Social Media Follies

I’ve started a weekly section on my “Moosh’s Monday Mashup” called, “Social Media Follies“.

It’s a collection of strange, funny, and sadly entertaining things that I see online.

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Here’s the follies that I’ve discussed so far:

I recently started seeing a guy all over the place on Twitter. His name kept coming up, and he was following me on 2-3 of my different accounts. When I did more research, I realized he was duplicating his bios, had the same background, and the website link never changed either. I’ve seen an account as high as “BobSmith044” so I don’t know if he has 44 accounts, but he has a lot. My assessment is 4 letters long. L-A-M-E.

 

If your bio is mostly hashtagged words on Twitter, or all hashtagged words for that matter – you need a better strategy for getting eyeballs looking at your brand. My analysis consists of 9 letters: D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-E. I’m always confused by people who do these things to give their brand a bad name #dontbelazy #dothework #getitdone #justdoit

 

I recently heard a story about a speaker who audited the social media content of many employees of a company before he spoke to them. They were all producing content on a regular basis. He was blown away that none – I repeat NONE, had interacted with people who had taken the time to leave comments as he looked back through several of their posts. How sad is that? So often, people think there is a “secret sauce” to building a solid following/community online. But really, there’s not. How about doing the simple things properly, and on a regular basis; like giving people the time of day who have taken the time out of their day to reach out? Like I always say, it will be a great day when you need to hire a personal assistant to help with online interactions with those who’ve commented.

 

Direct message on Twitter provide me with quite a bit of comic relief. I LOVE when somebody’s DM asks how I’m doing, I reply, then I never hear from them. Or, they ask what I’m working on, I reply, then nothing. Or… the best one, they say that I’m awesome or something comparable, but they’ve never even seen my content. Most of you know how I feel about these messages. But if you are going to ask questions in them, you sure as heck better take the time to answer.

 

Just a friendly reminder to “think before you post“. The long-term repercussions for your brand can be catastrophic from one momentary lapse in typing judgement.

 

I stopped by a couple of LinkedIn groups this week that I don’t go to very often. I noticed several posts from a few weeks ago, where the authors had received a handful of comments on each, but never took the time to stop by again and reply. If you are not prepared to engage and reply, then don’t bother posting! If you know you are going through a busy period, don’t post a question until you have more time to get involved in the conversation.

 

95% of people DO NOT respond to my “Thanks for connecting” email that I send as a follow-up to connecting on LinkedIn. I’m not mad or feel like they should give me the time of day; just really interested in why people bother to connect in general. Click here to see my blog post.

 

A huge “non shout-out” to those social media accounts that just blast out content and never engage. I’ve touched on this before, but I’m seeing it more in my daily travels online. If an account is clearly just looking to get you to click on ads and buy stuff, I’m out. I actually tweeted at an account the other day why there was no content based on what their bio said, but later deleted it. What was the point, nobody would reply anyways 🙂

 

Every week or so, I stumble across the same person on Twitter that is asking a specific question; I assume looking for follower participation. I keep an eye on the tweet for a few hours, and the number of replies is low. But they’ve never replied to me, or even liked a comment I’ve made. Weird hey? We are connected so it’s not like I’m a total social media stranger. Oh well!

I expect people to be better than this, when building a following online. And I hope this inspires people to stop some of the insanity out there!

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Some Fun Social Media Experiment Data Coming Soon!

Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about topics that I want to teach, and what I REALLY enjoy doing. I know, it might sound crazy to do something that you actually like to do, but that’s what the experts recommend. All joking aside, I’m making a short list of things that fascinate me, and one of those things is the lack of socialness by many people on social media. I’m excited to do a social experiment over the next while.

In case you missed this post, this has been one of my more popular articles over the past several years, and discusses that topic.

Click here to check it out: 95% Of People On LinkedIn Say “Whatever” To This!

I wasn’t bitter, or feel like the world owed me something, but I was somewhat surprised by the lack of response.

Fast forward to today.

I have a new Twitter account that has been created specifically to develop a community of like-minded social beings by replying to and sharing tweets.  Yes I copied that right from my bio!

 

You can follow me at:

Tim Mushey “In Reply To” on Twitter

And I most certainly will follow back.

 

To be honest, I think it’s thrown some people off who stumble across me, because it’s the furthest thing from,

What’s in it for me, driving traffic, creating leads etc.” that you will see on Twitter.

I’m approaching 1000 followers and I have not published one blog post, video, or podcast episode. Nothing original!

I’ve been having a BLAST connecting with people from all backgrounds, and proving the point that you can create a following with minimal original content. I’m trending at about 99% sharing, commenting etc. With 1% –  the very rare original tweet.

I’ve met:

  • authors
  • speakers
  • mom bloggers
  • dad bloggers
  • fitness bloggers
  • health and nutrition peeps
  • affiliate marketers
  • leadership types
  • those darn sales people 🙂
  • musicians
  • artists
  • comedians

The list goes on and on. It’s been nice to meet so many new people, and reconnect with those who follow me elsewhere.

 

 

For the experiments, I’m going to reach out to a predetermined number of people over the period of one day in each iteration of the experiment, and give them a reasonable amount of time to reply.

I will look at things like:

  • Thank people for connecting, and follow-up with a question
  • Reply to a question that somebody has already posted that is clearly seeking a response
  • Retweet a post with a comment and ask a question
  • Send out a tweet suggesting that two people in my network get to know each other
  • Reply to some of the classic tweets that people post.. like when they are starting a vacation, just checked in somewhere, or clearly want to start a conversation
  • Thank people for retweeting my comment and then ask a question

If you are thinking that I’m going to be reaching out to Tony Robbins, Oprah or Ellen and am expecting a response, that’s not the goal. I’m going to reach out to every day people who have a moderate amount of followers.

I’m so excited to share my experiment results. If you have anything else that you want me to research and report back with, comment on this blog post, or send me a note via social media.

Let’s get social and keep this community growing!

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The Days Matter!

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I was listening to a podcast earlier this week, where Carrie Wilkerson, The Barefoot Executive, was the guest. It was an informative, entertaining half hour. One thing really stood out for me. She was talking about getting on track with her 2017 goals, and sticking with them.

She said,

“The Days Matter”.

I wasn’t sure where she was going at first, but she soon explained giving a fitness/health example.

When you have yearly goals, it’s easy to put off something until tomorrow, next week, or even next month for that matter. “I can do that later”. I’ve personally battled that many times on my fitness journey, and during my career.

I’ve caught myself saying, “Well I’ve still got XX days until that vacation to the beach. There’s still lots of time to get in shape. I’ll just do that tomorrow.”

In my business, I’ve caught myself saying things like, “I’ll write that blog post tomorrow, or connect with more people tomorrow, or improve my online presence next week”. Next thing you know, I’m spinning my tires and not moving forward.

We can all talk ourselves out of doing something in a few seconds, with a seemingly good excuse. Come on, you know you have too!

I believe Carrie’s main point was annual goals are too far out. The time frame makes it easy to put off until later. My wife is reading the book, “The 12 Week Year”. And I think that is a similar philosophy.

When you are working on fitness, a business, things around the home and your personal life, having “must do’s” every day should be part of a consistent schedule that you adhere to.

This type of thinking has been around forever, just Carrie’s take really hit the spot for me. I hadn’t worked out since before Christmas, and it was really starting to wear on me. I’m back now, and looking forward to sticking with it going forward.

The days do matter, and if you take each 24 hour period very seriously, you’ll reach your goals much faster!

Let me leave you with this,

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Tip #4 Where You At?

This is the fourth video in the ongoing series of my best social networking and personal branding tips.

Having your social media links as many places as possible will increase the chances that people connect with you there. If people think that you are only on Twitter for example, actively promoting where else you are will make them aware that you are elsewhere.

It’s all about eyeballs right? Not necessarily quantity of eyeballs, but people being able to consumer your content wherever they want.

Simple, Simple, Simple! Got It?

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I’ve been thinking about the simplicity in teaching people about concepts and ideas over the past few days. I often refer back to one of my favourite quotes.

 

 

People are busy. They are seemingly running all the time.

They are consuming small, bite-sized pieces of information non-stop throughout the day.

When they want to learn something, complex, confusing information leads to overwhelm, and frustration in the topic(s) trying to be understood.

I’ve had very good discussions online lately with key contacts about:

  • Processes that I incorporate daily in my online business
  • Leadership
  • Building a following on websites

One common theme really resonated with people as we dove deeper in to the subjects.

Simplicity.

Keeping it simple.

They LOVED that about my line of thinking.

Throughout my 9-5 career, and online “lives” I’ve found a “secret sauce” that works for me over and over again.

Find out what works, get systems in place and repeat as required.

 

These are not earth-shattering, revolutionary things.

Just key things that I implement in my daily work.

Easy right?

It can be. But as people start to struggle with teaching things (or learning themselves) they tend to quickly abandon those ideas and start to complicate it. That’s when the wheels can fall off.

Click this link to see a blog post of mine that focuses on simplifying your social networking activities.

 

Do you see some, “Duh Tim, everybody knows that” points?

 

There’s an argument that some of the points are so basic it’s almost embarrassing that I mentioned them.

Are you sure? Because how many people are not incorporating those tips in to their day to day social networking.

 

Quick self-check – Are you?

 

I’ll leave you with another great quote that I refer to often,

 

 

I’d love if you took a moment to comment on how you could simplify your work, and/or life in general as 2016 comes to a close, and we look forward to 2017.

 

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To Be Or Not To Be Facebook Friends, That Is The Question!

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about personal and business relationships. The big question that comes up often is….

Can you mix the two?

Before I answer, I’ll go a bit deeper.

Should those relationships “merge” on social media channels?

Specifically on Facebook personal pages.

Here’s my big answer…..

Wait for it….

It depends 🙂

Sorry for the heightened drama as I provide no clarity to the question.

Or maybe I do.

I think the big thing to ask yourself is,

“Do I want to let business contacts to get to know me on a personal level?”

They can certainly get to know you via LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. But Facebook really sets the bar to still get to know the people behind the businesses better in my opinion.

In my situation, I will accept Facebook invitations from “business connections”, if it makes sense for myself and my business. I won’t just accept anyone.

I have accepted or asked for around 75 people to “be my friend” on Facebook over the last several years. It’s been amazing to get to know these close connections better. I’ve only had to “unfriend” a couple of people who were just not a good fit.

On the flipside, if somebody asks me to connect on Facebook who I don’t know, I will search them out on LinkedIn, and if a connection makes sense, will invite them to connect over there as a starting point.

Simple. And it works for me.

I’ve sat down with a couple of people over the past year who just want to keep business, business and personal, personal. That’s ok.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the people behind the businesses, and found out that I have much more in common with many of them than I would have ever imagined.

Many will now be life-long friends which is really cool.

 

What’s your take on the business vs. personal dynamic on Facebook?

Please leave a comment below when you have a moment. I’d love to hear from you.

 

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Tip #2 Creating Biographies and Social Media Profiles

This is the second video in the ongoing series of my best social networking and personal branding tips.

Creating well-crafted biographies and social media profiles helps with your overall online presence.

Take some time to really think these through. Remember, people are clicking on things all the time, and you have to catch their attention before the move on to the next round, shiny object 🙂

 

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You MUST Start With Just One!

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You MUST start with just one!

 

Yep, just one.

One what?

One follower (or one connection) on one social media site.

We are living in a world where many people want more.

More money.

More things.

More than the Jones’.

More fame & fortune.

And more followers than the next person.

Let’s get one thing straight. I admire your ambition even though I may not know you yet, but you’re probably not going to acquire more followers then “The Biebs” or “T-Swift”.

Start with one.

Start with one follower, and connect with them in just one place.

Then ask them to connect on other social networks where you consistently show up.

As your relationship develops, ask them to join your email list (if you have one).

Then if they live near you, perhaps grab a coffee and get to know each other better.

Then one day you could ask them if they know anyone else that you might be able to help.

Then one day they might purchase something from you.

Then one day you might introduce them to somebody else in your network to help them out, or refer business their way.

 

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But you have to start with one.

 

You need to connect in one place to make this all happen.

Not to collect followers, but to meet people and build relationships.

I’m a firm believer in social networks that quality over quantity wins. Expanded reach is always great, but not with crappy, non-responsive contacts.

You may already have a decent amount of connections on one or more social media sites, but how deep are those connections? Certainly you are not going to be “BFFs” with all of them, but is it time to get to know them better?

Take things to the next level!

But it just starts with one, and you can scale it from there.

As cliché as it is, you have to put in the work, be consistent, and be 100% committed to growing a valuable, engaging network.

 

 

You will never hear the words “shortcut” or “tricks” in my content. I despise them and think they are detrimental to everyone’s growth. There are certainly ways to be more efficient and effective without resorting to shortcuts or tricks. Those words infer “laziness” & “get rich quick” schemes that probably don’t exist.

I always think of things in smaller more achievable “chunks” for goals, so here’s an example of my perspective on growing your network one by one.

What would happen to the quality of your overall network if you added:

One quality connection per day?

Two?

Three?

Five?

Ten?

Ten sounds AMAZING, but is that realistic when you are just starting to focus on your network? Probably not.

So start with one. 

One person on one social network and go from there. If you are not active on other social networks, that’s ok. Build the best possible social network that you are currently active on, and branch off in to other channels over time as it makes sense for your business.

One of the worst things that I have seen entrepreneurs do is skip steps and try to cheat the system. They think like somebody who has been working at this for 5 years, but they’ve only been at it for 5 weeks. That is a massive difference and you need to understand what stage you are at.

I tried to cheat early on, on Twitter… and just randomly follow as many people as I could, in the hopes that they would follow back. Guess what? Not nearly as many people followed back as I would have hoped, and I hit a follow limit. I was stuck, and I could not follow any more people until others followed me. Yuk! Never again. I want people to follow me for their reasons, not just because I followed them.

Start with one quality connection per day, and see how it goes. You can accelerate this as you get more comfortable and decide to commit more time to this exercise daily.

 

 

I would love to hear how your network grows over time, AND most importantly, how many really cool people did you actually get to know.

Quick question!

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, what is the quality of the connections that you currently have in your social networks?

And…

  • If you really commit to this, what do you think that number can increase to in the next year?

If there’s one word that you remember from this post I hope that it is…………

ONE 🙂

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Tip #1 Baby Steps Rather Than Giant Leaps

This is the first of an ongoing series of social networking and personal branding tips that I will be sharing via video.

Social networking takes work, but you need to have a plan and work at it at your pace.

My tip #1 is a video that may make you say “duh Tim, so obvious“, but how many people bite off more than they can chew, and quit when they may have a good thing going?

 

I would love your comments when you have a moment!

Have you been guilty of overextending yourself, or are you able to manage your social time appropriately?

 

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I’ve Met Incredible People Through Social Networking

As cliché as it sounds, putting yourself out there through social media channels can have tremendous benefits.

 

When I first started online, I was so sceptical, and afraid to reach out to industry experts. But as I reflect back after many years, I am quite proud of the list of FANTASTIC people who I have been able to connect with.

This list is not to brag, but just to illustrate how powerful it can be to just put yourself out there and not be afraid to reach out to anyone. I have corresponded with many of these people through social media.

They include:

  • John Corcoran
  • Paul Castain
  • Barbara Giamanco
  • Dan Waldschmidt
  • Kelley Robertson
  • Bob Burg
  • Kim Garst
  • Jordan Harbinger
  • Dany Iny
  • Mary Beth Storjohan
  • Mark Hunter
  • Jeb Blount
  • Michael Boyette
  • Jennifer Paige
  • Carrie Wilkerson

…. and many more!

Was it always them?

Hopefully!

Do some of them have assistant that help with their social media interactions?

Perhaps.

But I’ve formed a special relationship with Paul Castain, and help run a LinkedIn music group with him.

Click here to check out the group.

Barbara Giamanco interviewed me for her podcast.

Click here to check out the interview.

Michael Boyette reached out and asked me to guest post on his blog.

I had the distinct pleasure to speak to several people on this list via Skype or phone, most notably Dan Waldschmidt.

One thing I decided to do early on in my online journey, was to reply to key people when they send out emails to their lists. I got to know Mary Beth Storjohan and John Corcoran like that.

Did I mention that  Kim Garst and I tweet each other about NHL hockey 🙂

Oh yeah.. Gary Freakin’ Vaynerchuk accepted my request to connect on LinkedIn! It took 18 months, but darn it, he did it!

Social networking can be very fun, and incredibly rewarding if you take the time to engage and put yourself out there. But if you think that you will not be able to connect with certain people because they are “too big”, you might be surprised who actually responds and who you become connected with.

 

 

Happy connecting, and let me know if you need any inspiration how to reach out to industry leaders.

If you’ve had the opportunity to connect with somebody, I’d love to hear your story.

Please leave a quick comment, or reach out via social media.

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