Strung Out on Shiny Objects

Social communications news, links, quotes and thoughts from Kevin Hunt, the Social Media Manager for Global Communications at General Mills.

Digital transformation isn’t just a buzzword at big brands - but is it truly taking place?

Altimeter just released a report on it, so Arik Hanson and I thought it would be a great way to kick off episode 4 of The Talking Points Podcast.

Also this week, we give our take on the messy communication of layoffs at Microsoft - how did that happen anyway?

And we spend some time on the trends Geoff Livingston laid out in a post this week, regarding the current and future state of social media.

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SHOW NOTES - July 24, 2014

“The 2014 State of Digital Transformation”

“7 Signs of the Post Social Media Era”

"Stephen Elop’s email to employees"

“Bad News Should Not Come Packaged as a 1,111-word Letter to Employees”

"Text: Microsoft Executive Stephen Elop’s Email to Employees"

"Microsoft Just Laid Off Thousands of Employees With a Hilariously Bad Memo"

“Brand Journalism Is a Modern Marketing Imperative”

“You Had Me at the Subject Line”: New Reporter Survey on Press Releases Offers Best Pitching Practices as 100 Journalists Weigh In on How to Disrupt the Press Release”

“Pittsburgh Mayor Hosts Quite Possibly the Best Reddit AMA Ever”

I get a little worried that we’re so focused on content marketing that we’re leaving the engagement part maybe to the customer service department, as just one more channel where we’re going to be able to solve somebody’s customer service problem. We need to be more focused on that engagement part of the social media - not that we need to scale back necessarily content marketing. But this idea that ‘We do content marketing and therefore we do social ‘I think is going to lead companies down a bad path and we need to have a bigger picture view of how all of this can work to our benefit or to our detriment if we ignore it.

Did you catch “Walmart’s New System Will Buy Media for Retailer - And Its Suppliers,” in Advertising Age?

At the end of the process, while Walmart is still shooting hundreds of TV commercials annually as part of its local price comparisons, but it’s spending more time in pre-production to make sure everything from video content to Facebook to stills for Instagram are handled in the same production shoot.

"We don’t really shoot commercials now," Mr. Murray said. "We shoot content."

If your company and brands are not taking advantage of the behind the scenes opportunities on your commercial production sets for a host of content that you also can use in social media, what are you waiting for?

The future of our careers and our role in both the revolution and evolution is to start with an open mind to see what’s different, to see how things have changed. And then develop strategies that move us in new directions.

After a hectic week of work travel, I couldn’t wait to tell my podcast co-host Arik Hanson all about it.

No, not the boring tales of airports and cabs… The content of two PR/social media conferences I attended (like trends in video produced for YouTube and how big brands are approaching some key decisions about growing social media across the enterprise, global social media reach and paid media).

We kick off episode 3 of The Talking Points Podcast with that discussion.

We also chat about employee advocacy, a journalist’s epic rant about content marketing and ghostwriting, the trustworthiness of sponsored content, and the new analytics dashboard from Twitter.

Here’s episode 3.

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SHOW NOTES - July 17, 2014

"Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split feat. Van Damme"

“Content Used to Be King. Now It’s the Joker”

“Corporate Social Media 2014: A Stage of Maturity?”

“Study: Sponsored Content Has a Trust Problem”

“Twitter Tells Brands They Could Reach 30% of Their Followers for Free”

"Meet Minneapolis Creates Hashtag For Visitors With ASG Questions"

Stop thinking about moving elements of your website into mobile and start thinking about your customers’ mobile moments.