• Friday , 16 November 2018

Are You Really Having a Conversation on Your Social Media?

You know the feeling…

Someone, a friend, spouse, partner, or colleague, isn’t really engaging with you when you’re trying to have a conversation with them.

You know the signs…

Mono-syllabic replies…

Delays in responding…

Not paying attention to the subject at hand, or worst of all…

Simply not replying!

Are you doing the same, unwittingly of course, on your own social media?

Let’s have a conversation about this!

As many of you may have guessed by now, I spend a lot of time on social media.

(And, no, to reply to my wiseguy friends out there, not just looking at pictures of puppies and kittens!)

What I’ve observed to date is that many people ignore comments on their social media.

Or, they just simply “Like” the comment and move on to the next one.

Or, they simply add one word like “Agree” or “Great” and leave it at that.

Not many take the time to reply to their posters and really talk with them. Especially, when the poster has taken the time to write a pretty decent comment.

OK, you’re asking me now, what should you be doing?

(See, we’re starting to have a conversation!)

Your comments should be moving the discussion along by adding fresh insights, recognizing the initial comments, and staying relevant.

You should be adding value so that others come away feeling that they’ve learned something new and which they want to share with others.

Also, don’t forget to address your commentators and thank them for engaging with you.

Remember to follow them and to comment and share their content whenever possible.

Never forget that the conversation is all about engagement with others.

One caveat here, if people aren’t engaging properly with you don’t feel obligated to reply back.

(More about this is in a future article.)

Social media is not a fire and forget mechanism.

That is, unless you want don’t want to be successful.

Only by becoming part of the online conversation will you ever become successful yourself on social media.

Give it a try and please come back and let us know what happened!

That’s it for now!

Please check-out my 8 step approach for developing a social media program to get some more ideas on how to use social media.

Also, never forget to reach out to either ask questions or to ask for help from someone like myself!

In the meantime, thank you for following and reading my blog!

I look forward to any and all comments that you may have. I will reply to any comments made to this blog post as promptly as I can.

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