Understanding what is coming next and how to evolve a skillset to meet change are critical challenges for today’s worker. But successful evolution begins with an attitudinal shift.
Marketing today remains a great challenge, in large part because of the consistently changing technology and media landscape. Informational sources (conferences, blogs, etc.) consistently address these challenges yet the issues persist.
It may be time to take a step back on a macro level and look at how education and information sources are meeting these challenges.
Here are the seven daunting difficulties for today’s communicators, each followed by an idea or three on how to address them. Please add your own thoughts.
Later today I will guest lecture at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on the general state of social media for the Social Technology Marketing MBA class.
I usually write out my thoughts before speaking. Here’s what I’ll be talking about today. Please comment if you’d like to suggest something, I’ve got a few hours to cram (yikes!).
1) Social Media Gets Bigger
We have entered the post adoption phase of social media in America.
Even a significant minority of senior citizens use social media. As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day Pew Internet.
Now that businesses realize social won’t go away, and they intend to invest more marketing dollars.
The most recent CMO Survey (August) showed social media investment continuing to rise. This year social commands 7.6% of the overall budget with an expectation to increase beyond 10% in the next 12 months, and to 19% of the total spend in the next five years.
Often cursed by reactionary pundits responding to the popular, groupthink remains an inescapable behavior pattern in social networks.
For those unfamiliar, groupthink is when a community’s desire for harmony overrides rational examination of ideas and concepts. Conflict is stamped out in favor of consensus.
So long as people act in tribal ways, we will always have groupthink regardless of media, idealism, culture or geography.
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