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ProcuriousWelcome to the exclusive CIPS knowledge area, dedicated to providing members with information and thought leadership on the use of social media in procurement. This has been developed in partnership with Procurious, who are the world’s first global online community for procurement and supply chain professionals.

In this area you will find an extensive source of insight, tools and tips to help members of the profession get started on, learn how to leverage and see the benefits of social media in the procurement space.

Resources

Resources

Tips for Procurement Professionals on Social Media

Social media has made everything connected and learning to navigate and distinguish yourself on social media can be game changing in your career.
Here are some tips for building a positive brand image online and getting more out of your social media experience.

Social media has made everything connected and learning to navigate and distinguish yourself on social media can be game changing in your career.Here are some tips for building a positive brand image online and getting more out of your social media experience.

Tips


Who Gives a Tweet? Social Media for Executives

Learn why you should ‘give a tweet’ and get some tips for getting started and increasing your influence on social media, from Procurious founder Tania Seary.

Reports


5 Social Media Challenges for Procurement Pros

Social media represents a great opportunity for any group to expand their influence, get noticed for their activities across the board, attract talent, expand their supplier markets and market intelligence gathering opportunities, and potentially work collaboratively across borders and certainly with other procurement professionals in the UK.

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Reports



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About Procurious

About Procurious

Procurious is the first truly global, online community for procurement and supply chain professionals. Procurious is delighted to become a strategic knowledge partner to CIPS and to be able to share our knowledge, experience and professional insight on all things social media with CIPS members.
Social Media has emerged to quickly assert itself as the largest disruptor of human decision-making the world has ever seen. Procurement as a function is also seeing a meteoric rise to prominence as organisations seek to be more effective in their spending while creating cost-conscious cultures.
Procurious presents an opportunity for organisations and individuals to:
Bridge the gap between procurement and social media
Be part of a dedicated community and expand connections on a global scale
Be a first mover among procurement professionals who are socially connected leaders
Access the latest news, advice, online training and relevant discussions
Build your personal brand and advance your career
Meet the expectations of consumers, customers and stakeholders by being accessible on social media
Work with Procurious and CIPS to build the procurement brand
For more about what Procurious is all about, check out our video:

Procurious is the first truly global, online community for procurement and supply chain professionals. Procurious is delighted to become a strategic knowledge partner to CIPS and to be able to share our knowledge, experience and professional insight on all things social media with CIPS members.

Social Media has emerged to quickly assert itself as the largest disruptor of human decision-making the world has ever seen. Procurement as a function is also seeing a meteoric rise to prominence as organisations seek to be more effective in their spending while creating cost-conscious cultures.

Procurious presents an opportunity for organisations and individuals to:

  • Bridge the gap between procurement and social media
  • Be part of a dedicated community and expand connections on a global scale
  • Be a first mover among procurement professionals who are socially connected leaders
  • Access the latest news, advice, online training and relevant discussions
  • Build your personal brand and advance your career
  • Meet the expectations of consumers, customers and stakeholders by being accessible on social media
  • Work with Procurious and CIPS to build the procurement brand

 

For more about what Procurious is all about, check out our video:

 

For more information about Procurious, please visit www.procurious.com.

Top Tips

Top Tips

Five Tips to Make the Most of Social Networks

1. Complete Your Profile

Nobody likes to leave a job half-done, so make sure your profile is complete and up to date. Make sure you have a profile picture. The idea behind social networking is to make meaningful connections with people – so if you’re looking to strike out in this game, your peers will want to see who they’re talking to.

Pick one headshot to use across all your professional networks so you are instantly recognisable. If possible, find one where you are smiling, look approachable and professionally dressed.

Make yourself searchable by using your full name and your current role and include a snappy biography with a few interesting details to set yourself apart from the crowd. Add links to any articles you have written and any recommendations you have received.

 

2. Grow Your Network

Building a network is a never ending task so make it part of your daily routine. Once you’ve picked your social network(s), encouraging peers, suppliers, and other connections to join will vastly improve the quality of your discussions and the effectiveness of your own personal branding efforts!

Join groups on websites like LinkedIn and see who are the key influencers. Engage them in conversation and ask to connect. Do a bit of research and work out who the key influencers are on sites like Twitter when it comes to procurement. Follow them, share and reply to their posts – your own profile will grow by doing this.

Remember, the more connection you are making, the more there are to make as your network expands.

 

3. Share Interesting Content

Have you read something interesting in the procurement field recently? Did you listen to a podcast that opened your eyes to some new knowledge? Then share it with your connections on social media.

Do you have a particular area of expertise? Don’t stay silent; share your thoughts in a post or by answering a question in a discussion forum. Decide which subjects you feel most comfortable contributing to and focus in on these groups and discussions. It doesn’t take much to become a top-influencer on LinkedIn and then watch your global network grow as people seek your views.

Try to tailor your message depending on the platform you are working on. If you are sharing something related to work, try LinkedIn, Twitter or Procurious. You can try more social content on Twitter too, as well as Instagram. It’s probably best to leave the photos from your last night out on Facebook though.

Try tools like Hootsuite or Buffer to help you schedule posts and share posts even when you’re not at your computer.

Finally, share lots, as you never know who is going to notice it and possibly pass it along.

 

4. Show some personality

If everyone on social media only posted about their work, or kept it serious and dry all the time, then no one would want to hang around on these sites. Don’t be afraid to show some personality and post about things that you like, feel passionate about, or make you laugh.

If you can find your unique voice and style, then your posts and conversations will sound more authentic. Stand out from the crowd and people will follow you.

 

5. Beware of Social Media Faux Pas

There are a few key things to bear in mind when posting on social media:

 

  • Don’t post anything that could harm your image, or cause major embarrassment for either yourself or your company. Also bear in mind your company’s social media policy (if it has one).
  • Write in proper sentences, check your spelling and avoid using text-speak
  • Are you adding to the conversation? Or posting for the sake of it?
  • Don’t air your dirty laundry in public or get involved in arguments. It looks wholly unprofessional, so keep it private.
  • Don’t litter your posts with hashtags. A general rule of thumb is to stick to a maximum of 2 or 3 in a tweet or post.

Big Ideas

Big Ideas

On April the 21st 2016, Procurious hosted its second annual Big Ideas Summit. The event brought together 50 of the world's leading thinkers and procurement leaders to discuss the future of the profession. Amongst the topics discussed on the day were cognitive technologies, skills required for future leaders, and the blind spots in the profession.

Procurious also asked delegates to share their big ideas for the future of the profession in a short video. You can see videos from Nicola Robinson, CIPS Knowledge Manager; Tania Seary, Procurious Founder; and Shirley Cooper, Chairman of CIPS Fellows, below.

Videos

 

Articles

 

David Noble
“Learn why procurement needs to seize the day and the profession’s role in ethics, CSR and risk management from David Noble.”
https://www.procurious.com/blog/generation-procurement/cips-david-noble-big-ideas-on-how-procurement-will-seize-the-day 
Cath Hill
“How is CIPS using social media to capture the young procurement professionals of today? Find out from Cath Hill, Group Marketing and Membership Director.”
https://www.procurious.com/blog/generation-procurement/cips-cath-hills-big-ideas-on-bringing-accreditation-into-the-future

Procurious & CIPS Events

Procurious & CIPS Events

  • Aberdeen Branch - 5 Ways Procurement Should be Using Social Media - 18th May; Find out more
  • Birmingham Branch - 5 Ways Procurement Should be Using Social Media - 24th May; Find out more
  • Thames Valley Branch - 5 Ways Procurement Should be Using Social Media - 23rd June; Find out more
  • Surrey Branch - The Internet of Things and Social Media - 7th July; Find out more