The following text I sent as a newsletter before Christmas. Again I am only writing in German for a mainly German speaking audience. What I basically say is that it was announced that in 2010 in the USA for the first time more money was been spent for online advertising than for print ads. This year might mark a turning point for corporation communication and marketing. Personally I can see a huge demand for Social Media Campaigning. We are already 70% booked for next year and mostly with Social Media Campaigning. On top Kiwi Custom and my agency business campaigning Switzerland developed a Social Media Cockpit to allow professional marketers and communicators, as well as agencies or corporate departments, to handle all the different social media platforms as easily and flexible as possible. But why such a focus on one tool, when I always say that Campaigning is the opposite of tool-orientation? – Because Social Media Marketing is not just another tool or toolkit. It’s a new way of thinking, it requires an open and authentic culture of dialogue. This has always been part of our understanding of Campaigning. Most „new“ features being discussed in the context of Social Media can be found in my book, which was published in 2003.
Because this new way of thinking, Social Media Marketing, requires a cultural change for most companies, these companies need Change Management or Organisational Development first, before they can hope to be successful with this new approach. You cannot simply delegate Social Media to a communication or marketing department. Interdisciplinary approaches, as they are typical for Campaigning, are key success factors.
Social Media finally create an environment that demands an approach that is typical for Campaigning.
In this sense the rise of Social Media could also mean a breakthrough for Campaigning, or at least what our industry association pro:campaigning and myself understand under Campaigning. Focussing on Social Media in this context is not focussing on one toolkit but rather on our unique strengths that have always been a differentiator between Campaigning and other approaches. E.g. our „first listen then talk“ guideline, as well as TRUE target group orientation.
Read the newsletter (in German):
„Happy New Year And Why Social Media Is More Than Just A Toolkit“ weiterlesen