- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (December 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321580087
- ISBN-13: 978-0321580085
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is much talk about the 'online conversation' but this has become a moving target because of new media publishing technologies such as Twitter, Friendfeed, Seesmic, etc. This fragmentation of media requires attention, and it takes a person such as Joel Postman to help put all these techniques and technologies into perspective. I've been saying for several years now that every company is now a media company, and every company needs to master the new media technologies at our disposal. Joel can help large and small corporations use the appropriate approaches because of his experience in journalism, corporate PR, and social media."
Tom Foremski, Silicon Valley Watcher
"SocialCorp is a must read for any corporate communications professional. It also serves as an invaluable scale for balancing business objectives, corporate responsibility to stakeholders, and customer and influencer engagement. Joel Postman is a long time veteran of strategic communications and a proven expert in the socialization of marketing communications. His guidance will ensure that your company will not only stay on track with critical day-to-day marketing communications, but also increase brand visibility, resonance, and loyalty through direct participation in the online communities that expand your business opportunities."
Brian Solis, Principal of FutureWorks PR, author, and blogger at PR 2.0
"I’m about three-quarters of the way through the book and I am having trouble putting it down. Postman sees social media for what it is — a complementing strategy for companies to help them achieve their already established business objectives. He writes about specific considerations that both private and public companies should make before introducing social media programs. And he understands the risks. He also included one of the most comprehensive social media glossaries I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to finish it."
Jennifer Leggio, ZDNet
From the Back Cover
This book will help companies of all sizes develop and implement a strategy to become a SocialCorp, a company that has adopted social media intelligently and effectively, in a way that does not compromise the company's primary obligations as a corporation. While the conversational and engagement values of social media are well understood, many social media theorists often overlook the realities faced by the large corporation, like accountability to shareholders and regulators, and how these factors cannot be overlooked in corporate social media adoption. Using case studies and analysis of available social media tools, and proven corporate social media strategies, the book will help corporate communicators understand the new communications landscape, the power of social media, and how to adopt it intelligently in a corporate environment.
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SocialCorp provides several starting places for organizations that want to create social media initiatives specifically for each audience and to engage them on their terms, in a way that is relevant to them. A progressive, forward-thinking company adopts social media 'in a way that accomplishes strategic business and communications objectives without compromising the company's primary obligations as a corporation,' he says.
For example, Dell, Zappos, IBM, and Procter & Gamble are among companies using social media to reshape their relationships with their audiences. Dell's IdeaStorm functions as a full-blown customer engagement program and a catalyst for change in the company's products and services.
Organizations can monitor conversations using social media to learn, day-by-day, how their brand is performing, where the company is strong, and where there's work to do. The organization can join in the conversation and influence the brand for the better.
Social media strategy isn't that complex, Postman says, but it does require a synthesis of traditional thinking, creativity, understanding of new tools and etiquette, and the willingness to take some chances.
As the title suggests, the book is targeted to corporations who would like to put a Web 2.0 spin to corporate communications. The tone of the book is not technical- as a matter of fact, there is no code anywhere in the book. This makes it accessible to managers and executives that know something about the internet and marketing. One theme the book touches on is "Going for it," that is, allaying some of the fears most corporations about social media (e.g. lack of control, unauthorized information, chaos, etc.).
There are easy to read case studies of how companies implemented social media to their advantage. From corporate blogging, Twitter, and social media ethics, Joel Postman showcases the wide array of online tools in a practical and concise manner. Also, the book touches on the fudgiest part of social media: measurement.
If you're looking for a play-by-play guide for implementing Social Media-powered corporate communications, this book may disappoint. Postman gives a pointers approach to showing the way to the promised land of SocialCorp and chooses his words carefully to to avoid confusion. But if you ask me, SocialCorp: Social Media Goes Corporate is a great starting point to begin the Social Media journey for companies.
This book goes a long way to dispel any confusion. It's chock-full of checklists, questions to consider, case studies and options to review. The guidance he gives is grounded in what is clearly first-hand experience of the corporate world. For example, this advice on selecting who should represent a company on an officially sanctioned blog is right on the money:
"Choose your bloggers well, counsel them, monitor them, and if need be, shut down their blogs if they are not posting in a way that helps you meet your communications objectives. But try not to censor them ahead of time." (p. 65)
If you work inside a corporation and need to encourage co-workers or the suits in management to consider the options presented by social media, this is the book to leave lying around the office to stimulate discussion.
From the politics to the technical details and the straightforward PR and communications counsel the book covers a lot of ground. It also manages to be a complete inventory of social media, circa January 2009.
One inevitable problem any book on a subject as fast-moving as this will face is a limited shelf-life. In a few years it might seem impossibly quaint. But for now, there's no better guide to new territory. As Postman says on the last page "Start Now!".
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