As a social media manager, you lead a busy life. Your brain is probably fried and needs a time-out. In order to both entertain but also educate, here is our fun roundup of movies every social media manager should watch in their downtime. Most of the suggestions can be found on Netflix.
1.The Social Network
Starring Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, the 2010 film loosely outlines the events surrounding the creation of Facebook and subsequent rise of the social network. While arguably not a 100 percent accurate, the film does does grant the audience insight on the beginning of a company that changes the way we connect with each other.
If not for the historical lesson of where Facebook came from, watch this film to see our favorite N’sync lead singer, Justin Timberlake play Napster founder Sean Parker.
A Tom Cruise classic from 1996, Jerry Maguire had us at ‘hello.’ If you haven’t gone down this rabbit hole before, here is why as a social media manager it’s worth a watch. Jerry Maguire is a successful agent with a major sports management firm. In a moment of truth, he has a crisis of conscience, and it dawns on Jerry that his firm needs to start thinking more about the long-term welfare of their clients and less about immediate profits.
Taking the leap to the world of social media, the moral of this movie translates into providing value to your audience before asking for the sell—meaning caring for and providing valuable content is what matters most. Instead of just selling your product, think about building long-term and valuable relationships with your audience.
On a more sombre and realistic note, The Square is a deeply urgent and emotional human chronicle of the Egyptian protest movement from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013. It is a story of young people struggling to topple two regimes in order to build a democratic society.
Why we hold this film closely is that for us at Hootsuite, we believe social media can be a truly revolutionary form of communication that can change society. Hootsuite became a critical organizational tool in the movement.
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