Social media sometimes means engaging in difficult discussions
User engagement isn’t always rainbows and unicorns
By Rose Reinert
Good morning! Last week we discussed chapter 14 of The Social Media Bible, which focused on webinars and online radio. This week, I am veering from my normal review of Lon Safko’s book and sharing a bit about my recent experience with Social Media – for better or worse.
As part of my current role as a Community Outreach Liaison, I oversee the planning, posting and monitoring of my agency’s Facebook Page. The experience has been fun and challenging.
I have a secret to share. As I have walked you all through the The Social Media Bible, I too have learned so much on how to improve my posting and engagement for my agency. So, I have gotten creative, shared links and posted photos and videos to better engage and attract attention from our followers.
Well, this past week I experienced first hand what it means to embrace this communication tool for better or worse.
Over the weeks, I have written all about how social media is a tool that:
- ensues two-way communication
- provides an opportunity for open communication
- builds trust
All sounds wonderful doesn’t it?
Well . . . sometimes . . . the truth hurts.
Recently, I received a clear and urgent email from my boss saying:
“There are negative comments on our Facebook page. Delete them and let me know when you do.”
Upon further investigation, I discovered some negative reviews, and these were not gentle notes of dissatisfaction. These posts were very detailed, passionate negative reviews from those who we had clearly failed. Despite my better judgment, I posted an apologetic response on each of the reviews, of which some were months old.
The following details are blurry, but let’s just say the untimely response threw gasoline on a fire.
Here is what I learned. If you enter the Social Media realm:
- You must accept, for better or worse, feedback.
- Having a clear plan and strategy for responding to negative and positive reviews as well as run-of-the-mill comments is critical.
- Approach your job with an understand that you cannot please everyone.
- Despite the potential for negative feedback, the opportunity for enhanced engagement and communication through social media outweighs the risks
So, like any good life lesson, I pick-up, learn, and move on.