This week will be my final post for the topic of Enterprise 2.0 for the Brisbane Airport Corporation. In prior posts, I have detailed how micro-blogging, and collaborative wiki’s can be of assistance to the organisation, as well as how using these should be approached by the organisation. The organisation can benefit immensely from implementing and upgrading social networking both within, and external to the organisation.
Being that it is the only major Airport in the greater Brisbane area, the company doesn’t have any direct competitors – if you are flying to Brisbane, this is where you have to go. There is no way around it. Given this, the potential to reach out via a social network platform is huge, as they simply dominate the market for fliers to and from Brisbane. I detailed earlier that whilst they have quite a few ‘likes’ on Facebook, however, in comparison the Facebook page has a little less than 12,000 likes, yet in 2011/12 alone 20 million passengers passed through the airport. Now we must assume that of them, not all are frequenting the airport, but we must assume that more than 12,000 of the 20 million use the airport more than just once! It was briefly touched on earlier about how Facebook should be used as a micro-blog, but as for a social network, the approach must be slightly different. ‘Social’ implies what I mean by this. Where micro-blogs intend to get a message across, Social Networks aim to generate a more personal connection between two or more parties.
This is why I would advise that BAC should adapt a more proactive manner of maintaining their social networks. Namely Facebook, because they clearly already have a clent-base there. It will be easier to expand from here first, and then work on others, such as Twitter later. In terms of being proactive, I believe the user engagement can begin when passengers are at the airport themselves. For example, upon check-in, staff could mention that liking the Airports’ Facebook page could yield some good results for the customer. For example, running competitions is something that has been utilised very successfully in other organisations as a way of boosting presence using such mediums. Other methods are to offer rewards that use the Facebook “check-in” feature when, literally, checking in to the venue could be utlilised as a means of expanding external social networks for BAC.
Internally, BAC could benefit from an internal social network also. As I explained here, an online collaborative tool could be particularly useful for collaborating between staff and storing knowledge that is readily available. Others such as Microsofts’ Sharepoint and Yammer are also great tools for collaboration within the organisation. It is also important to note the ERP and CRM packages are now including many of these services, as well as other Enterprise 2.0 technologies within their software packages. Some examples of this are SAP and Oracle, who now bundle collaborating tools with their ERP software packages. Essentially, the Brisbane Airport Corporation would be able to implement any one of these and realise the aforementioned benefits of internal social networks.