Thursday, July 26, 2012

Facebook Promoting: OK or Self Whoreing?

“Hey there look at me! I’m great! I’m eating cheese!” - This is basically the gist of Facebook. People giving virtual updates of their lives making us all feel more connected. But what once started out as a simple and addictive social network site has now also blossomed into a promotional weapon.

Success at social media has almost become a requirement for the success of your business and/or projects. I’m no business jockey but I’m pretty sure these graphs I found on the internet are demonstrating this:


 
Ah yes percentages. Percentages are very important.


The arrow is going upwards. Upward arrows are the most desired of all the arrows.


Umm... not sure about this one.

Every company and product now seems to have a Facebook page and more and more people are now using it for promoting their own personal businesses and/or projects. Don’t get me wrong, I like Facebook. I like seeing what friends and family are up to and I like “liking” stuff. But I also am concerned about it turning into a constant feed of people promoting things.

So Pat, what are your thoughts on people promoting stuff on Facebook? Is it OK or is it incredibly obnoxious? Oh and by the way, dearest readers, if you haven’t already, we would love it if you went over and checked out our PCPPP Facebook page and “like” us. Here’s a link!

Pat:  I don’t know. I really only use Facebook the way I used the phone from ages 10-14--to prank people. It doesn’t work to do the whole “Hey, did you know your refrigerator is running?” routine, but it IS really fun to send incredibly verbally threatening messages to complete strangers. Then I message them back after a few days and say, “Nah, I was just fucking with you...want to send me a friend request? LOL!”

Are you suggesting that I could do that for money?

Christian: *Sigh* No. And I wish you would stop sending me those friend requests.

I want to know where the fine line between promoting yourself a reasonable amount and promoting yourself way too much on Facebook lies. Speaking of Facebook, we have a Facebook page which you can find right here. You should head over there and “like” our page. It will change your life in ways you can’t even begin to imagine. Or not at all. Definitely one or the other.

Pat: I think you might have just found that line.

I think that line might also lie somewhere between the following two completely fictitious posts:

“Whew...just ran four miles at a PR setting pace. Felt GREAT! Can’t wait to do it again!”

-- or --

“Whew...just ran four miles at a PR setting pace. Felt GREAT! Can’t wait to take a shower...wanna’ join me?”

Clear it up for you?

Christian: I wasn’t so much thinking along the lines of trying to get people to shower with you. I was more thinking along the lines of people that use facebook to promote their own small business or the crafts they are selling or promoting shows that their bands are playing or promoting their blog’s facebook page like the one we have here that people can go to and “like”.

Don’t get me wrong. I have no problems with these people. I see Facebook as one big promotion of oneself. Whether you’re promoting your new craft business or letting us know the turkey on your sandwich is too dry, I don’t really see a difference.

But I will admit I do get self concious when promoting something of my own. Like our blog, whose facebook page can be found here, here, here, and here. Or here. And is available for “liking”. I find that I look at facebook a lot but don’t really update my status much except to promote PCPPP even though it has it’s own facebook page here or here.

Part of me feels guilty that often my only communication with my facebook “friends” is just me posting a link to a new post of ours. However if they had just went to our facebook page here and “liked” it, I wouldn’t need to use my personal account to inform them of new posts so maybe they are to blame here. What do you think?

Pat:  Christian, I need help. I now have 12 tabs open on my internet because of all of the underlined things that you mentioned. Can you help me tidy things up before I answer your question. It’s really distracting.

Hey...wait! All of the eleven tabs that just opened all say the same thing. They all show that pegacorn thing from our blog on Facebook. Goddamnit...what the fuck did you do to my computer?

Christian: Sounds like you are having a great time! Right Pat? Something you would recommend every else doing too right? Right. Here’s a link.

So yes there is definitely a thing as too much promoting. But we promise you, our dearest cherished readers, that you won’t regret “liking” our facebook page which you can do here. We don’t even come close to overdoing it with the promotional thing and we periodically give away chances to win free compliments via trivia, which has been hugely popular with the two or three people that have won.

Even if you are one of the many that find our blog after searching for “sexy pictures of Mary Lou Retton” or “nicely cut grass” we recommend liking our facebook page. Granted you must be very disappointed with what you have found here but maybe the silver lining is that you end up “liking” a really great facebook page. Or at least end up making us happy. And really that’s what Mary Lou would want most.

And even if you are one of those sickos that keep finding our blog by searching for “cat on rabbit action” we also recommend liking our facebook page. Just please don’t ever post anything on there.

And while everyone is at it you should all probably follow us on twitter here and do the whole google friend connect thing by clicking on that “Join this site” button off to the right. Again, we highly recommend it.

For those of you that have already “Joined this site” or at least think you have, it should be noted that we were recently informed by the lovely and very funny Robyn from Hallow Tree Ventures that our google friend connect thing hasn’t been consistently working in the past. Apparently it acted as if you had joined but you really hadn’t. Therefore if you think you have done this already or think you have never done it, you should do it again now. We suggest you keep doing it until you see your little icon show up amongst the others. We recommend continuous trying until success or until three days have transpired. Thank you.

Here’s a link to our facebook page.

38 comments:

  1. Ok, I get it. I liked you guys... lol

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  2. And now I feel bad for never putting my FB link in my posts when I should, clearly, be putting it in there fourteen times... I'm failing at this blogging thing.

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    1. Be warned, if this plan ends up working be prepared to read nothing but posts about liking our Facebook page. And Scotch.

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  3. Funny that people found your blog searching for sexy Mary Lou Retton. Somehow people find my blog searching for Dominque Dawes Camel Toe. I wish I was kidding, but there it is, on my site stat page. SIX times.

    In other news, do you have a Facebook page I can like?

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    1. It's crazy isn't it? I could never in a million years come up with stuff that is as funny or random as the search hits that find our blog. And I'm assuming that pretty much goes for everyone's blog.

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  4. As someone who liked your page before you told me to like it eleventy hundred times I feel it's ok to point out that I don't think whoring should have an E in it.

    Also, it's pegicorn. With an I not an A.

    And? Its' Hollow not Hallow.

    One thing we can all agree on is the upward arrow *is* the best. And you both may be a little bit high right now.

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    1. That's funny that you mention pegacorn (the others not funny at all), because Pat and I have had a discussion on the correct spelling of this mystical beast. We actually talked about doing a post about it when we first started PCPPP but forgot about it. He thinks it should be pegacorn and I say pegicorn. We'll have to go ahead and write that post. Thanks for reminding us!

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  5. I try to stick with topics of interest, like shrunken head lawn bowling, and crop myself into photos with interesting backgrounds, like the Taj Mahal or a group of penguins.

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    1. You my sir are what's keeping the internet from just being a fad.

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  6. I've won free compliments from their Facebook page, and I like to pack them up and put them away to save them for a day someone insults me so I can balance things out. I highly recommend it.

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    1. Thanks for the endorsement! And just so you know those compliments are non-refundable. So remember, if you never end up using them, you can't return them.

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  7. I am wondering about other occasions one might have to write about whoring and how did Tumbleweed know the correct spelling (which I felt compelled to look up to confirm it was correct). This is already too much energy expended on this post. I'm done.

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    1. I didn't *really*know it. That E just spoke to me in a wrongly weird way and before you know it the others jumped out and attacked me...but all this may be some ironic/secretive/ plot twist that Christian put in there just to see who would point it out, thus exposing me as a word nerd and possible psychopath.

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    2. @Marian We are doing our best to not have any of our readers learn anything from our blog but if you go out and look something up we can't be held responsible for that.

      @Tumbleweed Caught you!

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  8. You know I already liked you guys before you called me lovely and funny and brilliant and queen of all the things. I'll check to make sure google still knows I like you, since it screwed with me before. I heartily look forward to your Facebook post about hollow whoring pegicorns, and to you passing around some of whatever you're smoking.

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    1. That's hilarious. You, Tumbleweed and I should totally start a blog called Hollow Whoring Pegicorns. It can be about salad dressing recipes or something.

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    2. THAT is a blog I would read.

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  9. That was funnier without the typo, whores

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  10. I, perhaps shamelessly, run an ad on Facebook when I feel like things are getting stale. I'll instantly get as many new followers as I want at about .35 each. Then I turn it off. Works really well. Also, I have a popup on my blog that asks new visitors to like me right then and there that has helped a bit too. What the heck. People don't know you're there unless you show them!

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    1. I've been very curious about those Facebook ads. I think we have a free $50 of adds or something and I've heard other positive feedback too. I need to try that out. And I totally agree with your "People don't know you're there unless you show them!" comment.

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  11. I just want to know where you, Pat, and the Pegicorn weigh in on the Chick-Fil-A boycott.

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    1. I am totally for it. And I'm guessing Pat and the Pegicorn are too. I plan on eating a lot of Burger King to do my part.

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  12. I agree with you. I totally hate people that go around self-promoting, they're all, "Hey! buy this thing that I am involved with! buy that thing that I came up with! I am great, and you need to give me money!" It is so, like, annoying.

    Uhhhh, while I am here, I thought I would mention that I wrote a book and that you might want to buy it. It is $15, but for you I would only charge $20. Here is the link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Moms-Had-Rough-Day-Collection/dp/1466214260/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323029095&sr=1-1

    Make sure you check it out! And buy it! It is really great!

    And thank you for posting about losers who self-promote too much. Yeah, they really get under my skin.

    best,
    MOV

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    1. Let's just be glad there isn't any of that kind of riff-raff around here.

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  13. A little mired in all the tabs I have up right now, but would definitely go with whoring--though seems to be super socially-acceptable right now, so I think it's okay ;)

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  14. This is hysterical! I love the upward arrow...LOL! And the comments are almost as good as the post. I am visiting from the operation funny thing. This is the best one I have read by far!
    Also? I will go like you on facebook now. :)
    Devan (I didn't even notice the spelling issues...just lazy I guess)

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    1. Thanks so much! Instead of "spelling issues", I prefer the term "creative letter placement".

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  15. OMG. Hysterical. If people didn't like you after that, you might have issues? Off to go find your Facebook page. Found through the blog hop :)

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  16. I tried to finish reading before checking out your Facebook page, but by the eighth link suggestion, I was completely indoctrinated. Definitely the best hypnotizing Facebook solicitation post I've ever read!

    -Amy

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    1. Thanks! Hypnotizing marketing schemes are something we are looking more into for the blog.

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  17. Shit! I will consider this self-promotion thing. Great advice!

    And 12 tabs open is for wussies. Pegacorn up! I have 45 open. My laptop wishes I was kidding.

    Thank you for linking up, our male counter-part part part. Ellen

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    1. Let's see if you can get it up to 75.

      Thanks for creating the link up!

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