I think the IIA Social Media Working Group which has just been formed has come out just in the nick of time. “Social media” is the new hot thing (despite being around for a few years) and just like in every gold rush you get the devious, duplicitous, defrauding, dodgy types who will tell you and sell you any lie they can in order to remove you from your money, “social media” already seems to have the scammer types in this new field. This probably won’t be the main remit but I do think this group will stop SMEs and larger companies from being ripped off and conned just by existing. Thank the gods. Imagine if we had such a group when SEO and Search Marketing started off. Or blogging? Maybe less people would have gotten screwed on blog installs?
The lineup of people in the group is impressive too with a good deal of people (most in fact)
talking the talk walking the walk (edit: apologies, I meant walking!) and they are blogging, podcasting, twittering, facebooking and friendfeeding. This is exactly what’s needed. A group that’s already immersed.
Some of the folks on the Social Media Working Group are:
Krishna De, Bernie Goldbach, Niall Devine, Fred Herrera, Brendan Hughes, Gordon Jenkinson, Mike Kelly, Fintan Lonergan, Philip MacCartney, John McGuinness, Aisling McMahon, Kieran Murphy, Bartley O’Connor, Kieran O’Hea, Joy Redmond, Keith Shirley, and Roseanne Smith.
I’m sure the IIA will bring out their whitepapers in time but here’s a short list of things I’d suggest in order to spot the clueless “consultants” who are pitching to you:
- If people tell you creating a skinned mySpace profile or Bebo profile is social media “engagement”, don’t hire them.
- If they tell you stuff on social networks can’t be measured, don’t hire them.
- If they tell you to create a company “personality” as a profile on Facebook and add people to it then shoot them in the face. FB will crucify you for this.
- If their only suggestion about social networks is to buy banner ads, don’t hire them.
- If they tell you set your blog up on wordpress.com or blogger.com, don’t hire them and tell me where they live.
- If they tell you that you can buy links for your site, don’t hire them.
- If they tell you to ghostwrite your blog, don’t hire them.
That list could go on and on.
Anyway, three cheers for this IIA Working Group.