Do Social Networks See Organizations as Customers?

Many of the social networks, in their haste to build volume with individual accounts have not really thought through the features and benefits available to organizations beyond offering them a pay to play avenue with advertising and/or the recruitment route.

Given that many of these networks need to start converting business, it seems a bit short-sighted, if not immature, to fail to address the point of view of organizations beyond clicks and numbers of followers. It makes it pretty hard to measure something when the metrics are lacking in the first place.

Sure, we have a ton of data — in many cases of useless or wrong data. If you followed the evolution of these services, it’s been URL links shortening companies, monitoring and analytic firms, Twitter clients, and overall companies outside the original network that have provided usefulness when it comes to tracking and correlation at first.

Many social media teams on the company side, although quite stretched, have compensated by creating their own ways of reading the information and integrating it with the organization’s overall marketing and communications metrics in their reporting.


108966 With the maturity of many social networks, we should be seeing a better fine tuning of what those networks offer individuals and organizations alike.

However, to an observer it seems that the plan was to enroll oodles of people to put their stuff there and charge advertising money to companies in exchange for eyeballs.

You can see from this chart here that many organizations are maintaining company-related accounts or profiles on social media sites.

Someone has to pay for the data center hosting all the information — and to keep the lights on — right? Looks like that role was intended for organizations. Leer más “Do Social Networks See Organizations as Customers?”

Chart Compares the Characteristics of Tech Fanboys


The editors at PCWorld and MacWorld have created an entertaining field guide that compares the common characteristics of tech fanboys or people, who are like blind devotees of some brand or a product.

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The expectations of one social buyer…

I can’t say enough good things about the stuff I bought from eBags, the initial buying process online and the flawless fulfillment, but I definitely have a little bit of an issue with how many emails they have sent me in the last month or so. [Más…] My inbox is typically “chock full” of spam and typically I just prefer to just delete/add to blocked senders list – it’s quicker. That being said, I’m not sure why the barrage of emails from eBags stand out, but they have and I’ve actually had conversations with some of their other customers who are a little put off on this as well. Incidentally, these folks have received the exact same emails I did.


I can’t say enough good things about the stuff I bought from eBags, the initial buying process online and the flawless fulfillment, but I definitely have a little bit of an issue with how many emails they have sent me in the last month or so.  Leer más “The expectations of one social buyer…”