Last month, I had the great honor of presenting a talk at TEDxNavesink (@tedxnavesink) at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. My talk, titled “The Rise of the Social Employee,” covered themes established in our Amazon best-seller The Social Employee (McGraw-Hill, 2013)—specifically, why the @SocialEmployee revolution is creating a new path to authentic connection that will lead organizations into a new age. I am proud to announce that the video is now available online. Click below to watch:
The event, which the TEDx organizers structured around the theme of “Play,” was inspiring, with some tremendous speeches that covered a wide variety of topics, from music to video games, or from education to mental health. Sometimes we have a tendency to think of play as a static, two-dimensional term, but I’m certain that anyone in attendance on May 10th came out with a whole new appreciation for the true value of what it means to be at play.
My sincerest thanks to everyone at TEDxNavesink for inviting me to be a part of this fantastic event. It is always a pleasure to work with people who are so generous with their time, feedback, and enthusiasm. With people like these in their fold, it is no wonder the TED brand has grown into the powerhouse that it is today.
In The Social Employee, we go behind the scenes with several leading brands—such as IBM, AT&T, Dell, Adobe, Southwest Airlines, Cisco, Acxiom, and Domo—pulling the lid off the inspiring social business success stories that have propelled these companies into the 21st century. These cutting-edge brands have all come to the same realization: the path to social business lies through empowering the social employee.
“Great brands have always started on the inside, but why are companies taking so long to leverage the great opportunities offered by internal social media? . . . The Social Employee lifts the lid on this potential and provides guidance for businesses everywhere.” —JEZ FRAMPTON, Global Chairman and CEO, Interbrand
The Social Employee offers an unparalleled behind-the-scenes look at the social business success stories of some of the biggest brand names in the business world, including IBM, AT&T, Dell, Adobe, Southwest Airlines, Cisco, Acxiom, and Domo. These cutting-edge brands have all come to the same realization: the path to social business lies through empowering the social employee.
The brands that leverage their employee base in order to engage customers and prospects through social media are the ones destined to win the marketing wars. This book not only details the astronomical rise of the social employee, but also outlines the innovative methods that leading companies have employed to foster cultures of enthusiastic and engaged workers.
AFTERWORD by Kevin Randall, Vice President of Brand Strategy & Research at
Movéo Integrated Branding, and journalist for The Economist and Fast Company