by Silvia Pencak

Below are my favorite social media quotes. Hope you find them inspiring. Feel free to share your favorites in the comment section below.

“Social Media can provide a conversational extension to a B2B company’s nurturing programs. Social Media gives us the opportunity to humanize our communications and make our companies more approachable.”
Ardath Albee, CEO of marketinginteractions.com

“Social media is not a media. The key is to listen, engage, and build relationships.”
David Alston

“Engage rather than sell … Work as a co-creator, not a marketer.”
Tom H. C. Anderson, market researcher

“By not tweeting you’re tweeting. You’re sending a message.”
Anonymous

“Activate your fans, don’t just collect them like baseball cards.”
Jay Baer, Convince & Convert

“Focus on how to be social, not on how to do social.”
Jay Baer, Convince & Convert

“If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.”
Jeff Bezos, CEO at Amazon.com

“Social Media puts the “public” into PR and the “market” into marketing. ”
Chris Brogan, President of New Marketing Labs, chrisbrogan.com

“Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your face on it.”
Erin Bury, Sprouter community manager

“We’re living at a time when attention is the new currency. Those who insert themselves into as many channels as possible look set to capture the most value. ”
Pete Cashmore, Founder of mashable.com

“Privacy is dead, and social media hold the smoking gun.”
Pete Cashmore, Mashable CEO

“The most successful marketer becomes part of the lives of their followers. They follow back. They wish happy birthday. They handle problems their customers have with products or service. They grow their businesses and brands by involving themselves in their own communities.”
Marsha Collier, speaker and business author

“You as a brand have to be completely confident about your position, because you will get criticism. You will have a negative reaction. If you didn’t get a negative reaction, that means you’re standing neutral and you have no point of view. Who wants to participate in that?”
Frank Cooper, Pepsico

“If you’re looking for the next big thing, and you’re looking where everyone else is, you’re looking in the wrong place.”
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks

“Social networks aren’t about Web sites. They’re about experiences.”
Mike DiLorenzo, NHL social media marketing director

“Build it, and they will come” only works in the movies. Social Media is a “build it, nurture it, engage them, and they may come and stay.”
Seth Godin, sethgodin.com

“Conversations among the members of your marketplace happen whether you like it or not. Good marketing encourages the right sort of conversations.”
Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog

“How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?”
Seth Godin, sethgodin.com

“Social Media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.”
Matt Goulart

“New marketing is about the relationships, not the medium.”
Ben Grossman, founder of BiGMarK

“The value of being connected and transparent is so high that the roadbumps of privacy issues are much lower in actual experience than people’s fears.”
Reid Hoffman, founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn

“Today people don’t trust companies. One of the things marketers want to do is to humanize their brand. What better way to do it than put a live person in front of them?”
Jackie Huba, author

“Bring the best of your authentic self to every opportunity.”
Brian Jantsch, Author

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
Steve Jobs

“Once you can understand where the conversation is, who leads, the type of voices and the best place for you to add your voice, you can then start becoming a more active participant.”
Mitch Joel, president of Twist Image

Just be nice, take genuine interest in the people you meet, and keep in touch with people you like. This will create a group of people who are invested in helping you because they know you and appreciate you.
Guy Kawasaki, alltop.com

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas; what happens on Twitter stay on Google forever!”
Jure Klepic, jureklepic.com

“Monitor, engage, and be transparent; these have always been the keys to success in the digital space.”
Dallas Lawrence, Levick Strategic Communications

“Being yourself is the only way how to stand out in today’s crowded market. So what’s YOUR story?”
Magnetic Silvia, CEO Magnetic Look

“Our head of social media is the customer.”
McDonald’s

“Clarity trumps persuasion.”
MECLabs

“Don’t fix the marketing first, fix your product. Once you’ve got a good product to talk about, the marketing’s going to flow from that.”
Scott Monty, Ford social-media chief

“If content is king, then conversion is queen.”
John Munsell, CEO of Bizzuka

“Twitter is a great place to tell the world what you’re thinking before you’ve had a chance to think about it.”
Chris Pirillo, blogger

“The beauty of social media is that it will point out your company’s flaws; the key questions is how quickly you address these flaws.”
Erik Qualmann, author of “Socialnomics”

“Why are we trying to measure social media like a traditional channel anyway? Social media touches every facet of business and is more an extension of good business ethics.”
Erik Qualman, author of “Socialnomics”

Most bloggers who rise above the clutter are quite often prolific –they work hard, not just writing content but networking, engaging in Social Media and more.
Darren Rowse, problogger.net

“There are no magic wands, no hidden tracks, and no secret handshakes that can bring you immediate success, but with time, energy and determination you can get there.”
Darren Rowse, Professional Blogger

“Innovation needs to be part of your culture. Consumers are transforming faster than we are, and if we don’t catch up, we’re in trouble.”
Ian Schafer, Deep Focus

“You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free.”
David Meerman Scott, Best-Selling Author & Speaker

With Social Media so prevalent we are all extremely visible. Your prospective clients, your peers and your competition can drill as deep as they wish searching, reading and gathering information online about you and posted by you without you ever knowing who’s searching. Depending on what they find, your prospects may choose to do business with you or not.
Mari Smith, marismith.com

Please Repeat: Influence is NOT Popularity!
Brian Solis, briansolis.com

“People align with movements they can believe in, and it is the human, intellectual, and financial investment in genuine content that defines experiences.”
Brian Solis, Principal of FutureWorks

All one needs is a computer, a network connection, and a bright spark of initiative and creativity to join the economy.
Don Tapscott, dontapscott.com

“You are what you tweet.”
Alex Tew, Monkey Inferno

“Social media is just a buzzword until you come up with a plan.”
Unknown

“Every year the Web offers up hundreds of new experimental services and ideas, and while you don’t have time to try them all, if you’re able to pinpoint the applications with the most traction, your early adopter status will come with long-term rewards.”
Jennifer Van Grove, editor & social media strategist

“Don’t worry; skills are cheap, passion is priceless. If you’re passionate about your content and you know it and do it better than anyone else, even with few formal business skills you have the potential to create a million-dollar business.”
Gary Vee, Author of Crush It

“Social marketing eliminates the middlemen, providing brands the unique opportunity to have a direct relationship with their customers.”
Bryan Weiner, CEO at Digital Agency 360i

“The qualities that make Twitter seem insane and half-baked are what makes it so powerful.”
Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law at Harvard

“When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place.”
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO & Founder of Facebook

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