Jumping into the conversation? Great, now can you sustain it?

Conversation among customers has grown online and marketers realize they need to be part of it.  That’s great, but one thing bugs me — why aren’t more people talking about engaging in a way that can be sustained?

I’m not seeing enough conversations on making sure the efforts are sustainable. There’s a post from Sean O’Driscoll called Nuggets form Social Media workshops where he talks about participating in the conversation (section #8). It’s the best advice I’ve heard so far:

Take the time to step back and do the analysis work to understand where the conversations are taking place, how do you categorize them, who are the influencers, what should the internal accountability model be for taking action, ensure you are trained/ready to participate, determine what are you trying to accomplish and how will you sustain the participation.  Nothing like deeply listening before you start talking to help ensure what you are doing is “joining the community.”  (“Nuggets from Social Media workshops as of late” by Sean O’Driscoll)

Sean is absolutely right. Of course you want to engage in the conversation, but you need to do it in a way that gives you the greatest impact and you can sustain.

I don’t know about you, but for me there is nothing worse than a company jumping into the conversation, then suddenly disappearing.  Customers will read into it — and their first reaction won’t be “it’s a shame company x doesn’t have enough people able to participate in this great conversation.”

I’d love to continue this discussion with more specific examples you’ve seen (good or bad).  Please share in the comments.

-k

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4 Responses to Jumping into the conversation? Great, now can you sustain it?

  1. Mike Pifalo says:

    Good post Kevin. We know the history of a company suddenly ‘getting the [social] religion’ and trying to show that they are involved with their customers…and having the narrow driven vision flow from a single source. Then within days that person moves on and the very big public impression is that the company abandoned them.

    The best interaction via the web is doing the simplest you can do, consistently. You don’t need to be perfect, but you need to be there. Because if your customers believe that they may have your ear they will be more likely to bring the conversation to you than they would be to have the conversation behind your back.

    And knowing what’s being said about you is survival.

  2. Mike Pifalo says:

    Good post Kevin. We know the history of a company suddenly ‘getting the [social] religion’ and trying to show that they are involved with their customers…and having the narrow driven vision flow from a single source. Then within days that person moves on and the very big public impression is that the company abandoned them.

    The best interaction via the web is doing the simplest you can do, consistently. You don’t need to be perfect, but you need to be there. Because if your customers believe that they may have your ear they will be more likely to bring the conversation to you than they would be to have the conversation behind your back.

    And knowing what’s being said about you is survival.

  3. l2 adena says:

    Congratulations Kevin! You should consider a where-are-they-now type follow up.

  4. l2 adena says:

    Congratulations Kevin! You should consider a where-are-they-now type follow up.

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