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What is it that CEOs and senior executives think they should know about social media that they don’t already know?
One way to get at that answer is to find the reasons why a CEO or senior staff brought in a consultant or expert to educate the firm about social media. An interesting study published last October by the Conference Board and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University provides some data and insights on that question. The report, entitled What Do Corporate Directors and Senior Managers Know About Social Media?, shared the results of a survey it conducted in April 2012 of CEOs, Board Members and other executives from a variety of industries. The researchers asked respondents who brought in an outside expert (a total of 32% of the total) why they did so.
The word cloud below surfaces the most commonly used words from the respondents’ replies (omitting the most common words and phrases, including social, media, companies and business):
Interestingly, LinkedIn was mentioned frequently as a reason to bring in an expert to help with the following business issues:
- “To discuss the benefits of having a fully loaded LinkedIn profile for business development purposes”
- “To explain business benefits of a properly designed LinkedIn presence”
- “To advise us and our clients on how to leverage LinkedIn effectively”
- “To assess our brand positioning and development of social media tools (e.g.