with Baba Mim....
Check out my other websites too:
Not Retired From Learning! http://www.notretiredfromlearning.com
Bizic Education Enterprises.
"The Power of Three"--> www.mimbizic.com
And the Moon Township Historical Society website:
None of us is as smart as ALL of us
( Good old-fashioned networking, Serbian style!)
In today's age, it is important that we stay connected and try to aid each other in as many ways as possible. This website page is my humble attempt to help other novices also get into the New Age of Marketing.
I attended a WEBINAR today (1/21/10) online "class" (sitting right here at home!), sponsored by Social Media Magic. The company used CITRIX to present this. The Webinar was incredibly seamless for beginner users like me. Citrix did all the hard work. All I had to do was "show up" and pay attention to my computer in front of me.
The sponsors of this educational marketing adventure were John Souza and a fellow named Greigg, who shared their success based strategies with their students, all over the USA, perhaps the world.
The webinar focused on how Social Media is used by entrepreneurs and how it benefits businesses. Two interesting statistics: 34% of bloggers post reviews and opinions on products. 42 million women in the US use social media like Facebook and Myspace.
The teacher presenters listed 5 steps to follow for effectiveness to maximize ROI. (Return on Investment-Time /True Cost/Value- see below.)
Social Media is an open communications network, social networking with news, bookmarks, blogs, microblogs, videos and photo sharing, message boards, wikis, virtual reality, social gaming, podcasts, Real Simple Synd. (RSS) feeds, social media press releases, etc.
"Telling and Selling" is dead. The new key is Demonstrating, Empowering, and Creating Business by Building Relationships.
As the Original Internet was Web 1.0, this is Web 2.0, and will have an incredible impact on how we live, work and play in the future. I want all the people who like this website to be ready!
Below are listed (supposedly!) some of the most popular Social Media Network Platforms for you to check out. However, I think there are more than 250 out there.....and growing every day!
"Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends.."
There are 350 million users on Facebook, most of them for Friendship. This program seems to be my favorite so far. My young cousins, Michelle and Jennifer, were the ones who urged me to join. So far, I love it. I've made so many new friends from all over the USA, all over the world. I've connected with a lot of "lost" relatives from the Krajina/Serbia.
Everyone has to be very careful about what they say on Social Networks, though, as employers are more likely to check out a candidate's Face Book page now. Just common sense. No swearing. No photos with a lot of drinking scenes. Put your best foot forward at all times. Be a good friend.
"LinkedIn strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts. LinkedIn is a networking tool that helps you discover inside connections to ..."
Linked-In is probably the best portal for business networking, as a more business-like atmosphere prevails. I have truly enjoyed belonging to this site also as it has put me in touch with some of the greatest brains in education and technology. The membership is not limited only to America, but embraces comments from contributors from around the world. These are the links I've found most interesting on Linked-In: Technology in Education; International Society for Technology, Innovative Learning and Education, e-Marketing and the Serbian American Professional Netowrk.
"Twitter is without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening right now."
Twitter is the leading social media web portal currently, the top of the 3 Social Media sites, with 86% of people being on there.
A compilation of thoughts from the web/webinar.
When you meet someone for the first time, engage in conversations, but be real. Connect to others and invite your new contacts to also connect, with you playing host/hostess. Treat everyone with kindness and respect.
FOLLOW UP. Try to send that person you met an email later in the day while you have fresh remembrances of your meeting. That person will admire you for thinking they're important to you and it shows you're a person of action, not all talk, a real rarity these days.
Nuture a positive project culture. Establish an environment built on trust, creativity and open collaboration.
News from the WEBINAR:
YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO BE INVISIBLE!
73% of active online users read blogs.
45% own blogs
39% subscribe to RSS feeds
57% have joined Social Networks.
55% have uploaded photos.
33% engage in productive research.
All of this will rapidly increase in the future. Get on board now!
The new BUZZ AGENT!
"One word of mouth conversation is equal to 200 TV ads."
You can get real time feedback from your fellow social media connections.... and nothing beats the Power of Recommendation!
In the first 90 days, Social Media allows you to:
1. Generate Exposure for your business.
2. Increase your traffic leads, sometimes by 80% with an "opt-in-list."
3. Build new business partnerships wherein ONE new partnership instantly brings in new prospects for you. (62%)
4. Bringing in (generating) new qualified leads can lead to 50% more business.
But it has to be done right.
5 Steps to Success
2. Establish a Presence.
3. Expand your Reach.
4. Nurture Relationships.
5. Properly Maintain Presence.
Your PROFILE should be as inviting as possible.
Keep your eye on the Prize.
You're in for the long term, every day for the rest of your life. Out of sight, out of mind. Stay in touch!
You must TARGET your audience as numbers alone are meaningless.
Build PERSONAL relationships for your business. Start with conversation before ever mentioning your business.
Be Transparent, BE TRUSTWORTHY!
It's a ZERO-SUM game. You have to do it right or there are no benefits.
Be an Industry Leader, and not a follower.
Be Strategic and Map people down the path to buy your goal.
Excellent business examples are BBGeeks (Blackberry platform), Bridge2Growth; Masi Bicycles; The Coffee Groundz in Houston.
Drill down, use the Advance features on Social Media sites. Don't talk to everyone, but TARGET your audience.
Join groups that have your targeted audience for prospects.
Create your own groups and prequalify your connections. "Join now if _______"
Add VALUE to the conversation, help solve problems.
Hope this helps!
We welcome your questions and queries. But it might be a case of the blind leading the blind. I'm just learning too!
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