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Oct
30

A Quick Social Media Strategy

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The floodgates are open when it comes to managing your social media channels and implementing a strategy.

Here is one social media strategy that only takes seconds to implement. It's called Rapportive.com

Rapportive is a plugin in attached to your Gmail account that displays information from your email contacts’ social media accounts like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. 

As soon as you open an email and put the email address in a sidebar window appears with that persons social media content. You can connect with them and comment on the social content without leaving your inbox. 

This is a powerful tool since engagement is the number one way to build your social media channels. Many people complain because social media is too time consuming. Now you have no excuse. 

I found Rapportive to be my "spy" on new email contacts. People will email me to inquire about a product or client I work with and with Rapportive I can quickly find out if they are a real person, a competitor or someone who I might like to build a stronger relationship with. It's terrific for interacting with on Twitter as I can instantly see what they tweeted and then comment or re-tweet immediately and move on with my work. 

Another great feature is that I can input notes in the sidebar and it pulls recent emails up too. 

Do you have a favorite social media strategy that you would like to share? I'd love to hear about it. Post a comment on my Facebook page now.

Pinterest. Another social media platform that causes chaos or cashflow? Pinterest has become one of the fastest growing platforms in the social media world. Top marketers, trainers, authors and more are flocking to the fairly new social media site because they see the benefit of the additional traffic it is driving to their site. 

Pinterest is easy to set up, easy to use and a whole lot of fun to discover new ideas for design, food preparation, baby items, marketing ideas, and vacation spots. Pinterest is a great tool for building new relationships, finding out more about what a person has interest in and being able to see what a finished product may look like before you embark on a new project. It already accounts for more referral traffic on the internet than LinkedIn, Twitter and Google +. Why not engage and learn. 

Read the infographic below and follow me on Pinterest. I'd love to hear your feedback on how you use Pinterest . 

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Pinterest Data You Can’t Ignore: The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest [infographic]

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Jul
11

Texting, Tweeting and Driving

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This is not just about texting your friends and family it also relates to tweeting and Facebooking while driving. 
Take caution and please use social media while parked, at your desk, or in a safe environment. 

The Dangers of Texting and Driving
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Facebook is the largest social networking website in the world. It makes connecting with people much easier than it was before. There are not only people on Facebook; there are also companies and charities. This has actually helped a lot of companies take off with their sales and can increase donations for charities as well! Some tips for using Facebook for non-profit companies include:


1) Use the “causes” section of the Facebook page.

Every non-profit Facebook page comes equipped with a “causes” tab. This makes it really easy for all Facebook fans who “like” the charity to donate and actually see what their donations go towards. Fans of the page don’t even have to go to an external website in order to donate. They can do it all right from the Facebook website within a few minutes.<br />

2) Keep up with the page.

More people are going to “like” your page if you keep up with it and are active. This means updating your status, which could include information about events that are going on or just a kind message for the day. It’s also important to respond to anyone that comments to you with something important. Other fans are going to like to see the interaction with others. When you talk personally with those that are fans, you are reaching out to a lot of people.

3) Get involved with fans.

Getting involved with the people that “like” your page is essential. They will be more likely to spread the word about your page if you do this. It could even be something simple, like having a commenting contest for a free charity t-shirt!
 
4) Use unique updates.
 
Updating your page with interesting information is very important. If you just write boring information that is already on your normal website, people are far less likely to donate and help out.
 
5) Use all sections of your page.
 
All Facebook pages for charities let you have some fun with what you do. There are different tabs, so you can create games, run contests and do a number of other things to get people more involved!

6) Offer products for donations.

On your Facebook page you can even have a store with donation products. This could be items, like shirts or stickers, with the name of your charity on them. People are likely to purchase these since they will be getting something for their money.
 
7) Respond to private messages.

Also make sure you read messages and respond. Although this is going to take some time and effort, it’s worth it. Fans will appreciate personalized responses for their questions and comments.
 
8) Use the feedback from fans.
 
Fans are going to comment when something on your page isn’t working. Use their feedback to show them you are listening to what they have to say!

9) Use other social media networks.
 
You can easily connect your Facebook page with other social media outlets. By connecting social media networks, you can network with as many people as possible!

10) Show progress for donations.
 
If you are starting a donation campaign, show the progress. This should include how much you have earned and how much is needed. Also make sure to give updates of how the money is being used for good things!

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Nov
14

Networking Tips For Live Events

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Networking Tips For Live Events

Live networking events are a wonderful way to get prospects and is so much better than having to cold call for potential business. However, there are some things that one should avoid doing. So, the following are some networking tips for a live event.

Attending a Networking Event Without a Plan is not Smart Networking

While it is true that showing up is half the battle, knowing what one is going to do when there is the other half. It is always a good idea to have a plan of what you want to accomplish at a networking event. Know how many people to meet or which specific individuals to get to know before you arrive. Write a plan of how early to arrive at an event, how late to stay, and define the goals to be achieved will make a person a much more effective networker at live events. After all, how many other people at the event the think will have a written plan just for that event?  Among all the networking tips for a live event, this one alone will make one a winner. That is why it is the first tip.

Do Not Be Caught without a Business Card

Every business professional should carry plenty of business cards, always. With the number of different business card cases there is no excuse not to have a good amount on hand. Plus, one knows that they are attending a networking event where they will be handing out business cards, so they should have plenty. It would be supremely embarrassing to be at a networking event and not have a business card. What does that say about the person who knowingly goes to a live networking event and does not have plenty of business cards? It would speak poorly about that person and reflects on the type of work that they do.

It would actually be good to have two business card cases full of cards when going to a networking event. It is not inconceivable that a person can run out of business cards, so plan for that not to happen.  One could even keep a box of business cards in their car in case they needed to reload their business card case. The main thing is to never be without a business card when meeting someone new.

Do Not Spend Too Much Time with People You Know

Networking is about meeting new people. As a matter fact the whole reason to go to a live networking event is to meet new people. Therefore, when at a networking event, as diplomatically as possible, avoid familiar acquaintances. The more one knows a person the less amount of time that should be spent with them. That doesn't mean that anyone is ignored but a simple handshake and hello is all one really needs to give to familiar people. Avoid getting caught up into a conversation with them. If one is truly working the event as an experienced networker, then the networker should already be in conversations with people they don't know.  That will alleviate any problems from people feeling ignored or snubbed.

Do Not Be Just On Time, Be Early and Stay Late

Being on-time is being late when it comes to networking tips for a live event.  Because a good networker goes to networking to meet people, they know to go early and stay late so they can reach the maximum number of people. It's simply a matter of having more time to meet more people. It also helps because one never knows when certain people will be at an event. Critical prospects may only come early to an event but leave early or vice versa that they came late to an event. By coming early and staying late one maximizes the possibility of meeting everyone that they can including those prospects who may not have much time to spend at the event. Another benefit is that one can offer to help set up before or clean up after an event. This would help one ingratiate themselves to the event's hosts, which will most likely lead to some favorable introductions or referrals later.

Hopefully, by applying these networking tips for a live event one can start to see more business.

It was bound to happen. We live in a society that judges people based on their appearance, their age, and material possessions – did you really expect Twitter to be any different? True, there are more than a few users who will judge your Twitter status or efficacy strictly by the number of followers you have. They tend to collect followers like baseball cards, and fancy to count themselves among the Twitter elite. Well, that's all well and good, I suppose – but more isn't always better.

The Pulpit, or the Parlor from a purely logistical perspective, how many genuine connections do you think you can cultivate, nurture and maintain – without spending every waking moment feverishly typing 140-character pleasantries? I don't know about you, but the notion of trying to keep tabs on twenty thousand of my closest BFF's sounds more than a bit daunting. In fact, it sounds downright impossible. Even as I say this, there are sure to be some Twitter users who would vehemently disagree. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

For my part, I prefer to interact in a parlor, as opposed to a pulpit-style atmosphere on Twitter – and in order to do that, you can't focus on developing a congregation. Instead, you focus on developing a camaraderie.  This mindset will likely prevent you from ascending to the elite Twitterati status, but it won't prevent you from being successful.

The most important things to remember about Twitter are:

* Be yourself. Mama said it best, and she was right.

* Be engaging. Offer insights, ask questions, and join the conversation.

* Be helpful. Retweet posts from others. Your followers will appreciate it, and so will the original poster.

* Avoid the pushy sales pitch. Folks buy from those they know, like and trust.

* Be grateful. Thank those who help you, and those who offer value to you.

* Recognize other Twitter users, and recommend them whenever you can.

* Remember the 80/20 rule – 80% of your business will come from 20% of your customers/prospects. Of course, this isn't to say that those folks with tens of thousands of followers aren't successful (just look at Barack Obama) – but it is a safe bet that the dialogue between user and follower is dramatically different.

Like anything else, your mileage may vary. At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is that Twitter is a tool, and the manner in which you use it will determine your overall success.

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Sep
09

The Global Phenomenon of Twitter

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Twitter StrategiesThe global phenomenon of Twitter has spread into every imaginable market, with more tools and uses becoming available all the time. Despite this, new users often pose the same question:

What in the heck am I supposed to tweet about?
Veteran Twitter users would find it difficult at best to answer this question with any amount of brevity (despite the 140 character restriction) – but, for business users, there is at least one universally applicable subject matter that you can start with, namely, your frequently asked questions, or FAQs.

Why Tweet Your FAQs?
Suppose you have a product that generates lots of user questions – whether it is assembly questions, installation, technical support, maintenance, accessory orders or the like, there are bound to be some questions that you receive on a regular basis. You’re already answering them on your website, (you ARE doing this, right?), so why not consider a quick tweet with the link to help direct Twitter users who may be in need of this information?

Some Other Examples:

* Link to the directory of local sales/maintenance representatives
* Link to short training videos you are hosting on your site, or at YouTube
* Link to your newsletter subscription page
* Link to welcome videos
* Link to free technical manual downloads, ebooks, coupons or other offers
* Link to event calendar with upcoming events and appearances

We all know that there “is no such thing as a stupid question,” but we’ve all felt reluctant to ask one at some point or another. Help make relevant information readily available, even to the shyest of customers by offering this information as tweets.

In addition, you can build customer loyalty and goodwill by encouraging them to send you their questions, and you can answer them in a public twitter “shout out.” Everyone loves to be made to feel special – consider offering a special discount or freebie to the best question each month in order to increase submissions.search.twitter.com
Many Twitter users that may not have previously been aware of your company will be able to find you by way ofthe”search” tool on the Twitter website – think of your tweets as a 24/7 sales tool that serves double-duty as product information.

Twitter is a viable, free tool that can provide your company with immeasurable value. With just a small investment of your time, you can provide customer goodwill, product information and advertise – all with just 140 characters.

So go ahead and click the retweet button at the top of the page. Twitter.com/LisaSaline

3 Secrets to an Effective Inbound Marketing Campaign
Utilizing effective inbound marketing properly is an excellent way for you to build your business, as well as to get traffic by the masses into your website. There are a number of different ways in which this can take place, but as with anything, there are always going to be some secrets which will help you to get more traffic. Here are 3 different ways that you can use inbound marketing in order to ramp up the visitors to your own website, and to increase your bottom line.
Content Syndication – The new buzzword is tribal syndication, but you may be a little bit confused as to how this actually works. With this type of syndication, you are actually part of a network of marketers that are working in a related niche. Because there are many power marketers that are involved with tribal syndication, the amount of traffic that gets pushed around can be overwhelming. At times, this type of syndication can work within the same network, such as twitter to twitter or Facebook to Facebook. At other times, however, you can cross the line and push people from network to network.
Search Engine Marketing – SEO has received a lot of attention over the years, and this is not without good reason. As a matter of fact, many online businesses owe their existence to search engine marketing, regardless of whether it is free traffic that they are getting from the search engines or paid. The big secret to this is to target your keywords properly, and from there you can really expand in almost any direction that you want to go. Because people are very focused with what they are doing online, target what they are searching for and you can grab a piece of that traffic and send pre-warmed leads to your website through the search engines.
Social Media Marketing – Welcome to Web 2.0. Even though social media websites have been around for quite some time, their popularity has just recently hit critical mass. When you take part in social media marketing, such as what can be found on Facebook or twitter, you can really achieve quite a following in a short period of time. Many of these social media networks utilize their own internal search engine frequently, and you can be part of this by optimizing your social media marketing in order to attract those that are interested in what you have to say.

Utilizing effective inbound marketing properly is an excellent way for you to build your business, as well as to get traffic by the masses into your website. There are a number of different ways in which this can take place, but as with anything, there are always going to be some secrets which will help you to get more traffic. Here are 3 different ways that you can use inbound marketing in order to ramp up the visitors to your own website, and to increase your bottom line.

Content Syndication – The new buzzword is tribal syndication, but you may be a little bit confused as tohow this actually works. With this type of syndication, you are actually part of a network of marketers that are working in a related niche. Because there are many power marketers that are involved with tribal syndication, the amount of traffic that gets pushed around can be overwhelming. At times, this type of syndication can work within the same network, such as twitter to twitter or Facebook to Facebook. At other times, however, you can cross the line and push people from network to network.

Search Engine Marketing – SEO has received a lot of attention over the years, and this is not without good reason. As a matter of fact, many online businesses owe their existence to search engine marketing, regardless of whether it is free traffic that they are getting from the search engines or paid. The big secret to this is to target your keywords properly, and from there you can really expand in almost any direction that you want to go. Because people are very focused with what they are doing online, target what they are searching for and you can grab a piece of that traffic and send pre-warmed leads to your website through the search engines.

Social Media Marketing – Welcome to Web 2.0. Even though social media websites have been around for quite some time, their popularity has just recently hit critical mass. When you take part in social media marketing, such as what can be found on Facebook or Twitter, you can really achieve quite a following in a short period of time. Many of these social media networks utilize their own internal search engine frequently, and you can be part of this by optimizing your social media marketing in order to attract those that are interested in what you have to say.

The Internet has really proven to be a great resource for local business owners, and many of them are just now discovering exactly how many customers it can send in their direction. One of the reasons why this is the case, is because people are now searching online for local businesses by name, or by what they have to offer. Along with that, many of them use social media networks regularly on their cell phones, and you can also use this to drive insane amounts of new and repeat business to your location.
One of the best ways for you to be able to do this is to simply ask your existing customers to follow you on one of the social networks, such as twitter or Facebook. Whenever they do this, it gives you the opportunity to market to them and to send them a message or update about your business. This can be a very powerful tool, and if used properly you can really fill your location with customers very quickly.
Something that you may want to consider, is running specials from time to time and contacting your customers through these social media networks. For example, if you run a small restaurant, you may want to have a special evening that is themed in some way or another in order to attract customers. By sending out a message on the social media networks about this special event, you will not only get visitors that will be attending it, you will also remind people to come by and visit you at any time.
Make sure that you are active on these social media networks, even when you’re not sending out information that is specific to your business. This gives people the opportunity to form a bond with you, and a certain level of trust is also going to be achieved. When this takes place, people will feel as if you are talking to them directly, even if you have hundreds or perhaps thousands of followers.
Finally, try to get people interested and adding into the conversation whenever you are posting messages on Facebook. This helps to build your local network, as their friends who are also part of their network will see what they have to say. This is an excellent promotional tool, and it is one that should not be overlooked by any local business that would like to achieve higher numbers and to get more customers to come in their door regularly.

Social Media MarketingThe Internet has really proven to be a great resource for local business owners, and many of them are just now discovering exactly how many customers it can send in their direction. One of the reasons why this is the case, is because people are now searching online for local businesses by name, or by what they have to offer. Along with that, many of them use social media networks regularly on their cell phones, and you can also use this to drive insane amounts of new and repeat business to your location.

One of the best ways for you to be able to do this is to simply ask your existing customers to follow you on one of the social networks, such as twitter or Facebook. Whenever they do this, it gives you the opportunity to market to them and to send them a message or update about your business. This can be a very powerful tool, and if used properly you can really fill your location with customers very quickly.

Something that you may want to consider, is running specials from time to time and contacting your customers through these social media networks. For example, if you run a small restaurant, you may want to have a special evening that is themed in some way or another in order to attract customers. By sending out a message on the social media networks about this special event, you will not only get visitors that will be attending it, you will also remind people to come by and visit you at any time.

Make sure that you are active on these social media networks, even when you’re not sending out information that is specific to your business. This gives people the opportunity to form a bond with you, and a certain level of trust is also going to be achieved. When this takes place, people will feel as if you are talking to them directly, even if you have hundreds or perhaps thousands of followers.

Finally, try to get people interested and adding into the conversation whenever you are posting messages on Facebook. This helps to build your local network, as their friends who are also part of their network will see what they have to say. This is an excellent promotional tool, and it is one that should not be overlooked by any local business that would like to achieve higher numbers and to get more customers to come in their door regularly.

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Please leave your comments regarding how you use social media in your business and feel free to invite others to do the same.

Will Foursquare will have 1 million members signed up in the next couple of week? You bet. This tweet was just published and they are excited to have 1M Checkins in a single day.

Foursquare Tweet

Why does this matter to you? If you are a business owner you need to be on Foursquare.  People will help you advertise.  The best way to describe the service is to actually quote directly from the Foursquare site:

“People use foursquare to “check-in”, which is a way of telling us your whereabouts. When you check-in someplace, we’ll tell your friends where they can find you and recommend places to go & things to do nearby. People check-in at all kind of places – cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, homes, offices.

You’ll find that as your friends use foursquare to check-in, you’ll start learning more about the places they frequent. Not only is it a great way to meet up with nearby friends, but you’ll also start to learn about their favorite spots and the new places they discover.”

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