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Resource  3, Mar 2013

5 ways to build up your karma on social media


Yin Yang Karma

Learn to build up your social media karma with these five simple tips.

I do like to practice a lot of social media networking strategies, but what is it that really makes all that time and effort posting and sharing your content really effective? Social Media Karma!  For those who not sure of what I mean by social media karma, here’s what it is:

You get what you give.

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” —Flora Edwards

When you give good it comes back in surprising forms. You don’t always know how it will come back. I call it Social Media Karma which is a beauty.

In this article, I will share five ways of increasing your social media karma for your application; this is especially useful for entrepreneurs.

1)  Show your true presence on social media

This is my predominant rule on Social Media Karma. What this means is that you are being real, authentic, and transparent of your beliefs in honest sharing and not for self promotion.

For business clarity for entrepreneurs, simple steps of be yourself will be do share of what you do, who do you help and results you have created for your target customer. For a relationship and trust to be developed online, you need to showcase yourself as a person and not as unknown persona.

2) Network and provide things without return

I am naturally more active in LinkedIn, as I found most of peers are more into exploring collaborations and looking for advice on how to increase their business karma. An example that I normally engaged and commenting and participate in a group called Small Business Online Community. By commenting and participating, rather than just being an observer online, I have generated Social Media Karma as below example illustrates.

Here’s a long thought of conversation which I have replied to more details.

Cut the long story short, this article which I have shared leads to lead interests and potential collaboration (which says, I am keen to work on a JV project with you), so the tip here if you give the right gift to the right people, you will have it reciprocated.

If you are not sure on what kind of networks you should participate in, do look for active groups related to your target markets and do make sure that it has the right fit which can benefit from your expertise and you don’t just sell yourself.

3)  Be genuinely positive

Ngee Key Facebook Post

Source of photo referenced to Chan Ngee Key

Social networking in general tends to have a positive, upbeat tone to it, so when you are interacting with other people’s content or posting your own, you should do it with a really upbeat and friendly nature.

No one wants to read depressing posts or be interacted with negatively. The nice thing about social networking is that it’s really a great opportunity to uplift, encourage, motivate, and reinforce others achievements and accomplishments, so definitely make sure to chime in when you see great stuff happening for your friends and followers.

4) Be concern about others

The personal rule for any activity involving social media is simple. Whether it’s writing freelance blog posts or engaging in conversations on social media, my goal is to talk 80 percent of the time about other people. Ask questions, be involved, be genuine and above all, do not to talk about yourself first unless if people asked for it.

The funny thing is people will naturally ask about you, about what you do and THEN it’s a great time for me to talk about yourself.

5) Be grateful

Thank people for following you; thank them for sharing a post or commenting on an article. Thank them publicly and by their name. Appreciation makes people feel like you value their efforts and make them feel important.  This will make them more likely to reach out to you again for your content. Check the thanks posting by Mari Smith to Anne Thundercloud.

Source of photo referenced to Mari Smith

As the man in the house says below, if you understand the right rules to follow, you will have right attitude to enhance your karma kindness. Not only do your actions online say a great deal about you but they also say a great deal about how you do business. If you are able to follow the above steps, you will be able to generate significant amount of Social Media Karma.

So readers do share your experience with Social Media Karma and how it works for you and your business.

Image Credits: Gigcoin

Elton Kuah

Elton Kuah

Elton is an International E-Coach of Youth Employment Network (YEN) based in Switzerland, columnist, entrepreneur, social media specialist, speaker and trainer. His expertise is in social media connection, hotel booking solution and e-consultancy. Elton is coaching international based startups in entrepreneurship and one of his project has been done as MBA Research in Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School, 27th globally by Financial Times and one of top-ranked MBA Programs in the world. Elton has experience managing online community in theTelemarketingforum.com which majority of community are international based telemarketers. Elton has also published a co-authored book called ‘Are You Ready To Be Next Entrepreneur’ which his story has been reviewed by world known personalities worldwide. Elton's interest is collaborating with visionary entrepreneurs, traveling around the world, volunteering, socializing and reading personal development story when not on Internet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruno.simon.kl Bruno Simon

    Insightful, yet it’ll make us to engage on a more human way ….

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