You're Invited To The Social Media Party!

If you're a small business owner, you're probably aware that social media marketing is all the rage right now. Not only is it popular for personal use, but also for savvy business owners looking for ways to market their businesses efficiently and economically.

But, if find yourself tentative about jumping into the social media marketing scene, you're not alone. Marketing through social media platforms is an entirely different experience for most business owners. And, of course, "different" always causes hesitation.

Interestingly enough, walking into the social media scene is much like walking into a huge cocktail party. In both instances you are going to meet people of all shapes and sizes.

Here are the ways that I often categorize social media types:

1)Shy and Awkward. This person lurks in the shadows and is afraid to interact with anyone. They stand on the sidelines listening and observing, but are too afraid to step into the party and start meeting people. Unfortunately, by remaining in the background, they will never understand the entire experience.

2) Loud and Obnoxious. You know this one! You can hear their voice booming from miles away. They talk too loud, too much and monopolize the conversations. No one can get a word in edgewise.

3) Life Of the Party. These are the people that make you laugh. They have funny stories to tell, positive comments to make and just make the party more fun. You always look forward to talking with them again. They may get a bit goofy and dance with a lampshade on their head, but you must admit that they always add that extra spice.

4) Know-It-All. You are going to meet at least one person who seems to have all the answers. In addition, they aren't afraid to tell you what you are doing wrong, how to do it right and why you should listen to them. Always remember that the know-it-all usually doesn't know-it-all.

5) The Bore. We have all been stuck in the corner, at one time or another, with the person who drones on and on about their "Aunt Mary's blood pressure medication." Since there doesn't seem to be any easy escape, you end up nodding in agreement at their mind-numbing stories for hours on end.

6) The No-Show. There's always someone who doesn't show up. They say that they will be there, but "something always comes up!" They RSVP, have the best of intentions, but just never quite get there.

7) Friendly Interactor. This is what the party is all about. The friendly people who ask questions, make you smile, share fun stories and remind you that coming to the party was worth it after all (even if you did have to suffer through a few obnoxious, boring, know-it-alls in the process)!

So, in my own experience social media mimics the real world. You just need to decide how you want to be perceived, the type of people you want to gather around and, of course, the type of people you want to avoid.

So, get into that party and meet all the different varieties of people. In the end, you'll be glad that you did.


Jessica Swanson is the Founder and CEO of Shoestring Marketing, a marketing agency that provides low-cost marketing services to small business owners.

Head on over to Jessica's website to download her free Shoestring Marketing Kit to discover hundreds of ways to market your own small business without spending a lot of money.

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