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The Social Executive: How to Master Social Media and Why It's Good for Business

ISBN: 978-0-7303-1289-5
328 pages
September 2014, Wrightbooks
The Social Executive: How to Master Social Media and Why It

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Social media is not about social media. It's about leadership and connections.

Billions of conversations are taking place in social networks every day. But for busy executives and business owners, time constraints make it hard to dedicate time to demystifying these communication opportunities. In The Social Executive, readers are given evidence-based, data-driven strategies for mastering social media, and using it to enable business success. This book's easy, straightforward, practical style ensures that you will gain a solid working platform in the shortest amount of time possible. The focus is on the reasons why social media is important for executives, and how it aligns perfectly with business strategies.

The Social Executive is for analogue people who know they need to be digital but need a guiding hand - the book is a safety net - it's saying - we will guide you there - we will tell you why - we will tell you how - let us help you to remain relevant and become more influential - it's about human communication.

It gives the tips and tools to adapt to new online environments, and the confidence to use them to build credibility, authority deeper and new business relationships.

Written by Dionne Kasian-Lew, an expert who has advised many executives on the topic of corporate social media use, this resource also helps professionals pinpoint the most important social networks to invest time in, and explores which platforms are best suited for various communication goals.

  • Brings together strategy and concrete actions, so can learn not only the most rewarding approaches, but how best to carry them out
  • Delves into the benefits of a strong presence on the most popular social networks, including Twitter, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube
  • Presents hard evidence that shows the positive results of investing time and energy in social networks
  • Focuses on the most important aspects of social networks that can be learned in a short period, and is designed for busy professionals

Social networks represent a powerful way to make connections and draw attention and interest to your company. This resource can help you hit the ground running and become social media savvy efficiently and effectively.

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Table of Contents

About the author ix

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xiii

Part II Is social media important? 1

1 Gargantuan and growing: the digital economy 3

2 Six damaging myths about social media 21

3 Mindshift: from ‘so what’ to ‘social’ 36

4 The high cost of social executive absenteeism 48

5 Double jeopardy: why you can’t not be there 52

6 Professional development at the digital frontier 61

Part II: How do I use it? 87

7 Why you must own your digital and social media assets 89

8 Set the bar: social media benchmarks 101

9 Twitter: the global brain index 106

10 Lock in LinkedIn: a new, global business lunch 191

11 SlideShare: it’s a pump class for PowerPoint 216

12 Google Plus: your social rolodex 230

13 Facebook: your new lounge 252

14 Executive Ecosystem: curate, automate, bring it together 269

Conclusion 287

#SOMETHINGMORE 291

Index 297

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Author Information

DIONNE KASIAN-LEW is the CEO of The Social Executive, a specialist social media consultancy that trains boards of directors and executives on how to make the most of their online presence. A frequent author and speaker, she is rated in the top 1 per cent for global community influence by Kred.

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Press Release

July 29, 2014
The Social Executive: How to master social media and why it’s good for business

The conversations people are having on social media matter – they influence choices and buying decisions, yet many businesses are not there because their executives do not understand the value of social media, or how to invest in it.

In this myth-busting book, social media author and professional speaker Dionne Kasian-Lew shows how social media is no longer the domain of playful conversations, it’s where real business is accomplished daily. “The way we connect and communicate has been deeply impacted by social media platforms – almost 2 billion people already use them and predictions are that 2.55 billion will be there by 2017 – the problem – leaders are missing in action,” Dionne says.  “Do they matter? Absolutely. Leaders already have the strategic business and relationship skills they need to master social media, they just need to bring those online.”

Dionne is in a unique position to offer expertise on the subject having advised executives on corporate social media use. Impressively, she is rated in the top one per cent for global community influence by Kred.  

In her new book, The Social Executive, Dionne provides evidence-based examples of why social media is good for business and how to master it. The focus is on why social media is important for executives, and how it aligns perfectly with business strategies. It also helps professionals pinpoint the most important social networks to invest time in, and explores which platforms are best suited for various communication goals. It’s all about the professional context and creating relationship of mutual benefit.

The Social Executive is for analogue people who know they need to be digital but need a guiding hand. This practical and thorough guide will help readers to:

  • Understand the hard evidence that shows the positive results of investing time and energy in social networks
  • Formulate a strategy that will give you a constant global social media presence
  • Use key social media platforms to increase your visibility, showcase your reputation, and find new business

Social networks represent a powerful way to make connections and draw attention and interest to your company. This resource can help you hit the ground running and become social media savvy efficiently and effectively.

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