Social Business

It’s time to get rid of two LinkedIn myths

There are two observations – shared with me in all social leadership courses – that need to be addressed and then we need to move on. They are: LinkedIn is a recruitment platform, you only go there when you’re looking for a job. And You should only connect with people you already know on LinkedIn. …

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Personal branding requires grit, determination and never ever giving up

I had a great discussion with a fellow professional on personal branding yesterday and he said something magical to my ears – I’ve got a five-year window I’m working on towards building my personal brand to get where I want to be. And I thought finally. Finally, someone understands this. Personal branding is not a …

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Make your employees the stars of your show

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak at the recent Hootsuite executive breakfast in Singapore – “Advocacy & The Bottom Line – How to Make it Work” with Nishan Weerasinghe from IBM, Roger Graham from Hootsuite, and Roger Pua from LinkedIn. A lot of great content was covered by my fellow speakers, and …

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Content marketing is fundamentally about business transformation

If there is one thing I’m sure of, it’s this – we are having the wrong conversation about content marketing. Right now the conversation is too tactical. It’s too execution focused. It’s about content but it’s not about content marketing. Content marketing is about business transformation. It’s about putting the customer at the very heart …

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Why content marketing must own social media

A friend recently asked me if they should move social media ownership under the banner of content marketing at their company, and I said yes, absolutely! Why? Because the team that is always thinking in terms of the customer (or audience) are your best talent to position information within the context of customer interest. This …

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How HR leaders can drive content marketing and employee advocacy

I had a wonderful opportunity to speak at HRO Today Forum in Singapore recently. Thank you to my friend Wendy Tan for putting me forward. Very much appreciated. This is the first time I’ve talked about content marketing, social leadership and employee advocacy specifically to HR professionals, so it was a great exercise to hone …

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4 focus areas to ensure your LinkedIn company page isn’t a shambles

It’s been a big week for LinkedIn, and I am looking forward to greater things from this valuable platform following its acquisition by Microsoft. In the meantime, while I expect it to remain business as usual for the foreseeable future, I’d like to discuss a serious weakness I see every day that needs to be …

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Are you ignoring your greatest content creation resource today?

Every time I meet with a new company to talk about ramping up their content marketing efforts, the biggest challenge identified is being able to create enough content. So I ask about employees contributing content and if there is a process in place to welcome (and even reward) that? In 99 percent of cases, the …

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I’ve lost my job, help me with my LinkedIn profile?

I’m at the point where I could pay cash for a luxury dream holiday, anywhere in the world, if I was paid every time I got asked this question. Let’s talk straight. If you’ve lost your job and are only now thinking about your LinkedIn profile, you are completely missing the whole point of the …

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