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Playing Catch Up: Shipping and Social Media
Graeme Somerville-Ryan from Wikborg Rein on how to navigate the likes of Facebook and Twitter
The use of social media is now an integral part of building a commercial brand. Social media channels are rapidly evolving into highly efficient tools that help companies communicate with their clients, drive sales, and influence market perception. However, social media has not removed the need for traditional marketing tools and strategies. But - it has changed the way businesses and individuals are using those tools to communicate. The future is already here and to ignore it is to fruitlessly fight the incoming tide.
Shipping has no control over demand for vessels, only supply. And we all know where that has got us. The oversupply of vessels means that quality providers need to set themselves apart from inferior competitors. Financial strength, environmental care, efficiency, seafarer welfare, and safety records will become increasingly important as supply chain transparency becomes a point of difference. Social media provides companies with an efficient and effective tool to get their message out to those who matter. Don't worry; it will also remain a place to post your favourite kitten pics.
Keeping an Open Mind
I must confess that I can become rather excitable regarding social media marketing and its potential in the shipping sphere. But I'm a zealot. Given the slightest opportunity, at an event big or small, get me onto the topic and the night is pretty much over.
In shipping circles, eyes begin to roll; excuses are made; and crowds thin. Those polite enough to listen will make sure their glasses are full. Scepticism abounds. Discussions focus around why social media shouldn't be part of shipping, how dangerous and unpredictable it is, and why it is irrelevant at best.
In other industries the debate has moved beyond 'is there a place for social media marketing?' to 'how do we best use it?' It is time shipping entered the 21st century and starte ... More>>