Be a social media rockstarSo you want to be a social media rockstar?

You want to get your Klout score to that magical 100, and get free trips to Disneyland and have everything you say shared across Twitter and Facebook even when it’s nothing interesting?

Worry no more – help is at hand.

Below you’ll find all you need to know to become a bona-fide social media rock star, with insights from some folks over at my Facebook page who were kind enough to offer their advice.

Pimp Up That Bio!

No self-respecting social media rock star can have a normal, boring, everyday bio. Instead, you need to make sure that we mere mortals know how amazing you are.

So dump your Twitter bio description and insert words like “guru”, “ninja”, “jedi”, “rock star”, and my absolute favourite, “interactive jedi”. Get these in your bio today and watch your followers swoon.

Turn Your Blog Into a Book

Back in the day, to be a published author you needed to write an original manuscript. Whether it was a work of fiction or non-fiction, you needed to sit down for months and craft the story and progression of the plot points or ideas.

Thanks to social media, though, now you can just gather a bunch of non-related blog posts together, add in a foreword that makes them seem related, and have other social media rock stars write wonderful things about your blog book. Genius – thank you social media!

These are two tips that I can think of, but since I’m not a social media rock star I know there are many more. So I asked folks over at my Facebook page, and here are their answers.

  • Tamara McPherson: “Steal other people’s tweets or links without crediting the originator.” (This is great for making you look like a thought leader – DB).
  • Molly Cantrell-Kraig: “Collect conference badges and tweet lots of pictures of you wearing them.”
  • Justin Goldsborough: “Make sure you are holding a guitar – even a Wii Rock Band one – in your profile pic.”
  • Geoff Livingston: “Mention the word ‘I’ at least three times in every opening blog paragraph.”
  • Jay Dolan: “Spread the social media love and only say positive things.” (Something Jay does very well over at his blog – DB).
  • Sherry Kerr: “Talk about nothing but social media, talk about talking about social media, talk only to other social media rockstars, talk down to us non-rockstars.”
  • Eileen Marable: “Write everything with verses and a bridge.”
  • Michael Schechter: “Talk about yourself in third person.”
  • Clay Morgan: “Declare EVERY SINGLE NEW social media tool as the next big thing. Until next week, when something else will be released.”

So there you have it – the guaranteed way to becoming a social media rockstar. Now you can get all the free Klout perks you want, and be asked for quotes on the next round of social media books that you don’t need to read to recommend.

Of course, you could ignore all the advice above and just be a regular person getting on with your job and making your clients or employer successful. But why would you want to do that..?

How about you – any tips for us on becoming a social media rock star? Let’s be having them!

image: wader

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Danny Brown
Co-author Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing. #1 marketing blog in world as per HubSpot. Husband. Father. Optimist. Pragmatist. Never says no to a good single malt. You can find me on Twitter - Google+ - LinkedIn.

210 comments
Aaron Eden
Aaron Eden

Ohhh Danny! Great tips there huh! But, I love the second tip and I prefer that than to the Tip#1. Imagine, there are a lot of self-proclaimed gurus and rock-stars today and I wonder if they really deserve the "title". ahahah.

Aaron Eden
Aaron Eden

Ohhh Danny! Great tips there huh! But, I love the second tip and I prefer that than to the Tip#1. Imagine, there are a lot of self-proclaimed gurus and rock-stars today and I wonder if they really deserve the "title". ahahah.

Samantha
Samantha

Hiya Danny,
I'm new to your blog and am enjoying it, thanks... I felt it important to note that I'm already a rockstar in my own mind, and in my email, but, in Social Media-land, I'm a maven... I like to be unique :)
S.

Samantha
Samantha

Hiya Danny, I'm new to your blog and am enjoying it, thanks... I felt it important to note that I'm already a rockstar in my own mind, and in my email, but, in Social Media-land, I'm a maven... I like to be unique :) S.

Yannick
Yannick

Hi there, your post made my day:) (aaaaaw)

Im making a new weblog about next week, is it possible to 'rockstarrify' my blog?:) or should i have to hire you guys to post some rockstar-reply's/tweets about my blog?:D

Yannick
Yannick

Hi there, your post made my day:) (aaaaaw) Im making a new weblog about next week, is it possible to 'rockstarrify' my blog?:) or should i have to hire you guys to post some rockstar-reply's/tweets about my blog?:D

InspiroHost
InspiroHost

Being a social media marketer, it needs to have patience, hard work and perseverance. Knows what the customer needs.

InspiroHost
InspiroHost

Being a social media marketer, it needs to have patience, hard work and perseverance. Knows what the customer needs.

Kapil
Kapil

I really figuring out on this part of social media marketing...I do agree with it, however, need to go deep inside of these techniques to create a rocking social media campaign.

Kapil
Kapil

I really figuring out on this part of social media marketing...I do agree with it, however, need to go deep inside of these techniques to create a rocking social media campaign.

Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion
Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion

This was an absolute hoot Danny. If I was feeling more intelligent today, I'd add a witty comment, but I'll just simply say this gave me a big, fat grin the whole time I was reading it.

Thank you.

Marcus

Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion
Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion

This was an absolute hoot Danny. If I was feeling more intelligent today, I'd add a witty comment, but I'll just simply say this gave me a big, fat grin the whole time I was reading it. Thank you. Marcus

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

On a side note, Danny, any reason you linked your Facebook friends (or pages, depending who commented on your wall) to their Twitter accounts?

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

On a side note, Danny, any reason you linked your Facebook friends (or pages, depending who commented on your wall) to their Twitter accounts?

Barney
Barney

Hi Danny and all commentators!

Nothing to add to this except to say thanks for the laugh all - it's been a tough Monday!

Cheers
Barney

Barney
Barney

Hi Danny and all commentators! Nothing to add to this except to say thanks for the laugh all - it's been a tough Monday! Cheers Barney

Margie Clayman (@margeclayman)
Margie Clayman (@margeclayman)

Even though people who tweet or retweet things about themselves drive me nuts, I sometimes find myself in the following pickle:

A person writes a really strong, well thought-out blog post. They happen to reference me or a post I've written, maybe with some other folks. I generally retweet posts that I think could benefit my community, but I actually tend not to tweet out posts like that (though I do comment) because I feel like people would say, "Oh man, just tweeting so we see her name in lights." Then I feel like a jerk for not promoting a well-written post.

As Ron Burgundy would say, "I am in a pickle!"

How do you handle situations like that?

Margie Clayman (@margeclayman)
Margie Clayman (@margeclayman)

Even though people who tweet or retweet things about themselves drive me nuts, I sometimes find myself in the following pickle: A person writes a really strong, well thought-out blog post. They happen to reference me or a post I've written, maybe with some other folks. I generally retweet posts that I think could benefit my community, but I actually tend not to tweet out posts like that (though I do comment) because I feel like people would say, "Oh man, just tweeting so we see her name in lights." Then I feel like a jerk for not promoting a well-written post. As Ron Burgundy would say, "I am in a pickle!" How do you handle situations like that?

Mark Fidelman
Mark Fidelman

If there is one thing I have always said about social media and all my superficial social media friends, it’s that they just don’t promote themselves enough.

You're well thought out post will surely enlighten them. I plan to re-purpose your latest tweets, post a picture of me with your name on the conference badge, and pretend to play guitar.

Perhaps after a round of namedropping, they and I will be social media superstars.

Danny
Danny

Hi Samantha,

Can you mix both and be a Rockstar Maven? Own the niche!!! ;-)

Danny
Danny

Hi Samantha, Can you mix both and be a Rockstar Maven? Own the niche!!! ;-)

Danny
Danny

There's a "social media czar"?? Good gravy! :)

Danny
Danny

There's a "social media czar"?? Good gravy! :)

Danny
Danny

HA! Love it! Cheers, David. :)

Danny
Danny

HA! Love it! Cheers, David. :)

Danny
Danny

Then we're equal, since I always smile when I see your big lion head anywhere, mate. :)

Danny
Danny

Then we're equal, since I always smile when I see your big lion head anywhere, mate. :)

Danny
Danny

More about privacy than anything else, Ari. I'm not sure if people would want me sharing their personal Facebook profile information with folks they don't know. With Twitter, usually you can get the information people are happy with being shared (blog/website URL, LinkedIn URL, etc).

Danny
Danny

More about privacy than anything else, Ari. I'm not sure if people would want me sharing their personal Facebook profile information with folks they don't know. With Twitter, usually you can get the information people are happy with being shared (blog/website URL, LinkedIn URL, etc).

Laz
Laz

I have a very easy solution to this situation.

First, write your own post. Dont worry about it being good. Just make sure you speak in the 3rd person and allude that you know lots of famous people. A couple of references to some conferences you attended wont hurt either. Actually, theyre almost mandatory.

Now, auto tweet links to that post. Preferably every 20 minutes. You dont want anyone to miss out on it, right?

Ok, in all seriousness, if you share many beneficial posts, I dont think many people will be so uptight that you happen to be mentioned in one of them. I personally love to see posts that my friends are mentioned in. They tend to share great info in those posts on other sites that I find interesting or informational.

Danny
Danny

Hi Margie,

Ha, funnily enough I was just watching Anchorman this weekend - never gets old! :)

That's a good question - I guess it depends on the post. For example, Ari Herzog wrote a really kind post about me over the weekend, but I couldn't really share it without looking really vain.

But I've shared posts in the past like the ones you mention, because the overall benefit is to your community, as opposed to yourself.

And if you feel really uncomfortable, you could always ask your friends to share for you? Explain that you really like the post, but don't want to appear narcissistic?

But yes, it can be quite the pickle. ;-)

Laz
Laz

I have a very easy solution to this situation. First, write your own post. Dont worry about it being good. Just make sure you speak in the 3rd person and allude that you know lots of famous people. A couple of references to some conferences you attended wont hurt either. Actually, theyre almost mandatory. Now, auto tweet links to that post. Preferably every 20 minutes. You dont want anyone to miss out on it, right? Ok, in all seriousness, if you share many beneficial posts, I dont think many people will be so uptight that you happen to be mentioned in one of them. I personally love to see posts that my friends are mentioned in. They tend to share great info in those posts on other sites that I find interesting or informational.

Danny
Danny

Hi Margie, Ha, funnily enough I was just watching Anchorman this weekend - never gets old! :) That's a good question - I guess it depends on the post. For example, Ari Herzog wrote a really kind post about me over the weekend, but I couldn't really share it without looking really vain. But I've shared posts in the past like the ones you mention, because the overall benefit is to your community, as opposed to yourself. And if you feel really uncomfortable, you could always ask your friends to share for you? Explain that you really like the post, but don't want to appear narcissistic? But yes, it can be quite the pickle. ;-)

Danny
Danny

Hi Mark,

If you want, I can send you a laminated badge holder just for such an occasion? I never get invited anywhere, so don't really have a need for it.

Just make sure you take eleventy billion photos of yourself and tweet who you're getting drunk with. ;-)

Laz
Laz

Whats wrong with you Mark? You need to first declare that you are a Rock Star. You cant name drop without being a rock star first. No one will believe that you really know those people without first stating youre a Rock Star.

Laz
Laz

I think hes from Russia.

Laz
Laz

I think hes from Russia.

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

That's fair -- as some people, myself included, opt to not share profile data with search engines. But if you're asking a question on your wall with indication responses would go to your blog, why not include a sentence asking for permission to link their profile/page?

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

That's fair -- as some people, myself included, opt to not share profile data with search engines. But if you're asking a question on your wall with indication responses would go to your blog, why not include a sentence asking for permission to link their profile/page?

Mark Fidelman
Mark Fidelman

LOL - Well first off I'm definitely not a rock star as I can't seem to follow proper grammar rules (You're instead of your). But thanks for the additional pointers that I plan to follow to the letter.

Mark Fidelman
Mark Fidelman

LOL - Well first off I'm definitely not a rock star as I can't seem to follow proper grammar rules (You're instead of your). But thanks for the additional pointers that I plan to follow to the letter.

Mark Fidelman
Mark Fidelman

Thanks for properly admonishing me. I'll re-read this post 50 times to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Mark Fidelman
Mark Fidelman

Thanks for properly admonishing me. I'll re-read this post 50 times to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Danny
Danny

Hmmm, something to keep in mind for sure. Cheers, Ari.

Danny
Danny

Hmmm, something to keep in mind for sure. Cheers, Ari.

Laz
Laz

Admonishing the lesser informed is part of the job of a RockStar.