In enterprise social media, the stakes can be high. (As can the number of stakeholders.)
Social media is now a critical marketing and communication tool for companies of all sizes. But managing enterprise social media isn’t the same as running social for a small business.
Like anywhere else, an enterprise’s social strategy must drive results that contribute to the organization’s overall goals. But in a larger company, you must also align with more people and policies than you would at a smaller company. You often have to juggle efficiency and compliance demands with driving real business results.
Let’s review how an enterprise social platform can help streamline teamwork and ensure you hit your business goals.
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7 elements to prioritize in enterprise social media management software
Want to execute your social strategy and manage everything efficiently? You need the right tools to standardize processes, protect your brand and save employees’ time.
Here are seven elements of the best enterprise social media solutions for large organizations.
1. Business priorities
In large companies, day-to-day social media management can feel far from conversations in the boardroom.
To use social media effectively, you need a solid social media strategy. And to create a solid social strategy, you need to understand what matters most to the success of the business right now.
What are the current business priorities at your company? What problems is the business trying to solve? If you know the answers to those questions, you can build SMART goals to guide your social efforts.
If you don’t know the answers, ask. A quick 15-minute meeting with the head of social marketing and the CMO can quickly align priorities.
2. Compliance and security
Organizations in regulated industries are well-versed in managing compliance requirements. But all enterprise-level organizations (and social team members) need to understand how advertising and consumer protection regulations affect their use of social media.
Compliance risks exist, but they can be managed if you have a plan and use the right social media tools to protect your brand.
If you’re on the social team and aren’t sure what your organization’s compliance policies are, touch base with the legal team. It’s better to ask questions than to put your company at risk with a seemingly harmless (but non-compliant) social post.
3. Crisis communications
Most large companies have to deal with a crisis at some point. (After all, 100% of all companies had to navigate a global pandemic not too long ago).
When it comes to crisis communications, your social channels are the fastest way to disseminate information. The real-time nature of social provides the agility to adapt quickly to changing conditions. But only if you have an appropriate plan and guidelines in place.
Make sure there’s a crisis communications plan in place — and that people know about it. Everyone who touches a company’s social media process should know the plan in case they need to act on it.
Your public social networks are also an easy channel for customers to interact directly with your team. This inevitably leads to comment sections and DMs being filled with feedback or queries — which, at times, may be negative.
Have a plan, so teams know how to respond and when to escalate. This is especially important if you have a dedicated customer service team for social. Your customer service team should be trained and prepared to manage all types of queries or responses.
You may also need to deal with a public relations crisis specific to your brand. Your company’s social platforms will play a role in brand messaging associated with a PR crisis. A crisis communication plan ensures you use social channels to make the situation better, not worse.
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Within the social team, it’s fine to get excited by victories tied to vanity metrics like likes and comments.
But stakeholders higher up in an enterprise organization need to see real business results. Otherwise, it’s hard for them to fully buy into your social strategy and grant the necessary approvals.
That’s why it’s important to communicate the impact of your social media efforts. An analytics tool can help you track the metrics your team has already determined are most important for your business.
Your social team should already be well-versed in the company’s social media compliance policies. But there still needs to be an approval process in place.
A clear process ensures that the social team isn’t publishing anything that isn’t compliant or secure. It also means that your pipeline of content ideas isn’t getting delayed by the legal team.
Choose an enterprise social software that helps establish an approval workflow. The process should make it easy for the social team to share content with legal to review on time.
6. Social listening
Staying on top of all direct or indirect brand mentions can be tricky if you’re covering multiple social channels. An enterprise social tool with social listening capabilities is key to staying tapped into online conversations.
Social listening helps you conduct audience research, sentiment analysis, and even competitor research.
It also goes hand in hand with crisis communications. Staying tapped into what people are saying on social media about your company or industry is essential for any enterprise.
Being aware of any negative feedback on your brand can help your team act quickly and respond as necessary.
7. Employee advocacy
Do you have an employee advocacy program at your company? An engaged workforce can share their positive experiences or promote company initiatives.
Employee advocacy is a great way to build brand trust. It will also boost your reputation among potential employees and customers alike.
But at a large enterprise, it can be challenging to keep tabs on everything your employees share without an advocacy program in place.
Whether your workforce is promoting a product launch or sharing a job posting, there needs to be a procedure in place. After you provide guidance on brand messaging and social sharing, use your enterprise social platform to track the ROI of employee advocacy initiatives.
6 top tools to include in your enterprise marketing toolkit
Running social at the enterprise level involves various moving parts across your organization. To manage everything efficiently, you need the right tools to standardize processes, protect your brand, and save employees’ time.
Here are 6 of the best enterprise social media solutions to maximize social benefits for large organizations.
Built-in visual tools like graphs and charts allow you to create custom reports for various stakeholder groups. Everyone gets exactly the information they need, presented in a way that’s easy to understand.
Hootsuite Impact also provides recommendations to optimize your social strategy.
Hootsuite Insights, powered by Brandwatch, is a social research tool based on social listening. It allows your teams to perform instant analysis of millions of social posts and conversations. You can learn what people are saying about you (and your competitors) online.
Built-in sentiment analysis tools also let you know how people feel when they talk about your brand or your products on social channels. After all, measuring social impact is about more than volume.
Salesforce can integrate with your social marketing efforts and expand customer relationship management to social channels. It’s a great resource to support social selling.
You can identify and capture new sales leads and opportunities that you discover on social into the CRM you already rely on.
The Salesforce Enterprise Integration app for Hootsuite provides details and activity history for Salesforce leads and contacts. You can add key social activities and conversations to their records. Additionally, you can manage details of Salesforce customer cases right within the Hootsuite dashboard.
Slack has quickly become a favorite enterprise collaboration tool. Remote workers and distributed teams are increasingly common. Slack helps those teams get things done.
The Slack Pro app for Hootsuite makes internal team collaboration and communication easy. Employees can send social media posts directly to a specific Slack channel, user, or group right from the Hootsuite dashboard. This makes it easy to keep everyone in the loop, all in one place.
You can use the Slack integration to capture relevant social information for each message. It also allows you to assign sentiment and add a comment to each post.
From smarter collaboration to stronger security, these tips and tools will help your organization save time and let your team do more — right from within your Hootsuite dashboard. Bring the power of social media to the tools that already support your enterprise.