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September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

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Social Media- Is it a Fad?

Connect better with Social Media

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Recent studies have indicated two intriguing things about social media. First, you’ll attract more followers the less you talk about yourself. Second, having more followers or friends doesn’t necessarily mean your messages are being spread more effectively.

There are no surprises in that first piece of research: we all know we’ll probably attract more people if we have something interesting and intelligent to say, but — let’s face it — few of us regularly have anything that’s particularly interesting and intelligent to say about ourselves.

People want to listen when you’re saying something they could learn from — something that exposes them to new possibilities or expands their perceptions. Thinking of this every time you send a message out may be one way to attract more followers.

Of course, the second piece of research would suggest that more followers isn’t the aim of the game after all. The quality of followers is key, whether you’re angling for a new job, a new project, or looking to build your profile within a given industry. How can we make better-quality, better-connected followers and contacts through social networks?

This question really has two parts. One is about getting people we want to follow us on board — convincing them to add us to their list of contacts. The answers to that question lie in interaction and participation — responding intelligently to their updates, answering questions they ask, making valuable comment on their articles or blog posts, following their activities on other sites and in other media, and so on.

But before you can do any of this, you need to identify opinion leaders. You might have some good ideas about who’s an opinion leader in your field … but then again, you might not. After all, the web is a big place and few of us restrict ourselves to our local area, or people who we have already heard of or interacted with.

Using search to find and follow trends is an essential first step. Find out who’s talking about the topics associated with your field, and what they’re saying. Identify those who provide new information or are pushing the envelope somehow. Obviously you’ll follow those people who have something interesting to offer, but after that?

From the Bottom Up

What we’re looking for is the best-connected people, with the best connections. If you’re working to build your reputation among high-end Apple users, you might have trouble getting Steve Jobs’s attention, let alone convincing him to follow you. A more useful approach may be to target the people Steve Jobs follows or listens to, or the people they follow or listen to. They might not have as many contacts, but they may more “strategically” placed for spreading news to the right people.

To identify these individuals, you might want to start by looking at the people who say what you believe are the most interesting things in your field. Find out who they are, what they do, and who they follow and are followed by. On Twitter, see how many retweets and referential or direct tweets they receive, and look at who’s retweeting and referencing them.

Looking more closely at the people who are following or talking about the individuals you’ve identified, or who work with them or at the same level in the industry, might provide further clues about who the influencers are. You’ll might also be able to identify media outlets or other information sources that the influencers use, and depending on what you offer, these sources may provide another means by which you can get in front of your target contacts.

A Top-down Approach

Another approach could be to work backwards, finding your industry’s biggest names and thought leaders, looking at their interactions on social networks, and identifying the people they respect. If you can target those individuals and engage with them, or target the people they follow, you might have a better chance of getting the attention of your industry’s biggest opinion leaders.

From here, you start to follow those contacts you feel will be most useful, work out what information is most interesting to them, and engage with them  intelligently through the media they use. Straight-up compliments on the work of someone you respect are less likely to be as effective in convincing them that you’re worth following than are comments that indicate they’d have something to gain — to learn or enjoy — by following you.

Simply following the biggest names, or the people with the greatest number of followers, is unlikely to be your social media salvation. If you’re the type to think strategically about the way you use social media, and the roles it can play in boosting your professional profile or garnering the right sort of attention, these may be some useful starting points.

What tactics do you use to try to build an influential network of followers on social networks?

5 Power Tips On Network Marketing Prospecting

July 15, 2009 Leave a comment

NetworkingNetwork marketing prospecting is the major part of any network marketing concern. Nothing will replace it. This is the bread that is buttered to grease the wheels of the marketing machine, plain and simple. It is Ok to disagree with this, but it won’t change the reality of where your income is generated from.
Prospecting for leads is the backbone of all network marketing realities. You can have a few thousand people beating down the doors for the product, but if you think this is the way you will make your network income, then you are so very, very wrong.
The very nature of network marketing companies will not pay you to just sell the products. The real money and the incentives are all wrapped up with the downline you can create.
There is only one way to create a downline that will provide you with a solid income. You must venture out into the Internet and generate leads. There really is no other way. The alternative is to convince your family, Aunts, Uncles, cousins and second and third cousins (you never met) to become your downline. This would not be any fun at all.
Prospecting Through Your Website – Conveying The Message
1. Have a real passion for your company. This means you must be committed to the products, the company and your compensation plan.
If you do not have the passion for it, then find something else you have a passion for. Life is much to short to be diddling around with something you don’t really care about. In the end, you will not succeed. Blame it on God if you want to, but your commitment to the whole idea of a promotional website will slip down around your ankles if you are not passionate about this thing in your site’s promotion.
2. Have a good opener. When you get all of that traffic to your promotional website to become interested in your company, you better have a great opener to hold them, then keep them reading.

If your network is about a health and wellness company that is appealing to people that want to commit to a healthier lifestyle, then you must appeal to their need.Make your ad copy flow and be conversational. Engage the visitors to keep reading about the wonders of the products the company produces and how this makes everyone more vibrant, more alive. Talk to them about how their lives can change by becoming a distributor for something they truly believe in.
3. Talk about them, not you. Most people don’t like their jobs and feel they are missing their true calling. Hit some nerves. Talk about others that have discovered this wonderful company and how it changed their lives! Talk about how life began falling into place and began making sense again for others in your downline. Use testimonials!
4. Always address the company in positive ways, while addressing the old ways in a low key negative, and bouncing lightly between the two topics. Some of us feel lost and aimless, without direction when there is no place to go. Then one day, I found something to begin believing in again when I found this opportunity, etc.
5. Good prospecting for leads is to reassure the prospect. Let them know they have the talents and abilities to make a difference, not just in their lives, but everyone else’s too!
I know this sounds like a hype, but everyone has the abilities to reach up and inspire others. Too many people forgot they can do this. You are only reminding everyone that they can still inspire others. This old world could never turn without everyone in it pushing.
Marketing prospecting has always been about re-awakening the best of what we all have in us to shine with. By creating your promotional website to appeal to human nature in a positive way, you cannot go wrong. This will touch people in places they might not be aware of even having anymore. But this is actually helping prospects to find something you might have an answer for.


June 25, 2009 Leave a comment


DIED 6.25.09

michael_jackson+young-1TMZ is reporting that Michael Jackson has died of cardiac arrest. Paramedics were called to his home this afternoon after the singer stopped breathing. When they arrived, he had no pulse and after repeated attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead. Jackson’s songs were featured on a number of different movie soundtracks over the years, and as an actor he appeared in the film The Wiz. Of course we’ll never forget his extended music video for Thriller, directed by John Landis. Though he’s had his share of problems and controversy over the years, it’s sad to hear that one of the great pop-culture icons of our generation has passed on. He was 50.

UPDATE: The LA Times now confirms through law enforcement officials that Jackson passed away after arriving at the hospital in a deep coma.

Still developing …


Remember the King of Pop with a look back at photos of music legend.


Network Marketing Training – Why’s It So Important

May 13, 2009 1 comment

success principlesSo you, like me, probably have some sort of business that you want to actually succeed in, right?  Well the truth is that there are all too many sources of information and misinformation out there and that they can all make our head spin.  The bottom line is this, you can build your success of off things like network marketing training so instead of wasting your time and your money learning how to make the best business cards, put it elsewhere.  This isn’t to say that business cards aren’t a powerful tool but we all want to know how we can hand more of them out every single day.
Sales are a numbers game, some call it a “contact sport”, and these are all just fancy buzz words for network marketing training.  You need to know how to effectively get in front of people, network in every opportunity that you can possibly presented with, and make things happen.  After all, most of us are in this game for the money, right?  Let’s cut back to the basics and look at it from that angle.  You started down this road, whether it’s your own business or something like multi level marketing with the intention of making money.
If you didn’t, well I’m not entirely sure why you’re here.  You’re not the type to be interested in network marketing training so you, on the other hand, can spend as much time as you want designing awesome looking business cards.  The rest of us, though, want a product that works and will help us get the money we’re after.  When it comes down to it, do you want your phone to ring 100 times a day or 10 times a day?  You need to build up your network, and continue to build it up, to get the type of business and wealth you’re after.
Network marketing training will help you do just that.  Find a good program that can help you to learn the basics of “keeping your pipeline full” with potential business leads that can have you constantly making great business deals.  You’ll learn how to surround yourself with people that are effective business contacts to help you continue to grow your business.  So invest in yourself, both with time and money, in great and useful network marketing training.  It’ll be some of the best money you’ll have ever spent.

Carlos Aponte Jr. – A Great Teacher

May 11, 2009 1 comment

Lissette FloresI consider myself to be a pretty awesome network marketer but like any good businessman, I understand that I must continue to improve myself.  The better I can become, the more I can succeed.  It was on one of my many searches to find a person or source to learn from when I discovered a man known as Carlos Aponte Jr.  There aren’t many network gurus out there but this man knows what he’s talking about.

Carlos Aponte Jr. is a guy with his head on straight that has a passion for what he does, plain and simple.  Not only does he have a powerful website that has provided me tools and lessons of some awesome things I haven’t even considered but he puts on lectures, which I will be attending shortly.  He’s a no BS guy who actually wants to help people, not just line his pockets with my hard earned greenbacks.  His website has given me a wealth of information and I think it will for you, too.  You can learn things like which books actually are beneficial, saving me hours digging through the online book stores and retailer’s shelves.

He’s taught me how to use things like social networking sites to absolute effectiveness, driving customers through my doors and increasing my paychecks.  Carlos Aponte Jr. is a powerful man in the sense that he knows what he’s doing and he can deliver on those promises.  He understands what’s real and cuts through all of the BS to give you what actually is effective.  Yes, to get the most information, you have to buy it but it’s an investment, not an expense.

People will invest in all kinds of things, whether it’s new cars, new homes, or new toys.  We’ll buy 15 new shirts but never even think about dropping a dime on the thing that creates the money we need to enjoy the lifestyle.  It’s something I’ve never understood and if you’re one of the people who are hesitant to spend money on learning some new tricks, think of it as paying for shortcuts if nothing else.  Yes, you can waste hours, days, even months digging through what’s real and what’s not and hope you reach a sound conclusion and hope you understand it.  Or, you can find a man like Carlos Aponte Jr. who knows what can make a difference and what you need to know.  Learn from the best, it’s as easy as that.