I’m very pleased announce that I’m one of only 16 people in the nation to earn the new Certified Social Media Strategist (CSMS) certification from the National Institute of Social Media. The NISM Social Media Strategist certification has been developed, and rigorously validated by subject matter experts to set individuals apart from competitors, showcase skills to potential employers and help grow business. The exam is designed to ensure candidates have the critical knowledge and skills to design and implement effective social media programs for individual clients and organizations. According to a recent study, 57% of firms are putting the majority of their social media resources toward hiring a full-time employee to manage their social media initiatives (Booz & Company, 2011), so it’s never been more important to have qualified people making decisions about social media strategy.
I was honored to be invited to take the test to help benchmark the process and provide feedback on the test not only to help NISM improve the test and the process, but also because there are many social media “experts” out there. This new certification is one more way to demonstrate competence in this fast changing but important new field, ensuring that clients get the proper advice and value for their hard-earned dollar.
NISM is dedicated to providing professional social media education and certification. We use the knowledge and experience of a committee of industry advisors to develop social media educational standards, which are used by educators, organizations and students to validate the core skills necessary for success in the world of social media.
I have nearly 4,600 first degree connections and over a 1,000,000 second degree connections on LinkedIn and 5,000 Facebook friends. Dave serves and an instructor and advisor at the Institute of Social Media at Cincinnati State, has given dozens of seminars on social media for local organizations, done many TV and radio interviews on social media and published several articles on social media. If you need help with your social media strategy, or need a speaker for your event, contact me at Libertas Technologies, LLC..