Tips For Engaging Your Audience Through Social Media That Work Like Crazy

engaging your audience through social media

ENGAGE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE!

I’m not a social media expert, yet ;-) but I’ve learned a thing or two about engaging your audience through social media simply by imitating how others engage with me.

It really can be that simple.

For me it’s been the little things that work like crazy when it comes to getting social marketing results and these are my favorites.

Give them a try. They’ve  helped me not only engage with my audience but also find new friends, build loyalty, trust and develop lasting relationships; and that’s the best part!

6 Easy Tips For Engaging Your Audience Through Social Media

Tip 1. Passion vs. Product. Social media can be frustrating with all the ‘buy this’ and ‘buy that’ tweets and messages we get.

If you’ve been in this business any time at all you know that’s a big turn off.  It’s also the wrong way to engage your audience.

When it comes to social marketing you’re far better off putting your focus on passion instead of product/service.

Here’s what I mean.

Friends and followers are more likely to interact with you when you connect with things they are passionate about.  So it just makes sense that when you share something share the things that help your reader DO something they are passionate about.

For me my followers love what content marketing can do for their business and their passion is having a profitable business, not that they literally love content marketing.

Appeal to your readers passion, not their wallet.


Tip 2. Be a Bragger. Brag About your friends and followers on Social Media.

There’s not one of you reading this that doesn’t want recognition, validation and acceptance so give that special recognition to friends and fans that you think deserve it.

Here’s how to brag.

  • Make reference to them with a link within your content.
  • Do a blog post interview
  • Re-tweet their tweets
  • Like their Facebook page and Facebook posts.
  • When someone does something kind or acknowledges you post a public Twitter and FB Thank You.

People not only love being mentioned, they also respond to it and will share your tweets and pages with their friends.

Tip 3.  Use Hashtags on Social Media channels.  Hashtags (keywords with the ‘#’ sign in front of them) use to be a twitter thing only, now they’re also used on Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, and even Pinterest.

According to Dan Zarella, the social media scientist, tweets using hashtags get 55% more retweets.

engaging your audience through social media

Hashtags mark a specific keyword or keyword phrase which helps engage conversations on social media channels. For example, #contentmarketing is a hashtag used to make content marketing tweets, comments, etc.  There are lots of hashtags already out there or you can create your own.

Don’t know what hashtags to use?

No problem.  You can make them up or use tags already out there.  Go to Hashtags.org for current hashtags and discussions.

But be careful!  Use hashtags in the right context. I recently read a true story about a tweet Entennman’s bakery did when tweeting with the hashtag #notguilty, maybe you heard about it.

The tweet was:

Who’s #notguilty about eating all the tasty treats they want?

The funny thing was that Entennmans didn’t know that the hashtag #notguilty was also being used during a famous murder trial going on at the same time.  So their tweets didn’t exactly get in front of the right people.

So test your hashtags first to see who’s using them and what context they’re being used in.

Tip 4. Great content.  No one discusses content that isn’t discussion worthy. It has to resonate with your fans and readers.  That’s what builds trust and loyalty.

Whenever someone likes, retweets or shares my content I’ll thank them and the one common remark I get back is that people love to share good content.

When you have social conversations with your readers and followers because of the great content you write you’re building friendships and connections.  But no one is going to discuss content that they don’t think is worthy.

Tip 5. Use Email Consistently.  Email comes and goes as the favorite tool to get crapped on, pardon my French.

But people love to pick on email saying it’s dead and that the social platforms are replacing it.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Email all the  is still one of the most effective ways to socially engage with your audience and build trust with them, so you want to use it.

But use it correctly.

It’s not a tool for blatant advertising or making phony sales pitches.  Email  is an opportunity to open up to your readers letting them see your personal side and making them feel like they’re the most important person to you.

It’s also a way to give your readers a heads up on what you’re doing, particularly with your website or blog.

I share with my readers every time I publish a new blog post and I do it automatically.  With an autoresponderlike Aweber, it’s easy to do with their broadcast feature.  The big advantage here is that you’re connecting, sharing and giving your readers an opportunity to engage on your blog.

That’s a call to action opportunity you don’t want to miss out on.

Tip 6. Post Thoughtful Questions.

As questions come to mind post them on Twitter or Facebook and make them engaging.

A good example  is Adrienne Smith. She LOVES asking questions and as you can see she got over 45 comments with this engaging question.

Now that’s engaging :-)

Tip 7. Reply to your Blog Commenters.

Replying to comments that come into your blog is a super easy way to engage with your visitors.

But I’m not just talking about replying with a simple ‘thank you for commenting’ or ‘nice to have you here’ and then call it good. That’s just wasting data space and time.  If you were at a party and someone commented, would you simply say thanks for saying that?  Of course not. You’d reply by saying something that adds ideas or prompts another response.

That’s what getting social is all about.  Prompting and encouraging dialog.

Granted not everyone is easy to engage, so try adding ideas or ask a direct question.  You may not get a response from the person that made the original comment but you may prompt ideas and comments from others.

If you’re using Wordpress, the ‘Replyme’ plugin is perfect for engaging your audience because  it sends an email to your commenter thanking them for commenting but the email also includes a copy or your response to them.

This is a perfect way to acknowledge your commenter and make a great impression.  I highly recommend it.

A quick Heads Up:  As good as the ‘replyme plugin’ is, it’s not been updated by the author. That means it could be vulnerable to bugs and spam. However the plugin has become part of the premium version of the commentLuv plugin which is better and safer. It’s also designed to attract more commenters and more traffic. There’s also a Top Commenters widget.  See mine to the right?  Another awesome way to engage!

Now it’s your turn. What social media ideas have you learned from others that you use to engage your audience?

Blessings,

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Comments

  1. maxwell ivey says:

    Hello; Thanks for your excellent post. Lots of good suggestions in there. And the main theme of engaging with your readers is the key. As long as you are striving to build relationships and create conversations then you are probably doing it right. Keep up the good work, max

    • Hey Maxwell,

      Yes, relationships are key but how we create relationships is key too.

      It’s funny that I posted a post about this today as I just has a major glitch with my email today. Not a good way to make friends and influence people or build relationships, especially when I speak about how important email is to establishing good relationships.

      Oh well, gotta love technology but when it glitches it can be a real pain :-(

      Thanks for stopping by Maxwell. Always good to hear from you.

      Blessings,
      Liz

      • maxwell ivey says:

        yes technology is great. and its usually at its best when you are trying to do something for the first time or in a hurry. It also tends to act up after you brag on it just like a child or my doggie. how do i know if i am using an auto responder or not? i have feed burner set up for email subscriptions, but maybe I am not using it properly. Perhaps there are some settings in there i need to check. would you know? thanks, max

  2. Tim Bonner says:

    Hi Liz

    I don’t use hashtags so much but it’s something I need to get used to doing. I know when people retweet things for me they sometimes add them in for me!

    Replying to blog commenters goes without saying for me. I don’t always get to respond for a couple of days but I’ll always make sure I do. You never know where a blogging relationship will take you and what opportunities may arise.

    I’m always concious to share other people’s stuff first, along with things I find interesting around the internet. Obviously it’s important to share your own things too but not to any great excess!

    • Hi Tim,

      You definitely are a good one to share things. I liked the post you did sharing Silviu’s blogging tips which talked a lot about reading comments which had some good info.

      The thing about sharing other people’s stuff is I forget where I read it, LOL! I’ll be writing my post and recall what I’ve read and then forget which blog I read it on. The answer to that is Evernote. Do you use it? It’s a pretty good little notetaking system. When I read something now I try to make a conscious effort to add it to Evernote. That’s helped a lot but I still catch myself forgetting to add things. It’s getting into that habit :-)

      Anywhoo, thanks for stopping by and try using those hashtags, they really do help get in front of the individuals looking for that specific info.

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  3. Susan Neal says:

    Hi Liz,

    You’ve over-delivered here – 7 tips for the price of 6! But I’m not complaining – this is great advice. I try to do most of these, but my weaknesses are use of hashtags, which I often forget to include, and email – I send out a broadcast whenever I publish a post, but it’s not my strongest point.

    As for questions, I tend to ask these from within my posts, rather than on social media, and I’m not sure how I’d find the time to do anything like Adrienne, though I do love her daily posers!

    Thanks for a great list of tips, Liz :)

  4. Liz great tips – I need to work on the email tip. I don’t do it too often. I’m not a big fan of getting a lot of emails so I don’t tend to send a lot either. Something I will have to take another look at, thanks!
    Engagement is key but you also need a lot of “friends” on FB or followers on Twitter to get that engagement going. I’ve read only 10% of folks on FB engage with others. The other 90% lurk around :) That engagement is so key in growing the numbers too, it’s like a catch 22.
    I love replying to comments and many times they give me ideas for new posts. Gotta love that when it happens.
    Thanks for mentioning me in your tweets too Liz, have a great day and weekend ahead.

    • Hi Lisa,

      I don’t love sending email either. I have an auto email that goes out for my blog posts which I really don’t like because I don’t have it set up the way I like. I have an RSS problem that I have to fix and haven’t done it. ( I know, TMI) LOL!

      I will admit. I don’t love FB, just for the reasons you mentioned. It’s hard to get engagement going and I heard that too, only about 10% of people on FB engage and it’s difficult to get a good reach on FB. Like anything on the web you have to work at FB. Post all the time and work to make friends. Some folks have simply ditched the blog or website and just use FB. I cringe at that thought because I don’t like FB. On the other hand I don’t understand it that well either. A good class would probably be a good idea for me ;-)

      Have a wonderful day Lisa and talk to you soon :-)

      Liz
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  5. Liz, this is so great content. I have just put it to practice on facebook right this moment and I’m liking the instant reaction

    Thanks for the great content
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  6. Hey Liz,

    In order to be successful in business, we must be engaging and social. These tips are a great to follow if you want to have the success you want. I think having passion about what you like doing and conveying that to your friends and audience is the foundation of going up the social ranks!

    When people can see the excitement you have about a subject, that excitement tends to carry over to them. It shows how genuine you are and that you’re not all about getting them to buy something from you. This actually piques interest and draws them to find out why you’re so excited! it’s funny how that works!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sherman Smith recently posted..How To Create Engaging “How To” ContentMy Profile

    • Hello there Sherman :-)

      Well said! Passion and excitement for what you do can be contagious. But if you don’t have it or are faking it, I think people can see that too.

      I’ve always tried to look at what I do as not so much getting people to buy from me as being someone that helps them make the buying decision. And of course being enthusiastic about something can draw people in as well.

      People will value your recommendations if they can relate to you, trust you and learn from you. Not everyone I like will I buy from because they may not have the same reasons for using a product as I would. Their needs may be different than mine. But I’m not going to know that about someone if I don’t get to know them better. It all points back to connecting with people, relating to what they do and trusting them.

      Thanks for your great feedback Sherman. Great having you here :-)

      Liz
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  7. Hey Liz,

    Well what a pleasant surprise, I’ve been listed twice here. I had to laugh about the question you shared, was that not a hoot! Thank you though my friend, I’m happy to be used as an example anytime.

    I so agree with you, people just want to be recognized. They want to know that you see them, hear them. I also love sharing great content of course, like this post, because I think it’s going to help my friends as they continue their journey online.

    I love asking questions on Facebook and I actually do that on both my pages and on Google+. It’s a great ice breaker and a fun way to get to know people. Let’s face it, when we’re having fun isn’t that the best way to get to know people. I find out some really cool stuff this way.

    Email will never die. I remember reading a statistic a couple years ago now and they shared that 85% of content that’s being shared is still being done via email. Although there are a lot of people online not everyone is a blogger. Not everyone even knows how to copy and paste a link so they email. I have a lot of conversations via email so I love it myself.

    Thank you for sharing this Liz and again for the mentions. I’m so honored and I so appreciate that.

    You have an awesome end to your week and a fun weekend too.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Hi Adrienne,

      I love answering the questions on facebook but I can never come up with what I think are good ones, but you’ve come up with some pretty clever ones :-)

      Email won’t ever die. I agree. If email is a turn off it’s primarily due to spamming but there are so many filters now that it’s ‘almost’ a non issue.

      Thanks for sharing Adrienne. You also have an awesome end of the week and just in case I don’t get a chance to mention it, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  8. Hello Liz,

    I do believe this is the first time we’ve been introduced! It’s great to meet you. I’m a relatively new blogger and I’ve really just connected with a lot of bloggers as of the last week and a half or so.

    Very interesting article though! I use hashtags a decent amount, but I was never aware of how much they truly affected retweets; definitely an interesting graphic showing their importance.

    Well, I look forward to getting to know you more, and thanks for sharing this content!

    Josh May

    • Hey Josh,

      So great to meet you! And I’m glad you stopped by for a comment.

      Welcome to the world of blogging :-) I’m sure you’ve been learning tons. There’s a lot to learn isn’t there? There’s so much more to learn today than when I started out. In some ways it’s easier today and in some ways it’s not. The big thing today with promotion and traffic is social media. A few years ago it was SEO which is something I got into heavily. Today SEO is still important but it’s different. Social media does make promotion a little easier but it can be time consuming so it’s good to find expedient ways of doing things.

      But I’d say you’re learning fast, you have a well thought out blog. The content is useful, you’re attracting some great commenters and getting good comments as well. Nice job!

      Anyway I could go on all day :-) But basically i just want to say welcome and I hope my posts help. I also look forward to your tweets and posts.

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  9. Jeevan Jacob John says:

    Hello Liz,

    Great tips :)

    I especially loved the first tip. People are not going to respond if we aim for their wallets. Social media is about being social, and we need to try and be social.

    I think one of the best ways to engage is social media is to participate (or host) in events, such as Twitter chats. In the case of twitter chats, we get to use hash tags, meet new people and build our brand/reputation.

    I am guilty of delaying my replies for the comments I got (I didn’t really understand the importance of replying quickly. That’s one mistake I will never forget). I also try to spend some time on replying back to the comment replies I got on other sites (I think that it helps to build the relationship faster, plus we get to learn more).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing the tips, Liz :) Appreciate it!

    • Hey Jeevan,

      Hosting events is another great way to engage in social media. I like that one as well :-)

      And yes commenting is easy to fall behind on. Let’s face it, it’s time consuming and with all the things we have to do it IS easy to fall behind, but getting back with folks and acknowledging their presence is really important. I know for me I sit here in front of this computer all day just about, so having others reply to me or make comments makes me feel like I’m a part of a community. That’s important when you work alone.

      Thanks for commenting here Jeevan. Good to have you here.

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  10. Karen Hoyt says:

    Liz –
    I’ve just started using hashtags and your tips certainly helped. I saw other usings who added them and kind of copy what they do, but now I’ve got some insight into the why and how of using them.
    Can I be honest? I’m a bit of a copy cat. Whenever I see you, Adrienne, or Harleena do something, I know for sure that it must work – so I give it a try!
    As for email, I just realized that I have 2 lists and need to combine them. I was kind of putting that off. I love my blog and want to continue to serve my readers. All of your ideas are so helpful. Time to get on that email bandwagon!
    You are always so thoughtful on twitter and with your comments. That sets a standard for me to follow.
    Thanks so much for this blog. I love to visit your site and learn.
    Karen:)

  11. Randy Hilarski says:

    Great article, this is how I learned also. Mimic what the influencers are doing, it is a quick way to success. Always give a nod to the people who you think are doing a great job.

    • Hi Randy,

      Thank you! It is how we learn isn’t it? And with the internet it’s easy to learn and observe and do. I will admit though that some things don’t work and I’ve had a few blunders but like I was telling Karen in her comment, that’s how we come up with our own unique ideas. There’s a lot of trial and error on the web. But I guess that’s true with anything we do.

      BTW, I liked your Google+ red carpet list. Lots of good names there and some of which I was unfamiliar with. Thanks!

      Blessings, Liz
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  12. Hi Elizabeth,

    Its great to always be reading a new refreshing content on your blog, kudos and keep it up.

    Of recent, I have been trying to build an engaging community through my social networks, I have come to understand that it takes time, endurance and moreso, a genuine intention before you can have credible followers.

    On point 2, about being a Bragger, I’m guilty of this and not really thought of such.
    Your tips is an awakening call for me to start embracing and implementing your stated points.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi James,

      It DOES certainly take time and endurance to promote and connect socially. And what I’ve learned is that it’s not just a 9-5 time slot that works. Social connections need to be taking place all day long. I don’t have an iphone so I don’t connect with my peeps in the grocery store while waiting in line or in the doctor’s office like many social marketers do. Perhaps that’s something I need to change. But overall it is a mindset that you need to make good use of your time.

      Anyway, thanks for dropping by James. Always appreciate feedback from fellow bloggers. Have a wonderful rest of the week :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  13. Hi Liz,

    Your first point is one I have the most trouble with, when coaching clients. I advise them that social media is a place to be helpful, share passions and interests and build relationships; not sell. Most will point out many other people that are shamelessly advertising products and services. The old interruption marketing model is a difficult one for many business people to detach themselves from.

    – Cole

    • Hi Cole,

      It IS a marketing model that marketers don’t want to let go of, but what they need to realize is that the web is an environment where people don’t have to tolerate the pushy sales person. It’s very easy to dismiss the shameless advertiser and find people they’d rather connect with.

      There are just too many people out there that understand the social marketing strategy and do it right. So if you’re shamelessly advertising products and services you’re a lot less likely online to be successful.

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. Good to have you here Cole.

      Blessings
      Liz
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  14. Hi Liz,

    Let me add to what the Twitter fans said – awesome post indeed :)

    I SO agree with all that you’ve written. I’ve yet to work on the emails, or perhaps I don’t have anything to sell so it takes a back seat. But I am a 200% for blog comments and often take days to reply to the numerous comments on my blog. I guess one drawback of having a family and kids is also not having time enough for commenting!

    Hashtags are my favorite and I use so many different ones with each of my posts, though how I do it is list them all up, based on the content I’ve written, by looking them up on Twitter itself. It’s a one time work, because those hastags get stronger with time and you can use them for your other related posts too. It works well for Pinterest too, though those hashtags are a little different from the ones on Twitter – just make 2 columns and you are taken care of for a long time.

    Oh yes….Adrienne is awesome when it comes to her FB questions and keeping everyone engaged, which again is truly an art. I used to do that but I dread the notifications that follow up, so stopped it long back, and prefer to share my posts on various FB groups, which is another way to engage your audience through social media. I know not many do that, but your reach becomes wider this ways as the people on those groups might not be your blog subscribers, yet they love to read the post you share, and they comment on FB, and like or reshare your posts…it works wonders for me :)

    Just my two cents in addition to yours :)

    Thanks for sharing, and wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving :)
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  15. Shalu Sharma says:

    I cannot agree with you more on the use of hastags. They are important and if used nicely it can be quite productive. Thanks for mentining hashtags.org, its seems like a good site to find out the popular hastags. It’s always a good idea to engage with readers and make them feel at home on your blog so that they come back for more.

  16. Hi Ms Liz,

    Give special recognition to friends and fans. This is something I like and I am interested in. It works. It works excellent and I should use it more. Great tip.

    Email is dead and it will be replaced by social platforms? :) People had a similar hope when mobile phones arrived on the scene. They say mobiles will replace everything. It is just a juvenile enthusiasm. Sooner or later people find out that mobiles cannot replace everything. Mobiles are a good tool but not the answer to all their problems. The same with social media.

    Use email to present your personal side and show people how important they are for you.

    WOW!! This seems the explanation of so many emails I get lately where people tell me everything about their cats, dogs and how their dear auntie was sick and what they did to help her. :)

    However the principle is great and if used correctly, it can bring awesome results. I think this is the most valuable piece of advice from the whole post. I understood something new today. A new perspective on emails. Thank you.

    Have a wonderful day

  17. Liz,

    When I think of master engagers I certainly think of Adrienne and her daily questions. I have become so accustom to them that I look forward to seeing what she will ask today and many times answer it. Sometimes we all get a good chuckle from each other and that is what it is all about.

    ~Allie

  18. Elizabeth,

    You are spot on! The first thing I’ve learned is to comment on someone’s blog and syndicate it via social networks. But of course give a good comment and not a one liner!

    Being on social networks are just that…social! As you pointed out Adrienne’s question of the day is awesome. Consistency is one of her main aspects also. Notice how she will put out a question and then later in the day give us a funny video. I always look forward to her questions.

    Putting others before ourselves and syndicating them with a great intro is so important. And of course we do have to put ourselves out there, but in a friendly way.

    Nothing worse than all those “buy me” messages…it just drives me crazy!

    Hashtags … now that is one thing I need to implement! I started then stopped. So thank you so much for the reminder of how powerful this can be.

    -Donna
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    • Hi Donna,

      There’s lots of little things we can do to get the word out and connect with others in a way that is beneficial to both of us. It’s really about moving out of the ‘buy this’ mentality and instead promoting ourselves by connecting with people most interested in what we have to offer, and connecting with them in a way that builds trust and confidence.

      Thanks for stopping by Donna and for your thoughts on this.

      Hope you have a wonderful day.

      Blessings,
      Liz :-)
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  19. Manickam Vijayabanu says:

    Liz,
    Nice post and I would say, you could put the title as previous post’s extension or Part2. :)

    In my last post I had mentioned content and followup are the key to generate traffic as well handful of customers.True. Social Media is the real booster for bloggers (Thanks to FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other lead providers) and it tremendously helping to increase traffic, if we use at right direction.

    I always like, asking thoughtful questions on post. It will engage our visitors. Also reply…and re tweets are great for better communication as well. As always I love content where it exhibits our real passion.

    Thanks for the informative post Liz.

    • Hey Manickam,

      Yes, social media is a booster for bloggers. It use to be SEO and if you could master search engine optimization and reach top ranking for your chosen keywords it could be a huge boost to your traffic.

      Today SEO is a lot harder to reach but that’s not a show stopper, with social media we can get our own traffic. It might not be the kind of traffic you could reach with top ranking but one big benefit to social media is traffic is targeted. It’s also coming from people who know and trust you and that’s important for sales.

      Thanks for your thoughts Manickam.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Liz
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  20. Gilbert Samuel says:

    Hi Liz,

    Second time on your blog and I love what you’re doing here. Good I implemented all your tips. I do reply to comments on my blog and that’s one of the secret weapon that has boosted the new blog.

    Quality contents gets shared you know? I just did it now and I also followed you on twitter, keep up the great work.

  21. Hey Liz!

    How are you? You are absolutely right Bout that.

    For me, social media is not about you and me only. At times, the more share you do, the better it goes!

    And hey, you nailed it big time. Sharing others (blogs etc) is important and thanks for reminding.

  22. Mitch Mitchell says:

    I’m big on talking to people, and tend not to connect with people on social media who don’t seem to care about communicating with others. I will have to admit that I have a bit of an anathema to hashtags, probably because so many people use them with no purpose and no reason and frankly it drives me up a wall. It’s uber rare that I use them and many times, when I’m retweeting someone else’s content, I’ll remove them. Instagram now allows them and some people have upwards of 20 hashtags on a stupid picture; that’s just being ridiculous from where I sit. lol

    The rest of what you wrote here… spot on! :-)

  23. Hey Elizabeth,

    I completely agree. I always say keep social media, “social”. I found that the more I interact with others, the better experience I have on my accounts. It’s your account but the more you show love to other people, the more engagement you will receive in the long run.

    That’s absolutely fine with me because I enjoy reaching out, making and responding to comments etc. Whether it’s on your social media accounts or blog, you have to be selfless and really care about others.

    Nice write up Elizabeth! Take care
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    • Hey Steven,

      Social media talks a lot about how important it is to care for others, reach out and help others. But in reality that’s really how we should all be living every day with everyone we come in contact with. That’s how we make friends and have lasting relationships.

      Of course it just makes sense in business as well. Who are you more likely to buy something from or take advice from? The person that just wants to make a sale or to promote themselves, or the person that works with you, spends time with you, that is friendly, helps educate you and tries to understand your needs?

      You are spot on Steven why you say it’s the person that is selfless and cares about others that is likely to win the affection of others.

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  24. Hi Elizabeth!

    I found your totally excellent blog as a direct result of reading Steven J. Wilson’s blog, and leaving a few comments and re-tweeting some of his totally excellent posts!

    This is a very informative post! And your advice is extremely easy to (both) follow and implement! That’s refreshing!

    Tactic # 3 is especially insightful. Effectively using using something as simple as a hashtag! Who would of thought? It just goes to show, what you can learn, when you hang out with the pros!

    Thanks! And I’m definitely going to start hanging out around here more often and studying and applying and sharing your proven advice!

    Thanks!

    • Thanks Mark for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

      Hashtags isn’t anything new really but they can help with your reach. It seems that folks either use them a whole bunch or they don’t use them at all. I forget about them at times but they do help my message reach people they wouldn’t normally reach if I didn’t use them.

      Yes, please do stop by again. BTW, I like what you’ve done with your blog. You’ve got some useful information there. Always good to have another resource I can count on ;-)

      Have a wonderful rest of the day.

      Liz
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