5 Reasons to Stop Posting Hype on Social Media

5 Reasons to Stop Posting Hype on Social Media

In hopes of attracting fans, these influencers like to use hype and fake followers, and for a long time it helped bring in sucker customers. The hype, bragging and self-aggrandizing make it hard for any of us to believe it's authentic. While there's no harm in a little bragging, Harvard Business Review reports that too much of it or the wrong type of bragging can hurt your chances of getting a job, being trusted or being liked by strangers. As much as I love money, I know that my reputation is everything and I'd prefer to stay away from the hype, verging on lying or embellishing and instead treating my fans with authenticity and honesty. Post too much hype and you will be hard to trust. Not long ago, there was a big boxing match-up between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The fight brought in millions of dollars -- but only because it wasn't the norm. The same goes for your business -- if hype and bragging is the norm, it will be hard for your "new and best" to stand out because you've been crying wolf too much. As an entrepreneur or business owner, I advise you to do the same. Be true to yourself when you're online and when you're offline.

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5 Reasons to Stop Posting Hype on Social Media

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I’m sure you’ve seen the fancy cars, houses and wads of cash that social media influencers love to flaunt. In hopes of attracting fans, these influencers like to use hype and fake followers, and for a long time it helped bring in sucker customers.

As social media use has risen, I’m not surprised that reports show a growing trend among millennials to trust influencers less and less. The hype, bragging and self-aggrandizing make it hard for any of us to believe it’s authentic. While there’s no harm in a little bragging, Harvard Business Review reports that too much of it or the wrong type of bragging can hurt your chances of getting a job, being trusted or being liked by strangers.

It’s time for entrepreneurs and business owners to stop posting hype — and instead get real with us.

If you’re wondering why boasting on social hurts you and your brand, here are five reasons.

1. Hype is hard to keep up with.

After a while the the grandiosity becomes too much, and you have to lie to keep the hype sounding great. And as you already know, one lie can quickly snowball into more lies … and then it’s not just one lie you’ve told but many.

Many people have used hype to help sell their courses — and in turn have become widely known for being scammers, con artists and frauds. As much as I love money, I know that my reputation is everything and I’d prefer to stay away from the hype, verging on lying or embellishing and instead treating my fans with authenticity and honesty.

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2. Post too much hype and you will be hard to trust.

One of the quintessential tales of hyping and bragging gone wrong is in the story of formerly iconic actor Charlie Sheen. After going on a tirade of blowing up his value by posting online about how he was #winning, Sheen became a laughingstock in Hollywood and across the world.

While Sheen is one of the more memorable culprits of over-using hype, he’s not alone. I’m sure if you take a moment you’ll easily…

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