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Can social make utilities sexy again?


The demands on Utility companies today are increasing substantially. Ageing workforces, recruitment and retention issues are at the forefront of these demands and compounding that, Utilities are …

The demands on Utility companies today are increasing substantially. Ageing workforces, recruitment and retention issues are at the forefront of these demands and compounding that, Utilities are increasingly looked on as being boring. On the other hand, start-ups in the social technology space are seen as innovative, customer focussed and fun organisations.

Can the lessons and technologies from these companies be used by Utilities? Smart social strategies can radically change an organisation’s image - do you want to make your Utility sexy once more?

How social can help Utilities overcome image related issues
How social mediums can alleviate some of the aging workforce, recruitment and retention difficulties
Engaging customers to reduce their energy requirements and building increased awareness of their usage
Your organisation can use social software to communicate better with customers
Social technologies can help utilities get their mojo back

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  • 1. Can Social make utilities sexy again? Tom  Raery,  Principal  Analyst  RedMonk 1Big ask, I knowChris ChenI think they can be
  • 2. Tom Raftery • Principal analyst, RedMonk • GreenMonk.net • twitter.com/tomraftery • tom@redmonk.com • +34 677 695 468 • SlideShare.net/TomRaftery 2Bullet points - sorry!More Bullet points on this slide than on the rest of the entire deck!Prob won’t have time for q’s at end - will hang around but here are my contact details in case you can’t stay
  • 3. SlideShare http://www.slideshare.net/TomRaftery/ 3This is SlideShare - where you can view or d/l this deck
  • 4. Show of hands Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/warmestregards/2789694551/ 4How many of you:Read blogs?Watch online video?Have a FaceBook a/c?Have a LinkedIn a/c?Have a Twitter a/c?Consider FaceBook/YouTube/Twitter a waste of time?
  • 5. Social Media 5Some of the social media sites
  • 6. Social Media Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/7933170@N03/1098813767/ 6Social media fundamentally changed the web - now a two-way medium
  • 7. What I had for breakfast? Photo - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zanehollingsworth/3435030263/ 7People often belittle Social Media saying - it is full of ppl saying what they had for breakfastHow many ppl empathise?
  • 8. What I had for breakfast? Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpMZbT1tx2o 8This video is 1.5 yrs old - the numbers in it are well out of date - most significantly higher now
  • 9. Utilities, Social Media, & APJ 9Had a look around this region & found some great examples of SM use by utilitiesquick selection...
  • 10. APJ Utilities Social Media https://twitter.com/powerwatercorp 10Australian utility - provides electricity, water and sewerage services to the Northern Territory of AustraliaFaced issues with perception - were butt of many jokes - even in parliamentRolled out social media, now 180 turnaround in reputation
  • 11. APJ Utilities Social Media http://www.powerwater.com.au 11Pull tweets onto home pageAlso have Flickr & Youtube accounts
  • 12. APJ Utilities Social Media https://www.facebook.com/PUBsg 12Water utility3412 likesZero interaction though
  • 13. APJ Utilities Social Media https://twitter.com/OfficialTEPCO 13> 262k followers 1 of 3 accountsNo interaction - all broadcastBut tells ppl of availability of electricity so big followership
  • 14. APJ Utilities Social Media https://twitter.com/iamkepco 14Kepco - Korean utilityTwitter & Facebook pagesseems to have interaction but hard to tell given my lack of Korean (and GTranslate is no help!)
  • 15. APJ Utilities Social Media https://twitter.com/iamkepco/status/266090034871013376 15They do converse though, unlike many others
  • 16. APJ Utilities Social Media https://twitter.com/PowershopPromos 16One of their two Twitter accounts1305 followers - electrical promotions for customers
  • 17. APJ Utilities Social Media https://twitter.com/ausgrid 172550 followers - but better yet is their video... !
  • 18. APJ Utilities Social Media Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXogX1WBcZA 18
  • 19. APJ Utilities Social Media Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXogX1WBcZA 19Has had nearly 20,000 views!
  • 20. Challenges utilities are facing... 20
  • 21. Brand and image Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/smoy/3963201475/ 21Brand and reputation issues - utilities not trusted
  • 22. Brand and image Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/photofarmer/3303387519/ 22Utilities perceived as boring - doesn’t help recruitment/retention
  • 23. Recruitment Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/legofenris/4003590489/ 23Brand and aging workforce issues have follow-on consequences for recruitment/retention
  • 24. Exacerbated by Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/gagilas/3501432476/ 24Recruitment issues all the more urgent becauseIn the U.S. energy sector, more than a third of the workforce already is over 50 years old - http://hbr.org/2008/02/managing-demographic-risk/ar/1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: In the US approx 30-40% of the work force in the electric utility sector will retire in the next 10 yearsAnd aging infrastructure
  • 25. Increasing demands Images http://www.paulchefurka.ca/EnergyGap.html 25Increasing demand for energy at a time of dwindling supply
  • 26. Increasing demands Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/2473047860/ 26Also other demands -- Customer service- Reduced environmental impact- More granular energy consumption information
  • 27. So how can social media help? 27
  • 28. Brand Management Photo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Deepwater_Horizon_offshore_drilling_unit_on_fire_2010.jpg 28Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, 2010 - 11 men killed, 17 injured.Over next 3 months - spilled about 4.9 million barrel & still leaking today 2.5 yrs later
  • 29. Brand Management https://twitter.com/BPGlobalPR/status/15504031663 292191 RTs!
  • 30. Brand Management https://twitter.com/bpglobalpr 30
  • 31. Brand Management https://twitter.com/BP_America 31Current BP account - still not learned lesson - all broadcast
  • 32. OTOH 32
  • 33. Brand Management http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE 33Old Spice
  • 34. Brand Management http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE 34This ad alone has had 43m views
  • 35. Brand Management http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE 35185 videos in 24 hoursResponded in realtime to questions posed to #OldSpiceOld spice sales up 100% in month that followedStill up 50% a year later (with help from coupons) http://adage.com/article/viral-video-charts/spice-killing-youtube-sales/229080/
  • 36. Customer Service 36
  • 37. Customer Service https://twitter.com/esbarr_ 37
  • 38. Customer Service https://twitter.com/esbarr_/status/261075213196865536 38
  • 39. Customer Service https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/261118254657966080 39
  • 40. Customer Service https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch 40Seems to be genuinely Murdoch tweeting
  • 41. Customer Service https://twitter.com/esbarr_/status/261126984225153024 41
  • 42. Customer Service https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/261178665386270720 42Obviously this doesn’t scale but...
  • 43. Customer Service http://www.bge.com/ 43
  • 44. Customer Service https://twitter.com/mybge 44
  • 45. Customer Service https://twitter.com/MyBGE/status/264406364514828290 45Gives ppl ETR’s via TwitterNot new, was doing this last yr in response to Irene as well
  • 46. Customer Service https://www.facebook.com/myBGE 46>10,600 likes - also v interactive
  • 47. Customer Service http://www.flickr.com/photos/mybge/8159451822/ 47Over 300 photos tagged “Hurricane Sandy”
  • 48. Customer Service http://www.youtube.com/BALTIMOREGASELECTRIC 48
  • 49. Customer Service http://www.linkedin.com/company/5115?trk=null 49Pull their SM resources together nicely here
  • 50. Customer Service http://www.zdnet.com/twitter-vs-icelandic-ash-cloud-how-one-airline-transformed-its-use-of-social-media-3040154420/ 50Call centres swamped120 people in shifts for 7 days on FB & TwitterNow has 23 strong social media dept“customer service agents in the social media dept are 75% more productive than those in call centres”
  • 51. Customer ServiceFor the 27 airlines in the Star Alliance, nearly one-third ofcustomer feedback now comes from social media. Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Star Alliance Services http://www.zdnet.com/twitter-vs-icelandic-ash-cloud-how-one-airline-transformed-its-use-of-social-media-3040154420/ 51
  • 52. Customer Service https://twitter.com/Iberia_en/status/262979795405647872 52
  • 53. Customer Service http://scn.sap.com/welcome 53Early 2000’s SAP had 170,000 customers - support needs, esp for new products were becoming unmanageable
  • 54. Customer ServiceTo make it work... would be 90% us and 10% them atfirst. But we knew if we did that, it would eventually be10% us and 90% them. Mark Finnern, Chief Community Evangelist, SAP SCN 54
  • 55. Customer Service http://scn.sap.com/welcome 55More than 100,000 joined in first 2 yrsNow over 2.5m usersSAP: SCN improves customer retention, creates efficiency and drives top line growth and revenue
  • 56. Inside the firewall 56
  • 57. Retention Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephanridgway/4110712532/ 57David Legge - Fortis BC - guy walking out of interview
  • 58. Retention 58Twitter as news/info gathering medium
  • 59. Retention http://www.flickr.com/photos/traftery/5467650475/ 59For millennial’s - blocking SM is like putting a rotary dial phone on their desk with a lock on the dial
  • 60. Retention Twitter is a primary source to gather information about changes in my industry. It helps the organization stay current with the latest trends and thinking. Casey Coleman, CIO of the U.S. General Services Administration http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2012/07/26/social-media-for-the-innovative-cio/ 60Don’t take my word for it
  • 61. Collaboration 61
  • 62. Collaboration Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/dabhaid/314923760/ 62Social media can be powerful way to share info within orgsAnd stop co losing info when ppl leave
  • 63. Collaboration 63IBM internal blogsTag clouds - recommendations, similar blogsIBM has 20k internal blogs - running blog program 9 yrs
  • 64. Collaboration 64IBM internal blogs - going strong for years now - internal social network - knowledge sharing - self-promotion tool
  • 65. Collaboration https://www.chatter.com 65
  • 66. Collaboration http://www.huddle.com 66Cloud-based SharePoint alternative
  • 67. Collaboration http://www.successfactors.com/business-execution-software/jam/jamoverview/ 67SAP’s new Jam offering
  • 68. Collaboration http://www.successfactors.com/business-execution-software/jam/jamoverview/ 68Onboardingability to join groups
  • 69. Collaborationhttp://www.successfactors.com/business-execution-software/jam/jamoverview/ 69
  • 70. Collaborationhttp://www.successfactors.com/business-execution-software/jam/jamoverview/ 70
  • 71. Collaboration https://docs.google.com/ 712 ppl working on a spreadsheet remotelyIn a browserAnd chatting
  • 72. Big Data & Analytics 72No enterprise talk is complete without discussing big data & analytics!
  • 73. Big data! http://www.iabuk.net/news/iab-engage-2012-morning-session-review 73Twitter - half a billion tweets per day
  • 74. Big Data! http://gigaom.com/data/facebook-is-collecting-your-data-500-terabytes-a-day/ 742.5 billion content items per day!More interesting stats on the page - was getting too bulletpointy,
  • 75. AnalyticsTheres no such thing as information overload - only filterfailure. Clay Shirky, Prof NYU, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2012/07/26/social-media-for-the-innovative-cio/ 75
  • 76. Analytics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InrOvEE2v38 76Gatorade’s Social Media command centre - Mission Control
  • 77. Analytics http://readwrite.com/2011/07/21/how-dell-really-listens-to-its 7770 employees monitoring and dealing with social media11 languages25,000 social media events for the company each day
  • 78. Analytics http://www.informationweek.com/government/information-management/inside-red-cross-social-media-command-ce/232602698 78Dell contributed funding and tech for this
  • 79. Analytics http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/jan/12/haiti-twitter-tracked-cholera-outbreak 79Twitter is faster than, and as accurate as, the official records at detecting the start and early progress of the epidemicAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine
  • 80. Analytics http://phys.org/news/2012-10-social-media-auto-vehicle-defects.html 80researchers at Virginia Tech developed system that provides auto manufacturers an efficient way to discover andclassify vehicle defectscan be used to discover vehicle defects from social media posts across multiple car brands
  • 81. Analytics 81GE - Grid IQ Insight
  • 82. Analytics 82GE - Grid IQ InsightIf someone posts a pic - then utility knows exactly what equipment to send in truck roll
  • 83. Analytics 83GE - Grid IQ InsightIf someone posts a pic - then utility knows exactly what equipment to send in truck roll
  • 84. Energy Management 84
  • 85. Energy Management http://www.oracle.com/us/industries/utilities/turning-information-power-195649.pdf 85
  • 86. Energy Management http://www.meregio.de/en/index.php?page=index 86Minimum Emission Region - MeRegio - Baden-WürttembergResearch project involving SAP Research & 5 partners
  • 87. Energy Management http://www.flickr.com/photos/collinanderson/2696845391/ 87MTKD metric - mean time to kitchen drawer
  • 88. Energy Management SAP Smart Meter Analytics 88SAP Smart Meter AnalyticsCentrica demo at Sapphire - largest SAP customer! - 18m residential customers! - 1m businessGoing from 75 million meter reads per annum to 120 billion meter reads a year
  • 89. Energy Management SAP Smart Meter Analytics 89Posts to your Facebook wall
  • 90. Energy Management http://foursquare.com 90Gamification - behaviour change
  • 91. Energy Management 91
  • 92. Energy Management What-if Energy apps had: •Ability to share to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc •Leaderboards? •Achievement badges? •Targets and scores? 92With increased information and ‘fun factor’ - people become more engaged -> the MTKD is prolonged
  • 93. Conclusion 93
  • 94. Conclusion Social 94Overlay social on issues like these...
  • 95. Conclusion 95and your org can be the sexy utility on the block.
  • 96. ConclusionAs well as business advantages, social can make utilities sexy once more! 96
  • 97. Thanks! Contact information: Tom RafteryPrincipal Analyst, Energy & Sustainability, RedMonk Tom@redmonk.com, GreenMonk.net, Twitter.com/tomraftery +34 677 695 468 97