We're going to be using IPS Pages, there's no question in that. We want the front page to be fully integrated and the best way to do that is with Pages.
Dubbing the use of a CMS as being lazy is a bit of a reach. Are you referring to more content or the introduction of more categories?
Social media could be a possibility but the risk involved with shedding anonymity to seek help with social media identities would likely leave those areas unused.