A few months back I was shocked by a client who was trying to throw a party for the media houses that had been good to his brand, this great man told me that ‘Social media was not media’ thus no invites for them.

How can social ‘Media’ not be Media? There is even the word Media in it, most of the stories we have seen feature in Newspapers and on Tv, in conversations on radio are inspired off social media. As I shook my head, I was inspired to disapprove him, we went at it for a few minutes and then I walked away with the invites.

Social Media is Media because it has media in it…duh!

Looking  back to that conversation I have realised that there are many like him still holding onto the stone age of how things are done that even the Cabinet minister is way ahead of them. ‘We will shut down the internet’ hehe

Anyway let me school however lands on this blog;

  1. Media is an instrument of communication, like a newspaper or a radio, so social media would be a social instrument of communication.
  2. Social Media is not really about the platforms, no! It’s about the people on the platforms.
  3. Social media is not a fix for your PR backfires and not a replacement of it (PR) or your marketing team and it’s not a stand- alone kind too, no! It is about Relationships hence Public relations are supposed to use it though it is not a trusted media source because it is a middle man: it links your audience to the next big stepping stone in your integrated communications cycle.

Social Media is not about Facebook, Twitter and all the other platforms.

4. Social media is here for good and for a long time.

It is about Relationships hence Public relations are supposed to use it though it is not a trusted media source because it is a middle man: it links your audience to the next big stepping stone in your integrated communications cycle.

Here how PR agency use social media just so you know;

PRNewsSocialMediaSurvey_Infographic3_620px-1

5. Social is a listening/storytelling/inspiring media. It’s a process, about Integrating with all business processes and a journey. It’s about ongoing engagement and about two-way dialogue. Above all it’s about slow and steady ROI which is here for good. Simple but not easy and requires resources (time, people, and money).

So find ways to integrate it in your budgets for media, marketing and PR.

Patricia Kahill

is a Social Media, Content Creator and Marketer at Kahill Insights.
A Development Practitioner who has no self talent but is driven by curiosity and passion; in a nutshell she is a Multipotentialite. She believes in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit which makes her a Christian.

6 thoughts on “Huh?! Social Media is not Media?! Howly?”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *