Google uses an algorithm to determine what is relevant to your question. The proprietary algorithm uses a number of different criteria to make its determination, but the majority of it comes down to trust. Google quantifies that trust by doing things like counting the links to a particular page. Each link to a page is a tacit endorsement or recommendation for that site. Do you “trust” google? Why?But it doesn’t always get it right. Can google tell you if one type of sandwich is more delicious than another? Can it tell you if you will like one type of car more than another? Can it tell you what is beautiful? Of fun? Or reliable? No, so people rely on other people to help make that decision. Tools evolved to fill that needBlog posts, discussion and counter point. To bring that value everywhere, the tools have to be everywhere
The internet has always been about sharing and communication, but new tools enable us to do it more efficiently. There were BBSs and IRC and forums, but it was all lo-fi compared to what we have now.Social media on the internet is finally fulfilling the ultimate purpose on the web, connecting us in more meaningful ways. Bringing context to our world. Context requires reliable information.People use the internet to communicate, research, learn, share, etcWithout the human context, the web is just computers exchanging 1’s and 0’sEverywhere. The vastness of the web, the multitude of choices available to everyone each and every day is overwhelming. Search engines / computers can only help you filter the available information so well, so tools have been developed to help you make sense of it all. To make it relevant. To make it a shared experience. These tools are social tools.
Mashable article on location services such as foursquare
Realtor.com page on Facebook
Amazon ratings for Sharp LED TV
Newegg ratings for laptop computer
Amazon rating for No! No! Hair Removal
CNN video on the Texas wildfires
Sharing on Toys R Us
Sharing on Acura.com
Sharing the weather
We all do. Normal people like you and me. Very few people actually comment. Even then, enough to build…
When at some stage of the buying cyclePeople only think about those products they need when they are ready to pursue that goal. If you just bought a tube of toothpaste, you’re less likely to pay attention to, or remember, a commercial for toothpaste. At the far, far other end of the spectrum, you’re not going to be looking for a Realtor if you’re not at some stage of the home buying cycle.
Think about all the advertising someone sees on a normal day (600-3000 for the average American). That is distraction from their task at hand: groceries, picking up the kids, getting to work, etcThey are not thinking about advertising, they don't care, they don't want it thereAdvertising only works in that world because they keep turning up the volumeThe Senate recently passed a law that TV commercials had to be the same volume as regular TV. Why? Because commercials had to yell to get your attention.
They aren't looking for an agent then, they don't care because it's not on their mind.7-9 years between home salesIn this period, people don't want to know about your listings. Maybe if they are investors, but that's not the average homeowner. They maybe want to know about home prices in their area to assuage the cognitive dissonance after making such a large purchase. Maybe send stats during that time, but more on that later.
Take one example of failed advertising in the digital age
Benefit of answering a question online is that it stays for all to see. It adds to your history of expertise.
An example of timely content: think about how long it took for updated listing information to come about when the MLS was still distributed via “the book”. Two weeks?What about printing flyers and sticking them in the tube on the yard sign? When you have a change in the listing, you have to change all the flyers. If you have a change in multiple listings, well, how many flyers do you have to manage and reprint, and take the time to drive by and swap them out. Other services abound to fill this gap. Ex: Call a phone number and hear a recorded message of the houses features and price. The new tech is QR codes!
QR codes allow you to change the content on a resource you control, rather than changing the content at the tens, hundreds, or millions of endpointsListing example
Facebook 750 M users about 50% visit dailyGoogle+ about 26M users since June 28Linkedin about 120M usersTwitter 175M accounts about 90M have no followers about 56M following 8 or more other accounts
Divide people into circles
Choose circles when you post
A good idea is a good idea. FB now allows people to restrict who sees a post.
Alternative to filtering your posts, create a facebook page
Over 90% of context is conveyed through body language, eye contact and moreSocial media is not really and end unto itself. It is a means to an end. That end is a real-world interaction.
Use the content of social media channels to inform conversations and activitiesPeople put out all sorts of information about themselves when sharing and commenting.Pay attention to what people say online and note it. Likes, dislikes, and more. Did they share a game from toys r us website? Did they share a car? Did they mention going on a trip somewhere? Going to a movie, show, etc? Comment on it and remember it. You save birthdays of people, yes? Why not their likes and dislikes?
Tweetups – where people can exchange more than 140 characters at a time.Tweetups are anything from this (beer drinking) to this (Egyptian revolution)
Need some connection, something in common. A person is the minimum, but what else? Is it something on their profile? Did they comment in an interesting way to an existing friend’s post? Try writing them a message first and expand on that conversation.
More leads will come from a core group of people that you identify as your target You can only manage several hundred friends. Ok to have more, but be reasonableOxford University professor of Evolutionary Anthropology Robin Dunbar has researched this for decades. “Dunbar’s Number”. The human neocortex is capable of managing the relationship with only about 150 people. This has been consistent since Neolithic times and evidence suggests it is not changing in the digital, social-networked realm. Rick Deluca
One possibility includes the reach of social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Now that social networks are increasing in popularity, users are maintaining larger groups of "friends" that include more casual acquaintances, possibly dulling the credibility of peer networks. It's no longer a matter of trusting the opinion just because it's the opinion of a peer. Now people are less likely to trust an opinion unless it's from a person they know.Another possibility? Now that marketers are getting a firm grasp on social media, consumers are becoming more skeptical about the influences behind peer referrals. Again, this skepticism increases if it's the opinion of a peer they don't really know.
Mike CutlipDirector of Product Development, RAMCOMike@ramcoams.com<br />
Advertising Overload<br />Average American exposed to roughly 3,000 ads per day<br />Signal to noise ratio is unbalanced: Distraction<br />Untargeted<br />HEY!!! Crank uptheVOLUME!!!<br />Where do you fit in?<br />
The Social Escape<br />Escape from daily reality<br />Sharing and looking for connection<br />Private vs public exhibition<br />Construction of the “Super Me”<br />Advertising = Disruption of the personal space<br />
QR Code Generators<br />www.qrstuff.com – Generate multiple type of QR codes<br />www.likify.net – Use QR code to generate Likes on a Facebook page<br />www.pingtags.com – Use a QR Code to connect on LinkedIn<br />www.servletsuite.com/meshare - Store all your contact information in a QR code<br />
QR Code Readers<br />Android: Barcode Scanner, QR Droid<br />iPhone: Scan, QR Reader<br />Blackberry: QR Code Scanner Pro, Scanlife<br />Windows: NeoReader, Quickmark<br />
Which Platform?<br />Facebook<br />The vast general-purpose network<br />Google+ <br />The up and coming powerhouse. Still invite-only<br />LinkedIn<br />The business networking mainstay<br />Twitter<br />The casual and quick social network<br />
Inform Yourself<br />People are sharing valuable information, but you have to pay attention<br />What do they like? Dislike?<br />Interests? Events? Foods? Hobbies? <br />What do you ask in future conversations?<br />What do you provide as a closing gift?<br />Who is engaging others?<br />
Etiquette Basics<br />No "friending" complete strangers, unless…<br />A person in common<br />Similar interests<br />Comment mingling<br />
Go The Extra Mile<br />Personalize stock content where possible<br />Don’t only “like”. Try to add something to the conversation. <br />Quality over quantity<br />
Don't “Overfriend"<br />Quality, not always quantity<br />Basic evolutionary science<br />Dunbar’s Number<br />Unchanged since Neolithic times<br />Identify and focus on the core for referrals<br />
Who Trusts Who?<br />Meeting others of “like mind” and interests<br />Online survey: Trust in "a person like me" tripled from 20% to 68% from 2004 to 2006. (Edelman Trust Barometer). <br />At 48% in 2008, “person like me” more trusted than any company spokesperson (Edelman)<br />
Social networking used to be innocent, peer to peer conversation and now it’s turned into a marketing playground in which almost everything — blog space, tweets and, in some cases, opinion — is for sale.<br />- Jennifer Leggio, ZDNet <br />
Decline in Peer to Peer Trust<br />Possible reasons<br />Expanding of social groups<br />Diluting of social web; acquaintance vs friend<br />Marketing influence in media<br />Skepticism among average social network users<br />Still trust among “known” friends<br />
So What To Do?<br />Remember that YOU are the expert<br />Promotion is fine… if it’s relevant and targeted<br />LinkedIn Answers<br />LinkedIn Groups<br />Discussions on industry websites<br />Relevant discussions on general social sites<br />Build your reputation as the expert you are!<br />
Remember The Rules<br />#1 - Social Media is Ubiquitous <br />#2 - Social Media is Not Advertising<br />#3 - Be A Timely Resource<br />#4 - Speak to Different Audiences<br />#5 - Nothing Replaces Face to Face<br />#6 - Respect the Etiquette<br />#7 - It’s All About Trust<br />