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4 Powerful Social Media Shortcuts that will Surprise You!

Deemed the #1 Most Social Chief Information Officer on Twitter my social media strategy goal is simple…

Drive social collaboration by being distinguished as a thought leader and influencer in the Enterprise IT industry.

Unfortunately, I often see social media newbies with no apparent strategies or goals that struggle to grow their following.

As a result, I recently shared a short, but effective SlideShare presentation: “My 2013 Social Media Tips,” listing my top four strategies to successfully leverage social media to drive awareness and engagement.

I’ve used these easy to learn tips for the last three years to run our well-acclaimed SAP Runs SAP innovation program, which focuses on the transformation of social media tools for collaboration. We generated over 21 million twitter impressions in 2012 alone!

So what are my absolute top 4 social media strategies?

I’ll be discussing these tips and more in a free webcast on March 4, 2013, 2 – 3pm EST. Register here to join the discussion.

STRATEGY #1: Find your community … then set up a place for them to find you!

First, find the right community. Then open 1-2 social accounts to identify people with similar interests, and take some time to observe. In my case I’m using

  • Twitter and Google+ to instantly connect to what’s most important to me, as well as follow my friends, experts, and favorite celebs.
  • LinkedIn to manage my professional identity and engage with my professional network.
  • Vizify to provide a quick way for new followers to visualize my Bio.
  • YouTube to categorize, store and share my professional videos.
  • Instagram to share snapshots from my global business ventures…
  • Newsle to track articles about my friends, colleagues or anyone else I care about.
  • Klout to manage my social media reach

Second, you need to set up a place for people to find you… a center for all your social media activities.My homepage uses (free service), which easily links to most of the social accounts I listed above. It’s free and takes 10 minutes to set up!For an easy read, be sure to use a compelling personal photo for your background, and list your experience and accolades in short bullets.

STRATEGY #2: Spend 15 minutes a day Sharing articles you find compelling!

Your next step is to participate and become a part the community: Share links, engage in interesting discussions, and connect to others. Sharing and engaging are the operative terms at this stage.Given my very busy schedule, I use a few shortcuts to engage that you will find handy:

  • Using a mobile app called PULSE, I scan over 200 headlines in less than 10 minutes every day.
  • I then look for posts that are relevant to my target audience – and interesting to me, and bookmark them with INSTAPAPER
  • Last, I share those quality links on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn/Google+
  • In 15 minutes I’m done!

STRATEGY #3: Deepen your connections …Keep your social profiles up to date!

Make sure to update your social profiles to show that you’re on the cutting edge of your field and on top of social media. In addition to LINKEDIN, I recommend using VIZIFY (free service) which creates a series of interactive infographics that show the best of you based on your social media sites e.g.,

Take my bio page for example.

Then to deepen your connection, consider starting a blog to expand your voice in the social media ecosystem as I did with the SAP runs SAP blog for instance. Important is that your blogs and tweets have to be authentic – no ghostwriting!

STRATEGY #4: Manage your social brand …as a thought leader should!

By implementing these four strategies and practicing them with excellence in your daily routine, you will become a genuine industry influencer and thought leader in no time. Reaching this stage strengthens your own credibility and benefits your entire organization.

But don’t forget to manage your social brand! Simply type your name into Google and see what comes up. Remember: MOST social media followers will Google you.

Another free service I use is BrandYourself, to make sure search engines find and rank my most relevant results at the top, improving my personal brand.

Want to learn more?

Join me on March 4, 2013, 2 – 3pm ET. I’ll be discussing these tips and more in a free webcast entitled “Enterprise Social Media Success – Leadership by Example.” Click here to register.

I welcome your feedback, so please connect with me here and follow me on Twitter at @sapcio to share your thoughts.

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      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      Hi Oliver,

      Nice to read your tips, will check out some of them for sure.

      Only thing I've concerns about is Strategy 2: how can you in all honesty 'share' content with others if you don't know what's in it, because you haven't read it yourself? A headline only goes so far to tell you what it's about. From a timeboxing perspective I can understand it, but it looks more like broadcasting: "Look here, this might be of interest to you too", than of really sharing: "I just found this excellent article, and it's really worth reading".

      But then, maybe the first interpretation is exactly what you're aiming for...

      So, I'll register for the webinar, where we can discuss it 🙂 .

      Cheers, Fred

      Author's profile photo Steve Rumsby
      Steve Rumsby

      I've been caught out by that myself. Headlines can be misleading, and in a hurry I've read a headline and the first paragraph or two of an article and tweeted a link to it. More than once, I've had comments back from people telling me the article didn't actually say what I thought it did. I do try now to read articles in their entirety before posting links.

      One other thing concerns me about all of these tips. They're very egocentric. They're all about "me". For me social media is, or should be, about "us". About building communities together. I'm not interested in being a thought leader, or in my "brand" or my "following". I'm interested in what we can do together. The world needs more community. I see social media building communities and I love that, and want to see more of it. We have a great example of it here on SCN - Doctors Without Borders - I love it when a plan comes together!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Fred,

      If you have a chance to use the mobile app Pulse, you will get a pretty good overview of the important topics depending on the subscribed RSS feed. Step 2 is to read the important and interesting articles and THEN share them will the outside world on Twitter, Facebook and Google.