Tag Archives: social networking for business

The Social Media Business Secret You Haven’t Been Told

top_secret_envelope_1600_clr_5266Recently I read an article from Jay Baer @JayBear entitled “Is Twitter Massively Overrated?”  he has research with some very impressive data that quite frankly demonstrates that Twitter is probably not nearly as powerful from a business standpoint as many social media marketers, gurus and “experts” would have us to believe.  I personally agree with many of his conclusions and I have even done my own data collection that supports some of his data (see “Will the Real Twitter (follower) please stand up?)

In his article Mr. Baer’s data makes a very sound case for Facebook.  However, I would express caution here, because there is a little secret that is rarely discussed when it comes to business and social media.  Make sure your eyes are focused and you get your neurons ready to fire, because here is the secret…

Will the Real Twitter (Followers) Please Stand Up?

tweet_birdie_flying_between_phones_300_clr_9168I like Twitter.  I enjoy it because I am able to get my message out and I think I have for the most part,the right followers who appreciate my message.  I also like Twitter, because it makes me think how I (as one who speaks for a living and having the gift for gab) can put my message into 140 characters in a creative way.  Finally, as a user I like it, because I can search quickly for things I am looking for, as well as scan quickly for things I am interested in and overlook those things I am not.

Recently I have read a number of blog articles about how Twitter has exploded in terms of followers.  Honestly I am not so sure.  Yes, it is true that more teens are leaving Facebook for Twitter (see Pew Internet Study), but the more I have conversed with my colleagues I have come to learn that maybe Twitter is not nearly as big as we want to believe.  For example 4 of my social media colleagues recently had a conversation where we discovered we all had multiple accounts.  In one case one of my colleagues had 9 Twitter profiles.  We also learned that for most of us we only really use one account, and the others are pretty much inactive.  Another colleague told me that quite honestly he doesn’t use his Twitter profiles much at all anymore because he finds his experience on Google Plus (G+) to be much better than his experience on Twitter.  This experience led me to want to search to see if I could begin to figure out how many people really use Twitter.

I also read an article on a computer generated social media guru by the name of santiago-swallowSantiago Swallow.  He was a fake user, his creator paid for fake followers, and at one point he had well over 80,000 followers.  If it was possible to build a “fake” user and completely fool Twitter…how many fake accounts are there on Twitter?

There are so many companies and mobile apps that you can purchase at a very small price where you can literally “buy” followers.  However, the more I dug into “buying” followers, the more I came across the notion that many of these followers are in fact fake accounts that have been simply created to make people look like they have large numbers.  Some of them certainly are computer generated SPAM, but either way the accounts are fake.

This raised my curiosity about fake and inactive accounts and how many may be out there in reality.  

The 10 Most Annoying Social Media Behaviors and the Psychology Behind Them

mad_at_computer_400_clr_8355Every day as I study and research the psychology of social media and business I hear something along the lines of “social media is a place to exercise my right to free speech”.  Well it is true that you can say nearly anything you want, however, there are consequences for what you say or do on these platforms.  People will in fact “defriend”, “unfollow”, “uncircle”, or “disconnect” from you because of what you say and do.  The fact is what you say is not “free”, there will be consequences for your actions for both you and your business.

As a real life example: I was having this very conversation with a business owner who I challenged about what they are saying on Facebook and Google+ .  I told them that what they are saying is negatively affecting their business.  This person strongly and confidently told me that their business was doing just fine, and basically they were not changing their strong and sometimes erratic rants.  Later that same week some mutual friends who are connected to the “ranter” and I were having a conversation about ranting and behavior on social media.   The “ranters” name came up.  I looked at friends and said, “My wife and I cannot send a client to their business, because I am afraid that if something goes wrong over there that our client would get blow out and ranted by this person, I can’t trust them”.  My friend David said, “I cannot send a client or someone I cared about over there either because of this person’s strong views and angst,  I fear for them going over there”.  The overwhelming point…your personal posts have consequences and consequences for your business.

I happened to run across an article in the U.K.’s Telegraph about a study that was conducted for a fitness company out of the U.K. called sweatband.com.  In this study they asked respondents to tell them what are the most annoying posts on social media.  So if you always wanted to know how to “Annoy Your Friends and Tick off People” here are the top 10 results:  (Humorous posts and commentary provided by Yours Truly)

1.      The Exercise/Fitness/Diet Post Boast.

stick_woman_toe_touch_300_clr_12023“Woke up at 3 am, did a marathon run before work, was so hungry but didn’t give into temptation and ate my tofu turkey and faux spinach salad, I feel sooooo good”

What We AreThinking: “I hope you go running and get eaten by wolves…but they won’t like the tofu turkey and faux spinach salad either.”

whats_for_dinner_400_clr_113362.      Sharing a picture of every meal.

“This is the best thing I have ever eaten.”

What We Are Thinking: “You realize you said this about tofu turkey.”

mad_scientist_mixing_formulas_150_clr_512

3.      The Cryptic status updates.

“The shoes missed the boat, yep, it’s mall time.”

Our Thoughts: “Seriously…stop doing drugs!”

4.      Gamers that Repeatedly Invite You.

“Sandy just invited you to play mafiaville superword bingo three times”

What We Are Thinking: “I really want a block all apps setting, and with it a message that tells this person…I now block all game apps, clearly you did not read my multiple posts that said, PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME GAME REQUESTS!”

jenny_holding_book_sit_apple_150_clr_4705.      The Proud Parent Posts.

“Sally got the princess award today in school…she will always be our princess no matter what!”

What We Are Thinking: “I think I just threw up in my mouth…hmm…yeah princess is a great name for a stripper, you will be so proud.”

telling_a_secret_pc_400_clr_6287

6.      Over-sharing of personal information.

“I gave myself a white wine enema…I have never felt so refreshed…and my fanny is very happy!”

What We Are Thinking: “…and you wonder why I never invite you to my home for dinner.”

blue_check_mark_in_box_pc_400_clr_16177.      Check-in Posts.

“I just became mayor of Hanks Left handed Wrench Plaza!”

What We Are Thinking: “Wow!  That and $3 and you still could not buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks.”

donation_can_hands_400_clr_55398.      Event SPAM Posts.

“Please tell your friends to come to the 14th annual “save the snail” charity golf tournament, everyone knows a snail that needs a new start!”

What We Are Thinking: “Now that you posted this to my timeline…again, I have hidden this post, and I have now hidden you so I never have to see or hear another thing from you…again.”

9.      The “Like” and “Comment” notifiers.mechanical_thumbs_up_anim_150_clr_11988

“Sherman ‘liked’ Willy’s Post, “Just popped a zit…huge…filled an espresso cup.” And “Lisa, commented on Willy’s status, “take pictures…did you miss work?”

What We Are Thinking: “All of you need to just stop the madness…you clearly have no lives and you need to stop using our oxygen.”

megaphone_protest_300_clr_1073810.   Self-promotion Posts.

“I just got a real estate listing on 123 ABC lane, totally excited” and/or “You can change your body and your life by drinking this super powder shake call me, because I can take you from flab to fab”, and/or “Stop working for someone you don’t know, call me and find out how I am making thousands of dollars a month working from home through my laptop and phone”.

 

What We Are Thinking: “You and I both know the reason you are promoting yourself here is because all your other marketing efforts have completely failed.  You are looking for a last ditch effort and did I mention you were a “Loser”.  I wouldn’t buy anything from you, or recommend you to anyone because you are a thorn, no an oak tree in my ______.  I would defriend you, but I know that you would whine to 30 other people one of which happens to be my spouse.”

Okay so out of the more than 1700 people surveyed 52% of them have said they are using social media less (my guess is in reality they are talking Facebook) because of posts like the ones mentioned above.  38% of those surveyed indicated that they have quit “a” social media site altogether.  So what does this all mean.

Yes there are consequences for your actions even on social media.   As a business owner you need to be careful.  It’s not political correctness you need to worry about it is social media etiquette.  Know the culture, chances are you may be taking a selfish view of social media versus a selfless view.  I will let you guess which business wins in the end.

To your success!

Jay

Pay to Post…The Rules Have Changed For Facebook Business Pages

credit_card_blue_world_pc_1600_clr_2233

Well it’s officially over.  The days of that FREE Facebook business page that you created is no longer FREE. Well, let’s put it this way it’s no longer free if you want everyone to see your posts.  Have you noticed recently you are not getting the responses to your posts that you used to?  There is a reason for it. Facebook in their great wisdom has decided that if you have a page with over 400 “Likes” and you post something interesting, or you want your “Likers” to see, only about 15% of those people will see it on their Newsfeed.  If you want everyone to see it, you will have to pay for it.  The costs start at around $5 per post, and then go up depending on how long you run it, who you target, and the number of people, etc.  The Bottomline…you are going to pay if you want your post to be seen.

What does this mean for you and your business page?

Is It Me or Something I Said? Why People Link to Posts.

computer_help_wanted_1600_clr_2554

We all want to know that when we post something in social media that someone is actually reading it, and hopefully is passing it on to other people.  Business people regularly ask me what do I have to write to get people to respond to my posts.  Honestly it is not easy.  Typically I find people who have their own business and use social media, post information such as their latest blog, or perhaps a link to an article, or they try some other trick such as using a famous name or really clever wording to get people to read.   So what are those factors that affect whether a post will be read or passed along?  It’s a difficult question to answer.  However, I recently read a very clever research article entitled, “The Pulse of News in Social Media: Forecasting Popularity” (Bandari et al., 2012).  The researchers were interested in what makes a news story popular within social media networks.  Based on previous research they narrowed it down to four possible factors:

  • The news source that generates and posts the article
    • Does it make a difference who publishes a news article?
  • The category of news this article falls under
    • Does the category of news article affect its popularity within a social network?

Twitter: Submitting Runny Tweets? You may have “Tweeterrhea”.

Are people unfollowing you on Twitter.  Have you ever felt like you are saying things that just are not solid.  Here is a simple solution, a gentle reminder, some coating relief for those moments when you just struggle to have something of substance to say.

Twitter, is part social, part business, part nonsense.  However, the interesting thing is you can choose which way you want to use it.  What’s great is that you can change the way you use it from day to day, hour to hour etc.   The first step is to use it.  The second step is not only to write something, it also means talking to other people about what they write.  If you think for a moment that you are the guru where everyone will just come to read your “tweets” you are sadly mistaken.  Unless you really are a guru, it is going to take effort on your part to read what others “tweet” and “tweet” back in the form  of a “reply”.  Yes sir, yes ma’am Twitter is a “two-way tweet”, if you cannot accept that, then the truth is you really do have “tweeterhhea”.

%d bloggers like this: