I recently met a social media expert at a local gathering. To protect his identity, we will call him Ring Tailed Lemur.
Me: "What do you do?"
Ring Tailed Lemur: "I'm a social media expert."
Me: "Interesting. What sort of work do you do with social media?"
Ring Tailed Lemur: "I have lots of friends on Facebook and I tell them about my customers' products."
Me: (friendly joking) "I'm sure that makes you very popular."
Ring Tailed Lemur: (serious face) "Yes, well. I think they like it."
...long uncomfortable silence...
Anyway, back to the fun and humor of it all -- I'm a bit disappointed the standard HottieClock Guy outfit doesn't come with the glitter wand with streamers, and a rhinestone tiara. :-p
Sorry, I disagree entirely. In the original conversation, this person identified himself as a "Consultant". From the original conversation, it's pretty clear what kind of business he's engaged in. Whether it's useful and valuable remains to be seen, but it's clearly not mass "Web Marketing and SEO" as most of us know it.
Equating this person's occupation with traditional Commercial Marketing expertise and SEO knowledge is a very far stretch -- one that I didn't initiate, btw. He's in Marketing (somehow), and engages a target audience via Friends, and that's pretty much it.
I have equated this occupation with paid Socialites who go around the Clubbing scene promoting events, venues, and new products, and don't see much of a problem with it. I often see them at Amuse passing out postcards for upcoming events, for example.
End of discussion on my end, lest this thread turn more toxic than it already is. Thanks.
My problem: "Hi, I'm Joe, Online Marketing Manager for Prudential Locations." They ask: "so, What do you actually DO?"