Guest Blog by Sarah Evans, Social Media Correspondent
Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans) is the chief evangelist at Tracky and owner of Sevans Strategy, a public relations and new media consultancy. She’s the author of new book, [RE]FRAME: Little Inspirations For A Larger Purpose (published by SlimBooks). It’s her personal mission to engage and employ the use of emerging technologies in all communication that connects her with a rapidly growing base of more than 120,000 people. A “for good” advocate, Sarah worked with a local crisis center to raise more than $161K in three weeks via social media and is a team member of the Guinness Book World Record holding #beatcancer. Sarah can be seen in Vanity Fair’s Americas Tweethearts, Forbes’ 14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter and Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Hot Startups of 2010.
For the past few days I’ve had the privilege of serving as entertainment services provider Cox Communications social correspondent at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and working very closely with the Cisco team promoting the personal TV experience. TV is everywhere at CES. And it’s right on par. Nielsen says that Americans are actually watching more TV than ever – about 34 hours per week, in fact.
Cox and Cisco have been working very closely this week with joint announcements on the personalized television experience. Working with Cisco, Cox evolved their video services platform to deliver more personalized video experiences, offering their customers more of what they enjoy. While Cox customers have been able to watch 90 channels of live, linear TV on an iPad for more than a year now, this new app – powered by Cisco’s Videoscape Unity software and technology – expands the service to iPhones and iPods, adding significant improvements in navigation. Learn more about the announcement here.
It’s hard to miss the focus on hardware at CES, specifically on size and sharpness. However, I think the real story about TV at CES is what’s happening on the backend. And what’s the big innovation? The personalization, synchronization and socialization of video, with personal on the forefront.
To keep the buzz around TV going I moderated a #CoxCiscoTV Twitter chat to talk more about the idea of #PersonalTV with Cox Communications and Cisco executives. Our Twitter lineup was made up of:
- Len Barlik, EVP of Product Development, Cox Communications (@Cox_PR)
- Martin De Beer, SVP of Video and Collaboration Group, Cisco, (@MartinDeBeer)
- Nick Thexton, CTO, Service Provider Video Technology Group, Cisco, (@CiscoSPVideo)
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Tags: CES, CES 2013, consumer electronics show, cox communications, customers, Instagram, Personal TV, photo contest, service providers, tweetchat, twitter, Twitter chat, video, videoscape, videoscape unity
As we move into 2013 and attempt a glance further into the future, we see shifts in the conversation around cloud collaboration. I’ve outlined a few thoughts on what we can expect soon, over the course of the next few years, and in the future.
In 2013, we’ll see the cloud conversation shift to flexibility and agility as primary drivers of adoption.
“Businesses will have to provide an environment in which their employees are connected in ways they have never been connected before.”
As more companies understand the problems that arise in the collection of big data and the number of employees who work outside the office increases, cloud adoption will grow exponentially. Gartner data shows 71 percent of businesses adopted Software as a Service (SaaS) within the past three years, with three quarters of businesses planning on increasing SaaS spending. However, the reason companies increasingly invest in SaaS will shift. As a recent Forrester survey shows, a decreasing number of businesses are prioritizing lower costs as a reason to adopt SaaS, while an increasing number of businesses are focusing on “business agility” as a reason to deploy a SaaS solution.
In order to compete effectively in the future, businesses will have to provide an environment in which their employees are connected in ways they have never been connected before – connecting employees to customers, partners, and suppliers real time, anytime, anywhere, and providing context to these collaborative sessions. This can only be accomplished through leveraging an increasing set of collaborative technology, and exposing the most relevant data across the traditional mediums of voice, video, and chat. Cloud accelerates the roll-out of this technology consistently across entire companies and their business partners, so they can improve the efficiency of their decision-making and the quality of their customers’ experience. As the cloud and macroeconomic factors increase the speed of business and collaboration, businesses will look to the cloud to as a means to deploy the growing set of integrated collaborative tools and gain a competitive edge.
As cloud collaboration moves beyond early adopters in 2013, hybrid models will proliferate and customers will increasingly demand a seamless, uncompromising user experience between the cloud and the customer premises.
“More than 50 percent of enterprises began cloud migrations in 2011.”
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, collaboration, enterprise social software, Internet of Everything, IoE, mobility, TelePresence, twitter, video
According to a Nielsen study, social media is no longer in its infancy. No kidding.
During the November military confrontation between Israel and Hamas, social media played a very grown-up role. What distinguished it from past politically-charged social media exchanges was the participation of state and pseudo-state spokespersons. Official announcements were issued by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigade via Twitter and Facebook in near real-time.
- The IDF announced the initiation of the military campaign via Twitter, and tweeted in caps that it had “ELIMINATED” Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari in an airstrike.
- The Brigade responded with threats of retaliation; both sides posted minute-by-minute updates as the fighting unfolded.
The evolution of social media into an official communications venue should come as no surprise. It follows a time-honored pattern of disruptive ideas and technologies gaining acceptability as they move into the mainstream. The Nielsen Social Media 2012 study tells us that 30 percent of individuals’ mobile device time is spent accessing social media. That qualifies as mainstream.
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Tags: Cisco Security, facebook, geopolitics and social media, Google, iran, Israel, nielsen study, social media, syria, twitter
Did you know that at least a quarter of the entire Cisco IT group’s engagement metrics on Twitter come from our SME Champion Brett? An IT Mobility Services Senior Manager at Cisco, he is constantly creating worthwhile, interesting buzz about Cisco IT for company fans and followers.
Brett’s Twitter Engagement
Brett is an excellent external social media proponent for the entire IT team. Particularly notable is his engagement on Twitter as he fills up his personal Twitter feed with fresh new content and always keeps the conversations with his fans going. Just by browsing through his Twitter feed, you will realize that this SME really knows how to use the platform properly and what to write in order to get people engaged. Moreover, Brett exercises many Twitter best practices besides publishing compelling contents and interesting tidbits such as including hash tags and RT-ing his fan’s tweets. Brett’s involvement on Twitter has effectively increased his personal as well as his team’s brand on the web by way of his social media communications.
Leveraging Social to Develop Meaningful Relationships with Customers
Because Brett is in charge of the Cisco IT group’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative, he often conducts Executive and customer briefings focused on this expertise topic. What happens after the customers leave the briefing? Brett ensures that the relationships he has initiated with those individuals live on by utilizing various social sites including LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Recently, Brett hosted a Twitter Chat session on BYOD on the social platform Storify. In these ways and more, he has established himself as a trust advisor role representing Cisco with whom customers and partners desire to socially connect with.
What business value do you see that results from participating on Twitter and other social media sites?
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Tags: best practices, Cisco IT, lessons learned, Meet Our SMEs blog series, subject matter expert, twitter
On Wednesday, October 9 Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was honored to be the guest for the #CSRChat hosed by the fabulous and super energetic Susan McPherson (@susanmcp1)!
Since our conversation was fast and lively we thought it would be useful to provide the questions and answers, along with resources to give you some additional insight into Cisco’s CSR work:
To begin with at Cisco, we believe that businesses have a responsibility to operate in ways that respect and ultimately benefit people, communities, and the planet we live on. Our core CSR philosophy is that impact multiplies whenever human and technology networks combine to solve a problem.
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Tags: CSR, CSRchat, impact multiplied, twitter