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By Adam Libonatti-Roche, Freelance creative

February 4, 2016 | 2 min read

In the fourth episode of The Drum’s weekly Social Buzz Show, Salesforce’s head of digital strategy Jeremy Waite joins The Drum’s community manager Adam Libonatti-Roche to discuss how social can get the respect it deserves.

Waite reveals how he broke into the digital industry and offers some advice for those looking to get ahead of the game, saying he thinks there’s “a confidence issue when it comes to social.”

“Most people that I come across have something amazing to say, or a really interesting viewpoint, but a lot of the time – because people are junior, or they’ve not been in the industry long enough – people don’t realise that they’ve actually got a really unique angle on stuff that’s going on” he added.

Telling community managers that they “have a voice, and a platform that previous generations have never had,” Waite pointed to wine entrepreneur turned YouTube star Gary Vaynerchuk as a prime example of someone who has achieved massive success on social by focusing on a subject he is passionate about.

“Everybody thinks that they need to reinvent or build something brand new,” commented Waite, “but the best social media people are like DJs because they’re taking all the stuff that already exists and they’re respinning it and putting a different flavour on it and they’re taking that to an audience that would have never got that before.”

Other topics up for discussion this week include the debate around whether brands should always jump on the next big thing, and what the future holds for Twitter.

The series accompanies The Drum’s weekly Social Buzz chat, which takes place every Tuesday between 7-8pm GMT and you can follow on Twitter using the hashtag #SMBuzzChat.

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Other episodes in the series

Episode 1

Social Buzz Chat special: Gary Vaynerchuk talks community, authenticity, VR and Snapchat

This week we bring you a very special edition of The Drum's Social Buzz Show, featuring entrepreneur and social media gunslinger Gary Vaynerchuk.

Episode 2

Social Buzz Chat: Aria Alagha on how musicians can use Facebook to get themselves noticed

Sitting down on the Social Buzz sofa this week is Aria Alagha, a social media strategist who's worked on LeeFest and with clients like Gabriella Cilmi.

Episode 3

Social Buzz Chat: U-Dox's Ben Anderson on why quality content is more important than timeliness

What's more important on social – getting posts up quickly or producing high quality content? U-Dox's social media manager Ben Anderson joins The Drum's head of social Adam Libonatti-Roche to discuss this very topic on the most recent episode of our Social Buzz Chat.

Episode 4

Social Buzz Show: Zone's Gina Roughan talks social purpose, Dove's 'Real Beauty' ads and building trust

Another week, another chat about all things social on The Drum's Social Buzz Show.

Episode 5

Social Buzz Show: Cass Gowing of AllSaints talks micro-influencers

What is a micro-influencer, and where did the term come from? Cass Gowing of AllSaints is the latest guest on The Drum's Social Buzz sofa as she sits down to discuss these questions.

Episode 6

Social Buzz Show: SEENConnects MD Sedge Beswick on social talent and how brands can nurture it

Sitting down on the Social Buzz sofa this week is SEENConnects managing director, Sedge Beswick, formerly of Asos.

Episode 7

Social Buzz Show: Link Humans' Laurence Hebberd reveals how to reinvigorate your personal brand, and why it matters

Laurence Hebberd (@LaurenceHebberd) senior account manager at Link Humans and head of events for online community #SMLondon pulled up a seat on this week's Social Buzz show to chat.

Episode 8

Social Buzz Show: Jellyfish's Hannah Rainford gives the lowdown on social media listening

Social media listening is big business, so on this week's Social Buzz Show we asked Hannah Rainford, associate director of social media at Jellyfish, to talk us through why brands are investing serious money and resource into the function.

Episode 9

#SMBuzzchat | We Make Awesome Sh's: Syd Lawrence on how brands should be using chatbots

An army of Chatbots have found their way on to Facebook Messenger, Line and more this year, but what is the best way for brands to use them?

Episode 10

#SMBuzzchat: We Are Social's Tom Ollerton on how brands should be innovating on social

Social media innovation is not just showing your boss that Snapchat has a new filter or feature according to Tom Ollerton, innovation director at We Are Social.

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