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Being that I've entered the corporate world now it seems that people suddenly want my "advice" & sometimes even my "support" on thier projects. At first it is flattering, but I've learned that you should always cherish & hold your talents and knowledge very highly, because if you don't know one else will.
I will push people's projects/businesses/etc out there on my network (IF I believe they are good ones!), even give people a few pointers - but anything past that is now entering hiring me as a consultant & paying me for my time. It's as if people assume that a social media strategy just pops out of thin air. Sorry, but it actually takes research & time to learn about a world that I am unfamiliar with! Time that many aren't willing to pay for...sigh.
I actually had someone ask me if I had a Yelp account & if I could post a "review" of their business on there - even though I've never been to their business! They even offered to write the review for me! That was the worst case I've had so far, where someone wanted to use my name & face to gain trust amongst people & to boost their rating. I kindly declined, but was rather appaled.
I am looking forward to the day when Social Media will finally be seen as a part of a well structured Marketing Strategy & people begin to see us as assests to teams/businesses versus just as people who give free advice & help.
Is there a way to do this for a biz page?
This is a great post.
While the "fluffery" is sometimes a feel good drug people get addicted to, one must remember the reason for social media (aside from creating engaging communities): Be seen and found on search engines!
I was happy to realize that my efforts have been noticed and that my company really owns the 1st few pages when searched for!
Thanks for cutting through the fluff!