I mentioned in a recent post that I'd be attending the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Summit next week in Las Vegas.
It's going to be my first time attending a WOMMA event, and for that I'm most excited. I'll also be speaking at the event, and recently participated in an interview with WOMMA's Jacob Hurwith to chat about some of the topics that would inevitably come up in my presentation, "Organizing For Social Business." (Monday, Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. PT)
The WOMMA Summit being held next week in Las Vegas will feature social media experts and word-of-mouth marketing practitioners from some of the leading brands and organizations around the world. I'll also be speaking on the topic of "Organizing For Social Business," and IBM's Carolyn Baird will be sharing detailed results from IBM's recent chief marketing officer study.
The general theme of my session will center around the challenges and opportunities larger organizations face as they go about building their social strategies, sharing particular insights and experiences we've had inside IBM over the past number of years on this front.
At IBM, our social business strategy has very much centered around one of our best market-facing emissaries, the IBMer! If you've kept pace with any of our marketing initiatives in recent times, you know that the IBMer is front and center in those communications, most notably in our TV advertising, but also extensively in the digital and social media.
But their participation doesn't end there.
We've featured subject matter experts extensively across a wide range of topics and across a range of venues in the digital and social media space, as well as in other public and sometimes private venues (think conferences, events, customer meetings, etc.).
As I'll note in my talk, this direction is very much in keeping with IBM's high-touch sales heritage, but builds on that legacy by making our people more accessible via social venues as well.
That said, don't think encouraging very busy professionals to participate in social venues doesn't come without some challenges -- organizational, economical, cultural -- all of which are an integral part of the story that I also look forward to sharing with my fellow attendees in Las Vegas.
Speaking of which, another fellow IBMer, Carolyn Baird, is also going to be presenting at WOMMA. Carolyn will be sharing insights from IBM's global chief marketing officer (CMO) study, one of the largest ever conducted of CMOs worldwide.
The study revealed that CMOs are under enormous pressure to manage a much broader range of responsibilities than ever before, and that underpinning this evolution is a growing dependency on technology that is reshaping CMOs' strategies and priorities.
Carolyn's session will share how CMOs are managing these shifts and the impact all of this is having on the CMO-CIO relationship (Carolyn's session takes place Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT).
Though I'm certainly excited to sharing IBM's social story at such a distinguished convocation, I'm even more excited about hearing from my fellow social media enthusiasts. I took the names of all the organizations expected to be presenting at WOMMA, and you can see the vast breadth and diversity of companies and organizations represented in the Wordle cloud above.
If you're going to be attending WOMMA, please look me up and introduce yourself. It's the rare opportunity we social media practitioners have to get together in "meatspace" face-to-face, so I'm looking forward to meeting some new faces, and saying hello to some familiar ones, during my visit to Vegas. (My fourth trip there this year!)
To follow the tidings on Twitter from the Summit, use the hashtag #WOMMASummit.
For my session, I'll ask that folks use the hashtag #WOMMAturbo.