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?