B.J. MENDELSON ~ EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ~ SOCIAL MEDIA IS BULLSHIT ~ 2012

~ O-MMT-O-TWNC ~ Offline – Matters More Than – Online – This Will Never Change

~ TLT-IB-NA-MHEOACMBITSYB-MD ~ The – Long Tail – Is Bullshit – Niche Audiences – Must Have Enough Of A Critical Mass Behind It To Support Your Business – Most Don’t

~ 99%-OTTTAORTA-‘V’-ADBOF:R-WC-TM-LC-CS-F-TSFTR-IHALTDWBITRPATRT ~ Ninety-Nine Percent – Of The Things That Are Often Referred To As – “Viral” – Are Driven By Offline Forces: Real-World Connections – Traditional Media – Legitimate Celebrities – Corporate Spending – For – The Small Fraction That Remains – It Has A Lot To Do With Being In The Right Place At The Right Time

~ M-V-GU-A-M-WS-GU ~ Most – Videos – Go Unwatched – And – Most – Web Sites – Go Unvisited

~ MIEOTW ~ Momentum Is Everything On The Web

~ BSOML-‘A’-A-‘E’-TOMTMF-SB-A-A-E-I-S

~ Be Skeptical Of Metrics Like – “Awareness” – And – “Engagement” – The Only Metric That Matters For – Small Businesses – Artists – And – Entrepreneurs – Is – Sales

~ QE-ITE-AOTTAF-ETI-ACOHYFN-ITIAWKISE-WHFAAS ~ Question Everything – In The End – All Of These Things Are Fads – Even The Internet – A Couple Of Hundred Years From Now – If The Internet As We Know It Still Exists – We’ll Have Failed As A Species

~ TEWTSTFITLAHTRWYCT-ITCYAD?-TAF ~ The Easiest Way To Spot The Frauds Is To Look At How They React When You Challenge Them – If They Call You A Dinosaur? – They’re A Fraud

~ NOTPIGFB-YDNTUAOTP-IACDTWYLTDAWYAI-TOTYDIAWS-AAATYGSGTYW ~ None Of These Platforms Is Great For Business – You Don’t Need To Use Any Of These Platforms – It All Comes Down To What You’re Looking To Do And Who Your Audience Is – The Only Thing You Need Is A Web Site – Any And All Traffic You Get Should Go To Your Website

~ ETHOTWIDB-TM-WSM-INAO-OTW-COWS-IYWTSIWIITYD-YNTM-N-‘TPFKATA’-O-‘I’ ~ Everything That Happens On The Web Is Driven By – The Media – We Spend Most – If Not All Of – Our Time With – Corporate Owned Web Sites – If You Want To Succeed In Whatever It Is That You Do – You Need The Media – Not – “The People Formerly Known As The Audience” – Or – “Influencers”

~ DYENTTPWWTSYOTIO-‘I’-PTAIT?-YAFTTAIOTIIN ~ Did You Ever Notice That The People Who Want To Sell You On The Idea Of – “Influencers” – Portray Themselves As Influencers Themselves? – You’ll Also Find That The Alleged Influence Of The Influencers Is Negligible

~ T1%R-ASMOUDTMOTTOTW-WTROUJL ~ The 1 Percent Rule – A Small Minority Of Users Do The Majority Of The Talking On The Web – While The Rest Of Us Just Listen

B.J. MENDELSON ~ EVERYTHING YOU WILL EVER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARKETING ~ SOCIAL MEDIA IS BULLSHIT ~ 2012

~ IYWYDMYH-TATM-EIYF-YCBDT-YMAWEWYD ~ If What You Do Makes You Happy – That’s All That Matters – Even If You Fail – You Could Be Dead Tomorrow – You Might As Well Enjoy What You’re Doing

~ EIRC-YWBATGAIMAWTP-AYHTDITWYDAMIIASPWBII ~ Except In Rare Cases – You Won’t Be Able To Get Anywhere In Marketing Anything Without The Press – All You Have To Do Is Take What You Do And Make It Into A Story People Will Be Interested In

~ YSTYP[T]:R/AP/SP/P ~ You Should Target Your Pitch [To]: Researchers / Bookers / Associate Producers / Segment Producers / Producers

~ T-‘G’-TMATA-IAYFTS-IR-IVITW ~ The –”Game” – The Marketers Always Talk About – Is Against You From The Start – It’s Rigged – It’s Virtually Impossible To Win

~ IYGYCW-NYDIGTM ~ If You’ve Got Your Customers Wrong – Nothing You Do Is Going To Matter

~ AFALATG-TBTYCDIBP-IYA-AAOPI-YBRFI ~ As Far As Luck And Timing Go – The Best Thing You Can Do Is Be Prepared – If You Are – And An Opportunity Presents Itself – You’ll Be Ready For It

~ TGNITYC-MACL-AT-TAL-AMTAFAYWTG-YGTHWMFTPWYWOTLTYWAT-M ~ The Good News Is That You Can – Make A Comfortable Living – At The – Triple-A Level – And Maybe That’s As Far As You Want To Go – You’re Going To Have Way More Freedom To Produce What You Want On This Level Than You Will At The – Majors

~ TGROTI:DBAD ~ The Golden Rule Of The Internet: Don’t Be A Dick

~ TRGROTI:SN-I-YHTTTIIRWWT-A-YCTYECPMR-T-Y-US-BR:NUTWHYIAW-TITY-‘LMOTT’-BNUTI-PF ~ The Real Golden Rule Of The Internet: Social Networks – If – You Have The Time To Invest In Really Working With Them – And – You’re Confident That Your Efforts Can Produce Measurable Results – Then – Yes – Use Them – But Remember: Not Using Them Won’t Harm You In Any Way – The Idea That You’re – “Leaving Money On The Table” – By Not Using Them Is – Patently False

~ A-‘SMC’-TRNMYCDB-RIO-A-NFIAF-AF-AAAACTTP-IYWAF ~ A – “Social Media Crisis” – There’s Really Not Much You Can Do But – Ride It Out – And – Not Feed It Any Further – Apart From – An Apology And A Correction To The Problem – If You Were At Fault

~ YSAB-T-LFOTTAIETYD-YJDKWTFH-A-TOWTBPIT-CTIWYD ~ You Should Always Be – Tweaking – Look For Opportunities To Tweak And Improve Everything That You Do – You Just Don’t Know What The Future Holds – And – The Only Way To Be Prepared Is To – Continue To Improve What You’re Doing

~ YF-YC-AYC-AGPTSCFAMA-TMFYWO-TLRYPOIL-T-TPMTDITM ~ Your Friends – Your Community – And Your City – Are Great Places To Start Collecting Feedback And Making Adjustments – The More Flaws You Work Out – The Less Risky Your Product Or Idea Looks – To – The People Making The Decisions In The Majors

B.J. MENDELSON ~ SOCIAL MEDIA IS BULLSHIT ~ 2012

~ TPWGRDT-GR-ARTPDFG-ITPSTS ~ The People Who Get Rich During – The Gold Rush – Are Rarely The People Digging For Gold – It’s The People Selling The Shovels

~ MOTN-PGTWTATB-TPTK-KSWCHT ~ More Often Than Not – People Get To Where They Are Today Because – The People They Know – Know Someone Who Could Help Them

~ TA-BE ~ The Asshole-Based Economy

~ CAGROOWACTMDTKCO-ATWIRBBAC-IOTROU-ETWWTTWWLTPF ~ Corporations Are Getting Rich Off Our Work And Consolidating Their Market Dominance To Keep Competitors Out – And The Web Is Rewarding Big Brands And Celebrities – Instead Of The Rest Of Us – Even Though We Were Told The Web Would Level The Playing Field

~ IOTTPASI-B-IAWOTTPAS-M-U– A– PHI-TFYOI ~ It’s One Thing To Package And Sell Information – But – It’s A Whole Other Thing To Package And Sell – Made-Up And – Potentially Harmful Information – To Further Your Own Interests – The Asshole-Based Economy – Selling Harmful Bullshit To Further Their Own Interests

~ CH ~ Cyber Hipsters

~ CH-TRTSIUTTETPTHTPTDA-W-R/F/C/T/E/ASF-AAALEAOWL-TTCIOTTITFO-A-SF-A-BD-TFGITEAC-TSG-ATWTTI-IGTCTWBLUBTM ~ Cyber Hipsters – The Rhetoric They Spew Is Usually To The Effect That People Today Have The Power To Do Anything – Without – Resources / Funding / Connections / Training / Education / And So Forth – After Amassing A Large Enough Audience Of Willing Listeners – They Then Cash In On The Traffic Generated From The Talk In The Form Of – Advertisements – Speaking Fees – And – Book Deals – The First Group Is The Early Adopter Crowd – The Second Group – Are Those Who Think The Internet – Is Going To Change The World By Letting Us Be The Media

~ INC-TALOTICHTMCT-CFEMOOC-BRTA-CH-CFTKOBPSCHWBATIP-AIAFTTOWCHOT ~ It’s No Coincidence – That A Lot Of The Important Cyber Hipsters That Marketers Cater To – Came From Established Media Outlets Or Corporations – Before Reinventing Themselves As – Cyber Hipsters – Coming From This Kind Of Background Provides Some Cyber Hipsters With Better Access To Important Parties – And Increased Attention From The Thousands Of Wannabe Cyber Hipsters Out There

~ MMTY-BAD-BTNTMTYT ~ Marketers May Tell You – Books Are Dead – But They Need Them More Than You Think

~ DES-TNODWWFTLCNWFY-B-TAMIWTDEWFT-E-DT-EY-MTOABC-‘SMSS’-SHIPT-‘SM’-CWFY-AEYITOTWTPTTPIQTWS-TH-M-C-A-OR-ATDTTCTI-IF-ALOTSALA-‘SM’- AA-RG-BA-LL ~ Despite Evidence Showing – That Not Only Does What Work For The Large Corporation Not Work For You – But – There Are Many Instances Where This Doesn’t Even Work For Them – Either – Despite This – Every Year – Marketers Trot Out A Big Corporate – “Social Media Success Story” – Saying How Its Proof That – “Social Media” – Can Work For You – And Every Year It Turns Out That What They Present To The Public Isn’t Quite The Whole Story – They Have – Money – Connections – And – Other Resources – At Their Disposal That They Can Tap Into – In Fact – A Lot Of Them Simply Aren’t Looking At – “Social Media” – As A – Revenue Generator – But A – Loss Leader

~ ‘PI’-90%L-9%MCO-1%WDMOTCAP ~ “Participation Inequality” – 90 Percent Lurk – 9 Percent Might Contribute Occasionally – 1 Percent Will Do Most Of The Commenting And Participating

~ TCWRTPHJAMTGBSBATMD ~ The Companies Who Run These Platforms Have Just As Much To Gain By Spreading Bullshit As The Marketers Do

~ IYAGTSSMTIMH-YBSPR ~ If You Are Going To Spend So Much Time In My Head – You Better Start Paying Rent

~ ATAASABFOOWS-OTYO ~ All Traffic And Attention Should Always Be Focused On One Web Site – One That You Own

~ W-M-AO-CH-ACO-IATCYAD-TUFLTJTA-WTTF-TWRWAA-OA-O-Y-YF-EYD-ITHTIDPATTHOOT ~ Whenever – Marketers – And Other – Cyber Hipsters – Are Called Out – In Addition To Calling You A Dinosaur – They’ll Use Faulty Logic To Justify Their Actions – When Those Tactics Fail – They Will React With An All-Out Assault – On – You – Your Family – Everything You Do – In The Hopes That It’ll Distract People And Take The Heat Off Of Them

~ EIYFOTIUYSSTDL ~ Everyone Is Your Friend On The Internet Until You Say Something They Don’t Like

~ IW-A-H-SOPSPANT-WMLTBS-EIWDKTPSTNTIBPTDS ~ If – We – As – Humans – See Other People Saying Positive And Nice Things – We’re More Likely To Be Swayed – Especially If We Don’t Know That Person Saying Those Nice Things Is Being Paid To Do So

~ RN-T- ‘SM’-W-IDU-STASTMO-T-‘G’-‘BD’-‘TMW’-BIAE ~ Right Now – The – “Social Media” – Well – Is Drying Up – So They Are Starting To Move On – To – “Gamification” – “Big Data” – “The Mobile Web” – Bullshit Is Always Evolving

~ AS-TCRTCOOAMPAD-ROTV-A-TEBOTT-TMWKOC ~ A System – That Currently Rewards The Churning Out Of A Million Posts A Day – Regardless Of Their Value – And – The Easy Burial Of The Truth – The Myths Will Keep On Coming

~ FWPOTIIALLBIACA;NCOLG ~ Fighting With People On The Internet Is A Lot Like Being In A Car Accident; Nobody Comes Out Looking Good

~ RTEW ~ Roswell That Ends Well

~ TA-SMM ~ The Anti-Social Media Manifesto

~ WTPOHAMF-W-NOT-A-COYL-FYCTA-A-NCOTMY? ~ What’s The Point Of Having A Million Followers – When – None Of Them – Are – Clicking On Your Links – Following Your Calls To Action – And – Not Coming Out To Meet You?

~ TANMPWHSFTST-‘SM’-IB-INANCABTM ~ There Are Not Many People Who Have Stepped Forward To Say That – “Social Media” Is Bullshit – It’s Not A Narrative Currently Accepted By The Media

~ TEOBAAHT-‘MI’-OTW-MCTAE-ATSNJBCO-T-‘SM’E-BBCOTTI ~ The Era Of Bad Advice About How To – “Make It” – On The Web – Must Come To An End – And That Starts Not Just By Calling Out – The “Social Media” Experts – But By Calling Out The Term Itself

~ GRSL-‘SM’-CAG ~ Get Rich Quick Schemes Like – “Social Media” – Come And Go

~ TEST-‘SM’-I-PPITHOTP-A-TNEPAGTCE-NOTIT-WHLP-NM-A-NILTWWHTS-U-C-TM-O-SF-GI ~ The Experts Say That – “Social Media” – Is – Putting Power Into The Hands Of The People – And – These Newly Empowered People Are Going To Change Everything – None Of This Is True – We Have Less Power – Not More – And – Nobody Is Listening To What We Have To Say – Unless – Companies – The Media – Or – Someone Famous – Gets Involved

~ WCLIAWWYCMFMMTPAHTGROTI-TYCBATTGR-TNTC ~ We Live In A World Where You Can Make Far More Money Telling People About How To Get Rich On The Internet – Than You Can By Actually Trying To Get Rich – That Needs To Change