Period. Sound odd from a man who makes a living selling OP (other people’s) stuff?
Sadly, once something new gets good and helpful and cool, entrepreneurs try to monetize it. Case in point: When a kid in the ad business in the 70s or 80s I wondered why there weren’t large ads on the risers of the steps leading out of Penn Station. Today there are. Who thinks like that? We want to cover everything in ads. In social media there has been a massive redistribution of wealth in marketing because of this push to monetize. It’s inuring us to the tool that is social.
Advertising is impacting social media the way pesticides are killing off the honey bee population.
For marketers, social media has but one function. One. To predispose consumers toward your brand. How does it do that? By driving them closer to a sale. How does it do that? In many cases, by driving them to content on your web site. Not Mr. Zuckerberg’s web site.
Good psychotherapist knows that observations, insights and decisions patients make on their own are the ones that turn lives around. Not the lessons taught. Allow a consumer to come to the conclusion that your product is better — of their own volition — and you have a custie for life.
So, social media is to engage, assist, and even subconsciously gain favor among your audience. This is done without selling. And, if done with a tight brand strategy you’ll out-perform all comers.
Joseph Jaffe writes about “Flipping the funnel.” I say use the funnel – and don’t put ads on it. Peace!