As more marketers use Social Media channels for engaging their customers and prospects, it is becoming obvious that they will have to take on additional responsibility for not only creation of content, but also facilitate sharing or distribution of content through Social Media channels such as YouTube. Some notable examples of this approach are:
- Johnson & Johnson (J&J) – Baby Center.com
- Procter & Gamble (P&G) – Home Made Simple
- Walmart’s Money Saving Tips on YouTube
- American Express Small Business Blog Network
- Geek Squad YouTube channel
- Charmin Enjoy the Go
This raises an important question: Should Marketers behave like Media companies when it comes to Social Media? If yes, what additional skills will be required by those in the marketing department for this new task. And what is the role of an “agency” in this new “set-up”?
In my opinion, marketers should take on additional responsibility of content creation with the help of agencies and professionals/SMEs in the area. Marketers should also provide necessary tools and platform for their customers to discuss about their brands, share content and exchange ideas. Agencies should use their expertise to help marketers connect with customers.
Listen to what Jonah Bloom, former Editor at Advertising Age, has to say on this subject:
What to you think? Should Marketers behave like Media companies when it comes to Social Media? Please share your views and opinion: