I thought I would do an infographic. But then I wasn’t sure what to do it on, so I decided I would visualise my career thus far. So here it is – a bit crap but a start
It was Warhol who said:
A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.
When I say Democratic this is the definition I’m talking about. Where it is accessible to everyone, irrespective of knowledge/background/education/colour/religion etc etc…
I read this article in Adage about how a small agency was gazumpted (love that word) by a corner coffee shop. It made for interesting, if scary reading.
But the truth is that it’s true. And I think that this is a result of a few things:
- Low barriers to entry (technology) – The standard technology that is now used in advertising is available to all and sundry for a relatively small price (and coming down all the time) – this applies to creation as well as tracking. Anyone with a laptop can create an ad
- Low barriers to entry (knowledge) – There is no industry standard or minimum qualification like lawyers/financiers have. Anyone can join in and do it
- Low barriers to entry (skills) – the above two PLUS the fact that the overall skill base of consumers with creative software is improving (‘thanks’ Adobe and Apple for making this stuff cool!)
- The market is ripe – clients are looking to make their money go further and small, one man shops will be much cheaper and keener (even if they may take a little longer)
- Good enough is enough - everyone is covering their arse and doing something (even if wrong) is often seen as better than waiting to do the right thing
As part of my yearly resolutions I decided that I should try to read more – at least a book per month. And I intend to do it. It won’t always be a “work” related book, but it keeps me in the habit.
A couple of months ago, I heard about Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book ‘The Thank You Economy”. The book is essentially a call to arms to all businesses to join and use social networks/social media to promote and sell. It goes through the caring & commitment needed, tips, ideas, case studies and statistics about doing so. It’s the only way to re-humanise business. We have moved too far from local community shops where everyone knows everyone, to a time where companies are faceless; where your relationship with your local shops only extends to a ‘Hello’ or ‘Goodbye’.
I’ve always been quite interested in SM and Gary is an infectious speaker; full of energy and passion (see this video). I decided that I would give it a go. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Vaynerchuk defines TYE as (essentially) a throwback to the 50s, where businesses knew their customers personally, knew their needs intimately and delivered diligently. They knew that if they didn’t people would go elsewhere. He believes social media gives us the opportunity to create that one-to-one relationship enjoyed by our elders.
He takes us through a brief history of how we have come full circle to a place where customers demand individuality, appreciation and authenticity from the people they do business with.
He goes through objections to social media (and provides arguments to counteract them) and what businesses need to be aware of/need in order to make the most of this opportunity. He also notes the biggest mistakes companies make with Social Media:
- using tactics instead of strategy
- using it just to put out fires
- using it to brag
- using it as a one way communication vehicle
- just retweeting other people’s content
- only pushing product
- expecting quick results
Lastly, and this is where the book gets really interesting, he goes through several case studies where people have used social media to good effect for their business – in a variety of sizes and a variety of industries.
Do I believe in it all? Not all of it, but a large extent. I think bigger, more established companies will always struggle more to ‘get with the times’ & make it work simply because of the bureaucracy and hurdles involved in making things happen in such monolithic organisations.
Nevertheless, all in all, this was a really enjoyable book with many valid points, perspectives and arguments. I think anyone involved in social media would benefit from reading it – especially if only just starting their business and looking for a cheap (but time consuming) way of promoting it or companies who are just starting to dip their toes in the water.
Below are some quotes from the book (some salient to social media, others just amusing) as well as an illustrated version of the book (courtesy of Ogilvynotes).
Real business isn’t done in board meetings; it’s done over a half-eaten plate of buffalo wings at the sports bar…
In 1984, you’d get stuffed in your locker for gloating over your new Apple Macintosh; in 2007 you could score a hot date by showing off your new iPhone.
There’s only so low you can go on price. There’s only so excellent you can make your product or service. There’s only so far you can stretch your marketing budget. Your heart, though – that’s boundless.
Everybody counts, and gets the best I have to give.
But they’re not going to give me that chance unless the other guy slips up. And even then they’d probably give him a second chance, because forgiveness is the hallmark of a good relationship.
..if you wait until social media is able to prove itself to you before deciding to engage with your customers one–on-one, you’ll have missed your greatest window of opportunity to move ahead of your competitors.
The customer you should be scared of is the one who has a bad experience, doesn’t say a word, and never returns.
It remembered that behind every B2B transaction, there’s a C.
Sometimes it’s really hard to make a list of everything you’ve done look interesting. Which is why Wordle is so cool.
Just types in the words you want and BOOM! it’s yours. I’m trying to work on an infographic and this is one of the elements I think I will incorporate into it.
So as a trial I thought I’d make a list of the things I’ve done, media I’ve worked with, areas I’ve managed etc. This is by no means exhaustive. I’m half tempted to put it in my CV.
Try it for yourself