I learn something new every day tuning into my social media accounts to read chatter from those I follow, many of whom are health care executives within influential organizations.
I’m intrigued by their knowledge and guidance that helps improve the overall health care system. Their willingness to put themselves forward on social media garners huge results: they not only help raise the visibility of their organizations and drive awareness around important topics, they also build an authentic online reputation for themselves. In turn, they create a community of inspired followers who listen and respect their words.
So how do these leaders establish and maintain compelling social media profiles? And how can we, as strategists, identify potential social media stars, support them and help them grow?
Developing an effective social media presence is easier said than done and is often a team effort. I’ll talk more about how to engage executives in social media on December 12 at Mayo Clinic’s annual social media conference. But I’ll give you a preview: much of an executive’s social media success depends on up-front planning.
It’s our job as strategists to have conversations with our company’s leadership – ask questions, listen, identify opportunities -- to determine whether the executive is a good fit for social media.
Key qualities to look for:
All these qualities will help you recognize if there is potential on social media. Of course, it doesn’t end there. Next steps include training, rules of the road, a strategic plan, creative tactics and ongoing analysis.
Have I scared you off yet? Hopefully not, because when done strategically and with commitment, social media engagement from executives can mean great things for both executives and the company.
Krysta Privoznik is Manager of Digital Content at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). Krysta oversees the company’s digital content strategy and executes through website, social media, video, and graphics helping BCBSA influence key stakeholders and advance conversations about important topics in the healthcare industry. In her spare time, she enjoys using her creative story-telling in the art forms of dance and improv.You can follow her on Twitter or LinkedIn to gather more insights or ask questions.
Join us for the 2017 MCSMN Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Dec. 11-12, where Krysta will share a case study.