This post was inspired by a question in LinkedIn earlier today.
What are the educational needs of Social Media Marketing?
1) Social Media MARKETING is only one aspect of social media. That said – it is probably the biggest opportunity for marketing leaders to have more saying in a corporate strategy if they understand and appreciate the complexity of a social business.IN every successful business somebody leads the charge of whatever needs to be done. Why not the marketing group. There are several reasons why marketing may lead a cross functional social business initiative, but I’ve also seen other departments to do that including finance.
2) A social business is an organization that leverages the ongoing changes in our hyper connected society in all aspects of their organization, including product management, service & support, sales, marketing, logistics, procurement and more. Often times when I mention logistics or procurement in the context of social media I see lots of question marks and hear people saying “isn’t that too far fetched?”Well there are examples and I was involved myself in some where the supply chain was the starting point for a social media engagement – in financially very rewarding.
3) Business people will want to learn how to practically apply social media and create a social business. While some will be OK to explore, experiment and trying to figure it out themselves, others may want to not spend the time but learn best practices, methods, models and frameworks and just execute.As we all know, there are two types of learners: The autodidact who tryes everything themselves. That is a great way of learning and allows to make mistakes in a rather conscious manner. Typically these are early adopters. So the ones who started in social media in 2003, like me, had to learn things on their own. Then there are the ones who rather acquire knowledge in a very compact way, circumvent obvious mistakes and go apply the knowledge. Mostly in times where the market is advanced and making mistakes is no longer acceptable. That’s why the Social Media Academy exists.
4) Therefor the educational needs are to learn and understand the following aspects of social media:
– What is it and what is it good for
– Learn all about the implications of social media to business
– Where and how to start
– Ability to assess the situation of a company and all their respective market constituencies
– Transform the assessment into a strategy
– Create a strategy with and for the market
– Knowing what organizational needs to consider
– Develop an execution plan
– Resources, budgets, financial implication
– Aligning the new strategy with core business objectives
– Ability to formulate goals and targets – measure model and tune
Learning how to tweet and how to brush up a LinkedIn profile or selecting the right tools are only tactical aspects after the core strategy is defined answering the question: What can I do to create a better, more successful business experience for my prospects, customers, partners, vendors, employees and other relevant market constituencies.
As such it is an obvious coincidence that the Social Media Academy leadership class has exactly that at the core of its class.