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« Friends, Connections, & Followers - Who Do You Let In? | Main | Why Socializing Organizations Matters to Me »

February 05, 2009

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Dan

Rachel,

Awesome post, I think though what worries me is that because the idea is still so new, that companies will say I want, listen to buzzwords, get bamboozled, and waste money on something that is not going to work for them.

It is not that there are not good consultants out there, it is that you need to make sure you are getting a good consultant to help you.

My 2 Cents, but a completely awesome post.

r/Dan

Rachel Happe

Hi Dan -

Thanks for stopping by - and helping with some of the confusion. It's true that there is a lot of confusion and differences of approach out there so your post and others are quite helpful. I actually didn't have much valuable to add so I let existing advice speak for itself!

Rachel

Jim Storer

Thanks for the mention Rachel. My post was meant as a starting point, a series of questions to get you started in figuring out whether a person would be a good fit to assist your organization. Ultimately, it comes down to whether or not you can trust the person and feel like there's enough there there. ;-)

A couple of other posts on this topic hit my radar this morning (it must have been something in the water yesterday), including Dave Fleet's excellent post (and comments) here:
http://davefleet.com/2009/02/8-questions-to-ask-your-social-media-expert/

Jim | @jstorerj

Rachel Happe

Thanks for the additional link Jim - I think there is something going around ;)

Mike P

Rachel,

It is funny that when I read this post, I get to thinking about Moderation services.

Just like consultants, we do have experience across numerous companies and implementing best practices within those communities. But the fact of the matter is that you do need to feel a connection with the people that you are going to work with and get the right fit in order to be successful.

We are indeed charged in looking at each and every situation in a holistic manner and are able to remove any and all emotion in order to make the appropriate decisions, which is beneficial for all involved.

Mike P / @nhscooch

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