5 Tips for Using Humor in Your Social Media Activities

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5 Tips for Using Humor in Your Social Media Activities
Can you remember something funny? Humor can go a long way with social media. Are you considering using humor with your social media activities? If so, this article reveals some tips to get you on the right track. Why humor?


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Humor in social media

Adding humor to your social media strategy can be a great way to get people’s attention.

If you’re not “humorizing” your brand, product or business, then you might be missing out on a ...


5 tips to help you get started

  1. Ask yourself WWJD? (What Would Jerry Do?) Take an everyday situation and ask yourself, “What’s funny about this?”
  2. Keep it clean. Steer clear of controversi...


Being Funny Is a Risk

  • Some people might not appreciate your company’s brand of humor. Make sure the humor fits.
  • Being funny may not work for healthcare, financial services or any highly regula...



Humor benefits to marketing materials

Humor benefits to marketing materials
  • Humor breaks down walls, shows personality a.k.a. shows a brand's human side.
  • Humor is attention-grabbing. It is naturally colorful and original.
  • People love ...

At its worst, humor is:

  • The wrong joke at the wrong time. It can make your brand look amateurish and unprofessional.
  • If people think you’re cracking jokes for the sole purpose of getting more attention, you’ll be seen as exploitative rather than funny.
  • Humor can cheapen certain ideas or make them be taken less seriously.
  • In some cases, humor can be outright offensive.
  • Key areas to create value with humor

    • Humorous touches can almost always improve a piece that is already valuable on its own.
    • If you’re sure a joke is going to land, it can make an effective advertisement. Test variations of the joke with a small audience first; that way, you can be sure the humor doesn’t cross a line.
    • Brand differentiation. For example, Oreo has long differentiated itself by offering a quirky, tongue-in-cheek voice across its social media platforms. This is especially effective in dry, or otherwise “boring” industries.
    • Personal branding. Elon Musk, for example, has separated himself from his companies Tesla and SpaceX by cracking jokes and roasting people on his own account.

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    The skilled use of humor ...

    • gets a point across, 
    • lightens a mood,
    • is better than therapy for brightening the workplace and energizing all who may come your way.

    The ...

    Good and bad humor

    • Good Humor is Inclusive.
    • Good Humor Promotes Bonding.

    • Bosses and managers who use self-deprecating humor are considered more approachable and human.
    • Bad Humor Is Poison and can affect an employee’s performance or future.
    • Clumsy Humor is a Risk. Your audience might take offence instead of laugh.

    Anyone can use humor

    Appropriate humor relaxes an audience and makes them feel more comfortable with you as the speaker. 

    Humor can bring attention to the point you are making and help the audien...

    Developing Anecdotes

    The best and most comfortable place to find humor comes from your own personal experience. 

    Jot down funny ideas as you come across it that might appeal to your audience - an embarrassing moment that you might not have found funny at the time, or a funny conversation you had. 

    Honing the Delivery

    Make sure your choose humor is funny to you. First practice with small groups of people. Pay attention to the way your are delivering the joke or quip.

    Only use humor in a speech after you are comfortable telling it from memory and have tested it.

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