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Why Corporation's Don't Get Social Media

ConfusedExecThis has been on mind for some time now, why corporations don’t get social media. I may be way off base here but there are primarily two or three reasons why they don’t or can’t wrap their brians around what’s happening in the new way marketing.

1.) They haven’t tried, touched, or even asked what the meaning of Social Media is or is not.

2.) Don’t have a clear understanding of Outbound & Inbound Marketing concepts.

3.) Only know how to Broadcast – push, sell products & services.

4.) View a relationship as a sale only.

I’m sure this list could be longer but it’s clear to me that unless there is a simple way of helping the highly educated (constipated) executives, this isn’t going to change anytime soon. Why do a very small few get it and the majority don’t? Fear of Change, Fear of Loss, Fear of not seeing the big picture due to a poor understanding of what they are being asked to participate in.

I know a particular business owner who has been picking my brain, wants to understand the details first, make sure he experiences somekind of ROI before commiting to this new marketing environment. This would lead me to item #5 – CONTROL – there is a fear of losing control like never before, look at the music industry, a prime example of the fear of losing money. Eventually, music will be free, or at least some kind of Collective License that allows for a mutual interest rather than a monopoly.

It’s not all the business owners & executives fault. The fault lies with those who consider themselves experts in this Social Media environment, provide poor information and relate the message that only confuses them more.

This has been written about before, I’m not saying anything new here. The truth is it will never change, just as there are criminals, Internet Marketers and Social Media Experts…there will always be people looking to find a short cut to success. Most people don’t want to wait, have patience and or do the work, they just want to cash grab and do as little as possible. Knowing that, I’m not shocked or surprised at how business owners respond when the topic of Social Media comes up.

So what’s the answer? Do your homework, get a good understanding of what your prospect or client is asking, learn what Social Media is, learn Social Media’s place in the marketing mix, and above all….if you don’t know, shut your mouth or say I don’t know but I’ll find out. Don’t spew crap so you don’t look bad, tell the truth and go on the journey with your prospective client, better yet, invite someone who does understand to the meeting. This problem #6 – poor representation which means the wrong information is being shared.

I’ve ranted enough on the topic, there’s a Social Media Mess out there and it’s up to us to clean it up. If Social Media is putting the power back into the hands of we the people, then let’s make sure we are using that power correctly and for good.

Why Corporation’s Don’t Get Social Media? You tell me, I’m just one voice, one person listening to business owners in my area, what are you coming up against and how are you being part of the solution?

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  • http://www.jasonlum.ca Jason Lum

    I have to agree that most local businesses have been fairly weary about engaging with so called ‘social media’ consultants. I’ve found the same thing with SEO – its almost grown to be a dirty word because of all the bandwagon jumpers and scam artists out there. I think social media for social media’s sake is the worst possible thing a company can do. It may only be my opinion – but I still think if you don’t have anything good to say, if you don’t have anything engaging or interesting, then don’t waste people’s time. I’m enjoying reading your blog Owen, I have started recompiling mine as well – http://www.jasonlum.ca – you’ve inspired me.

    Be Well.
    JL

  • Owen Greaves

    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for your comment, I think the challenge runs much deeper than I have covered but you clearly get what I’m saying. I’ll check out your Blog too…Thanks again.

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I’m a Futurist, I write, speak, and teach the open & free business model, and the future of business. Create. Differentiate. Deliver. It’s a paradigm shift, I help you increase profits by changing the way you think about business.