Groundswell – Thoughts Cont. – There’s one thing I really disagree with

I really enjoyed reading Groundswell. It is an amazing resource for internal marketing teams that need a little extra help to make their case to upper management that this phenomenon is real and not a flash in the pan.

There was one section that stopped me. I’m not sure if it was merely a result of wording or oversimplification. In chapter four, “Strategies for Tapping the Groundswell,” there’s a subhead entitled “What about business-to-business?”  This subhead contains the following line:

“There is no such thing as a social network for business or a business commenting on a blog. Businesses don’t interact. People do.”

I would agree with the above in a perfect social media world.  The issue is that most online relationships are transitory.  When someone leaves a company, they take their network, their online credibility and connections with them.  Where does that leave the company?  Companies need a way to leave comments about other companies.  Not on individuals or by individuals, BUT by employees acting on behalf of the company.

Why is this striking a nerve with me?  We have a client that is in closed beta right now with an online business-to-business network. I would love the opportunity for these smart people to talk with the Groundswell team about businesses and sharing information online and the benefits for them and their customers.

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