Why social media agencies can’t help you
Every brand needs to find a way to enter the social media space. Planning and listening is extremely important before jumping in both feet. Understanding the tools is critical although having a clear strategy comes first.
An agency can help guide you in the process and bring you up to speed on the technology. Yet, every organization needs to make a commitment to their social media presence. Unless you create your relationships, craft your relevant message and respond timely to critical questions online, people are not going to trust you. I wrote a post on the Sm@rt blog about relevance of message and the value of relationships. You can check it out the Sm@rt social media for business website. An agency can help you establish your plan, explain the tools and how to use them, set up your platform correctly and guide you through the process. An agency cannot and should not act on your behalf as the voice of your company. You will lose the trust of your customers very fast. Today, trust between customers and your brand is worth more than gold.
You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink it. Dedicate the resources and commit to spending the time online in-house. Otherwise, you won’t have a dialogue with your customers but a monologue, you won’t have a social media presence but a marketing campaign. The choice is yours.
I’m sure there are great agencies out there right now crafting super creative, viral and trustworthy campaigns. I think that’s great. But you also need to dedicate the time to build real relationships, talk to your customers and respond to their inquires. Let’s stop talking campaigns and start talking relationships. It’s the future of real honest marketing.
Your turn? Have you seen a well executed social media strategy by an agency? Which one?Photo credit: Flickr. Damien Basile. A Creative Commons license.