90% of high net worth people who use social media, 73% spend it on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter making up the rest. They use[…]

How one Aussie CEO used LinkedIn to expand into 27 countries

A leader who actively engages on social media platforms is good for business and with 7 million Australian and 380 million global users LinkedIn is a strategic fit those seeking to tap into global professional networks. One such CEO is Craig McDonald, head of software security company MailGuard, who was recently announced as one of Australia’s[…]

Is lack of social media know-how in HR negligent?

It’s odd that some professionals wear a disinterest in social media as a badge of honour; given its ubiquity, understanding the business, governance and legal impacts should be a requirement. Social media impacts the employment life cycle from pre-employment to recruitment, training and dismissal and every tier of business strategy from product development, marketing, sales[…]

5 practical ways to gain real social media skills

The social web continues to proliferate and impact every area of our lives creating a demand for social talent that will grow as organisations recognise the impact at every level of the business from Boards (which will want oversight on governance to manage market impacts for example) to marketing, customer service, and recruitment. Right now there’s a skills gap that some have[…]

11 key reasons to make social media a part of business strategy

Social media is integral to business success but competing priorities and a lack of understanding about how it fits into strategy mean it’s often not on the agenda. Because of the way that social media plays out when things go wrong, in particular through traditional media, business owners are disproportionately aware of its risks. On[…]