September 24, 2010
News & Opinion: The Dragonfly Effect
It can all get complicated very quickly, and before you hastily start throwing info out to the world, it's best that you think about a strategy for this stuff. Especially if you plan to write more than what kind of bagel you had for breakfast.
Jennifer Aaker, Andy Smith, and Carlye Adler come to the rescue with The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change. Using the metaphor of a dragonfly's four wings (which allow it to travel in any direction when they're each moving), the book offers concise steps for developing a communication strategy via social media.
From the introduction:
"The heart of this book draws on studies on behavior change and the stories of individuals determined to make a difference. You'll gain insight from the founders of eBay's World of Good; storytellers from Pixar; leaders from Facebook, Twitter, and Google; as well as from social entrepreneurs, social media experts, and founders of nonprofit organizations - all of whom use the tools of social media to deliver positive change."
And that's a key point - positive change. Fundamentally, a good message sent to the world is one that offers positive change. This book guides you on how to craft and deliver such a message with successful results. A great read for anyone (and marketing teams) on how to use online tools to their best effect.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.