Andy on Twitter

  • Trying to setup any product is enough to send anyone into the depths of despair. So bad. Why can’t everyone just use @google,
  • Hey, anyone got line of sight to a great contract or semi perm proposal writer in the US?,
  • Huge congrats to the Four Pillars gang. Amazing brand building and products are brilliant. Way to go. Beer giant Li… ,
  • And it so so hard for so many small businesses - tax policies and particular are just crazy ,
  • Whoever voted for this guy, please don’t do it again. Clearly has neither the intellect or sensitivity to lead. Ra… ,
  • Makes me physically sick reading this. Thoughts are with all Kiwis and all of you in Christchurch. Just horrific. ,
  • Great suggestions here... How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You by ,
  • This is a delicious gin from Four Pillars. Up there with the Manly Seasider Gin ,
  • Love the idea of the cool seats but based on the rest of the concept they haven’t flown international cargo class m… ,
  • Going to cancel my SMH subscription. How any credible newspaper could peddle this crap is beyond me. Staggering. ,
  • Love the positive energy of the NZ commentators on what has to be one of the worst displays of rugby by any… ,
  • So A2 milk invests 75% more in marketing and reaps massive results. Great to see a brand with the courage to bet o… ,
  • The hunt for the fish pirates who exploit the sea ... great read ,
  • Execsplaining the McSweeny’s “Business Words” – : The Next Generation ,
  • I see the highlanders are still sporting their awful hi-vis safety vest uniforms.,
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Is Social Media Monitoring Snake Oil?

No. No. And no again.

We couldn’t live without it. Skipping aside all the communications necessities – like, how can you participate in the conversation if you aren’t aware of it? There are vital business requirements.

Take customer service and support. Without the monitoring, how would our customer service and support teams understand where a customer is troubled or in need? The assumption they are going to phone is flawed in a world where they are recording their lifestream in minutes if not seconds.

If the statement is: “some of the technology that is used for social media monitoring is snake oil”, then there might be an element of truth to that. We use a range of providers – ranging from high-end apps through Google. In between sit hundreds of folks looking to hitch their wagon to social media.

One critical delineator is “monitoring” vs. “measurement”. Big difference. We monitor the stream surrounding Dell and our brands. We also seek to measure the impact of our programs and activity. Those without monitoring will loose competitive advantage as much as they loose insight. Those without measurement run the risk of misguided strategy and lack of business relevance.

Thanks to Ed for the tweet

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  1. By Myrna on September 16th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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