Jeanette Fuccella 120000EVWF firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  influencers thought-leader social-networking personas gartner digital social-media | 0 Comments | 1,973 Visits
Organizations are becoming well-aware that they need to get involved and leverage social networking and social media to promote their brand, but determining how to effectively engage can be less clear. One way to approach this task is to deliberately build a diverse social ecosystem -- both in terms of the types of social networking personas included as well the platforms and tools used. In this post I'm going to focus on the types of social networking personas... the next post will discuss platforms and tools.
Social networking personas
In a recent study, Gartner identified four quadrants that comprise "levels of engagement" within a social network: Creators (0-3%), Contributors (3-10%), Opportunists (10-20%), and Lurkers (80+%). At first glance, the chart seems like a moment of stating the obvious ... in fact, these quadrants are probably true for just about any community of individuals, whether online or offline.
It is often the case that the knee-jerk reaction to a chart like this is to focus on moving everyone toward higher levels of engagement and make as many people
"Creators" as possible. But the reality is that not everyone is cut out
to be - or wants to be - a Creator. And, beyond that, if everyone were a Creator, it would be incredibly difficult to wade through the noise to get to the signal Every community of people needs people who just listen. In fact, they need a lot of people
who just listen. And conversely, every community needs a handful of
very noisy and opinionated people.
The great thing about social networks is that they are (or can be) self-selective. So, not every vocal person will necessarily become a Creator. The masses have to want to hear what the Creator has to say. But who the Creators are doesn't have to be left entirely up to chance. They can be selected and coached. But they need to be experts in their subject area, and they need to have a personality (yes, even online ... perhaps especially online). But most of all, they have to want to be Creators.
The tendency is to spend a lot of time and energy on the Creators, and
virtually none on the rest of the ecosystem. But it's just as important
to coach people to be good "fans" (Contributors and Opportunists) for
the Creators. Without the "fans" the Creators have no prominence. And
it takes a LOT of fans... a lot of GOOD fans to make Creators out of vocal people.
Jeanette Fuccella 120000EVWF email@example.com | | Tags:  customer-satisfaction watson customer-support social-crm gartner social-networking predictions online-support | 0 Comments | 2,162 Visits
Gartner recently released a report in which they predict a large disruption of brand loyalty among customers due to increasing trends in Social CRM - in particular, with regard to online customer support. Apparently customers become dissatisfied with a brand when a company provides a plenitude of answers that don't come close to addressing the question while simultaneously hiding any ability to reach an actual *thinking* human being. According to the report, companies have found that they can save anywhere from 10-50% on support costs by leveraging Social CRM - but are they doing so at the risk of brand retention?
We all know by now that the old adage "if you build it, they will come" just isn't true when it comes to social networking, and Social CRM is no different. Nor is the solution to merely build better bots (though, certainly there is huge opportunity for improvement in this regard - as demonstrated by Watson). As we have learned repeatedly in the social networking world, the success of any "social" solution is depending on having the right people and the right tools in place. These requirements become heightened with regard to providing social customer support solutions to customers -- Gartner's prediction is that by 2014 70% of organizations will experience decreased customer satisfaction resulting from their shift to community-based customer support.
What specifically needs to be focused on with regard to People and Tools within online customer support communities? Here's a start...
The cultural conversion toward open collaboration and social networking - even among a community of motivated individuals - can be a slow and arduous process. How much more true is this for the broad range of customers? In the shift toward online customer service communities, expectations for customer service must still be met - and meeting them will require being extremely intentional about the people and tools involved in this shift.
Cutting through BigBlue Tape: Using Collective Passion to Scissor Bureacuracy at IBM - The BlueIQ Story
Luis Suarez 270001WBU5 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  blueiq-story enablement lotusphere ibm blueiq-ambassadors social-business adoption social-networking blueiq social-technologies social-computing stories nominations social-enterprise | 2 Comments | 2,435 Visits
One of the many things that you realise about, while you are on vacation, and something that over the course of the years you tend to come to terms with is the fact that, while you are away, life goes on, work goes on; with or without you. And that's just fine! That's how things go by and probably very little left for us to do on that matter anyway. So, as I am ramping up the last few hours of my holidays, yesterday afternoon I found out, through my colleagues, that, after a long while, our IBM Social Software Internal Adoption Program is now ready to transcend the firewall and go external. And, as such, a couple of days back we have now launched an external blog, called BlueIQ at IBM where, from now onwards, my team, along with myself, will be blogging every so often about IBM's own adoption of social networking tools, as well as our full transformation, over the course of the years, on becoming a fully Integrated Social Enterprise. Yes!, folks, BlueIQ, finally, goes external!
And as you may have noticed already, a couple of my colleagues (Including our boss) have already been blogging away earlier on this week setting up the stage of the kind of articles you can expect to read, and engage with, hopefully, in our team blog. The vast majority of the topics that we will cover will describe how BlueIQ works, what we do to help accelerate IBM's own adoption of social technologies, both inside and outside of the firewall, and at the same time you will also find interesting and relevant articles around topics like The Social Enterprise, Social Business, Social Networking, Adoption, Collaboration, Knowledge Sharing, Communities and Community Building, etc. etc. Pretty much along the lines of the kinds of articles I have been sharing myself on my own personal Internet blog as well over the course of time.
The thing is that it's not the first time that BlueIQ goes out there to the general public. In the past, there have been a good number of resources made available from our team on what we currently do at IBM, whether it's our public wiki site available here, or the free whitepaper that both Jeanne Murray and Rawn Shah co-published a few months back and which covers our entire methodology on our social software adoption program (What's worked, what hasn't, lessons learned, program activities, metrics, etc. etc.), or the several presentations we have done at various conference events where we have been telling the BlueIQ Story.
However, this is the first time that we are working our way through our first public Internet team blog, where we are surely hoping to keep sharing further stories, experiences, know-how, lessons learned, hints and tips, and whatever other anecdotal evidence on what's worked for us with our own social software adoption program and what's happening in this very same space out there for other businesses. However, since this is also my first entry over here I thought I would point you folks to perhaps the most comprehensive BlueIQ Story we have got out there at the moment and which would certainly help serve as a good Introduction of who we are and what we are working on...
Yesterday, Rawn Shah, who, by the way, has now moved into another role within IBM as a Social Business Strategist, but you know how it goes, once a BlueIQer, always a BlueIQer :) tweeted about something that is pretty exciting for all of us at BlueIQ:
Indeed, over at "Cutting through BigBlue Tape: Using Collective Passion to Scissor Bureacuracy at IBM", you will be able to see how our very own "BlueIQ at IBM" program is now one of the finalists on the "Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge" that Gary Hamel is sponsoring. And to say that we are incredibly eager and over-excited about the great news of even just being the final round would probably fall short pretty badly. We don't know, obviously, who the winner will be, but to us all, on the BlueIQ team as well as our army of volunteers, the BlueIQ Ambassadors community of social software evangelists, it's already a huge success and something to be very proud of.
But for you folks out there, you may be wondering what it is all about, right? Well, like I said, on that nomination paper that Rawn submitted, you would probably be able to find one of the most comprehensive and thorough descriptions of how, when, why, and for what purpose BlueIQ came into existence nearly 5 years ago to help fellow IBMers accelerate their own adoption of social technologies, both inside and outside of the firewall.
In a recent article I shared over on my Internet blog, I described a little bit IBM's own journey to become a fully integrated socially enterprise, which would certainly be a rather nice complement to plenty of the historical and anecdotal evidence you would find also on Rawn's piece of how IBM got started living social in the first place. However, what's most interesting about that nomination piece is the various different sections that put together a rather nice picture of the kind of work we do and what triggered us to get started in the first place. So, to give you a taster of what you could find in it, allow me to include over here the headings of the various different sections, so you could have a look and read further on about them:
Like I said, a rather extensive and pretty comprehensive resource, no doubt, that will surely give you all a pretty good base of what BlueIQ at IBM is and perhaps get also some other ideas you folks may want to give a try for your own internal or external adoption programs, and which we would all be more than happy to help out where we possibly can. Don't forget to check out the extensive list of Helpful Materials as well, where you can find plenty more details about our overall program.
From here onwards, I would just personally want to thank Rawn very much for the wonderful piece of work done on that nomination piece and for making it into the finalists and I do wish him, and us, I suppose ;-) lots of good luck with it, knowing that we are already feeling winners just being on that final round, after checking out some of the amazing initiatives other people have been working on. Exciting times to be working on the Social Business space, for sure, and even more exciting when next week our entire team will be in Orlando, Florida, attending this year's IBM Lotusphere 2012 event, where we hope to see all of you, face to face, to keep the conversations going about the Social Enterprise and its / our / your own adoption of social technologies.
Oh, and don't forget we will be posting several articles per week in this blog with the whole purpose of keeping the dialogue going, before, during and after the event, because as Rawn mentioned, "there is no "finish""
And if you would want to meet us up while at Lotusphere next week, to talk about adoption, enablement and share / exchange some further experiences around social technologies, here you have got some contact details from yours truly on where you can find me online, and, with me, the rest of the team as well ... :-D
Welcome everyone to BlueIQ at IBM! Glad you could join us on this exciting journey!