How can architects create, market, and scale knowledge for a competitive advantage? It’s all about Social Media.

AIA National posted this excellent video in January. Presenter Brian Skripac outlines the various ways architects can (and should!) use social media. He dispels certain social media myths (social media won’t replace your website or the need for face-to-face networking) and clarifies the goals for architects who are active in social media:

  • Marketing & Networking
  • Firm & Individual Branding
  • Ideas & Inspiration
  • Thought Leadership
  • Firm Culture & Community
  • Corporate Memory
  • Internal Communications & Transparency

Skripac rightly points out that there are WAY too many social networks to choose from, so you shouldn’t feel the need to dive into all of them at once. The ones which seem to be most effective for professionals are Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and possibly Pinterest. (a/e ProNet has a Pinterest board that we’re pretty proud of. Check us out!) He also gives a shout out to several design firms and organizations that seem to be getting it right: Perkins + Will, Gensler, HOK, BNIM, and AIA Pittsburgh.

We hope you find this info useful. And we’re always looking for good Architects, Engineers, and Design Industry affiliates to follow… if you are one, or know one, leave us a comment!

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