MARIA OGNEVA'S BLOG
Hello, and welcome to my blog and the digital home for my thoughts. Most know me as @themaria, my handle across most social media sites and communities. My actual, given name is Maria Ogneva, and I love writing, traveling, eating, and spending time with my new husband.
I am passionate about how social media is changing the way we communicate, help and relate to each other, share news and make the world a smaller, more hospitable place. I work at Salesforce as Director of Product Marketing on the Communities product, where my job is to help customers (and the world at large) to be successful in building communities. I learn every day, and I share my thoughts and personal growth here.
Please note that the views expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer or any of our clients.
As social media has been catching on and commanding mainstream attention, as legions of folks started following the tweeting Oprah and Ashton Kutcher, businesses have started to adopt social media into their marketing, PR and operations mix. Because social media is not a silo, but rather cuts across multiple organizational silos and departments (if that’s […]
This is part 2 of my top 10 best practices of online engagement. Part 1 describes practices 1-5, while this one finishes up with 6-10. The best practices listed below can be applied to engaging as individual as well as corporate brands. 6. Build relationships; become genuinely interested in people As you participate more and […]
Congratulations! You have entered the world of social media and are actively listening, monitoring, reading, and dipping your toes into engaging in conversations. You are monitoring social media mentions and measuring sentiment of yourself and your competitors. Moreover, you are tracking larger industry trends, trying to understand what customers want, and listening for purchase intent. […]
As many of you know, I have been looking for my next dream gig as a social media / community manager for a company whose product I love, and who is committed to using social media as a viable marketing and customer service channel. Well, I am pleased to announce that I found exactly that […]
As you know, I love data and measurement. In my last post, I started to explore the importance of measuring impact that your brand is having on social media outlets, such as blogs, microblogs, forums, etc. In another post, I discussed the dichotomy of needing to have a long-term marketing strategy, as well as short […]
Social media is a scalable way to create a personal relationship with your customers and consumers, it allows you to be where all the conversations are happening, and if you do it well and with the right amount of diligence, you will win (provided that your customers are participating in the aforementioned channels). Because all […]
Consumers have many shopping options, and retailers are starting to realize that. Brick and mortar retailers (well, at least some of them) are working hard to stay relevant and compete with more efficient and ubiquitous online retailers, and now that social media and realtime communications have blown conventional fashion and retail secrecy to pieces, the […]
As social media gains mainstream acceptance, companies are starting to embrace (well, not always embrace, but at least tinker with) the social and realtime communication channels in order to listen and engage with customers and consumers. But not everyone is ready to engage with the culture of openness and sharing that comes with the space. […]
This post is adapted from a post originally written for FashionablyMarketing.Me If there’s one thing that you should take away from this post, it is that Marketing (online, social or otherwise) is not a drive-by shooting. Marketing is holistic, and great marketing plans take time to develop and nurture. This is true for online, as […]
The job description of a community manager has evolved, and the jury is still out on the “official” description. Some companies consider community management closer to moderation, the more traditional sense of the word. This makes a lot of sense for companies who are building and nurturing their own vibrant communities. However, if you are […]