12 Social Media Tips From 1936


Often I tell clients about the most amazing social media book ever written. We might be talking about ratings or strategic direct mail or telemarketing campaigns or even their direct social media campaigns. This book is good for a lot of people. People I talk to about the book also often can’t believe it when I tell them when it was written: 1936. That’s because people always like to think the best thinking is being done now. Some of it is, but sometimes learning from the past has a relevant value that is more than “fresh news from the front” (which is often wrong). The book I reference is well known. It’s Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends & Influence People.

If you view the book through today’s social media view, you might:

  1. Be open to new ideas, visions, or viewpoints of others.
  2. Eliminate criticism and complaining.
  3. Give appreciation.
  4. Arouse an eager want in other people.
  5. Be genuinely interested in other people.
  6. Be a good listener.
  7. Make the other person feel important (sincerely).
  8. Show respect for the opinion of others.
  9. Be responsible.
  10. Challenge others in a positive way.
  11. Ask questions.
  12. Pay little attentions.

Notice where the focus is in each of the 12.

Twelve things that can change your relationship — and grow your relationship — with the audience you most want to attract and engage in your social media, straight out of 1936.

You should know that today’s world is largely focused on eyes, smartphones, smart devices. The world is changing, shifting, and moving…but it is mobile and highly visual. That’s not going to change. It will continue. You’ve got that part, right? Take the things above and apply them along with what you know about your audience to the prize:  being the most relevant entertainment and information element in their mobile lives 24/7 on the radio and in their chosen social media.

Helping them.

Making them feel smart for sharing your social media content.

Being highly visual.

And bringing them back to the brands your company owns.

That’s local radio. That’s how you benefit today.


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