Social advocates are important for your brand for more than just the good recommendations they could potentially write - loyal advocates will also defend your brand if it is unfairly characterized.
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Invest in social by first taking stock of your social media presence, then making sure you have a timely customer engagement strategy, and finally by bringing customer ideas straight into the core of your business to create advocates.
Allegiance to your brand begins again with every experience, from word-of-mouth mentions to small social objects like status updates that are passed around and shared.
How can you build awareness for your social platforms? And once you build awareness, how do you get customers there? Here are tips and tricks for increasing your social presence.
At this year's SXSW Interactive, there were sessions on social data and business analytics, content marketing, the rise of the Dark Net, and continued growth of the Maker movement. These apparently disparate themes are related: in each there is an unmistakable element of "self-built" and "individual control" at the root.