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With more executives learning about the benefits of being online, we have seen an increased number of CEOs and other business leaders on social media. However, what happens when an executive's online presence fails to make an impact? In many cases, they are making these three common social media mistakes.   1. Not having a clear goal for their social media presence Establishing a strong online presence is crucial for any executive, but simply creating an account and posting without a clear purpose is not enough. A strong executive social media program must have a clear goal.  For many CEOs, their online presence helps achieve specific business or growth goals, such as strengthening brand recognition, driving increased revenue, or generating leads. Without having a clear goal, posting content for the sake of it is not a strategic use of an executive's online presence.  Here are...

In today’s Executive Spotlight, we analyze how James Caan, the CEO of private equity firm, Hamilton Bradshaw, uses a diverse array of content types and repurposes posts across his Twitter and LinkedIn social media profiles. These practices help establish him as an executive with a strong online presence. ...

While many B2C brands incorporate social media as part of their digital marketing strategy, B2B companies have typically lagged behind in establishing a strong online presence. In certain heavily regulated industries, it is not uncommon to see top-performing companies have little to no content on their social media pages. However, just as B2C executives benefit greatly from having a strong social media presence, the same concept applies to B2B executives. In this article, we discuss three reasons why CEOs in a B2B industry should be on social media and provide you with three expert tips on how to get started.   #1: Social media puts executives in front of their audience. Many B2B brands have typically relied on referrals and other traditional marketing methods (e.g. sales agents) as their primary method for driving new business leads. However, as we have seen during the COVID-19...

Social media has been a critical platform for businesses to connect with consumers and market their products or services, particularly in 2020 during a worldwide pandemic. All industries have been forced to explore the power of social networking sites to increase their reach and grow their businesses. However, one industry that has had to rely even more heavily than most on social media during the pandemic has been the healthcare industry. Many healthcare experts who are active on social media use their accounts to provide consumers with accurate information about their services, medicines, and new technologies in the healthcare field. They also engage with other healthcare professionals to stay up to date on all the latest trends and continuously learn from other experts in the science and health fields. Three such healthcare professionals that we have determined to be worth following are...

This year, we saw a 15% increase in the number of Fortune 500 CEOs on social media compared to 2019. As more executives make the transition to platforms such as LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter, how many of them are posting with a purpose in mind and using a strategy that drives toward their business objectives? One way to incorporate a CEO's online presence in the brand's overall digital marketing strategy is to first understand where they fit in at each stage of the marketing funnel.   Top-of-funnel marketing The marketing funnel traditionally begins with the awareness stage where consumers are first introduced to a brand’s product. One important aspect to keep in mind is that the CEO’s content may be the first touchpoint potential consumers have with the brand. Here is an example from Basecamp founder and CEO, Jason Fried. https://twitter.com/jasonfried/status/1294718565975592960   By sharing positive user feedback and...

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. ...

During the COVID-19 crisis, Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International, made headlines with his thoughtful video message in which he showcased strong leadership skills. Given the major global impact of the pandemic, his approach was touted by many as being an example of how executives should address the situation—by being honest, genuine, and outlining a clear path forward. In today's Executive Spotlight, we analyze his LinkedIn and Facebook social media profiles to see how Sorenson has translated his leadership style to his online content. As an executive on social media, his strengths lie in establishing his thought leadership through long-form LinkedIn articles and video content, in order to address topics important to him.   LinkedIn: Establishing a Thought Leadership Strategy With over 770,000 followers on LinkedIn, Sorenson's content draws a lot of user engagement in terms of reactions and comments. Many of...