It amazes me everyday, which is why I am very active on social media. It’s a platform for everyone. Literally – everyone can have a voice. We spread the word, we spread our thoughts, we share pictures, and stories.
Last week, I attended an event at Bally’s Hotel Casino. Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie) held a special show called “Zowie Bowie and Friends, Late Night Las Vegas” and featured many other Las Vegas entertainers and the David Perrico Orchestra. He spread the word on social media. Twitter and Facebook. There wasn’t too much advance notice, maybe a week. The doors opened at 10:30 and the show got started a little after 11.
The place…. was PACKED.
Chris even opened the show by saying, “the power of social media.” Yes, it was a Tuesday, late night, and the room was full. It truly was amazing.
This medium has become, in some cases, all we need to reach a large audience or specific audience. It works. Period.
Later in the week, my friend Melissa Colon posted a blog on my site about her honeymoon hell. Melissa and her husband Marc experienced a terrible honeymoon back in October. Everything went wrong. It all started with how the trip was booked. They trusted Carnival Cruise Lines that they would make it to their ship on time, even thought they questioned the small window they had to arrive, and board.
I posted it.
I tweeted it and put it on my Facebook pages.
The response has been incredible. Comments below the blog post, on Facebook and retweets on twitter. Many of my followers took it in their own hands to copy the Carnival Cruise Lines twitter page, the CEO, and even Cruise ship lawyers. Two people received direct messages from the CEO, saying “he’s working on it.” This all happened in about an hour. Melissa’s post has had about 2,000 + hits on my site so far. At this moment, it’s only been a few days.
Social media has power.
I am so thankful that I realized this a long time ago. It has created so many opportunities for me and I really enjoy interacting with people. I use it in a certain way. I share things about myself, but I also share my followers posts and ideas. It creates community and support.
I always feel good when I encourage people to take it on and they sign up. I spread the good twitter word!
Many of my colleagues and friends have created twitter accounts because I’ve talked to them about the power it has, and what it can do for them and their brand. I’m happy when they sign up, but I’m happier when they actually start using it and enjoying it. I see it working for them. I watch.
Privacy is always an issue. I had an entertainer direct message me recently. He wanted to start being more active on twitter. He asked, “how do you feel about others knowing where you are all the time?” I told him… “they don’t know.” Not all the time.
They know what I want them to know. That’s the best part. YOU control what you tweet. If I’m at an event or restaurant that I want people to know about, I tweet it. If I don’t, I don’t. If I’m with a group and we are having fun and want to share our experiences, we do. If we want to keep it private, we do. Many times, I tweet or Facebook when I leave. That way I’m not at the location when I send out my messages.
I could go on and on… and I think I will in another follow-up post.
For now, I wanted to share some recent experiences that have shown, social media has POWER.