What’s so social about social media? How social are you?

What’s so social about social media? How social are you?

Written By Jeffrey Gitomer
@GITOMER

KING OF SALES, The author of thirteen best-selling books including The Sales Bible, The Little Red Book of Selling, and The Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude. His real-world ideas and content are also available as online courses at www.GitomerLearningAcademy.com.

What’s so social about social media? How social are you?

It started like a small bunch of burning leaves. A little MySpace here and there — a blog or two. And then the wind picked up. Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn. Growing from a windstorm to a firestorm, social media is a tornado running wild over the Internet plains.

How social are you?How serious are you about social media?

REALITY: You can’t ignore it. Hundreds of millions of people are involved so far, and it’s just a few years old.

I tried to ignore it for a while, but it soon became apparent that this was the new, new wave — about a year ago I became a player.

I admit I have an edge. I have a lot of readers and followers who are interested in what I have to say and want to know what my immediate thinking is. That’s two of the values in social media — it’s immediate and it’s informative. It’s also fun — that’s why Facebook and YouTube are worth BILLIONS

The major networks in social media are growing by the second
For photos, it’s Flickr — worth billions
For videos, it’s YouTube — worth billions
Social networking for the younger set starts with MySpace — an original
Social networking for the growing and grown set, it’s Facebook — worth billions
To get connected and network with the business set, it’s LinkedIn.

And for that private message, there’s texting — it’s easy for me — I have an iPhone.

And that is just a partial picture. There’s more
For individual expressions, there are weblogs, or blogs.
If you want to say a few words, there’s micro-blogging and interconnecting — also known as Twitter — worth billions.
For chronologging it’s Wikipedia — worth billions.
And of course, there are your personal website and business website. Priceless

All of these medias are, or try to be, socially engaging — sticky if you will. All of them are, or try to be passed on — viral if you will. Or, better stated, if you tweet, are you good enough or bad enough to be re-tweeted?

I have made a serious commitment to “socialize.” To expose more of my personal self, and my business self, through social media. I will still maintain my value-based philosophy, but I will personalize it, and humanize it to a point that others are attracted to it, benefit from it, and want to pass it on to others.

I will be social and viral at the same time.

So, what does this mean to you?What’s the opportunity to you and for you?Why should you get involved?

Social media is an opportunity, a new frontier, a space in cyberspace that gives you an individual place to play, build awareness of you and for you, brand yourself, and potentially profit.

You have to ask yourself Where’s the beef?Where’s the fun?What’s the value? Both to others and yourself.And how — if desired — do you monetize it?

Well, unless you’re one of the few people in an ownership or founding position of these social medias, your monetizing opportunities are at the moment limited — in spite of various claims by “experts.”

Here’s what I recommend to get going and get positioned, so that your value — either in social, business, fun, or money — can be realized:
Sign on.
Establish an account on each of the major medias.
Post something.
Tweet something.
Connect with someone.
Do it yourself.
Do it every day.
And learn by updating as much as you can on your own.

Social media is fluid — it moves and changes daily. It’s text, audio, photo, and video. It’s every media and it’s every second. It’s current and it’s constant. Ever see a section of a website labeled “latest news” and when you click it, the last update is from 2004? Not good.

The Internet is instant. Social media is instant. And you have to be ready to participate consistently, and in a meaningful way, if you want to win.

Please don’t wait.

If you would like a little more information on how to get a bit more social media savvy, go to www.gitomer.com, register if you’re a first-time visitor, and enter the words SOCIAL MEDIA in the GitBit box.