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Old 08-08-13, 09:52 AM
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Doing a bit of research for a marketing course.
How influenced are you by social media? If you saw that a friend 'liked' a facebook page, would you go and have a look? ARe you likely to buy something through a company you found like that?
I personally don't follow any big businesses on twitter etc but do follow a few small local businesses and would probably look at their products if they engaged with me personally.
Looking around there seem to be a lot of companies out there who offer this kind of service, these for example, http://www.icontact.com/resources/so...arketing-guide so there's obviously a demand for it. I just wondered how that translates into real life.
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This is from a "get off my lawn" oddie so keep that in mind...

I would like to know more about why people think "liking" something on FB has any meaning or relevance. I think the whole Yelp, Twitter, FB whatever stuff is silly and clueless... I find media like Yelp really disturbing as one person can have a negative experience (either justified or not) and then proceed to wage a defamatory campaign against the company or product seriously affected marketing and damaging the entitie's reputation. I know personally an instance where someone went into a store to return a item purchased that was 1) obviously used and worn out and 2) was returned way past the return policy (30 days) and instead of just sucking it up made up all sort sof lies about the store and its personnel posting it on Yelp.

But nowadays so many people need instance gratification and validation the whole "like" phenomenom is creating a real effect of whether or not a product will be sucessful. The only opinion that matters to me is mine - I prefer to try something out personally (realizing we all have differents expectations) and they make my own judgments.

I personally think this whole social media following thing is silly but then again, I am an old fuddy duddy... and people please don't "like" or "dislike" my comments - it would hurt my feelings (no not really I could care less!).
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Can someone explain Twitter?
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Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
This is from a "get off my lawn" oddie so keep that in mind...

I would like to know more about why people think "liking" something on FB has any meaning or relevance. I think the whole Yelp, Twitter, FB whatever stuff is silly and clueless... I find media like Yelp really disturbing as one person can have a negative experience (either justified or not) and then proceed to wage a defamatory campaign against the company or product seriously affected marketing and damaging the entitie's reputation. I know personally an instance where someone went into a store to return a item purchased that was 1) obviously used and worn out and 2) was returned way past the return policy (30 days) and instead of just sucking it up made up all sort sof lies about the store and its personnel posting it on Yelp.

But nowadays so many people need instance gratification and validation the whole "like" phenomenom is creating a real effect of whether or not a product will be sucessful. The only opinion that matters to me is mine - I prefer to try something out personally (realizing we all have differents expectations) and they make my own judgments.

I personally think this whole social media following thing is silly but then again, I am an old fuddy duddy... and people please don't "like" or "dislike" my comments - it would hurt my feelings (no not really I could care less!).
That's how I feel, the high lighted parts made me feel better knowing that at least one other person feels EXACTLY the way I feel.
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Originally Posted by Rltot View Post
Can someone explain Twitter?
Its a place where mostly lonely people post all their personal **** then get upset when other lonely people comment negatively about it. Basically its a place for mostly lonely people who love drama.
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Originally Posted by Rltot View Post
Can someone explain Twitter?
Mostly like Trollheim with shorter posts. Imagine a netverse where everyone communicates in bursts shorter than Google Viagra Text Ads.....
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Can someone explain Twitter?
I don't know personally, but in a Social Media workshop, I was told that Twitter is all about ego.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
Mostly like Trollheim with shorter posts. Imagine a netverse where everyone communicates in bursts shorter than Google Viagra Text Ads.....
I call it "internet Tourettes"! Like people can't help what they post "I just saw a bird!" "I just took a big poop!" "I wonder what time it is?" Really people think this stuff is relevant? Its all too TMI...
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Originally Posted by ChloeP View Post
Doing a bit of research for a marketing course.
How influenced are you by social media? If you saw that a friend 'liked' a facebook page, would you go and have a look? ARe you likely to buy something through a company you found like that?
I personally don't follow any big businesses on twitter etc but do follow a few small local businesses and would probably look at their products if they engaged with me personally.
Looking around there seem to be a lot of companies out there who offer this kind of service, these for example, http://www.icontact.com/resources/so...arketing-guide so there's obviously a demand for it. I just wondered how that translates into real life.
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What's a facebook?
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Old 08-08-13, 02:35 PM
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Can someone explain Twitter?
It's what happens when you drink too much coffee. You twitter.
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I think basically you either choose to buy into this or you don't. Life will go on regardless, but you will be limited if you eschew SM. I found this out the hard way when I missed a huge opportunity a few years ago (I was tuned into SM just enough to have the chance presented but not attentive enough to see it in time to take advantage). I'd rather not go into details (too painful) but suffice it to say, it convinced me I wanted/needed to be on board with this stuff like it or not (and I am an old fart, so I don't really like it. I hate texting and don't see the point of Twitter at all).
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Old 08-20-13, 03:20 AM
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Ha, "internet tourettes" is a good one.
I think the internet gives everyone an overinflated sense of their own importance, just because you can tell the world every little thought that goes through your head, doesn't mean you should.
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Now, how does Social Media affect me personally? It makes me consultant fees out the wazoo! I truly love Social Media.
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Now, how does Social Media affect me personally? It makes me consultant fees out the wazoo! I truly love Social Media.
Someone finally gets it.
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What's a facebook?
+1.

Some time ago I was looking for a music streaming service, with minimal ads or other fuss. Spotify Premium was a strong contender. Turned out they required FB membership at the time. Why would my supposed "friends" in social media be interested to know what music I happen to listen at any given moment, or why would I want to "share" that info in the first place? If I really like something I hear, I'll let the relevant people know myself, thank you very much.

So I e-mailed them to ask if there's any way I could buy their service and NOT be forced to register a FB profile. Received a reply in the lines of "the FB link enhances your user experience in Spotify" or somesuch garbage. That's the problem, I'm not in search of an enhanced user experience, I'm in search of a bloody music streaming service. Apparently that's too much to ask. And BTW, have you talked this over with FB? I'm sure they'll appreciate the fake profile you're encouraging me to create here.

I was glad to read later Spotify silently withdrew the silly requirement.

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Facebook: the most personal service most people use. I use Facebook as a way for my customers and potential customers to easily reach me (about 2 contact me through there a month, and that should only grow with my exposure). Posting fun things keeps me relevant in peoples' feeds and likes make me show up (in theory) more. I post a helpful insurance tip every Friday and am considering posting odd facts on Wednesdays or some other mildly cerebral interaction.

Twitter: short, to the point, and quick. I don't use this service for my business yet, but my wife and I have used it to get many responses from different companies regarding their customer service. Dig past the idea that it's all superficial and you'll see some people actually use it for productivity.

Yelp: I've gotten a response from a business I left a bad review for and have found both good and bad restaurants from there. My wife and I are looking for the best gnocchi in town and Yelp gave us some suggestions last week. We'll check them out in due time and add our opinions to the reviews. It's kind of like movie reviews: you need to figure out what matters to you and read between the lines of the reviews.

If you're savvy and know how to work your own SEO, along with having the time to keep up on the occasional blog post and whatnot, hiring a social media manager is superfluous. If you're not, then your small business should really consider one.

Woah...off topic. Let's get back on.

I rarely -- RARELY click on something that a friend has liked. I've seen one or two local companies that I've liked, a bunch of photographer and model friends' pages, and some other random things. I'm more likely to "like" something that contributes to my mind than I am something that contributes to the thinning of my wallet.
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Its a place where mostly lonely people post all their personal **** then get upset when other lonely people comment negatively about it. Basically its a place for mostly lonely people who love drama.
Gosh, sounds like some forums I know...
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The problem with all this "liking" and "Trending" stuff is that people are so busy checking their phones that they stop personal interactions.
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