Social Media Tips
This week I am sharing about social media at work so I thought it was a great time to share some social media tips here on the blog as well! Not all of the tips will apply to everyone but I hope that everyone can learn something new!
Tip #1 – You don’t have to be on every form of social media! It can be tempting to get an account on every form of social media out there, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that. If you do, you probably won’t fully understand all of them and you won’t use them well because you’re trying to use so many. Instead focus on a few and be really good at those ones!
Tip #2 – If you are running a business or blog and want to use social media for marketing or promotion, get a scheduling service. I use Buffer but there are various other scheduling services available to help you share content without having to be on your computer or mobile device all the time.
Tip #3 – Social media is meant to be just that, social. Don’t just throw content out there and walk away, be interactive! Respond to your friends and followers. Comment and share other people’s content. You can make some great new friends on social media when you get interactive!
Tip #4 – Be relevant. Think about what you are posting before you post. You might think that what you eat for breakfast every day is really exciting but unless there is a specific purpose for posting those pics (i.e. 100 different ways to eat oatmeal) don’t share those pictures.
Tip #5 – Use hashtags effectively. You do not need to add 37 hashtags to every tweet, picture, or update. Also, don’t turn sentences into hashtags…people can’t figure out what you are trying to say. Another way to effectively use hashtags is to click on the hashtags that you do use and find new friends with similar interests.
Tip #6 – Don’t use social media to whine and complain. Keep your negative thoughts offline and keep people’s feeds free from your whining.
Tip #7 – Remember the importance of real life relationships. I have met some great people through social media and I love connecting with them online, but I think it is extremely important to remember that you have real life friends and family and talking with someone over Twitter just doesn’t replace gathering around a table and sharing life over dinner.
Tip #8 – Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not on social media. Share the things that you love and that make you YOU.
What is your favorite form of social media? What other social media tips do you have?
Great tips here! My favorite is instagram, although it is probably the one I am the least experienced in. I am building my network, but was a little late in starting it. I love the ease of use, and the pictures of course 🙂 I have found that using social media can be very effective if you are you, like you said. For me, most people look to me for running advice, which is great, as I love to help!
I love love love Instagram!
Excellent tips! Sometimes I feel like I need to be on every form of social media, but limiting what I do helps me stay focused.
I feel like I do to and then I have to remind myself that when I try it means I don’t do them well!
Brill tips, especially tip 1 there’s no point in spreading yourself thin across multiple networks when you could be focusing all your energy on a select few. Sometimes I do go in and nab my username though, so no-one else can use my brand.
I really like Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – they seem to work well for what I’m doing.
That’s a great idea to grab the username so that if you start using it down the road, you’re ready!
Trish | @Dayngr
Nice tips! I’ve got some great ones too this week. Surfing in from SitsShareFest.
Great tips, especially the one about being social. Sometimes it’s hard to re-connect with everyone whose blog or tweet you have commented on, but it is totally worth it! Visiting from SITS.
You’re right, it’s not always easy but I have definitely made some great connections that way!
Shelly @ Behind Blue Eyes
My favorite is Instagram. I honestly use my iPhone more now for taking pictures than I do my Nikon. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. I really need to get one of those printers, that printed IG size photos, that was at Elevate.
I use my iPhone all the time for pics…it’s just so easy to do a quick edit!
Theres Just One Mommy
Some great tips! I need to work on my hashtags — I tend to forget them!
Hashtags are easy to forget!