12 Most Reasonable Reasons Social Media Requires Meaningful Job Titles
Social media is rife with ridiculous social media titles. Don’t take my word for it, read my friend Sam Fiorella’s post, 12 Most Ridiculous Job Titles in Social Media. (Don’t worry I’ll wait while you read his post.)
It’s as if companies feel that to show they’re part of the social media ecosphere, they must give their employees dedicated to social media the leeway to create their own job description. This is akin to a rite of passage where the subtext is if you can create the coolest, most out there title, you’ll get the job. But the reality is that these ridiculous titles are on a par with hiring a college student to handle your social media.
While your employees might think that it’s cool to exchange business cards with weird titles in their favorite drinking establishment, here are twelve reasons you should use more meaningful titles.
1. Job titles show respect
Think of what The Godfather said about respect. How much respect does the Head of Wasting Time on Facebook get?
2. Job titles are rite of passage
While I appreciate that a cool title can make an employee feel good about their job with a small or no raise, it sugar coats the fact that you want to look like you’re doing something special when you both know the truth!
3. Job titles are a negotiating point
Giving a prospective employee a special title is one way to enhance the offer without additional money.
4. Job titles imply salary range
Your title sounds important but what’s in your paycheck?
5. Job titles make a branding statement
What level of professionalism does your business show when your employees distribute business cards and emails with crazy titles?
6. Job titles shed light on your business
While some businesses go overboard with three line titles that don’t mean anything outside of your division or organization, off beat titles show you’re current with the latest trend but not necessarily serious about social media.
7. Job titles show you’re part of the team
A funny social media oriented titles is a neon sign that you’re not a team player
8. Job titles support employee effectiveness outside of your organization
Conventional titles help your staff deal with suppliers, agencies and customers. You don’t want these constituents to think, “Who the heck is he?”
9. Job titles show collaboration
Social media needs to be integrated across your organization. Having a title that stands out hinders the employee’s ability to fit in.
10. Job titles represent standing within the organization
Where does social media fit in your company’s organization? An unconventional title implies the employee is outside of the organization like an orphan.
11. Job titles imply senior management buy-in
A state-of-the-art social media title underscores that your management team doesn’t really buy into social media. If it did, the title would show respect.
12. Job titles represent authority
Traditionally, titles were associated with budget and decision-making. How do you expect an employee to engage with outside vendors without any perceived power? Don’t get me wrong — there are times that changing employee’s titles can be useful to your organization. Social media isn’t one of them. Doing so just undermines your social media marketing efforts and detracts from your business.
What’s your perspective regarding social media titles? Do you think that they’re effective? Would you want to have one?
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