Corporate Blogging is Dead, Long live Content Marketing! – 2013 survey results

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my tips for social media management in Romania and elsewhere (4/5)

What do you think the ratio for the implementation of social media campaign should be in the entire media budget of the company? How was this situation at Orange?

To begin with, I do not like the term “campaign” which I find too military and aggressive. Eventually, social media marketing is a new form of marketing, more respectful, more centred on our customer’s interests and requirements, based on the principles of crowd sourcing and customer centricity. So I ban this kind of language as well as other terms like “targets” which are often times the staples of traditional marketing but are outdated and not applicable to social media marketing. Despite what most people think, social media marketing has to be thought of in the long-term, not in the short term.

my tips for social media management in Romania and elsewhere (3/5)

This is the script of an interview I gave for a Romania business journal “Business Review Romania” in June 2012. The interview is published in instalments. This is part 3 of 6

Can you give us 5 tips as to how company can manage a crisis through social media?

In fact, despite what most people think, and despite the usual romantic stories told about Internet crises and rumours, managing crises is a long-term rather than short-term exercise. Crises in social media in fact, reflect what is bad with your company, not what is wrong with your community management or the way you handle it. Here are my 5 tips about managing crises:

my tips for social media management in Romania and elsewhere (2/5)

This is the script of an interview I gave for a Romania business journal “Business Review Romania” in June 2012. The interview is published in instalments. This is part 2 of 6

Give us 5 tips for a Romanian company (a corporation, and medium-size company) to build brand awareness with social media

At first sight, one may think that social media marketing is only devoted to large corporations which can afford to hire big enough teams to manage such new activities.

But I think it’s just the other way round.

One of the biggest beauties of social media is that it makes word-of-mouth marketing accessible even to those who have very little means. Hence, unless you are a small and medium-size enterprise with difficulties to cope with your own business and not enough time on your hands to visit your customers and do your everyday work, I would suggest on the contrary that you use social media to gain brand awareness and do business.

Social Media: Beyond the ROI issue

The blog Council is an association in charge of promoting social media usage by and for the benefit of so-called “big logos”. Among the members one will find corporations like GM, Wells Fargo, Procter & Gamble, Kmart and of course Orange Business Services (proudly represented by yours truly).

The council is not just in charge of promoting the usage of social media in the enterprise world. It is of course a – very private – club enabling heads of Internet from major companies around the world to get together and exchange tips and ideas. But the council has also decided to turn itself into a publisher in order to let its members share their vision of the ROI of corporate blogging. Calls for papers were issued by the council late September 2008, and members sent their contributions by October 13 as planned. All contributions will be combined and put together into a collective book which will be published by the council. Much more will be said about that book during the blog Council conference which is planned for the end of October in San Jose.

The Blog Council | Here are a few trustworthy corporate blogs

Corporate blogging isn’t easy… And Forrester analyst Josh Bernoff published an interesting report about why people don’t trust most company blogs. In fact, looking closer at Josh’s comments, it’s not corportae blogs but corporate speak that clients don’t trust.

“Video is the medium of the future” Cisco Social Media Expert Announces

John Earnhardt from Cisco at BlogwellIn this article we’ll describe the take aways from John Earnhardt’s
presentation at BlogWell (http://www.gaspedal.com/blogwell) about the development of Corporate WebTVs and Vlogging and I will also establish a comparison – in part two of this post – with our own experience on the launch of our own WebTV at http://orange-business.tv