July 24, 2014
Why Your Social Media Strategy Sucks
You've probably noticed that about 93% of all TV commercials are lousy.
And so are about the same percent of movies, TV shows, books, songs, and paintings.
If you think all this crappy stuff is around because people aren't trying very hard, you're wrong. The reason is actually quite simple: Producing good stuff is really, really hard. And there are very few people who can do it.
Nobody sets out to create a crappy TV spot or a crappy book or a crappy song. They just turn out that way.
Creative talent is a very rare and very precious commodity. Not everyone has it. As a matter of fact, hardly anyone has it.
That's why really good creative people -- whether singers, writers, actors, or even ad bozos -- often make a lot of money.
Fortunately, most of us don't think of ourselves as singers, writers, painters and actors. So the quantity of really shitty "art" is self-limiting. This is not the case, however, in social media.
Everyone thinks he's a capable social media creator. Believe it or not, there are actually more English language blogs in the world than there are English language native speakers.
If you're wondering why your blog, or your Facebook page, or your Twitter feed, or your "compelling" content, or your "viral" video is laying around like a dead lox, it's not hard to figure. In order to be interesting, social media requires creativity -- just like movies, TV shows, music, and writing.
Without creativity, nobody gives a shit. The world is full of dull opinions, almost-funny banter, and dreary monographs.
Your social media strategy doesn't suck because Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs can't reach people. It sucks because you're stuffing it with crap that no one is interested in.
Creativity is the ability to be interesting, funny, or different. It's easy to be interesting, funny or different at lunch. It's a thousand times more difficult to do it on a page.
Very few people are capable of this. If you want to have one of the rare social media endeavors that actually makes a difference, you better find yourself someone to execute it who is highly creative.
And, take my word for it, it ain't that social media guy with the Powerpoint.