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Building a collaborative culture: seven internal social media tactics

With so much focus on public social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc), many are now questioning how these same social media concepts might be used within the organization. The fact is that most organizations function exceptionally well precisely because of the real-world social networks that have always existed.  The difference is the name: water cooler conversations, going for a coffee or lunch, meetings, and collaboration. When technology made its appearance several decades ago, collaboration was improved (or not?) through email and "reply all" on one hand, and by archi [...]

Building Your Marketing Stack

Most marketers think of themselves as builders. Their work grows the organization, grows market share, grows the portfolio of products and services. A bit more tactically, the marketer builds page views, conversions, and social engagement; underlying all of these activities, the marketer builds relationships.

But is there merit in growing marketing itself? Not the ad spend or departmental head count, but the number of simultaneous marketing initiatives that the organization can successfully run?

With tighter marketing budgets and a higher scrutiny of results, improved marketing [...]


Intranet Maturity Model: Strong on the Inside

Very often marketers look to the logo, web, advertising campaigns, and earned media to execute a brand strategy.  But how might they look internally to do the same?  Or rather, where might they look internally to do the same? One of the most important systems within an organization is the intranet.  While the external website is usually driven by marketing, the intranet is usually driven by the IT group.  And while many IT groups have refocused into a responsive client-service model, the brand and marketing aspects of the Intranet are not usually job one.  (Brand and marketing are [...]


Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at and