Normally, I just block and report you as spam, but as of late I've actually tried to engage with you, because isn't that what social media is all about?
So heads-up, if after your send me said unsolicited weightloss tweet based solely on the fact that I have type 1 diabetes, don't be shocked when I wish to continue the conversation.
@diabetesalic @DrBarrySears @thezonediet I find it odd that Im continually bombarded w/weight loss tweets because I have type1diabetes. 20 in 2 days time
@DrBarrySears @diabetesalic of course I do not assume you need to lose weight but @thezonediet is proven to help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes.
@diabetesalic @DrBarrySears @thezonediet I think it's both arrogant&dangerous to think that if a person has diabetes, they should lose weight.
@diabetesalic @DrBarrySears @thezonediet u profiled me because Im a person w/ #diabetes&you tweeted me about your weight loss brand YOU ASSUMED
Don't act all pious & tweet me back and say that you have no idea why I'm tweeting you since you didn't contact me (so not true) and don't be surprised when I say, YEAH, you did and then repeat to you back your original tweet, which btw was conveniently deleted on your end.
Don't respond by saying : @DrBarrySears @diabetesalic My apologies if you feel bothered. Diabetics (types 1 or 2) don't necessarily need to lose weight, rather control insulin.
And don't be surprised when I respond back to you: @diabetesalic @DrBarrySears @thezonediet re: "type 1"controlling insulin," it's not about that at all. It's about managing blood sugars. BIG DIFFERENCE
I could go on, but here's the thing: If you're going to use Social Media to promote your brand, don't feign surprise or shock when your target market wants to actually engage with you. As a marketer and or physician I expect you to refrain from making blanket statements regarding my disease that perpetuate diabetes myths and stereotypes.
I'm not against a low carb diet, quite the contrary, I meticulously count my carbs - I MUST & I DO.
I measure, count and see carbs on my plate as opposed to the actual food. Most people living with diabetes do the very same thing. Is it an exact science? NO, there are times when no matter what, our numbers still go North or just as dangerous, South. But we try, and then we pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and try again.
And while we watch, we indulge in the occasional cupcake or softserve ice cream, or Ice Cream Social (and wtg Mike!). Moderation is key and in these days of diabetes technological enlightenment (verses the Diabetes Dark Ages) and nothing is off limits.
So if you're using Social Media to target in your said target market, then start the conversation off right! And while your at it, get the diabetes facts straight instead of perpetuating diabetes myths & stereotypes.