When I first started at Epic New Media back in August, I kept going back and forth with myself about which social media profiles I should use and link to – do I become a ‘professional’ or do I be ‘myself’.
I did create a ‘professional’ Twitter account about a month into my new position at Epic, but I didn’t like it and soon stopped using it before deciding to go with the ‘me’ approach. I’m just a human being like any of my clients – I have a sense of humour, I occasionally post silly shit and occasionally swear.
Keeping it Real
I don’t like the substance within business – I find it so very fake and strange to deal with.
I simply enjoy marketing and I’m good at it, and that’s it. I don’t like sales talk and sprinkling sugar on things to make the eyeballs of clients glaze over, nor do I care for dressing to impress others. Luckily, digital agencies usually have a casual thing going on – I like that, so we can dress how we’re most comfortable.
My very first meeting with a potential client was nerve-racking, but it went really well – I kept it real, cut out the bullshit and just told him how I can help him solve his problems. That’s all that is required.
General Tweets vs. Professional Tweets
Again, this is one that I wasn’t sure of – do I post things related to my job and marketing only or do I show off my sense of humour and personality so that people can connect with a ‘real’ person?
My bosses cringe at the very thought of people seeing my tweets, and that’s why I added that standard “views are my own” bullshit just in case people think they, or their company as a whole, agrees or approves of the opinions I have, pictures I tweet or crazy things I occasionally (often) will say.
If you follow me on Twitter, you will usually find me tweeting about TV shows such as X Factor, EastEnders, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Documentaries (geek) among other things. You’ll also find your news feed filled with MMA (mixed martial arts) related tweets when I pull my frequent all nighters to watch UFC events – I’m a huge fan! And, of course, I will occasionally be tweeting links to my blogs (like this one) to balance things.
Marty Rogers – Normal Guy / Geek
I guess the point I’m trying to make is that I’m just a normal guy and I want to be perceived and received as such, whether that be on the internet or in the real world. I don’t want to be anything more.
I get up every morning, leave for work at 7:30am and head home at 6:00pm where I then have my chicken dinosaurs with BBQ beans and chips followed by a lovely hot bubble bath. I will then chill out and watch TV with my girlfriend whilst probably writing a blog or two for my own websites. Oh the life of a king!
The important thing to note is that I’m completely happy with the world knowing these things – friends, colleagues or clients. That’s exactly what I have chosen to stick with my personal social media accounts rather than turning into a robot, although, if I were a sales person that would probably be a necessary action – but, thankfully I’m not and I never will be. I’m just a happy guy with a passion for marketing.
You can follow me on Twitter @martyrogers for plenty of stupid tweets!
Happy days! :)