Austin Texas Real Estate Blog

head_left_image

Are you the Barney Fife of Social Media?


When I was a kid, my grandfather would pick me up from school most days, and we would hang out all afternoon until my mom came to pick me up from his house. He would usually make me some macaroni and cheese, or some (rather amazing) home-style fries. While we were together, we’d watch TV, typically old shows that were in syndication, like “Gilligan’s Island”, or “Father Knows Best”. One of my favorites was “The Andy Griffith Show”, and I can still whistle the theme song pretty well, truth be told.

In case you’re not already familiar with the characters, Barney Fife was played by Don Knotts, and he was the bumbling deputy to the supremely calm sheriff Andy Taylor, played by Griffith himself. Along with his hilarious and goofy manner, one of the more memorable things about Barney was how he handled his firearm. As a law enforcement officer in tiny (and fictional) Mayberry, North Carolina, there was never much need for a gun, so Barney kept his bullet(s) in his front pocket. Despite some big talk, Barney was not that well-equipped in the courage department, either.

Needless to say, whenever he thought he might need to use it, he had a tough time getting his gun loaded quickly, and it made for some funny and clumsy slapstick comedy.

With Barney in mind, have you found yourself content to leave your bullets in your pocket? Are you using new media tools fully, or shying away from some stuff because it seems pointless or even scary? I can emphatically state that I felt less-than-thrilled about Facebook, Twitter, and even blogging before I started using them actively. Each of them has its benefits and drawbacks, of course, but they have each brought me real-world dollars, so I can’t ignore that.

A couple of quick words of general advice about using social media:

1. Be persistent. It may take time for your efforts to pay off. Set the appropriate expectations for yourself. If you stick with it, opportunities will likely surface.
2. Be yourself. Yes, really. It’s that simple. If you meet an online friend for the first time, and it feels like you’re meeting an old friend, you’re doing it right.
3. Don’t oversell anything. If you think of new media tools in terms of real-life networking, give some sincere thought to how often you “pitch” your services. No one wants to be “that guy” or “that lady” that people dread seeing or talking to because he/she is always working a business angle.

Social media has presented all of us with an interesting opportunity. In 1998, when I started my first website for my real estate business, people acted like it was a strange idea, and a waste of time. Since then, we’ve had many millions of dollars in sales from that site. I see the same pattern emerging today with new media tools. I still hear stuff like, “What good does being on Twitter do for you?” or “Why do I need a blog anyway?”. These are the same folks who will be kicking themselves (some already are) for not acting sooner and using the FREE online tools available to them for promoting their brand/business.

Don’t be a Barney. Be prepared when opportunities arise. Social media is one such opportunity.

 

Originally posted at 210 Consulting - Social Media Strategy.

 

If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

Comment balloon 52 commentsJason Crouch • December 22 2010 11:28PM
Are you the Barney Fife of Social Media?
share
When I was a kid, my grandfather would pick me up from school most days, and we would hang out all afternoon until my mom came to pick me up from his house. He would usually make me some macaroni and cheese, or some (rather… more
Candid Video of My Incredibly Cute 20-Month Old Daughter
share
I recently upgraded my iPhone so that I finally have video capability without the need to carry an extra device when I'm out and about. Most of the footage I've captured so far is of my kiddos. I just wanted to share this video of our youngest… more
The Phone Call Challenge - I Promise It Works!
share
Earlier today on Social Media Edge (our long-running podcast), we were discussing the importance of connecting "in real life" with our online friends. This includes both phone conversations and face-to-face time. I've said many… more
RainCamp Houston: Humbled and Armed With Direction For 2011
share
Bill spent a good deal of time and effort putting together a great post about Raincamp Houston, which I attended on Monday (see below). I was thankful that I got a chance to be on stage with Bob Stewart for 35-40 minutes while he interviewed… more
"All Things Google" - FREE Webinar - December 8th at 11am…
share
If you have an hour to spend on Wednesday morning, I would like to encourage you to join us for a free webinar about Google tools. Google has done a phenomenal job of creating useful platforms and ideas, none of which cost a thing, and many of which… more