12 Replies to “Just Thank and Serve”

  1. I share your perspective on this, Geoff – and adding value is a critical part in how I approach my writing and my content. While I’ve made it part of my routine to publish daily (with an occasional missed post ;)), that schedule also forces me to be on top of my game and produce content that I’m proud to publish and respects the time of my readers. 

    1. Yeah, we do have a lot of similar habits online. I do write every day, but not here. I write three or four posts a week here, and then guest elsewhere.  As the MiR guest posting winds down, I think I’ll probably turn to more private writing again.  It’s hard to be public and yet write what you want to, eh? 

      Thanks for the comment!

      1. Aye, we do see eye to eye on quite a few things. It’s why we’re friends!

        Like you, I write daily – but nothing everything gets published. I’ve been a serious journaler since high school – and I’ve kept every single one. :) 

  2. Thought provoking as usual, Geoff. I have noticed that some companies that used to be thankers are no longer thanking people for mentions, retweets, and comments. I assume it must be a resource/volume thing.

    Personally, I try to add value (and often some humor) to my retweets and comments, highlighting a specific point made by the article that I found to be true. As my business alter ego, Left Field Social, I tend to be a little more reserved and focus on passing along good advice my clients can use.

    1. That kills me.  Talk about building an expectation and that letting the customer down.  I only am me online right now, which makes things easier. I don’t envy folks like you who have to maintain two presences…

  3. I share the same ideals with you, Geoff! It may look insignificant for other countries but yeah it does make a difference. Letting your client feel special and spreading how grateful you are fosters great relationship and thus better business progress. 

  4. I share the same ideals with you, Geoff! It may look insignificant for other countries but yeah it does make a difference. Letting your client feel special and spreading how grateful you are fosters great relationship and thus better business progress. 

  5. I agree with you Geoff! So many of us, and I fall into this category as well, really forget to show our genuine gratitude. Thank YOU for the reminder! 

      1. Absolutely – it’s funny how involved we are in social media yet most of the time we forget to be ‘social’, which gratitude is a part of. I’ve written about this myself at my blog: strategic propositions. Looking forward to reading more of your posts Geoff!

  6. Very simple, and very timeless advice. When I first started using social media I was obsessed with the latest metrics on when to post, how much to post, how to write engaging leads to ensure a higher click through rate etc.

    Then I started going back to my organizing roots and just interacting with people, saying thank you, making the time to give them a phone call, tell them I liked what they were doing, and sending things I think might be helpful. 

    Metrics are important. It’s nice to know that mid week is a good time for a new blog post, or that social media is more active over the weekends. But if you’ve built up a dynamic, vibrant network built upon your reciprocity, gratitude, and helpfulness, you can post at 2am every other Monday, and probably do a lot better than someone who has learned how to game the system. 

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