Is social media the best form of 'word of mouth' advertising ever?

Remember when we used to have to wait to see our friends in school to tell all of them about something exciting that happened at the skating rink Friday night. Yeah, we could have called on our landline, but how long would it have taken to retell the story ten times or more, depending on how many friends you had?

With social media, we can tell all of our closest friends something. I still don’t recommend talking about extremely personal situations. But hey, remember when you read ‘Flowers in the Attic’. Yikes! I do. I still have nightmares. I remember sitting around the school lunch table discussing our favorite books, a new band, and Rick Springfield from General Hospital. Am I showing my age yet? Even if you’re twenty years younger than I am, you still can identify with this, as social media really didn’t start hopping until the last ten years.

Since the beginning of time, ‘word of mouth’ advertising has been one of the most reliable sources consumers have had when purchasing goods or services. But with ‘The Big Screen’, Billboards, TV, and Radio, good old-fashioned ‘word of mouth’ had been overshadowed for a while. And yes, all these outlets still exist, but they aren’t the most powerful anymore.

Sure, those other channels can still tell you about the best thing since sliced bread, but then what will you do? If you’re like my family, you go straight to the Internet.

Social media has brought back ‘word of mouth’ advertising with a vengeance!

Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, and other Internet sites are the most effective form of ‘word of mouth’ advertising—EVER!

Yeahwe socialize, but almost all of us use social media to share our favorite music, movies, TV shows, books, and even designer clothes and accessories. One of the best forms of advertising has slipped into the new millennium. Unlike when I was a teenager, ‘word of mouth’ travels almost as fast as lightning. Heck, we even knew OBL was no longer alive before authorities could verify the details.

I happen to believe ‘word of mouth’ is the best advertising, so I'm reaching out to my avid-reading friends to spread the word. I know I can’t do it without you.

If you’re curious about what I write, please visit one of my author pages, where you can read all about my novels and short stories. And hey, I’ll even give you a free book just for stopping by.

All I request is that if you like it, please write a quick review and tell a couple of your friends. Remember that old advertisement: “And they’ll tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends…” It works!

Until next time, happy reading!

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Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember, these are just my opinions and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section, and I promise you I will answer.

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  1. Oh, yeah! Dr. Noah Drake...

    Good post. I'm going to share it. :)

    1. Wasn't he the cutest ever? Sigh... "Jesse's Girl". I think he was my first love. LOL! Thanks for sharing, Chicki!

  2. Thank you for always being a true blessing to your friends! I have shared your post and tweeted, and whatever else you asked me to do in the list. I will even spread the word!!! ;-)

    1. LOL, Terry! You are the epitome of great 'word of mouth' advertising. Without ever asking, you've spread the fact that you enjoy my books to all your friends. So now...I want to reward you for sharing, and meet some new friends. I figure why pay someone else to advertise for me, when I can pay my readers to share because they enjoyed. Right? Good luck, my friend! :)

  3. Great Giveaway! Remember when you got a "busy signal"! Or even "no answer"!

    1. LOL!!! I do. I actually spoke about land lines a while back.

      Nowadays, refreshing email to see if you have an acceptance letter is like checking the old land line, tapping on the button--whatever that thing was called--to make sure you had a dial tone when you were waiting for a boy to call. ;)

  4. Done, and happy to help (not to mention I'm a sucker for rewards). :)