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Mike Bailey is a content strategist and business advisor. During more than 30 years in industry he enjoyed regular, first-hand evidence of the impact of employee advocacy and is convinced of its power as a highly effective business practice.
Mike works one-to-one with a limited number of B2B clients, specializing in the small-business and start-up sectors. He also consults for SmarpShare, a leading provider of employee-advocacy software for forward-looking organizations.
Mike has been writing about Social Media and Content Marketing for several years - mostly for other people! He has clients in most English-speaking countries and welcomes connection requests on LinkedIn or Google+.
That's an interesting thought Robin. There's no doubt that word-of-mouth recommendation is a powerful force for driving change - and whatever name you give it, Employee Advocacy relies on word of mouth (or one of its modern-day equivalents). Ultimately, if people believe strongly enough in something - be it their work, a cause or whatever - and you can harness that energy, you can accomplish a great deal. But - and it's a big but - you need to engage with them effectively as your first priority, or it won't work.
Eric, that's a great illustration of the risk/reward balance being heavily in favor of employee advocacy. I found several areas of the Proskauer Rose report particularly interesting: I find it difficult to believe that more than one-third of those organizations surveyed still blocks access to social-media sites at work - and that the number has grown since the previous survey ...
Great question - LinkedIn doesn't make it easy for people. There's an integrated blog on LinkedIn, but ...
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Nice work, Jean, and an interesting read. As you say, big shoes to fill, but you're doing a great job! Maybe we can debate the virutes of the Oxford comma some day ...
Thanks Eric - Look out for my next column which you may find interesting!
Great food for thought Eric. I've always considered sharing subject-matter expertise as one of the most powerful forms of advocacy - everyone has some form of professional know-how that can be beneficial to colleagues, customers and consumers.
One thing you mentioned had me thinking - should an employer "expect" an employee to participate in a program of this nature? Yes, participation should be encouraged, but surely it should ultimately be voluntary, even if there are benenfits for both parties?
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@MikeatSpice Thanks for the mention Mike. Glad you enjoyed the article :)
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