September 28, 2012

What we’re really doing during a conference call


Here is some of my coverage of the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco where I was reporting for Dice and Dice News.

David SparkUgh! Not another conference call. Many of us are not so attentive when it comes to our participation or even listening on a conference call. At the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, I wanted to see if people were being star employees or were they complete slackers not even paying attention. And if they weren’t paying attention, what were they really doing?

Want to know what people are really doing on a conference call? Watch this video to find out.

September 25, 2012

Embarrassing moments in social media


Here is some of my coverage of the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco where I was reporting for Dice and Dice News.

David SparkWhether posting something public what you meant to DM (hello Anthony Weiner) or letting drunken photos of you get posted to Facebook, we’ve all done stupid things in social media. At the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, I asked the socially savvy attendees, “What’s the most embarrassing thing either you or someone else has done in social media?”

Even though they wanted to block out the past, many were able to come up with some embarrassing tales. Check out our 2-minute roundup.

March 2, 2011

Two faces of social media: marketing vs. enterprise 2.0 collaboration

Seeking out value from social media for human resources

David SparkHere’s some of my coverage from the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., in November. I was covering the event for Dice and Dice News.

Sure social media is a great tool for marketing, but its communications capabilities make it a great tool for your company’s HR department as well. In a chat with Oliver Marks (@olivermarks), head of the HR track at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference and consultant with the Sovos Group, I asked him about how various industries are approaching the use of social media tools in the workplace and in the recruiting process.

February 22, 2011

Business hierarchy doesn’t affect online collaboration

For online collaboration to work, forget internal corporate structures, just build human relations

David SparkHere’s some of my coverage from the ICIS Conference in St. Louis. I was covering the event for Dice and Dice News.

When you’re collaborating online with a virtual team, which relationship dynamic works the best? A rigid internal structure of system roles or human relations?

The latter, discovered Nabila Jawadi, an assistant professor at Amiens School of Management, in her research paper, “Leader-Member Exchange in Virtual Team: Exploring the Effects of E-Leaders’ Behavioral Complexity.” The paper was co-authored by Mohamed Daassi at the University of Brest, Marc Favier at the University Pierre Mendes France and Michael Kalika at the EM Strasbourg Business School.

Jawadi and team tried to see what were the rules leaders used to facilitate communications and create a good e-collaboration environment. They found that internal system rules that deal with control and coordination don’t carry much weight in a virtual environment.

For those leaders looking to improve online collaboration, said Jawadi, have a suite of communications tools in place and use human relation rules, not power structure, for management and facilitation.

January 27, 2011

How to make your product go viral

 

Viral product design is far more effective for product adoption than email marketing or banner ads

David SparkHere’s some of my coverage from the ICIS Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. I was covering the event for Dice and Dice News.

Can firms engineer products so they’re more likely to go viral, so there’s contagion and dispersion? This was the question Sinal Aral and Dylan Walker of the NYU Stern School of Business asked and answered in their research paper Creating Social Contagion Through Viral Product Design: A Randomized Trial of Peer Influence in Networks.”

What the two discovered is that firms can increase adoption of a product 400 to 500 percent by adding simple design elements to make it go viral. The two elements they tested were active personalized invites (e.g., “Hey Dave it’s Steve, check out this cool app”) and passive broadcast notifications (e.g., “Your friend Steve is using this new app”). Continue reading

November 10, 2010

How social tools are improving human resources

From left, Oliver Marks (Sovos Group), Eric Lane (Intuit), Ciara Smyth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Tony Treglia (Aviva), Bill McNee (Saugatuck Technology)

There’s gold in your employees’ personal social networks

David SparkI’m at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., this week covering the event for Dice and its companion media division, Dice News.

Human resources is a time- and people- intensive task. Recruiters spend the majority of their time just building relations with prospective employees or people who could refer them to talent. We all know that social media in general has increased our ability to build and maintain relations with people. Prior to Twitter and Facebook, do you remember anyone telling you they had more than 1,000 friends?

If social media has proved to accelerate relationships and knowledge of these relationships, how can that information be put to better use to support all of human resources’ needs? Social tools can be used to manage compensation, benefits, acquiring talent, grooming talent, aligning employee success with business success, matching like-minded employees and cultivating innovation within the organization. How can HR people leverage social media to make their job more efficient and easier to do?

Somebody’s got to be doing it better, and luckily those people were on a panel discussion “Human Resources Meets Enterprise 2.0 and the Cloud” (#e2conf) at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.:

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