It's clear that when I've seen and spoke to companies there are, often they work in silos you know you've got marketing here and you've got PR, there you've got financeand then you've got production and so on, what are your thoughts on how that'sgoing to change? How companies should now integrate all these functions in termsof social media activity? What sort of things, what sort of steps should companies take in changing the way they work? So kindof going back a little bit to your previous question you know what other problemsare PR companies facing? Yeah, they've been managing conversations for the company for a long time but social media is not just aboutmanaging conversation, social media is a way of interacting with our staff, ofinteracting with our clients our suppliers, it's a way of empowering ourconsumers, it's about reviews, it's about communities, it's aboutthe processes you talk about and realistically can a PR company doall of that? Can we outsource a component to onecompany, or do we need to as a business recognizethat social media is just something that needs to go across the business.
And, yeah how do you address that? I think looking from a company point-of-view anyways.
I mean lot of my clients, a lot of thepeople that I work with are marketing people and I, you know, speak at marketing conferences, et cetera, and what tell them is that although social media has traditionally beenowned by marketing that can't remain to be the casegoing forward, you as a marketing person needs toempower the rest of your business to get behind this.
So rather than tryingto think of it as losing power or losing that ownership think of it as empowering yourbusiness and being a thought leader and being the ambassador and an enabler of social media as opposedto someone guarding or trying to protect your interest.
So, for example, initiating somesort of Centre for Excellence or some sort ofwork group that pulls in not just marketing resources headed up by yourself, but also peoplethat represent customer service, people that represent product development, or HR even, youknow how can HR leverage social media? And help them to understand about bestpractices in different verticals and show them how you've been using Twitter so they can see how they can replicate that for their objectives within theirbusiness areas.
So back to your question social media definitely needs to filterthrough the entire organization, marketing has a good chance to bethe people kinda advocating that, orenabling that, and then again, how does, what relevancedoes a PR company have in that big scheme? I'm not so sure, I think PR isgood for managing maybe customer relationships but I don'tthink they can own and successfully manage that whole integrated, holistic view, of social media that like to see companies embracing going forward so.