One of the most prolific and loved Hollywood film series is Star Wars. From incredible writing and story telling to creative execution and special effects, this movie franchise has captivated millions all over the globe with stunning power.
Throughout the epic film series there are a number of quotes that contain certain levels of intrigue and wisdom that crossover from the silver screen to life and of course social media. I decided to hunt down a few of them and attach them to some of our experienced wisdom. The result is a little bit of fun and a lot of seasoned advice that will not only give you a smile, but leave you thinking.
I hope you enjoy it!
1. “Who’s the more foolish; the fool, or the fool who follows him?” Obi Wan Kenobi – A New Hope
What and who are you following online? Who are you getting your information from when it comes to social media marketing? What is their success based on… opinions or have they actually succeeded in what they teach? This blog may help answer some of those. – It’s Nearly Impossible to Become a Social Media Professional Part 3
“Be very weary of anyone that claims being a social media expert or that do not do social media as they tell you and others to do for your social media strategy. Be very careful of those who consult on social media, but their social media is greatly lacking. Beware of those with huge followings that do not respond and engage.”
2. “That… is why you fail.” Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back
Do you know why your social media is lacking real results? Let’s talk about ROI… Shall we? Social Media – Your Time Percentage Should Equate To Results Percentage
“Ask yourself a few questions:
Where are you spending your time in the social graph?
What social networks get what percentage of your time and effort?
What network do your target audience spend most of their time on?
Which social network has the highest quantity and concentration of your target audience?
If you can’t answer these questions, you’re probably not being as effective with your social media marketing as you could or should be.”
3. “Laugh it up, fuzzball!”- Han Solo – The Empire Strikes Back
I think you will agree that each of the Star Wars episodes are infused with humor. Laughter is a powerful force! Some of the Most Effective Social Media Is Humorous
“You don’t have to be a creative genius or graphic designer. Just be aware of the effective use of humor in your social media marketing efforts and build better relationships by breaking down some barriers.”
4. “IT’S A TRAP.” – Admiral Ackbar – Return of the Jedi
Social Media “Autopilot” tactics are a trap! Don’t lose control. – The Significant Difference Between Autopilot and Marketing Automation
“Let’s put some clarity to the differences between these two distinctly different marketing approaches as it relates to social media marketing. We will give six examples of each and provide a little detail as we go.
Social Media “Autopilot” Tactics –
Social media success does not appear by accident, or via automation, rather it can only be achieved through consistently executing proper strategy, activities and human interaction.”
5. “STAY ON TARGET.” Gold Five – A New Hope
Well this one is pretty straight forward! How does one stay on target with their social media marketing? Start by targeting the correct audience! – The How to of Customer Targeting Acquisition and Retention in Social Media
“What small, local and medium businesses lack in the form of resources and budgets, they more than make up for in common sense, nimbleness and the ability to effectively execute quickly. If and only if you understand one simple truth about digital marketing in today’s world…
It’s NOT about YOU!
The reason most of the big brands see the issues outlined in this report and challenging is because most have yet to recognize this fact. Big brands often solely self promote their wares and create a persona of “too good to engage” to their audience. A quick scan of most brands social media feeds and mentions will uncover huge communities that are attempting to engage with their favorite brands and those same brands ignoring the comments, mentions and engagement by the very target customers they say they are trying to find and hold attention with. Is it really this difficult to understand?
6. “A Jedi Knight? Jeez, I’m out of it for a little while, everyone gets delusions of grandeur!” Han Solo – Return of the Jedi
Here is the perfect one for a Reality Check: Daily Required Social Media Marketing Activity
“I am frequently seeing articles explaining how to do social media marketing in 30 minutes or an hour each day and decided it was time to deliver a reality check. Unless you are a social media “guru”, “author”, “celebrity” or #fauxpert that has never done social media marketing outside of self promotion and has a huge social following, it’s time for a reality check. Any expectation that real results, revenue and return on investment for any SMB or marketer will be achieved by following such advice is foolish thinking.”
7. “R2-D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer!” C-3PO – The Empire Strikes Back
Is your Social Media Marketing content running on cruise control? Social Media RSS feeds for Dummies AND Pro’s
“Why are RSS feeds important? Because they are an incredible way to receive relevant content that you can share with your audience.
Why should a business care about RSS feeds? Because they save a tremendous amount of time.
Are you totally confused yet? I told you the pitfalls of them…which boils down to this….YOU ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE AUTHOR.
So, what if there was a way to input RSS feeds into a system that databased everything for you, prepared already as a social media post for any social platform? What if it allowed YOU to pick and choose which articles or blog posting you wanted to share and more importantly allowed YOU to schedule when you could post to your audience?
Why are RSS feeds important? Because they are an incredible way to receive relevant content that you can share with your audience.
Why should a business care about RSS feeds? Because they save a tremendous amount of time.
Are you totally confused yet? I told you the pitfalls of them…which boils down to this….YOU ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE AUTHOR.”
8. “Don’t get technical with me. What mission? What are you talking about? I’ve just about had enough of you. Go that way, you’ll be malfunctioning in a day you near-sighted scrap pile.” – c-3PO – A New Hope
Actually, let’s get technical and talk about Three Important Components of Content Marketing
“Content creation and content marketing has become a crucial element to any digital marketing effort. The transition from big brand only tactic to common place for all online marketers has and will continually expand. Using content for search engine placement and optimization, social network exposure and traffic is quickly becoming a must have component in any online marketing strategy.
While there are certainly many components to effective content marketing, here are three buckets that really require attention and preparation.”
9. “A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” – Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back
How do you deliver your message online? Do you attack folks with spam? The Drastic Difference Between Social Selling And Spam
“we are all experiencing an increase in Social Selling VS Spam, what I consider to be the opposite of social selling, under the guise of the often misunderstood phrase. Many newer social media applications are gaining popularity that purport to “find prospects that need your product/service and automate or suggest responses” that supposedly increase “engagement” and sales. Sounds really good, doesn’t it? Not so fast.”
10. “You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander.” – Darth Vader – Return of the Jedi
Reminds me of #FollowFriday… how much time gets wasted with them? I HATE #FollowFriday’s – How to Make Them Effective
“there are other people who are Smart, Savvy Funny, Fun etc that are attached to same exact tweet. Yes, a group of fellow Twitter users that are also smart. Imagine that. As many users that will fit in 140 characters that is. I think it is far less effective and beneficial when someone places a bunch of people in the same tweet that are from the same industry or the town.
These kinds of Follow Friday posts are the ones that have made many dislike the practice altogether, since they feel there’s little value in recommending a bunch of Real Estate agents, for example all in one tweet. Many just don’t appreciate that, and I certainly understand why.”
11. “Judge me by my size, do you?” Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back
Does it really matter how many followers you or your brand has? The Difference Between A Social Media Pro And A Celebrity
“I experience two things over and over in my daily social media activities. 1) People surprised I answer them on Twitter and the like AND 2) Stories they tell me of other “industry experts” and Brands that never do respond. If we are to believe that social media IS in fact properly used online as you might act in other social, business and life settings, why is this occurring so frequently?
Answer: The celebrity factor.
12. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back
Sure there are challenges in Social Media marketing – The Two Biggest Challenges faced By Social Media Marketers
“A total of 36.5% of respondents said that Engagement and Sales/Revenuewere the two biggest challenges they face with their social media marketing. We found it very interesting that some of the very things that impact both of these key result areas the most were ranked much lower. The key areas that ranked lower were Time, Relationships, Clicks, Content Curation and General Results.”
“May the Force be with us all.”
What’s your favorite Star Wars quote that you can connect to social media?
By Julia Hull @PerfectJulia
Director of Customer Support at BundlePost
Social media marketing professional that joined the BundlePost team early in its transition from a social media agency to a software company. She is an expert in social media tools.