As many enterprise companies today begin to demonstrate “social business” behaviors, they will start experiencing various levels of culture change with the people of the organization, process and technology. The following are 15 indicators of social business transformation. It’s important to realize that while some of these behaviors are dependent on each other, they are mutually exclusive and not necessarily in chronological order.
1. Organizational leadership begins to mandate that internal teams collaborate across functional business units, geographies, product organizations and channel partners
2. CEO and/or executive teams use social technologies to communicate externally and encourage employees to do the same
3. Social Media “Center of Excellence” teams evolve from just “committees” and become a reporting part of the organization
4. Global/functional teams share best practices frequently; organizational silos become nonexistent
5. Social behaviors become engrained in the everyday fabric of employees’ workflow and process
6. Social business becomes a consistent line item in marketing, operations and IT budgets
7. Human Resources adds “social media” in job descriptions and employees are held accountable to engage externally
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8. Governance models are created, published and shared across the organization i.e., process for new employees to be trained to be social media practitioners, escalation models
9. Social Media Policies and guidelines are co-created by senior management and employees
10. A consistent social media measurement framework is agreed upon and used to measure both internal and external social initiatives
11. Workflows are created that collect external customer feedback and filtered back to the product organizations
12. Internal communities and collaboration systems are deployed and being used across functional business units — sales, marketing, customer support, supply chain management
13. Collaboration is happening more within internal communities than in email
14. Social CRM capabilities, applications and systems become a priority in management and deployment
15. IT loosens up firewall restrictions (bandwidth, IP blocking) of social media usage from behind the firewall
Start Assessing Your Own Organization
Every company is different and will experience this change in different ways and at different times. These indicators will help business leaders assess their own organizations and start thinking about humanizing their operations in order to more effectively engage with the social customer.
Editor's Note: You may also be interested in reading:
- 3 Quick Tips for Using Google+ for Business
- 4 Best Practices for Transitioning from Social Media to Social Business
- An Overview of the Social Customer
About the Author
Michael Brito is a Vice President of Social Media at Edelman Digital. All thoughts and opinions on this blog are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of his employer or clients; neither past or present. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or subscribe to this blog.