Social Media is not about the Conversation

I Tweeted this week that social media is not about the conversation?

It had a few retweets and I thought I would post them here.

lakey

‘The C-Word’ RT @lyndoman: If anyone says “it’s about the conversation” at a social media conference, throw a sticky bun at them.

Friday, November 16, 2012 9:59:17 AM

SceptreSocial

RT @lyndoman: If anyone says “it’s about the conversation” at a social media conference, throw a sticky bun at them.

Friday, November 16, 2012 10:03:01 AM

AutomotivePR

RT @SceptreSocial: RT @lyndoman: If anyone says “it’s about the conversation” at a social media conference, throw a sticky bun at them.

Friday, November 16, 2012 10:03:23 AM

au_tom_otive

RT @SceptreSocial: RT @lyndoman: If anyone says “it’s about the conversation” at a social media conference, throw a sticky bun at them.

Friday, November 16, 2012 10:03:24 AM

alastairWMW

RT @AutomotivePR: RT @SceptreSocial: RT @lyndoman: If anyone says “it’s about the conversation” at a social media conference, throw a sticky bun at them.

Friday, November 16, 2012 10:30:22 AM

But am I not having a conversation right now and isn’t that a good thing?

Yes it is, but that is not what social media is about.

The “conversation” is a stepping stone, a communication tool that we use to get to our real objective.

I hear you say, “but the social media gurus say it’s all about the conversation.” Some do, but you will find that their real objective, the stuff that gets them out of bed an put on their Star Trek boxer shorts is selling their books, conference talks, advertising on their sites.

The conversation is simply the tool they power up to fund their collection of Sci Fi boxer shorts.

What social media is really about is persuasion, it’s about communicating a message that gets you to do stuff. The social media gurus are experts at getting you to do stuff and using the tool of conversation to promote that.

Nothing wrong with that, we all use various communication tools to persuade people to do what we want. You could say that a pair of very tight jeans is a communication tool design to persuade people to look at the wearer in a particular way.

Yes this is pushing the envelope a little. But communication is all around us, most of it designed to persuade. Even if it is to get you to press a button on a microwave when your Chunky Chile Chicken is done, just with a ping.

The ping on a microwave as a tool of persuasive communication?

Is that taking it too far?

What Tools do you use for Outreach?

I will be honest, my outreach is limited because I mostly implement linkbait and so the linkers come to me. But sometimes you want something else and need to have a campaign to reach out to website owners and bloggers.

You can do this with email, twitter, spreadsheets, text templates (modified to be personal of course) etc., but there are a number of tools these days that streamline the process and allow it to be scaled.

I asked the question on Twitter and got some very interesting replies.

ysekand

@lyndoman I use Social Crawlytics and Buzzstream

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 8:47:03 AM

paddymoogan

@lyndoman I don’t use many, mainly Google (gives you everything you’ll ever need) @followerwonk @buzzstream & common sense :)

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 6:23:10 AM

seo_monkey

@lyndoman the scrape similar add on for chrome is also useful as in some industries bloggers tend to link heavily to one another through

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 6:29:57 AM

pagesauce

@lyndoman Search operators, Twitter, ahrefs, OSE, Google Docs to record everything, and the best content I can write

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 9:07:01 AM

We are testing out dashburst…its 50 dollars a month but could be useful. From @dannyashton

Links
socialcrawlytics.com
buzzstream.com
dashburst.com

Any more suggestions, you can either Tweet them @ me or pop them in the comments.

Thanks to all those who shared their tools.

The SEO Pond is Scumming up

Something beyond the hyperbole just happened in SEO.

But you knew that right.

Pushing SEO is like pushing a giant flaming marshmellow through a cage full of marmuts, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

The focus is obviously on content, but it’s not.

The focus is on people, that’s why you do this stuff for anyway isn’t it.

People to buy your stuff.

Well isn’t it?

Too much talk about content and not enough about delivering emotional experiences.

I am guilty as anyone else, “content” is short hand, it’s lazy. And we all love to be lazy.

Even you.

I have realised this for a few years, but still help a toe in the seo pond, even though it is increasingly scumming over, now there are dead fish floating on the surface it may be time to move 100% to a publishing model.

Publishing what?

Publishing “content”, duh!

It’s really just publishing though isn’t it. The content bit is redundant.

Linkbaiting is now even more important. The type of links you need are the type of links real people need.

Cool.

So, time to leave SEO and head off into the sunset.

Most Common Mistake of Businesses using Facebook Pages

It’s much more useful if a companies Facebook page is about the benefits of customers using the service, than about what is happening at the company, for example, “We have just had the walls painted a very interesting magnolia colour here at Donotgetit Design ltd…..”

It may be very important for you to give out this information, but it’s incredibly boring for any reader or follower. This is the biggest mistake I see when a business is updating their Facebook page.

It’s as if the boss has decided that the Facebook Page should be used as some kind of corporate newsletter, detailing the minutiae of everything the company does.

People don’t care about you or your business, they only care about what you can do for them.

Linkbait on Twitter

I’m messing around with the new Twitter widget that allows you to embed Twitter feeds, I realise there are other ways of doing thing, but this is the official Twitter version which should make it more stable.


Testing the New Twitter Conversation Thread Widget



From Twitter:

Today we’re bringing Twitter and the web closer together by launching new real-time tools for website developers. With our new embedded timelines you can place any public timeline on your website, connecting your readers with the Tweets that you and others create on Twitter.

Embedded timelines

When seo no longer works what will you do?

You know that seo article that seems to pop up every month, usually under the guise of “seo is dead”?

Well, what if you could no longer manipulate the search engine results pages?

What if Google decided to serve up different but relevant results on a seven day cycle?

There would be chaos in the seo World (again).

If you are in the seo industry step back for one moment and ask yourself a question. Do you think it’s sensible to build your business dependent on the whims of another company? A company who does not rely on you for it’s bread, and in many ways thinks you are scum?

But the thing is, as I write this, seo works. Even with Panda, Penguin and the not often talked about, Polar Bear – crappy links work, paid links work, even Xrummer blasts still works.

And whilst they work they will still be used.

It would be nuts not to take advantage of that.

Such practices are regarded by some as snake oil, but with snake oil there are zero results.

However, the positive effect that these practices give could be gone tomorrow. But you always knew that didn’t you.

Surely you have a back up plan?

Surely you didn’t think it would be the same forever?

Ed Dale thinks that Winter is coming.

Usually I take little notice of articles on this theme as it is overused and sensationalised. Most people who do the “seo is dead” article tend to be those who don’t get linkbait.

But Ed gets linkbait.

And he has announced winter is coming more than once.

When someone like Ed says stuff like this, I listen.

Don’t bother looking for this stuff on seo blogs, you really think they are going to pronounce the death of their business?

Own your traffic source

This website has ironically never really bothered much about Google rankings, this is because people who buy my services tend to connect over Twitter or chat to me after a conference presentation or hear about me on the grapevine.

Social media brings in the bread, so why bother with Google?

Linkbait interests me because linkbait is fundamentally about attracting people, engaging them and causing reaction, the fact is we slap a label on it and call it linkbait and use it to get links. But the skills and techniques you learn as a linkbaiter can easily be used for other purposes.

  • Sales pages
  • Branding
  • Pre sell
  • Advertising
  • Email marketing
  • Blogging

etc.

You don’t have to rely on Google if:

  • If you are into creating apps for the iPhone
  • You have an email list
  • You are a market leader
  • If you have a membership site
  • If when you Tweet enough people listen
  • If you pwn Facebook
  • You make the best donuts on the block

etc.

I have no idea when things will change. But they will.

Prepare! For winter is about to fall and the dead will roam the land.

How Sex Taught me Everything about Social Media Networking

Some very interesting things have been happening in my coaching group. Although it is focussed on linkbait, it seems to becoming more of a PR coaching group. Lots of back and forth about how to contact journalists and get them to write nice things about us and a real thirst for helping build a social media following.

In fact, I would say that getting a following on social media is the next biggest thing after help creating killer headlines.

I have difficulty with this though, because I find it so easy to navigate the rapids of social media I kinda expect everyone else to. But we all have our skill set, and sharing killer techniques and methods between people with other killer skill sets is the best way to learn.

My social media networking skills were being honed long before social media existed or even the World Wide Web. Writing poetry gave me the skill to be able to crack off a rich, terse, to the point Tweet. Cracking sarcastic one liners at the back of the class gave me the snarky humour that sometimes can get you noticed in crowded places and being an avid fan of Encyclopedia Britannica when I was a kid gave me obscure references to the seemingly unrelated allowed me to appear a lot more intellectual than I actually am.

But I would say that the most important thing I learned about success in social media is from sex.

Not actual sex, but the part of the brain that drives us. (Apologies if you were expecting some 50 Shades of Grey Action)
I figured out at the right age that getting girls was not really about being the best looking or the richest. But being able to simply ask a girl out. The more you asked the more you succeeded. Sure you fall flat on your face often. But the burning shame of being told “No” to, was worth it for the ones who said yes.

I had no shame, because I was focussed on the positive results, not the failure rate.

I realised that other guys who never seemed to get the girls simply couldn’t deal with the pain of being told no to. So they just didn’t ask, which to me seemed bonkers. They seemed to expect a 100% conversion rate.

If I can now turn your attention away from sex and to social media, just for a minute.

It’s the same thing when building a social media network. People hate being told no, they hate the defollow, they hate not being noticed and not being retweeted and bewail the fact that nobody seems listen. When the reality is, they never really asked anyone to listen to them or took chances on revealing the good stuff.

It’s not that it takes balls to put it all out there, it’s more about not caring if people don’t give a toss. Because for everyone who things your are a jumped up little turd, with pretentions of grandeur. There are going to be others who think the sun shines out of your assiduously crafted Tweets.

The point is, get out there do stuff, and ignore the rejections. Action is the key to effective social media networking.

Digg is Back, Choking on the Foul Stench that is Facebook

Remove or keep digg in your FB timeline?

Digg.com has been rebooted, as they say.

They’ve done a few odd things, like deleting 14 million indexed links which have caused sharp intakes of breathes from seo people.

You have to understand that whilst it seems that some actually care about digg as a website and business, what they are really objecting to is that digg may not worth bothering about when it comes to manipulating helping stories that benefit themselves.

Gaming digg became a rather profitable cottage industry in its day. And we are looking to see if it’s going to be worth investing resources to start gaming it again. I’m thinking no, but that could change.

Whilst I think the site as a business is going to achieve a decent ROI for its owners, I don’t think it has that radical edge that uber social media geeks need to get passionate about.

Sites like this need passion, as the reality is without it they are just lumps of crafted digital data with an advertising banner on top. It needs rabid fans.

Right now it feels a little plastic and has certainly not get the crowd raving on their swivel chairs.

Also, the Facebook curse has fallen upon it, causing you to only be able log in whilst letting your mates know exactly what you are up to.

Makes you thankful for fake Facebook accounts, of which Facebook has plenty of. This may end when Facebook insists on entering our genetic code to open an account.

As a place to find interesting stuff, it’s mildly interesting. Led me to a story about illegal Olympic WiFi detection, which is useful as there is a potential to create linkbait for a client out of that story.

I say, don’t ditch digg just yet. Keep one eye on it, but with a fake FB account.