What I Learnt From a 95-year-old Retiree in England About Social Media

Yesterday a 95-year-old man retired in the UK.

Did you hear about it?

The interesting part about this story is that most people heard about the emergency meeting called at Buckingham Palace at 3am on social media first. Yesterday was a staggering example of human behaviour around a situation that none of us knew about but desperately wanted to know.

It gave us a great example of the power of social media and the sheer volume of activity it can create.

Last year at the Marketing Conference “Inbound” I heard Gary Vaynerchuk refer to social media as the new TV Channels and yesterday was a perfect example of how social demonstrated that.

How many times do you now find out about something that is happening in the world from Social media first? With the enormous amount of celebrity deaths we had to endure last year, most of us heard about them first on social.  How many of you sit on social media at night when you are watching your favourite shows and read what other people are saying about them?

Yesterday Twitter went into overdrive with the speculation around what had happened at Buckingham Palace hours before we actually found out what did.

There were four main feeds that I was following:

#BuckinghamPalace – was the biggest feed I could see and unfortunately the Tweet Count is unavailable – I do know that every second that I refreshed this feed there were 10-20 new posts coming in that quickly

Prince Philip – 127K Tweets

Queen – 373K Tweets

Royal – 147K Tweets

These are all on the same topic!  Now some of these feeds may have started before yesterday and I am sure over the last 24 hrs they have all seen tremendous growth.  The scary part about these statistics is that they are now out of date within a matter of seconds of writing this because Twitter in particular moves that fast!

What’s interesting to think about is:

  • The sheer volume of comments that contributed to this in the space of time that this incident took place.
  • A lot of Tweets in these feeds got 500+ likes, shares, follows, etc. per post from people who didn’t know about each other before this started.
  • The number of new connections made on Twitter yesterday would have been mind blowing.

Let’s apply this to a business

I know that not all businesses will attract this kind of hysteria and volume of attention based on their products and services.  However, the visibility that social provides a business is unquestionable.

Using the right strategies and approach to social can help lift your profile, engage with new followers/contacts and help you build an audience that you otherwise would not have had access to.  Which in turn brings in new opportunities and sales.

Not all of us are going to get up at 3am and announce a family meeting to tell everyone that we are about to retire.  And most of us probably won’t get the same response. But we can certainly adopt a social media strategy for our business that will:

  • Help our business grow faster than it normally would
  • Find our target audience easily and start engaging with them before they even ask us about products and services
  • Build brand awareness with the right people
  • Create interesting content that people are interested in and are happy to share, follow and like
  • Generate more leads, opportunities and therefore sales for our business in ways that don’t cost us very much
  • Reach a much wider and targeted audience en masse 24/7

Putting your business on the map with social media requires the right approach. Working with an agency can help you get there a lot quicker. If you need a hand with your online or digital marketing strategy please feel free to contact us here or call 1300 869 189.

We may not be up at 3am to take your call but we will certainly be this excited about helping your business raise the bar on social media and more.

Kaylene Grieve

Kaylene Grieve is the Managing Director of Sales, SEO and Social Media, (SSSM) a marketing services agency based in Sydney Australia. With over 25+ years in Sales and 10+ years of marketing experience SSSM has helped numerous companies achieve tremendous results in sales and marketing. Knowing the right volumes and using a blend of inbound and outbound strategies always delivers sales and marketing qualified leads to a business with consistency.


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