How are businesses using social tools and techniques in the market today? In the following interview, Doug Palmer, Deloitte Digital Social Lead, shares his perspective on the recent study by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte on social business. He also includes thoughts on how companies can benefit from the findings.
Doug Palmer: There has been a rapid adoption of technology-based social networking that has been transforming social norms and politics around the world for the past decade. Our clients were starting to ask more questions about how it may affect their business, and the interest was across multiple industries. By teaming with MIT Sloan Management Review, we were able to look both across industries as well as at what was happening in the C-suite. How was the CEO engaged? How was the CIO playing a major role? What were the roles of CMOs and CFOs going to be?
DP: I think one of the findings that jumped out is that the importance of social business is mounting. When compared to last year’s study, twice as many respondents categorized social as important today, and what’s more—this was true across all industries we surveyed. None of the industries remained at the same level or reversed course.
DP: We found that companies are developing more mature social business capabilities by focusing on specific business challenges. Sixty-five percent of respondents are using social business tools to understand market shifts in areas like consumer preferences. And 45 percent turn to it to improve visibility into its own operations by enabling communications about issues in real-time to address immediate challenges and build knowledge over the long term. Still others are leveraging social to identify internal talent. We found that companies are developing more mature social business capabilities by focusing their efforts on these types of business challenges.
Find out more about the results of the survey in the social business report. For a little live action on this topic, Doug will speak about the research findings at the 2013 Social Media Strategies Summit, September 17-19, in Boston. Dig a discount? Use the code TDDEL20when you register.
Video: Doug Palmer on the value added through social marketing campaigns