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Know Your Social Media Vocabulary

Posted Aug 29 2012 8:53am
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Posted by: on Aug 29, 2012

Regardless of how much someone thinks they know about social media, it is changing constantly like a moving roller coaster. Those that present themselves as social media experts (me included) sometimes get caught in the gap where our understanding hasn’t yet caught the changes in technology. So here is a helpful tongue-in-cheek translation guide via FastCompany magazine to assist when talking to your “experts.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“We like to listen.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“We hired a 24-year-old to stand in front of a firehose of complaints.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“That data isn’t available yet.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“That data is embarrassing.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“We’re inspired by Coca-Cola’s social media strategy.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“Everyone talks about Coca-Cola’s social media strategy. By referencing it, we sound informed.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“Our strategy is in line with our values.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“We talk about ourselves.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“We’re doing something very different.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“We’re doing something very different from what we were doing in 1980.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“We’re building community.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“We promoted a hashtag once, and it was a little scary but seemed to work out fine.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“We’re being authentic.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“We’re extremely on-message.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“We’re meeting customers where they’re comfortable.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“Nobody visits our corporate website.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“Social media allows us to understand the pulse of the customer.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“We all get into a room and freak out.”

WHAT THEY SAID
“This is all very new and exciting.”
WHAT THEY MEANT
“Do you have any advice? We could really use some advice.”

Where are you at as far as interpreting social media vocabulary? We’d love to hear.

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