At Social Media Week in NYC a brillant man named Ferris taught a course called, “Frameworks of Collaboration” in which he underscored the importance of social collaboration.
Milton Freeman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, often argued “cooperation without coercion.” Is it possible to achieve this feat; to work together for a common goal without pressure or persuasion?
I think with social media it is possible. All things are possible if we have a plan.
You don’t have to agree with Mr. Freeman’s ideals or theories to understand that great achievements have come, and will continue to come, from individuals breaking free from the norms and creating something new.
The Lone Man’s Dance
This video, which I was sent years ago as a LOL, is the epitome of cooperation without coercion:
I know it’s funny at first (or if this is your first time watching it). But think about what it means to be able to persuade people to join you in your mission without command. No pitches. No hard sells. No mass marketing messages.
I think the video itself is the lesson. It’s what we need to do with our social media marketing, and when collaborating with our partners, clients, consumers and otherwise in the social sphere.
The lone man has three things working for him: He’s being seen, he’s doing something that people can emulate (if they so choose) and he’s doing something that people WANT to emulate.
Social Collaboration & Marketing
I’ve talked to you about about originality a million times, and it’s the main ingredient needed to make social collaboration work.
So you can either keep arguing about whether “social selling works or not” or you can put your Lone Man dance pants on and start to create an environment in which people want to work with you; clients want to hire you; people want to spread your mission and message all on their own.
There are three main ingredients that make this happen. What we do must be:
- Create desire or want
Change & Disruption
So … do you see the pattern?
You must become/be the Lone Man (originality) to move into a space conducive for REAL social marketing and collaboration, which will then cause the change and disruption we so desperately seek.
You’ll know it’s working when it’s “cooperation without coercion” – or it’s organic.
Thoughts? Arguments? Let me know in the comments below!
See you in the social sphere!
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