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August 06, 2010 | by Jon Newman
Interesting blog post by Lauren Fernandez on the Radian6 (social media monitoring firm) blog today exploring the question "Should Agencies Execute Social Media?"In it she details some of the factors that go into that decision including the now what seems to be long-time debate of "who should do what" and some rules of the road like planning, education, etc.Personally, and for obvious reason, I'm glad to see the conversation move from an absolute yes or no and more towards how agencies and clients can collaborate on social media for companies and brands to be successful.Our experience is that the extent of collaboration is related to the comfort level of the client, some of the factors that go into striking that balance include:
- The experience and education of the client: The levels vary, but the clients know their organization needs to be playing in the social media space, so they work with the agency to do as much or as little as needed to help them on a daily basis.
- Manpower: Some companies have enough people to do the day-to-day while others need the agency to shoulder more of the work.
- Cost: While most of its platforms are free, it takes time and money to execute social media work on a daily basis.
- Layers: This is newer phenomenon on "layering" higher level design and execution like Facebook landing pages, contests, games, etc. In some cases all the client needs are the ideas and counsel, in others they need soup to nuts like design work and development.
- Trust: Not the trust between brand and consumer, but the trust between client and agency. Does the client trust the agency to represent the brand? How good of a plan can be created to make sure roles and responsibilities are clear?