How social media platforms transform knowledge management in businesses

Social media platforms like Facebook and Snapchat have become an integral part of daily life for individuals and businesses alike. These platforms provide a means for seamless communication between people, and this principle extends to successful knowledge management within companies. By motivating employees to preserve and share knowledge, businesses can uncover and harness the valuable insights hidden throughout their organization.

Social media platforms have revolutionized the way we exchange information and collaborate, providing an ideal complement to knowledge management. It has become commonplace to share thoughts, engage in discussions, ask questions, and seek answers on social media. The possibilities for discovery are virtually limitless. Furthermore, employees have a natural desire to connect with each other and tap into the knowledge of their peers. The primary focus is on sharing experiences and expertise within the company.

Understanding knowledge management as a social medium

Often, employees struggle to locate information within internal wikis or traditional document management systems, leading them to avoid using these knowledge management options altogether. The benefits of these systems are either unclear or difficult to discern. However, adopting a social media approach to knowledge management offers a compelling incentive to utilize these systems, as knowledge becomes easily shareable and discoverable. By contributing knowledge, individuals can establish their reputation within the company's social network.

Creating an open corporate culture

Social media platforms offer a limitless space for sharing and collaboration, encouraging people to freely share their thoughts and ideas. To ensure that knowledge management is embraced and utilized effectively, individuals need to have the freedom, time, and user-friendly software at their disposal. When these elements are provided, employees are eager to contribute their knowledge and enhance the collective pool of information, ultimately leading to the success of the company. To maintain the quality of the knowledge collected, companies should implement measures such as cleansing, validating, and keywording. By doing so, they can reap the following benefits from their knowledge management assets:

  • The adoption of a social media approach to knowledge management allows existing knowledge to come to light, establishing a collective memory within the organization.
  • Capturing everyday knowledge becomes a breeze.
  • Employees gain a renewed sense of assurance in their ability to easily locate the information they require.
  • Goals become more attainable with the wealth of knowledge at your disposal.

Furthermore, by utilizing knowledge, departments like support can enhance their efficiency. The organization's social media managers can access validated knowledge and share up-to-date statements that align with the company's values. Similarly, the sales staff can effortlessly obtain information on recent developments, ensuring they are well-prepared for customer appointments without the need for extensive web searches or lengthy phone conversations. It is evident that knowledge is a vital resource for any company, and collecting and making it accessible is crucial for success. Combining social media and knowledge management facilitates efficient gathering and management of knowledge, motivating employees to share their insights. Once the quality check is completed, finding this knowledge within the system becomes effortless.

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Hendrik Buske

Written by Hendrik Buske

For Hendrik Buske, Customer Service Management is not only a job, it is his passion. For years he has supported and transformed the customer experience management and cusomter service strategies in leading service organizations. It comes as no surprise that he - trained industrial engineer that he is - sooner or later found his way into the field of Customer Service Management in the software industry. At Serviceware, he deploys his knowledge and vigor to support strategic developments for Customer Service Management products.

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