Recently, I did a close comparison between proprietary tools  and Social Tools available. Now this might sound little confusing. Let me clear this fact. Proprietary tools means having your own site and having your own social features available on your site such as Hindustan Lever having Blogging, Video sharing and community features on their site. In this way they think they can grab the same amount of users to their website, just like all other popular tools available such as Facebook, Orkut, You tube, WordPress, Blogger etc.  The logic behind this is great, but it does not work at all. Many clients featuring all these possibilities on their site anticipate tremendous traffic to their site. But this is not the fact at all. It never works like that.   The clear difference is Proprietor y presence does not have the general identity which other social tools have. Its like knowing a company’s website and knowing yahoo.com. Yahoo is considered to be a landmark, anything published on it has a global reach. So the presence can be considered as a landmark. It also depends what kind of approach Yahoo had towards users and what they offered. Most of the people are glued to this presence.

Recently, I had a chat with one of my client who thinks that they had provided all necessary social platforms on their site and does not feel the need of using other popular social media presence to add more traffic to their site.  Well I don’t see any clear reason to why one should not use other Social Media platforms. In fact, my recommendation would be not spending any money building Social features on an individual company site and use other popular social platforms to drive the traffic to the site. Users want to meet up at a common place. There are 1000’s of places where people discuss and meet online. Yes.. But a website is compulsory….. there cannot be any replacement to it.

A simple example :

Knowing a destination like Gateway of India and knowing an address of a Corporate office, are two different things.  Even if a corporate office has everything as Gateway of India has, people will still go for Gateway of India, because everybody knows about it from ages. It is a Landmark !

Similarly, it is just not advisable to maintain proprietary tools and expect tons of traffic to their site. One must have a clear and a strong presence on general online presence, because they are already established and people have accepted it, because the motive behind is to just connect people and not promote an individual business. Whereas, a proprietary online presence is focused to only promote and talk about specific business. Though a proprietary presence may have tons of traffic, but there is no credibility of the traffic. Most of the traffic is driven through Google Ads, Search Engine techniques and it is been rated on the statistics. Nowadays, statistics is not just everything. One cannot decide the credibility of the information through number of page visits. What about credibility of information, how can statistics define a particular visitor of the site is willing to know about a company’s business or their communications. But all this is possible at the available Social Tools. They are designed and developed only to know about this particular intention of a user.

Online statistics can been a good beginning to rate a website ROI, but in the long run, it fades out and the traffic depends on the quality of information and not just quantity of information

One more example:

A contestant dancing in his room and a contestant dancing on a stage has a clear and logical answer to the above disucssion. No one would go to his room and watch him, until he or she comes on a global platform.

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Indian Social Media

December 11, 2008

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We all know that Social Media is the next media available to reach our business targets,  service related communication etc etc. But still, there has been lot of disagreement in using this media as the sole media.

Lot of corporates still say that it is a wage playground and anybody does anything. Well we all are in the same democratic society. Everyone has a right to speak about anything. Its in our hands and minds whether we should pay attention or be ignorant. Research agrees, that most of the people write negative about brands, criticize them , but did anybody try to passify it or tried to justify it. Well it just takes few minutes to explain or justify. But with subconscious minds nobody tries to do it. As it is known as READ, WRITE WEB, who ever wants to justify they can do it immediately. Thats where participation comes into picture and its just a initiative which is very much needed.

As we all know that if we need answers to anything we need to be participative in order to understand effectively.

In India, its time to switch on to these kind of marketing programme, as people are no more interested in looking at TV commercials, not at all interested in receiving calls from service related companies, such as Life Insurance, Credit Cards, Tours & Travels, Study Abroad, Club Membership. OH MY GOD.. there is so much to sell.

Right from the Retail segment to Distributor – Dealer network segment everyone is relying on the traditional marketing such as Print Ads, TV commercials, Call centres. But did anyone realize that how many people are looking at TV commercials nowadays. As an example, how many people switch channels during commercial breaks, and how many people get irritated with the sales calls?

So keeping all this mind, its high time that all companies start making provision for an alternative marketing programme.

Yes Social Media. This article is not to promote social media but to actually make people realize the importance and unknowingly how it is growing within our circles.

yes there are advantages and disadvantages of it. But every media has it. The best way of marketing is to cover every single source of marketing.

Social Media is a best way of permission based marketing system. So hence everyone knows it that until and unless you accept it, nothing is coming behind you.

There is lots to talk about it. But i guess this length of the article would be interesting to read and not boring to ignore.