Hello? Are We Communicating?

The following is a guest post by David Muray. David is a marketing and a digital communications strategist. He carries extensive experience in social media, online community management, product development, and any project that requires creative out of the box solutions.

A member of iDetroit, David founded the Social Media Club chapter of Detroit, and is one of the co-chairs for FutureMidwest, the region’s largest technology and knowledge conference. He has also been featured in David Meerman Scott’s blog, Web Ink Now; and his book, The New Rules of Marketing and PR.

David’s passion is in helping others. He enjoys sharing how businesses can learn the true value of the digital landscape, which is relationships; and how job seekers can use social media to find employment.

Do You Really Communicate, or Do You Just Tweet?
Originally posted on The Way of the Murr blog, March 5, 2011

Do you try to connect, or do you just broadcast?

Are you creating content, or are you just blogging?

Do you tell or show someone what you like, or do you just hit the button?

Are you sharing, or are you yelling?

Are you helping, or are you telling someone what to do?

Do you share your passion, or do you simply share your products?

Are you really excited, or are you just bragging?

Did you write a resource, or did you just write a book?

Do you have think tanks, or do you just put on a conference?

Do you help educate, or do you just like to speak?

Are you a leader, or are you a rock star?

Are you bringing value, or are you just interested in the party?

Do you truly interact and engage, or are you simply showing up?

Are you showing up, or are you just checking in?

Do you share your accomplishments, or are you simply collecting badges?

Do you read, or do you just bookmark?

Do you feel, or do you think?

Do you have things to do, or are you just busy?

Are you here right now, or are you thinking about two hours from now?

Are you creating something others can participate with, or are you just building something?

Are you adding constructive criticism, or are you just complaining?

Are you critiquing, or are you jealous?

Are you in the business to innovate, or are you just making money?

Do you include creativity in your bottom line, or is it just revenue?

Do you create functionality, or do you just create apps?

Do you have an experience, or do you just have a brand?

Do you listen, or do you simply monitor?

Are you looking to create relationships, or are you simply looking for leads?

Do you lead, or do you manage?

Do you manage, or do you constrict?

Do you listen to people’s ideas, or do you just tell them what to do?

Are you excited, or are you scared?

Is it just about ROI, or is it also about communicating?

The ones who communicate the best, will win.

Does your business or organization truly communicate? Do you really strive to connect? Are you honestly trying to help solve a problem?

I hope so, because if you are only concerned with charts, graphs, numbers, and how well you are doing, you’ll be obsolete.

We won’t need you. We’ll create our own solutions, and we’ll do this by truly communicating with others.

Do you communicate, or… ?

*This post was originally published on this site March 2011

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Optimizing Your Social Networking Presence

Whether you’re establishing your presence on Facebook, LinkedIn or any of the other social networking sites, it’s important to get the most out of your experience for it to be effective in your marketing efforts. Basically, it’s important to optimize your social networking presence. In the book, The New Rules of Marketing & PR, the author, David Meerman Scott, detailed how to get the most out of social networking sites for marketing with the following suggestions:

Target a Specific Audience – Create a page that reaches an audience that is important to your organization. It is important to be thinking about a small niche market.

Be a Thought Leader – Provide valuable and interesting information that people want to check out. It is better to show your expertise or at solving problems than to blabber on about your product or company.

Be Authentic and Transparent – Don’t try to impersonate someone else. It is sleazy and could do irreparable harm to your company and to your reputation.

Create Lots of Links – Link up to your own sites and blogs, and those of others in your industry and network!

Encourage People to Contact You – Make it easy for people to reach you online, and be sure to follow up personally on your fan mail.

Participate – Create groups and participate in online discussions. Become an online leader and organizer.

Make it Easy to Find You – Tag your pages and add your pages into the subject directories. Encourage others to bookmark your pages.

– These sites are great because you can try new things. If it isn’t working, tweak it, or try something new.

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