Andy on Twitter

  • Very clever... A Microsoft Excel Artist ,
  • While the problem underlying M&A integration is big, Material Information Platforms implemented pre-transaction wil… ,
  • Wow... t/sheets acquired by Intuit ,
  • Way to start the morning. Beautiful Balmoral.. Balmoral Sailing Club ,
  • Bank inquiry puts global investment at risk: Westpac's David Lindberg.. spot on ,
  • Why are taxi apps so appalling. Slow, lousy interface, freeze... hopeless attempt to satisfy customers and so easily fixed,
  • should give us the option of only accepting drivers who aren’t on a job. Stop “forcing” drivers to take a job while on a job. ,
  • National looks more desperate every day. NZ is lucky to have a leader with this much experience. ,
  • Dennis clearly doesn’t understand that a BYO challenge for the last AC was well past 200m. Unless you sailed Oracle… ,
  • And that’s the point - Amazon is a boost to SMBs and entrepreneurs locked out by big retail. And so much for big br… ,
  • Little evidence in here of impact in meetings but suspect the same applies. Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lec… ,
  • To Grow Talent, Don’t Move Fast and Break Things — Move Slow and Build Them .. so right ,
  • Who cares if it is. NZs PM is doing the right thing. ,
  • Great win for and cool work by ,
  • The pressure to use all those extra characters is too much...,
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The Transmitters

Over the past three weeks I’ve had the chance to meet with a number of CMOs. What’s interesting isn’t that they are all doing social, but rather that what they think they are doing actually isn’t social.

At first glance its all very hip and cool. The campaigns are creative. They’ve got Pininterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-in cooking. rAnd yeah, they are seducing plenty of followers along the way. But here’s the rub. The fact you are doing all this in social media doesn’t mean you are doing social.

The missing ingredient is real engagement. Not just followers following. Not just viewers viewing.

What they aren’t orchestrating is the conversation that engages consumers up front, and gives them a reason to come back. In fact, there is little thought as to why they might come back and what they might do when they get there. There is little look at how information is really being shared. The majority of links are still shared via good old email, for instance. But because most don’t ahve a formal listening program, they don’t know.

And there is little consideration for the real difference between Facebook and Twitter. Where Facebook is a massive walled garden for social expression, Twitter drives the sharing of signals across the open web – it captures moments and is a critical news feed.

Advertising is a shallow art. Social isn’t. The real measure is depth of conversations over time. Bathing in the shallows is easy. It might buy you some transactional sales. But what it won’t do is build you a vibrant community sustained by vibrant conversations.

The trick is to make the switch from the measures of effective transmission to measures of effective participation.

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