Jan 20, 2015
Daniel and Brian are embracing the “M’ in the SMACtalk as Daniel is recording today’s episode on the go as we recorded this episode on the Martin Luther King day holiday.
On Episode 8 of SMACtalk Amber Armstrong joins as Co-host to help us answer the question “What does it mean to be a social business?” On the show we discuss Employee Advocacy, Personal Branding and Thought Leadership strategy while also talking about influencers role in brands becoming a social business.
Social business is what many companies, brands and leaders are striving to become in 2015 but what does it truly mean to be a social business? On the newest episode of the SMACtalk Live podcast we wanted to discuss in-depth this topic and there was no better leader to have join us as a cohost than the Program Director of Social Business Market Making at IBM, Amber Armstrong.
On previous episodes of SMACtalk, Daniel and I have discussed why we believe IBM is without question the leader in social business and after attending multiple IBM events including the #NewWayToWork futurist event in New York, they are also proving to be the leaders in influencer marketing and employee advocacy.
As you’ll hear Amber discuss, IBM’s social business strategy is focused around linking paid, owned and earned media while leveraging employee advocacy and influencers to build a true social business internally and externally.
Although many of the examples and use cases discussed were focused around IBM programs, the insights and lessons learned that Amber shared around building an employee advocacy program, identifying influencers as well as Amber's focus on building employees personal brands to become thought leaders, are strategies that can be leveraged and implemented by every small to enterprise sized business that wants to become a social business.
This won’t be the last time we discuss social business on the show and it won’t be the last time we have Amber on the show as a cohost. Also make sure to check the Millennial CEO calendar as the SMACtalk Live Podcast team will be taking the broadcast live to future IBM and technology industry events. Also as mentioned on SMACtalk, CoHost and Broadsuite founder Daniel Newman has a new book that was just released called “Evolve: Marketing (^as we know it)” is Doomed. Daniel teamed up with Digital Strategist and CEO at ArCompany Hessie Jones to discuss how Marketers must evolve, because marketing, as we know it, is doomed. This book is a must read for the SMACtalk audience as embracing change is a consistent theme throughout every episode.
Want to say Thank You again to Amber for coming on SMACtalk as a our second Cohost!
Make sure to connect with Amber on Twitter & Linkedin and click here to find out more about what her and the IBM Social Business team is doing and don’t forget to put your name on the list to be one of the first to test drive IBM new email conversation engine IBMverse!
Employee Advocacy, Personal Branding & Thought Leadership
Extending conversations to digital audience and importance of engagement and then leveraging data and analytics!
“You can’t be a modern marketer, without being on social daily!” - Amber Armstrong
Key Take Away:
Employee advocacy must encourage and promote engagement, including education of employees and empowering leadership to lead by example. Without education and focus on engagement, employee advocacy can come across as spammy and automated that provides no value and alienates the community.
Social Business Influencer strategy
Amber shares her strategy on how IBM created influencer relationships that were targeted and focused on finding thought leaders that were connected with the community. The debut of IBMverse was part of the influencer collaboration event which has allowed IBM to understand and gather feedback from their influencers while also including them in the entire release and go to market strategy of IBMverse to make sure the relationship is a two way street.
We discuss the importance of:
The Future of Work is something we love discussing here on SMACtalk as becoming a social business requires a change in philosophy that integrates these strategies we discussed on this episode along with the S.M.A.C. technologies to create new employee and customer experiences!