There is an observation in social media called "Participation Inequality" or the "1% rule" that says that 1% of us create content, 9% of us share content and 90% of us are pure consumers of the content created.
As a marketer, I feel like it is our role to at least be in the 9%, and ideally in the the 1% of active social users creating or sharing content. I believe Marketers should not be the "content leaches" of the business world but should be leading conversations and driving innovation and new ideas.
But the fact is, the large majority of marketers are still not active in social media. Andrea Edwards (@SAJEIdeas) recently wrote a great post called I Know I Should Be Blogging, But.... In the comments, Mark McClure (@samuraiwriter99) was kind enough to use me as an example of how we can connect with other people from anywhere in the world through social conversation and participation.
So I decided to ask my followers what they see as the top reasons people don't do social . . . don't participate . . . don't engage. I was overwhelmed by the response, but the answers fell into 5 main groups. So here are the top 5 reasons people don't participate and some tips and guidance on how to get started...
The Top 5 Reasons People Don't Do Social
I've included the actual responses below for more information but here are the top 5 reasons people don't do social and the number of votes for each :
Not sure what to say (7)
Don't understand how to use (6)
No interest / "It's for kids" (2)
So while this is not a scientific poll, I think it's clear the top reasons are lack of time and difficulty in understanding the value of spending the time.
The bottom line is that I feel being active in social is a business and professional imperative and so we need to take these steps:
Build it in to your day
Find ways to scan and filter information
Share information relevant or useful for your connections
Build strong connections
And take the leap of faith and share your views through writing
So below are the actual responses I received to my question on twitter: "what are the top reasons people resist being active in social media?" I want to thank those of you who responded, Andrea and Mark for their inspiration and all of you for taking the time to read my views...
@BrennerMichael they think its a waste of time OR not worth the time required to be impactful