Why Your Organization Should Embrace Social Media

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Why should your organization embrace social media? When organizations underestimate the power of social media, they put themselves at risk. It is ignorant to ignore how significant measures of success like having many instagram followers actually is. They also miss out on a much more efficient way of supporting their users and customers.

Social media offers a way for an organization to better understand their customers and competitors. Regular posts and interaction with the people who follow your business could help to make a difference in your success. As well as this, mixing your content up by deciding to try this hashtag generator with every post, will give you a better chance of being noticed by other users and in turn, you will receive more recognition and followers. Social media is also a great way for companies to communicate with their employees. IT Support and company email are services that should be evaluated to see how social media can enhance those offerings.

How Social Media Worked for Me

My kids came out to visit me for Christmas last year. When I dropped them off at the airport, I paid for all their bag fees. Unfortunately for me, they decided to fly one of two airlines that charge for “carry-on” luggage. My daughter logically put her iPAD with its case inside her larger carry-on roller bag so that we would not be charged for two bags.

While at the gate waiting for her connecting flight in Denver, my daughter pulled out her iPad and used it. When the flight began to board, the gate attendant demanded $100.00 from my daughter because she accused her of hiding her bag inside another bag to avoid bag fees. Because she didn’t have the money in her account, they left her in Denver. Yes, they left her. Then, they offered her a hotel in Denver and put her on the first flight the very next day without charging her any additional fees.

I sent an email to the CEO because I was sure that he would not approve. Her responded within an hour. To my surprise, he not only approved of what his airline did, he threatened to put my daughter on the “no-fly” list. I then turned to social media and here are the results of my actions:

  • USA Today printed the story.
  • The story has been re-shared 2314 times on Facebook
  • The story has been re-tweeted 157 times on Twitter
  • The story has been re-posted 6 times on LINKEDIN
  • The comments posted about the story on the social media sites were overwhelmingly against the airline

The world we live in today empowers the individual as never before. Social Media is the world’s soap box and anyone can listen. Organizations that offer services to customers have to monitor sites where users go and provide feedback to the whole world about their experience. One bad complaint can cost your organization a lot of money if it gets out of control. How much money did it cost the airline? More than the value of a ticket I imagine.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT should embrace Social Media

Organizations can embrace social media by extending customer support responsibilities to monitor social media sites. When negative comments are posted in open forums on social media, customer support should respond with empathy and a willingness to make things right. Although I was not impressed with the airline, I was impressed with how quick they responded to tweets that were posted at #”The airline referred to in USA Today” on Twitter and on their Facebook page.

INTERNAL EMAIL should push some TYPES of communication to Social Media

Organizations need to start thinking about pushing certain types of internal communication to internal social media. For example, you know those emails that are sent to the entire company. The email usually says something like “Where can I find…”, “Has anyone had this happen….”, “Can someone send me…”

Organizations should expand their ITSM solutions to include Social Media

Organizations need to expand IT Support to internal social media forums. There is so much to learn from user comments. For example, a user may post “my laptop crashed again today” or “is anyone having trouble accessing the internet”, or “Why is email running so slow”.

Users make observations which don’t always equate to opening an incident but when you observe, you may find there really is a problem. For example, you might see a comment by several different users regarding a perceived pause or slowness to email and the internet. Upon further observation, you may realize these comments are posted between 8:00AM and 9:00AM. With this knowledge, you may find there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

For instance, if your users live in a rural area, their internet connection might be having an impact on the speed of their services. In which case, switching to satellite internet might be a potential solution. Correspondingly, you can learn more about the advantages of switching to a satellite internet connection on the Satellite Internet Now website.

Observing comments is also a good way to evaluate the tools you have provided to your employees. They may not like the new laptops you are providing compared to the old laptops, and their comments will tell you why.

Summary

Social Media is commonly looked at as a distraction or anti-productive app used by employees while on the clock. I believe to counter this, companies need to figure out a way to be a part of the user’s social media experience. To start, if your organization offers customer support, you need to monitor social media posts that mention your company. Also, I think organizations should begin to explore how their ITSM tools can be extended to Social Media. When ITSM social media solutions are worked out, organizations should then consider categorizing their email communication and where it makes sense, move certain types of communication to an internal social media page.

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About Marcel Shaw 61 Articles
Marcel Shaw is a technology blogger focusing on ITSM, ITAM, and Endpoint Management at marcelshaw.com. Marcel has worked as technical consultant for more than 25 years for industry leading IT companies with a focus on United States government agencies. Marcel's experience also includes working as a legal expert witness for IT management. Marcel writes about industry technology trends and best practices. He incorporates his views and his many years of experience to provide unique technology advice for people that manage and support IT solutions. Marcel Shaw graduated from Brigham Young University in 1991. Marcel has worked in both pre-sales and post-sales roles for companies such as Softsolutions, Novell, Dell, Softricity, Gateway, Landesk, and Ivanti. Marcel’s expertise and experience include networking technologies (LAN, WAN), IP infrastructure. Internet Caching technology, Storage and Fibre technology (SAN), Security Standards and Technologies, Document Management, Directory Services (NDS, AD, LDAP), Federal Security Standards and Requirements (DIACAP, FDCC, USGCB), ITIL, Asset Management (ITAM), endpoint Management, and endpoint security. Marcel has worked extensively with United States federal agencies solving IT problems. These agencies include USDA, NIST, FDA, DEA, DHS, FBI, DHA, Whitehouse Communications, Army, Air Force, Navy, Joint Task Force, NIH, Social Security Administration, IRS, NOAA, and FAA among others. All of Marcel's posts are edited by Carrie Shaw (@carrieshaw). She is not only a very good editor, but a great wife. Thank You

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