The Internet is a human forward motion machine, basically because connections scale. In that precise moment, information begets for more information and influence, paradoxically this allows other people connecting easily amongst them, that collision provokes the effect that anyone with talent or passion will be able to create the connection that increase the impact of the action, interaction o relationship.
How can we work in social media if we show no interest for people, if we don’t consider their relevance? How can we be professionals in the field and, at the same time, ignore what happens afterwards? Can we learn to accept change without doing the work, simply expecting applause and a standing ovation? What changes can we implement in the digital world to connect with and change our own audience?
I created the first theoretical social media integration model in December 2009. What I find fascinating is how it has evolved over the years, until now, with 2014 just round the corner.
How has strategic integration evolved?
New skills in an interconnected environment, the adaptation to social platforms, the different approaches to new online tools, the change in strategies and tactics towards further interaction, engagement and the consolidation of relationships, perception and understanding of ecosystems in the social web, and the digital revolution, of course. All of this has made social media integration become a more direct, human and connected model, creating a more powerful social and human web. The start of Human Media.
I have been working for a while towards understanding and figuring out how the new environment works and how a new conception of all the above changes social media integration in the business environment.
The meaning of this
Users generally prefer connections over sales, sharing over creating, resonance over influence and relationships over promotions. This is further amplified by the sheer number of elements that take part in the integration of online platforms and tools in any communication or marketing model today. Platforms that humanise, filter and select contents (content curating) improve the chances of a social object being shared by a larger number of kindred spirits.
Connectivity between platforms results from the users’ “shareability” ratio: the more relevant, emotional and segmented the content you share, the greater connectivity you create with kindred spirits (you can call them potential clients or community). This will inevitably lead to positive visibility and will make it easier for your brand to interact with the people in the community to which you have gained access. This generates a continuous feedback flow resulting from the high level of input generated from visibility to a potential audience, connectivity with these persons and the resulting interaction. However, such inputs are meaningless without perception, understanding, assessment, implementation and reaction to the feedback channelled from social networks and from actively listening to these platforms.
It’s convergence, it’s connection, it’s human
Integration converges with an ecosystem that focuses more on connecting with users than on bombarding them with promotions. A good handling and use of the feedback provided will inevitably generate more traffic and trust, as does sharing what you’re interested in with your audience (usually as a result of feedback), only that it will also afford you credibility and exposure, and a certain authority resulting from having something of value to offer. Authority is a good thing, something you wish to have. Something which is helped daily by microblogging services, geolocation services and online publication services.
A factor to be taken into account is how, as a result of the emotional, human and relational impact of this economy, platforms remain on the outside of such integration; even in the case of a vital element such as a blog: the effects and properties that favour the people remain on the inside and build a crucial system, a resonance between brands and people.
Is there a happy ending to all this?
Of course! The agents that truly strengthen, influence and act as a lever in this setting and all its different channels, aren’t the social platforms or tools. These are only the means towards strategic integration.
How do you think that the social web converges, collides and integrates with this increasingly human and interconnected economy?
Appeared first on Social Media Today.
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.
What is your take? Does this make sense to you? I’d like to hear your thoughts…