Nice Guys Finish First in Social Media

The way people interact has changed dramatically ever since social media has been a part of business.

It’s 2005…

Social Media NetworkingWe just met and it’s finally my turn to speak but you keep on nodding your head and saying “yup” over and over again while looking in every direction but mine. You have no idea what I’m saying because you’re not listening to me. You and your ego had a good run but the times are changing my friend…

2012 – The World Has Changed. Enter Social Media.

No longer can one spew nonsense and expect to build quality relationships. You can no longer be a self-promoter – social media simply doesn’t work that way. If you’re not engaging with people in a positive manner you will probably be unfollowed by many on a daily basis. People appreciate manners and common courtesy online. Here are a few things you could do to polish up your online manners:

Engage

It takes time and commitment, but if you engage with your followers and even reach out to new people on a regular basis, your network will grow and rise in value. If people tweet at you, comment on your blog, or post on your Facebook page, you need to take the time to respond to them. Being nice goes a long way. These people will become some of your biggest supporters in the future.

Be Helpful

The more you give in social media, the more you will receive down the road. Go out of your way to help people. People remember these moments, especially when they’re just starting out.

Be Personal

It’s simple but true – let people get to know the real you. Social media is all about sharing and listening. You don’t have to be all business all the time. You can maintain your brand while sharing tidbits of your personal life. Just make sure you keep it clean (don’t share pictures or comments you wouldn’t share with your Grandma).

Be Kind & Genuine

You’re no longer in competition with just the person down the street. Your competition is always one click away from setting up shop. Separate yourself by going above and beyond, which includes being kind on a day to day basis. Courtesy goes a long way.

The bottom line is if you take the time to consistently care about others, your reputation and network will reflect that over time.