What you shouldn’t be doing

What’s on your list of thing you shouldn’t be doing?

  • Counting likes as a success metric.
  • Checking your social networks every 30 minutes.
  • Verifying your email inbox 15 times a day.
  • Writing the article at the end of the night.
  • Leaving the hardest task for the last of all.
  • Working on assuming rather than on questioning.
  • Preparing yourself 30 minutes before the performance.
  • Rambling 3/4 of the times you should get straight to the point.
  • Talking the double of the times you are doing.
  • Cursing everyone when you don’t get results.
  • Eating so much before going to bed.
  • Ignoring “the story in your mind”.
  • Feeding yourself only when the clock says so.
  • Embracing bad habits.
  • Eating wheat.
  • Taking salt, sugar and flour.
  • Reading books only from time to time.
  • Lowering your manipulation degree.
  • What a powerful technique in order to be focused.

Every morning when you wake up, take a look at the list and focus on sticking to two or three particular items. New distractions or time killers will come up, while others will drop down.

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13 ways to add human understanding to the Internet

If the Internet is made up of people, I don’t understand why brands use the Internet to communicate and market their products in a way that keeps them at a distance from human relations. If human relations are the essence of the social media, I don’t understand why no one is connecting and humanising instead of just sending out the same message 100 times, aiming to have an impact or simply wanting us to click on an ad in Facebook, LinkedIn or during a YouTube video.

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How to add the human touch and understanding to the Internet

Thinking about this, I hope some of the things included here may help us to understand the term “humanise” in regard to the Internet and social media.

1. Establish the foundations for listening: spend your time processing everything that’s being said about you or your organisation and do something with this. For instance, you can offer an answer to your audience. You may not know this but they’re the new “killer App”.

2. Respond to LinkedIn invites in a personal way, reviewing the other person’s profile, taking care in how to word your message to connect with the other party. Offer individual personalised answers and don’t use templates. It works for me. The same goes for emails.

3. Start or finish any comment, message, tweet, recommendation, review or shared content by naming the person you’re addressing.

4. Always answer any comment made and try to do what you’d like people to do with you: leave a comment, RT, “like”, “recommend”, “vote” or mention.

5. Speak positively, deal with situations with optimism, even when faced with harsh criticism or comments. Don’t lose your nerve and let humour reign. Researchers from Georgia Tech found that staying positive, useful and resonating is a tactic that leads to the trust and credibility needed for people to purchase at our store.

6. Look for ways to be innovative, staying true to yourself. For instance, use a word or catchphrase that is close to you, even one you make up. For instance, “rock on”. It may seem daft but try it out and see.

7. Look for conversations that are close to your interests. For instance, the contact made between a designer and a programmer to create a new blog, or contacts made between food lovers and the cooking blog you’ve discovered. So, make that introduction, connect!

8. Take an interest on subjects that may also be of interest to your audience and offer them information. For instance, if you’re a hotel, recommend tour routes. If you’re a dinner restaurant, talk about places where you can go for a drink later or recommend clubs. If you’re a club, recommend a good after-party.

9. Filter information that may be useful to your community and transform it into actionable points you can work with. For instance, if you provide a guide on how to install plug-ins in WordPress, explain exactly what plug-ins you need to install and summarise the steps you need to take in a direct way. Otherwise, you’re not really contributing anything new.

10. Perhaps through your experience and knowledge, even through your failures, you may extract conclusions, reflections or moments –transferred into content- that may connect with your audience and which betters them. This would be equipping them. Try talking about when you lost your nerve with a client, when you launched a campaign with the wrong target or when you paid your Facebook “Ads” with the wrong credit card.

11. Look for conversations regarding your brand on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ (hint: look for hashtags and keywords). When you find them, engage in them, contribute your point of view, share, recommend, provide information or clarify doubts.

12. Every time you want to read something interesting, spend 5 minutes looking for it among the content posted by your audience / followers / fans. You’re sure to find something worthwhile, something you can share and recommend. We’ll be grateful!

13. Ask your community what they want from you, don’t be afraid! Then, work towards making it possible if you can’t offer it right away. For instance, if people complained that there weren’t enough women in your last event, work to fix this in time for the next event.

Obvious?

I honestly think I’m not really discovering uncharted territory here. Neither is it a cure for all. Similarly, discovering humanity on the Internet or in social media is a greatly complex task. A paradox perhaps? What do you think?

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How to save time on the Internet and make something happen

save time on the social webGiven the increasing number of emails that our inbox receives each day, the hundreds of tweets we write or receive each day, toxic meetings and tons of information running to our door every day, there’s only one thing we can do: set boundaries separating work that really makes a difference from work that is merely good or completely mediocre and useless.

I’ve discovered a few boundaries on the Internet that help me save the time needed to make things happen and to get the work that matters going.

Meetings and events

Forget about meetings in person unless they’re indispensable, they have a purpose, a limited time frame and all attendees have a role appointed. Instead, you can set meetings on Skype or Hangout. My estimates are that a daily meeting with your work team shouldn’t be longer than 30 minutes; a meeting with a supplier, 15 minutes; and any important case, never longer than an hour. When you meet through Skype or Hangout it is always easier to get out of the meeting at the right moment.

Isolate yourself from networking events, conferences, workshops, seminars, presentations, webinars or blogtrips. That’s when you should be working. The best time to switch on is when everyone else switches off.

Social Media

  • Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn won’t make it happen. These are only platforms that will strengthen what you create and maximise your reach. Keep them open, it’s great if they pay you not to lose track of any conversations, keep track of people who mention you or answer messages or friend requests right away.
  • Use your tablet PC or smartphone as a recreational tool when you’re outside your workplace, on the tube, on the plane, train, on your way home for lunch, at home on the sofa, etc. It is then that you can check to see what’s going on in social media. Try to produce work when you’re sitting at your computer or standing in front of an empty blackboard and make the most of the time when you’re answering simple emails (those you answer to with an ‘ok’. ‘wow’, ‘great’…) to check Twitter, to Check-In, upload photos to Instragram or Pinterest or to record a video.
  • If you practice sport, consider making the most of your time by doing all irrelevant work then – checking on Twitter that a meteorite hasn’t fallen to earth.
  • Programme the post you want to publish in your blog the night before, and also what you’ll be tweeting about it. Answer any comments at the end of the day you launch. You’re not going to generate further change or earn more money by answering straight away.
  • Believe that the world doesn’t revolve around you. Give your community time to digest the information you publish. Distribute it according to a logical timeline.
  • When you join a LinkedIn group, ask for the “weekly digest” rather than a daily summary.
  • Sharing one extremely useful item of content a day is much more worthwhile than sharing 20 things that are run-of-the-mill.
  • Deal with any requests you receive from people with precise, straightforward questions. The aim is to have a more precise, well-defined and direct way to help them.

Mobile

  • Don’t use WhatsApp with your professional contacts, followers, suppliers or clients unless you want to be bombarded frequently. WhatsApp makes sense for 3 messages to the point; after that, you’re better off calling.
  • Ignore phone calls from unknown or hidden numbers. If something is important, they will leave a voice mail or they’ll let you know who they are and what they want.

Email

  • When you’re on the 5th message in the same email chain, make a phone call and get it sorted, you’re already wasting too much time.
  • Use different email accounts for each client/project. This may seem crazy, but it’s a great way to classify, optimise and centralise topics and such volume of information. I currently handle 20 email accounts.
  • The less words you use in your communications, the more time you’ll be saving. You’ll also realise that you can say as much in 200 characters as you were going to in almost 1,000. Simple is beautiful.
  • Unsubscribe from all newsletters you don’t wish to receive. And make a claim if you continue receiving them.

Processes

  • Keep a copy of everything you do in Evernote: emails, projects, proposals, ideas, reflections, etc. You never know where an idea can come from or, maybe, where you can use it again in a similar context.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts. If you work with a Mac, the spacebar works a treat!
  • Write down your ideas as items or doodles. It’s simpler, faster, easier to understand and more direct.

What other shortcuts do you take to save time on the Internet so that things can happen more frequently?

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How to succeed quickly in the Social Web and the Internet – disruptive version

success easy internetI usually get asked questions by email which seem very specific but are as vast as the universe itself. These questions are of the following kind: “What can I do with my brand/company to position it on the Internet quickly?”, “How can I reach all my potential audience on the social web?” or “I need some advice to increase my company/brand on the Internet, help me!

Some are even more bold and direct: “What do I do to be successful in social media?”, “How do I maximise my effort on the Internet and social networks to obtain real results?”, “I need any type of advice you can give me to get results in social media” or “Could you give me any idea to sell more online?”

Success awaits you

Clearly everyone wants to be successful on the social web and Internet. And, of course, they, want that success to be fast, simple, effortless and using a special trick you download from the Internet. Oh, and I forget! It must also be free.

This is the answer to those who ask how to quickly be successful on the social web and in social networks overnight:

  • Help out a lot. Helping out isn’t taking advantage of a situation.
  • Share large amounts of useful and valuable content. Sharing doesn’t mean your own content.
  • Make it visual: use photos and videos. Remember they must be useful and valuable.
  • Say what you think. Be yourself. Use your own voice.
  • Just accept that many people won’t like you. That will help you focus on those who do.
  • Decide what it is you want to do and do it.
  • If you have something to say, say it.
  • Create chaos, start revolutions, bring about disruptive innovations, go against the flow.
  • Launch as many ideas as you can. Start things that are easy and quick to start, take on small risks.
  • Adopt a small movements strategy – those are the ones that matter.
  • Market what you do, make the most of every occasion, however small. Everything can be communicated. Marketing involves coherence, intelligence, subtlety and results. However, self-glorification means laziness, selfishness, despair and babble.
  • Do whatever may create change in people/customers and show it to the world.
  • Make your strong point your life constant in your daily work flow. That’s how you’ll be creating something that no one else usually does.
  • Come up with a blog that serves a purpose to both you and your audience, a blog that makes them better. Create it, launch it against the market and blog 366 days a year (yes, you read it right, 366!).
  • Don’t work for the likes, comments or RTs. Do it to get deeper into the problem and find the solution.
  • Consider euros in the bank as your end measurement. And work towards achieving them.
  • Invest time, Sundays, nap times, holidays, vacations and Christmas to creating your personal brand.
  • Connect in the most human way possible with the people you know in the social web. That’s what they’re expecting.
  • Use the social media universe  – not the other way round!
  • There’s life beyond LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest – just kidding!
  • Forget about online reputation and invest time in monitoring, analytics, ROI and online branding.
  • Ignore Whatsapp.
  • Be very active. You should be everywhere at all times, helping and being useful.
  • Don’t take calls while you’re doing important work.
  • Close Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and your email and do what needs to be done to make an impact.
  • Don’t accept meaningless meetings, only those with clear objectives, a defined agenda and with people in charge at every step. That is, accept only 5% of your meetings.
  • If you want to do business, go do it. But don’t say you’re going to network at an event if you’re there to do business.
  • Don’t go to so many conferences, seminars or workshops. Instead, spend more time with a blank sheet of paper and do, experiment, fail and try something different.
  • Being an expert won’t help you to be successful. It will only serve to see how wide, round and deep your own bellybutton is.
  • Change masters degrees and advanced courses for blogs, videos, TED conferences and your own experiences.
  • Trace your own plan, establish your goals, develop a strategy and find your spark.
  • Don’t say you’re an online/social entrepreneur, prove it!
  • Use all your followers, readers, fans and connections to promote those beneath you. It’s easy, doesn’t take much time and it seems to be a strategy that works.
  • If no one offers you to take part in an event, workshop, initiative or movement, build one yourself and invite yourself. Think of something amazing.
  • Results are king, not content.
  • Take the maximum possible number of fans, followers or whatever you want to call them to your website.
  • Use calls to actions wherever you go.
  • Take care of your community.
  • Talk to clients and ask them in what other ways you could help them.
  • Stay human and value human relationships above everything else.
  • Transparency, honesty, authenticity, coherence, being consistent and passionate, excitement and determination are the keys for anything to work.

I told you, overnight. You want to be successful? Then go and be successful.

You don’t claim or pretend victory, you win it!

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How to Rock your Company or Brand with Social Media

It all has to do with rocking, the rocking you create, share and learn. So, here are some of my ideas to rock your company or brand in the Social Web:

Rocking Social Media

  • Objectives: if you don’t know where you want to go before you get started, you’re better off staying where you are.
  • Don’t run: you will fail. Your family, your boss, your colleagues, even I, know it. Fail fast, and learn what works and what doesn’t faster still.
  • Take a run-up: jot things down, work hard, don’t settle with what you’re doing. In social media you can always do more than what you’re doing. Vertigo? No, it’s a springboard!
  • Excellence in excellence: take care of every detail in your online presence: design, profile pictures, banners, bio, descriptions, titles, spelling mistakes, punctuation marks, permanent beta, elaborate communications, fast and efficient answers, taking a real interest for your people and, always, going a little bit further.
  • Listen without talking: listen to the conversations that go on in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn updates, blogs, and forums. Show up, contribute and add to the conversation but don’t just show up and start a preaching discourse, you’ll be ignored!
  • Share even yourself: don’t speak of yourself only, we can all do that. Share whatever you think is valuable and adds to the change. Do it often and see how you start connecting with opportunities and people. The more you share, the “luckier” you’ll be. Here’s an example: Eva Collado.
  • Create change: I’m sure you have something to say to the world. When that happens, you create change. Start a blog, create a hashtag, a LinkedIn group, a Pinterest board or a blog/email in Posterous and shed some light. We’re expecting it.
  • Human is sexy: when we speak of love affairs, “opposites attract” is tantamount to saying “even if I’m not interested in what you do, we could get into bed together and see what happens.” We’re looking for people like us. Therefore, we’re looking for brands and companies like us: human, a kindred spirit, in line with us and with whom we share an interest. This is no different. Brands are increasingly human because they give off emotions, feelings, warmth. They resonate. They are increasingly human because they connect with us in different ways; they listen to us, hold conversations with us and care about us. That’s quite sexy!
  • Speak the same language: speak in a close, familiar and friendly way with those with whom you interact.
  • Always answer: maybe you’ve got enough on your plate or you’re “busy” like we all like to say, but unless you’re Lady Gaga, David Guetta or Justin Bieber, answer, we arrived at your doorstep, don’t let us down now!
  • Do something: you thought you were going to get off scot-free? Get out there and do something: contests, promotions, offers, cross campaigns with your partners/sponsors, set a calendar for publications, landing pages to measure traffic, creative campaigns to measure your reach and participation, communicating with your community one to one, open days for your fans/followers/readers or product trial to get some feedback. Anything, but do something: that is the driving force behind creating value.
  • Social CRM rocks: you can create one without having software costing 10,000€. You can start with the information you gather from your clients when you follow and monitor them, or the information you collect when you interact with them. You can bring together all this information in a spreadsheet used as a database and classify and handle it in cells with fields regarding your clients.
  • Analytics are hot: of course they are! Everyone is doing the same: publishing, sharing photos, answering and, in the best of cases, observing how the number of followers/connections/contacts/readers/fans grows, as well as embedding links and videos. So, when the analytics with results arrive, with variables and ways to get where we want to go, then yes, we get crazy hot!

The key to being brilliant is, in fact, being brilliant, not pretending to be.

Rock on.

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How to make the social web work for you

I often receive email requests with a very specific question that, nonetheless, can involve something as wide as the universe itself. Questions such as, “What can I do with my brand/company to position it on the Internet quickly?”, “How can I reach all my potential public present in the social web?” or “I need some advice to make my brand/company grow on the Internet, help me!”.

How to make the social web work for you

I’m outside social media

I don’t really care how others are using the social networks or social media. I used to care but not anymore. What I care about is discovering new paths to make the social web and Internet work in such a way that new business may be fostered, designing new digital roads beyond the social media and making a personal brand, agency or company more useful, connected and valuable. Using the social web and the Internet to develop your knowledge and expertise towards creating change, leveraging your influence towards new opportunities, strengthening processes, people and brands, building scalable ideas and launching new projects beyond the digital noughts and ones. That’s it.

How to get “this” to work

That’s what takes up my time, making sure that you get the tools, platforms, channels, strategies and tactics that form the social web working for you. This is how I do it:

  • Build your own attack. Write posts for your blog, prepare videos for YouTube, create your own social news, organise hangouts, tweet. Anything that helps you get your story across. However, make sure you stay human and interact with people rather than beating them with your message.
  • Form an ecosystem. Segment platforms and define your core value: Facebook to find people you know. Twitter for having conversations, searching and interacting and so forth in other places where you set your online presence. One use, one objective, one action, that’s enough.
  • Create your own framework. No one should trust other people’s framework or job structure. Modify them, hack them if you have to, make them work to suit your needs. Tactics, strategy, time management, work timetable, vacations: find a strcuture that works the way that you work and make it work. As Hugh McLeod use to say “ignore everybody“.
  • Learn from the outside. Extract ideas, learnings and feedback, learn to learn from the social web.
  • Negotiate your time. Use any lack of attention in your favour and create a defined workflow the allows you to structure your personal and professional tasks so that you can optimise each step of the work chain.
  • Do, make and show. Work on your project or idea, experiment, check and then share what you obtained. Seek inputs that can improve your output.
  • Burn the handbookDon’t pay too much attention to any social media preacher. For instance: if you hear that so-and-so only publishes once, try publishing twice that, then thrice that and continue trying out and experimenting, analysing where the breaking point is. Perhaps some won’t like what you do (for instance, publishing too much or placing an interstitial in your website to increase your database) but you may gain visits to your website and end up selling more.
  • Jump on the bandwagon. Take a look at what is trending in social media and jump on the bandwagon by also linking to that content. It will probably help you too. Netiquette establishes that if you find valuable content from a large brand that someone has shared, link to the person, not the brand.
  • Online reputation and blah, blah, blah! Forget online reputation and invest the hours you spend worrying about looking great in doing work that has a great result.
  • Measure whatever makes sense. Focus on metrics that measure what’s important to you; that is, your ROI. Forget the likes, followers or RT unless your job is to collect nonsensical figures regarding an overrated action. Measure the increase in orders, percentage increase in sales compared to the previous year and the one before that. Active users in your database, how many join it daily and how many unsubscribe. How many App downloads you have every week or month and the income received if it’s not a free App. How often is the content you publish shared or how many leads are you capable of taking from your social platform to your point of conversion. Whatever makes your bank account grow will make a great indicator, it’s what you should be measuring.
  • Human sells. Are you selling something? Even if your blog’s main aim is to sell, remain human, be interesting, become involved in what concerns you and add value to your audience. This isn’t the Internet we used to know. Now we have amazing tools that remind us that in order to create digital business we must start by being human. Let’s use it in a different way.

You define it

You know the best thing about it? This sleeps with you every night. It is the product of your work. The best news I’ve heard in years: Choice and not opportunity define your work…or fate!

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13 Quick Tips To Optimise your LinkedIn Profile

1. Set a personalised URL with your name. The same name you use with other profiles: your brand.

2. Create a unique extract. Can you summarise everything into a single sentence that makes you unique and special, something that sets you apart from everyone else? I bet you can!

3. End in a clear, direct and powerful way. End each section in your profile with something that really makes an impact on the reader; we always remember what we read last better than what we read first. It is quite common to start strong and end weak. Remember, go against the current! No one else does.

4. Achievements and tasks. One of the best profiles I’ve read lately has been the one set up by Víctor Ronco. His way of listing his achievements and the tasks he was in charge of is sensational. Of course, you do need to be a doer and a tryer for that!

5. Media. You can create a media section showing all your appearances in the media in a Presentation/PDF (slideshare plugin).

6. Skills and expertise. Don’t mention your management, business and consulting skills only. Include also something more personal: your human skills, abilities and characteristics… as it happens, this side of things is mainly what’s missing in our environment right now and rarities have an added value. Think about what you’re like as a human being, that’s the key!

7. Interests are key words through which you may be found. Catch the drift?

8. A blog makes your profile much more attractive and powerful.

9. Recommendations. Ask for recommendations from people who may have something interesting to say about you which is valuable.

10. Have you taken any courses that expand, improve and prove what you can do? Include them!

11. Move forward! This involves taking part in groups, setting up your own blog –did I mention that earlier?- and reviewing your profile for 10 minutes every week to streamline it.

12. Show what else you do. Do you have online presentations? Are you showing them?

13. Header. The header is the best opportunity available to position yourself. There are already too many experts in social media, senior community managers and marketing directors. If you’re doing what everyone else does, in what way are you standing out for me?

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10 Undeniable Facts that Tie the Online World with People

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The consolidation of this digitally people-based environment has caused that human media brings closer the human component to the online, technologies, digital world and the social Web. Day after day, the relationship between people and the Internet is stronger and cohesive.

Here you’ll find 10 undeniable facts that show the emergence of such ties

10 Facts that Bridge the Online with People

1. Internet and the Web will always be there. Love it or hate it, but at some point someone will talk about you, whether you are there or not. Hint: better be there.

2. You will learn everyday. You are enrolled to the largest university in the world, the Internet, and hey, it’s free!

3. As human being you do not usually make mistakes, you only fail sometimes. Developing your knowledge about the Social Web is a process of trying, doing, experimenting launching and thus, experiencing failure. The damn “failed” thing it’s part of making something happen, just as the the experiments that may “work.”

4. Failures are repeated until you will learn them. The strategy or actions to be performed will be presented in various ways in different contexts, until you have learned to cope with different settings and also broaden your expertise in different situations. Then you can move to the next phase.

5. You’ll never stop learning. In a new environment where everything sill remains to be defined and is completely open to everything, there won’t be a single day that you don’t lear anything. If you belong to this human and technological era, where you truly are, you have a lot to lear yet.

6. There is no better placer to make a difference and make something happen. However, what has brought here, does not have to take us there, what works today, won’t do it tomorrow. When you get “there”, we will be here and there will be another “there” to be reached. This never ends, funny though.

7. People want to be connected and emotionally moved. Like you, simple, but significant and real.

8. You have all the platforms, tools and resources that you need to do something really fascinating. Now, it just depends on your attitude and the desire to step forward. It’s about taking risks and launch something that add value to the world and the people that live in.

9. Despite what most of the market and professionals say, the answer is within you. The real challenge, it’s not competing against any business or person, but against yourself. In order to connect and create resonance through the social Web using human business interactions, first you must to connect with yourself.

10. There’s no need that you follow this steps – which are not steps. If the rules are the only thing that separate you from making a difference, you don’t need these rules. Create your own game, a game where you and the people around you win.

There’s no human interactions and relations without the human factor, nor does social exists, without social there’s no interactivity, without interactivity the Social Web makes no sense at all.

Thoughts?

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15 Tips and Howto’s to Empower your Social Media Career

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I’ve been asked several times for some students, that I should put together practical advice on going through the social media pathways and how to avoid the pitfall. Well the pitfall – meaning failure – is part of the game – However,  I can definitely take some concepts that best have been worked for me through these almost 4 years of adventures and experience in Social Media and list them.

15 Tips and Howto’s to Empower your Social Media Career

1. Hang out!

Meet people outside the Social Web. You’ll engage with them by meeting them personally in real-life. This is goal of Social Media. isn’t it?

2. Be an  entrepreneur

Start things, try, fail, make things happen, make business, set up social media initiatives, create needs, anticipate trends, trust in your gut…

3. Screw it, let’s do it!

Life spent wishing is life wasted

4. Manage your Social Media Time (idea by ChrisBrogan)

In order to engage, connect and interact with the community, you need to set up a social media policy, which allows you to manage your social media time, not for the sake of your time, but for creating the perfect relationship between the community and you.

  • Reading/listening: Spend 2/4 of your time reading and listening blogs, posts, updates, comments and so on…you’ll have a full understanding of what’s going on in your community, not to mention learning, thus gain insights and expand your knowledge, which is always great!
  • 1/4 Commenting: How do we expect people connect with us if we don’t reciprocate? We just expect comment from other people, but what about themselves? If we do so we’ll build a trust-based relationship with our audience and suddenly, we’ll realize that we’ve influencers and “high value partners”
  • 1/4 Creating: And the last one, create content, your content is important and is also essential to get you known – I’m not talking about quality and relevancy, we assume that – but at the end is auto-promotion, so my advice is promote your content 1 time for 20 times you promote others’ content.

5. WOM is your best friend

Nowadays, the WOM is the best marketing ever. The good news? In Social Media he’s our best friend, let’s see how we can make an effective use of him…

6. Social Media World

Offer social media platforms to collect feedback and at the same time-sharing and interacting.

7. Learn to say thank you

Say it! Do it publicly and please, customize your message, avoid mass untargeted messages.

8. Connect!

Connect your audience, create your tribe, start with a small group of people first. It’s a hard and slow process, it requires consistency, transparency charisma and imagination. But, let me tell you, that when you start seeing the results, it’s worth to make this effort.

As SethGodin says, you don’t need a keyboard to lead, you just need the desire to make something happen.

9. Network

Hell, yes! We’ve not talked about it yet!  Build a network, join social media associations or communities as Social Media Today, Social Media Marketing, word of mouth marketing association, third tribe marketing, mashable, techcrunch, adictos al social media, social mediopolis, life hacker or inbound marketing to name a few.

In all this groups, there’s a great amount of information exchange about social media and other related subjects. These are fantastic places to get in touch with what’s hot in social media, upcoming trends, but also to connect and engage with other professionals, enthusiasts and even businesses. Here, in Social Media, the opportunity has no name!

10. Breakeven point

Find you breakeven point – between professional and personal life. Establish beforehand which platforms are going to be for professional use and which ones for a more personal and private use – if you think you may have – In my case, I use Facebook for chilling, bragging, whining and so on with my people, I like to know what are they up to. I’m afraid, but unless I know someone who had me as a friend, I’m not going to friend her/him. However, they can always find you on LinkedIn, Twitter, foursquare, blogs…Does it make sense?

11. Multi-task

Be ready for being a multitask, owning your own Social Media brand, working as a freelance for big agencies, setting up synergies for collaborating in bigger projects, working for big brand, travelling, giving business talks, teaching Social media classes, posting regularly, commenting every single interaction, helping out others, having friends, family and even girlfriend/boyfriend…It’s OK to have 30 or 40 windows opened, it’s OK to have 100 passwords, is ok following and managing 10 communities, is Ok Posting each day in 5 or 8 blogs…at the end you are a Social Media Rockstar, right?

12. Always IN

Forget vacations, I said that because with Social Media you always should be on the top of the wave, doesn’t matter if it’s with a laptop or with a smart phone, always IN

13. Plan for failure

As we said before we’re on the gates to a new world, so there’s a lot to discover, learn and win. Nevertheless, as we don’t know what’s going to happen, you’d better have a plan B, C D and even E. Have always a contingency plan.

14. Your Spark

Everybody has a spark, if we take it from the foundation that we’re all different, and we won’t find another person identical to us. Then, as everybody has something that makes her/him unique – call it the Spark – You’ve one, Did you find it? Yes? How would you apply it? Is your Spark the ability to connect with people? To be open-minded? Catalyst for change? Heretic? Leader? Think about how you can use your Spark to boost your Social Media rock star Career…

15. Attitude

Did it mention before? A strong willing attitude for being remarkable, following your dreams or make a difference are sings that you are a social media rock star and if not, no worries, you can learn them, nobody is born being social media rock star.

What’s your opinion? What other tips would you add to the list? What’s left?

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40 Tips on Social Media for personal branding

One topic, which is discussed this days, and is also very hot is HOW TO use Social Media for personal branding, and yes, uncle Isra is going to strip it.

40 tips from Isra Garcia

Let’s move on, and talk about how we can boost our brand – either personal or business – using social media. I’ve gathered some powerful concepts that I’ve learned through this all this years. It’s been showed that they have worked for people really well – and hope for you too…I’m going to give you 40 tips for empower your brand using social media.

40 tips on Social Media for Personal Branding

  1. Be authentic: Each of us is completely different from the other, don’t communicate in lousy and boring way, don’t settle for good enough and do it for the best, be what you really want to be without imitate others. Sure you know how, right?
  2. Your identity: Did you find it? Nice now Stick with it everyday of your life!
  3. Share: Share, share…Sharing what can be from interest of others – It shouldn’t need to be your content, but others’ – will grant you with a respected voice that people will listen. Consequently, your public will start to see you as an authority in your field.
  4. It’s not about you: Not about me, neither about us, It’s about them…give them the voice, be empathic, try to focus on what they want form their own approach, not yours. Suddenly, everything changes! Surprise?
  5. Be Friendly: Think that every interaction give you the opportunity of being remarkable, how would you act?
  6. Start local: Before attempting to be the king of your country, try to be the king of your own place! Do you get the idea?
  7. Always practice the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, easy, isn’t?
  8. Realign yourself: Be what you want people see. Align yourself and don’t lose a single opportunity to market yourself!If I would like to hire you and we’ll see each other everyday, how would you act?
  9. You are the same: Transparency, probably the most important characteristic, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in front of the laptop or not, think in it as an extension of you. The more human you are, the more people will follow you.
  10. Never quit: Really? Don’t be everything for everybody, quit what doesn’t make you happy – and what doesn’t give you any money – You’ll say, what about what you said before? Stick with it and don’t quit! It can work sometimes, but…Do you remember the macho-man saying: “Winners never quit!” Screw it! “Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time”
  11. Best Marketing ever: Your crowd, they have more power and influence than our brand, difficult to understand, but essential to assume. If you want to use them, you’ll get disappointed, instead they’ll use you, best thing to do, join, melt down and team up with them.
  12. We can do it: Attitude, there’s no bad skills, but bad attitudes, remember that people see you as you are – even if you are behind the networks – the only way we truly engage with people is having the right attitude
  13. No Sales pitches: If you do that at first sight and with everybody, you’re dead man!  The first step is engaging, after they’ll come to you, if they see us interesting, of course, they’ll buy from us.
  14. Build Credibility: Build a relationship, be interesting, listen, support your people, help them, talk with them, share with them and you’ll have it!
  15. You’d better take a seat: It’s gonna be a long journey, it doesn’t mean that because its social media it is going to grow faster – bigger yes – but not faster.
  16. Focus on make a different in your community: Understand your community, know what they want and focus on what they expect from you – and what not –  Do all of this, without asking nothing in return and before they’ll ask you. if you make a difference in their life you’ll be indispensable, and you know what it means, right?
  17. Set up your goals: short/mid/long-term goals as a strategy plan
  18. Coolhunter-trendstter: You should know what’s going on in your industry…What or Who Will Continue to Shape our Social Media World? The faster, the better…
  19. Privacy: be careful, Privacy is unbreakable, for them: don’t spam others with your messages, even if you think they’re interested in…for you: take this game seriously and think of you as a brand, keep what should be private, in private – forget permissions and control what people publish and say about you. If it’s not public why do you publish it? Think in how what you do in Social Media can impact on others – and on you –
  20. Keep your profiles consistent; Customize your profiles and updates to align with the values and uses of each social media platform – but at the same time, keep up a common theme through
  21. You are the brand: It’s hard to build a reputation if you keep changing, If you don’t switch your personality from time to time, why should your brand do it?
  22. you are your brand: And as you’ve grown up and developed skills, traits and abilities through the years, your brand requires a similar kind of development.
  23. Help: Help help help, no matter if it requires some time (not all your time) it will pay off for sure, you’ll have your reward
  24. Human Relations: remember, It’s all about human relations. Connecting in an honest way can bring in new supporters for your product or brand.
  25. Commitment; Everyone talks about passion, but commitment takes into account, if you’re committed you’ll success or at least you’ll will be respected and trust by the audience,
  26. The brand called you: Be consistent with the tone and approach, so all your profiles feel like you. Don’t forget people use social media to connect with a real person. Develop an identity you’re not only proud, but also you can stand behind.
  27. Be human: Think about the image you want to present. We use to act one way around in different situations, with the boss, our girlfriend, our best friends…even if we’re the same person.
  28. Productivity: Set a time to focus on your community, plan and put your efforts on keeping a regularity.
  29. Give: Create stuff that interest others and give it for free, it’s the first step to gain visibility and exposure
  30. Take care of yourself: Be aware about what people say about you. As you use monitoring tools for your clients, use them for you too!
  31. Reputation: Your reputation is built in what you do, what you get and how you get it. It’s important what people say about you, but more important is what you say about people.
  32. You’re not: Don’t try to be everywhere, realign the social media platforms with your strategy and goals
  33. Know your community: Know who is your audience and give your tribe what they want from you differently in each platform. Customize their need according with the target.
  34. Listen: In order to be understood, understand them first, truly understand them! Listen what they have – and want – to say, perhaps you’ll find that isn’t what you thought it was…
  35. Expectations: Clarify what you expect from your audience. Remember that you’ve build credibility on them, so they trust in you, don’t fail them
  36. Don’t be a real pain in the ass: Hey! Give them a breath, give them time to digest your content, it doesn’t matter if you share, create or comment it. Build a logical timeline where you interact with them and give them plenty of time between interaction.
  37. SM platforms; Identify each social platform, know its target and look for the ones that best meets your needs, then set up goals and milestones for each of them
  38. Leverage: This is about leverage! People can help you to get you known, but they’re busy.  If you want to make a great start, I’ll recommend you listening and commenting their posts
  39. Dislike: Honestly, not everyone is going to like you. You’d better accept it.
  40. Shut up and do it: Social Media takes commitment and so doing a little often is a better way of getting results and not showing up sometimes. Remember: if you only show up some of the time, what does that say about you?

Does it makes sense? What other tips would you add to the list?

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