Extend conversations with engaging social media replies

Extend conversations with engaging social media replies

If you’re a small business owner, independent contractor or PR/marketing specialist, you recognize the power of social media to generate visibility and new business opportunities. The rest of you may soon be writing more workplace social media text as organizations turn to these platforms to connect with their staffs, customers, potential hires, consultants, and others.

For example, many major corporations are launching “employee advocacy” initiatives, calling upon personnel at all levels to help build their brands and deliver key messages to target audiences on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms. Plus, an increasing number of organizations are establishing their own social enterprise networks to enrich their internal communication—sharing best practices, crowdsourcing for solutions, and driving cross-functional collaboration.

Whatever the situation, you’ll likely be writing more on-the-job social media text in the next few years. So you need to master one of the most important social media writing skills: composing compelling responses to others’ posts to increase the likelihood that the person will engage with you.

Say you’re a leadership consultant and come across a tweet from the CEO of a training company addressing Gen X management styles. You reply with a request to schedule a call to tell her about your extensive experience with Gen Xers.  But that may come across as too pushy—and you’ll blow your chance of developing a valuable connection!

A better approach is to embellish what she posted with a fresh perspective. Here’s how this could play out on Twitter:

Tweet from CEO of XZ Training

60% of Gen X managers don’t communicate effectively with staff.

 Your response as leadership consultant

@XZTraining Gen X managers having more face-to-face staff meeting, says study.

 Now your engaging social media reply has added depth to the CEO’s post, enticing her to respond and possibly generate a meaningful business relationship. This strategy could also be used for LinkedIn, Facebook, and other platforms.

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