The more Social Media becomes mainstream the more it confuses the heck out of professionals.
To Engage in Social Media or Not to Engage
That is the question, correct? That’s what all the Social Media gurus and marketing mavens write about in their blogs every day. That’s why you get bombarded at networking events by former corporate IT professionals and marketing directors now doing their own “Consulting Thing.”
Professionals are unsure about whether or not taking time out of their day to engage in Social Media is a good idea. There are so many questions with out definitive answers that even a mildly conservative person gets nervous:
- What’s is the ROI?
- An I exposing myself to Error’s and Omission’s claims?
- Will offend potential clients with comments I make?
- Could my time be better spent elsewhere?
These are just four of the many concerns I’m sure you have if you haven’t yet engaged in Social Media and the Internet.
When I talk about engaging in the Internet, I am not talking about having a Facebook page and website that you never update. I’m talking about reaching out and communicating on a personal level with your clients and prospects. Immersing yourself in what is going on in their life or business.
Engage in community discussions by creating Lists on Twitter of community members.
Involve yourself in Facebook page discussion of community organizations that effect your business.
My Reason for Social Media Engagement
I want my clients to know that I am involved in the community and that I am aware of the issues effecting their life. If a client needs support with a charity or fundraiser and I have to means to help either monetarily or through promotion, I want to do that.
Obviously, I’m not a saint, my goal is always to make more money, but it doesn’t have to be about Me, Me, Me. Social Media is about Us, Us, Us and how we help each other.
Remember that and go Engage…The Professional's Dilemma: To Engage in Social Media? by Ryan Hanley