New Research: Social Media Education — How Companies Reduce Social Media Risk and Activate Employee Advocacy for Scale

Last year, we asked companies about their top social strategy priorities. The second top response was “Developing Internal Education and Training.” Yet, when we surveyed companies earlier this year, we saw that only 38% had any education program in place, beyond ad hoc efforts. Over the past few quarters, we identified a number of large companies that have developed social media education for their employees, to learn why and how. We interviewed companies as diverse as ARAMARK, Kaiser … [Read more...]

Social Data Market Momentum: It’s not about the firehose

In the past year, social data has continued to wend its way into organizations of all types, from large enterprise to small business to media and entertainment and the public sector. We've seen use cases far past marketing into product and service quality, entertainment programming, customer service, fraud detection and a host of other examples. Yet the idea of social data as an asset that requires real enterprise rigor--quality control, curation and integration with other data sources----is … [Read more...]

New Slides and Data: The State of Social Business 2013

Last month, we published our report, The State of Social Business 2013, based on data and analysis from four years of Altimeter’s annual digital strategists’ survey. Today, we’re happy to release the data charts from that report, in a downloadable, easy to share PowerPoint presentation that you can take and inject in your own presentations. Also included are two new data charts, shared in this presentation for the first time (See slides 4 and 21). To recap, we found that as enterprises … [Read more...]

Benchmark Your Social Business Program: Research on “The State of Social Business 2013″

Each year, Altimeter surveys social strategists and executives, and shares our findings and analysis in Open Research reports. In our most recent report, we looked at our survey findings from the last four years, 2010 to 2013, to share our analysis of the state of social business. Overall, we found that investment in headcount and infrastructure have steadily grown, as companies reach "intermediate" stages of social business. Top findings include: Most organizations are “intermediate,” … [Read more...]

Holistic Gamification: Applying Social Dynamics to Solve Problems Across the Enterprise

The concept of using game mechanics to achieve desired outcomes may not be new, but to many brands, the use of gamification across the enterprise to drive business value is gaining speed. In our latest research, Altimeter has found that gamification is quickly evolving to become an important component in many organizations’ internal and external strategic plans for growth. Fifty-five percent of digital strategists surveyed are already investing in gamification, or are planning to invest in the … [Read more...]

New Research: “Defining and Mapping the Native Advertising Landscape”

Not since the legislative debate over spam back in the early part of the millennium has a digital marketing term been so riddled by obfuscation and misunderstanding as native advertising. A quick search of the term on Google returns an impressive 219 million results, yet to date there’s been no real definition of what marketers, publishers, agencies, social media platforms, or any other players in the digital ecosystem mean when they bandy it about. With so much discussion centered around … [Read more...]

It’s Time To Get Smart About Social Data Intelligence

by Susan Etlinger I spend a lot of time reading and thinking about social data: what it is, what it isn't, how to measure it, where it's going. But even the best strategy for collecting, analyzing and interpreting social data is just a set of pretty charts unless it is connected in a meaningful way to business objectives and, as importantly, actual business data. In the past year, we've seen social media proliferate throughout the organization. The average enterprise-class company has 178 … [Read more...]

New Research: Organize for Content

More than a handful of brands publish more content now than a major media property such as Time Magazine did 25 years ago. Despite the overwhelming and ever-increasing trend toward content marketing, and the need to continually feed an ever-increasing portfolio of content channels and formats, most organizations haven’t yet addressed content on either a strategic or tactical level. It’s high time they did, and hopefully my new research report, Organizing for Content, will help. It provides … [Read more...]

Social Business vs. Social Media: Take Altimeter’s 2012 Survey

Social business success measures

Businesses may be seen as having a “successful” social strategy by virtue of citations in case studies and speaking at conferences. But, by far, the best metric of success is concrete examples of how the organization creates business value via social technologies across multiple departments and dimensions of their business. In our upcoming research report, we will take a closer look at successful social business strategies that are clearly aligned with strategic business goals AND have … [Read more...]

New Research: Building A Foundation For Mobile

One of the major themes in our research this year is Adaptive Organization. As we think about what makes organizations adaptive, it's not just the tools and services that they embrace but also their ability to adapt to change to stay in touch internally and to reach customers and prospects proactively. A key ingredient to making companies more adaptive is the use of mobile technology, but many organization are not yet in a position to truly capitalize on mobile due to their lack of proper … [Read more...]