How human are you on social? 🤷♂️
Courtesy of @tomrossmedia
I believe that being more human, indeed, more social on social is not only a wonderful thing but an effective way to cut through all the noise and build real connections.
Here are 5 tips based on my own behavior that consistently seem to be well received:
1️⃣ Respond to all comments and DMs. As I see it, people are so busy these days, and there’s so much content out they, if they take the time to leave a comment, or send me a dm, I will always get back to them and acknowledge/appreciate that. I hate it when people ignore their community.
2️⃣ Use peoples names. So simple, but goes a long way. Simply clicking through to someone’s profile before responding, and bothering to use their name is a lovely gesture.
3️⃣ Support others. So essential, especially for creatives. If you like what your friends and peers are doing then become their hype man! Share it on your stories, big them up. It may just make their day 😊
4️⃣ Respond with video. I’ll often respond to DMs with a quick video. It’s more personal and stands out as so few people do this. I’ve received hundreds of positive responses from folk who appreciated it.
5️⃣ Be real. Be you. It can be hard but expressing your authentic self, in your work or otherwise is so powerful. Share your weirdness. Drop that filter and put out your truth on social. No one wants to see another highlight reel!
RESPOND TO ALL COMMENTS AND DMS
My ethos is, if someone takes the time out of their day to engage with your content, in a world where we are all drowning in content. The least you can do is acknowledge them with a heartfelt response.
USE PEOPLE'S NAMES
Even when i'm responding to a lot of comments, I'll often click through to that person's profile, learn their name, and use this in my comment response. lt's a small gesture but often goes a long way with people.
Supporting the work of others is huge lf you have friends and peers putting out great stuff, take the time to share and appreciate it. Post it on your stories. Give them a public show of praise. lt might just make their day.
RESPOND WITH VIDEO
In a world of text chat, I'll often respond to my DMS with a short video. Not only is this often quicker than typing, but it lets you express emotions easier. It also cuts through, as so few people do it, it often means more to the recipient.
BE REAL. BE YOU
People are getting sick of the highlight reel of social media. Being your true authentic self, in your creative work or otherwise is hugely powerful. Embrace your weirdness. Don't be afraid to share your truth. Don't try to emulate someone else. Just try to drop that filter and put out the real you.
Next slide is a quick exercise…
Share to your stories and complete:
- Something i'm good at
- Something that makes me happy
- Something weird about me is
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