What an amazing week this has been at Social Media Marketing World! I moderated a session on corporate blogging with Justin Levy and Waynette Tubbs. Justin leads the charge at Citrix for their social and content strategies, and Waynette leads the help of SAS content strategy efforts. Two amazing people that are running enormous strategies efficiently and practically.
Since I moderated, I had to keep quiet and stick to questions that explored the strategies that both organizations deployed to grow their business efforts. So the spotlight was on Justin and Waynette. And while they worked at two totally different corporations, there were a ton of similarities to the policies, plans, processes and measurement they had put in place.
Most refreshing was that they didn’t sound like the average Social Media speaker. They didn’t say goofy things about writing what you love, find your niche, just do it nor other hippy and theoretical crap that only works within the pages of a best-selling social media book and in the mind of its creator.
As this industry matures, I’m starting to really see some separation between the knowledge, experience and insight of social media marketing leaders. I believe they fall into 3 buckets:
There was a solid balance of the three buckets at Social Media Marketing World and I truly feel privileged to be a speaker who has been included multiple times. I get a bit frustrated, though, at some of the weakness I see around buckets #2 and #3. I know I’m biased because we’re practitioners -- but as I speak to the attendees, the response is always consistently the same: How do I implement these strategies?
I find myself skipping buckets 2 and 3 and scheduling my own attendance around bucket 1.