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Cisco Support Community: Winner of the 2011 Forrester Groundswell Award for Supporting Social Media

Many companies today are jumping on the bandwagon to add custom social media accounts to their list of web properties. The Cisco Support Community team is one such group, but this team has done so particularly well and seen great successes with their endeavors.

In early 2010, they launched and revamped their social initiatives in hopes of staying connected with customers and extending the community beyond Cisco’s immediate reach. Just over a year afterward, the team was recognized as the winner of the 2011 Forrester Groundswell Award in the B2B Supporting Category. What’s more, Cisco estimates that the community-based support on Facebook and Twitter is saving the company more than $400K annually! Not everybody rises to fame with the fruits of their social media labor. I was curious to find out what the team did that led to such positive results, so I chatted with Pratibha Gupta and Mohan Rao, leads of the social media branch of the Support Community team.

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8 Fab Topics in 8 Hours: “Social Enterprise” Day 1 Agenda #SMWSF #SMWCisco

Cupid has worked his magic and helped us bring together some awesome speakers for our February 14th Social Enterprise Day at Social Media Week. Check out our full agenda and information on how to register.  All times are in Pacific Standard Time.

8:00 – 8:55 Networking Breakfast

8:55 – 9:00 Welcome

9:00 – 9:50 Executive Dialogue: Social Media through an Executive Lens
Cisco executives, Carlos Dominguez and Sheila Jordan will share their perspectives on social media adoption. Carlos will tell his story on how and why he has become an avid social media user and Sheila will take you behind the firewall. She will highlight how you can prepare your IT organization to help drive adoption of social media and collaboration technologies. This dialogue will focus on understanding how a company can embrace social media at the executive level while protecting its intellectual property.

Dialoguers: Carlos Dominguez (@carlosdominguez), SVP, “The Tech Nowist”, Cisco and Sheila Jordan (@CiscoSheila), SVP, Communication and Collaboration IT, Cisco
Moderator: Karen Snell (@kcsnell), Social Media Communications Manager, Cisco

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10:00 – 10:50 Cisco’s Social Media Journey
This presentation will give you a sneak peek into Cisco’s social media journey, best practices, innovations and lessons learned over the years. Jeanette will also give you some tips on how to set up and scale your social media center of excellence based on Cisco’s center of excellence model. 

Presenter: Jeanette Gibson (@JeanetteG), Senior Director, Global Social Media and Digital Marketing, Cisco

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11:00 – 11:50 Panel: The Road to Becoming a Social Business
This panel will explore the framework for becoming a social business and offer perspectives on social content strategy to create great stories. This session will address questions on how to scale your social efforts across your company and globally, and will leave you with some practical tips and lessons learned. 

Moderator: Michael Brito (@britopian), SVP, Social Business Planning, Edelman Digital
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Live from New York – It is Cisco Retail at NRF January 15-17, 2012

January 16-17, 2012 marks the 101st National Retail Federation Annual Conference and Expo in New York and Cisco Retail team and myself will be there.  You can find out what Cisco will be showing at the event and get sneak peeks of the preparations for the show throughout the week through our coverage on Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, LinkedIn Group, YouTube and Cisco Retail blog.

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Four Ways Social Software Collaboration Technology Can Change Higher Education

New media and collaboration technologies have the potential to transform higher education in terms of the classroom, the learning process, the relationship between students and instructors, and how institutions conduct academic research. While much of the industry discussion revolves around use of consumer tools and social network sites like Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn, Cisco’s educational customers also see tremendous opportunity to increase student engagement and drive their own institutional strategies with “enterprise class” social software as well.

Since Cisco first announced Quad, we have had conversations with dozens of colleges and universities regarding the role enterprise social software and Cisco Quad can play in transforming education. Cisco Quad is an enterprise collaboration platform that brings people together to share ideas and content, collaborate on projects, and interact using chat, voice or video, regardless of where people are located.

Below, we’ve outlined four ways in which educational institutions are telling us enterprise social software is helping, or can transform the way learning, research, and academic advisement is crafted, delivered and consumed:

1. The 24/7 interactive classroom: Instructors often struggle to deliver a collaborative environment for their students that is secure and supports multiple access methods such as mobile.  Technology like Quad can enable students to interact in a secure, policy-based manner that extends the classroom conversation beyond physical walls. Courses partially or wholly targeted at off-campus students can similarly benefit from enhancing the class-like experience for remote students. For example, at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the cross country MBA students based in the US, England, India and other countries are using Quad to create virtual working groups, find people with common interests, share files or videos with other students working on similar projects and instantly start video conferences or chat sessions. Quad provides students with the ability to interact, ask questions and share ideas with professors/faculty/tutorial assistants anytime, as opposed to only during fixed faculty office hours. It can also drive improved accountability on team projects, as content and comments are tracked in activity feeds and in project communities by both participating students and faculty leads.

2. Serendipitous Research: Quad contains several features, such as an activity feed that compiles microblog posts from students and staff and allows a snapshot view of a person’s current activities. These dynamic updating functionalities can facilitate broader cross-departmental collaboration, for students and researchers alike. Security features ensure that research that needs to be confidential is shared in a secure and safe manner.  As researchers update their statuses with exciting discoveries or frustrating problems, or create posts, upload videos or otherwise document their work, this content becomes accessible to hundreds of fellow university researchers through activity feeds and searches, making it possible for providential inter-disciplinary connections to be made and new insights to be generated. Read More »

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Virtual Velocity Broadcast Recap: Tips and Tricks for Leveraging LinkedIn for Business

Fun LinkedIn Facts:

  • LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 120 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
  • Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate that is faster than two new members per second.
  • LinkedIn counts executives from all 2011 Fortune 500 companies as members; its corporate hiring solutions are used by 75 of the Fortune 100 companies.

With statistics as impressive as those, can your company afford not to be utilizing LinkedIn in its marketing strategy?

I’ll admit, LinkedIn is not a service that I check several times a day like I do other social media sites. But after sitting in on our latest Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast, which fellow Channels blogger Alex Krasne hosted and moderated, I think I’ll be changing my social media tune.

During this informative broadcast, guest speaker Heather Margolis, Channel Maven Consulting President and Founder and Everything Channel contributor shared tips on how to use LinkedIn to brand yourself online, increase your network, engage with prospects, drive marketing tactics, and build your thought leadership platform.

She gave key pointers on simple things you can do today to spruce up your LinkedIn profile and how to correctly use the features the powerful platform has to offer. Then, Heather answered questions that our audience tweeted in during the broadcast.

Couldn’t tune in to the broadcast? The video replay is available now.
The replay is available on the Partner Velocity site. Look for Heather Margolis in the list of events and click “View replay” to access the On Demand broadcast.After you watch the replay, complete the event survey on the Partner Velocity site to be entered into a sweepstakes to win a social media assessment and consulting from Channel Maven Consulting (US $1800 value).

After Heather presented, we took questions the audience submitted. Keep reading to check out the useful advice Heather had. Read More »

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