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Kristen - Our group met several times over a few...

2009-11-10T16:46:57.048-06:00

Kristen -

Our group met several times over a few months and laid out a pretty decent understanding of how to utilize social media tools for business. Our conclusion was that social media is another tool in a networking toolbag. Some people get involved because they expect to become "viral", but we saw large corporations spending lots of dollars attempting that only to be beaten out by wedding dancers and violent soccer players.

In reality, as one of our attendees said, social media puts communications backwards 100 years (in a good way). 100 years ago, business was conducted largely in smaller communities via relationships. With the advent of TV and Radio, business switched over to mass media. Now, social media tools are allowing us to do what we did 100 years ago, only to MANY more people. In short, successful social media is about relationships.

People who avoid social media or text messaging because they would "prefer old fashioned face to face conversation" are missing the point. These tools allow users to establish more relationships that end up in face-to-face conversations. We found it helpful to think of social media as another networking venue. You have to know the venue, who is there, and what normal behavior is. You don't want to go to a Rotary Club meeting and pass our business cards to everyone just as you don't go on LinkedIn and "SuperPoke" people.

Good luck to your group in Germany. Thanks to you and all who serve with you in the military!

Don



Don, I realize this is an older blog, but I was po...

2009-11-10T02:16:13.315-06:00

Don,
I realize this is an older blog, but I was poking around the internet for ideas and this popped up. I'm not in the Springfield area, rather Stuttgart, Germany. We have a think tank that we started about a year ago and most of our folks moved/PCSed. That's what happens with the military :o) I'm new in the seat and trying to get it going again. I like your conglomerate of folks. How is your think tank going these days? Still have a good group? What do you discuss when you get together? Processes, latest tools, etc... Our group is conducted via a virtual site as not everyone is in the area. We try to reach out to industry as well so we're not stuck in the military rut.
As you seem to have a good thing going, I would welcome any ideas/suggestions/best practices/lessons learned you can share.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!
Kristi Beckman



Great overview Don. Thanks for getting the word o...

2009-04-30T12:03:00.000-05:00

Great overview Don. Thanks for getting the word out.



Jenny and I used to work together, I am very inter...

2009-04-30T10:25:00.000-05:00

Jenny and I used to work together, I am very interested in this conversation taking place here in #SGF, I had considered starting a social media club here after I heard about KC's and STL's. Kudos to you two!



Wish I would've heard about it from the first meet...

2009-04-30T09:55:00.000-05:00

Wish I would've heard about it from the first meeting! I teach our e-commerce clients about social media and how best to practice. Really looking forward to this upcoming meeting.



An excellent overview, Don! The #sgfsmt group is ...

2009-04-30T08:20:00.000-05:00

An excellent overview, Don! The #sgfsmt group is awesome!