One of Today’s Hot Topics – Social Media Etiquette

Social media etiquette and rules are something you should take the time to familiarize yourself with. They are very common sense rules that will make your social media experience that much better.

You should always use a real picture of yourself. The picture I have displayed here is one I snapped with my webcam while I was working and use on many of my social media platforms. Get a camera or use your webcam to snap one and just make it nice. People want to see you – NOT your avatar.

Other things to consider when doing your social media:

  • Promoting yourself – promoting yourself or your business is a good thing, just don’t overdo it.
  • Promote others – people like to see their content being promoted and read. Promoting others is good as long the content is useful to your readers and good content.
  • Comment – Comment on others people content, but be sure to mind your P’s & Q’s – thank you and you’re welcome go a long way at gaining respect and making you more likeable.
  • RT – (re-tweet) other’s content – re-tweeting is great and people love to be re-tweeted, but again make sure the content is good and relevant to your readers or your purpose.
  • Give credit – always give credit to someone when you tweet / re-tweet / post to wall.
  • Participate – be sure to respond to people who tweet / re-tweet / post to your wall or comment on your content in some way.
  • Link to content / persons – always link to the content you are sharing and if you mention someone be sure to link to them in some way. You can link to their profile, website, blog, or put the @ sign in front of their name on twitter (@rhondaholscher). Be sure that there are no spaces.
    • Google likes links and can help others gain recognition through Google.
  • Relevant content – don’t post something and link to something else. Make sure they are relevant. For instance if I tell everyone that my daughter just got her yellow belt (which she did by the way) don’t put up a link to a sales page or blog post that is totally irrelevant. This is a sure fire way to annoy people and I know I won’t keep clicking on your links if you do that. Deceptive content is NOT a good thing.
  • Do NOT DM / PM (direct message / private message) someone your promotions unless they want you to. That belongs in your tweets or on your wall.
  • Do NOT bash or sabotage others. Being hateful is unprofessional, unkind, and unnecessary and another sure fire way to annoy your followers. This can damage someone’s reputation that might not really deserve it. If someone makes you angry or does something horrible to you then don’t deal with them anymore, but don’t start a war in the social media zone. We are all grown-ups! Right?
  • Keep it personable – Do not automate your responses. Reply in person as often as possible. People want to hear from you not your robot.

Let’s hear your thoughts on social media etiquette and rules. Which ones do you observe? Share them with us so we can all utilize social media more effectively and conscientiously.

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One of Today’s Hot Topics – Social Media Etiquette — 3 Comments

    • Claribel,

      Hello and thank you for stopping by my website.

      To answer your question… does it matter? Yes, I believe it matters. At least it does to me. I want to be connected to people, and the impression I leave behind is important to me. My image is important to me.

      What’s so significant about it? Well, social media is a great way to connect with people and more specifically with people that can help you to grow your business. Not only can you create fantastic relationships in the general sense, but you can also build your lead list. Now I’m not going to say that it might take some time to do that because it certainly might, but I’m thinking it’s worth the time.

      You really think it could happen? Ok, assuming your question means do I think that social media can help you build your business then my answer is yes. Absolutely. If that is not what you meant please be more specific.

      Social media is about making connections and building relationships. It’s no different than going to your social networking events except that it is all done online. Your prospects are online everyday and you should be to. You should always be where your prospects are trying to make those connections and build those relationships because that is what’s going to build trust and you know that trust is a key factor in any industry, but especially in an industry like yours. If I’m going to have someone build a custom cedar fence then I want to know that that person is trustworthy. A custom cedar fence I would imagine is fairly expensive and before I put that kind of money out there I would like to know if I can trust that person or not. Will I be happy with their work ethic? Will I be happy with the finished product?

      What are you doing to help your prospects to trust you? Are you building relationships with them first?

      Your site is very nice by the way. I hope that your week is going great so far, and I look forward to hearing your response.

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