7 Ways to Be Authentic Without Being Boring

November 5, 2013

Be authentic. Be yourself. Be transparent. Be honest.

We’ve heard it time and time again. There is no denying that authenticity in social media is valued across the board. The phrase, “build it and they will come,” doesn’t hold much presidency today; because even the greatest ideas need a good marketing plan, especially now that we are constantly bombarded with information. Brands have to find a way to stand out among their competitors and just about everything else that people find interesting on the Internet. What better way to standout than by being authentic.

People want to connect with your brand on a deeper level, not just through your products or even the promotions you have to offer. They want to know the people behind the brand. Authenticity allows you to build your fan base in a natural way, by sharing who you truly are and what you stand for. It’s easy to hide behind the virtual mask on social media; but rip it off and become, dare I say vulnerable to the human race; people will want to follow you.

Being authentic doesn’t mean you have to be boring. Here are 7 ways your brand can be authentic in social media.

Share what’s inside. Give people a tour of your company and its culture. Help the world understand what it’s like and what it means to be a part of your brand.

Share your process. Be confident that only you can do what you do. Share your code of ethics, mission, vision and even some processes that might make your brand unique.

Share how your products are made. In this day and age, everyone wants to know where it came from. Did you harm an innocent calf in the process of producing your milk products? Or did you take an extra step to create a process that conserves and protects wildlife. Give some insight on how you make your product environmentally friendly.

Share your personal stories. Every brand has a story whether it’s from the CEO, an employee or a client. Draw people in with emotion. Highlight stories from every angle and share how they affected your brand and why it was important to you. Southwest Airlines is a perfect example of a brand that values personal stories. In fact, they have dedicated an entire section on their blog, titled LUV Mail where they post real letters from customers about their personal experience.

Share what you’re passionate about. Does your brand support a certain cause? Do you reward employees for their public service? Do you enforce a social responsibility policy? Let us know; we might support the same cause and in turn support you.

Share your mistakes. Don’t be afraid to share your mistakes, everybody makes them. Chances are someone is going to learn from them, why not be their teacher. Let everyone know, although you’re perfect you learn from your mistakes.

Share how you like to have fun. People like to have fun, it’s healthy to laugh and enjoy life even while at work. Share some photos of your employees having fun at a company party (all in good taste of course). Here’s a picture of Fandom Marketing’s co-founders dressed up for Halloween that was posted on their Facebook page. Holidays are a great time to show how the people behind your brand have fun!

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What are some examples of how you remain authentic on social media? Let us know by leaving a comment below.


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  • Reply Melonie Gallegos November 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Good tips Angela. We all need a kick in the butt on this topic a few times a year. Wearing a marketing hat sometimes feels at odds with authenticity. It’s easy to go astray. Stopping to review and audit your own content for what resonates and to ensure it holds an authentic tone is a good exercise for quality. Signed – Social Butterfly

    • Reply Angela Quisumbing November 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks, Melonie. As tricky as it can be to fully be ourselves online and in real life, it’s important. One of the things that attracted me to Fandom Marketing was your authenticity, the fact that you’re not afraid show your fun-loving side! Case in point, Social Butterfly!

  • Reply BriGeeski November 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Awesome tips and thanks for the reminder to always be authentic!

    • Reply Angela Quisumbing November 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks for reading Bri. I’m glad you enjoyed. It’s always best to be ourselves isn’t it?!

  • Reply Joann Woolley November 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I wish more brands would get this message – it makes them way more fun to follow on social media!

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