Summary #SMMW13 – Chris Brogan: social media isn’t the answer

chris brogan #SMMW13This is the first summary of the second day at Social Media Marketing World 2013, recalling the most important points of the talk given by Chris Brogan. I’ll dedicate a whole post to this speech because it deserves it.

Chris Brogan: You’re not going to like this but social media isn’t the answer

This is probably the reason why I came to this event; being able to see the person who’s inspired me since my first day working in new media back in 2007: Chris Brogan. I remember his was the first blog I subscribed to and the first person I followed on Twitter. Since then, I’ve tried to read all his posts, every day, keeping also those I’ve been unable to reed (I have approximately 1,500 emails containing his daily posts.)

Chris is probably the most respected person in the Social Web. This is something you notice when you share a round-table conference with him and other professionals as important as Jay Baer or Mario Sundar tell the audience, “I want to be like Chris Brogan”. He went straight to the point and touched on topics and concepts that no one else talked about during the event. He explained techniques and uses, sharing his knowledge in great detail and depth.

He talks with self-assurance about what he does, sharing useful and valuable reflections with the audience. As the audience, you realise you’re seeing someone who is capable of changing everything. These are the most relevant points I extracted from Chris Brogan’s speech:

  • Stop 80% of what you’re doing and work on the 20% that is making your business happen.
  • Create more businesses, many.
  • Followers don’t stop you from having to pay your mortgage.
  • When Twitter makes you put on weight, lose time and lose control of your followers, then put Twitter on a diet, cut down the time you dedicate to it and stop following those you’re not really following.
  • 200,000 Twitter followers aren’t as productive as the 20,000 blog readers who receive my newsletter every Sunday.
  • Talk about stories that people wish to learn from.
  • Tools are unimportant. What matters is what you’re capable of creating and how this is useful for people.
  • Find the quickest way for your readers to do something on your blog. Ask yourself, what would you like to happen right now? The answer’s easy: for people to subscribe to your newsletter.
  • Don’t work towards getting a larger number, work towards creating lists with the people who love you.

How to control your digital channel

  • If you’re not creating a digital empire, you’re missing your chance to reach the people who’re going to buy off you.
  • Foundations: a website that is responsive: we sell from our own site. However, we don’t simplify because we’ll usually do the following: “come to my store and then go on to any other page with all the information we publish to find distraction”.
  • Social test: Create a very human “About me” page. Connect and remain human.
  • Create a warm, human and simple landing page.
  • Measurements: there is only one measurement and it isn’t the number of newsletters; it’s the number of $$$ in the bank.
  • Empire: we need to improve in our creation of email lists.
  • Blog: my blog is important because more and more people find me because of the strange topics I talk about, not through social media.
  • Social Media: who cares? Time yourself and stop wasting your time on “the community”. Stop what you’re doing. Spend only a short time each day.
  • Sales: my blog produces money, it’s what I need and it also helps to sell my new products.
  • Community: mainly curation and engagement. No one wants to celebrate your victory, people want to celebrate their own victory.
  • Time: spend 39% of my time connecting with people and 51% doing business.

Create your digital platform

  • Blog (home base): here’s where all my effort is going to.
  • Video: I no longer do as much because it takes time and effort.
  • G+: I connect with my community.
  • Twitter: I create conversations and I’m human.
  • E-books: help to build email lists.
  • Podcast: I create community.
  • Email: I reach the people who love me.

Chris’s competitive advantage

During the Q&A after his speech, I wanted to ask Chris a question: “Chris, what’s your competitive advantage, besides your email subscription base?”. This was his answer: “The speed and skill with which I create content that is helpful and useful.” His answer speaks for itself.

Human

I was shocked when before I had time to introduce myself to ask the question, Chris said “My dear friend Isra García, thanks for being here”. That’s what I keep talking about when I refer to Human Media. However, what really grabbed me about meeting Chris Brogan in person was his honesty, humility, clarity and his commitment to giving the best of himself.

After the talk I wanted to greet him and I realised that he really puts his money where his mouth is: when I was going to shake his hand, instead, he gave me a big great hug, saying “We finally meet, it’s such an honour to meet you after such a long time. Thanks for being there always and thanks for reading me!” (This is what I was supposed to have told him, not the other way round! I did get to say it back though.)

He commits to his readers fully. He understands where the value of his brand is, what he does. And where the money in his bank account comes from. Undoubtedly, attending #SMMW13 has been worth it just by listening to and meeting Chris Brogan, as well as Guy Kawasaki.

However, another of the reasons to attend was to travel Route 66 and end up at Coachella, but that’s another story… and perhaps a post.

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For those of you who have and for those of you who haven´t managed to attend the conference I spoke about GO SOCIAL in Fundesem Business School into the International MBA area , I invite you to click on the link below. Find out multiple ways to go beyond social media, add an extra strength to your business and enjoy a very up-to-date speech.
Go Social: Step into a New World of Opportunities…by Isra García.

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Go Social – Social Media: Step Into a New World of Opportunities

On Friday, September 24th 2010, I’ll be talking about: “Go Social – Social Media Step into a New World of Opportunities”

Empowering Business and Communities Beyond Social

“Isra García, responsible for the project “La dipu en la red”, developed for the County Council of Valencia, encourages you to speak the language of people: “Let’s speak Social Media!”

Enrico Ahrens Solera Program Director (IMBA) in Fundesem Business School.

As the starting point of my talks around Spain and South America, I’ve the pleasure to do it in the Business School, in which I’ve grown up both as a person as a professional.

Who Should attend?

Social media enthusiasts, community managers, marketers (traditional and digital), people from communication and advertising, developers, creatives, 2.0 beings and all kind of folks that want to go deeper in this thing called Social Media and what evolves it.

Why Should you attend?

Because you know that there is something beyond the social-networks. Because we are on the gates to a new marketing world and the way we used to communicate one each other has changed, has evolved into what we know today as Social Media. Because traditional advertising methods are no longer valid as they were before. Because we live in a overly communicated world, and we need to innovate and be remarkable and yes,you guessed, with Social Media, we can do it! Basically, because we are going to move from thinking to doing. You will learn how to draw and integrate some powerful Social Media concepts ( from social media business strategy to social media personal branding, to name a few…) Social Media is a topic in which everybody has an opinion or let’s say, something to say, but scarcely does any body put a solution on the table. Well, I will not tell you how to make a million $, but I will tell you how to use Social Media to keep on track and don’t lose insight.

To those who want to start moving their marketing into alignment with this new world. Go Social with us and discover what it truly means.

Let’s speak the language of the people, let’s speak Social Media


What you’ll learn?

You have heard from everyone that you should get started, ok that is cool. But, now what? Let’s explore some potential concepts and talk about how it could work for you from a significant perspective. At the end, this is about to make business, increase your profits, lower the investment and double the income, more profits with fewer resources. Is not beautiful?

If you believe in Social Media and you attend this conference, you will be able to:

  • Understanding what is social media and if it works for you and your business
  • Having a social media plan for your business to follow
  • Realizing how Social Media changes the communication process in your business model
  • Managing and optimize your time and resources in Social Media
  • Empowering yourself – and why not, your business – using Social Media a potential tool
  • Learning what the best a most useful social media tools are
  • Meeting the social media environment so you will be able to choose what social platforms best meets your needs
  • Restarting all over again using social media as a catalyst for change
  • Learning what to do is helpful, but is much more learning what no to do if you want to live from Social Media
  • Real case studies where you will learn how to develop a Social Media strategy and integrate it in your general strategy
  • How develop and carry out geo-location strategies to amplify the reach of your business services

Are You Coming?

Click here to attend this conference!

Far away? Busy? No way to make it?

Yo may follow the conference online in Fundesem tv, either in real-time or when you like.

#gosocial

Moreover, you can follow the conference via twitter, through the hashtag #gosocial. It’ll give you the opportunity to join the conversation, even if you can’t attend the event. You just need to find #gososocial and you’ll be ready for asking questions and networking with others.

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