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After changing his Twitter bio to "Bitcoin" (causing a 15% rise in valuation) and tweeting out "Gamestonk!!" (causing GameStop shares to rise an estimated 56%), it's safe to say that Elon Musk's social media presence has had a strong impact on the market. However, in early February, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO abruptly announced that he would be staying off Twitter for a while: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1356524205374918659?s=20 Of course, if you're one of Musk's 45.3 million followers, chances are you've seen his more recent Tweets, signaling his return to a platform where we have seen him use his online presence to inspire business developments and make an occasional costly mishap. In this article, we look at Musk's original Tweet announcing his departure, his content since his return, and why Twitter has been such an integral part of his online identity.   Why Leaving Twitter Was Such a Big...

The #StepUpToTheTable initiative asks social media users to support struggling restaurants by buying from them and spreading the word to support others in the industry. Executives should view hashtag challenges like this one as an avenue to improve their own social impact: taking part in it actively helps to give back to local communities, it raises widespread awareness by encouraging users to tag their own connections, and has the potential to make a positive social difference on a large-scale level. ...

For executives who have written articles for third-party publications, sharing a link to their work on social media is an effective way to draw attention to their content. In many cases, these articles are often important company announcements that are delivered by an individual because the messaging is meant to be more relatable to the reader. Chris Kempczinski, the President and Chief Executive Officer at McDonald's Corporation, recently wrote an article for CNN where he discusses the challenging year and how, as a company, McDonald's will overcome these obstacles. He also announced a new social media challenge, #HereForRMHC, stating that the company will be committing $100 million over five years to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. In this article, we take a closer look at his LinkedIn profile and analyze the post he made for his article and how he has promoted...

In light of the upcoming U.S. election on November 3rd, over 50 business leaders in the U.S. across several industries have signed a statement shared on Leadership Now Project’s website. The statement is a public call to action about the importance of democracy and voting, even during a period of crisis. In today's article, we take a look at three different executives who participated in this project and examine how they have used their LinkedIn presence to discuss the upcoming election. In analyzing their posts, we have observed that executives have talked about the election by sharing different content types with their followers in three primary ways: sharing a post from a business page, sharing a post from another LinkedIn user, and posting original content.   Georgie Benardete, Co-Founder and CEO of Align17 On LinkedIn, executives have a variety of options for the type...

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is an executive who primarily focuses on COVID-19 related posts on his Twitter account. The timely nature of his actions are primarily reflected in his decision to co-sponsor the “Next-Gen Mask Challenge” in July of 2020. Motivated by statistics showing that one-third of the U.S. population do not regularly wear masks, this event calls on youth creators to submit innovative designs for surgical-grade protective masks. The type of online presence Benioff employs on Twitter, particularly within the last few months, is primarily based on informing followers about public safety measures and how the world can effectively adapt moving forward. ...

This article will address a few female leaders who are using their platforms to spread messages of inclusion, support for other female leaders, and amplifying other female voices. ...

In part one of “Executives Supporting #BlackLivesMatter,” we discussed executives that openly and actively voiced their opinions in the fight against systemic racism. Here are some examples of executives who are showcasing entrepreneurial leadership by being specific with their action and simultaneously using their personal social media platforms to reinforce the process....

Leaders have the power to make real social and global change, which is why it is important that executives relay any impactful company announcements and information to the public. Social media is an effective way to disseminate information to users across the globe and to stay connected, making it an ideal tool to get messages across more quickly and efficiently. Thus, social media is an effective channel to encourage others to join the battle against climate change. ...

This week’s article is a continuation of a previous Front Page Execs post we published a few weeks ago, entitled “How Executives are Tackling Coronavirus.” In it, we discussed the importance of executives using their social media channels to disseminate reputable information about the virus to the public. Social media’s ability to reach a large scale of users makes it an effective tool for doing so. While many of the executives we analyzed in the previous article put out content that actively tackled the spread of misinformation, offered solutions for safer work practices, and provided important healthcare information, the tone over the past week has shifted. Whereas content a few weeks ago focused on providing information, the latest content is branching out into the more inspirational side as many face the ennui and anxiety of staying at home indefinitely. ...