About Richard


Dell’s Amy Heiss introduces participants to the Dell SMaC teamRichard Binhammer has always worked with great leaders and companies. In his 30 years plus career, he has focused on problem solving, organized change, communications and public support. Binhammer has always found himself in a position of respectful influence. He started in politics building electoral coalitions and managing election campaigns.

RichardSpeaking2Shortly after this he advised organizations and companies on solutions to public policy issues. He was involved in lobbying and public affairs and moved onto public relations and corporate communications. During this time, Richard developed policies related to the emerging online world and how these policies were having an impact and changing how we think about communications and corporate reputations.  He has also been spending more time with his camera at BinhammerPhotographs.com exploring the roots of political, economic and cultural histories.

Social and Business: The Web and its evolution from a static to interactive medium continues to change how we think about and engage with customers, investors, employees/suppliers and the communities that impact any business – the 4 main stakeholder groups for any business.Organizing for Business Success: From the front lines to the back end organization, I was part of our drive to establish an organizational model for success that included: metrics and measurement; alignment across business units and functions; supporting the scaling of social media across businesses and functions that would also further drive connectivity with customers; and company-wide training and executive support efforts to minimize risk and build capacity. You can read more here.

Engagement: In 2006, I was one of the first Dell employees to track, respond or determine what to do with 4000+ posts a day on the Web about the company (by 2012 that number would grow to 25,000+). In the beginning there were no social search tools, accepted workflows or content managements systems. Within a few months of our beginnings, the negative commentary declined by more than 50% and positive engagement from customers was on the upswing. This included working through several crises such as “Dell hell” and faulty flaming batteries. We also launched the first investor relations blog to connect directly with investors.

Social and Communications: Before 2006, my career involved politics, public affairs, public relations and corporate communications, including issues and campaign management, corporate positioning/messages, thought leadership, media relations, product PR and corporate reputation. Coming to social and business with this background has offered me the chance to experience both the tremendous challenges and opportunities that social media creates for communications and public relations. The social Web has significant implications for the fundamental underpinnings and strategies of successful public relations. More detailed background and expertise is available on LinkedIn

BinhammerPhotographs: I have recently turned my attention to my love of photography. This includes exploring the roots of political, economic and cultural histories: what is leads us to what was.  Whether it is “Roadside America” about community and business histories or “Scarred Places” to better understand America’s social histories, you may find that of interest too.  Most recently, the “Scarred Places” photo series has been used for several corporate diversity initiatives.  Check out BinhammerPhotographs of follow along on Instagram