Social Whisper

My Top 5…

Posted on: December 17, 2008

I love receiving information in bite sized chunks so when I see posts that have that have a list of anything I’m always compelled to look whatever the subject happens to be.

I have noticed recently that people have started to mix it up a bit when it comes to making these lists and its no longer specific or tidy numbers such as Top 5 or Top 10. For example a recent post on the Online Marketing Blog has a post called ’26 Tips on the Social Media Web’.

Looking at the advice and suggestions on this list the most common theme was to listen to what people are actually saying.

A quote that I quite like and use in presentations when trying to get this concept across is from Stephen Covey and think it sums it up nicely:

‘Seek first to understand, then to be understood’

So on the back of this I had a little think about what my 5 top tips would be to some one starting out in social media:

1. Listen, Listen, Listen
2. Find out where people are talking about you
3. Don’t attempt to get involved in every network and every conversation all at once
4. Learn from any negativity and don’t respond aggressively
5. Respond to people that join your conversation – even if it is just to thank them for their response


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