Once in a while I like to go back to the basics. A while back I wrote a post clarifying the meaning of the word “marketing” and corresponding terms such as social marketing, social media marketing, and social media engagement.
The key problem I see now is people using the broad term “social media” when in fact they mean either “social media tools” or “social media engagement’. Rarely do they mean both. This simple little difference is in my opinion the reason why there is such a massive social media knowledge gap in plenty of organizations. Proper context is simply lost in translation.
Here’s how I like to simplify things:
- Web 2.0 : A shift of the Internet from a publishing environment to a participation environment.
- Social Media [noun] : Internet based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.
Proposed correct term: Social Media Tools
- Social Media [verb] : People having conversations, building relationships and exchanging content online; digital word of mouth.
Proposed correct term: Social Media Engagement