Organisations only start to create measurable value from the usage of social media when the senior management of those organisations really understand what social media is all about. Unfortunately, the journey towards this understanding is often a long and difficult one.
The first mistake senior management usually make is to assume that social media must fall somewhere within the remit of the marketing or communications department. This is an easy mistake to make because this thing is called social ‘media’ and media is something that marketing people are paid to understand. Marketing people themselves are usually keen to assume responsibility because it seems to present opportunities to create this thing called engagement with their customers which sounds good. They will also find that the agencies they deal with are already knocking on their doors trying to sell them social media solutions and they are not knocking on the doors of any other departments. Therefore having the marketing department take responsibility for social media seems such a logical decision that it barely generates any consideration at all.
However, there is a fatal flaw in setting off in this direction.
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