When the State Department can focus on Social Media, why won’t businesses too?

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The US State Department’s Bureau of International information Program is focussing on Social Media Network. According to its PR on 28 Jan 2011 published on its website http://www.state.gov/r/iip/  the bureau recognizes that

  • The explosion of social media;
  • English no longer dominates the Web – more than fifty percent of web users speak a native language other than English, and site “stickiness” doubles when a web offering is in the language of the user.
Some interesting comments from its coordinator Dawn Macall:
She outlined following social Media engagement strategy:
1. Social media Focus: IIP will transition America.Gov to directly distribute content to the full range of social networks and existing 3rd party sites where audiences actually spend their time
2. Social media Engagement: Creation of a talent management unit to identify and recruit expert Americans as writers, bloggers, and speakers for IIP and American missions;
3. Social media Analytics of Audience: A new audience research unit, to provide research and analysis on audiences, channels, and use of IIP products.
Acoording to TheHill.com:

The IIP hosts training webinars on social media “best practices.”  Foe example: “We’re teaching people to write shorter, Chunky; chunk the information down.”

The America.gov site also revamped to enable  “two-way conversation between America and people in other countries,”.

so, when even the State Department understands the importance of social media engagement , how can businesses lag behind? Of course, they would surge into the Social Media engagement for their benefits both interms of out-bound messaging as well as actively listening feedbacks and ideas.