Hey Andy--I've started to wonder lately whether a person or organization can rack up so many "likes" that it begins to dilute the value of "likes" in the first place. I guess from a business or product standpoint, "likes" are a good thing in terms of rating the product or service. But an organization's ability to connect with these customers becomes more difficult with every addition. If an organization focuses only on the critics, it risks alienating its fans. I'm sure businesses have figured out ways to strike a blance...I'd be interested in hearing about some success stories.
@Barb -- Good point Barb. In my book, a 'LIKE' is just a number and I give it more freely than I would direct praise or criticism. The sad truth is that follows, likes, etc are not as personal -- not taken so seriously as a testimonial, though I know that is what they are meant to stand for. But how important, really, is a mini-testimonial that you obtained because you offered someone the chance to win an iPad? What is important is what the company does once they have made the connection with you.
@Talex: I believe that people are more likely to post a negative view than a positive one in general. I know I'm more motivated to write letters or make phone calls when something goes wrong. I try to compliment people/companies when things go right, but to follow up with a "like" on the Internet...not so much
@t.alex -- That's probably not too uncommon. The answer to that question depends a lot on the grey area that exists between commerce and social connection. Should we complain openly about anyone on our friend list? If so, should they be on there?
Social Media from the business perspective is a very different thing than having a personal Facebook page or connecting with someone you like on Google+. The business side requires constant attention, vigilance, and clarity. If you think twice about what you normally post to your personal accounts, then think 4 times really hard about what you are posting for your business.
And if the two are mixed for someone, I would say to defer to the more stringent rule-set and make sure every post is delivering the appropriate message for your business.
Fascinating stuff, Andy: social networking improving a brand image. I think there is a case to made for that. Customers would feel they are being listened to and that the CEO is an accessible human being. I've seen it work in several cases--OnStar reversed its decision on tracking users partially based on social media feedback.
First of all, how can I *LIKE* Bolaji's post on here? :)
Second, great article, Tam. I like the description of the world of 'continuous feedback'. The medium is called Social but technology growth would have fueled and necessitated something similar eventually. We have and want the ability to be real-time in all things, or at least in those things in which we choose to be so.
I read a great related article on Sprout Social yesterday about the study...loved the teaser headline: "CEO Participation in Social Media Increases Customer Spending" -- was more taken though, by this statement:
'71 percent of customers polled said CEO participation in social media leads to improved brand image.'
I agree. I even like to see a successful leader stumble while learning to use Twitter--figuring out hashtags and @'s vs DM's. Its fun, honest, and human. And I believe those three things describe why social media is still growing.
Social networking is more about how do you connect with friends and other people around the world. The importance of customer is more and more put in first place by many companies which is mainly due to competetion and at the same time the power of todays communications. The good will or the bad things about any company wil go across the counties with in seconds and could improve/kill business instantly. So it is very important to connect to customers in a very loyal way to any company these days.
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