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7 Questions to Ask Before Launching a Social Media Program

September 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm PST
Success can come in many forms. Three very different success stories. Listen to the replay for details.

This week, Partner Velocity (Cisco’s program to help partners’ marketing efforts) held a one-hour webcast to help you get started with social media.

It’s a topic near and dear to my heart, so I led the webcast and provided some guidance for beginners and more advanced practitioners, tips, and tricks to help launch a social media presence.

If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry as there’s a replay available. Be sure to listen to this replay and attend the next two webinars in the series: you’ll be entered to win a US$2500 marketing consultation.

Head to the Partner Velocity site for details, and to register for the next two sessions (Social Media for Events and Creating an Integrated Campaign).

Here’s a quick recap of the topics covered in this week’s session “Building a Successful Social Media Program”:

  • How to develop a listening strategy
  • How to define and segment your audience (and create content for each persona)
  • Tips and tricks for engaging with your audience
  • Ways to design a measurement/metrics plan
  • And finally, some key takeaways and next steps

Keep reading for my seven questions to ask before launching your own social media program.

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13 Tips and Tricks: The Road to a Killer Social Media Training Program #smtraining

August 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm PST

We can’t wait for our #smtraining tweet chat tomorrow! As we’re getting our fingers ready for speed typing tomorrow, we wanted to give you a sneak peek into some of our tips and lessons learned. All in a tweetable format so please feel free to tweet away using the #smtraining hash tag.

We already covered in an earlier blog how to create a social media training program that works. In this post, we’re going to call out (lucky) 13 points you will need to consider as you think about your training strategy and implementation. Read More »

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SME Spotlight Interview: Greg Smith

July 13, 2012 at 9:11 am PST

Not too long ago, we featured Greg Smith (@gregsmit68), a Cisco Service Provider Marketing Manager, in a “Meet Our SMEs” series blog post (“Meet Greg Smith: Mastermind Behind 2 Award-Winning Social Programs”). Greg was noted for his blogging best practices and for leveraging innovative social media programs to effictvely connect with fans. When we got the opportunity to interact with him face-to-face at the recent Ragan Social Media Conference, we managed to pull him aside to ask for some social words of advice to share with our Cisco Social Media Blog readers.

Hear some of Greg’s social media tips in this short 2-minute video: Read More »

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How the Role of the Social Strategist is Evolving

June 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm PST

Social business is about using diverse social technologies to easily connect with one another. In my previous video blog post, we learned some present and future trends within this realm, and how it’s evolving. Let’s continue that train of thought and delve deeper.

Let’s Get This Social Media Party Started

According to Industry Analyst Jeremiah Owyang, “the social business space is still very immature, and things are just heating up” (Owyang, “Social Business: We’re Just Getting Started”). As more and more companies jump on the social media bandwagon, it’s essential that they remember to holistically integrate social business into the corporation. Before getting started with social, Jeremiah recommends conducting an internal analysis of your organization to figure out which of the 5 organizational models your company is currently in and which you aspire to be in. Afterward, employees must realize that incorporating social into their business is likely to be a slow process since it’s much of a major cultural change that their company will undergo.

The Role of the Social Strategist Amidst It All

Many people know that social media is not free – it requires a lot of time, money and people resources. One of the key players that constitute social business is the social strategist. As this realm continues to develop, how will the role of the social strategist change? Will it disappear or become further embedded into a corporation somehow? We wanted to hear what “social media guy at LinkedIn” Mario Sundar (@mariosundar) and Jeremiah (@jowyang) thought about this topic. Watch this short video recapping their words of wisdom:

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Eight Great Icebreakers for Online Meetings

May 2, 2012 at 11:01 am PST

This blog comes at the request of a tweet from @AlisonScammell.

“I’m looking at #webinar ice breaker ideas. Does anyone have any suggestions? #webex”

What a great question!

WebEx is incredibly useful for online meetings, but bringing a group of people together across time zones in remote locations can present some challenges when it comes to warming up the room. We posted some tips last week for adding color to your meetings which creates a mood. And we’ve talked about using polls and the whiteboard.

But what else can you do to get things moving? Here are 15 ideas that we think are well suited for online meetings or webinars. Read More »

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