They say that mistakes are bound to happen and they can happen to the best of us. But the most important lesson is to learn and improve from them. So, as we say hello to 2014, let us look at which brands make it to the list of 2013 Social Media Bloopers.
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Sometimes it feels really sorry to see the tactics of a select group of folks in the name of using Social media as a Conversation Medium ! By-and-large this is applicable to Twitter baring the first couple of points.
- Email spam: They continue to send you bulk promotional emails, although you never opted-in for their newsletter. On the name of customization, they start the email with your name prefix and believe they are not spamming your email box. To your surprise, you are not allowed to copy & reproduce their email although they didn’t take your permission at the first place.
- Blog Spameeters: They start a one-dimensional blog to blatantly promote the poor client’s new product offerings.
- RTing & RTing: They create multiple accounts on twitter, send tweet from one id and then re-tweet from others. End-result = The user ends up thinking that there is a great conversation going on.
- Follow mania: They follow all the celebrities and all those who have more than 1000 followers in a hope to attract some eyeballs.
- Twomit dosage: While it is the lifeline of many, they continue to talk about the color of their underwear on twitter. Eating food, walking dog, brushing their teeth. It’s a moral obligation.They all know twitter has a threshold when it comes to maximum requests at an instance and maximum no. of tweets. However, they never refrain to curse twitter every time it suffers from an outage. Continue reading →
Criticizing social media?
Are you doing so for any of the following reasons:
- Because you think this is a buzzword which will eventually die-down
- Because your mind tells tells you that there’s nothing to social media beyond twitter, blogs and Facebook
- Because every second person you have seen on twitter claims to be a social media evangelist or a catalyst
- Because you do not seem to understand the differences and similarities between digital media and social media
- Because you are fed up of blog-posts talking about socialmedia ROI & budgets and don’t understand what is the ROI
- Because you see brands jumping on social media bandwagon and you fail to understand what they’re gaining out of it
- Because you witness endless talks about conversations, communities, content
- Because you are trying to understand the meaning of terms of ‘social’ and ‘media’ and combined together
- Because you discuss your problems with consultants and every time you talk to them there’s more confusion than ever before
Rather not do it as it is more a perception issue than anything else !! Understand Social Media as a Philosophy and its application as a Culture.
Background: This is the second blog-post in a series of conversations with Social Media change agents, Social media thought-leaders, experts and mavens to answer some of the most important questions surrounding the subjects of Social media and Web2.0 ! The emphasis of this discussion series is to address ’socialmedia’ at a ground level and talk about the real world issues that are being faced by us on both sides of the road: i.e. as actual users and as consultants/agencies in this space.
At a personal level, I am a great fan of Anna’s The Engaging Brand podcast series which has been nominated for two years as the Best Business podcast. In addition, she consistently speaks and delivers workshops on branding, motivation and social media. You can read Anna’s blog or listen to her free weekly audio show at http://www.theengagingbrand.com Continue reading →