Still today, many business leader struggle understanding the impact of socially engaged brands and their teams. Is it just a faint background noise in a world of meaningless chit chat? Well it is if you don’t know how to use this new communication mechanism.
Democratization Of Influence
Brands just can’t any longer “control” the communication. If communication is controlled by a legal department and marketing preventing a free flow of open communication will die as much as businesses died who had one owner and 200 slaves working for him.
Understanding democratization of influence is the key to success. Massive noise level like in the case of Red Hat for example is not created, dominated and controlled by the brand, but created by the audience around that brand. By people who care, people who build on the conversation, take it as learning on steroid and share what they learn instantly. Mastering the conversation is by letting it go – an oxymoron? Not at all.
Red Hat and their teams mastered the conversation by providing highly interesting content, sparked conversations and never stopped engaging with their audience – but neither controlling it nor dominating it. As a result not only engineers cared about what is going on but all kinds of business or finance related groups.
This is the beginning of the end of dominance as a singularity, a brand or an individual. Influence is created when information spreads nearly at speed of light and many join the idea or effort. The drama in Boston crossed that stream paused it and very quickly the decision was made: no terror can any longer control our lives. We all sent prayer to the victims and worried about loved ones. YET the terror couldn’t dominate any of us – not any more. Purposely we did not allow their “message” to disrupt our lives despite the tragedy. Not because we got ignorant, because we care about our freedom more than anything.