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On Trust, Purpose, and Default Mode -- Lessons Learned at 2018 SmartSocial Conference

Debora Manusama

Initially, when I was told that I was going to a social media conference, I thought to myself, “Is it all going to be about how to go viral and whatnot?” ;)

Not that going viral is bad or anything. It just seemed so vain to spend a few days only to learn about how to create trending contents and get high engagement rates on social media.

And by the way, I still can’t believe I get paid to get on social media everyday. It’s been 4 months and I really can’t complain.

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Anyways, the SmartSocial conference was in Austin, TX and it was hosted by Spredfast, a very famous social media managing software platform that I happen to be using at work daily.

As soon as I leaned in and listened to the first speaker, I quickly realized that the conference was not ALL about what to post and how to go viral. Because to be successful on social media is to win people’s hearts. And to do that, you need more than just a bomb content.

You need a good heart.

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There are about 3 billion people in the world who are on social media.

Why are we so drawn to interacting and being a part of the conversation on social media? Because deep down, we all have this innate desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

That’s why now more than ever, marketers are learning new ways to tell stories that capture their customers’ attention, and even encourage them to take the actions they want their customers to take.

It sounds scary, I know. But it’s not voodoo, it’s just good marketing.

That’s why as consumers, we have the obligation to research the products we’re trusting and consuming daily. And as content creators representing brands, we have the obligation to NOT violate our consumers’ trust.

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Another thing that I learned about being a “responsible” content creator is to…

Create from a pure place. That’s what Common (yes, the Oscar-winning rapper, yes!) shared during his Q & A session at the conference. And it resonated with me so much!

Thanks to this social media age, we are all now content creators in our own right. We all have the power to brighten up someone else’s day or tear them down with whatever we post on social media. So I think this quote is a good reminder for all of us.

Next time before you post something, ask yourself, is this worth sharing? And what is my motivation behind all this?

Am I doing this for attention and likes. And by the way, if I was one of my followers, is this worth knowing/seeing?

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The cherry on top was when author Manoush Zomorodi summed up the conference with some wisdom on how to keep a sound mind in the midst of all this social media madness.

She talked about how our brains usually come up with the best ideas when it’s on a Default Mode. When we are “bored” as we go through the in-between moments in our daily lives, like waiting for an elevator or heating up our food in the microwave, our brains start to tell stories to ourselves.

So don’t jack up this self-reflection time by ALWAYS filling your in-between moments with gadgets and social media! No wonder more and more of us are anxious and depressed nowadays! We don’t have time to deal with our real issues!

I’m going to leave you with this gem dropped by one of the keynote speakers, Roy Spence : There are 2 kinds of people, the vinegar and the honey. Be honey, be the giver.

3 Ways To Get A Clearer Conscience & A Cleaner Closet This Spring

Debora Manusama

Spring is officially HERE. Before getting busy with all the flowers, dresses, and brunches, get your closet clean and your conscience clear with these 3 simple steps! Spring cleaning is on! 

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On 10 Years After Turning 18. And The People I Love.

Debora Manusama

So I just turned 28 last week. You know what that means? It's been 10 years since I went to college. Wow! My biggest mistakes were made in the last decade. I pray and hope that some of my biggest achievements will be accomplished this decade!

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Sushi, Cocktails, and Therapeutic Girl-Time

Debora Manusama

I don't know about you, but I feel like a night out with my girlfriends is vital for my sanity lol. It doesn't have to be super epic and crazy, we just need to get together and be girls ya know. And talk about everything from parenting to men in fitted suits ;) 

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Time Capsuling - A Fun Way to Set Up New Year Hopes

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Write down your hopes (not goals or resolutions) for 4 aspect of your life, put it away, and read it 1 year after. Free hand-lettered printable included.

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How I Screwed Up My Son's Brain. And How I'm fixing it.

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

I never believed that excessive screen time could affect children's speech, thinking and social skills. Until it happened to my son. Apparently, fixing it involves me having less screentime as well.

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#30DaysofGratitude

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

The idea behind this hashtag is very simple: post things you're grateful for for 30 days straight. I don't mean one of those #blessed posts that are actually just boasting/fishing-for-compliments- posts in disguise.  Because seriously, it's easy to add #Blessed when you're taking a selfie on a yacht in St. Barts. But what about the dull everyday moments that you spend with your family at home? Can you count them as blessings too? When I saw people doing it last year, I thought hmm I should do it in 2016. So here we go! I know I won't be able to keep it up, mostly because I don't post on Sundays. But on the days when I do post on social media, I will surely post about the things I'm grateful for, to help remind myself and y'all that there's always something to be grateful for everyday!

Posting these for the last 3 days have stimulated me to be intentional in counting my blessings and being grateful for them. It might seem hard to do so sometimes, especially when we are distracted or overwhelmed by the bad stuff that are happening in our lives. Trust me, I am not posting/writing from a good place. I have been dealing with a lot of things lately. But you know what? I am training myself to at least give thanks to God for the little things. They don't have to be deep. You can thank Him for your family, the existence of your favorite dessert, the weather, or the fact that Cyber Monday is coming soon (which means most online sellers will offer crazy discounts on Monday, 11/28, my store included!) lol.

However you do it, make sure you promote gratitude instead of competition.

And maybe when we get so used to doing it, gratitude can become our lifestyle :) Let's give it a try, friends!