Looking at Social Media beyond the Blogging 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.

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.

Business blogging: Golden rules for B2B enterprise blogging success

Once your Corporate stakeholders have understood why Web 2.0 is more than a fad and why its marketing could benefit from it (read our 12 golden rules for Web 2.0) and once they have established how their 2.0 strategy should be articulated (refer to our interactivity matrix), quite a few questions remain: how to create a professional looking blog and how to make it known? How long does it take every day and how many visitors may I expect? Where should my blog reside, should it be hosted or should I put it on my corporate server? What should I do so that it is well indexed by Google and other search engines? What are the do’s and don’ts of Corporate blogging, what are the risks… These are some of the questions that we come across most of the time with regard to corporate blogging. In this article, we will spell out the steps which can lead to proficient Corporate Blogging and we’ll try and address the above questions.

10 steps to 2.0 interactivity nirvana

It occurred to me in the past few weeks that there was some kind of missing link in the evolutionary state of the twenty first century corporation towards interactivity. As expressed in an earlier article entitled “15 golden rules for web 2.0” there is a strong requirement for large enterprises to launch interactive marketing initiatives – be they called 2.0, pinko marketing or anything else for that matter – not just because of the buzz word but because there is growing consciousness of the need to engage in better, less top-down discussions with one’s clients. The whole world is awash with concepts like wikinomics (link to past posts on this subject, click here) and co-marketing, but the real issue is not about whether this is required but in actual fact, how to make the rubber meet the road.