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#DNY Digital New You- 8 Reasons Why Social Sucks

This is part 1 and the flip side will be Why Social Rocks!


Quick disclaimer: I’ve been involved with social media LONG before it was called social media. I got on LinkedIn in 2004 before it had 1,000,000 users. Was on Facebook the day it opened to Grey Hairs and No Hairs like myself in 2006. I remember well the summer of 2008 when people thought Plurk may replace Twitter…so while the title of this post says “Why Social Sucks”, I too must suck a little for spending so much time on it. Okay? Thanks!

Now, on to why Social Sucks…

Too much noise– If you’ve ever tried to promote an event or an idea through Facebook you quickly realize how easy it is for people to “tune you out”. Truthfully, it’s not that they are even doing so…the amount of things happening every second on Facebook (or Twitter for that matter) does it for them.  As a “marketing channel” these tools are just a little blown out. Ha ha I said a little.

We broadcast instead of narrowcast– One of the best parts of marketing on the web is the ability to specifically target our audiences. Unfortunately, we still act like we can only send one message and HAVE to hit as many folks as possible with that.  This is more of a function of “lazy” than anything else.

Too many invites to crap you’d never attend– How many times have you been invited to an event that you’re clearly NOT the target audience for? Perhaps it was for a sport you’d never play, a restaurant opening you’d never attend or an event that takes place 2700 miles from home? It’s just easier to “select all” then it is to painstakingly go through and cherry pick the people you really mean to target. See? Lazy!!

Too many people starving for attention– There’s so much “look at me” and not in the good way. It would be almost acceptable if most of the cries for attention where “I’m awesome. Check me out!!”. Instead it’s “send prayers” or “you won’t believe what happened to me”. This really doesn’t have anything to do with the post. It’s more of a PSA than anything 😉

There are no real rules– Social is still the wild west and anything goes. Well maybe not anything, but certainly far too much. Think about the last time you scrolled through your Facebook Wall or Twitter stream and constantly said wow…amazing. Yeah. Right. I just scrolled through my entire twitter stream to find anything to RT. I went through 47 posts before finding anything worthy and honestly, it probably wasn’t but it did amplify a nice message from a friend.

No barrier to entry to call yourself a pro– Or an expert or a guru or anything else. Frankly, I’m uncomfortable when people call me a Social Media ****. I don’t purport to be one. I don’t “practice” my craft. I don’t really spend that much time studying it. AND NEITHER DO MOST PEOPLE. If you’re looking for a pro in social media, figure out how to become one. It’s not tough and your voice will be the only truly authentic one for your brand. If you really can’t do it, call me and we will figure it out together.

People consider doing social doing work– “Yeah it’s kinda work. Demented and sad, but work”. Alright, maybe I’m misquoting Johnny Bender from The Breakfast ClubIt’s very easy to get caught up in “updating statuses” or even worse…finding things to share. At the end of the day, most of this is far better for your ego than it is for your wallet. There are specific times when doing Social well pays dividends and we will get to those in Why Social Rocks!

The right platform still doesn’t exist- Linkedin is great for your Rolodex and is getting better with status updates, but far too many people still use it as a “set it and forget it” tool.  Facebook is far more fun and people still don’t really want others doing business there. Twitter is a hot mess that you get lost in the crowd before the word go. Google + started quickly and I think someone must have yelled FIRE really, really loud. What’s needed is a place where it’s comfortable to do business AND people actually spend time.

What do you think Sucks most about Social?

Did I miss anything that should be on the list?

Is there something here you disagree with?

What kind of Social Platform would you create if you could? I know a guy that can make that happen!

Terry Bean’s “Become a Magnet” Event

Become a Magnet

Terry Bean’s Guide to Success


Terry Bean has mastered a few areas of life: Communications, Networking and Right Thinking. This combination allows him to attract many great opportunities. Terry thoroughly enjoys helping others live their best life too.  He does this by providing inspiredutaining instruction (inspirational + educational + entertaining) on the best business and life development practices that can be implemented immediately.

Terry rousing the audience at TEDx Detroit 2011

Terry rousing the audience at TEDx Detroit 2011

This day-long session will provide you with the right information as well as ample opportunity to practice your new found knowledge. At the conclusion of this event you will understand new ways to enroll others, new strategies to grow your business and most importantly how to live your life out loud and on purpose.

Who should attend? This class is designed for people who are ready to take the next big step in their life.   This is NOT a beginner class, although those curious beginners with an open-mind and a willingness to learn will find a lot of value.

The cost of this course is $159.00 (special first time price and will be $279.00 the next time it’s offered) and includes a.m./p.m. refreshments, lunch and a signed copy of Terry Bean’s new book “Be Connected”.

You will be guided to:

  1. Discover your purpose so you can live your passion
  2. Understand how to be the best communicator you can be
  3. Implement new strategies to generate referrals constantly online and in the real world
  4. Sell more and cold call less
  5. A thorough understanding of the art and science of Networking

Date: July 11

Location: Troy, MI Credential Check Corporation 575 E. Big Beaver Terrace Level


8:30-9:00 Registration/Networking/Coffee

9:00-9:50 The 6 Degrees of Connectedness (originally delivered at TEDx Detroit 2009)

9:50-10:50 Target Clients, Partners and how to ASK for them

10:50-11:20 Speed Networking Break- Practice Your New Skills

11:20-12:30 Personal Branding and Improved Communications skills

12:30-1:15 Lunch and Networking (onsite likely sandwiches or pizza…lunch will be provided)

1:15-2:45 Going Social (using facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube to network more effectively)

2:45-3:00 Break. Cookie networking

3:00-4:30 What I’ve learned about S&M…sales and marketing

4:30-5:15 Q&A/Networking/End

SEO and Social Media for Detroit Office Furniture Dealers

You think social media is a waste of time? In certain instances, you’re right. Tweeting all day isn’t going to make a significant impact on your business. Neither is chatting with your friends on Facebook. However, using social to search for the right conversations can be very powerful.

The idea of “social networking” has been lumped in to social media and social networking can pay dividends. LinkedIn is a very strong tool for finding the connections you need. Twitter and Facebook can be too. Never forget that people do business with people. And people do frequent all of these social media sites and more.

Another aspect of social media that is important is how it helps increase your SEO ranking. Sure there are lots of ways to increase SEO that us experts know, but one easy way for everyone to succeed is through social. Especially if your business is visual. You can share lots of pictures or even videos.

Lee Steel by FMG

Video is increasingly popular as it allows us to tell stories about our work that have never been told before. The right video can grab your intended audience and get them totally involved!

Additionally, If you google a person who has a completed LinkedIn profile, regardless of how much web stuff they’ve done or how many people have that name their LinkedIn profile will be the first result on page 1. Why? Because Google trusts LinkedIn. Often times their Facebook page and Twitter feed may show up on page 1 too. This is also becoming more true for companies. Your corporate page should show up first and then the rest of your digital footprint will follow. Here’s the thing:

If you’re doing SEO to optimize for your company name you’ve got it all wrong!!

Anyone that’s “searching” for your name already knows your name. You need to optimize for the services you provide, the products you sell and the problems you solve.

Your goal is to be the right answer when someone does a search.

Social media can help you achieve that goal to an extent. Having a company that understands the target audience and what they are seeking whose stay on top of changes at Google is always the right answer.

When you’re ready to enter the world of digital dominance, you’re ready to speak to us.

I want my social media to go AKA Get a Smart Phone, Dummy

Social media is so hot because it allows us to stay connected to the world around us. This world involves not only our current business network, but family and friends as well as people we have yet to meet. From a business and job seeking perspective, these connections are priceless.

What’s even cooler is how many of the sites are so compatible with mobile technology. You are 100% missing out if you don’t have a smart phone. Get one. Get one now! I hear people say “I don’t want to be tethered to my phone” or “no one needs to be that connected”. That’s old world thinking. Dinosaurs are old world and you know how well things worked out for them.

What makes social media on the go so valuable is that we have moved fully into the now generation. They called gen X the instant gratification generation. As a senior delegate of that group I can tell you things moved slowly for us relative to what happens now.

Smart phones allow you to do status updates as they come to you. You can read and comment on others as well. Savvy users can actually check out real time conversations that are taking place about them, their brand, their competition or anything else that matters. This instant information wherever you are, whenever you are there is valuable. Couple that with the fact that you don’t have to log around your laptop and it becomes priceless.

You don’t have to get on the smart phone train because I said so. Don’t worry about the fact that in 2009 phone manufacturers produced more phones with a qwerty style keyboard than the traditional phone style.

If you want to see where business is heading, one only needs to look where the kids of today are. They are online on social media sites with their smart phones. Why, because it pays to be connected RIGHT NOW!

Using Status Updates Effectively

Status updates are simply the fastest, easiest way to let your network know what’s going on. The challenge is, so many of us are posting things that neither serve us or our network!

Think about it, does anyone really care if you’re “sitting on the patio”?. Of course they don’t. That is a line from a Verizon ad that exemplifies how useless Twitter can be, especially when used incorrectly. I would contend it’s Twitter’s own fault as they ask the wrong question: “what are you doing?” Linkedin and Facebook ask slightly better questions, but not much.

If that’s the wrong question, what are the right questions? While I’m not entirely sure there is one right question, I will submit that if you think about answering any of the following, you will serve yourself and your network better:

What value do you have to offer your network now?

What information can you share that your network needs?

What interesting links, quotes, or ideas would you like to share?

How can the project you are working on be a potential solution for others?

What is it that you love most about what you’re doing?

What type of people may benefit from what you’re doing now?

Can you make us laugh?

Can you make us think?

What exciting news happened in your day or with your business that you would like to share?

These are just questions that I ripped off the top of my head. You can see that they are value focused. That value should be for others and a little bit for you, too.

One last caveat about status updates. While going negative may yield some responses, think about the types you’re getting. Hopefully before you set out on your social media campaign you decided what you wanted to get from it. On that list should be the types of responses you want. It has been my experience that negative attracts negative. I will leave it to you to decide when you have had enough of that in your life.

Connectedly yours-

Terry Bean

12 Things to consider while networking online

1. Have a plan. Understand what you want to get out of your online networking time and what you have to get from it.

2. Upload your address book. This step will allow you to grow your networks faster. Larger networks lead to more opportunities.

3.  Realize the importance of being interested over being interesting.  Networking isn’t only about what’s in it for you. It’s about what
I can do for you, what you can do for me and what we can do together.

4.  Ask good questions.  Social networking is really all about conversations. One of the best ways to engage others in conversation is to ask questions.

5.  Be interested in helping others.  Without a healthy interest
in the well being of others, any networking will be a total waste of your

6.  Make connections.  Know two people that need to meet? Introduce them. Networking sites like Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook make this very easy to do.

7. Shine the light on others. By helping to spread the word of others you actually help spread your own word as well.

8. Spend time working your online network daily. It doesn’t have to be all day, and it shouldn’t be overwhelming. But you do need to make a consistent effort on this.

9.  Alter the time you are online. Most people are creatures of habit and are online at the same time everyday. If you want maximum exposure, mix up the times so different people are seeing your message.

10. Upload a photo. People do business with people. Having a photo online makes you human, accessible and more interesting. This is true regardless of how bad you think the photo is.

11. Find another medium by which to connect– Can you meet them in person? Do so. If not, pick up the phone. It’s great to connect online over keystrokes, but it’s also important to do voice to voice or face to face networking.

12. Get started. There isn’t a reason you can conceive that would exonerate you from doing this. Online networking is the most important thing to hit the internet thus far. If you need help, call me!

Five questions to consider before jumping into sites like Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter

With so much conversation regarding social media, I thought it time to discuss it here.

Are you using it?

Are you using it effectively?

Am I making an assumption that you know what Social Media is?

Let me answer the last question first. Social Media is a term that is frequently bounced around these days that effectively means the same as: Web 2.0, Social Networking, Digital Marketing, or just the sites one uses like: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Flickr, Myspace and Youtube.

Here’s what all of these sites have in common: They help you communicate with like-minded individuals. Very simply stated, Social Media is a conversation.

Back to the earlier questions about how you’re using it.

Conversations online are just like conversations in the real world, you need to be engaging the right people in the right discussions. Many people setup a facebook or linkedin account and think that’s all there is to it. That’s the equivalent of showing up to a party and not talking with anyone. Load up your contacts (add friends on facebook and connections on linkedin). Use the status update, not so much to answer “What are you working on?” but as a way to be intriguing or share knowledge. Post links of interest, comment on other people’s thoughts and ideas and most importantly, ask questions.

Here are a couple of other thoughts to consider:

Should you be spending time doing this?

Are you participating in the right conversations? Are you talking with customers, vendors, business partners or better yet, all three?

Are you on the right sites to find what you seek?

Are people responding to conversations you start?

If you could only use three sites, which ones would they be?

I shall look forward to your side of the conversation.