Laura:“Alcatel-Lucent wants me to build an API platform andalso help drive culture change in the company. What do youthink?”Mike: “I think you should not forget about us little folks whenyou rule the world.”Laura: “HR’s calling you tomorrow.”Mike: “What do I need to know so I don’t screw up theinterview?”Laura: “Haha.”Mike: “Did I just do the interview?”Laura: “I need you in Dallas on Wednesday.”
The CEO MindsetThis is what we created. This is how we began shifting the role of PR and marketing.
And that is how the head ofinﬂuencer management was born.
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C’mon, Mike. You surely don’t mean dead. JUST DYING *Little known runner-up to famous “Just Do It” tagline. Fact. Heard it on Facebook.
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You can’t inﬂuence an inﬂuencer unless you are an inﬂuencer. I don’t mean being able to pitch acrappy story and getting a reporter tobite. I’m talking about being a part of the inﬂuencer’s circle...being seen interacting where they interact and with who they interact with.
Be yourself. Don’t take it too seriously. Stalking is ok. Data is your friend.(Sounds like a soupy mix of marketing and media relations, doesn’t it?)
’ ‘ ‘ Lots of tools...in both senses of the word. Get to know Google. Train your eyes to make connections.Stop hiding behind your spokespeople. Study Marshall Kirkpatrick.
DO WE REALLY NEED MORE STATS TO TELL US IS IMPORTANT? 2011 Cone Online Inﬂuence Trend Tracker
BRANDED CONTENT (Why the Arrington/Ariana debate is important)Challenge: Paid thought leadershipwithout treating it like a paid toolBeneﬁt: Core of our content strategy.Support and contribute to main channelour customers are.Takeaway: As Joe Brockmeier says, “Bethe media.” “Much more likely to see ablog post by someone IN the communitythan on PRWeb.
JUST DOING ITChallenge: No challenge, just somethingfun to doBeneﬁt: Client (legitimately) seen as partof core inﬂuencer group; raised personalproﬁle among inﬂuencers for futureTakeaway: Don’t wait for someone elseto write your story. Have some fun.
Challenge: No recognition from coreaudience. Budget. To their credit, the primary concern of Laura, Mike and the gang over atBeneﬁt: 1/3rd the cost of going alone. Alcatel-Lucent from Day 1 of ourInstant credibility with core audience. discussions has been about maintaining the credibility andTakeaway: Stop doing the same old neutrality of Glue.stuff.
Challenge: Maintain/build relationshipsBeneﬁt: Duh.Takeaway: Being social means beingsocial. Was I the smartest guy in theserooms? Not by a long shot. I was amarketer at a deep tech conference. Butnow sorta part of the family* -- Because IWas There.* Drunk uncle
Turn “Why?” “Why Not?”Stop planning so much. Have some fun. Try new things.
1. You have to be part of the business.2. You have to be as good (and as conﬁdent) as your spokesperson.3. You have to be a storyteller, not just the person who pitches the story.4. You have to get your hands dirty with data.5. You have to engage and participate.
Great deﬁnition...has to be integrated across all functions Social media requires a mashup of capabilities: PR, marketing, media,advertising, narrative, linguistics, cultural anthropology, technology, change management, data management, analytics and more. Converseon (a social media agency)
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