On the Case: Dell World: Q&A With Dell Social Networking Expert
LinkedIn has long let users follow companies, but Thursday the professional networking service is finally allowing the more than two million businesses with company pages to post status updates to their followers.
Company Status Updates will enable assigned administrators of company pages to post updates, up to 500 characters in length, to the “Overview” tab of their pages.
Phillips & Co.’s new proposition, called Blue Marble, offers a “space-accessible profile” for businesses, cities, schools — anyone who wants to raise their profile. In addition to catching the attention of the odd plane passing by, Phillips says in a statement that Google Earth has been downloaded 400 million times and “by integrating a readable code into the space-accessible profile, mobile users can access dynamic marketing programs, videos, digital coupons and other content while viewing the specific geographical location.” (Actually, Google announced on Wednesday that the app has been downloaded 1 billion times.)
Facebook unveiled a series of changes to users’ main profile pages with a new view, dubbed “The Timeline.” In addition, Facebook will now let people do actions beyond just “liking” something. Users, as expected, will be able to show they have read a particular book or seen a particular movie.
“Now is the heart of the Facebook experience, completely rethought from the ground up. We’re calling it ‘Timeline.’ Timeline is the story of your life: all your stories, all your apps, and a new way to express who you are.”
“Now, the crux of my presentation– and of all the research that I really do is to take aim at what I call unicorns and rainbows advice. So I to a lot of social media marketing conferences, read a lot of social media marketing books and blogs. And I hear a lot of advice that is, well, for lack of a better word, it’s unicorns and rainbows.
It’s stuff like engage in the conversation, and love your followers, and have a personality. And it’s stuff that’s kind of hard to disagree with. Because I’m not going to get on the webinar and tell you to punch your customers in the face or anything. But it’s generally not based on anything more substantial than what sounds right, what feels right, what’s truthy. And as we know from the history of the medical world, sometimes those things, those superstitions, those myths, like blood-letting or magic tonics actually do more harm than they do good.”