“Social Media is not applicable to us!” – How would you respond?

Earlier this year, Brett Newman, from the Franchise Opportunities Network, responded to a Linkedin discussion with a question relating to social media acceptance that I hear all too often.

“After attending a few social media presentations and roundtables, I heard an important contact dismiss social media as “not applicable to us”. I understand this to mean that he didn’t think that social media could make an impact on franchise development or franchise lead generation.

While I don’t agree, I wasn’t in a good position to challenge this view from this contact.

If you heard this from someone, how would you respond?”

My response…

“Very interesting, but not all uncommon. I probably would have quoted Socialnomics author, Erik Qualman, who also happens to be the person behind the Social Media Revolution videos – “Social Media ROI is that you’ll still be in business five years from now!”

Once I stated that, I would probably state that utilizing social media is not a one-size-fits-all strategy, nor is it easy to use effectively. I would also indicate that social media, in order to be effective takes serious planning, and should be integrated with other aspects of the business for optimum results. Last, I would reiterate that social media is a communications tool, and as with any tool, it takes practice and hard work to utilize it correctly, and effectively.

If that still doesn’t at least get the person to pause and consider the options, then I would believe the person is afraid of social media just as many are afraid of the unknown. Or, I would tend to believe the individual isn’t willing to put in the effort which lends towards complacency or laziness.

I believe this is really no different than people continuing to use ledgers instead of an accounting software. Or, the many that were phobic about using computers and word processing programs and continued utilizing IBM Selectric typewriters. How many times did we see someone walk away from the large Xerox copier because they didn’t know how to load the paper? In all these cases, as with social media, is it fear, complacency or laziness… or really a combination of all three to varying degrees?”

Please share YOUR thoughts!

*This post was originally published on this site February 2011

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