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Relaciones Públicas 3.0, hacia dónde vamos

Basados en el planteamiento de Bernays de 1922; el objetivo del asesor en Relaciones Públicas debía saber, interpretar a la organización ante el público y al público ante la organización… Hoy, 2012, noventa años más tarde, vemos que ésta, sigue siendo una constante en el manejo comunicativo y relacional de la marca/empresa con sus diversos grupos de interés, y, esencialmente, con los clientes/consumidores.

El doctor Michael Wu, científico e investigador de Lithium, en su presentación en el SugarCon 2012, realizado del 23 al 26 de abril, en San Francisco, California, hace referencia  a la “ciencia de la relación”. En ella deja en claro que la necesidad del ser humano de socializar y formar comunidad ha estado latente desde la edad de piedra. Evidencia, tal vez, que muchas compañías no logran captar en su entendimiento o cultura organizacional. Pero volvamos a retroceder en el tiempo, esta vez a la década del 40, donde el investigador británico Pimlott menciona que la función del PR era determinante, sobre todo, en el aparato de gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Para Pimlott, las relaciones públicas ayudan a cruzar “el abismo que, a pesar de los avances en educación y comunicación, que existen entre “nosotros” –los millones de hombres y mujeres sencillos- y ellos: los miles que se encuentran en el sector empresarial…”

Si comprendemos el concepto que han tratado de transmitirnos los investigadores en Relaciones Públicas, y también, el Dr. Wu podemos establecer, basados en la propuesta de Wu, que para lograr una fuerza en el vínculo, igual a la fuerza de la “relación” o relaciones, se debe tener en cuenta lo siguiente:

Tiempo: basado a la cantidad de tiempo compartido o que pasan juntos.

Intensidad: referida a la intensidad emocional y sensación de cercanía que se percibe o siente.

Confianza: entendida como la intimidad o la mutua confianza (transparencia) en las acciones y mensajes transmitidos.

Reciprocidad: comprendido en la cantidad de servicios recíprocos, o la expectativa de recibir en la misma proporción en la que se da.

Si estas son las bases que se deben tomar en cuenta para que la “relación” entre la marca/empresa y sus públicos coexistan sosteniblemente. La pregunta es, ¿realmente el negocio comprende la implicación de la relación y la comunicación para su desarrollo sostenible? Nuevamente citaremos a Bernays. Él creía que las Relaciones Públicas debían estar basadas en el conocimiento de las ciencias sociales. Entonces, la conclusión podría ser que el profesional de relaciones públicas debe administrar una amplia información sobre ciencias sociales para que pueda dirigir una sobrecarga informativa y de esta manera pueda dirigir y gestionar mejor las relaciones entre la organización y sus diversos grupos de interés.  Con esta pequeña demostración académica de conceptos quiero expresar que hoy en día, las Relaciones Públicas, se convierten en una necesidad para poder fomentar el entendimiento entre el actual “negocio social” y la “sociedad”, integrada por todos los stakeholders que tenga la empresa. Para Sam Black, en 1962, las Relaciones Públicas son “el esfuerzo planificado, deliberado y sostenido para establecer y mantener una comprensión mutua entre la organización y su público”. No se ha inventado la pólvora, lo que ha sucedido es que ya se olvidó cómo usarla o de dónde viene y para qué sirve.

En ese contexto y en el actual, debemos tener en cuenta que para poder administrar una buena comunicación y relación y, así, posicionar mejor nuestra marca/empresa en nuestros clientes/consumidores debemos comprenderlos. Social Media, el canal bidireccional, se convierte en el puente, sólido y perfecto, para poder mejorar la comprensión entre ambas partes como mencionan los preceptos de las relaciones públicas.

Ahora bien, como debemos estar siempre un paso adelante, en manejo de comunicación y relación con nuestros stakeholders, entonces el Social Customer Relationship Management se convierte en el mejor canal para poder monitorear e identificar una serie de insights que permitirán al negocio a cumplir con su adecuación y sostenibilidad, no sólo “social”, sino, “comercial”.

Jesús Hoyos, experto en temas de CRM y SCRM en Latam, lanzó un post hace unos días hablando de la importancia de generar centros de comando para la administración adecuada de las redes sociales y las comunidades. En el aclara, bastante bien, la necesidad de crear un área especial dedicada a la interpretación y gestión del contenido tan importante para mejorar la “relación y la comunicación” de la empresa en nuestro continente. No es solo hablar de “compromiso” o “engagement” y asociarlo a las cifras de seguidores o fans en una página, también hay que medir el buzz y las consecuencias de esa retroalimentación para el mejor desarrollo de la empresa, no sólo para crear nuevos productos y servicios, complaciendo la necesidad del consumidor –un principio de Marketing- más bien, ver más allá de lo comercial e interesarse por lo social. Los canales 2.0 tanto el Social Media, como el Social CRM, permiten identificar y rescatar data para gestionar, también, planes de Responsabilidad Social, que son necesarios para un desarrollo sostenible de ambas partes.

La necesidad imperiosa de profesional de Relaciones Públicas, implica estar investigando e innovando en formas de mejorar esa comunicación y relación con el cliente. Para finalizar con esta propuesta, la convergencia tecnológica nos está permitiendo cada vez más poder estar más cerca con nuestros grupos de interés, por ello, el analizar la evolución de la plataforma móvil es un punto neurálgico en el manejo de la comunicación. Las apps, si bien es cierto, son una alternativa interesante, en la práctica se convierten en temas costosos en los presupuestos de los negocios, pequeños y medios que necesitan imbuirse en el ecosistema social y económico. Sin embargo, la exploración de nuevas formas de acceder al entorno móvil están apareciendo. Todo nos lleva a pensar que en un futuro no muy lejano, y debido a la conexión móvil a diversas redes, será fácil predecir modos y comportamientos de los usuarios. Suena algo bastante “trend” pero a eso estamos apuntando, si lo analizan por un momento, Google posee toda tu información, al igual que Facebook, si se tiene habilitada la opción de GPS asociada a la cuenta de Google, ellos sabrán exactamente cuál es la rutina diaria, al igual que Facebook con su localización de fotos y lugares. Del mismo modo Twitter también posee esa acción. Analizar toda esa información, procesarla y distribuirla a las diversas áreas, pero sobre todo, a la “alta dirección” es algo que el área de Relaciones Públicas debería gestionar. Toda aquella acción que determine o afecte la imagen y comportamiento de la empresa debe de ser administrada por el PR.

Hacia dónde vamos, muy lejos. Pero llegar lejos implica entender el entorno, analizarlo y comprenderlo. Social Media, CRM y Social CRM nos dan toda aquella data, pero la empresa realmente saber decodificarla para un beneficio social y no solo comercial. ¿Qué piensan?

Public Relations 3.0, where are we going?

Based on the approach of Bernays, 1922, the goal of public relations consultant should know, interpret the organization to the public and the public to the organization … Today, 2012, ninety years later, we see that it remains a constant in the communicative and relational management of the brand / company with its various stakeholders, and essentially with customers / consumers.

Dr. Michael Wu, Principal Scientist of Analytics of Lithium, in his presentation at the SugarCon 2012, held from 23 to 26 April in San Francisco, California, refers to the “science of the relationship. It makes clear that the human need to socialize and train community has been dormant since the Stone Age. Evidence, perhaps, that many companies fail to capture their understanding organizational culture. But back to back in time, this time in the 40’s where Pimlott British researcher says that the function of PR was critical, especially in the steering gear of the United States. For Pimlott, public relations help to cross “the chasm that, despite advances in education and communication between” us “-the millions of ordinary men and women, and they: the thousands who are in the area business …”

If we understand the concept that have tried to convey to researchers in Public Relations, and Dr. Wu can establish, based on Wu’s proposal, that to achieve a force on the bond, equal to the force of the “relationship” or relationships should be taken into account:

Time: based on the amount of time spent together or shared.

Intensity: refers to the emotional intensity and sense of closeness that is seen or felt.

Confidence: understood as intimacy or mutual confidence (transparency) in the actions and messages transmitted.

Reciprocity: included in the amount of reciprocal services, or the expectation of receiving in the same proportion in which it occurs.

If these are the foundations to be taken into account so that the “relationship” between the brand / company and their audiences coexist sustainably. The question is, what the business really understand the implication of the relationship and communication for sustainable development? Again we quote to Bernays. He believed that public relations should be based on knowledge of the social sciences. So the conclusion might be that the public relations professional to manage a broad social science information that can lead to an information overload and thus better able to lead and manage the relationships between the organization and its various stakeholders. With this little show I want to express academic concepts that today, public relations, become a necessity to foster understanding between the current “social business” and “society” composed of all stakeholders that the company has. For Sam Black, in 1962, public relations are “the effort planned, deliberate and sustained to establish and maintain mutual understanding between the organization and its public.” Not invented gunpowder, what has happened is that she has forgotten how to use it or where it comes from and what it does.

In this context and in the present, we must consider that in order to manage good communication and relationship, and thus better position our brand / company on our customers / consumers should understand. Social Media, the bidirectional channel, becomes the bridge, solid and perfect, to improve understanding between the parties as mentioned by the precepts of public relations.

However, as we must always be a step forward in managing communication and relationships with our stakeholders, then the Social Customer Relationship Management becomes the best channel to monitor and identify a number of insights that will enable the business to meet its adequacy and sustainability, not just “social”, but “commercial”.

Jesus Hoyos, an expert in CRM and SCRM in Latam, launched a post yesterday talking about the importance of generating command centers for the proper administration of social networks and communities. In the clear, fairly well, the need to create a special area devoted to the interpretation and content management as important to improve the “relationship and communication” of the company on our continent. It’s not just about “engagement” and associate it with the numbers of followers or fans on a page, you also have to measure the buzz and the consequences of that feedback to improve the progress of the company, not only to create new products and services, pleasing the consumer need-Marketing first-rather, look beyond the commercial and social interest. 2.0 channels both Social Media, such as Social CRM, to identify and recover data to manage, too, plans for Social Responsibility, which are necessary for sustainable development of both parties.

The imperative of public relations professional involves being investigated and innovate in ways to improve the communication and customer relations. To end with this proposal, technological convergence is allowing us to be increasingly more closely with our stakeholders, therefore, to analyze the evolution of the mobile platform is a particular issue in the management of communication. The apps, although they are an interesting alternative, in practice become expensive items in the budgets of businesses, small and tools they need to imbue in the social and economic ecosystem. However, the exploration of new ways of accessing the mobile environment is emerging. Everything leads us to believe that in the not too distant future, and because of the mobile connection to various networks, it is easy to predict modes and user behavior. It sounds quite “trend” but that we are targeting, if you analyze for a moment, Google has all your information, like Facebook, if you have GPS enabled account associated with Google, they will know exactly what daily routine, like Facebook photos with your location and places. Similarly Twitter also has the action. Analyzing all that information, process it and distribute it to various areas, but especially to the “senior management” is something the public relations area should be managed. All that action determining or affecting the image and behavior of the firm should be managed by the PR.

Where are we going, far away? But getting away involves understanding the environment, analyze it and understand it. Social CRM and Social Media give us all that data, but the company really knows decode for a social benefit and not just commercial. What do you think?

10 guidelines for listening and understanding in social business

Today most organizations worldwide have a web platform, and of course, a social media channel. But do use them effectively and in real benefit to business growth? Probably many people believe so. But do you really listen and understand what our stakeholders say about the company?

Here are 10 guidelines to recognize these aspects.

1. The listening involves being tolerant and accepting know what they say about your company. This license will allow you to achieve a social, ie that the various public let you easily grow in the ecosystem where you develop as a good corporate citizen.

2. Understanding is the result of proper decoding of the messages that make us reach our diverse audiences of interest, allowing our business, appropriate policies, based on the real needs of stakeholders, not assumptions. This is important to consider the various demographic variables of your public.

3. Listening also allows you to create value to your brand / company, consolidating the status in the minds of your public, whether the employee, supplier, customer, society itself, the government and so on. Show interest in the communication received generates a very favorable impact on audiences, such as answering a personalized message.

4. Digital communication is fast and interactive, in that sense, your business must pay close attention to the messages your public broadcast. An inadequate response or silence can become a crisis, not only in the online realm, but in the offline. The case UVK is proof of that. Respond quickly, positively or negatively and creates a positive feeling in the audience.

5. Today, thanks to digital communication, you get a much better understanding your customers, consumers, workers and other public and in their comments left on any channel can be embodied interactive Insight that a manager must know how to interpret the benefit of the business .

6. Listening, in digital communication, involves building a “bridge” to access the other side and in the same way, which is at the other end comes to you. Emphasizing that both are at the same level. The tone of the message is critical and should be governed by the type of public access in this way.

7. Another important factor is understanding that your organization should be predisposed to hear what people think or know about it, that way you can tune better with your audiences. Generating a communication in a digital environment goes beyond simply posting and people just read it. The content is exposed to criticism, praise, analysis and insults responsible for the administration of the canal should know bear and, if possible, to generate a favorable opportunity of an incident.

8. Your company, creating a space in a social network or another digital channel, is showing an interest in being considered a person, a corporate citizen, which seeks to adapt to their environment more, realizing that both generate real economic growth. It is very important to know to reach your public, use the same language as them, welcomes your comments and let them know that without them you could not grow.

9. The result clearly hear and understand what you say your group of interest using digital communication generates in them a feeling, an affect. In our society, people show a constant need to be heard, pay at that hearing is loyalty and attachment to the brand / company check it out.

10. Constantly analyze what is heard in the digital media will make your business is aligned to the constant movement of the social ecosystem, rapidly changing in recent years. Listen and understand what is said about the site itself or your company is vital to be in force in the market. But listen and understand, you are relegated and frowned upon by the new “social customer” avid of transparent, real and constantly updated.

Finally, we can say that the need for any business today is to listen and better understand their diverse audiences. If your organization wants to grow, have a social license, wants to co-create, aspires to public loyalty, then it should generate a good and appropriate digital communication where listening is an important factor, as well as show interest in what the environment tells you it’s like when conversing with someone and hear you, but do not listen, do not you mind? The same happens with public business.

Although the balance is slightly encouraging, much remains to mature. We have seen many cases where you can listen and understand is not necessarily the way to communicate for some companies. Managers used social networks to draw attention tremors of his followers, others have simply been blind, deaf and dumb at the time of a claim, and so on.

The trend is that more and more the public will be connected via mobile, more connections at home, anyway. Then it’s time to go adjusting to this new ecosystem, where if you can not hear and understand what you say about your company, just being relegated to the new social customer.

Trends 2012, social customer attacks

So far most of December statistics show a higher growth of digital communications, marketing and PR partner to establish more ties with the new social customer. Clearly the most innovative strategy will generate a better return on investment, however, take note that this implies more careful in the generation of content marketing for social channels. While more and more global citizens have a personal social window, they no longer expect just a good contest or a novel gift, to follow or become a fan of your business. Look for something more, an added value. Sure, marketing content, as some call it the content of value. However, it is actually linked to the marketing content is what the client looks for social. The trend in the Northern Hemisphere indicates that consumers /customers and not only want to be well informed, have now moved to a second level, much more demanding, knowing that they have in their hands a powerful weapon-the mobile phone or a tablet- with which they can attack the company if it does not act in an appropriate manner, ie with real and transparent, appropriate treatment, added to that worry, not only for today but for future product /service they offer.

Well, the strategies generated by some companies, in Europe, as in the U.S. are aimed at creating a more durable bond with their customers /consumers. The idea is to captivate you, stay and refer. The redirection of the strategy will focus also on proper customer service. Being a smart business, involves creating a permanent bond with the audience, no matter the diversity that exists within your network. Here the proper analysis of the “Insights” left by the followers or fans in the social window will be the best reference to construct a message that lasts over time, and that drives a mass. Not only that, business and social channel administrator must have the ability to transform that data obtained on behalf of the company and society.

The move to become a social business involves establishing an appropriate digital communication (PR), a good promotion (Marketing), innovation in product /service (crowdsource / co-creation) and of course excellent customer service (Social CRM).

The mobility of business is another major factor in the growth of the firm (reputation, branding) by 2012, be where your audience is, it means fight on the same land where they live, taking into account everything mentioned above. Who have, today, a Smartphone for simplicity and speed? Therefore, the business must involve the construction of platforms adapted to these requirements. Adapting a site to a mobile format, it is imperative, as well as thinking about creating or sponsoring an application (APP) that generates value to the customer / consumer. Of course this implies a cost a bit high for countries like Peru. However, the trend is headed in that direction. Telephone operating companies are already generating alliances with mobile and tablet manufacturers for mass use. For in thus aim to create or put your site to mobile format or launch a APP is no longer crazy.

However, we must take into account the following. The biggest barrier that occurs worldwide and, perhaps, with greater incidence in Latam, is that managers still refuse to hold an honest and transparent with their audiences, in social media. Most of the work aimed at marketing, promote or achieve sell. This must change, try to go further. Accepting our weaknesses and enhance digital communication transparent, audiences will feel they can trust in your business. It’s a simple psychological attitude, people are sick of them lied, people want honesty in the message and actions.

Resisting a free expression by the social client will be a major drawback for any company. The roadmap for business in 2012 should go toward cooperation, listening, enriching living experience the customer /consumer who probably next year attack force.

 

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