Here at DLA Ignite we help companies digitally transform by using social media.

Classic increase efficiency, and strip out costs, often people see this as "social selling" and while we do that, digital transformation with social in fact covers all departments within a business.

As this article says

"Digital transformation means change, and effective change means that leaders need to paint a specific vision of what the organization needs to do differently. Mindset! Agility! Culture! Innovation!"

What does a modern business look like?

First and foremost, the business has to be on social media.  

Ah yes, social selling, you say, marketing do that.

Actually, I'm not talking about social selling, well I could be, it should be the way your sales team sell today.  After all we all it's well documented that social sellers out sell non social sellers.

I'm actually talking about the rest of the business other than sales using social. 

A digital organisation

Think about this.  This is what a digital organisation, so one that uses social media strategically does.

Just think .... closing the distance between clients, remote employees and potential future recruits.  Pretty powerful.

Social media is not about cat photos, it's a business tool you should be using. 

This digital organization could solve your pipeline and recruitment issues.

But nobody is doing this are they?

Let's look at some digital business examples

Take a look at Cyberhawk have a look at their C-Suite 

Chris Fleming is the CEO 

Patrick Saracco is the CRO

 Check out all of the Cyberhawk C-Suite, this is a business that hasn't just adopted social selling, they have transformed their business with social.  They are a digital organisation.   

But it's not just social selling.

Can you imagine getting the right people to fly drones is a nightmare, they have solved this with social.  They are using social as the means to recruit and retain staff.

Oh of course, they have a happy pipeline. 

In fact they have total digital dominance of the drone space, just think how you can lock out your competition, what would that do for your business?

OK that's one example, a "swallow never made a spring" give us another example?

A modern business has its leadership active on social media

This is Andrew Ferrier, he's Managing Director of Display Technology.  The same job title, Managing Directors that I'm told time after time don't have time for social media.

Here's his first blognot written by a marketing agency which you can see a mile off and people ignore, here is a MD of a company finding time and writing authentic content.  He has just finished our social selling and influence course, delivered by our partners Crux, I have to, at this point name check Nick and Eric from Crux.

Andrew understands the power of transforming your business to digital, the costs he is stripping out and the revenue he is able to increase his business.  Andrew understand that for him to be on social adds a massive competitive advantage and a massive commercial advantage. He sees the clear business case and not to be on social means he leaves that money on the table for his competitors. 

It's a great article about how a business today needs to stand out from the sea of sameness and what better than the MD leading from the top.

A modern business knows that understanding social and digital will drive future growth

Andrew knows that for his business to make their number and to get their quota of the talent out there they have to be visible on social media.  Not pumping out brochures that all say "buy my product because we are great" he knows that the modern buyer and the modern job candidate is looking for modern companies.  Companies that offer insight, that share their culture, share what they stand for.  Not in the form of corporate propaganda, we can all see that from a mile away and ignore it.

This isn't about "looking good on social" about "having flowers on your LI profile" it's not about "putting out a few videos" it's not about "going viral" this is about clear business benefit connecting time on social media with revenue or attracting the best talent.  Either way there is a clear business benefit. 

OK Time But what about sales? 

In case you missed it, the Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch have banned cold calling and have moved all their people to social selling. This isn't some trendy tech company that might have decided to do this on a whim, this is a very conservative financial services company that has made a decision based on data.

But surely cold calling has a better ROI than social selling?  Not according to Merrill Lynch.

"They will also be encouraged to contact prospects over LinkedIn, which has a higher hit rate than cold calling"

The CRO (chief revenue officer), Richard Eltham of Namos Solutions, of one of clients posted a comment on LinkedIn about social selling. See here.

“Social selling is not an option now it is the way of the world and you either learn and execute it or fear getting left behind” 

Kevin Murray who is the Head of Sales at MacArtney Underwater Technology recently posted about his success with social selling here and wrote an article about the transformation that has happened in sales here.

I don't believe you Tim!

If you check out this video of Chris Mason CEO at Oracle reseller Namos, fast forward to 19 minutes 55 seconds. Chris talks about a $2.6 million win from being on social, after completing the DLA Ignite social selling and influence course.  This is where the prospect came onto social media looking for the solution to their problem, spotted the Namos sales person, walked towards them and two weeks later the deal was signed.

Social media transformation now usage now has a clear measurable business benefit

For anybody reading this our advice about social media is clear, there are but two measures.

1. How many meetings / leads / conversations are you getting from the activity on social?

2. How much revenue are you getting from the activity on social.

Social media is not about visibility

Plenty of money has been spent and lost by businesses looking for visibility, after all visibility is cheap

But what about visibility tied to qualified relevance that starts a conversation?  After all "visibility" does not pay your bills, but conversations create sales. 

Throwing tactics at the problem won't help you

What I have described above is business transformation, it requires your business to adopt a strategy.

In fact, we find that out clients that go down the route of business transformation get 5 benefits

  • Visibility – recognition in the marketplace
  •  Trusted advisor status
  •  Recruiting and retaining the best talent
  •  Employee engagement & shared sense of purpose
  •  Pipeline, growth & inbound

In terms of business benefit we see a 30% increase in revenue and a 20% reduction in sales cycle.  That's the business case you can hang your hat on

The time for tactics is over

If we have seen anything over the last two years is that the days of tactics and gimmicks; the wasted time and the wasted money is over. 

The usual answers companies come up with are just tactics, computer based training, hints & tips, “LinkedIn trainers”, you cannot solve a strategic issue by keep throwing tactics at it.  It just wastes your time and money.

Here at DLA Ignite, we are the only company in the world that offers end-to-end transformation with social media, stripping at cost and efficiency while making your business, digital.

From sales, to human resources, to customer services, to procurement, etc, etc, the modern business is on social media and should embraces it.

One client of ours has told us they will IPO quicker and at a larger value by being social, a digital organisation. 

Of course, if you are looking for more information, the team from DLA Ignite will be willing to walk you through more case studies, sorry, but we are not able to share details of your competitors. 

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