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How to become a Social Media Guru in 20 Steps


Social Media Guru

(Just to state the obvious, this article is supposed to be IRONIC and funny!)

Want to climb the heights to become a Social Media Guru? Want to learn the secrets? You’re in luck!

In this article I am going to share with you the 20 Steps on how you too can become a Master Guru of Social Media!

Remember– this is very much a magic art– so keep this to yourself. DON’T share this article with anyone else!

Are you ready to start your path to awesomeness? Let’s begin!


1. Learn How to Automate Everything

automationOne of the most important tips for any social media guru to learn is the art of automation. Some inexperienced people in the social media world choose to manually craft their social media updates or perhaps selectively automate certain tasks. To be a true Guru, you must learn to automate every social media task at least where possible.

There are many examples of automation, some of which I cover in some of the other steps in this article. Examples include:

  • Automatically following people back when the follow you
  • Automatic retweeting
  • Automatic mentioning
  • Automated direct messages and automated posts from another social media guru’s blog
  • Automatic posting to LinkedIn from another Network

Sure, some less experienced social media people use some of these techniques, but to be a true Social Media Guru, you must practice them all– all the time.


2. All Social Networks are the same  — Learn How to Cross Post

social-network-updatesSome people say you should treat all social networks differently. They say that each social network have different audiences and different ways of working. Of course you need to treat such inexperienced advice with the contempt it deserves– of course all social networks are the same! OK, Twitter only allows you 140 characters, but that shouldn’t stop you! It’s important to cross post to all your social networks at once including Twitter, LinkedIn (your profile, groups and company pages), Google+ (profile and pages).

To be particularly effective you should learn to use features that don’t exist in at least one of the social networks. This used to be fairly easy until Facebook decided to introduce hashtags. Nevertheless, hashtags and screen names should be used all the time, particularly when you post to LinkedIn. The fact that hashtags and screen names make no sense in LinkedIn shouldn’t put you off– remember, to shine forth your inner Guru, you need to impress your followers and connections with all the latest techniques. Your LinkedIn followers may not have a clue what your hashtags or screen names are referring to, but they will look up to you in total awe and respect since you obviously know your stuff!


3. Twitter Power Tip: Automatic Direct Messages

socialoomphDirect Messages are a powerful tool in the Social Media Guru’s tool kit. Use them frequently. Technically Twitter have a silly cap on how many messages you can send per day. However, since that number is 250, you can be pretty effective– especially when combined with automation. The most effective form of automated direct messages is the “auto DM on follow technique”. By using a service like the one from SocialOomph, whenever someone follows you on Twitter, you send them an automated direct message to “thank” them for following you.

You can give the impression that you are interested in them as a follower, by using phrases such as

“I look forward to reading your tweets”

or even using their username or real name in the tweet–

“Hey, Ian– thanks for following me!”.

To extend your Guru powers it’s also good to introduce spelling morphing techniques (some less experienced social media people call this “text speak” or even go as far as “spelling mistakes”). Always use “Thx” instead of “Thanks”. Remember, you only have 140 characters and you are busy.

Perhaps the most important lesson to learn in the automated direct message art is to blow your own trumpet. Remember– you are the centre of the universe (more on that later). Of course your followers are interested in your Facebook page or Pinterest profile– so get them to like it! To give you a start, here are some power phrases that will turbo charge you to automated dm light speed!:

“Hey, thx 4 following me iagdotme. Looking 4wards 2 reading yr tweets!!!!!”

“Thx for connecting. I’m more active on Facebook– let’s connect here– http://facebook.com/iagdotme”

“Thanks 4 following me. Looking forwards to knowing u. Like my Facebook Page »> http://facebook.com/iagdotme”

“Hi! Need some free stuff??? Check out our super awesome web page to win a free thing http://iag.me/”


Bonus Tip: LinkedIn Endorsements

LinkedIn Endorsements

LinkedIn Endorsements are incredibly valuable for every Social Media Guru. You should endeavour to build up the number of endorsements you have on your profile.  Combine this with Step 7 (Buy Reputation) to really power up your numbers. In addition you should endorse your connections. The key here is to endorse people for skills you have no idea whether they have or not. Don’t know whether your connection Brian is good at SEO? Just endorse him! The reasoning behind this is that you are encouraging Brian to endorse you back and so increasing your number. Sweet!

4. You are the Centre of the Universe - Communicate your amazingness!

universeAll Social Media Gurus instinctively know that they are the centre of the universe. However, it’s not enough to KNOW you are the centre of the universe– you need to communicate this and your total awesomeness to everyone you meet online.

Some inexperienced social media people regularly post links from their blog or website, or even recommend people check out something new. Unfortunately the fact that they only do this some of the time shows up their lack of self belief. To be truly effective here you must talk about yourself, your business, product or blog all the time.

Have a new testimony on your blog? Cross post to all your networks to get all your fans to check it out! Remember– you are incredibly important to your fans, followers and connections– so they are bound to drop everything they’re doing to check out your cool new testimony. Remember, it’s not enough to do this occasionally– you must ooze your importance in every social media update!

You should also think about your biography on your social networks and on your blog. Sell yourself– mention how wonderful and influential you are! A good test of how effective you are here is by seeing whether you would be comfortable describing yourself like this to someone in real life. For example, if someone asked me what I did for a living, I’d hardly reply that I was a “World Wide Social Media Guru Expert and Top Ranked Power Influencer”, but it’s different online! Examples of phrases to use are:

  • Social Media Guru”
  • Expert”
  • Global Expert”
  • Top Level”
  • Power Influencer”
  • World’s Number One”

5. Numbers are EVERYTHING!

followersAll Gurus are stats addicts– always chasing to increase their scores– checking them multiple times per day. In particular, you need to keep an eye on your Klout and Kred scores, Empire Avenue share price, number of fans on Facebook, number of followers on Twitter, subscribers on YouTube and number of people who have circled you in Google+. Never use tools like Commun.it that aim to build up your community. Forget about the people you want to reach within your networks or your core community– it’s the big numbers that count!


6. Your Klout Score is The Guru Score

Amazing Klout ScoreSpeaking of numbers… your Klout score IS literally everything. To be a true guru you need to be aiming for a score of at least 85/90. If you follow the other tips in this article such as cross posting and automation, this will certainly help.


Bonus Tip: Misuse #HashTags

Chris Messina might have invented the hashtag on Twitter back in 2007, but he had it all wrong. Using the # for groups? Didn’t he know hashtags are all about just looking cool? To be an effective Social Media Guru Master, you must use hashtags all the time, for no reason other than because, well, it looks cool and everyone else is doing it. Some social media people use hashtags to help with search, Twitter chats or to assign a tag or category. Avoid such tactics– just go hashtag mad!  

 

7. Power Tip: Buy Reputation

Buy Twitter FollowersSome time back, I wrote an article on “4 Reasons why you should NOT buy followers”. Honestly, I find it embarrassing looking back at the points I made. What utter drivel! Of course you should buy followers on Twitter, likes on Facebook– and in fact all your social networks! Remember what we covered in Step 5– numbers are everything! There are so many fantastic services out there which are willing to take your hard earned cash in return for hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of followers. Do it now– you’ll soon be able to show off your social stats with your head held high! Your followers will soon be in awe of you and treat everything you say with total respect.  Technically buying followers is against most of the major social networks’ terms and conditions– but don’t let that put you off– they’ll probably never find out. Do you really want the hard slog of building a community slowly over time– building up trust with actual human beings? Tshh, give me 100,000 automated spam bot followers on Twitter any day– it’s the making of the inner guru in you! An extra power tip is to use services like Empire Avenue to get people like and share your content. By spending money (either real currency or virtual) you can bribe people into liking and sharing your content. This is a great technique for the social media gurus out there. Make sure you get “just anyone” to share your content– it’s not about reaching the people who might be influenced by your content, you just want to have the maximum reach and highest share rates.  


 

8. Don’t Worry about design

geocities Seriously SocialYou could spend money on a professional looking website, business cards and general branding and identity, but quite frankly– what’s the point? I’ll come on to some more website power tips in a bit, but to be a true guru you should use some cool retro techniques for your website. Remember Geocities? The cluttered look is very effective– pack as much as you can on to the page.  If you use WordPress, this is particularly easy, since you can add as many widgets to your sidebar as you can. It might slow down your site a bit, but you’ll stun your website visitors with your amazing Guru Techniques! Your logo should be big and in your face. A special power tip here is to use a funky font like Comic Sans to give that cool look. Use pop ups, flash banners, splash screens and huge numbers of social plugins (I mean it!) Just remember– pack it all in– leave professional design to the boring corporate types.  


 

9. Don’t Worry about content

 

The internet, business, social media and marketing has nothing to do with content. Some people say “Content is the currency of the web”. As a Guru, you know that data is just a collection of 1s and 0s, so the quality of the content on your blog or social networks is not very important. With so much content on the web, it’s pointless trying to make your content stand out– you didn’t think people were actually going to read it did you?!   What is important here is to deliver LOTS of low quality content. Recycle titles and basically lift content from other blogs. Use popular news sites like Mashable and recycle their content (maybe change a few words just to be safe). Surprisingly, global brand Coco-Cola famously changed from being focused on “creative excellence” to “content excellence”. Cognitive Media who was behind this badly thought-through strategy seem to be under the impression that content is more important than just showing how amazing you are!  


 

10. Use ALL the social platforms

social networksAlmost everyone has heard of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, and a big number of heard of LinkedIn or even Google+. A true Social Media Guru doesn’t stop there– you must learn to have a presence on all social networks and master them. If this sounds like an onerous task, then remember steps 1 & 2– automation and cross posting are key here. At a basic minimum you should be using YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn (profile, groups and company page), Google+ (profile and page), Facebook (profile and pages), Instagram, Vine, Path, XeeMe, SoundCloud, Last FM, AudioBoo, app.net, Pinterest, Gentlemint, SnapChat, Flickr, 500px, Foursquare, Tumblr, Yammer and Vimeo– but that is just a basic minimum. A true guru needs to be at the front of the queue for all new social networks.


 

11. Become a Retweet Master

retweet masterYou  would be forgiven for thinking that the art of retweeting goes against some of the other points in this article. True, it’s important to give the impression that you are the centre of the universe and learn the art of one way communication, but retweeting is different. Retweeting gives a feigned impression that you are vaguely interested in what someone else has to say, but do this effectively as a Guru you need to learn the Guru Retweeting Guidelines. Firstly, you will be particularly effective if you retweet in bursts– perhaps 10 or 20 at a time. Nothing smacks of a true guru than a timeline full of retweets! Secondly NEVER read the articles in the tweets you retweet. Remember– you are busy or are at least giving the impression of being busy. True gurus never read articles they retweet.


 

12. Always Follow Back - the More the Better!

Follow BackUnfortunately Twitter has recently made some changes to their “Rules of the Road”- effectively their terms and conditions in which they now have outlawed the technique of auto follow back or bulk following. Auto follow back is the practice of automatically following back someone who follows you. Don’t let this perturb you! Remember, social media has the word “social” in it– so you need to connect with everyone on all the social platforms you are on (which of course is every single social network that exists). Some inexperienced social media “professionals” may tell you there is the potential of following large numbers of spammers, zombie accounts and people who have no interest in you– but as we’ve already discussed in point no.5– numbers are everything– so it doesn’t really matter. Previously you could use a tool such as SocialOomph to do the auto follow back, but they’ve stopped offering the service due to Twitter’s changes. Hopefully someone will come back with an app that replaces this as Twitter’s changes have only made the Guru’s job much more difficult.  


 

13. Do LION on LinkedIn

LIONThe acronym “LION” stands for “LinkedIn Open Networker”. It is the practice of connecting with people on LinkedIn that you’ve never met before in order to bridge networks of closed people. Technically the LinkedIn terms and conditions state that you should only send and accept connection requests from people you know, but social network terms and conditions are there to be broken! The true power of LIONs is to build up your network to an insane level (remembering of course that numbers are everything) and being able to connect with more influential people who were previously out of your network. These influential people who are now closer to becoming your connection will probably not connect with you or at least respond to any of your messages or InMails– but that is missing the point. The fact is, you’ve built up your network to Guru status and your connections will be in awe of the people in your 1st level connections list. A power tip is to put the “LION” in your name in LinkedIn– that way you’ll be showing off the fact that you will accept invitations from anyone. Again, technically this is against LinkedIn’s terms and conditions, but whatever…  


 

14. Pop Up your Web site

 

Jack in a Box Don’t click the Jack in a Box!

Forget web standards and in fact think about the sanity of your website visitors– a true Social Media Guru needs to Bling up their website. This means plenty of special effects and blockades as the visitor walks through your website (if they get past the first page). Ideas to look at implementing could be an initial splash screen or a gate technique to instantly get people to sign up to your newsletter when the visitor wants to view an article on your site. Use pop ups on every page (don’t give visitors the option for it to not appear next time) and use flash for snazzy effects (they won’t work on most mobile devices– but who browses the web on a phone?!) If you put a roadblock in front of your visitor at every point, they will soon just give up and sign up for your mailing list. It works every time– 100% guaranteed!  


 

15. It’s all about Selling

dollarSell, Sell, Sell! This should be your mantra. Forget people, forget everything– you are a selling machine! You need to pounce on everyone who visits your website as well as everyone you meet in real life. Shove your product or service in their faces– they NEED it! They WANT it! Your website should be just one big advertisement for your product or service– SELL IT!!!!!!!!. Make sure that people know that the only reason you are talking to them is because you want to sell them your latest thing. They’ll soon give in and become your latest customer.  


 

16. Hide behind your business — Be B2B or B2C

 

mark schaefer

Mark Schaefer coined the acronym “P2P

 

wallInternational author, professor, international speaker and marketing consultant Mark Schaefer talks about being people-centred in his book “The Tao of Twitter”. He says we should stop thinking of a business as “Business to Business” (B2B) or “Business to Consumer” (B2C) because people have a deep desire to connect and have a relationship with real people– i.e. Person to Person (P2P).  Mark Schaefer should be ashamed of himself for such “touchy feely” nonsense! To be a truly effective Social Media Guru, you should hide behind your corporate identity. It is also important to make sure that your corporate identity has nothing to do with you or your personality. Hide behind it and be corporate– people will be truly impressed by how professional you are!  


 

17. Never admit mistakes - You know Everything!

Nobody is Perfect except meYou can’t know everything, but as a true Guru you should never admit that! You should also NEVER admit any mistakes. How will anyone trust you if you admit that you are fallible? Do you want people to think you are but a mere mortal human being? They’re certainly not going to let you loose on their project! Some social media people suggest that admitting mistakes can create transparency and build trust, but this rule does not apply to Social Media Gurus. If you combine this with Step 4 (you being the centre of the universe) you will be particularly effective.  


 

18. Learn the Art of One Way Communication

One WayLeave listening to the low level social media types. You are too busy to listen to all the people on Twitter moaning about what they had for breakfast. You must launch into a long stream of shouts, rants and pearls of wisdom to your followers and fans. A useful technique is connecting a news feed to Twitter or Facebook so that there is a constant stream of one way content. People might occasionally reply to an update, but they’ll soon realise that you are far too important to respond to their petty comment. Another power tip is to link your Facebook page to Twitter and LinkedIn so that visitors are taken to the post on your Facebook page. You could use a social media management tool with a funky URL shortener to make the Facebook post look really cool. This will also have the advantage of hiding the site that the article is on– the visitor will so want to click on it to find out what it is.  


 

19. Always respond with just a few words or not at all

monosyllabicRemember, to be a Social Media Guru you must act like a Social Media Guru. You are very important– so act important. Once you rise up to the heights of a Social Media Guru you’ll soon receive large numbers of mentions on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn comments and emails. If you really must reply– do this selectively and with as few words as possible. You must give the impression that you are far too busy to deal with your fan base. This is particularly effective if a fan has sent you a very long email and you reply with just two words. You don’t want to give the impression that you care or want to build upon a relationship!


 

20. Hold Back on your Mystical Secrets

secretSocial Media, SEO and digital marketing are all dark arts– ones that require years of training in research from the University of Middle Earth. Always remember this! Never speak in plain English– you must confuse your website visitors and social media connections with strange mystical words such as “clickability”, “SoLoMo”, “big data”, “gamification”, “agile marketing”, “KPI”,“PPC”, “CPL”, and “ROI”. Never explain these words and always assume everyone knows what you are talking about with a virtual knowing smile. You should NEVER share your social media secrets with others on a blog– otherwise you’ll lose everything you have. Some people mistakenly say that sharing all your knowledge builds trust– but if you give everything away you’ll have nothing left and people will see the real you, which if you are a true Guru might not be all that pleasant.…

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About Ian Anderson Gray

Ian is a web developer, social media consulant & Partner of Select Performers. In real life he is a husband, dad, geek and runs a monthly tech meet up called Cheadle Geeks and a regular coworkers event called Cheadle Jelly. Find out more


Comments- Let me know what you think!

  • http://www.businessesgrow.com Mark W. Schaefer

    Breath-taking! : ) Good job!

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Thanks, Mark. Couldn’t resist it! ;-)

  • Irina Wiedemann

    Very entertaining article! Recently I decided to concentrate on just one or two social media to be able to build real relationships with my community… BEFORE I read this…
    Thank you for inspiring me to become another social media guru as the world desperately needs more of “us” :)

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Excellent! Glad you’ve seen the error of your ways and seen that building real relationships as pointless. Us Guru’s need to stick together…! ;-)

  • http://ClinicalPosters.com/ ClinicalPosters

    Very cleverly organized. Apparently the point is how many steps must be read to realize the satire. Shame if you’ve gotten beyond 14. :)

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Haha! So, you’re saying this article was satirical?! ;-)
      Have you clicked on the Jack in a Box yet?

      • http://ClinicalPosters.com/ ClinicalPosters

        Red flag went up on #1. Confirmed on #2. Read a few more for enjoyment. Stopped about half way.

        • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

          Well, I hope I made you smile! :-)

  • http://www.soloadverts.com/ Adrian Jock

    Funny. And it’s even funnier that some of the social media “experts” from Top X Forbes do some of those No-No things ;-) I’m waiting for Twitter to disable some of these experts’ accounts for breaking the new “Automation rules and best practices” updated one week ago LOL

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Hi Adrian– glad you found it funny! The article was written on many many examples in the wild. My Twitter inbox was continually swamped by auto direct messages most of which were meaningless– in fact it drove me to build my own spam filter! In the end I felt compelled to write this article– but I have to say I really enjoyed writing it!

      Having said that, I think Twitter’s changes to their rules lacks clarity. What does “bulk follow/unfollow” mean? I actually think bulk follow or unfollow can work if done in a measured way. I am less convinced my auto follow back– certainly a blanket “always follow back” rule, because you’ll end up with loads of spammy followers. However it can work if done in a measured way. It doesn’t matter now since Twitter have outlawed the practice. If Twitter were going to ban something they should really have banned auto DM on follow. If they had, it would be a better world to live in!

  • http://www.commun.it SharelOmer

    Loved it…

    People keep thinking that social media is all about numbers, this post make us all think about what really important. juke aside, the real challenge we face everyday is to find a true and honest way to scale the way you build meaningful personal relationships…this should lead to more business and growth.. but very hard to do with minimal resources.

    Go Ian! another great one. and good luck with Twolls from the Commun.it team — please tell if we can help.

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Thanks, Sharel– glad you liked the article. All based on real life examples! ;-)

      The truth is, we can all play the numbers game. That’s why Commun.it is a tool that gets us all back on track– engaging with our community– REAL people– and the people that matter!

  • http://keepupwiththeweb.com Sherryl Perry

    Fun read in addition to being cleverly written Ian. I’ve shared it where I could so others can enjoy it too!

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Thanks, Sherryl– very kind! However, I have to say, you’ve already broken one of the steps to becoming a Social Media Guru. Don’t share other people’s content! ;-) Ha ha!

      • http://keepupwiththeweb.com Sherryl Perry

        LOL — I guess I’m just not destined to become one!

  • http://www.randyhilarski.com/ Randy Hilarski

    That was by far the most entertaining article I read in a while. I started out thinking, this guy is an idiot! Thank you for the laughs. Genius!!!

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Glad you enjoyed it! At least you got there in the end. There was a long discussion on Twitter between a couple of people who couldn’t understand why all the points in the article wer wrong! Made me laugh.

  • Ashley Faulkes

    Took me a minute to realise the sarcasm. (I live in a country that does not value it). I sometimes look at my DMs on Twitter and think what the hey, really do I care. This is a nice reminder for us all to be a bit more present!!

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Good– glad you saw the irony/sarcasm. Are people never sarcastic where you are? I thought it would be much better (and more entertaining) if I used humour/humor to highlight real life social media bad practices.

  • http://www.2yardsmedia.co.uk/ Pan Aveyard

    Damn!! I knew I was doing something wrong.
    I’ve had pesky individuals wanting to talk to me, I’ll have to stop that off straight away.

    Keep up the good work. (even though you won’t read this anyway)

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Well, although I am an incredibly busy person, I will reply to you.
      I am glad you’ve seen the light– you’re already on the right path to becoming a True Social Media Guru!
      ;-)

  • Gopakumar Rajan

    Thanks for sharing the secrets, great info.

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Thanks, Gopakumar. Just keep those secrets to yourself! ;-)

  • Casey Fahey

    Great stuff, nice job!

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Thanks, Casey. Hope you enjoyed it.

  • Sapna

    I absolutely LOVED the ending statement of #16. Truly well-written and hilarious!

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      So glad you enjoyed it, Sapna! Thanks. :-)

  • http://innovationimitation.com/ Mike Polischuk

    Really sharp and funny :) Great one, Ian!

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Thanks, Mike. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jorgen Poulsen

    I have just implemented all 20 and I already feel so much more important. Thank you so much Ian ;)

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      I am so glad I’ve helped you reach the heights, Jorgen. Get those hashtags elongated! Set, automate and forget. Rinse and repeat. ;-)

  • http://printfirm.com/ Katherine Tattersfield

    I’m disappointed that this article doesn’t mention Guy Kawasaki. Surely his experience would be invaluable given the topic. I mean, you didn’t even mention getting virtual assistants to orchestrate all the automation. For shame!

  • disqus_W4KjfaOksA

    Am I missing something? Are you serious? I am assuming that this is a tongue-in-cheek post trying to illustrate everything that you shouldn’t do. Tell me I’m right.

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Yes, there might have been a “tad” of irony in the article! ;-)

      I didn’t use the word “guru” for nothing! I probably should have put the word “Irony” or “humor” in the title, but where would the subtlety be in that?

      Hope you enjoyed it.

      • disqus_W4KjfaOksA

        Thank goodness for that, Ian. Yes, it was good. However, knowing a few people who practice many of the tactics mentioned, I suspect that if they they read the article, they’d pin it to the wall as a guide to social media. Scary.

  • Brent White

    WOW, what an all inclusive list. I really learned a lot today and appreciate you sharing all this great and valuable (time saving) information with us.
    Brent White

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      You did realise the post was ironic didn’t you?! ;-)

  • ioanna aggelidaki

    You had me at “Guru”, pissed me off by #10, until I finally got the whole point.….….… Very interesting and well written, you totally got me! :)

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Hi Ioanna. I’m really impressed you managed to get to #10! The worrying thing is that there are still many examples of people doing some or all of these points!

      • ioanna aggelidaki

        Even just the title, on it’s own, is provoking. Gurus and wizards belong in the fairy tales, and anyone claiming that he/she is one, then probably there is a hole in the matter… Still it makes you want to read it, so good choice there! ;) Yes i know, some people actually fall for this kind of advice.
        It takes more than a to-do list to become an expert, of course if you are a wizard then you have all your problems solved! :P

  • http://britesocial.com/ Steve Mullen

    Great post. This comment is automated, so I have taken the first step to true social media guru greatness.… hmm, can i buy the rest, I dont have time.

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      I know I am breaking quite a few guru rules in responding to you, but I #just #wanted to #congratulate you for your automated response. Just buy your followers and then get virtual assistants or automate the rest. Then book your villa by the beach and watch the money roll in.…! ;-)

  • Matthew Bailey

    I stopped reading for realistic tips around #3… by the time I got to #20 I was giggling like a little kid and my boss had to come over and check it out! Kudos!

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      So tips #1 — #3 were realistic?! ;-)

      Glad I made you all laugh. It was supposed to be a funny article but with a serious point– there are still many people (worryingly) out there that put some of these “tips” into practice!

      • Matthew Bailey

        ha! sorry for the LONG wait on a reply! As I got to #3, I got the sarcastic side… and was please to realize you werenʻt a complete nincompoop! haha Great article, I still refer back to it every so often with new clients!

        • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

          No problem! Glad you got it– you were quicker at realising the sarcasm than some! :-)

  • Matthew Whetton

    My favourite comment is “Make sure that people know that the only reason you are talking to them is because you want to sell them your latest thing”

  • Jan Futtrup

    found myself building up a bit of a “harm feeling” … and now I see the point! Love the article! GREAT LOL

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Hi Jan, thanks. Glad you saw the point in the end! :-)

  • drew lussier

    where can i find a practical list of how to become a true social media rocket surgeon?

  • Tiwanna Lynn K.

    This article was by far the best article I have read so far about becoming a social media guru. I must admit even with the seriousness of this content, I found some parts hilarious but mostly educational and entertaining. Now that I have my batman cape on I feel like a brand new person. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article with you viewers. Now I must sell sell sell! lol

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      So glad you found the article helpful in your path to social media guru awesomeness! :-)

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  • May

    At first, I started to be angry to such an article, then I realize after a few piece of ‘advice’ how ironical it was.

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      Thanks, May. Sorry to have made you angry, but hopefully made you laugh in the end!

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