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Six Social Marketing Memes I Wish Would Die

by · August 4, 2014

We social — nay content — nay digital marketers sure are a predictable bunch. Please know that my “we” does include me. We’ve top-10’d and How-to’d and Infographic’d our way to taking an online space full of intelligent signal to unintelligible noise faster than a bitchy customer can tweet.

Even from a purely social perspective, we aren’t than original. Some of the personal content I see from my friends in the space is the same old crap, eaten up, chewed up and spat out again and again like they’re a robin feeding a nest of chicks. And, as Nichole smartly explored last week, most of what we do here is all fueled by our egos. Some of them are playful and innocent. Others are pointed and somewhat sinister. Still others are flat out of control.

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Preaching is creating a divide between you and your audience

by · July 31, 2014

In the post “Is your ego driving your social presence”, I asked how often you preach at your audience as an indicator of whether or not ego is driving your presence. It was a big question, and it felt like it needed it’s own conversation to fully analyze. The reality is that we all have likely preached at our audience one time or another. If we want to change it, we need to address two questions: how do we know when we are preaching, and what should we do instead?

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Is Ego Coming Between the Value You Could Offer Your Audience?

by · July 30, 2014

In the post “Is your ego driving your social presence”, I asked how often you promote yourself or your brand as an indicator of whether or not ego is driving your presence. This is a pretty big topic that really needed its own conversation because we’ve all been self-promotional in social channels. So I thought it was a good time to dive deeper and get to the heart of self-promotion so we could analyze value versus ego, when to share, when not to share, and how to know if it was really about you or about your audience.

First, it’s important to have a discussion about self-promotion and why we do it. The reality for many of us is that we have social presences for our brands and ourselves because we wanted another distribution channel to drive traffic to something. It could be our blog, our products, our website, or some other web property. After all, that was the promise of social from the beginning, right? And the only way we can actually deliver on that promise is to promote things that will drive that traffic.

Is self-promotion all bad? That’s definitely up for debate. The only way we can have a healthy debate on the topic is to take a deep look at how much value we really provide to our audience when we self-promote.

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A leader in thought does not make you a thought leader

by · July 29, 2014

In the post “Is your ego driving your social presence”), I asked how often you focus on being a thought leader as an indicator of whether or not ego is driving your presence. This is a pretty big topic that likely will bring up mixed feelings, so I wanted to take some time to really open the conversation about whether or not thought leadership means ego is driving your social presence.

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Is Your Ego What’s Really Driving Your Social Presence?

by · July 28, 2014

Have you ever stopped to think about why you’ve developed a social presence for yourself? I mean really stopped and asked, why am I doing this? Is this for me? Or is this for them? Many of us would probably answer that we are there to serve others, but, as I look at the content that is being shared, it’s pretty clear that we’re really there to fuel our ego.

Unfortunately, brands are no different. We all jumped on the social wagon without a clear purpose and mission, and if we really looked deeper, we’d see it was a whole bunch of ego that led to a game of ego back-patting. You share our content; we’ll share yours. You follow me; we’ll follow you. I’ll make you the hero of our content because we are so much more superior than you, piddly follower.

Whether you are a brand or an individual with a social presence, there are some tough questions we need to ask ourselves.

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Be the editor of your brand

by · July 24, 2014

There are about a thousand ways to say what I need to say today: Less is more. Never add, always subtract. Pare it down. I’ve recently decided that we could all use a good editor. It’s easy to believe that pushing out new content several times a day is the goal. It isn’t the goal. It isn’t even close to the goal because, well, it’s potentially annoying to your customers. The goal should be pushing great, sharable content. I think that’s where we all started. I think we started with good intention to contribute great content to our audiences, but then we fell into the trap that we all fall into from time to time. If it works…do more! Sometimes more is just more. Never forget that. More is just more. More does not equal better. Better equals better.

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There Is No Reason To Like A Facebook Page

by · July 23, 2014

Full disclosure: I “like” 256 brand pages on Facebook. Further disclosure: I actually don’t like how the majority of those 256 Pages are using Facebook. A cursory glance shows that many of these Pages haven’t posted a thing in several months, and many, many more haven’t posted an interesting thing in a much longer than that. So why am I participating in such massive apathy and fraud? Why am I acting like I care when I really don’t? Why am I doing a disservice to so many Social managers and brands? Indifference and laziness, mostly. But today, I quit, and I’m calling you to the carpet, too.

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Why are companies so horrible at communicating?

by · July 22, 2014

In the last few months, I’ve had numerous real-life interactions with companies and front-line employees. And one thing is clear: companies suck at communicating in real life. This revelation begs the following question: how can they ever possibly get it right online?

As we sit and watch the latest customer service issue go viral, we all need to sit back and ask where leadership went wrong. Putting the entirety of social media’s fate on the backs of marketers who are trained communicators is a reflection of the lack of trust in our employees who deal with our customers every day, and this is where we should consider correcting course. Every employee is a reflection of our company, whether we like it or not. Perhaps it’s time we show how important they are to our mission, teach them how to build solid relationships with others, have empathy, and communicate in an honest and authentic way.

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Tech Support Just Got Easier, Safer

by · July 14, 2014

What do you do when a customer calls with an odd complaint about your website? They can’t find the “Buy” button or get to a certain page they’re looking for? When visual assistance is what they need and exposure to exactly what they’re seeing is the quickest way to a solution we are often left with cumbersome options?

You could ask the customer to log on to a screen sharing application like Join.me. You could have them take a screen shot and email it. You could ask them to figure out how to download an app then give you remote access.

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