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The 80/20 rule, or the Pareto Principle, states that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In Marketing, it’s often applied to your Target Market – focusing 80% of your efforts on cultivating your top 20% of prospects and customers. After all, they’re the ones generating 80% of your revenues.

After reading some interesting articles on this concept, I found the 80/20 rule applies in so many other applications, especially social media. How you may ask?

1) Spend 80% of your time on business and 20% of the time on personal communications: Think of it this way – would you want your current or prospective clients to see it – or your mom? While no one wants to look at robot-like output that’s all business all the time, it’s important to keep a certain level of professionalism in your social media ventures. But be sure to add a little bit of personal flavor into your social media applications so your audience can connect with you, build a relationship, and know you’re human!

2) Spend 80% of your time on 20% of the social media outlets: You can’t be everywhere at once. Just as you know you should focus on the top 20% of your customers, you should apply this rule to the plethora of social media applications out today. Focus your time on the top social media platforms that you can use in your business, building your personal brand, or in social networking. By focusing, you will be able to build quality relationships rather than a whole bunch of useless connections.

3) Focus 80% of your social media presence on the top 20% of your audience: Spend a majority of your time engaging and interacting with your top readers, commentors and fans. Take time to examine what they are reading and writing about, and use this as a guidepost as you plan your future commentary. Focus your blog posts, tweets, comments etc on those top people.

It’s not to say you need to start a tally sheet with your commentary. The 80/20 rule is simply a guideline to allow you to take a step back and examine the way you are engaging with others via social media. Are there time suckers? Don’t be afraid to let them go.

Other interesting articles on this subject:
The 80/20 Rule and Social Media by @larrybrauner
The 80/20 Rule of Effort

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LinkedIn can be a great tool for job seekers. Articles and job-seeking strategies that leverage LinkedIn are constantly popping up. But what about those who are generally happy with their job? What’s in it for them?

I’ve been on LinkedIn for a few years, yet I’ve never used it to find a job. I have a decent network of people from and have fully filled out my profile. So now what? What’s in it for me?

The other day, I made an update to my status letting everyone know what I’m working on (a campaign about the federal stimulus funding). Out of the blue, I received a message from a previous manager, along with a recommendation. How cool is that? It got me to thinking about what LinkedIn is all about.

It’s about building your personal brand: This is all about you, but professionally. Sure you may be on Twitter or Facebook, but this page is all about your professional life. It’s you resume that goes along with the personality and insights you provide through all of your other mediums.

It’s about staying networked with people you’ve come in contact with: I just got back from a conference with a pile of business cards. I debated what to do with them – should I write descriptive notes on the back of the cards with what they do, what they look like, what we talked about? Seemed like a lot of work – then I got the bright idea of adding them on LinkedIn! Problem solved. All but one of the contacts were on LinkedIn.

It’s about joining groups: Keep the conversation going.  You can get a lot of information from being a part of the LinkedIn groups, and provide a lot of information too! By responding to requests for advice and weighing in on subjects, you’re building your network even further. Even if you aren’t directly connected, you are getting in front of people with the same interests as you. Plus, when you need advice you’ll have a group of people who will return the favor.

It gives you an excuse to ASK for recommendations: Who thought asking for recommendations was ever going to be easy? And once you received one, be it for admission to college or for a new job, you never got use out of it again. With the LinkedIn recommendations, they’re there for the long haul. Next time someone thanks you and says they owe you one, simply ask for a LinkedIn recommendation to go with that beer!

It gives you a chance to give kudos to those that deserve it: If you work with someone great, tell everyone about it. Wouldn’t you want them to do it for you?

It gives you a network, ‘just in case’: You never know when you will need to tap into your networking resources on LinkedIn. With the economy down and the unemployment rate up, LinkedIn and other social media networking strategies are critical.

Twitter messages with ‘secret’ ways to ‘make money fast’ and get ‘thousands of followers’ make me want to unfollow… What’s worse than those spammy messages? Getting an automated ‘Thank you for following me’ message with the same content. What a horrible first impression!

I’m on the fence on automated direct messages on Twitter. As a marketer, I understand the importance of welcoming your new follower, and how these welcome messages can help drive traffic to your website, blog, offer, etc. So I set out (with help from some awesome Tweeps) to find the best and worst of the auto-DMs we’ve received with hopes to shed some light on how to do DMs ‘right’. Author’s identities have been protested to save them from public Twitter humiliation.

Auto-DM Don’ts:

  1. DON’T cover up a good cause or message with a SPAM-like offer: Here’s a message I got that I completely ignored:
    Save approx. $1000/yr and save earth at the same time, learn better energy source-http://websiteaddress.com
    This is a great cause – saving the earth! Starting with money-savings instantly makes you glaze over in anti-spam mode.
  2. DON’T be too good to be true: Sure, maybe it’s possible. You always hear the stories. 2 good 2 be trueBut if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  3. DON’T send duplicate welcome messages: Hmm… Spam?Spammy Twitter
  4. DON’T send messages that alienate your audience: An email industry expert sent me this DM he received: Thanks for the Follow! Let me know if you have any questions about email marketing. Ironic, right? He got a kick out of it. Think about your audience, and don’t alienate other ‘experts’ in your field – you’ll want to make connections with them!

Lessons learned: Proofread your message before you post it. Ask someone’s opinion. Then ask someone else. Don’t offer something that seems too good to be true. Would you want to receive that message? Would you click through? TEST your Auto-DMs to ensure it isn’t broken.

Auto-DM Do’s:

  1. DO make it about your follower: It’s all about them. Make your message be follower-centric.all about you
  2. DO ask a question DO ask people to Tweet you: Start the conversation right away. That’s what Twitter is all about! @SloanInnovation Hey Thanks for the follow! How did you get such a great list of followers?
  3. DO show some personality: Let them know something about you through showing your humor, friendliness, or that you like to have FUN! @carvideoguy Hi there, Twitter Is Designed To Be A Big Party, Lets Have Fun, Enjoy My Quotations
  4. DO tell people what they are clicking on: Do you really want to click on a condensed URL if you don’t know what’s behind it? It only takes one dirty link from someone else to teach your followers NOT to click on your undescribed link. Let them know what they get when they click through. @CustomerMgmt IQ Thanks for the follow! Check out http://tinyurl.com/dcmqsg for more info on Customer Service, Mgmt, Call Centers & more

Lessons learned: Just as in business, it’s all about the customer! No one really wants to hear about you. They want to hear what’s in it for them. What is following YOU going to help THEM with? Don’t worry about having a URL or link in the auto-DM – if your message is done right, they will click on your profile to find out more about you and click on your website link on there.

So, I still haven’t set up my auto-DM – have you? Let me know what it is! I am open to suggestions.

Special thanks to @danpereira!


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