We all have social media accounts and share content on one or more social networks. In fact, social sharing has become one of the most common activities on the web. There are some who get a kick out of sharing everything in their life (“I just took shower and water was really cold!”); some feel connected when they share; some want to stay relevant within their circles; some want to build their credibility; and there are others who do it for various vague and valid reasons. But, very few understand how effective their sharing is, and how can they improve?
No matter what you do, I can bet you have limited time. When you spend time on social networks, it can take away good chunk of your time depending on how addicted (or dedicated) you are to building your presence. But, it is not hard to see that everyone’s social content does not get equal engagement. And, this is fine, if all you want is to share your personal pictures with friends and family. But, for most part, all of this sharing comes with an expectation – that your connections and followers will react. If there are no reactions, incentives of sharing are diminished, which leads to decreased sharing.
The following is a guest post from Jasmeet Sawhney of MassChallenge Finalist, Worklife.io.
I was recently browsing our own people directory at MassChallenge. My goal was to see how many people have good web presence, so I picked some random names and did searches on Google and other social sites.
As I went from 1st name to the 30th, a pattern had emerged – one of the 3 things was happening for every person I searched (in decreasing order of frequency):
One aspect that has changed over the years is how information is consumed and shared. No company can live without it. Period. Whether it is industry information, competitor information, corporate news, employees’ personal knowledge and interests, etc. This is absolutely valuable to companies of all sizes – small or large. As the Intranets have failed, Enterprise Social Networks have become the only medium for employees to discover and share information. So, if it is only about information – yes, ESNs are effective and every company can find some value in it based on how many employees participate.
But, this does not mean every company needs tons of other features offered by Enterprise Social Networks. Most companies using Yammer, Jive and other products do not make good use of other features. It is still to be seen how much impact these ESNs bring to day-to-day employee workflows, which is a key aspect of this question.