The Social Works Co is a Dallas, TX based company focused on bringing social media educational tools, courses and programs to small business owners and entrepreneurs who are looking to revive, amp up and simplify their social media approach.
Founded by Kristina Libby who has spent more than a decade in social media working at her own agency (Kristina Libby, LLC and Withe Media), leading Consumer Marketing Communications for Microsoft and as a professor at the University of Florida, this company has a deep commitment and passion to understanding and exploring the current and future state of social media.
Take a look at our top blog posts:
- The Upcoming Social Media Course
- The Social Works(out) Tool for Small Businesses Making Effective Social Media Content
- Automating Social Media Blog Posts
- Outsourcing Social Media and PR
Please reach out with questions and to learn more about the upcoming courses and books:
- Twitter: @Kristinalibby
- Email: kristina [at] kristinalibby [dot] com
And, still curious, why we are doing this? Here’s why, as explained in one of my favorite blog posts:
Students often ask me: Do I need social media? Generally, they are already in my class and at this point it’s a bit late for them to turn away. Yet, they are often surprised by my response. No. No you don’t need social media. You can still run a surprisingly effective business without engaging in social media. And, if you don’t have a plan for how to do it effectively, then you are better off not doing it at all.
My dear friend Monica Villa said something really insightful to me about social media the other day. She said, that content is not king but rather context is king. She then went on to elaborate that what small businesses and companies need is to focus on what the context of their social media platform is, i.e. what is the conversation that they are trying to start on social media, who are they listening to and what are the conversations that they want to drive in return.
It also made me think a little bit harder about the context that I want to set for this blog and for the work that The Social Works Co and our sister brand SoCu will engage in. The contextual conversation I want to set is the fact that when asked “Do I need social media?” the answer that pundits and everyone else should give is “No. Unless you are going to do it right.” Doing it wrong means hundreds of thousands of hours of wasted time.
Yesterday, I was on the phone with Michael Hyatt who told me that on average people spend 72 hours working per week. For the record that’s 8-8pm Monday through Friday and then half a day on the weekend. That’s essentially your whole life and it doesn’t have to be spent working.
Instead, small business owners, in particular, need to learn how to create and run social media strategies and campaigns that are efficient, effective and strategic. We need to automate the content and its distribution. We need to rely on partner and influencer networks to extend reach. We need to measure and tweak. We need to make social media engagement a part of our employee’s lives and a system.
That’s what I want to talk about and how I want to provide value for for you. In return, I want to know:
- Is this working for you?
- Are you simplifying your strategy?
And I want to start a broader conversation about social media strategy: simplifying the rules, creating a social media certification and a process that people can use to manage social media in the same way other industries have processes, established best practices and workflow content.
Do I need social media? No. Should my business have social media? No. Unless you are able to do it in a smart, strategic and timely manner than no. No one needs social media. However, when done effectively social media can improve your business. It just needs to be done right and we, as social media gurus, owe it to you to tell you how to do it in the easiest way possible.