Your constituants not only have the technology, but the desire to express themselves instantly and publicly. And they expect you to respond – or at least be listening.
But just having a Facebook Page or Twitter account does not allow you to fully become the social organization they expect.
- You need social media policies – That encourages the right people to become spokespeople, and not just minimize risk. That supports your messaging by empowering individual voices.
- You need social systems – That allows staff to share and learn from each other. That allows teams to quickly share information.
- You need a social culture – That values and recognizes the contribution of teams. That values the entire life of each team member and integrate personal passions and work. Culture drives the first two items.
In short, social media has dramatically changed the environment your organization lives. Appearing to change with it is not the same as actually changing.