During the day, I work as a Software Engineer on a Social Shopping site. Social Shopping is a shopping slant on the whole social networking thing we hear so much about and either love or hate.
I personally love the whole social media realm and in my spare time enjoy following the latest developments and news. Indeed, during the night I spend a lot of time updating and managing Barrow TTC’s many online social presences (as I’m sure you are all aware).
It seems that my love of table tennis and social media hasn’t gone unnoticed. Last week I was interviewed by PrimeTimePingPong and asked to discuss my two loves.
You can see an extract of the interview below. For the full interview, click here.
If you have any social media questions or want to discuss social media, please leave your questions/comments below.
When asked his advice for table tennis clubs starting out with social media, he (Tristran Swan) offers a word of warning about being too self-promotional rather than interesting and helpful. He says that people will eventually block it out much in the same way they do with other forms of advertising. “It’s almost like looking at an advert on the right hand side of the screen. You know it’s there, but it just doesn’t register.”
“It’s just trial and error. Even social media experts don’t always know what will work right away. Just find out what works best for you. It’s a very niche area at the end of the day. Just go with it and be brave. As long as you’re not offending anyone it doesn’t matter.”
“Just get useful information people find interesting on there. Give some sort of value-added service and people will keep coming back.”