Social Media Adoption Process

How do you keep focused on Social Media? Is social Media something you have born with? or otherwise, something you can learn and develop? Have you ever thought if Social Media has an adoption stage?

As you – I suppose – Scarcely have we learned through all this thing called Social Media by chance or casualty, nor at the University or by attending a Social Media Masters course.

I learned by:

  • Leaning forward
  • Taking the lead
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Questioning everything
  • Failing dramatically
  • Using “their” glasses, not mine
  • Making mistakes – minors and majors
  • Saying YES, where everybody said NO
  • Reinventing myself over and over
  • Having the right attitude
  • Being Irreverent
  • Exploring new paths in search of adventures
  • Taking risks
  • Having thousand of arguments
  • Reversing how people use to see things
  • Agreeing and disagreeing (most of the times)

Social Media Adoption Process

However, beyond all these learning I realized that I’ve followed a singular path to learn how to focus, approach and engage my understanding about Social Media.

I summed up in a procedure I called the Social Media Adoption Process

Learning in Social media - Isra Garcia

The Process

The process starts as follows:

  1. You get insights and perspectives by reading, listening and commenting – basically feedback – that is to say, by being an active player in the Social Web.
  2. These insights and perspectives lead you to create an idea.
  3. Then, you move from thinking to doing when you put in practice the idea. However, you don’t know if you’re going to succeed with the first idea – hopefully – Therefore, you experiment with the idea.
  4. During the experimental phase there’s 2 possibilities: A. You succeed, then you’re done, congrats! B. You fail – I love this one – this leads you to another different step.
  5. When you experience failure, best thing to do is laughing at yourself – Yes, laugh at you – don’t take things seriously, think about it as a new opportunity to learn something new, share your failure with your community, make it part of your story, and more important, celebrate it!
  6. When you laugh and rest importance, you distress yourself from the failure, so you’re more open and eager to receive sincere feedback from your community, followers, subscribers or friends – in this case, true friends –
  7. Undoubtedly, good feedback (note how I use the word good) steps you to a new level of understanding and learning – there’s no greater experience that sharing for improving – The key resides in how you ask for feedback, to who and where, but this is another adventure…. So, taking what you learned from failing, laughing and from others’ feedback, you correct your first idea. Let’s say a blogging approach focused on your community: the tone, subjects, message… instead of what you wanted to publish – your initial idea –
  8. All those steps you’ve taken when you failed have changed – either slightly or radically – the way you approached the idea for first time, so what you’re really doing is trying different – in my opinion, the key reason
  9. Once you get here, it gets easier, if you try different, and succeed – not you’re not done – try different again and you’ll succeed again, and for the sake of Social Media, keep trying different. Nevertheless, should you fail, keep trying different. Because, when you’re trying different you’re leaning forward, and the person who is leaning forward the most, wins the race.

With me? What’s your take?

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Social Media Workflow – Optimizing and Managing your Time in Social Media

Social media can be – well, is- truly time-consuming. So, in order to optimise and manage your time, I strongly recommend defining your workflow. That is to say, identifying all the key tasks you do throughout the day and place them into a structure divided into blocks of time. This will allow you to have clear goals for each task and set up milestones.

The Social Media workflow is designed to optimise and best manage your time in Social Media, as well as help you become more efficient and achieve better results.

Here is an example of a Social Media Workflow, which I designed for a Social Media project with the Government some months ago:

Optimizing and managing your time in Social Media

How It Works

First, we planned the Social Media Strategy- what I call the “philosophical stage.” Once planned, we moved to a more complex scenario where we developed, integrated and implemented the Social Media Strategy.

Secondly, we built a Social Media Framework to fit in all the tactics and actions.

Finally, we worked on the Social Media workflow. We took the results of the Social Media Framework we defined by job description within the flow chart and identified a social media process to follow. This was dependent on the possibilities, goals, requirements and resources of the brand we were working with.

Once we had achieved this, we split all the tasks we needed to do into three blocks of time (morning, noon and afternoon) based on a working day of 9 am to 6 pm. Then we organised the tasks by priority- not for ourselves, but for the audience:

  1. Reputation – Listening
  2. Updating
  3. Distribution
  4. Blogging
  5. Planning
  6. Research
  7. Content sharing
  8. Engagement

Basically, this model is aimed at Social Media and Community Managers. The main idea behind it is that by following and consistently tracking this type of model, you will be able to boost performance in less time, with the same resources. This will also lead to a more dynamic and efficient output. But hey! I developed this workflow according to the needs of my team- your mileage can vary and your version can work well too!

What’s your take? Do you have a Social Media Workflow? How does it looks like?

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Social Media-Integration-Theory-Model

social media diagram - isragarcia

To one-to-many integration models works well when examining communications channels or online marketing implementation. However, the interactive Social Media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Del.ici.ous, Twitter, Youtube, Foursquare, Digg in…) have radically changed the communication paradigm.

In fact, the study by Chadwick Martin Bailey and iModerate Research Technologies found that consumers are 67% more likely to buy from the brands they follow on Twitter, and 51% more likely to buy from a brand they follow on Facebook (mashable source), showing clearly, that the audience is highly influenced by the Social Media phenomena. What about the breathtaking amount of 3 millions of tweets/day? Another breaking fact is, that Facebook’s official company statistics outline that there’re 400 million active users all over the world and continues spreading at the light of speed (mashable’s source) Analyzing the impact of Social Media in our environment, give us an overall idea that something is happening in the way that communication used to happen.

Due to the rapid adoption of Social Media Marketing as a major communication integration medium, it’s necessary to consider how the social interaction has affected the communication process.

The exposure, feedback, engagement (connecting) and exchange (sharing) that Social Media platforms provides, it creates a major changes for the traditional communication understanding. Essentially, information flow is no longer considered “one-way street” in which audience received messages through the “I communicate – you receive” mantra. Rather, Social Media integration is seen as an interactive process that enables same-level information exchange among the audience and the brand, creating a long-lasting feedback communication process and giving to the brand a total engagement relationship.

Basically the process works as it follows:

Social bookmarking sites place content (such as blogs or web pages)  into an active eco-system that allows social media interaction such as Twitter or Facebook. This content is then shared and spread virally through the connections made from interaction on the social media eco-system. This refers to people being linked to people through common groups, associations, interests etc.  Since this becomes the “six degrees” of separation this interaction causes the viral effect. This social media platform allows the interaction and the ability for the model to flow and become organic. Then, the social networking platforms enable the connection with the public through the engagement approach caused by the “two-way street” interaction process, linked to the social bookmarking sharing perspective. At the same time, while the driving forces of one side are acting and creating communication. The driving forces of the other side, such as social recommendation/reviews, measure the impact of the information canalizing the conversation created  by the outgoing network and turning it into a valuable feedback experience and exposure reach effect, which melts in the same process as the conceptualization of the blogging platforms, harnessing the power of its SEO and highly page rank properties to deliver the most effective exposure impact (giving feedback, engaging and sharing information all at once)

The Social Media Integration Model has an impact on the overall effectiveness for the Social Media platforms. For this reason we may want to consider all the elements when developing Social Media strategies.

Your Feedback

What is your take? Does this make sense to you? I’d like to hear your thoughts…

Acknowledgements to Kike Domingo for helping me out with the image.

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