When Jason Parker wrote to ask if he could use an academic work of mine for his Social Media appreciation class at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies, I was thrilled. It also dawned upon me that social media is certainly worth all that time and effort.
How did Jason, Adjunct Professor at University of Chicago and Planning Director at Leo Burnett and quite possibly on the exact opposite of the world, discover ‘Role of Social Media in Contemporary Marketing’, an ‘obscure’ literature review I had completed only last September?
And how did I make that happen?
I had sowed ample digital opportunities where Jason and others could have found this piece of work. And this is how I did it.
Slideshare & Scribd
Here are the stats, so far:
1257views + 137 downloads on Slideshare
3665 views + 321 downloads on Scribd
Impressive numbers, I guess, for a ‘non-viral’ academic work.
So why did I choose to publish and share my work online? Am I not afraid of it being plagiarised or copied?
The answer is ‘No’. If it isn’t for the openness and the acts of mutual sharing all over the Internet, we’d still be visiting libraries every day, painfully looking for stored manuscripts and hidden knowledge. Or my work would still be languishing in my hard drive, waiting to be ‘nostalgically re-discovered’ a few years down the road. (Technologically, there are restrictions in place on both Slideshare and Scribd to protect your work.)
Jason Parker does it too. See Jason’s slide deck for his first class lecture on Slideshare.
Also, as many people increasingly continue to come online and partake in digital citizenship, I am one who believes that digital personal branding has an increased importance in today’s society and this is the ‘invisible edge’ that is needed to move ahead of the pack. Be it in social circles or, of more importance, for professional opportunities.
Sharing your interests and expertise on social media is one way to do this.
I had also blogged about this literature review earlier. I am certain the format of the study (literature review), combined with the timely relevance of the subject matter, had provided enough search engine optimisation (SEO) for my initial blog post to be found. In fact Google searches on ‘literature review social media’ and ‘role of social media in contemporary marketing’ brought up my blog and literature review pretty high on the list. As they say ‘Content is Always King’.
Jason Parker does it too. You can follow Jason on his Social Media Class blog as he updates his class on a regular basis, the social media-way.
Others have also found my work. To date, I have received emails from two current students of Northumbria University in the UK asking for my full project (which I have refused for obvious reasons. School is about effort and interaction, guys). However, I had provided enough ideas and direction for them to accomplish their undergrad tasks.
I have also connected with Susan Schwendener, a fellow communications practitioner, from Jason’s class. The possibilities are endless on social media.
What Price is Social Media Sharing?
So what did I ask for in return for sharing my intellectual property?
What else but an endorsement in social media currency!
Jason kindly provided me with a LinkedIn endorsement that is viewable by my current and future prospective employers as well as my peers. The permanency and transparency of this and my other LinkedIn endorsements ensures that my professional profile, accomplishments and body of work is as truthful as I present it to be.
Read more about leveraging on LinkedIn for bloggers at Online Media Gazette or how to use LinkedIn to your professional and commercial advantage (via NateRiggs.com)
To Jason Parker for extending the opportunity to share what I’ve gained.
And to Erik Yek, my undergrad tutor and Northumbria facilitator at the Marketing Institute of Singapore, for the guidance and patience.
Here again is the literature review ‘Role of Social Media in Contemporary Marketing’. You may wish to download the PDF for later viewing or scroll through the presentation below.
Tell me what you think in the comments?
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