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  • 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. 

    • 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!

      • 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. :) 

  • 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.

    • 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…

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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! 

    • I am as guilty as anyone, too. But wanting to rebuild my blog has made me appreciate how important everyone really is!

      • 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!

  • 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. 

  • Great post Geoff.  Often times, it’s as easy as a simple reminder of saying “please” and “thank you” that carries a lot of weight.

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