The biggest mistake marketing and brand managers make when approaching social media is not thinking of the social web in the same strategic light as everything else they produce.
Social media is no more a one-off playground for brands than television advertising, direct mail campaigns or customer relationship management programs. It’s serious business and should be treated as such.
The following question then becomes relevant: “How do we think about social media strategically?” The good news is that it’s not that difficult, provided your planning team has an understanding of two things and a healthy grounding in another.
The two essential knowledge bases you’ll need are an understanding of the social media tools available (from blogs and social networks to wikis and beyond) and the philosophical foundations to be successful in social media (think share, not sell). The healthy grounding should be in the 5 essential pillars of a social media campaign.
On Monday October 12th, 2009, Social Media Examiner is sponsoring four hours of live video chats with leading social media superstars Mari Smith, Jason Falls, Chris Garrett and Denise Wakeman.
Here’s how to participate: Simply click here to enter the live video broadcast room (login with your Twitter ID or as a guest).
Here’s the line up:
- 7am Pacific (10am Eastern): Join Chris Garrett (co-author of ProBlogger) and Michael Stelzner
- 9am Pacific (Noon Eastern): Denise Wakeman (The Blog Squad) and Michael Stelzner
- 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern): Mari Smith (Facebook for business guru) and Michael Stelzner
- 1pm Pacific (4pm Eastern): Jason Falls (Social media strategist) and Michael Stelzner