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What Brian Solis Said: Gifts of Technology

Today we welcome a special guest to our blog, Heather Bartel.  Heather is our colleague with evolve24 who originally posted this on the evolve24 blog–Evolving Insights

As marketing and communications professionals, we tend to read online news and blog to gain insight on how brands are using emerging channels and stay updated on what’s changing in our industry. It’s also a viable way for internal change agents to bring new ideas into their organizations.

Recently, Maritz hosted its inaugural Innovation Symposium for a select group of 200 employees. The purpose of the event was to bring fresh ideas from industry thought leaders in the areas of disruptive innovation, big data and social business. Brian Solis, Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, joined the A-List speaker lineup, and shared some powerful ideas on connecting with today’s digital consumer.


Shortly after, I noticed this tweet via his Twitter account:

Naturally, I clicked the link and read this post on Brian’s insights on marketing during the digital age and making emotional connections to connected consumers. This paragraph in particular caught my eye:

On the Gifts of Technology: “The gifts of technology are Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn and all the others. These gifts help us better understand how to engage, how to understand what people want, and how they communicate. These gifts help us learn what it takes to be part of a community, and what it takes to lead a community. They are not just channels to market at people or to talk at people, or to do what we’ve always done, like try to drum up interest or drum up reactions. We now have to find the meaning within all this activity.”

What Brian Solis Said
The notion that digital tools and social media allow us, as marketers, to better understand our target audience and what drives their behavior like never before is exactly why I came to work at evolve24. It’s about connecting these public conversations taking place online to behaviors and getting to the underlying emotion(s) that feed the conversation. Brands that infuse this level of social intelligence into their strategic planning processes have a competitive edge – no matter their industry.

And that’s what we do here at evolve24. We help brands make sense of all the conversations taking place about their industry, their competitors, their products and services, and more, so they can better understand what people want and find more effective ways to give them what they need.

Brian Solis said gifts of technology help us better understand how to engage, and we couldn’t agree more.