Why People Talk About Products … And Why They Don’t
Why People Talk About Products … And Why They Don’t
by
Jason Falls
Jason Falls

As the influx of big brands into the social media space continues, we’re starting to see more and more marketing managers and executives become less, not more, comfortable with social media. The main reason is they expect instant returns and needle-moving. But most of social media is about building relationships, which takes time.

Still there are stories of some successful ventures into social media and creative forms of Internet marketing that get people talking and do produce some quick results. H&R Block’s Truman Green campaign moved the needle, though it was as much creative advertising as social media engagement. Quaker Oats blogger engagement worked for a while (disclosure: I was one of the bloggers they engaged thanks to my #twit2fit thing) and probably accomplished the types of goals they were looking for. (I had Quaker Oats Oatmeal Squares for breakfast this morning, so they at least converted me into a customer.)

But, for the most part, if a social media “campaign” doesn’t turn heads in the course of a single quarter on the calendar, brand managers are most likely to can it and buy more print ads.

So what we, as social media thinkers and/or marketers need to do is two-fold. First, we should continue to educate the brand managers of the time investment good social media takes. But we should also attempt to deliver what our clients are demanding: something that moves the needle.

We need to get people talking about our brands.

But who talks about brands and why?

I polled folks on Twitter Saturday, asking what compels them to talk about brands. Almost to a person, the answer was something along the lines of, “When I have an exceptionally good or exceptionally bad experience.”

MARKETING MANAGERS TAKE NOTE!

People aren’t going to talk about your toothpaste, your soap, your car or your beer if it does what it’s supposed to do. People are only compelled to spark conversation when you do not meet their expectations, or when you exceed them.

I like Colgate toothpaste. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the members of the Colgate toothpaste team at SOBCon this year. They’re putting a lot of time and energy into social media and engaging bloggers about their product.

But their product is a commodity. There are hundreds of brands of toothpaste that do the same thing. If I clip the right coupons on Sunday, I can get any number of brands at a better price. Colgate, while a very good toothpaste, has little to differentiate itself from others. It does what it’s supposed to and, to my knowledge, nothing more. Thus, people aren’t going to talk about it.

The first avenue a marketer’s thought process goes down when trying to find a talking point for consumers, then, is the charities the brand can support or initiatives it can get behind. Sure, that helps, but in the end, all the other toothpastes are going to have charities and causes, too. Plus, the people wind up talking about the cause, not the product.

You can add giveaways, promotions or coupons, but they are not only short-lived, but cheapen your brand. (Just ask the pizza industry. They’ve coupon-ed themselves out of ever being able to sell at full price.)

So what are marketing managers of ho-hum brands — the commodities, utilities and, what I would call non-passion brands — supposed to to?

Xerox's Information Overload Syndrome Microsite
Xerox's Information Overload Syndrome Microsite

Xerox has taken a delightful stab at engaging customers through a new Internet marketing effort around a semi-imaginary disease called Information Overload Syndrome. (It has a real Wikipedia entry. It’s real, but Xerox is using a playful, over-exaggerated look at it.) They’ve taken a humorous look at people trying to manage all the work and messages of our over-teched world to drive awareness and interest in their document management solutions.

Document management solutions are certainly important to companies, large and small, but it’s not exactly a sexy topic of discussion. So, in order to differentiate and give the brand talkability, Xerox has a silly, but fun website built around Information Overload, an hysterical video, the social elements of customizing an IOS message to a friend, sharing your own overload experiences and more.

Yes, Xerox can differentiate itself with its products, but this is a great example of a company working in the social media and Internet marketing space that has found a way to differentiate itself and get people talking and thinking about a product that isn’t very talk-able, unless you’re in a board meeting with a bunch of suits.

I promise you, if Colgate came out with a spoof website about Funky Breath Syndrome with a video that featured close-talkers, coffee-stain-teeth guy and what-not, with some fun gags thrown in, and some customizable share functions that let you make fun of your friends for having FBS, more people would be talking about Colgate. (And yeah, I guess you can have that idea for free … or you could hire me to help you execute it. Heh.)

Whether or not the Xerox, or my imaginary Colgate campaigns actually do move the needle has yet to be seen, but the Xerox effort at least give the brand a chance to do so.

The point of this is that while you want people talking about your brand, often times your brand isn’t enough. That’s why God invented marketing. (Esoteric pun. Please don’t lecture me on religion.) Unfortunately, marketing has gotten to be stayed and commonplace as well, so bigger logos, neon “ACT NOW” stickers and low, low prices don’t work as well when everyone uses them.

So you have to make your product stand out. And in the world of social media, having a Facebook page, a Twitter account, some silly attempt at a “viral video” and a company blog make you more and more like everyone else.

As hard as it might sound, in order to get people to talk about your brand, you need to do something outstanding.

Let me know if you’d like some help.

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  • Jason,

    Just saw that you linked to my post on MarketingProfs. Thanks so much! Hope it was helpful.

  • Agreed, madame. Thank you for the response and for reading.

  • Good points in the post, especially about the long term commitment for brands. It's frustrating when marketing managers using old media glasses looking at social media and expecting a fast silver bullet.
    Campaign based social media can work – its about making something worth sharing and talking about. And many of the old media agencies don't quite understand that their huge production number TVC is too boring to tweet about.
    Listening to where the brand conversations are taking place gives social media marketing brands opportunities to see how their customers are shaping the brand. And one of the biggest lessons is letting go from the controlling, broadcast “corporate speak” model. Many brands are not ready to do that yet, but the conversations will be going on without them, regardless.

  • Good points in the post, especially about the long term commitment for brands. It's frustrating when marketing managers using old media glasses looking at social media and expecting a fast silver bullet.
    Campaign based social media can work – its about making something worth sharing and talking about. And many of the old media agencies don't quite understand that their huge production number TVC is too boring to tweet about.
    Listening to where the brand conversations are taking place gives social media marketing brands opportunities to see how their customers are shaping the brand. And one of the biggest lessons is letting go from the controlling, broadcast “corporate speak” model. Many brands are not ready to do that yet, but the conversations will be going on without them, regardless.

    • Agreed, madame. Thank you for the response and for reading.

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  • Agreed, Mr. Good. I think what you're getting to is more listening to the various conversation streams which is what I consider the No. 1 rule of social media. Good thoughts.

  • I see where you're going with that, Doc, but I'm having trouble connecting a bad ad with a positive for the brand. Bad ads cause talk, certainly, but more ridicule than anything else. But I'm sure there's an example of what you're shooting for.

    Thanks for the perspective.

  • jonnybgood

    Great post, Jason. I would just add that it is very important to have a full picture of your brand's social media space (yes that is Twitter, Facebook and similar but also blogs, thematic forums (hey we track them for diapers!), message boards, audiovisual sharing media, forums on online media (TV, newspapers) before engaging or trying a viral track (I liked the Xerox viedo). You'd be surprised what people talk about but you need to know if they talk and if so, where, about what and with what impact-

  • jonnybgood

    Great post, Jason. I would just add that it is very important to have a full picture of your brand's social media space (yes that is Twitter, Facebook and similar but also blogs, thematic forums (hey we track them for diapers!), message boards, audiovisual sharing media, forums on online media (TV, newspapers) before engaging or trying a viral track (I liked the Xerox viedo). You'd be surprised what people talk about but you need to know if they talk and if so, where, about what and with what impact-

    • Agreed, Mr. Good. I think what you're getting to is more listening to the various conversation streams which is what I consider the No. 1 rule of social media. Good thoughts.

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  • “Excellent campaign by Xerox. It is true on so many levels (except the obviously exaggerated parts).

    Good or Bad, it is the memorable marketing/advertising that is will make people talk. you could have the worst AD out there, but something about it makes people talk … even if they don't like the AD, your product (which could be an excellent product) is still getting a lot of word of mouth recognition which isn't all bad. So maybe a bad AD isn't so bad after all? “

  • “Excellent campaign by Xerox. It is true on so many levels (except the obviously exaggerated parts).

    Good or Bad, it is the memorable marketing/advertising that is will make people talk. you could have the worst AD out there, but something about it makes people talk … even if they don't like the AD, your product (which could be an excellent product) is still getting a lot of word of mouth recognition which isn't all bad. So maybe a bad AD isn't so bad after all? “

    • I see where you're going with that, Doc, but I'm having trouble connecting a bad ad with a positive for the brand. Bad ads cause talk, certainly, but more ridicule than anything else. But I'm sure there's an example of what you're shooting for.

      Thanks for the perspective.

  • Thanks David. My hope is that we (the social media thinkers) can help companies in the short term by doing smart things that energize their customers and drive some sales, goals, etc., but lay that long-term foundation so one day, the brand managers look up and go, “Wow. We're getting a lot of traction out of this 'Community.' Where'd that come from?”

    But you're right, a lot of companies just need to fall on their faces to learn how to run with this stuff.

    Thanks for chiming in.

  • I love Charlotte. Let's put something together.

  • Very flattering, Scott. Thanks for saying so. My hope is that we can all continue to champion social media so that the consumer experiences with our brands improves. When we apply that thinking to government and healthcare and other entities being our “clients” social media can change the world. Just keep doing what you're doing, I'll do the same and we just might do that.

    Thanks for reading.

  • I've been channeling my inner Jason Falls/Doe-Anderson in my first weeks on the job as social media goon for an agency here in Charlotte.

    There aren't a lot of traditional agencies (advertising OR public relations) putting full-time resources into social media. I feel like we're writing the playbook, so to speak, or at least the first few chapters. Yours was one of the first SM/PR blogs I discovered (way back when)…I wouldn't have this opportunity had I not studied at Social Media Explorer U.

  • David

    Wait a minute, wasn't it Al Gore that invented marketing?

    Anyway, with today's “you are only as good as last month's numbers” mentality, a lot of businesses are are going to “do social media” for a while then back out. The one step at a time approach, which might lead to good results in due course, isn't going to do it for many.

    Maybe companies have to screw up big time to get people talking – that one always works.

    Good story – I enjoyed reading it.

  • David

    Wait a minute, wasn't it Al Gore that invented marketing?

    Anyway, with today's “you are only as good as last month's numbers” mentality, a lot of businesses are are going to “do social media” for a while then back out. The one step at a time approach, which might lead to good results in due course, isn't going to do it for many.

    Maybe companies have to screw up big time to get people talking – that one always works.

    Good story – I enjoyed reading it.

    • Thanks David. My hope is that we (the social media thinkers) can help companies in the short term by doing smart things that energize their customers and drive some sales, goals, etc., but lay that long-term foundation so one day, the brand managers look up and go, “Wow. We're getting a lot of traction out of this 'Community.' Where'd that come from?”

      But you're right, a lot of companies just need to fall on their faces to learn how to run with this stuff.

      Thanks for chiming in.

  • Heh. Look at you giving props to the up-'n'-coming youngsters. You're doing a pretty fine job evolving the conversation skills of brands, young fella. ;)

    On a side note…looks like its time for you to visit Charlotte. Between Jarod, jakrose and myself, you've got the Charlotte social media crowd (#smclt) well represented on this one.

  • Well, Jarod. I think the generation of brand managers in place now is far behind where those of your generation are in terms of understanding and embracing social media and social tools. They were “classically” trained and are conditioned to push one-way messages to the masses, not have two-way or multi-way conversations with consumers in a more one-to-one fashion. My hope is that your generation of brand managers will make brands more socially-adept in years to come.

    In the meantime, if you come up with other answers, please share them!

  • Great post that, as an aspiring brand manager upon exiting MBA school, troubles and excites me. Why have brand manages as a whole not been a leading force on social media? This is a question I will be trying to answer for the next 2 years at a minimum, then (hopefully) in the profession after that. Marketing through relationships is nothing new, and it is a widespread notion that greater relationships lead to less churn and higher wallet share per customer, yet social media is having trouble breaking into the relationship building mindset of brand managers of our largest (and you'd think most resourceful) companies.

    The exciting part is that I will be able to take my present and continual understanding of this to be a leading brand manager. Just hopefully the bad ones don't screw it up for everyone else in the next 2 years.

  • Great post that, as an aspiring brand manager upon exiting MBA school, troubles and excites me. Why have brand manages as a whole not been a leading force on social media? This is a question I will be trying to answer for the next 2 years at a minimum, then (hopefully) in the profession after that. Marketing through relationships is nothing new, and it is a widespread notion that greater relationships lead to less churn and higher wallet share per customer, yet social media is having trouble breaking into the relationship building mindset of brand managers of our largest (and you'd think most resourceful) companies.

    The exciting part is that I will be able to take my present and continual understanding of this to be a leading brand manager. Just hopefully the bad ones don't screw it up for everyone else in the next 2 years.

    • Well, Jarod. I think the generation of brand managers in place now is far behind where those of your generation are in terms of understanding and embracing social media and social tools. They were “classically” trained and are conditioned to push one-way messages to the masses, not have two-way or multi-way conversations with consumers in a more one-to-one fashion. My hope is that your generation of brand managers will make brands more socially-adept in years to come.

      In the meantime, if you come up with other answers, please share them!

      • Heh. Look at you giving props to the up-'n'-coming youngsters. You're doing a pretty fine job evolving the conversation skills of brands, young fella. ;)

        On a side note…looks like its time for you to visit Charlotte. Between Jarod, jakrose and myself, you've got the Charlotte social media crowd (#smclt) well represented on this one.

        • I love Charlotte. Let's put something together.

  • Excellent. Thanks for sharing. I'll look into PP and see what they're up to.

  • “often times your brand isn’t enough. That’s why God invented marketing”

    classic. perhaps a t-shirt “your brand is boring… that's why God invented marketing”

  • Goes back to the old standby “be remarkable”. Great breakdown Jason.

    Patterson Pope is another one of those bland commodities, they sell File Cabinets and other office fixtures, love their simple webisodes though. They are trying to break out and be remembered http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UErrxvhl0U8

  • Goes back to the old standby “be remarkable”. Great breakdown Jason.

    Patterson Pope is another one of those bland commodities, they sell File Cabinets and other office fixtures, love their simple webisodes though. They are trying to break out and be remembered http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UErrxvhl0U8

    • “often times your brand isn’t enough. That’s why God invented marketing”

      classic. perhaps a t-shirt “your brand is boring… that's why God invented marketing”

    • Excellent. Thanks for sharing. I'll look into PP and see what they're up to.

  • Agreed, Craig. Let's just hope we can keep our ideas fresh and our clients happy. Heh.

  • Thanks FOB. I think what Xerox did may not qualify as “extraordinary innovation” in marketing, but it certainly connected the dots between a non-sexy or non-passion product and something fun that has the potential to drive buzz/talk/viral pass-along. If your company can do that, you're doing it better than most.

    Thanks for the comment.

  • Thanks FOB. I think what Xerox did may not qualify as “extraordinary innovation” in marketing, but it certainly connected the dots between a non-sexy or non-passion product and something fun that has the potential to drive buzz/talk/viral pass-along. If your company can do that, you're doing it better than most.

    Thanks for the comment.

  • Thanks FOB. I think what Xerox did may not qualify as “extraordinary innovation” in marketing, but it certainly connected the dots between a non-sexy or non-passion product and something fun that has the potential to drive buzz/talk/viral pass-along. If your company can do that, you're doing it better than most.

    Thanks for the comment.

  • Thanks FOB. I think what Xerox did may not qualify as “extraordinary innovation” in marketing, but it certainly connected the dots between a non-sexy or non-passion product and something fun that has the potential to drive buzz/talk/viral pass-along. If your company can do that, you're doing it better than most.

    Thanks for the comment.

  • Like you mention there needs to be more to it, more to the backbone than just a simple message. The product has to be worth it in the end. You could sell a crappy product but it will only go so far it it's not something new and exciting or helpful or a need. All social media marketing is getting more competitive and with social networks, blogs, viral videos are becoming the norm, things need to stand out. Of course that's the challenge, and it's not an easy one.

  • Like you mention there needs to be more to it, more to the backbone than just a simple message. The product has to be worth it in the end. You could sell a crappy product but it will only go so far it it's not something new and exciting or helpful or a need. All social media marketing is getting more competitive and with social networks, blogs, viral videos are becoming the norm, things need to stand out. Of course that's the challenge, and it's not an easy one.

  • Like you mention there needs to be more to it, more to the backbone than just a simple message. The product has to be worth it in the end. You could sell a crappy product but it will only go so far it it's not something new and exciting or helpful or a need. All social media marketing is getting more competitive and with social networks, blogs, viral videos are becoming the norm, things need to stand out. Of course that's the challenge, and it's not an easy one.

  • Like you mention there needs to be more to it, more to the backbone than just a simple message. The product has to be worth it in the end. You could sell a crappy product but it will only go so far it it's not something new and exciting or helpful or a need. All social media marketing is getting more competitive and with social networks, blogs, viral videos are becoming the norm, things need to stand out. Of course that's the challenge, and it's not an easy one.

  • Like you mention there needs to be more to it, more to the backbone than just a simple message. The product has to be worth it in the end. You could sell a crappy product but it will only go so far it it's not something new and exciting or helpful or a need. All social media marketing is getting more competitive and with social networks, blogs, viral videos are becoming the norm, things need to stand out. Of course that's the challenge, and it's not an easy one.

    • Agreed, Craig. Let's just hope we can keep our ideas fresh and our clients happy. Heh.

  • Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

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    Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

  • frontofficebox

    Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

  • frontofficebox

    Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

  • frontofficebox

    Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

  • frontofficebox

    Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

  • frontofficebox

    Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

  • frontofficebox

    Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

  • frontofficebox

    Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

  • frontofficebox

    Thought provoking stuff Jason.

    There's so much noise and as a result so little attention the majority of businesses must be facing this challenge with no idea of how to address it.

    For our part, we based our business strategy on extraordinary innovation in three dimensions a) cost model b) product value add and c) marketing.

    We have the first two pretty much under control but have no idea of how to achieve c)

    • Thanks FOB. I think what Xerox did may not qualify as “extraordinary innovation” in marketing, but it certainly connected the dots between a non-sexy or non-passion product and something fun that has the potential to drive buzz/talk/viral pass-along. If your company can do that, you're doing it better than most.

      Thanks for the comment.

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  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

  • Ah, thank you, sir! This is the post I've been looking for all weekend!

    I've been waging a campaign against those who say social media CAN'T be about moving the needle. Yes, it's about relationships. Yes, it's a long-term thing. But talk is cheap. If we can't show clients what all that talk leads to, we're just adding to the noise.

    • Thanks, Scott. If we as social media thinkers want to keep our jobs, we have to satisfy the “need it now” mentality while building the long term benefits behind the scenes. Yes, it requires we think a little harder and do a little more, but we can't just hide behind the long tail. Hopefully, this post will get some folks thinking that way.

      • I've been channeling my inner Jason Falls/Doe-Anderson in my first weeks on the job as social media goon for an agency here in Charlotte.

        There aren't a lot of traditional agencies (advertising OR public relations) putting full-time resources into social media. I feel like we're writing the playbook, so to speak, or at least the first few chapters. Yours was one of the first SM/PR blogs I discovered (way back when)…I wouldn't have this opportunity had I not studied at Social Media Explorer U.

        • Very flattering, Scott. Thanks for saying so. My hope is that we can all continue to champion social media so that the consumer experiences with our brands improves. When we apply that thinking to government and healthcare and other entities being our “clients” social media can change the world. Just keep doing what you're doing, I'll do the same and we just might do that.

          Thanks for reading.

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