by: Carol Bryant
That title grabbed your attention, right? If you blog, write, and/or micro-blog (i.e. Twitter, Facebook), the flurry avalanche of social media tools available is, quite simply, overwhelming. Knowing what social media apps to use and which networks are best for you is important but so is being creative in those you do manage.
Being creative with social media and using the imagination to transcend that creativity can be a challenging task, for the most experienced and beginning blogger. Joanne McGonagle of The Tiniest Tiger and Paris Permenter of Dogtipper know how to meet that challenge…and then some. Both ladies have a tremendous following and impart these tips to anyone, anywhere, at any stage of social media involvement:
Personally I try to learn as much as I can and focus on a few social media networks rather than be small ripple in dozens of them.
Regardless of what social media platforms you join, tending to them is crucial. Treat your social media as you would a plant; don’t water it and it wilts; overwater it and suddenly, well, it wilts. Joanne and Paris agree:
Use Images in Social Media
Who amongst us remembers flipping through encyclopedias? I loved the pictures that accompanied the text. If you don’t recall hard cover encyclopedias (or the guy who went door-to-door selling them), the message was this: read it and see something to associate with it. The same holds true for social media. Dogtipper and The Tiniest Tiger are shining examples of this aspect:
Use Social Media Advantageously
Joanne created a product and successfully promoted it online.
This sounds elemental, but you’d be surprised how many people aren’t listening to their own voice. Be creative and determine what makes your voice unique. Copycats tend to get lost in the shuffle.
What are you doing to foster your social media relationships? Have you found one platform more successful than another? We welcome feedback and comments.
Great ideas Carol. I agree that you need to choose social media platforms that make sense for you and grow those rather than scattering your efforts and not doing well, or a thorough job, on any of them!
This was a great article, Carol. I learned alot of this in a course I took through We Grow Media. And if we look at it as building relationships, of course, that is what we want to do, right? Great piece.
Good points, Carol. I just ran across an infographic on a sorta similar topic — how to maximize your tweets if anyone wants in on a few Twitter secrets. http://tinyurl.com/maxyourtweets