I wanted to dedicate this blog post to sharing the best practices from three of Cisco’s social programs which were recently awarded the 2011 Event Marketer Technology Awards. Cisco Live and the Cisco Event Mobile Application were honored for their excellence with events integration and custom app creation, respectively, while the Global Sales Experience (GSX) campaign was noted for delivering content that was both educational and entertaining. In introducing you to the strategies implemented by each of these award-winning hybrid programs, I hope you find them interesting and useful to apply to your own social campaign, event, or mobile app!
At Cisco, we are focused upon internally and externally sharing social media best practices and lessons learned from individuals who have successfully integrated social media into their day job. We recently sat down with one such social practitioner, Jennifer Halim, a subject matter expert (SME) on the Customer Support Team, to learn more about how she incorporates social media into her job at Cisco.
Jennifer joined the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) in 2007 and focuses on security products in Australia. In 2010, she became a Technical Account Manager with ScanSafe, Cisco’s cloud-based web security service. Even after the move, she managed to keep up to date with the technology that she used in her previous role by actively participating on the Cisco Support Community. With over 322,000 registered users and 11 years of history, the Cisco Support Community is a platform on which technical experts and Cisco customers can interact with each other by asking and answering questions in the discussion forums, commenting on blogs, rating videos, and more. While spending an average of one to three hours per day contributing to the discussion forums regarding Cisco Security products, she participates completely out of her own will during after business hours. Through her engagements on this website, Jennifer states that she is constantly learning from other contributors to the community, and she enjoys the satisfaction of being able to help customers by answering their questions and resolving their issues.
Community participants like Jennifer who have responded to customers have contributed to Cisco’s $80 million in annual cost savings that is attributed to the Cisco Support Community and is a conservative estimate based on TAC case deflection. Based on the number of customer cases resolved, Jennifer has been one of the top contributors since she joined the community in 2010.
How does she manage to integrate her Support Community activities into her day job?
Have you ever woken up in the morning with sweat rolling down your face? With the holidays right around the corner, if you’re one of those people that find holiday shopping stressful, you know what I’m talking about…So does Ernie.
Meet Ernie (in image below). He has had some trouble sleeping lately and when he finally does fall asleep, his dreams are consumed by nightmares. Nightmares about 10 social media practices. Check them out below. Read More »
As a follow-up to my last blog post, here is the Reader’s Digest version of how to create social media engagement.
Each step is a word:
Listen • Integrate • Share • Talk • Enable Talk • Nurture • Evaluate • Refine
If you have paid close attention, you’ve probably discovered that the first letter of each word put together spell the word LISTENER. Makes it easy to remember, right? It all starts and ends with listening!
If you don’t do anything else, just listen. If you’re new to social media, listen first, engage next. If you’ve been doing social for a while, keep listening. Always! Not just during your launch period or around your event. Listening can help you get an outside perspective on your company. It can help you gain real-time unfiltered feedback, uncover issues, pain points and new opportunities. It can also be used to gain an edge on your competition, and can even help you avoid or minimize a crisis situation. Hint: Read More »
I’ve been with Cisco for about 11 years with a few breaks in between and I’ve always been in awe at how technology advances each time I return. I think back to Eudora email and conference call bridge scheduling via Meeting Place. Anyone else remember those days of simplicity?
My mindset has had to change and adapt each time I have returned. With the help of the “The Mindset” book by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., I had at least prepared myself to have a “growth mindset” when coming back to work each time. I have to admit I still battled the fixed mindset of “I may fail at this” from time to time. Regardless, I chose to press on and adapt.
The biggest mindset shift for me in the past few years has been all things related to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, etc.. We are now connecting with customers in real time and listening to their thoughts, concerns and feedback. Much has changed from filtered feedback via press and analysts, to today where listening data is being viewed and responded to in real time. These advances have all required me to incorporate a social media lens into the overall strategy and tactics of my job.