Boo! What Is Your Scariest Thought About Social Media?


Halloween_pumpkinThe oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. ~ H. P. Lovecraft, Author

How are you learing about social media? Perhaps through books, conferences or workshops. Just as valuable is the way knowledge was transferred when blogs hit the business scene .. from peer-to-peer in online discussions. 

Just Once Crowd Sourced Question is a Diva Marketing series where the community shares their insights on a specific social media issue. In doing that, we can help alleviate some of the scary fears.  In celebration of Halloween .. 

Just One Crowd Sourced Question

  • What is your scariest thought on how brands or agencies are using any aspect of social media/social networks? 

One of the scariest things I see is too many "brand" witches around the social media kettle. Each with a different opinion and no common, customer-centric vision to unite them.

So they disagree and waste time and money chasing warts, I mean likes, fans friends and followers instead business outcomes. In the confusion, the "social media expert" gets paid to maintain the status quo. Now that's scary. Muahahahaha ~ Lee Odden, Top Ranking Blog @LeeOdden 

Businesses should focus on the model and how they trade: What do they need to start doing more, and what do they need to stop doing? Conversation is a way to draw out the model and build the promise architecture to trade. The scariest thought, therefore, is that businesses are asking precisely the *wrong* question.

Technology needs to be viewed in light of the business model. Entire industries are being disrupted and organizations are still hiring people to be in charge of Twitter and Facebook -- this is what is truly scary. ~ Valeria Maltoni, Principal, Conversation Agent LLC  @ConversationAge

Biggest scare: when brands or orgs jump into social media because they "should" an without a coherent strategy for connecting existing goals to their social media efforts. ~ Hillary Boucher, BirthSwell @hillaryboucher

Scariest thought is how so many PR practitioners use social media in impersonal and ineffective ways yet believing they're doing it well. That is worse that those who just don't get it at all.~ Neville Hobson, @jangles

I've heard of people who have been involved in cases of mistaken identity as a result of social search. In other words, they had "digital doppelgangers" -- people who share their name. Doesn't sound too dangerous, until one of those people is a murderer or was charged with fraud.

Organizations need to be careful not to assume a simple Google search always results in learning the correct information about the person in question! On the flip side, individuals need to seize control of their names online by creating profiles and digital presences to overcome negative digital doppelganger results! ~ Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers,@Keppie_Careers

Scariets thought is having content stolen and being misrepresented. ~ Toby Neal, @tobywneal Crowd source

YouTube - advertising there is getting more and more cluttered and scary. ~ Jake Aull, Zen of Digital Brand @JackAull

My scariest thought: brands assuming social is just another direct response channel and missing out on the opportunity to create a relationship with some of the brand's most valuable customers. My second scariest thought: assuming everyone who has liked or followed the brand is a valuable customer and thus offering richer discounts than those who have raised their hand and shared their information.

Don't forget to connect the dots back to the customer database, so while you are creating great relationships you can also make sound business decisions around discounting and rewards. ~ Teresa Caro, [r]Dialogue @teresacaro

Toby, I think my scariest thought is that brands start developing content in social media, without having a backup plan and the people to support and respond to any crisis that will happen. ~ Anon

Mass Following on Twitter -I get scared when a company skips the process of vetting and actually reading the profiles of the people they follow and opt to use tools that let them follow massive numbers of people. Your followers are about quality not quantity people! ~ Natalie MacNeilShe Takes on the World  @NatalieMacNeil

Scariest thought? That they're not listening. And that they think how they did business in 2005 is the same as 2011. ~ Anon

My scariest thought is that brands (and agencies) are jumping into social media with no forethought, planning or strategy. Because so many of the tools are free -- they are not giving them the "respect" they would offer traditional marketing tools/efforts. The outcome of that is, of course, their efforts fall flat and then they declare that social media is not right for their business.

This is particularly worrisome for the small business owner who could reap all the benefits if they just took the time to learn/think it through before jumping in. ~Drew McLellan Drew's Marketing Minute @DrewMcLellan

Toss of a pink boa to the people who generously shared their thoughts.

It's your turn! Let's continue the learnings. What is your scariest thought about social media? 

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I'd say using social media to advertise and promote but not actually having a conversation. Social media is supposed to be social. If you aren't having a dialogue with your followers you are missing the point.

Posted by: Nick Stamoulis on Nov 1, 2011 9:52:49 AM

@Nick - agree this one is a true nightmare!

Posted by: Toby @tobydiva on Nov 1, 2011 10:00:26 AM

Social Media is not a place for advertising your products or services.

Posted by: Stanley Rao on Nov 2, 2011 5:04:51 AM

I disagree with Stanley; I think that social media is a great place to advertise your products/services because you can truly build relationships with people over social media.

Posted by: MarketingDiva on Nov 3, 2011 2:48:45 AM

Social Media Actually don't allow you to advertise your product. It is just a platform to promote your websites not your advertisement.

Posted by: Nokia Price in Pakistan on Nov 4, 2011 9:27:39 AM

Having a dialogue with your potential customer is always important no matter the media, I believe.

Posted by: michele on Nov 6, 2011 8:55:39 PM

Lee's comment is right on, some businesses using social media have forgotten the point and are too busy trying to get followers.

Posted by: Web Design St Louis on Nov 10, 2011 2:22:46 PM

@ Michelle. I totally agree with you.It is always important to have a dialogue with potential customers. It builds trust and rapport.

Posted by: Prude on Nov 17, 2011 3:19:06 AM

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