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Social Media & the Workplace

13 Sep

I’ve been involved with Social Media since it first ever appeared & long before Rocoja Limited – I could see the benefit of social media,  much to the chagrin of some of my employers;

This came to light quite prominently, when I attended board meetings aimed at trying to devise a way to eradicate the horrible “Bebo”, “MySpace” & other such like forums that were emerging & causing time to be used by staff.

Social-Media

I was seen as the Middle Manager Rebel, The one who wanted the staff to be “lazy”, “chatty”, not focused…. Which of course was NOT what I wanted. I saw the potential to harness this time for a greater purpose – which lets be honest, was going to be used, via extra “toilet breaks” etc, anyway.

I wanted to allow staff to post, as long as the posts were contained to their own, entitled scheduled breaks, I also felt we could utilise these moments, which could be enhanced with co-inciding positive things happening at work..

I also wanted adverts to be placed where these employees were dwelling online, as I saw that if this was the case, surely the demographics we were aiming at, were there too?

However one particular employer didnt see this at all & we parted ways after all internet access was blocked for staff & all use of mobile / smartphones was banned – it was considered the easiest way to ensure the staff were focused..

 

fb-faiilThis back-fired galactically as many employees took longer & longer breaks & some left the employ, citing “draconian” rules… Indeed the company didnt realise the potential of the online forums & social media hangouts until it was too late & 80% of the workforce were laid off.

NO I dont lay the folding of this company firmly at the doorstep of the stupid internet policy, BUT it had a huge impact!

Nowadays  we all know the benefit of Social Media cannot be understated & the benefit of positive use by employees MUST NOT be undervalued.

I firmly believe the relationships between employers & employees can be positivey enhanced by using social media in the right way

Lets look at some stats –

  • Over 75% of your employees use social media to connect with fellow employees.
  • Over 60% will say that it can enhance their working day.
  • Over a third use Social Media to improve their skills / work environment & most of this is done on their own volition.

However – those are positives – lets also look at what small business is doing to capture this hugely untapped resource..

  • Almost half of the businesses I speak to do nothing to encourage positive use of Social media to enhance the business,
  • With around 75% of them having no training at all in any of the usual social media outlets.
  • Many small businesses (& some larger who havent quite grasped this yet) still see this forum as a negative.

Its almost the end of 2014 &  surely we all know that social networks are an integral part of many peoples’ daily life now,  with the number of social media users around the world rising sharply over the last decade.

Consumers are ahead of the suppliers in some cases when it comes to small businesses on Social Media – So a clear branding is extremely important, a clear ethic across that brand & a concise, metered approach to your own social media advertising is imperative.

MY advice – Get some help

We know from campaigns run over the last few years, companies with successful social initiatives use outside agencies.

In contrast, those with ineffective social programs usually go it alone.
Leave it to a professional, so you can get on with running your business.. Its a lot cheaper than you think!

WELL – it should be! Read this ->  Bigger isn’t always Better

 

Please read my other blogs for some more tips & hints.

I hope the above helps.

Karin

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A brief history of the Internet & Social Media

2 Aug

And why it applies to your “Brand”.

For the purposes of this blog the term “Brand” applies to your Small Business, Event, Personality, Celebrity, Goal etc etc – Whatever you are using Social Media to tell the outside world.

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The term #Socialmedia refers to Internet sites where people interact with each other &/or business’s, celebs & products etc; where they can share & discuss information & idea’s. Recently this has become far more involved with multimedia playing a huge role & the most engaging posts are now a mix of personal words, pictures, videos and audio.

In the late 1960’s a crude form of internet was created, which led to the first email being sent in 1971.

In the late 1970’s a couple of friends created an online bulletin board, which was used to share information between them. This was the first ever Online Community.

This was quickly followed by a number of Universities in the USA, using online boards to share information amongst students.

In the 80’s things began to move very quickly & Dial-up access was pioneered by a number of American companies, allowing just over 1 million people to “get on-line” for the first time ever.

The biggest of these was AOL (America On Line) which first opened in 1985.

During the last year of the 80’s a British engineer named Tim Berners-Lee began work at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland), this work was to become the foundations of the World Wide Web.

In 1993, CERN donated the WWW to the world – Servers started to appear all over the western world & Browsers such as Mosaic were born.

1994 saw the birth of BHI’s Geocites – where users could create their own webpages. This became a community of over 138 Million sites before its eventual closure in 2009 (USA). Yahoo opened in this year & to this day still owns Geocites (which are still hosting websites, but only in Japan.

In 1995 – Headlines were abounding such as “Internet Blah Blah – Hype Alert” – as many didn’t understand the impact this was going to have on the future.

Blogging & Users own profiles began appearing in 1997 – AOL now had an Instant messenger function & the internet was starting to flourish with rich, diverse information.

Google opened in 1999

Leading up to 2000 there had been a flush of “Domain pirates” – People who bought the domain names up as soon as they were available & then sold them to whoever really needed them for vastly inflated sums. There were also a number of hastily created internet companies & in unfortunately for many, in 2000 the DOT.COM bubble burst.

However in the early 2000’s – along came Apple & Wikipedia & the internet rapidly recovered itself & with over 50 million people on line (34 via AOL) – there was a boom in information & products & services available.

2003 saw the opening of the Social networking site aimed at professionals – LinkedIn.
A music oriented download portal – ITunes & a Social networking site – MySpace

2004 Saw Facebook launch, along with Flickr & Digg

2005 – Along came Bebo & YouTube – There were now over Billion Web Pages.

In 2006 Twitter was launched. – During this time, Google was receiving more than 400 million search requests daily.

2007 Saw Facebook become partly owned by Microsoft & they began to accept advertising, They also allowed 3rd party developers to install apps on their pages. This year also saw the launch of the first iPhone by Apple.

In 2009 it was estimated that the internet had over 59 Billion webpages, but had become impossible to keep count.

Facebook grew to over 400 Million users in 2010 – With the internet now being the prefered way for people get their News… (both social & world). Apple also released the first iPad Tablet.

2011 saw Social media communication surge with Facebook having 550 Million users & Twitter having 70 around 70 Million tweets sent daily.

In 2012 it was estimated that at least 2 BILLION people use Social Media With access being available via smartphones and tablets, as well as TV’s & Computers. New sites are emerging constantly, to keep up with the demand for information. The top ten social networks of this year are Facebook, Pinterest, Blogger, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, WordPress, LinkedIn, MySpace & Wiki.

2013 saw the following statistics emerge.
YouTube Users = 1 Billion
Facebook Users = 1.11 Billion
Twitter Users = 500 Million
Flickr Users = 87 Million Users
LinkedIn = 225 Million Users
Google+ = 343 Million Users
DropBox = 100 Million Users
Blogs (across platforms) = 156 Million
Reddit = 69.9 Million Users

There were live tweets sent from on board the International Space Station this year also.

This year – 2014 ????

It is estimated 85% of the entire population of the world is now connected through access too, or use of the above!
It is estimated at least 25% of the world’s population use Social Media as the first port of call to get information daily.

Facebook has been active for 10 years now – There are many camps who say it has had its day… The audience has moved on & people are looking for quick “soundbite” sized information, Hence the emergence of image / video based social media such as Vine & Instagram & Snapchat.

So the message is – YOUR Business / Event / Character / Persona / etc etc  NEEDS to be on Social media.

The Audience are like sponges, soaking up information about you. (Or your competition if you are not on there)!

Contact info@Rocoja.co.uk for information on how you can  have a presence for as little as £1.80  Per Day.

Not Automated – Not a robot – Not generic – BUT targeted & bespoke…..

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Deciphering the writing

18 Jul

Part of the services I offer is the “Build a Database” service.

This includes capturing details of followers/friends (where possible) on FB / Twitter & placing these details in a basic format (more commonly excel). This can be from scratch or from an existing list of followers.

This usually doesn’t cause much of an issue as I (or one of my colleagues) am the one compiling the list from scratch & 99% of the time this is done electronically (straight onto excel).

However I have recently come across a number of small businesses which are run from home offices etc, where the owner / director is still keeping manual records. This is something I happily transfer to electronic however I have been astounded at the level of sensitive information people have lying about in their home-offices.

I’ve seen folders full of names & addresses; customers scribbled down in haste and with information so sensitive its astounding.

Collecting customer information is VITAL for small business, a basic database is essential for mail-shots/loyalty schemes and information such as this used correctly can breed customer loyalty & promote sales.

However you must never forget your responsibilty to keep this information secure.

If you handle personal information about individuals, you have a number of legal obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998.

see :- Data Protection

Please email me with any request for quotes on how to transfer your paper files to a basic database easily if you are in SWLondon or Surrey.

Karin@Rocoja.co.uk

Rocoja – a Small Business supporting fellow small businesses.

Oh & PS – Try to make the writing easy to decipher – Pretty please 🙂

Bi-Lingual at last!

11 Jul

Recently, i.e.: since I left my last “Proper Job”. I spend as much time on my computer as many of my friends spend “at Work” – In fact I spend more, as now instead of reaching for a milky drink when Insomnia hits at 3am, I reach for my trusty Toshiba Laptop & get online to see what’s happening & if I (or any of my clients) should be a part of it.

You see – social media NEVER sleeps… Luckily neither do I (OK, I do, but just 3 /4 hours a night).

I think my family & friends are probably a bit tired of hearing how passionate I am about “Twitter” & social media in general BUT I know have great support & am grateful for it.

However it’s very different to someone coming home from a day’s work, effervescing about the flowers in their shop, or the lovely people that came into their retail outlet. It’s different because is so hard to quantify what my job involves.

In plain terms, I write blogs, I tweet, I post updates & write reviews.

It’s also very difficult to explain how those things above translate to building a brand/clientele to someone who doesn’t understand social media yet. (Something I can help you understand if you wish). Social media is vital for business development, marketing, customer service & building a brand!

So, I work as a “Social media consultant” – well at least that’s what the insurance company who insures me categorises it as. In my eyes I am an additional service to small businesses who want to utilise word of mouth to build their business; but have accepted that word of mouth has changed forever to “tweet & update”!

To that end I have become bi-lingual, I have to translate between two worlds — that of the social media culture and that of the people have little to no experience with it. This is exciting & frustrating at the same time, but extremely rewarding when a client gets to see their customer base increase & they themselves can understand how it’s finally happened.

This is why the Bi-lingual part of my role is so important.

My clients may be in unfamiliar territory when it comes to marketing per-se, let alone social media marketing. They may be uncomfortable with change & unable to ratify the making of on-line relationships to finding & retaining new business. Many of my clients are used to the tried & trusted way of building relationships, Trade shows, Networking meetings, Door-knocking, Telesales etc. The new language of social media is very foreign & it’s a massive bonus to be able to translate it into an easily understandable language.

Introducing social media to a small business brings me the challenge of getting people to imagine the possibilities of something they’ve never experienced & I love it.

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