question, the first step in launching a social media program for your business
is getting online and listening. You
will quickly discover that you can legitimately listen to millions of
conversations about every topic under the sun – well, the sun too. The
opportunities offered to businesses by social media make me feel the way Romeo
(the little black dog) feels when he goes to the dog park.
about that for a minute. No matter where he starts, Romeo can identify an
interesting scent to follow all over the park. Then he picks up another scent
and follows it. Along the way, he stops to meet new canines in the neighborhood
and to enjoy playing with old friends. He would be very happy there all day.
we can learn by just listening in on social media sites is amazing! For people
like us (the team at Little Black Dog Social Media), social media sites offer
endless entertainment and an infusion of insight into markets and ideas.
Without those insights, we would be far less effective at what we do.
of the insights and information we gather by listening include:
people are saying about
our clients’ businesses
our clients’ competitors (and ours)
our competitors are doing regarding
new product/service development
other companies handle
list could go on and on; but, you get the point. The wealth of information
available via social media is constantly amazing.
if social media offers the opportunity to listen to our customers and
prospects, as well as our competitors, why is listening played down by most
companies? Indeed, why is it typically treated as a secondary activity by some
of the leading social media companies and thought leaders?
to why social listening is overlooked by businesses, the answer seems simple:
it takes too much time. Few businesses – especially small businesses – can
afford to pay someone to monitor conversations on social media all day.
for the social media services community, we are dumbfounded by the number of
customer engagement charts and social media marketing charts, as well as the
articles and white papers that either ignore listening or seem to add it as an
afterthought. Many of these companies put listening last – after you engage the
instead, you turn those models around and spend time listening first, you know what people are saying.
You also know the tone of their conversations and the vocabulary they are
using. You have at least some insight into their needs and pains. How can you
engage people in a meaningful conversation without that basic insight? We don’t
think it is possible.
you have any curiosity about how Romeo (the Little Black Dog) feels at the dog
park – or how we feel about social listening – we encourage you to do some
listening, too. You might be surprised by what you will learn. If you are too
busy running your business, give us a call. We do the listening for our clients.
The Team at LBDSM