Socially in South Africa

10 days in the USA! It was amazing. The trip of a lifetime. A conference in Atlanta and my ENTIRE first day was filled with speakers talking about various social media angles. Having listened to them, working through my notes and just taking stock, here’s what I now know (perhaps I even knew it all along)….

My social media take-aways from the USA:

 

  1. South Africa is not the USA. Our consumers and social groups have not adopted social media communication to the level the international audience has. I do believe that we will get there, but at the moment our social media landscapes differ significantly. Here, I still start most social media conversations with the “why you should” sentence or the “benefits of”. There it is an assumed reality that you are connected socially on more than one platform. Delegates swapped social addresses like we would exchange business cards. Conference updates happened via Twitter and both delegates and organizers used the platform well without the fall back to more traditional communication methods. In other words – there was no FEAR…
  2. We aren’t ready to be the USA just yet. I felt completely exposed and laid bare with life happening in split-second bursts in the online world and it left me wondering whether it really is so bad to be patient while our country and culture readies itself for real global, social connectivity? I will be more focused on equipping our clients with appropriate communication skills than to rush them onto social media soapboxes (with nothing to say).
  3. We don’t have to pretend it’s our invention. Kudos belong (and should remain) with the North American’s, we don’t have to try and do it all over again. I was overwhelmed with the quality, quantity and type of social media interaction I experienced during my brief visit to the States. We should look at what works for them and then add our own Local is Lekker flavour. It’s OK to do what works… :)

 

And lastly, I was pleased to see that although all of the above is true, our (Adrinalin Concept) interpretation of sound social media practices stood with the rest. You can look forward to more from us on:

  1. Engaging with your audience in a meaningful way.
  2. Connecting with parents.
  3. To do and not do’s

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them here or on our Facebook wall!

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One response to “Socially in South Africa

  • Lekker local social-mix « Officially {on} Adrinalin

    […] Being different might be an established fact in your mind but wherever I look I see the same international laws and premises being applied to our local culture. There are a growing number of individuals who offer their services and expertise on the Social Media Communications front but they are all doing the same thing. Reading the same Mashable posts and tips, using Google and finding resources like Social Media Examiner and imposing their truths on the South African market. If we agree that the South African market is different then we need to accept the implications of that statement. We cannot impose their rules on our market. We simply aren’t ready for it yet. To refresh yourself on why I believe our market is so different, read this post. […]

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