Best Social Media Quotes
I love quotes.  They provoke thought, discussion, and sometimes disagreement.  I’m always amazed at how one particular phrase or sentence can evoke an image that stays with you long after the post has been read, the book has been consumed, or the talk has been heard.

I’ve added my own images to these quotes for emphasis on the image that was brought to my mind.

Hopefully, you will find a nugget or two of wisdom in this collection of some of the best social media quotes I’ve found.

I have made probably a fairly lame attempt to ensure that these quotes were attributed to the correct source but there has been some effort.  We all know that words are sometimes borrowed.

Note that these photo quotes originally appeared on the Facebook Page of Social Media Examiner as I posted them for discussion each week.  They are reprinted here with permission and are in no particular order.

"Think like a publisher, not a marketer" ~ David Meerman Scott



"Social media allows big companies to act small again." ~ Jay Baer


“Quit counting fans like bottle caps. Think instead about what you’re hoping to achieve with & through the community that actually cares about what you’re doing.” ~ Amber Naslund



“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



"Blogs are about sharing with authenticity. A good enterprise blog can help you really connect deeply with your customers in a meaningful way because the content is not only relevant but insightful and personal. I think most enterprises miss that point. When you do it right, your customers will walk away not only having learned something new but will also feel much more connected to your brand." ~ David Armano


"The problem with trying to determine ROI for social media is you are trying to put numeric quantities around human interactions and conversations, which are not quantifiable." ~ Jason Falls



"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


"If I tell my Facebook friends about your brand, it's not because I like your brand, but rather because I like my friends." ~ Mike Arauz


"Content is the currency of the social web and sharing that content is the catalyst to new relationships and business benefits." ~ Mark Schaefer


"You can't spend money on social media unless you really try. Social media is really more about effort than expense" ~ Guy Kawasaki


 "A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is - it is what consumers tell each other it is." ~ Scott Cook


"You can’t buy attention anymore. Having a huge budget doesn’t mean anything in social media…The old paradigm was pay to play. Now you get back what you authentically put in. You’ve got to be willing to play to play." ~ Alex Bogusky


handout quote"Those who ignore the party/conversation/network when they are content and decide to drop in when they need the network may not succeed. It’s pretty easy to spot those that are just joining the network purely to take –not to give. Therefore, be part of the party/conversation/network before you need anything from anyone." ~ Jeremiah Owyang


Please repeat: Influence is NOT Popularlity!" ~Brian Solis


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



"Social media is an ingredient, not an entree" ~ Jay Baer



“You can be professional while also ‘keeping it real’ with your customers. By interacting with customers in a less formal way, you’ll build a strong human connection that helps build brand loyalty.” ~ David Hauser



"LinkedIn is for the people you know, Facebook is for the people you used to know, Twitter is for people you want to know"



Privacy is dead, and social media holds the smoking gun." ~ Pete Cashmore



Social Media puts the "public" into PR and the "market" into marketing - Chris Brogan



“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


Pushing a company agenda on social media is like thworing water ballons at a porcupine. - Erik Qualman



“Social Media, it turns out, isn’t about aggregating audiences so you can yell at them about the junk you want to sell. Social Media, in fact, is a basic human need, revealed digitally online. We want to be connected, to make a difference, to matter, to be missed. We want to belong, and yes, we want to be led”. ~ Seth Godin


Social media isn't the end-all-be-all, but it offers marketers unparalleled opportunity to participate in relevant ways. It also provides a launchpad for other marketing tactics. Social media is not an island, it's a high-power engine on the larger marketing ship.



"Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell." ~ Seth Godin


Tactics without a strategy is worse than doing nothing at all. ~ Li Evans



Social media is about sociology and psychology more than technology. ~ Brian Solis



“Word-of-mouth marketing isn’t about giving customers talking points, as if they were brand spokespeople. It’s about delivering an exceptional customer experience that makes customers want to recommend you” ~ Deborah Eastman



Until companies realize the key to online community success isn’t technology, but rather a culture of caring and skilled labor, social media will never fulfill its true promise. ~ Jay Baer

What do you think?  Any of these quotes that resonate with you?  Share your thoughts and any of your favorite social media quotes in the comments below!