Live (sorta!) from IBM Connect

It was really fun and interesting to have a chance to talk with Cheryl Burgess (@CKBurgess) at IBM’s annual confab on the topic of social business: IBM Connect.  The conference had many, many great talks — alas, I only got to be there for a day and most of that was hustling to do my talk.

You should check out Cheryl’s detailed write up here, but in the meantime, you can watch the video here:

IBM’s point of view on Social Business (that’s me, mom)

We initially created this video as part of our Think Academy — a monthly education program that we do virtually for all 400,000+ IBMers on strategic topics like cloud computing, analytics etc. For January’s session, we covered Social Business and the organizers of the program asked me to appear with my colleague Tami Cannizzaro to describe IBM’s point of view on social business. So here you have it — a video initially made just for IBMers, but now we’re using it externally — it’s on YouTube — for example, we played it at my panel discussion with Cheryl Burgess yesterday at IBM Connect.

Mostly publishing stuff elsewhere

I’ve been neglecting my blog…but it’s not for lack of online content creation. Far from it! Here are some links to some articles and podcasts I’ve worked on in recent months for other sites.  I’m having a great time doing it and may ultimately re-post some of it here or revisit some of the topics in greater detail.

For now, the links:

IBM slides from SXSW 2013

Somehow I forgot to post these here despite having uploaded them ages ago to Slideshare.  Oh well, here are my slides from the keynote I did at the OMMA track of SXSW earlier this year.


<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”; title=”Enterprise transformation through social media” target=”_blank”>Enterprise transformation through social media</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”; target=”_blank”>Ethan McCarty</a></strong> </div>

Social Business presentation

I keep meaning to share this presentation about social business that I did at Ragan‘s event late last year…

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”; title=”Social Business @ IBM” target=”_blank”>Social Business @ IBM</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”; target=”_blank”>Ethan McCarty</a></strong> </div>

Video: A couple thoughts about IBMers and LinkedIn

I attended LinkedIn’s TechConnect conference a month or so ago — I peeled off for a few minutes to describe a bit about how IBMers are using LinkedIn.

A new value exchange between your brand and employees: authenticity for credibility

Screenshot of running on a mobile device
Screenshot of running on a mobile device

Organizations that allow and encourage individuals/employees to become comfortable integrating their personal and professional personae aren’t getting enough press.  That is to say, we are all experiencing the convergence of organizational brand & culture with personal identity that is unprecedented — and the organizations that will win in this era of greater data transparency, permanence, velocity and discoverability will be those that can attract and retain people who improve company culture by embodying the company’s character.  Essentially, social brand strategists need to create intentional systems of engagement that share benefit with employees and allow these individuals to contribute positively to how the brand is experienced.  Naturally, this is especially true for business to business firms.  It might even be a no-brainer when we look back one day.

One externally visible representation of this strategy in action is where we have begun to experiment with a data service (rendered there on a web page pretty simply) that combines our “official channels” with those of some of IBM’s subject matter experts.  This juxtaposition of the individual IBMer’s expertise and the official channel content seems to have an overall improving effect — for the brand channels, you get additional legitimization because they’re right there with individual people.  For the IBMers, they get the credibility of being in this special data service (which leads to more exposure etc for them.)  We have been building out the criteria, guidelines, registration systems, training etc on the back end for this for a while — but more importantly, we can do this because at IBM we have been working a long time on creating a values-led culture, which somewhat mitigates risks and tends to improve the likelihood that the quality of the interactions will be good (thus obviating decreasing the need for micro-management).

I think this all indicates a new value exchange emerging between employees and firms — authenticity for credibility — and it can flow bidirectionally depending on the context.

*This blog post is an edit to an email exchange I had with Kare Anderson, who is hosting the panel discussion I’m on next week at New Media Expo in Las Vegas, “Driving Social Business Results at Scale” .