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Best quotes on social media: nominations and ratings


#SMfastfwd is seeking to compile the best quotes on social media.

Please nominate, reply to (comment on), and/or rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) quotes below.  Enter only one quote per comment submission so they can be replied to and/or rated individually.  If you have more than one quote to submit, please do so separately.  Quote nominations may also be submitted by sending them to @ChatterBachs on Twitter or by emailing them to jay@chatterbachs.com.  Where possible, please also cite the author or thought-leader and source for the quote.

You may nominate, comment on or rate more than one quote.  All nominations, comments, and ratings received by 12 pm ET on 12.27 will be taken into consideration.

The list of best social media quotes will be released in the 12.29 #SMfastfwd tweetchat from 12 to 1 pm ET.

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  1. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Keri_Mellott: #Socialmedia gives companies/brands a platform to speak and 2 mics – one for them, and one for the audience. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.08.10)

  2. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:07 am

    BSStoltz: I like to say that Twitter is like a bar, FB is yr living room & LinkedIn is the local chamber of commerce. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.08.10)

  3. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:10 am

    onecoconut: we find that these days, consumers want more than just a gr8 brand, they want a great COMPANY, that they can truly believe in and SM seems to help people with that. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.08.10)

  4. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:14 am

    shonali: Companies aren’t losing control; didn’t have it to begin with. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.01.10)

  5. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:18 am

    WhosYourAnnie: Always track. If not getting the best results, modify your strategy and continue. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. (on #SMfastfwd, 11.24.10)

  6. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:19 am

    KariRippetoe: Establish goals 1st, monitor & listen to find where your audience is on SM, focus on those places. (on #SMfastfwd, 11.24.10)

  7. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:21 am

    camerontoth: Twitter Limit # 1: 140 Characters can’t contain all my learnings from the last week. (on #SMfastfwd, 11.17.10)

  8. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:24 am

    transpr: we have ability to be our own “newsroom” to communciate directly with public. No more middle men. (on #SMfastfwd, 11.10.10)

  9. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:25 am

    BSStoltz: #SM amplifies my who I can reach and who reaches me – and shortens the learning curve. (on #SMfastfwd, 11.10.10)

  10. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:26 am

    NCCmeet: Interactions with the public are selfless. SM is not to promote yourself but to share info and expect nothing in return (on #SMfastfwd, 11.10.10)

    • samallgood
      December 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      I disagree … if you expected nothing in return, you shouldn’t be doing it. Possible expected returns:

      – improve audience perception of and attitude toward you
      – change audience’s behavior (buy your product/service; speak positively about you to others
      – resolve problems, improving reputation
      – product/service ideas

      • Sarah
        December 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm

        You misinterpreted this quote. Being selfless by sharing information means you respond giving advice or guiding them in the right direction. If you read Trust Agents, social media is about helping people, providing customer service… with out asking , ‘what’s in it for me?, Anyone who is successful at social media marketing knows this.. and you’re willing to help complete strangers because you want to!

      • December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm

        I think you are both correct. I believe Sarah’s comment should be the guiding light, and while not always asking ‘what’s in it for me?’ when it comes to social media marketing, there is always the underlying theme behind ‘customer service’ – obtaining customers.

  11. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Keri_Mellott: Quicker responses help the public engage with brands in real time. Adds to cust satisfaction & smiles (on #SMfastfwd, 11.10.10)

  12. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:30 am

    MathenyJenny: Social is about being personal & having a convo. W/O that personal touch, social will fail. (on #SMfastfwd, 11.10.10)

  13. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Social media is an ingredient, not an entree. Jay Baer, “18 Social Media Quotes My Wife Is Sick of Hearing Me Say”, Convince & Convert

  14. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Activate your fans, don’t just collect them like baseball cards. Jay Baer, “18 Social Media Quotes My Wife Is Sick of Hearing Me Say”, Convince & Convert

  15. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Social media allows big companies to act small again. Jay Baer, “18 Social Media Quotes My Wife Is Sick of Hearing Me Say”, Convince & Convert

  16. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Every company is its own TV station, magazine, and newspaper. Jay Baer, “18 Social Media Quotes My Wife Is Sick of Hearing Me Say”, Convince & Convert

  17. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Social media changes the relationship between companies and customers from master and servant, to peer to peer. Jay Baer, “18 Social Media Quotes My Wife Is Sick of Hearing Me Say”, Convince & Convert

  18. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Linkedin is for people you know. Facebook is for people you used to know. Twitter is for people you want to know. (I know this one isn’t mine. Not sure who came up with it originally) Jay Baer, “18 Social Media Quotes My Wife Is Sick of Hearing Me Say”, Convince & Convert

  19. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

    maddiegrant: Community is about people, not tools. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

  20. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

    robbinphillips: A movement is not a campaign. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

  21. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Pistachio: Say it together, you want *BETTER* followers not *MORE* followers. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

  22. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 11:58 am

    C_Pappas: I value replies and retweets much more than followers. Getting a reaction is a much better indicator of what I am doing. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

    • December 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

      Agreed…it’s not the quantity but the quality…

  23. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

    robbinphillips: Participation does not equal engagement. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

    • Kimba Green
      December 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      Reach out and touch someone. Don’t just stand there and look at them.

      That is the different between participation and engagement. Thanks @robbinphillips for saying the above quote!

    • Deb Rexon
      December 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm

      How true! Whether in person or utilizing SM, you must always seek to be relevant — contribute, ask questions, learn, share.

  24. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Pistachio: My “4 word guide” to Twitter/social media/(life): Listen. Learn. Care. Serve. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

    • Deb Rexon
      December 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      Great philosophy for any part of life.

  25. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    ASegar: The concept (which I didn’t invent) of “the people formerly known as the audience”. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

  26. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    ASegar: Over and over again I find my SM connections turn into great meaningful face-to-face relationships. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

    • December 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      I agree, I have made wonderful connections on Twitter and Facebook.

    • December 21, 2010 at 2:43 pm

      I have met some wonderful people on twitter and then was able to meet them in person. This would have not been possible without this social media platform. I am thankful for the opportunity to reach out and connect with those around me that I never knew existed…

    • Deb Rexon
      December 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm

      SM allows for a personal introduction, which can lead to meaningful communication.

  27. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    SalesLounge: It takes One connection to change your business and LIFE…SM allows you to connect to just about ANYONE! (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

  28. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    maddiegrant: Social media helps build relationships with people you never in a million years thought you could reach and chat with. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

  29. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    robbinphillips: SM has made me shoot more from the gut, and be more thoughtful at the same time. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

  30. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    shelisrael: SM serves as my editor, fact checker, idea tester, kindest and harshest critic. (on #SMfastfwd, 12.15.10)

  31. December 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    THis was fun Jay. THanks for making your chat one of the best and most engaging out there.

  32. December 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks, Jay, for including me in this great list of quotes! And thanks for hosting the always exciting #smfastfwd!

  33. December 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Well I think I gave just about everyone a thumbs up. Great quotes here Jay. Also I gave #SMfastFWD a shout out on my site. I need to find a Twitter chat that can embed into it – The discussions we have are priceless.

  34. December 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you for including me in the nominations. There are so many great quotes on here! Very clever idea. Excited for the next #SMfastfwd

    For those who have never chatted Wednesdays at 12 PM in #SMfastfwd, it’s perfectly placed on Wednesday’s – a mid-week chat, that helps us (creative SM people) feed off each other for awesome ideas and gives you that second-wind to get through the rest of the week!

  35. December 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    “One of the best analogies I know about social networking is that networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. are like going to parties. One advantage different from a normal party you attend in person is that social networks obviously let you meet more people, and geography is not a barrier. I’ve heard many people say Twitter is a waste of time, but if your customers are there, why aren’t you?”

    – Bryan Elliott, SoCal Action Sports Network, @bryanelliott
    “Twitter: A Business Tool You Can’t Live Without” from the OCMetro (@OCMetro)

  36. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    ready2spark: Can we just start referring to ‘social media’ as ‘the web’ already?

  37. December 17, 2010 at 5:39 am

    “With social media, you can get answers to questions you never thought to ask” (quoted by @loicmo)

  38. December 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Here’s my favorite: “See social media as the greatest disruptive gift you’ve ever been given,” said Hank Wasiak @hankwasiak.

    • December 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      Hi Theresa. Thanks for the nice words and for nominating my quote. Glad you agree. Social Media is a gift of disruption that has changed marketing communications for the better, forever. Make the most of it.

      Be well

      Hank Wasiak

  39. samallgood
    December 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    People are going to be talking about you (on social media) … you will get the best results by joining the conversation

  40. December 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Traditional Media is a marketing monologue. Social Media is a marketing dialogue. This is a paradigm shift that scares… many traditional marketers

  41. Tad
    December 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    #SM is about awareness, immediacy, and reach. But the oldest rule applies, “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”

  42. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Mick Cope: “People who optimize their personal capital can change their world”

  43. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    “How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” – Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog

  44. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    “Twitter represents a collective collaboration that manifests our ability to unconsciously connect kindred voices through the experiences that move us. As such, Twitter is a human seismograph.” – Brian Solis, Principal of FutureWorks

  45. Jay S. Daughtry
    December 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    “The hardest thing for marketers is to turn over the brand experience to the community and let them define it.” – Eric Erwin, executive vice president of marketing and product development at Wilton

  46. December 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Social Media provides an opportunity to discover and capture the pulse of conversations through the transparency it provides. The trick is being able to find the meaningful content with the vast maze that is generated.

  47. December 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Facebook is for friends that are now strangers, Twitter is for strangers that should be your friends. ~@Household6Diva

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