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Facebook Era, The: Tapping Online Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2011
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-708512-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-708512-5

“Clara’s book is a fun read and can be useful to anyone who wants to learn more about this powerful new era we’re in of social business.”

Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos

NEW Best Practices and Techniques for Growing Your Business with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn! Completely Updated!

• Five new chapters: planning/metrics, customer service, and much more

• New and revamped case studies

• New guest contributions from world-class experts, such as Charlene Li

• New, instantly actionable “To Do” lists after every chapter

• New Facebook discussion threads and much more!

Whatever your business or organizational goals, this book will help you use social networking to achieve them. Renowned social networking innovator Clara Shih brings together powerful new insights, best practices, and easy-to-use “To Do” lists packed with proven solutions from real-world case studies.

Writing for entrepreneurs and business professionals across marketing, sales, service, product development, and recruiting, Shih demonstrates how to move from tactical, reactive use of social networks toward strategic, proactive approaches–and how to accurately measure success.

This edition adds extensive new coverage, including hands-on techniques for hypertargeting, engaging customers through Twitter and LinkedIn, leveraging changing social norms, and much more. You’ll also find more than three dozen guest contributions from world-class experts such as author Don Tapscott and Harvard Business School professor Mikolaj Piskorski, as well as a brand-new chapter on customer service and support, today’s fastest-growing area of business social networking.

Shih has even added new chapters focused on advice for small businesses, healthcare and education organizations, nonprofits, and political campaigns–making this the one indispensable social networking guide for every organization!

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Table of Contents

Foreword  xi

Acknowledgments  xiii

About the Author  xvi

Introduction  1

Part I Why Social Networking Matters for Business

1 The Fourth Revolution  11

Today’s Social Customer  14

Facebook Versus Twitter and LinkedIn  17

Why Facebook Won  20

Google Buzz  21

Private Social Networks  22

Social Network Platforms  23

A Promising New Era  29

2 The New Social Norms  31

Identity, Sharing, and Influence on the Social Web  31

The Importance of Being Customer-Centric  40

Transitive Trust  42

3 How Relationships and Social Capital Are Changing  45

What Is Social Capital?  46

New Modes of Communication on the Social Web  48

The Power of Weak Ties  50

Supplementing Offline Networking with Online Interactions  56

The Flattening Effect  58

Creating New Value from Network Effects  58

Part II Social Networking Across Your Organization

4 Sales in the Facebook Era  67

Transforming the Sales Cycle  69

Social CRM  85

5 Customer Service in the Facebook Era  91

Thinking Holistically About the Customer Experience  92

Five Steps to Successful Social Customer Service  95

Calculating Your Cost Savings  105

6 Marketing in the Facebook Era  109

The New Rules of Marketing  110

Hypertargeting  111

Social Distribution and Word-of-Mouth  118

Engagement Is King  126

Challenges and Limitations  131

7 Innovation and Collaboration in the Facebook Era  135

Concept Generation  136

Prototyping  145

Commercial Implementation  148

Continual Iteration  153

8 Recruiting in the Facebook Era  159

Which Social Network Is Best for Recruiting?  160

Sourcing and Screening Candidates  164

Candidate References  171

Employer and Recruiter Reputation  173

Keeping in Touch  174

Advice for Candidates  177

Be Aware of Employee Poaching  178

Part III Step-by-Step Guide to Social Networking for Business

9 How To: Develop Your Facebook Era Plan and Metrics  183

Listening First  183

Establishing the Business Objectives  184

Defining Your Metrics  187

Mobilizing the Team  190

Framing Your Strategy in Terms of the Customer  192

Getting Started on Facebook and Twitter  192

10 How To: Build and Manage Relationships on the Social Web  197

Personal Versus Professional Identity  197

Interacting on Facebook and Twitter  202

Networking on the Social Web  208

Connecting with New People  210

11 How To: Engage Customers with Facebook Pages and Twitter  215

Overview of Twitter and Facebook Pages  217

Setting Up Your Facebook Page  222

Getting (and Keeping) Fans  228

Advanced Best Practices  235

The Best of Twitter and Facebook Pages  244

12 How To: Advertise and Promote on the Social Web  251

Building Your LinkedIn DirectAds Campaign  252

Creating Your Facebook Ad Campaign  258

Which Attributes Should You Hypertarget On?  266

Selecting Your Ad Creative and Call to Action  267

Tying Back to Your Goals  268

Engagement Ads  270

Twitter’s Promoted Tweets  275

Part IV Social Networking Strategy

13 Advice for Small Business  279

1. Start Small  279

2. Consider Using Your Personal Profile Instead of a Facebook Page  281

3.Take Advantage of Location Targeting and Geolocation  282

4. Build Community  283

5. Build Your Sphere of Influence  284

6. Consider Ditching Your Web Site  285

7. Have a Personality  288

8. Do Some Networking  288

9. Be Smart About Your Time  289

10. Get Help  290

14 Advice for Nonprofits,Healthcare, Education, and Political Campaigns  293

Nonprofits  293

Healthcare  299

Education  302

Political Campaigns  306

15 Corporate Governance, Strategy, and Implementation  313

Social Media Culture  313

Social Media Policy and Processes  318

Social Systems and Technologies  327

16 The Future of Social Business  333

Social, Personalized, and Real Time  334

The ROI of the Social Web  335

Trends in the Social Web  335

Final Remarks  337

Index  339

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