Until recently, businesses had well-established “rules of engagement” that dictated how to talk to prospects, customers, vendors and competitors. But with the recent ascent of social media into the business arena, those rules of engagement have been set aside and new rules are being written.

Issa Asad Florida Entrepreneur
Issa Asad Florida Entrepreneur

Business owners who get these social media marketing strategy tips and actively participate in social media marketing can enjoy the benefits.

“Business owners who ignore these tips but try to participate in social media marketing anyway, will fail,” said Issa Asad Florida entrepreneur and businessman since 1996. Mr. Asad is the CEO of Q Link Wireless, Hello Mobile, and Quadrant Holdings, all located in South Florida. He is also the author of 4 e-commerce and marketing e-books that can be purchased on Amazon.

Here, Issa Asad Provides 5 Social Media Tips for Established Companies:

Don’t be selfish about social media

Don’t jump into the world of social media to talk about yourself. Rather, join because you want to hear from other people. Even if you never talk about yourself, you can still derive tremendous value from listening to your prospects and customers and adjusting your business based on what you hear. Create rules for yourself about how often you want to engage others before you mention something about yourself. Some people follow a 10:1 ratio of talking about others ten times as much as they talk about themselves.

Show your personality

It’s so easy to default to the original rules of engagement, which tended to be impersonal. But social media isn’t impersonal. It’s very personal. Be willing to share some of yourself. Decide what you’re willing to share and what you aren’t willing to share, but be willing to share something.

Always be professional

For so long, businesses equated impersonal with professional. But that’s not the case. You can be personable while still being professional. Professionalism in social media means not trashing your competition or making inflated claims. It means not dominating the conversation. It means helping customers not forcing them.

Engage viewers

Social media is a medium of engagement. People aren’t just listening, they’re participating. So take part. Ask others. Involve others. Listen and respond. Keep the conversation going.

Enjoy social media

This is so important. If you don’t enjoy participating in social media then stop doing it. If you don’t like it, you won’t engage others and you’ll end up doing what a lot of businesses do – create a cycle of pre-written, timed-release messages that don’t do anything other than annoy. Just because social media is popular right now doesn’t mean you have to participate. Enjoy it or find something you do enjoy.

Want to know the best way to succeed at social media? Just follow the same rules of engagement and etiquette that you might have at a dinner party or cocktail party. Listen to others, share a bit of yourself, be professional, engage other people, and enjoy the conversation. The scenario is very similar – it just so happens that with social media, people aren’t in the same room.