I recently came across this very interesting article that would like to share with you. It discusses a pricey $47,000 presidential inauguration package at the Madison hotel in Washington DC. It includes not only a four nights stay at the hotel during the inauguration (along with a private tour of DC for you and 22 for your friends) but also comes with your very own social media butler.
Her responsibility would be to chronicle yours and your friends’ experience so your friends and family could follow your adventures on sites like Facebook, Tweeter, and Instagram.
While hiring a chef or a cleaning person for private events and parties has become a norm, ordering services of a social media professional for a small-scale social event is certainly a novice idea. Nevertheless, today there is hardly any social gathering that takes place without being mentioned in some way on one of the social networks. So perhaps the idea of hiring a social media butler to handle all the photo uploading and tweeting is not too far-fetched?
Similar to a tourist in a foreign country who is too busy taking pictures and forgets to enjoy the moment and surroundings, we often do the same at social events. We are so busy posting live updates on Facebook and Tweeter that we barely have time to do what came for in the first place and that is socialize face-to-face.
So delegating the social media duties to a professional can certainly save you a lot of time and energy. This can give individuals who are very passionate about sharing pictures in real-time and keeping up with their status updates a chance to finally enjoy the party without reaching for the phone every few minutes.
So my questions to you are the following:
Do you think the profession of a social media butler has a future?
Would you consider hiring one (for a reasonable fee) for your own private event, for example a wedding, or a baby shower?
What are the possible implications?