n.b. This was originally published on bdaily.
Photo credit to Saad.Akhtar
[Update: this isn’t me, it’s some random geezer on Flickr, chosen because ‘Who’ was in the shot ;-)]
With Justin Souter of Souter Consulting
Part 7 of a series of articles on the application of Web 2.0
I thought ‘Why’ was going to be the most important article, but now I’ve come to it, I’m thinking that this one is. If you and your people don’t “get it” and do it, the rest are rather wasted!
Everyone needs to understand that it’s coming.: If you are charged with implementing a Web 2.0 or Social Media strategy, don’t forget the people change:, let folks know what’s going on, and have a plan for managing their expectations. Check out my Web 2.0 resources and benefits pages to help you write your business proposal.
In terms of who should be doing what – find someone who’s got a story to tell, who’s going to enjoy the contact with those they encounter, and who has the communications skills. They will act as a bridge to the groundswell, and a need to keep the rest of your organisation involved.
If you have a PR function / person, then they could be scanning the web for mentions of your brand, and talking with people who are talking about you online. Your marketing people will like having a dialogue with existing customers and potential ones; your web designers may well reap benefits; and the spreadsheet junkie might just be grateful to have the responsibility taken off her shoulders. ;-)
Your financial bods might be thrilled if you can host your applications without buying an expensive infrastructure, but your security people will have to sign it off first. Entrepreneurs particularly like cloud computing, as it reduces the need for venture capital funding and the equity they demand.
If you’ve got subject matter experts or product managers, then they can engage with customers and stakeholders more readily. Perhaps your product development team could gain novel insights, or your intellectual property cadre could earn some wonga by trading IP. Wikinomics can tell you more about this.
If you are able to strike up an enduring conversation with the groundswell, I believe you’ll be so much better off as a result. Treat your people like grown-ups, and do as IBM do and have rules and regs for managing how your staff use Social Media, and also Virtual Worlds. After all, you can only keep the waves back for so long!
Inevitably, if you’re reading this, then it comes down to You. You and your Boss, that is. Get your Boss’s blessing to experiment, and use the hints I’ve provided in this series. Check out my Web 2.0 resources and benefits pages to help you write your business proposal.
Next week I’ll sum things up in a conclusion but-as ever-let me know if you have any questions. Props to David Coxon for his help with this and the ‘Where’ articles.”