Not on board with Social Media yet? You snooze you lose.

It’s pretty much official at this point that social media is making a huge impact on businesses small and large. More than half of small businesses in Canada now use social media, a 42% increase from last year. Major think-tanks across North America are predicting big impacts for companies leading to billions and trillions more dollars added to the economy as a result of productivity gained through social media. The challenges for so many businesses will be understanding how to get on board, as managers have to adapt to nonhierarchical cultures, where data and company knowledge are exposed and shared widely, not controlled and protected.

If all this makes your head spin, check out this recent article from Financial Post that nicely summarizes the latest impacts and potential future universe for businesses. Be sure to follow the links to articles referenced within the article for specifics.

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Do we care about poverty as much as celebrities?

Fantastic campaign by Woodgreen Community Services that ask us to imagine what it would be like if we cared as much about poverty as we do about celebrities. The message is that single moms and others struggling with poverty need our attention so much more and Woodgreen asks us to #ChangeTheConversation. This is a great campaign that integrates video stories about some of their clients, a humorous video to get our attention, and subway posters that imitate celebrity gossip mags. Woodgreen chose a hashtag to highlight the campaign and they ask people to share the videos and magazine covers as well as sign a petition. One oversight I noticed was a missing link on the homepage to get to the petition. Otherwise, great work!

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Social Media Branding Critique

Thanks Gary Vaynerchuk for this great review of holiday advertising via social media and what works and what doesn’t when it comes to good branding through those channels. Some great examples and good info here. My Thanksgiving Content Critique | LinkedIn.