Try working from the café this week

Interesting collection of some of the best marketing promotions making advantage of the current Tube strike in London (last week, 2 days; and 2 days planned this week, but I am learning that Transport of London has just called the strike back).

Interesting to see, but not really a surprise, twitter and social are preferred channels for these real-time promotions, with few exceptions.

Humour is  broadly used across all campaigns. And so is sales discount, which is a good lever and works particularly well in situations like this.

Using social for M&A communications

We decided to use social media for both internal and external communications on Day 1, in addition to other channels. You might remember that “Day 1” is the way we call the day when the acquisition will be formally announced.

We use SocialCast, internally. VMWare SocialCast is a social network and collaboration tool for the enterprises. Few days ago I have created a group – it works like the LinkedIn groups – to answer all questions from employees and to post news about the acquisition/integration process.

Externally, we have created a full comms plan as you can expect from acquisitions of this magnitude (we agreed to be acquired for £3.4b). We will use social media as well, to communicate to customers, partners and external stakeholders. Joint plans (= from both companies) are already in place to secure consistency with the message and to align the communication streams on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.

More to come.