Social Media is Many Things to Many People

The many faces of social media

The more I use social media over the years the more convinced I am that it is very hard to say exactly what it is. There are various platforms and these are often hard to explain simply. I’ve been training people how to use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others for about 8 years.

I first started out by teaching classes in my living room – mainly – how does one use Facebook – personal pages vs. business pages + netiquette – how to be in those places and look like you have a cleu. As the various platforms have expanded their feature sets and made things a bit more difficult for businesses to reach their fans how people use them have changed.  Here are some of the new uses that I am experiencing and seeing in the field.

1. Some people are just using the systems as a messaging system – an example would be FB messenger. I note that I am having more and more personal “email like” interactions via FB messenger than in the past. FB messenger seems to be replacing email in terms of personal connections/conversations in my world.

2. People pick their platforms and stick with them. I know a number of people who are mainly on one platform and that’s it. My nextdoor neighbor runs an Instagram page for his crystal business.  He’s up to 132K followers. I encouraged him to get going with email marketing – and he has, but really, he’s having so much success and fun with Instagram.. that he’s pretty happy with that one platform. Personally, I don’t recommend having all your eggs in one basket (ie, make sure to be list-building – that’s yours…) – but I see this across the board. People who are mainly on Twitter or FB – they find home and stay there.

3. Then, there’s how one spends their time on FB (as an example). I used to spend much more time on the newsfeed – and I’m sure many still do.  But ever since I discovered Friends’ Lists and how to segment my 3770 closest friends + see all the posts of those who I most want to follow/learn from.. that has changed my FB experience dramatically. I also am using FB much more to network with others and connect around business topics in relevant groups. The ALE Family/LESA group has actually really changed my thinking around how a small, dedicated group of people can come together for a common purpose and really elevate everyone’s experience.

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I’ve been looking for articles like this one where people delve into how these prominent tools/platforms are being used – in non-obvious ways, but have not really found what I’m looking for. So, I’ll try putting out my own thinking on the topic and see how that goes. Perhaps if you get what I’m getting at and you find something that you think is similar, add a comment, please. Thanks!

Do you use social media in a way that you think was not intended by the creators?  Please share below!

Have a great Summer – Albert Kaufman, Albertideation, Portland, Oregon, The United States

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Happy Hour Class 11/26 in Portlandia – Come learn how to tune up your FB Biz Page

facebook-fan-pageHello, if you’ve been waiting for an evening Facebook Business Page class – this one’s for you!

https://www.facebook.com/events/193941420730924/

Bring your laptop or watch on the big screen!

I’ve been presenting classes on Facebook strategies lately. Come to this class if you’d like a refresher on some of the basics given new Facebook changes. We’ll talk about how to tune up your page, advertising, sponsored stories, promoting posts, and what can be done with your fan/business page to help build your business.

We’ll gather in my living room, I’ll present, and you can watch it unfold on the big screen. You can use a notepad or feel free to bring your laptop. There is free Wi-Fi.

Snacks and drinks for others are always a welcome contribution. I’ll provide tea and perhaps we’ll create a cocktail to go with the class!

Cost: $30
Cash, Check or Paypal

6pm-8:30pm (possibly longer if needed)
Happy Clam: 1823 NE 13th Ave.
Easy access via the 8, 77, Max and the I-5 Rose Quarter exit

If you have any questions post them here or email albertkaufman@gmail.com

Referrals are always greatly appreciated! Feel free to invite people who you think would benefit from this class!

Albert Kaufman

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My recent slideshow presentation

http://albertideation.com/slideshow/

Here’s an outline of what I’ve done in the past. We’ll definitely cover some of these areas and there will be plenty of time for Q&A

http://albertideation.com/facebook-classes/

Here’s an article I’m finding fascinating and gives you the basics of distinguishing your personal and business profiles…

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/integrating-your-facebook-page-with-your-facebook-profile/

Slideshow on Facebook 7.12.12

I gave a talk as part of a Constant Contact presentation at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland, on Thursday, July 12th, 2012. Here’s the Facebook slideshow I prepared. Enjoy!

Facebook Fan/Business Page Class in Portlandia – March 30th

Facebook fan/business pages are a great marketing tool for your business. On March 30th fan pages are all being transitioned to Timeline.

Let’s come together and learn

  • how to update our fan pages
  • fan page best practices
  • fan pages – backend (adjust settings)
  • creating events
  • the difference between fan pages and personal profiles
  • Social Fixer. What it is and why I recommend it!

and have your other Facebook/social media questions answered.

The class is part presentation and part lab and also a great place to network with other small business people.

Class fee $20 – trade also considered. Snacks and tea provided. Feel free to bring your lunch.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below.

Please create a fan page before the class so you’ll have something to work with in class.

Here is information I sent to my clients recently about Facebook changes.

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Hello,

There are about to be some big changes to Fan Pages/Business Pages (same thing) on Facebook. If you haven’t already noticed, fan pages are being switched (like personal pages) to Timeline. Here is a little video about the change.

http://youtu.be/TMBTD0vNYqs

Also, there are a few articles floating around that go into deeper detail about what these changes mean for you and your business.

http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/how-to-custom-design-your-nonprofits-facebook-timeline/

Here are some examples of how one might design a decent Fan Page given the new Timeline platform.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150724366310977.454038.24860070976&type=3

If you would like support on any of your email marketing or social networking needs, please get in touch. Referrals are also welcome!

I hope your life is thriving!

Sincerely,

Albert Kaufman
albertkaufman@gmail.com
http://albertideation.com/