Retro TV – Bring back my childhood

Is it me or is the choice of tv, even with over one hundred channels rather poor? I seem to be using the remote to flick through channels more than I use to. Repeats after repeats. Oh and the adds are getting longer to – five minutes of NoNo hair removal – seriously, I doubt after flicking over during that add break I will come back to the program so do they impact viewing statics?

Where are all the good programs from years back. Rentaghost, Manimal, Pigeon Street, The Clangers and lets not forget the Bannana Splits. There are so many more aren’t there. What was your favorite?

Where are they now, thats what I would like to know. Is there not a production company that could air these. Perhaps a retro channel, double the audience of not only the oldies but the young’uns too?

Category: Other Stuff

Not when… but how to do social business

The data is clear: social business propels results. Fifty seven percent of companies who invest in social business outperform their peers. They see real business value, whether it’s a 25% increase in business or a 20% drop in the time it takes to manage projects.

Social business is no longer “nice to do,” it’s a necessity to survive today’s volatile business climate. According to Forrester Research, spending on social business software is expected to grow at a rate of 61 percent through 2016.

So what does a social business look like?

A social business isn’t just a company that has a Facebook page and a Twitter handle. A social business is one that embraces and cultivates a spirit of collaboration and community throughout its organization—both internally and externally.

There are three distinct characteristics of a social business:

  • Engaged—deeply connecting people, including customers, employees, and partners, to be involved in productive, efficient ways.
  • Transparent—removing boundaries to information, experts and assets, helping people align every action to drive business results.
  • Nimble—speeding up business with information and insight to anticipate and address evolving opportunities.

Social Business is about moving beyond the social media tools you’re currently familiar with to unlock the potential of the people and gain a competitive advantage. Today, by combining social networking tools—internally and externally—with sophisticated analytic capabilities, companies are transforming their business processes, building stronger relationships among their employees, customers and business partners and making better decisions, faster. This is what makes a social business—embracing networks of people to create new business value and opportunities.

What other charateristics do you think there are for a social business?

Category: Social Business

Should You Let Your Employees Work From Home?

Today, many companies offer their employees the option to work from home, even if they live relatively close to the office.   But common sense tells us that for some employees, this may not be the best option. This decision tree created with Mindflash, will help you decide if you should let your employees work remotely, or if they should be required to work in-house.

Let me know which route you chose.

Why You Should Not Auto-Post Your Tweets to LinkedIn

When I am presenting to teams about the use of LinkedIn one question that always gets asked is “How do i sync my Twitter account with LinkedIn?”.  So I thought I would write a quick post.

If you are not familiar with this option on LinkedIn, it basically allows you to connect LinkedIn to your Twitter feed and then automatically post all of your tweets to LinkedIn as updates.

Here is what it looks like when you send a tweet to LinkedIn…

You’ll notice that next to the name it says “via Twitter”. If you scan through your updates, you will probably see quite a few of these auto-posted tweets.

Like many things in social media, there are no steadfast laws or rules about what you can and can’t do in situations like this, only opinions and best practices. That said, I personally don’t think people should auto-post tweets to LinkedIn and here are 3 reasons why:

Frequency
The number of times most people tweet on a daily basis are far greater the number of times most experts say you should post updates on LinkedIn. The recommended frequency for tweeting is about 5-10 times per day according to some experts, while many LinkedIn Gurus agree that you should post updates no more than 1-2 times per day.

If I wanted to sift through 1000s of tweets per day from my connections, I would follow them on Twitter and do it there. I want my LinkedIn update stream to be clean and uncluttered so I can interact with my connections on a more personal level, which is why I generally will hide updates from my LinkedIn connections if they are auto-posting more than a few tweets a day.

Etiquette
The etiquette and terminology on the two platforms are completely different. Many people on LinkedIn don’t know what a hashtag is or what RT means. They aren’t familiar with #followfriday or #musicmonday. They could be confused when they see me referred to as @social_ben instead of my full name.

Twitter has a language of its own and doesn’t always translate very well for non-twitter users, which make up a majority of LinkedIn’s demographic. Heck, I’ve been on Twitter for 3 years and I still don’t understand what some peoples’ tweets say.

Shareability
This is my #1 reason not to auto-post tweets to LinkedIn.

Why would I want to Favorite, Retweet or Reply to your LinkedIn update on Twitter? Many auto-tweets I see have good content, usually an article or quote that I WOULD like to share with my LinkedIn connections… but I can’t because they are tweets, not direct updates.

A Few Alternatives

It only takes a few extra seconds to jump on LinkedIn and post an update directly. I suggest you pick 1 or 2 of your best tweets each day, remove all the # and @ twitter references and update your LinkedIn profile like it was meant to be updated, directly from LinkedIn’s homepage.

You could also use a Social Media Management Tool like Hootsuite to send updates to both Twitter and LinkedIn at the same time. Just remember that your update is going to LinkedIn as well so try to limit the tweet-speak.

If you just can’t live without tweeting to LinkedIn, you could at least change your setting so that only tweets that include #in or #li will be shown in your LinkedIn updates. I’ll make it VERY easy for you to do this… just click here to go directly to your Twitter settings in LinkedIn and check the box that says “Share only tweets that contain #in (#li also works) in your LinkedIn status.”

Do you agree with me? Can you think of other reasons why you should not (or should) auto-post tweets to LinkedIn?

 

The Future of the Shop Window

The ‘Future of the Shop Window’ is a brand new area for the In-Store Show 2012, designed and delivered by Collaboration Matters and powered by IBM.

 

 

I first saw this concept at the UCExpo some months ago. To be honest it was one of the best interactive stands I had seen in a long time. If they wanted to push people out of the corporate comfort zone, they did just that. Collaboration Matters took a spin on the famous Nighthawks at the Diner by Edward Hopper

The audience where able to participate and influence changes in the actors next moves by tweeting certain hash tags on the day. Whilst also taking part in Social Business conversations that where posed by the audience and Collaboration Matters.

 

 

Collaboration Matters & IBM will be bring this concept to the Inspiration In-Store Marketing event, on the 27th-28th June, with a whole new design around the shop window. Instead of mannequins in the window there are real people! Watch as the shop window becomes an interactive catwalk.  What’s more you can shape the action that takes place behind the window through the power of Twitter.

 

This will be a great event with a great line up. Check it out here and register.  I hope to see you ther.