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Jwolf9541

Glad to see you back Steve. And I fully agree with your last two sentences. However, keeping our business' name in front of a potential or past customer is always important. In this internet age, it is ever easier to not shop with a local business. The potential with social media is to keep my business in the public's mind for the time they need us or our service.

David Newman

Steve,
Extremely well put - as usual.

Not sure what magnetically attracts the 2 phrases "social media" and "idiots" but my own take on this is here:
http://www.doitmarketing.com/blog/bid/72146/The-REAL-Idiot-s-Guide-to-Social-Media-Marketing

Rock on - and say "Hi" to Kelly.

Your NSA pal,
David Newman

Anna

Hi Steve,
I like your post. I am not a big fan of social media. I use it for personal use maybe once a week if I have time. I don't see it as a business tool, unless you are a retailer running an ad in the side bar. Even then I don't need to find what I'm looking for by using a social media tool.

Our company isn't using it at all because we don't see the ROI either and we can't afford to hire someone to maintain it.

I actually had to use social media last week to resolve a billing issue I had with a dentist. It was impossible to get someone to fix the problem over the phone. I tried for six months. I went on to their facebook and posted something about it and got an immediate response. Problem solved. Then they asked me if I would please delete the post. So I did. I never thought I would have to resort to facebook to help me fix a problem.

Steve Miller

To JWolf9541, Thanks for welcoming me back. I didn't publicize it, but my father passed away last month, so between business travel and that, other things fell through the cracks.

Using social media to keep your auto dealership in front of people? How are you doing that? And how did you do that before social media?

Steve

Richard Schenkar

Steve:
I agree with your perceptions. I have been studying social media to be used in the context of litigation preparation. Some of the disclosures people make are troubling and some are worthy of using on cross-examination. I counsel people to monitor their presence online and to check the online presence of their clients.
/s/Richard Schenkar

Mary Chisholm

Steve,

Amen! I haven't quite figured it out for B:B like our company. I do have a YouTube page where I put videos we have done at tradeshows of new product introductions and that works well. Still have a learning curve there too. I can see the use for B:C but we are still working at getting them to raise their hand so we each know the other exists. For a small company it is overwhelming and because of the time involved, we haven't jumped in wholeheartedly yet. Thanks for your comments; always food for thought.

Gary Jones

Steve,

Great post. Our company has not jumped into the social medai craze yet. I am concerned about the amount of time reqired to monitor and maintain a socail presence. I just read a survey done by Gardner Publications regarding media usage. It is a little biased because they do print and not social, but their findings show that in the manufacturing sector, print is at the top of the list. Social media is at the bottom of the rating in every catagory. We are planning on slowly trying it out to see how it goes, but I'm skeptical about using social medai in the manufacturing sector. Most shop owners are more concerned about keeping their doors open that they are in social media.

Scott Hasson

If you are using social media and you don't have strategy in place, you are wasting your time. There should be some specific social media goals directed to a target audience. Charlene Li explains how to do this quite well in her book on social media called Groundswell. I highly recommend this book if you are struggling with your social media plan.

Kimberley

Steve - loved your article. I've been given the daunting task of running social media for a non-profit and I truly struggle with marketing/sales side of it. I look at social media as more of a way to interact with those who believe in our mission. Continuing the research and trying to keep up with the ever changing landscape. Thanks Again.

Jonathan Branca

This is great stuff Steve, and that's coming from a social media fan. I agree with you on all points. It seems as though many of us are feeling the pressure to engage in social out of fear that we'll be way behind in the future. However, I know people who no longer have a personal email address because all interaction is done on Facebook. So I wonder if communicating via social will someday be the primary method of electronic communication. Regardless of the new shiny object, the Message will always be the constant in what we should be focusing on. The channel that carries these messages will never stop being the variable. Trying to keep up is futile.

Sorry for your loss Steve. Keep up the great work!

Ryan

I enjoyed the post! I definitely agree more than I disagree... but as you pointed out more than once - it is a tool. My theory is to avoid the "fads" and wait to get involved with what is "proven." Facebook has proven to me that it is here to stay for awhile (I can't say the same for pintrest and many others and see no point in jumping on the band-wagon... yet). As you mentioned in a recent post about Hotels, there are some customer "expectations" - and for us, Facebook is definitely and expectation of our customer. I was skeptical at first, but we are seeing our true fans that love our company and love our products referring us (via their own posts) to their facebook friends. I know you believe strongly in referrals... so this should make you proud!
We don't make a lot of money from our Social Media, but it is great to see new business come from it, stay top-of-mind, and even learn more about our customers from the interactions.

David Sims

Steve,
I agree. I've "spent" a lot of money trying to market on line. (I hired some very enthusiastic, expert online marketers.) The bottom line was a lot of money spent on squeeze pages, web sites, etc. with almost nil return. My best return comes from direct mail.
David
PS Too bad you won't be at the superconference.

Jon Thorp

Steve,

Great Blog! On a personal level, I'm an early adopter of social media. I even used to use MySpace (what's that?).

Even so, I'm hesitant to suggest a social media program to any of my clients until it has more proven business value.

Another aspect that is worth mentioning is the amounts of social mediums popping up. Like you mentioned, Pinterest is the latest "gotta be there" social medium that everyone is raving about. But, when it comes down to it, there are only so many hours in the day. Even with all this new technology, people are still people, and still only able to dedicate themselves to a couple information sources on a regular basis.

I liken a lot of these social mediums to the dotcom crash of 10+ years ago. There were a ton of new websites out there - all of which were "going to make a ton of money." The problem is the business was all speculative. There were more and more websites popping up - none of them making money - and eventually the bubble burst.

I see the same thing happening with social media. There are more and more options popping up - each with a "gotta be there" mantra from experts. Eventually this bubble is going to burst, and that's when it's going to be clear which mediums are worth pursuing.

bernie

Brilliant Steve....I could have written this myself....PS I have posted a link to your website on my Facebook page.

Davidmcbee

Agreed. Agreed. Agreed. Social media can be great. (I'll tweet this article and probably post it on my facebook), but it's not the end all and be all of Internet Marketing for most businesses. Good stuff. Thanks for putting the social media frenzy into perspective. BTW, you'll probably like this Twitter infographic: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/270050_188778551184151_172087382853268_501495_7825861_n.jpg

Levi Sim

So...am i supposed to retweet this or not?

Thank you for this insightful review--this should help us all get back on track.

Steve Miller

Levi,
Very funny! I was waiting to see if anybody made a joke about that. Did you also happen to catch my own little joke in my post?

Luke DiSilvestro

Finally!! I was almost afraid to admit it myself, even though I use social media. It is a tool, not the Holy Grail. You are spot on in everything you said. The truth has set us free.

John

Social media is not a time suck if you manage it properly. As for the "show me the money" statement, you should be using analytics to gather measurable data. Too many companies just dump content on social media sites and expect it to work magic. You need to know your audience for the different sites, interact with them, and post accordingly. At my company I am in charge of producing online content. I set down weeks/months in advance with our managers and plan out a timeline for topics that match our products, create the content, and then monitor the response. This then serves as a template for future content.

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