Daily Buzz: Start an Employee Advocacy Program

Influencer marketing might rein in some A-list names, but employees have more leverage with audiences. Also: lessons from Boeing’s 737 Max fail.

How does your team advocate for your association? Employees might not be influencers, but they have influence all the same: Research shows that content shared by employees gets 8 times more engagement on average than content shared through branded channels.

Similarly, 61 percent of consumers say that they’re more likely to research a product or service after seeing a friend’s social media post about it, compared to 36 percent if the same were mentioned by an influencer or celebrity.

“In that sense, employee advocacy may be even more effective than influencer marketing,” writes Andrew Hutchinson on Social Media Today.

Yet nearly 40 percent of businesses don’t have an employee advocacy strategy in place, nor plans to implement one in the future, according to a new study from Social Media Today and GaggleAMP. And among those with a strategy in place, only 35 percent of employees felt confident in what they could say or post.

The takeaway here is twofold: Organizations without an employee advocacy strategy should consider adding the tactic to their marketing toolbox. Then, once in place, employees must be trained on how to find and share company content so that they feel empowered to follow through on the strategy.

What Associations Can Learn From Boeing

Remember all of the fallout from Boeing’s handling of the 737 Max aircraft? Well, it’s not over yet. But let it be a lesson to your organization on how to handle and not handle tough situations, says Chelsea Brasted from Association Success.

For one, don’t cut corners or skip training teams on new methodology, as Boeing did. “Sometimes the expensive, time-consuming choice is the right one,” Brasted says. “Give yourself time to make sure your job is done right.”

And if a mistake does happen—hopefully one not as grave—own up to it. “Owning your mistakes shows members you respond to problems and are willing to listen to complaints,” she says.

Other Links of Note

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The next phase of selfies is here: Snapchat just introduced a 3D camera mode to add dimension to your pictures, says The Verge.

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Jeff Hsin

By Jeff Hsin


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