Q&A with a Corporate Blogger: Debbie Curtis-Magley, UPS

A good way to learn about a vital word of mouth tool — social media — is from the executives that run the blogs at the world’s biggest corporations. This week, we’re sitting down with them to get their thoughts about the broader issues and landscape of social media at the corporate level.

Debbie Curtis-Magley, Public Relations Manager for UPS

Describe the key social media efforts at UPS
Over the past few years, we’ve had some great experiences using social media to support campaigns. While it will continue to play a valuable role with our campaigns, we’re also focused on putting some fundamental practices in place, such as:

  • Regular monitoring of conversations
  • Developing a protocol for customer service inquiries
  • Educating employees on our social media policy
  • Identifying opportunities to provide information that the media and our customers will value

What is your role?
I lead social media strategy, policies, and practices for UPS Public Relations. I oversee online monitoring, guide research and reporting, and lead collaborations with communications, legal and technology functions on social media practices.

What do you love most about your job?
I’m fascinated by how the dynamics of social media are changing the way companies and customers communicate with each other and the opportunities it provides for business growth. Plus, it just a lot of fun.

What is the biggest challenge you face with social media?
Since my role has been to define strategy and business practices, the challenge I face is educating my colleagues and management and helping people become comfortable with jumping into online conversations.

What advice do you have for marketers just beginning to utilize social media?
1. Learn from the experiences of other companies. There are some great insights and best practices you can gain from their stories. A great place to start is reading Groundswell, by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff.

2. Consider starting a program internally to gain experience if you’re concerned about making misteps in a public forum.

3. Get familiar with social media by starting a personal blog, joining a social network or participating in conversations in a discussion forum.

What are your three favorite blogs?
Unfortunately, I don’t get to spend as much time reading blogs as I’d like. However, when I do get a chance these are the ones I turn to:

Groundswell

Nuts About Southwest

Various blogs on running


BlogWell - How Big Companies Use Social Media - San Jose, CA - October 28th Meet Debbie at BlogWell on October 28 in San Jose, where she will be presenting the case study on social media monitoring and best practices.

Get practical, how-to advice, a lesson in disclosure and corporate social media responsibility, and loads of ideas and examples – all for $200.

BlogWell is presented by GasPedal and the Blog Council.

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