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Unlink your Social Media Accounts Today!

Again and again we hear about this wonderful way to be more efficient in the world of social media. Sadly, SOCIAL media isn’t about being efficient it is about relationships and they take time!

One of the tips and tricks shared with you from many self-proclaimed Gurus, Masters, Rockstars, and Ninjas is to save yourself time and be more efficient by using linking your social media profiles to share updates.

  • Ich verstehe nicht
  • No entiendo
  • ik niet begrijp
  • Je ne comprends pas
  • 我不明白 (Wǒ bù míngbái)

They all mean the same thing…I don’t understand.

I don’t understand why these “experts” think that this is a wise choice at all.

Would you go to China and speak Spanish thinking anyone would understand you? Would you go to Germany and speak French? You either learn the language of where you are going or you understand that there will probably be some communication challenges.

Then why would you go to Twitter and speak Facebook? Or go to Facebook and speak Instagram?

Each social media platform has its own language and must be respected if you want to develop relationships and not just sound like a fool.

  • Twitter is limited to 140 characters
  • Instagram is focused on photos and hashtags
  • LinkedIn is business talk and job searching
  • Facebook is conversational and sharing and bragging and over-sharing

These sites and all of the other social media sites out there, use different languages so UNLINK your social media profiles from each other and speak the correct language for each of them.

Here are some examples of what we are speaking about…

Here is a posting that was made on Facebook and because the accounts are linked you can see how it also posted on Twitter. Notice the hashtags on Facebook that didn’t make it to Twitter? Twitter is the profile to use hashtags on and because these were linked they were lost and the user probably doesn’t even know it!

Facebook to Twitter

Here is someone using Instagram and sharing it on Facebook. We have all heard that images work great on Facebook and still, the hashtags are meant for Instagram and should stay there.Instagram to Facebook

Take the time to speak to people in the correct language and stop attempting to save the 30 seconds it takes to make an additional posting. You will be rewarded with true conversation, better relationships and more success on the social media platforms that you have decided to use.

 

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Everything I Know About Social Media I Learned From Sesame Street

A common question asked is where did you learn everything you know about social media?

The answer to that is surprising to many. Everything I know about social media was learned from spending time with great friends like Ernie, Oscar, Bert, Elmo and others. That’s right…all we need to know was taught to us from our friends that live on Sesame Street.

When Sesame Street was being created their goal was to build a children’s television show that would “master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them.” How about helping us master the now addictive qualities of social media? By following the same lessons as the show, you will be able to do something good with everyone’s social media addictions.

With a show that is broadcast in over 140 countries and has won over 140 Emmy Awards you have to figure they have done something right. A survey shows that 95% of all American preschoolers had watched Sesame Street by the time they were three years old. Now that is a large following!
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If they can have a following and growth like that, so can you if you follow their lessons.

What are those lessons?big bird

  1. Give Value (then ask for money)
    That’s right you have to give to get. You don’t see commercials when watching Sesame Street like you do on every other television program. You get value, you get lessons, you get fun and then when it is time, you are asked to donate to keep the show running.
    Do the same thing in your social media world. Give value, offer some lessons and share the fun. Then when you have the relationship built and the time is right you will be allowed to market and ask for money (or sales of your product, or whatever)
  2. Play Nice With Others
    People and monsters all work together in the world of Sesame Street. Any disagreement is quickly resolved and forgiven and usually came from a simple misunderstanding.
    Work with others in the social world. Don’t bash, don’t argue, and if you disagree that is ok, just don’t hold grudges and move on for future growth.
    Remember if there is someone you just can’t play nice with, you can unfriend them, block them or stop engaging with their business page.
  3. Use Humor
    One of the things that made Sesame Street fun and easy to follow is that the laughs continue throughout the program. Have you ever watched a child sit and stare and laugh at the silly monsters, funny things that happen and of course the bright colors.
    Make sure your social media voice is one that has humor in it. We are not looking for knock knock jokes or anything like that. Just make sure to share funny things (other than cat photos) that you see, that you hear and that happen to you. We all walk into a wall while texting, get in the wrong car in the parking lot or fall up an escalator. Let others laugh with you and they will engage much more.
  4. Share
    If there is any lesson that I still remember from Sesame Street from years ago it is to share. Share with your friends, share with people you just meet and everything is better. Amazingly there is always more when we share instead of keeping it all to ourselves.
    Share other people’s information. Did someone share a posting that you found interesting? Share it. Did you read someone’s blog or an article that was worth sharing (like this one hopefully) then share it! By sharing information you will increase a relationship with more people, create more opportunities in your life and get more people sharing with you.
  5. We All Have Short Attention Spans
    Bright colored monsters moving quickly around the screen. Fun songs to sing and dance to. Interaction and engagement by having the viewing children talk to the people and answer the simple questions. All of these techniques kept children focused and sitting at the tv for long period of times. Some people found this a bad influence and some, mostly parents, found this a wonderful blessing of a few moments to get other tasks done.
    The short attention span is even more of a challenge now with the internet always blinking, changing and offering us instant gratification. How do we combat that? By using information that is a valuable lesson, that is fun and that makes us want to engage and interact. Keep that in mind as you create your tweets, postings and updates. Know that we aren’t staying long unless the content is good.Speaking of short attention span…are you still here? Hopefully the images and the strong content kept you engaged!

Everything I know about social media I learned from Sesame Street and if you think about it, so did you. Sesame Street has been running and a success for over 43 years and with these lessons your social media success should have a long shelf life as well.

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Cell Phone Etiquette

Can you hear me now? How about now? Now? Is this better? Forget it I will call you later!!!

Sound like words you have said before? Everyone has at one point or another and we are here to help you understand some cell phone etiquette. After you master these, share them with others so we can all show a little more respect to people around us, people on the other end of the phone and to our phones themselves!

Here are the Top 10 tips we can share with you…

Yelling into cell phone1)Yelling at the phone doesn’t make it easier for the other party to hear you. Actually it probably makes it more difficult to understand what the heck you are yelling into my ear. The only people who will hear you better when you do this are all of the people around you that don’t want anything to do with your conversation! Keep it down PLEASE!

2)There are just some moments that the phone should not be answered and while you are in the bathroom is one of them. See number #8 for another opportunity to leave the phone alone. If you are in the bathroom, be in the bathroom. If you insist on having your phone in there with you, check email, check Facebook, play a game of Temple Run, just don’t answer the phone. The person on the other end will appreciate this as will all of the other people in the bathroom if this is a public bathroom. Want to communicate with someone while in the john, well that is what text messaging is for!

3)Just as we don’t drink and drive, we shouldn’t cell phone and drive. That means talking or texting. If you are going to use your phone in the car make sure your car has bluetooth, or you have an ear piece and you are able to be hands free. Wait until a red light or a stop to start dialing please.

4)Now and then we all have a moment when we pull out our phone to play a game to pass the time. Do yourself and everyone around you a favor once again and get headphones so we don’t have to listen to the annoying background music from Subway Surfers or whatever you are playing at this time.

5)We know that you think they aren’t talking to you although when you are at the movies and they ask you to turn your phone off, that doesn’t just mean so it doesn’t ring. Turn your phone off! There are few things more aggravating then right as the killer is about to be revealed that someone checks their email and the dark atmosphere of the theater is now completely filled with the light of your screen.

6)Did you know that there is a delay in conversation over cell phones? Stop cutting the other person off and let them finish their thought before you jump in and are both speaking at the same time. Come to think of it this is a lesson in life etiquette as well!!!

7)If you find yourself without your phone or the battery on your phone has died and you must make a call, be considerate when you borrow someone else’s phone. Our phones become a personal extension of us and even our secret keepers. If you can actually remember the phone number you are calling (since most of us don’t remember phone numbers anymore thanks to our phone doing it for us) stay out of their messages while on their phone.

8)We mentioned in tip #2 that there are times to not answer your phone. It is sad that we even have to add this one to our list. PLEASE do not answer during intimate moments with another person.First it will be considered rude to the person you are talking to at that time. And probably more importantly it will be considered very rude to your partner.

9)Another life lesson that we will share with you in regards to our cell phones is this. If you are with someone in person be with that person in person! Stay off the phone when you are supposed to be at a meal with someone, out for the day with someone or otherwise engaging in some personal face to face time. If it is too difficult for you to resist the vibration or the ring of your phone, flip it off. At least set it to airplane mode so you can use your camera if needed and not worry about the call you really didn’t need to answer.

10)The last tip we want to share with you about cell phone etiquette would be to control your ringtones. It might be cute to have “your song” play when your spouse calls you or your school song play when you college friends ring you. Control your ringtones and choose wisely so we don’t have the foul language coming from your phone, the annoying dogs barking or other unneeded sounds that you let ring longer than needed because they entertain you.

If you can remember just half of these tips, the people around you and the people you are communicating with on the phone will all appreciate you just a little bit more. And what more could we ask for?

broken iPhone

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Squirrel!

It starts with a beep, a chirp, a bell tone and after that, you are finished!

SQUIRREL!

Now after you have seen what was so important to someone else it is time for you to get back to what you were doing.

Our good friend Dug, the dog in the movie UP, was the one to bring this our attention. We were all too busy being distracted to really even notice the problem.

Production numbers are down in companies in all industries and everyone is looking for the reason. The reason is right in front of us every single moment of every single day. We are too busy having to be “in the loop” all the time.

You sit at your desk getting into whatever project you have going on. Maybe you are writing a report, an email or creating a presentation for a meeting later that day. SQUIRREL! Just like that your focus is pulled to your smart phone that just beeped at you with a text, an email, a social media update and even if you don’t go to look at it your focus has been pulled.

We are even betting that your focus was pulled just by the word standing out as you were reading. Did your eyes jump ahead at the color and force you to then go back and catch up on reading?

Take a moment and turn off the notifications on your smart phone so that YOU can control when things happen. Before we had cell phones people waited to hear from us. Even with a pager people sent us a message and knew we would get back to them soon. Now with the technology advances instant gratification isn’t fast enough and people want you to reply as soon as they send the message (we are included in that)

Slow down a little. Believe it or not you will get more done if you finish one task before thinking about another one.

SQUIRREL!

Squirrel

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Hashtags: Do and Don’t

What is this elusive hashtag that so many are hoping to capture, tame and train to bring success?

According to en.wiktionary.org, a hashtag is defined as a tag embedded in a message posted on the Twitter microblogging service, consisting of a word within the message prefixed with a hash sign.

A hashtag is easily recognized by its odd shape. It has been known as a tic-tac-toe board, a pound sign, the number symbol and other fun terms.

The purpose of a hashtag is to group messages together on social media. In other words, branding. By creating a hashtag (just put # in front of your word – it does not have to be a real word) you turn the term to a searchable term and an instant link to other messages containing the same term. Check out the hashtag #mindset to see what we are speaking about (we are not responsible for what you might find)

Before we get into the DO’s and DON’Ts of hashtags let’s be clear on this one thing. Hashtags are a language of social media. Keep hashtags to the social media sites that embrace them such as Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus and keep the hashtags off the social media sites they don’t belong on such as Facebook!

DO

  • Create a hashtag to keep conversations together on a set topic. This will be creating branding for you. Create your hashtag well for your business and your conversation topic.
  • Use hashtags often to keep them top of mind. If you create a hashtag and use it once or twice people will never catch on.
  • Promote your hashtag on marketing materials so people can find your conversations. People don’t randomly search for hashtags. This means you will need to get your hashtags out there in front of people
  • Follow some other hashtags to follow conversations on topics of interest. You do not need to reply or respond as you can be a lurker and just listen and learn – a great way to develop a hashtag is to watch how others are using them.

DON’T

  • Use them with the wrong platforms. Hashtags have a home, and Facebook is not one of those places. Keep the hashtags off Facebook and speak the right language.
  • Attempt to stuff too many hashtags into a social posting. Keep the total number of hashtags to three or less – if your postings are stuffed with hashtags there is no information of value and people will quickly stop listening to you.
  • Give up on a hashtag just because others aren’t using it in the first 24 hours. It will take time for you to develop a hashtag that is worth following – as mentioned in the DO section it will take time and marketing before people are using your hashtag as well. Have patience and it will come together.
  • Keep changing your hashtag. This is a way you brand a topic and conversation and if you use a different hashtag each time you have an event people will never know where to find you – We see too often that people have an event and use a hashtag and the same company will have another event the next month and change hashtags. This is usually done to standout with their hashtag and it works for the shelf life of the day before fading away and not followed up with. If the company had used a consistent hashtag they would have improved their branding and continued conversations

When we say Wednesday what do you think of? Hump day most likely.
When we say Friday what do you think of? TGIF and the start of the weekend probably.
When we then mention Sunday what do you think of? Football day possibly? Day at church? End of the weekend?

Whatever the answer to this you think the same thing each time. Sunday, Wednesday and Friday (as well as the other 4 days) have branded themselves with specific triggers for you. Imagine if each week the names were changed? Doesn’t make sense does it? Neither does changing your hashtags!

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Play With a Full Deck

New Year’s resolutions…forget about them!
Instead we are here to help make this next year aces! There are 52 weeks in the year and 52 cards in a playing deck. Our goal is to make sure we are all playing with a full deck.

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Often we start the year thinking about how to improve our business or how to improve our relationships or how to improve other external things. Our list gets long and overwhelming and we don’t accomplish what we set out to achieve. All of these things can be improved if we all start from the inside out.

Our goal has and always will be to help our readers grow. Thank you for being one of those readers and subscribers to this blog.

Each of our blogs ends with a Chadalyst, a thing that precipitates an event or change from Chad, and this blog is filled with them.

Let’s get to the challengeThere are 52 things on this list. We assigned a playing card to each one, randomly draw a card from a deck once a week and start working on the matching item. Challenge yourself to achieve as many of these as possible in the next year. These are in no specific order. heart

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Ace of Hearts Run a 5K
A short 3 mile run is something you can get up to speed for quickly. This isn’t a race, it is an experience. Donate some money to a good cause, get some great exercise and feel good inside and out.

2 of HeartsClean your closet
There are so many things in your closet that you don’t wear anymore and probably never will again. If you didn’t wear something over the past 12 months, clean it out of the closet and donate it. You will feel good inside and be able to get some new clothes to look good on the outside.

3 of Hearts Take a yoga class
Get your brain centered, get your body doing things you never thought possible. Yoga will help you get in shape and will help you find peace.

4 of Hearts Unplug for a weekend
We have become dependent upon technology. For a weekend, leave your phone behind. Don’t check in, don’t post, and don’t tweet. You deserve a weekend without the beeps and tweets.

5 of Hearts Help at a homeless shelter
There are others in need. Taking some time to donate time and help those less fortunate will help us all appreciate what we have and what we take for granted

6 of Hearts Read a self-help book
We all think we have it together and no matter how great things are, there are always other ways to look at anything. Take a moment and find a book to help us communicate better, help us understand each other better or whatever challenge you face.

7 of Hearts Read a fiction book and escape
Another way to unplug is to pick up a book and escape. There is nothing as powerful as our imagination and reading a fiction book lets us use that imagination. Who knows what new ideas you might find in a crime novel, a journey through time or a trip to another planet.

8 of Hearts Call someone
There is someone who you have wanted to talk to. There is someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while. There is someone you should pick up the phone and call.

9 of Hearts Send a hand written card
Emails and Facebook messages are great ways to stay in touch with people without much effort. Take a moment and show someone that they are important enough for you to hand write them a note or letter. Plus, isn’t it nice to get something in the mail other than a bill?

10 of Hearts Pay for the person behind you at the drive thru
We often go through the drive thru to start our day, on a busy lunch or to bring home dinner at the end of a long day with no time to cook. That means the person behind us is probably in the same boat. Start someone’s day on a high note, help someone else in a rush or make someone’s evening a little bit better.

Jack of Hearts Eat something new
Don’t ask what it is, just taste something that you have never eaten before. Open your mind and heart and in this case, your palate. You may never know what you enjoy once you get over what it is you are eating.

Queen of Hearts Attend a dance class
Even for those that are rhythmically challenged, this is a great way to connect with your life dance partner and have some laughs.

King of Hearts Learn a language
It is a challenge and will take more than a week to get this one done. Get started on something you have always wanted to do (we all do) and think of how it will make you a better person.

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Ace of ClubsTry a new recipe
We all get set in our ways and make the same 5-10 meals with very little change. Having broccoli instead of green beans is not a different meal. Grab a cookbook, ask a friend or even Google it. Find something new to make and surprise yourself.

2 of ClubsTake a 3 day weekend with someone important
One of the most valuable things you can give to someone is time. It is one of the things that we are limited on having and we never know when we have run out. Take a break and take a spouse, a family member or a friend and get out-of-town together.

3 of ClubsTake a nap
Who doesn’t want one of these? We all go go go and feel that a nap is something we don’t have the time for. Take the time and take a nap.

4 of ClubsBuild something
This could be something small like a(an) ______ all the way up to a new deck on the back of your home. Enjoy the feeling of creation and being able to appreciate your work for years to come.

5 of ClubsNo desserts
For some this is simple and for others a challenge. Go a week and have no desserts. That means no cookies at the office and no samples at the store. This might not be the best item to attempt to check off the list during the holiday season.

6 of ClubsReach 10,000 steps
Looking to improve your health in one of the easiest ways, walk 10,000 steps in a day. Pace back and forth while you are on the phone. Stretch your legs when you have a moment. Take a walk around the block. Reach 10,000 steps on a regular basis and your body will thank you.

7 of ClubsClean your garage
The first thing most people see when they get home is the garage. If you are not seeing yours, it is a good bet that it is too full and too much of a mess for you to use it. Start with one box at a time and after a box a day you will start to see changes in your garage and reclaim an area of your home.

8 of ClubsJournal
Clear your mind at the end of the day. Capture your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a private place for you or in a place that you can one day pass to someone else to know what it was that you were going through. Journaling will capture it all and help you sleep better.

9 of ClubsNo TV
Turn off the tube! Pull out a book (see items #__ and #___) play a board game, go for a walk. Whatever you do if you turn off the television you will quickly reclaim many hours of your week

10 of ClubsBe a kid again
Jump on a skate board. Go play in an arcade. Do something that reminds you of when you were a kid and having happy times. We all have our inner child waiting to come out and play.

Jack of ClubsSave an animal
Want to take a big leap on this one, go adopt an animal. You will wonder if you saved it or if it saved you. If you are not ready to take on the additional responsibility, take some time and volunteer at the local animal shelter. You will feel wonderful at the end of the day.

Queen of ClubsPlant a tree
A tree might be a little big for your space. If you can’t plant a tree, bring something green to your home and pot some flowers. Help nature grow and watch how it makes you feel better

King of ClubsNew hairstyle
Be daring. Got long hair, go cut it short. If you have always have had short hair, grow it out. Losing your hair (we know of what we speak) just take the plunge and shave it off.

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Ace of DiamondsGet extreme
Jump from a plane (with a parachute please) Go Scuba diving. Compete in a marathon. Do something this next year that reminds you the thrill that life can share when you push yourself to something extreme.

2 of DiamondsInterview a role model
Want to grow in many ways this year? Take a moment and interview a role model. Find someone doing something that you want to do. Someone that will be happy to share with you what they know. Remember that you are also a role model to others and be ready to continue to share that information

3 of DiamondsTake a hike
Get outside and breathe in some fresh air while exploring nature and getting some exercise. Sounds like a perfect way to clear your head for a day

4 of DiamondsPerform a random act of kindness
Hopefully you do this often. Hold a door open, help someone with full hands from a store, and shovel a driveway of a neighbor. Whatever it is you do, be intentional about finding someone to help

5 of DiamondsShop local
Support your local stores. Big box stores might have larger selections and it is our local stores that add culture to our towns. Get your coffee someplace local. Buy your next book from a local bookstore. Shop local and help your town.

6 of DiamondsAttend a live sporting event
Support your local team in any professional sport or even at the college level. Get out there, unwind and take in competition at its finest.

7 of DiamondsTake the stairs and skip all elevators/escalators
Use an extra moment and climb the stairs and get your blood pumping that little bit extra. You never know, you might start a trend.

8 of DiamondsDiscover a new band
Get out of your comfort zone of listening to the same groups again and again. Ask friends for suggestions, check out what Pandora shows as similar or dive into iTunes and find something different and push your mind.

9 of DiamondsSubscribe to a magazine for someone
Magazines are great learning tools. They bring information right to your mailbox monthly. Find a magazine you think someone would enjoy and send a subscription to them. They will think of you monthly.

10 of DiamondsTake a vacation
You’ve earned it. OK, maybe you haven’t and you should still take one. Just before a vacation we get focused and busy at work and then on a vacation we can unplug, unwind and create a memory that we otherwise would have missed

Jack of DiamondsLeave a huge tip
Ever work in the service industry? If you have you know that you can change someone’s day with an unexpectedly large tip. Never worked in the service industry, you should and then you would understand.

Queen of DiamondsMake friends with someone new
Meet your children’s friend’s parents. Meet someone you see at the coffee shop each morning. Make a new friend and see what doors open for both of you.

King of DiamondsSay thank you
You do this all the time as second nature (we hope) Be intentional about saying thank you to someone (or a group of some ones) that have impacted your life. Gratitude goes a long way

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Ace of SpadesSing karaoke
You might not be able to sing. You might have stage fright. Don’t worry most of the people who are there can’t sing either. Relax and enjoy a night of getting uncomfortable.

2 of SpadesSupport the arts
Every town has a local theatre. Take in a dance performance or a play that is going on. Encourage those that invest their time and talents and experience something magical

3 of SpadesCreate a work of art
Pull out those paints. Get some pencils and start sketching. You don’t have to make something to frame, just create and find amazing new answers to questions you have been stuck on.

4 of SpadesSpend a day with a child
Take your child for a day of just the two of you. Don’t have a child, borrow a niece or nephew. Children need role models and relationships. Take a day and work on developing yours.

5 of SpadesDownload a new app
Who knows what app. Open up the app store on your phone and download the top suggested or top free or go looking for an app that can help solve a problem you have. Technology is everywhere so embrace it.

6 of SpadesTake a friend out to dinner
Everyone eats. Take a friend and spend a meal together. Catch up, talk about life, and eat great food. You will be happy you did.

7 of SpadesGo on a road trip
Everywhere in the country has someplace close enough to make for a fun road trip. Jump in the car and off you go to create a memory and experience an adventure.

8 of SpadesLearn more about something you are interested in
With the growth of Google there is nothing out of reach anymore. Want to know more about Greek Mythology, Google it. Want to learn more about bridges, Google it. There is something you have wanted to know so take a moment and Google it.

9 of SpadesRepaint a room
Nothing will change a day more than a new color. Paint that bathroom, bedroom or office that you have been thinking about doing. It will give you a new lease on creativity.

10 of SpadesGive a gift to someone for no reason
We all feel better when we can make others feel better (believe it or not) Next time you see something that you know someone you know would enjoy, send it to them!

Jack of SpadesDrink water
Looking to improve your health and eat better, the first place to start is drinking those 8 cups of water a day. Get a bottle that holds 64oz and fill it. Drink it all before the day ends.

Queen of SpadesVisit an art gallery
Savor a moment surrounded by beautiful works of art and explore an art gallery. New thoughts will fill your mind and new solutions found

King of SpadesGo on a picnic
Nature is there for you to embrace and too often we enjoy nature out the window of our car or office. Grab your meal and grab a seat on the grass and enjoy a little time with Mother Nature. When was the last time you visited her?

Just draw one card from your deck a week and it will make for a wonderful year of growth and change. At the end of that year you will never be the same!

This challenge can be started at any time and does not have to start with a new year. Start today and good luck.

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6 Warning Signs That You Are Using Social Media Wrong

We have heard from many “gurus” “experts” and even “ninjas” about making sure we develop relationships on social media. Do any of them really help us figure out how to use Social Media correctly or do they just come up with cool sounding titles for themselves?

Where else can you post to 1 billion users? How many other places are there that you can tweet to millions of people? Are there other places to connect with that many other professionals without even getting out of bed?

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and so many other platforms have come onto the scene and every company is looking to social media to solve all of their challenges.

Here is a list of 6 warning signs that you are using social media wrong AND tips to help you with each of them so you can move in the right direction.

1) Your profile is not up to date
The first thing that people learn about you is what you have in your profile. If you are not up to date, then you are doing it wrong! Check to be sure you have the important jobs showing up and not all of the odd jobs you have had.
What about your contact info? If you are hoping to have people reach out and contact you make sure you are openly sharing your correct contact information. Get over the issue of someone might spam you!

Now let’s take a look at some of the things that you are posting, tweeting, and sharing on the different social media platforms and the warning signs that you are using social media wrong…

2)It is all about you
Take a look at your recent postings. Are they all about the wonderful things you are doing? Then you are doing it wrong. Make sure you are helping others solve problems. Make sure you are you sharing with others something you learned, read or saw. Make sure you remember that success on social media comes from listening, not talking

3)You post and run
When you do post something of value and people comment or retweet your posting do you return to engage with them? If you aren’t then you are doing it wrong. Take a moment to say thank you, to answer the follow-up question, to stay part of the conversation.
4)You are in it for the Klout perks
The point of a posting or a tweet is to share and engage, not get 500 people to like something so your Klout score can climb. If that is why you are posting, then you are doing it wrong! It is better to have 5 people comment and engage with you fully then 500 people comment and not really care. Care about Klout, then get Klout Klarity
5)You tag everyone for no reason
Are you are the person posting a photo, making a comment or writing a tweet and tagging or mentioning everyone possible for no reason other than you hope they will engage with you? You are doing it wrong! Tag people in photos with you. Tag someone who you are talking about. Mention someone who you are engaging with. Do not just tag hoping people pay attention to you.
6)You are extremely negative
Everyone has a bad day. If you are having a bad life and sharing it all the time, you are doing it wrong! Be transparent on social media and don’t post about some perfect life you aren’t really living. Don’t be the person that never has anything positive to say and wants to complain and bring everyone else down.

You can do it right and these 6 Warning Signs That You Are Using Social Media Wrong should help you make steps in the right direction.

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