Jo asks, “Why are we sharing around this much content on social media in your expert opinion? What are we all gaining from it?”
We post high-quality content on social media for four reasons:
- Appreciation: sharing high-quality demonstrates our appreciation for our audience by giving them valuable information that educates, entertains, and engages.
- Algorithm: because not everyone sees everything we post; different content is shown to different people. Having multiple pieces of high-quality content available means people are more likely to see and engage with something.
- Amplification: when sharing high-quality content from others, we help amplify their message and share audiences.
- Authority: sharing high-quality content creates a perception of expertise for the sharing account.
Note the phrase that continually re-occurs above: high-quality content. To achieve the outcomes we care about, we must create and share only the best stuff. Sharing just anything will have no positive impact, and may be detrimental to our brand.
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In today’s episode, Joe asks, Why are we sharing around this much content on social media? In your expert opinion? What are we all gaining from it? she’s referring specifically to sharing a lot of curated content with a recent episode of we talked about the 8020 rule, how about 80% of what you should share on social media is high quality third party content, so not your own stuff. So it’s not me me me all the time. And her following questions logically, why? what’s what’s the point of sharing that much stuff this this four reasons, we post high quality content on social media to accomplish for things. Number one, I call them the four A’s of curation appreciation, when we share high quality content and meaning it’s valuable stuff, that stuff that entertains that engages, that educates our audience, this that is a demonstration from us to our audience to say, we value we value that you’re being here, we want to share with the best stuff with you. Because that might help you do your job better, or might make you laugh or something. But it’s that high quality content
shows our appreciation in a tangible way for the audience. It shows we respect them, we respect their
their opinions, we can we respect their presence, the fact that they’re willing to just hang out and, and and see our stuff when they do see it. The second reason is algorithm that not everyone sees everything, we post every social network, I think without exception, now
least the public networks
filters what we share. So
you know, Facebook has its newsfeed Instagram has its its algorithm, Twitter has its algorithm, and so on and so forth. And so different content is shown to different people having a lot of stuff to share. That’s high quality means that people are more likely to see something of value and engage with it. And of course, engagement is how
how these algorithms work. So the high quality stuff that you do share, if it engages people, it gets them to do something, then they’re more likely to see your stuff. In addition, the third reason is amplification. When we share high quality content created by other people, we help amplify their message and in some cases, share their audiences. When you share something that is from someone’s website, and and you tag them and you let them know that you did. So they may share your share with their audience and stuff. And they may be more likely to say, Well, I was nice of
Joe would go share some of her stuff and make it a reciprocal engagement.
And the fourth reason is perceptions authority. When we share high quality content, when we share the best stuff, we create a perception of expertise for ourselves for our brand. When you look at someone’s Twitter, Facebook page, or any of these things, and you see article after article of stuff that’s on topic that is valuable, that’s useful, like wow, this this person or this company really seems to have their finger on the pulse of their industry, they’re sharing highly credible content, they must know what they’re talking about. It’s amazing that
people have create this perception of authority based on what someone is sharing now
is that the only reason do it, of course not. There’s there’s all these other reasons as well. But appreciation algorithm amplification and authority. Other reasons, we share so much content that somewhat high quality content on social media, here’s the catch,
the phrase that continues to reoccur through this list is high quality content. If we want to achieve the outcomes we care about, we have to create and share only the best stuff sharing Okay, stuff or sharing stuff that you whipped up in a hurry
will not have a positive impact. And in some cases, may even have a negative impact on our brand. And our interactions with the algorithms on our audience audience saying, This is not valuable, I can get better stuff somewhere else and may dampen our perception of authority. We don’t want to do those things. So we need to make sure that we’re sharing the best stuff and using any of the content scoring tools that are out there to say this is what is the highest quality, highest engaging highest rate, most read stuff.
And so if we don’t have the ability to score that stuff, we probably should not have curation as it as a strategy because it’s not going to work out well, the exception being if you have a ton of time every week to manually curate to read through dozens or hundreds of articles and say up that was educational useful. I know that was not
I would strongly recommend the automated route because you’re going to you’re going to have a bad time otherwise.
So good question. It’s an important strategic question. Because is it’s rare that people stop this and take them out and say, why are we doing this thing? So the fact that now Joe asked that I think is an important thing, why are we doing something? Well, these are the reasons why. And if we, if you haven’t been able to codify why obviously you can use this explanation when you’re talking to your own stakeholders and your managers and stuff about why would we spend so much time sharing stuff on social media? Well, these are the reasons why the next step and this is a an exercise left to you is how would you measure this, how would you measure each of these areas
and quantify that you’re generating appreciation that you’re generating more visibility and now that you’re generating amplification and network reach and you’re generating authority that is an exercise left for you. As always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel and to the newsletter and I’ll talk to you soon. Take care
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