I have a shelf full of overpriced books on social media. I say overpriced as most are just rehashed blog posts.
And most of them bang on about “relationships”, or “it’s all about the conversation”. As if yammering away about anything and everything and connecting with everyone and her dog is all you have to do.
Well that thinking is just a big bag of wrong.
Because, “IT” is not about the conversation, “IT”, is about influence or persuasion.
Sure, the conversation or having a rip roaring relationship that transcends all other relationships ever had in the history of humanity is something which social media does very well.
But, that is not the point.
It is NOT the goal.
The goal, is for people to be influenced into making a specific action.
- Think positively about your brand
- Buy more of your stuff
- Hire you for a killer job
- Make love to you in a Ford Cortina
And before you climb up to the pulpit to proclaim sex has nothing to do with social media or influence or persuasion. You may want to look at the fundamental nature of human beings.
I thought about this as Tina Jonasen questioned me on twitter.
@lyndoman Just wondering; you say you are a “Link Builder”, but follows nobody? Maybe I´m confused between Link- & RelationshipBuilder !?
Which is an interesting question.
Humans are those who link, therefore relationships are very useful. I tweeted back a few thoughts.
@ThinkInNewAreas A link can be a result of a human relationship built on following someone on Twitter but it’s not an effective or efficient
@ThinkInNewAreas The, “shall I link to this webpage” thought process only sometimes has a “does this person follow me on twitter” component
@ThinkInNewAreas Also, I want to suggest, it’s not about “relationships”, it’s about influence. Relationship is merely a stepping stone.
I think people get wrapped up too easily in the “relationship” part of social media. Which is perfectly understandable, but you have to step back and ask, “what am I doing here?”
“What is my social media strategy?”
It will stop you building relationships with the wrong people or spending all morning trading pictures of kittens who look like members of the Royal family.
Not following anyone on Twitter is a very interesting thing to do, as it removes a sedentary proclivity (natural urge to sit on your arse and be spoon fed information) and go on the hunt for useful bits of info.
It also highlights a few other things, which I may talk about later.