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Monday, April 2, 2012

Who are your Hunger Games Social Media Tributes?


In "The Hunger Games," each of the 12 Districts chooses one boy and one girl (Tributes) by lottery to battle to the death with children from the other districts. The world is watching. The stakes are high.

Is this how you select the people you trust with your company's social media efforts?

It's all too common for companies to give lip service to the importance of social media, and pass on the duties to an intern or junior marketing person. Then when the company doesn't see the results they'd hoped for, they brush off social media as a fad or a waste of time, not worthy of their efforts compared to more traditional marketing channels.

Unlike the post-apocolyptic nation of Panem, you can choose anyone you want to spearhead your social media activities. Best you choose wisely.

It's perfectly fine to tap into the youth of your organization. Chances are, they are already fluent in many social media tools from personal use. Just don't let the youngster fly solo. It's a disservice to the junior staffer and to the company. Social media is here to stay, so you may as well maximize your opportunities.

While many of your competitors may also be slow to build an effective social networking infrastructure, some of them have already moved forward with gusto. Don't be left in their dust. Team a young, hungry, tech-savvy staffer with an experienced marketing pro who knows a lot about your market, your prospects, your clients, your brand, and your value proposition, and you'll have the foundation for a quality social networking team in no time.

Next time you think about dumping your social networking activities on an intern or recently-hired graduate, think about adding some grey hair into the mix, and you'll see much better results.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

7 comments:

Jim Westergren said...

when the company doesn't see the results they'd hoped for, they brush off social media as a fad or a waste of time, not worthy of their efforts compared to more traditional marketing channels.

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