Andy on Twitter

  • The wall of advertising on Facebook is getting ridiculous. On mobile every third thumb stroke yields another nearl… ,
  • If never ceases to amaze me the inane crap people will suggest marketing is about. What BS. Seth is better than th… ,
  • That could be it. Yikes. ,
  • Sad to see Rapha close in Sydney. They’ll loose the community and fans. And all that ransom shopping. That’s the i… ,
  • For all those upset that RL positions itself as a US company with NZ roots, this is why. Access to massive amounts… ,
  • Getting served ads -like that promoting the Apple App Store - and reconciling that with digital marketing’s claims… ,
  • When Mark says this I don’t think he is blaming anyone, just speaking the truth. “The biggest lesson from this year… ,
  • Another year. Another brilliant Ad. They've got some magic going here... ,
  • Spot on commentary about how marketers are missing a trick in owning and defining customer experience. Also like hi… ,
  • Be careful peeps. Just got hit by very professional scammers and very aggressive originating from 0390187136. Pret… ,
  • Why focus on millennials ? Why not focus on the underlying structural change and that TV is still fundamentally on… ,
  • Ummmm... No, not really. I love the work does but as an always recovering smoker, I can tell you the addic… ,
  • Am amazed at how ineffective retargetting is. Integration with CRM is critical if companies are to stop serving ads… ,
  • good for for pulling out of the premium/express lane at AKL airport. It's had the desired effect and order… ,
  • More Millenial myths exposed ,
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One of these Business Leaders is Not Like Another

Forbes highlights Marc Andreessen as using Twitter the way it was intended. Like a human. And they are right – not just in that Mark is using Twitter well, but that he is using it the right way.

Andreessen is exactly the kind of person who could be excused for not using Twitter like a human. Inhumanly busy? Check. Prominent enough that they could cause a media firestorm with a wrong choice of words? Check. Powerful enough that a tweet could derail multizillion-dollar deals? Check.

And yet, he’s using Twitter the way you wish every person who gets invited to Davos would. He doesn’t just tweet humorous utterances and replies every once in a while. He goes on epic rants (most recently on the NSA). He tells stories. He entertains replies and is seemingly willing to banter with anyone who’s got anything smart to say. He even, o feat of social media savvy, uses the “favorite” option as a way to “like” tweets, which has become all the rage of late.

But it is going to take more that just the business leader changing for others to benefit from this advice. 

First, context is everything. Say you are the CEO of a bank – your business context is very different from that of a Silicon Valley super star. Would you be able to behave in the same way? Simply put, no.

Second, communication needs to be a priorty. Mark has clearly prioritized communicating. Most business leaders don’t. Except through facile emails and videos cooked up by comms teams that would be, for the most part, better off getting out of the way.

Third, Mark’s brand is Mark. Most business leaders struggle with this. Are they the brand – or is the company the brand. In this new world of zero intermediaries I argue it has never been more important for Executives to build their own brands and communicate authentically. Most wont because communicating isnt a priority for them – they favor opacity over transparency (see 2) and if they did, their business context might not allow for it.

Either way, I hope Mark continues what he is doing.

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