By now a third of businesses recognize social media as a useful tool in promoting products, services and solidifying a brand identity. According to the results of a Deloitte 2009 Ethics and Workplace Survey taken last month, 30 percent of executives noted that social networking was indeed a part of their business strategy. But, as noted in the e-Marketer article, The Problem with Social Media in the Office, 55 percent did not have any sort of official policy for using the networks.
It makes us wonder – are these executives wielding the power of social networking carefully? Are they devoting the proper time and attention to the networks they have chosen – primarily Facebook and Twitter? Are they engaging other users?
Leveraging social media in the workplace is not always top-of-mind. Not all businesses that stand to benefit from this type of exposure can require their employees to sit in front of a computer screen. For those professionals, it is truly important to seek out a dedicated, experienced PR professional who can support these efforts.
A. Do I have a social networking strategy?
B. Are my social media efforts linked directly to my marketing plan?
C. Is the time spent on social networking supporting all of our efforts – event planning, specialized pricing, promoting new products and services?
D. Or is it just an afterthought?
If you answered D, it’s time to seek support to guide your efforts. Social networking requires an investment of time. When executives cannot afford to spend time using these tools correctly, the business itself stands to suffer. The message becomes fragmented.
In business, perception IS reality. So tell us, how is your company perceived? An outside perspective and social media strategy can give any company a serious edge moving forward.