Hello Steemian, this is @diabolika. Can I ask you a question?
What makes you human?
In my previous article, I wrote that I recently set up my Tinder to promote my business. This is actually a very sneaky marketing tactic but for some, a little heartbreaking, ha! As I searched for some free marketing strategies, I got inspired by this humanoid robot called "Ava" from the film Ex Machina. She had a fake profile on Tinder used to promote the film. Ava redirected her matches to her Instagram and that was how they found out that she is just an AI. Fun yet sad.
I know that Tinder is a popular casual hookup site sometimes used by travelers to find someone to be fucked and dumped during their holiday in this part of the world. Though, not really all, but come on? Not a new thing, not morally wrong in my humble opinion. Who am I to judge what people want to do in their lives? The local girls who are also on Tinder don't mind to be treated like that as some of them are also using the app, uhmm, for their own business, or for fun.
Anyway, I've set up my profile and put my website, Instagram and all the island tours that I'm offering. I have the same profile photo. Surprisingly, I got more enquiries about the travel packages, or at least that's what it looks like. Some people might be swiping in this part of the world so it's free traffic for my website. I actually got busy answering Tinder enquiries lately, so fun. I make my replies sound like a really professional and overfriendly Tinder chatbot.
Though I cannot really avoid those people who are using Tinder for its real purpose, after all, I'm matching with just about anyone. At first, they will enquire about the itinerary and travel packages. Then somewhere in the middle of the conversation, they will start inserting some emotional stuff. This is how I get to be more like Ava.
Now I realized that the only way not to get affected by humans on Tinder is to be like Ava. Over-friendly yet totally unfeeling. I will never be hurt or disappointed because I am not the prey anymore! Now, do I sound like your Machiavellian princess?
I think the most important thing to keep in mind when using Tinder for marketing is to be straight up front just so it won't feel so diabolical toying with men's emotions. Just slightly. The first thing you're going to see on my profile is my website and that I'm offering island travel packages for travelers. What's in it for you? Last minute bookings, personalized tours, and hassle-free travel planning. I need to do this for now until I get some proper TA reviews that might increase direct enquiries and bookings on my website.
Now I realized, this is how it feels to be a chatbot. When someone tries to upset you or hurt you during the conversation, your response will always be the same. Your professionalism, overfriendliness, and empathy are pretty much automated. You don't belong to anyone. In other words, you are not human. Because no matter what others do, the bot will not feel anything. No love, no happiness, no nothing. Nobody has the power to make the bot cry or make her feel happy. Being a bot is her defense mechanism in this world full of pain.
Now I'm starting to think that this is pretty much the same tactic being taught in like Starbucks, Call Centers, Mcdonalds, self-help books etc. The success of these companies can be attributed to how they are turning their workers to become their own slave bots.