A summary from Web Worker Daily’s 10 Golden Rules of Social Media:
1. Respect the Spirit of the ”˜Net: communication and connection to people and information.
3. Add value. Before posting a message as a new participant in a forum, ask yourself: How is this providing value to the conversation? To the community?
5. Do Good Things. This goes beyond adding value online. It means fundamentally changing your business model from a single bottom line — profit — to a triple bottom line — people, planet, profit — and then perpetuating this social responsibility to all you do in business, including online marketing and selling.
6. Share the Wealth. In social media, sharing is the fuel of the conversation engine.
7. Give Kudos. Social media works when you are generous. There is nothing wrong with self-promotion, but things really take off when you give others praise or a moment in the spotlight. The rise of retweeting — real retweeting, not spammy retweeting — shows how far giving credit to others can go in social spaces.
8. Don’t Spam.
9. Be Real. Authenticity is the secret ingredient behind any good and valuable social media marketing campaign.
10. Collaborate. Before you dive into social media for marketing and selling, take a look at who is out there and who is doing it well. How can you work with them, instead of trying to muscle your way into the space with all of your dollars?
The author of the article largely organized it to speak to larger commercial organizations, but the basic points are valuable advice for developing the identity any type of brand on the social Internet.
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