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An avid gamer, at least when it comes to Candy Crush, IBM's Sandy Carter saw analogies about social media leadership while gaming, and came away with some thought-provoking social business lessons that she shared at The Social Shake-Up 2014.
On the first day of South by Southwest Interactive this year, Social Media Today and IBM hosted The Social Business Shake-Up at the W in Austin. The panel touched on what we see as the major themes of social business: collaboration, customer-centricity, security, analytics, and innovation.
As part of my conversations about the new collaborative economy at SXSW last week, I spoke to the co-founders of digital agency startup "Digital Flash" about how their business came about (as a result of new more flexible models of collaboration) and how they have been able to accomplish larger results.
I caught up with Roku CMO Matthew Anderson at South by Southwest last week. Matthew and I talked about content democratization and how it's never been easier to launch your own TV station. As the cost of content production has plummeted, so have the barriers to entry.
Simon Pearce (@simonpearcelive) spoke to Grind co-founder Benjamin Dyett (@BenjaminDyett) about collaborating outside of the walls and silos of yesteryear. Benjamin talked about how collaborative networks and communities like Grind are providing the multiplier effect that was previously the exclusive domain of large, established companies.
There were some central, unifying themes this year at SXSW. Big data was evident in everything from startups pitching new data-driven platforms, to the profit motives (somewhat disguised as altruism) of companies mapping our genes, to IBM’s Watson-informed lunch truck. Global impact and policy had an entire track.
This week at South by Southwest, Simon Pearce (@Simonpearcelive) talked to Sandy Carter of IBM (@sandy_carter) about how to communicate the benefits of Social Media within the enterprise. Sandy talked about ROI, overcoming the social media fear factor and how to talk to your colleagues effectively about social.
The last day of SXSW Interactive ran the gamut from HootSuite and Twitter to George Takei and Chelsea Clinton, all with different ideas about how social is shaking up business. It was a solid way to wrap up a great conference that defined what #SocBizShakeUp really means.
Collaboration, innovation and the technology of the future were the name of the game yesterday at SXSW: from Snowden being simulcast to thousands of people, to self-driving cars, to a cameo by Nicolas Cage. Here are the top stories from #SXSWi on March 10th.