How Not To Be The Social Media Grinch This Holiday

Dr. Seuss’ 7 Social Media Lessons

Dr. Seuss’ rhyming wisdom provides social media lessons for all of us. During the holidays, who among us hasn’t wondered as the Grinch did, “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”

Across the Seuss oeuvre, here are seven of the most appropriate social media lessons for the holidays, a time when we’re surrounded with family and friends. Of course, in true Dr. Seuss fashion, his quotes are worth listening to all year round, regardless of age.

  1. Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. Be yourself on social media platforms and reveal your true essence. Don’t try to be someone else. To this end, don’t pass someone else’s content off as yours. Actionable Social Media Tip: Show who you are with your avatar and profiles. Include information that proves you’re human.
  2. So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads. Great advice for social media where space is limited and participants are constantly bombarded with information. Keep your messages short and on target Actionable Social Media Tip: Integrate your branding into your social media interactions through your language, voice and graphics. Dr. Seuss’s tweets would sound like Dr. Seuss without needing identification.
  3. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Given broad based use of social media, it’s easy to forget your social media peers may not be native speakers of your language or may have a different understanding of the same event. Actionable Social Media Tip: Be a social media resource and help others whenever and wherever possible. Support those around you.
  4. For a host, above all, must be kind to his guests. No place is this truer than on social media platforms where you should be polite and free of all scorn. Remember—you don’t know someone’s background, so err on the polite side. Actionable Social Media Tip: Be generous in your advice and participation on social media networks and pay-it-forward.
  5. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss packed a lot of social media sense into a short phrase. In 2011, social media showed how people around the world could support others half a world away during the Egyptian revolution and the Japanese tsunami. On social media platforms, everyone has responsibility to make their forums safe. There shouldn’t be cyber bullying or other issues where real people are hurt by what’s said without thinking. Actionable Social Media Tip:  Social media has a social responsibility! Take a stand on social media where appropriate to make them safer for people in need or danger.
  6. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss’ words ring true on social media where it’s important to be transparent. While this involves telling the truth, it doesn’t mean divulging confidential information that would harm an individual or a business.  Actionable Social Media Tip:  Help your employees by developing a set of social media guidelines so they know what’s acceptable to say on social media networks when they represent your firm as well as when they’re engaging as individuals.  Be aware that privacy on many social media entities can be elusive.
  7. Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind! Learn to be a social media extrovert and engage with others across a wide variety of interests.  Actionable Social Media Tip: Build a social media tribe to engage with. Pay-it-forward on social media platforms like question and answer sites and participate in group discussions such as Twitter chats.

Dr. Seuss’ words have universal appeal. As such, they’re most relevant this time of year where we reach out to our family, friends and social media contacts and look to find deeper meaning to life. At its core, that’s why we engage on social media platforms in the first place.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss quote and how does it relate to social media? Please include your input in the comment section below.

Happy marketing,
Heidi Cohen


Note: This post title was taken from the post, 21 Attention Getting Holiday Blog Titles.

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  • http://achievethegreenberetway.com/blog Mike Martel

    Hi Heidi, Great post. I am a big fan of the Grinch movies. I take from it –Be absolutely clear on who you are. Don’t waffle. If you’re strange, revel in your strangeness. The more clearly you reveal yourself, the more easily you’ll appeal to your “tribe,” as Seth Godin calls it. I find when I write from my interests instead of trying to please everyone I have a much better response.
    Mike

    • http://riversidemarketingstrategies.com/ Heidi Cohen

      Mike — Thank you for adding your perspective. I love Dr. Seuss’ advice although I’m a traditionalist I love the children’s books! My favorite is Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! Happy marketing, Heidi Cohen

  • http://elainefogel.net Elaine Fogel

    Love it!

  • http://brianvickery.com Brian Vickery

    Funny that I’m reading this on the same day I released a blog post quoting another luminary: Joe Walsh (Eagles guitarist). I think Dr. Seuss had a lot more wisdom and life lessons packed into his rhyming ;)

    It would be a trip to be following Seuss on Twitter and Facebook!

    Way to use a great resource to get your point across, Heidi.

  • http://Www.bridgepr.co.uk Denise Taylor

    Really great post Heidi. I love Dr Seuss and his wonderful words of wisdom. And you’ve taken his concepts and used them in an innovative way. Well done and I think you should expand the theme and carry it on. It might actually be some fun to join you. :-)