19 Social Media Quotes for Business to Live By [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Ask any business leader what their favorite quote is and they are bound to provide you with something that has provided them sound guidance in their career. One of my personal favorite quotes is one attributed to Woody Allen which is “80% of success is about showing up.” It provides me the energy to engage in social media, create content, and do things that allow me to “show up,” and I do believe that my success until now can be partially attributed to following the guidance in the quote.

Those of us that are involved in social media, whether doing social media as a business, working for a social media-related company, or simply deeply leveraging social media as a strategic tool, have a unique perspective on business. As Community Manager for the dotCEO SocialMedia.CEO community of social business leaders, I wanted to see the wisdom that our community has that can be shared to provide you with inspiration and guidance in your business lives.

Instead of asking our members for social media quotes for business for this blog post, I worked together with dotCEO, who are owned  by PeopleBrowsr and Kred, to bring together a group of influential leaders to spotlight. I then researched their online content, which mainly consisted of blog posts, interviews, and videos, to look for nuggets of wisdom. The result is my personally curated list featured in the infographic below.

Although the 19 leaders are extremely diverse, it was interesting to see that the quotes that I had curated seem to fall into one of the following categories:

  • Education, especially with regards to Social Media and the Online World
  • Relationships, both with Customers and People
  • Motivational
  • Leadership
  • Technology

Although social media is the common thread between these members, just as I say in my own quote, social media really replaces nothing but does complement everything we do in the business world. We still need corporate education on utilizing social media, relationships are more important than ever, we can all use more motivation in our professional lives, leadership is a timeless quality that we all need, and the need to better leverage technology is a constant in the modern era.

In other words, social media is now just a part of the business spectrum and timeless values are more important today than ever.

Without further adieu, here are the quotes. Please share in the comments which of these social media quotes for business are your favorites. Thank you!

19 Social Media for Business Quotes to Live By #social media #quotes #infographic

Neal Schaffer
The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professionals strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social media books, including the recently published definitive social media strategy book Maximize Your Social. Forbes lists him as a Top 35 Social Media Power Influencer and AdAge lists his blog, Maximize Social Business (formerly known as Windmill Networking), as a top 100 global marketing blog. Neal provides social media strategy consulting and coaching, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and a Grammy-award winning musician. He has presented worldwide on social media at more than 150 events and also teaches social media marketing at Rutgers University. +Neal Schaffer
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  1. Jessica Smith says

    Thanks for this very interesting read, Neal. These social business leaders really know what they are talking about and I find their quotes truly inspiring, as if they are speaking based on the social media bible.

  2. says

    Great article (as always) Neal and inspiring comments. I would add, “Offer up value adding, interesting, compelling, thought provoking, informative and educational content unceasingly, expecting nothing in return. Be honest and sincere and let your true character, personality and charm shine through as an individual or company. Treat each connection, follower and subscriber as you would your first date and maintain that relationship all the way through”.

  3. says

    I like the Joy Nordenstrom and Ana Lucia Novak quotes the best, but also like the first three. Some of them are a little long and convoluted to really stick (a la the Heath Brothers).

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