It never ceases to amaze me: people that say social media isn’t working for them also put very little effort into it.
That’s my opinion, because I’ve seen this over and over anecdotally, but there’s also data behind it. The proof can be found in the results of a scientific survey, which shows, companies that hardly try social media, get frustrated with the results and quit easily.
People give up on Twitter because they don’t see a lot of retweets or followers. They give up on Facebook because there’s few fans and fewer likes. They’ve opted not to experiment with Pinterest or Google+ — after all if the first two sites didn’t work why would these? But it’s not the sites, it’s the user.
If someone asks, “How come I don’t have more followers?” Answer this question with a question: “Well, when you first walk into a party are people lining up to chat with you?” If they aren’t then you’ll probably have to work a little harder at Twitter.
I read somewhere recently a workplace story about employees and flexible hours. I cannot find the link now, but the quote when something like this: flexible hours is like banking, you’ve got to make some deposits before you have an expectation of withdrawing on credit. In other words, demonstrate your commitment to the organization before making requests for additional benefits. This struck as applicable in so many other areas: relationships, marketing and social media too.
If you work for a company or a person that’s frustrated with its social media impact, that is to say it’s returns, then start your analysis by examining it’s input. Social media isn’t a panacea; it can be effective, but it takes a dedication and time.
Keep working on it: you get out of social media what you put into it.
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