The Social Media Strategy I Followed Throughout the Year

Isra Garcia
Isra Garcia Digital transformation marketer and new media analyst, IG - Empowering People, Business and Communities

Posted on April 15th 2014

The Social Media Strategy I Followed Throughout the Year

Now is the time to tell you about how I used social media in 2013. I think that discovering the balance between generating initiatives that can be leveraged by the social web, the scalability of any idea (or business) and the creation of communication and marketing channels is just around the corner. You’ll be able to impact the world in this way, through work that matters and through work that’s waiting to be done.

How I used social media

This has been my recipe for the last 365 days, the social media strategy I followed throughout the year.

  • Blogs: one post per day (rarely two or more) at isragarcia.es. Without exception, without taking a break or holidays. At isragarcia.com, one every two weeks, and other collaborations as a blogger.
  • Sharing: the daily post on Twitter (disseminating the tweet / post following a logical time scale over the month), Google+ (as an embedded post, not as a link), LinkedIn (as an update and, if it can give rise to a debate, in those groups that are closer to the topic at hand) and on my personal Facebook page (for friends, acquaintances and colleagues; my Facebook isn’t completely public).
  • Tripit: this has great functionality for me. I organise my travel, conference and public agenda here. Any updates are automatically shared on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and the widget in isragarcia.es. In this way, you know what I’m going to be doing where and perhaps we can connect.
  • Foursquare: I use this to share the location of my training sessions. In this way, I’ve been able to train with many people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. The only handicap is it only allows 1,000 contacts, a number I’ve already reached!
  • Instagram: this has become a great communication platform for both my work and for my adventures, challenges and travels. Every night, I reflect upon something that has marked my day. This allows me to grow personally and professionally.
  • LinkedIn: this has been the greatest letdown / neglect on my part this year. From 35% of my annual income in 2011 and 20% in 2012 to barely 2% in 2013. This is the result of hardly any activity on this platform this year, mainly due to an overwhelming number of invites to connect on LinkedIn. More than 1,800 invites this year. I’m currently working on responding to many of these invites and I’ve managed to bring the number down to 960, though it has gone back to 1,100 within the week; it’s all a bit too much. I’m starting to think that the more invites you accept, the more visible you become in connection lists, allowing more people to connect with you. If this is how it’s going to be, I’m considering closing down my LinkedIn account.
  • Facebook: this allows me to be close to my friends, family and acquaintances online and on the go. This is a good place to know what the people I care about are up to when I have some spare time or when I’m away. I use it to share my posts and to reflect upon my day but this isn’t where I carry out professional activities. I don’t answer private messages and have well-defined policies in place. There was a time when I considered deleting my profile. However, I’m not ready to let go of so many things that would just disappear; at least, not for now.
  • Youtube: this has become a powerful communication tool for me. It has afforded me the opportunity of connecting with the people who’re interested in what I do, both professionally (as a speaker) and personally (practicing extreme adventures). I’ve generated much traffic to my channel, which has led to traffic to my website. This has led to leads regarding my new challenge for 2014, the interest of two new sponsors and negotiations with a large brand in regard to challenges I will face in 2015.
  • Google+: I’ve chosen Google+ this year as the platform to share interesting content that may be of value to other people. Mostly TED talks, videos and posts that have caught my attention, like this one published by Rafa Osuna some time ago or this other one regarding an interesting app for SMEs. It has also helped me to convey my message, not as a source of traffic but as a content board.
  • Feeds / subscriptions: Once again, this year hasn’t been my year as regards newsletters (besides subscriptions to my blog, which have grown exponentially) or podcasts. This has been the year in which I’ve made the most of the content I’ve published over the last three years to write my first book and, also, to start two other books.
  • Pinterest: I’ve continued to use Pinterest personally. I don’t usually share anything that isn’t happening around me (not necessarily about me). We could say it’s totally ‘handmade’.
  • Whatsapp: Great to make me waste my time more than I could ever wish for. I’m thinking of deleting it in 2014.

Outside social media

This is where most of my work has taken place: Mapmakers, Internet Cambia Todo, Ultraman, IGStandOUT. Also, the most important work of all for me: the work you haven’t seen yet. All this with a few ideas in mind: creating, starting, launching, doing and seeing what happens. Obviously, a large part of my work is influenced by the social web, though another significant part isn’t. Setting the difference means being a good trapeze artist, keeping your balance while jumping from one line to the next at the right time.

Do whatever you need to do and remember that the best social medium in the world is incapable of creating any project on its own in the long term.

What do you think? How did you use the social media? How are you going to use it?

Photo credit: Jonathan Barker.

Isra Garcia

Isra Garcia

Digital transformation marketer and new media analyst, IG - Empowering People, Business and Communities

Marketer, digital transformation and new media advisor, speaker, blogger, educator and an agent of change.

Social Media Today's Best thinker member. Isra is the creator and author of the paradigm that has revolutionised the social media: Human Media and also founder of Stand OUT Program, Engage Worldwide and Principal at IG.

His blog on Social Media, Marketing, disruption, lifestyle, new perspectives, productivity and change is visited by more than 110,000 people every month. Only 31, Isra has taken part as a TEDx speaker on two occasions and has participated in more than 270 industry events as speaker. At 27, he started his own agency, and has worked as consultant and analyst on new forms of online communication and marketing for other agencies and brands such as EMI Music (Spain – Portugal), BlackBerry (UK – Ireland), MTV (UK), Pioneer (UK) and blur Group (UK – USA), Amnesia Ibiza (Spain) and Music On (Spain – Italy). He has been the promoter of MONK (UK – Italy – Sao Paulo), the first Human Media Marketing agency, where he worked as Human Media Evangelist and Advisor, and is now involved as head of digital media at Bridges for Music (South Africa – India – Brazil), an international NGO that fosters and encourages change and talent. Isra has also been in charge of Marco Carola’s personal brand as one of the most influential artists in the electronic music scene worldwide. His fast-moving career has always been related to Web 2.0.  Isra´s early work as a consultant, in charge of teams and Social Media strategies for Social Media & Community. These are just a few of the highlights of his career. Undoubtedly, Isra adds a visionary and human-technological way to understand this new environment that the Internet has provoked.

Leaving aside companies, roles and projects, Isra has always been characterized by a thrilling passion for the human side of communication.

Isra writes for international publications such as Social Media Today, SmartBrief and contributed with FastCompany and is a guest lecturer at EOI, Fundesem Business School, Nottingham Business School, University of Leeds and University of Manchester. He is co-founder and organiser of Adictos Social Media and "Internet Changes Everything."

Isra is a 31-year-old visionary and pioneer who has revolutionized the New Media environment with his concept of Human Media based on human business interactions through the Social Web . Isra pioneered how the the new use of online media leverages the Social Web through human relationships, Human Business Interactions, connectivity, feelings, resonance and of course people. Specialized studies in Spain, UK and USA represent the base for his international career. Isra was recently on TEDx where he introduced his vision about Human Media and its impact on brands, businesses, people and the Web.

In only two and-a-half years, Isra has completed two Ironman races and, since last september, he is one of the only 89 athletes in the world that has completed the three-day ultra endurance event, "Ultraman" (10k swim + 420k bike + 84,3k run). He always pushes the intellectual and physical work far beyond his limits.

You can find Isra at TEDx events, presenting his perspective on Human Media, the future of social media, change, revolution and disruption. Also, in his Spanish blog http://isragarcia.es and international site http://isragarcia.com.

“Writing about oneself is infinitely more difficult than writing about anyone else. You’ll find that the story you thought you were telling people isn’t the story that people perceived.” Isra García.

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Comments

khalidraza9
Posted on April 15th 2014 at 5:51AM

Thank you Isra for arranging the list. I may use some thoughts of your blog for one of the talks I am delivering on Social Strategy, internally in IBM. Lemme also share this blog which I wrote some time ago on Internal social strategy of an organization and can also be used by individuals.

Mike Gracia
Posted on April 15th 2014 at 11:33AM

Cool list Isra, really interesting to see how you use each platform.

I think people often get overwhelmed by the plethora of social platforms out there these days. Often when a new client comes to me I have to help them realise that what really matters is having a strategy and sticking with it long enough to measure results - THEN start to test things.

You post is great, people often say what channels work best for them, I found it really interesting to read which you felt were letting you down a bit.

Regarding your LinkedIn issue, you could always change your settings to only allow invites from people who know your email address, or that you have imported... This may slow down the deluge of invites you get to just ones you may be interested in (see: http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/70/~/controlling-who-ca...) <-- Hope that helps :)