Thanks Mean More When They’re Thoughtful

Thanks Mean More When They're Thoughtful

Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for the RT.

Thanks for following.

Each thank you listed above is certainly a small token of appreciation and acknowledgment.

But if you’re anything like me, and I’m pretty sure there are other snarky, sassy, tell-it-like-it-is marketers out there, you might feel that some of this recognition and reward feels a bit “by rote.”




1. routine; a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure:
the rote of daily living.
2. proceeding mechanically and repetitiously; being mechanical and repetitious in nature; routine; habitual: rote performance; rote implementation; His behavior became more rote with every passing year.

Sadly, it appears that thank you messaging has become a simple repetitive response for many.

Hop Off The Appreciation Assembly Line!

It’s great that you are thanking me. I appreciate it. But there’s so much more you can do to make your appreciation more appealing and at the same time advance your connections to the next levels, creating a more engaged audience and eventually even a peer network.

It’s great that you took the time to add my name to your note of thanks. But, c’mon now. I’ve known some of you for quite some time. Tacking my name on the end of your generic thank you message isn’t enough to give me the warm and fuzzies.

There are so many ways you can ramp up the recognition and reward those social shares. You’ll look like a rock star and you’ll be much more memorable and generate more authentic and tailored appreciation of your own.

Tailor Your Thanks, Try These Tactics:

1. Ask Me A Question

Questions open doors to conversation. Even in a measly 140 characters. Especially in a measly 140 characters. I see more questions answered on Twitter than on any other platform.

(ASIDE: Don’t you just hate it when you ask a question and someone likes it?!?! Seriously? I don’t want you to like it, I want you to flipping answer it!)

When you’re just getting to know me, you can simply ask how my day is going. If you follow my blog, you can ask a question about a topic I regularly write about.

Consider asking me to share something exciting going on in my biz. It’s a great way to show interest and it just might invite an opportunity for you to share some of your own big news.

2. Color Me Complimented

A considered compliment can be a quick and quality means of creating conversation and connection.

Considered compliment? Yes. While it’s nice to occasionally be told you rock or that you’re awesome, you can soon see when someone shares that sentiment with everyone who shares, follows, likes.

A considered compliment requires a little deeper digging, showing that you actually spent a little time trying to get to know the guy or gal upon whom you wish to bestow the compliment.

Is their cover image really creative? Tell ’em so!

Compliment their creative and catchy bio. I get ever so many quick messages and mentions of my perpetually peppy state – powered by caffeine and loud music (referenced in my bios).

3. Mention A Me Too!

I often connect with other music loving marketers and I often engage in short, sweet but lively discussion on music and how I tie it into marketing.

Many a marketing bio adds in a little personal pulse, and reaching out to those who share your passions, interests, hobbies and beyond professional pursuits is a great way to show that you’re a human being, not a link sharing robot.

4. Return The Favor Reward

First of all, sharing anyone’s post or article should never be considered a favor. Favor likes, favor shares, favor connections only have one person in mind, Y-O-U. You’re hoping that you’ll get a return share to return your own favor. So NOT social.

That being said, there’s nothing wrong with checking out the content shared by that lovely lady or generous gentleman who recently share your killer content.

Make sure you READ IT before you share it. And make the room to state the WHY of your share. Why? Because it can continue the artful appreciation and create more conversation, which leads to connection, etc.

How Do You Add Thoughtful To Your Thanks?

I’d love to know how you hop off of the appreciation assembly line and take thanks to a more thoughtful level.

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