My absolute love of Social Media does absolutely nothing to help my attention span, which at times reminds me of Reid, my 15 month old son.
Trying to keep on top of the latest and greatest in Social Media requires one to be on their toes and be willing to dapple in what fancies you. How do you know what to pay attention to if you don’t give it a try? The older I get, the less I can concentrate for longer than 5 minutes it seems. I haven’t investigated Adult ADHD, but I wouldn’t be overly surprised if I have at least some form of it. So, if I’m introduced to a new Social Media platform and see a value in it, I’m on it. The platforms that stick, at least with me, are the ones that are most user friendly. Facebook (although that is more personal than business, Twitter and Pinterest all come to mind. I do like the visual and text blend of all three.
I have started no less than 3 blogs now in 3 different locations. The first was on ericdlussier.com, the 2nd was here on WordPress and now I have just started a Tumblr page. Tumblr is (to quote Wiki), a service that allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. I think I can already see what appeals to me as the visual aspect is what is featured first and foremost (hence, my love of Pinterest).
One of these days I think I need to sit down and concentrate on one spot and one location, at least for my blog. Is there such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to Social Media? I think so. But for the time being it is all about being found, if someone is looking. So, if you are looking, you have found me.
Take your pick. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, WordPress, Tumblr or on my own website
This post comes much delayed. I have told myself for weeks, heck, even months, that I need to update this. Who knows if it is read by anyone other then myself, but, the question is, does that even really matter?
Your Googleability is no longer an option. Hence, the reason I created this website and blog, thanks to weebly. Google drives decisions and ultimately sales in this day and age, no ifs ands or buts about.
So really all this comes on the heels of one of our manufacturers, who for some reason, does not appear in the first handful of pages of Google results for their prime product. Nowadays, everything helps and just yesterday, Google and Bing both admitted that Twitter and Facebook hits play into their search results. It's easy to say that 95% of the public have access to an internet connection and as a result, our shopping and buying habits have changed immensely. At one point, if you saw a product and liked it, you bought it. Now, if you see a product and like a product, you Google the product. You then research to your hearts content what people have to say about your product. OR, if you don't know what you want to buy, you Google say, "LCD flat-screen TV" and let the results lead the way.
Some people get it, some people don't. It's really a shame, because in 2010, you have no excuse not to be one of the latter. What will 2011 bring?
At one time, and really not that long ago, Social Media was seen as a pleasure piece only. No longer, to say the least. The line has been completely blurred and now business and social media go hand in hand like my favorite: peanut butter and jelly.
Just today alone you have two great examples. A terrific blog post on mashable about 40+ Essential Social Business Resources here: http://mashable.com/2010/07/07/essential-business-resources/
Also, an HR post about employers who ban employees from using social media and how they will lose their best candidates as these employees as they head for companies to work for more technologically progressive employers.
It is just staggering to see how Facebook's model has changed just in the last few months. In early 2010, seeing a business on Facebook was rare and now it has gotten to a point where if you are NOT on Facebook you are in the minority. Now with Welcome Tabs, Facebook is becoming more customizable for businesses as they dump their www address and focus more on the now in Facebook.
Where is your Facebook page? What is your strategy? Check me out at www.facebook.com/ericdlussier and our page at www.facebook.com/advantagesportusa
The old adage is really true. So much to do, so little time. The longer I work in Pennsylvania, the more I realize a) how darn big this state is and b) how much I really have to do.
I speak with many product reps that have a territory that is a fraction of what I cover, or I speak to a firm that has dozens of people doing what I do over the same area. Sometimes the more I think of it, the heavier the burden seems. It tends to work best when I just go about my business and not overthink things. If it were only that easy.
Surround yourself with a good support team, use technology to your advantage and do your best. If that was only that easy as well.
I've discovered a few pieces of technology that have helped me in the social media struggle and that is TweetDeck from Seesmic and now Gist. If you haven't checked out either and you are an active Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn junkie like myself, give them a whirl.
That being said, I am still in love with my Droid, too. I miss my BlackBerry Pearl sometimes, but the Droid really is where it's at.
I must find more topics to write about and time to do so.
The miscellaneous ramblings of Eric D. Lussier, CSI, CDT