I’ll Take Some Cash with My Social Media…Thanks

Greetings.

Do you hang out at Facebook?
Do you post to Twitter?
Are you a MySpace fan?

Love um or not, Social Media sites are here to stay

I love um but…I don’t want to hang out there for the vast majority of my day.  You know how it is – things to do, people to see.

I don’t want to log in to Facebook and twitter
and MySpace and put up the same post time
after time in place after place.

I don’t have that kind of time. Do you?

I want to spend my time on the net growing
my business and helping others to do the same.

So I’ll take some cash with my Social Media, Thanks.

Here is where I do that: http://bit.ly/join-sokule


I log into Sokule and with just one post, my message
is all over 84 Social Media sites in a nano second

1 post
1 click

My message is on Facebook and twitter and MySpace
and 80 other large, popular Social Media sites and
blogs.  You have probably seen them around :)

Sokule does all the work for me

1 post
1 click

I’m done and my business is being promoted
at all the major Social Media sites on the net

Plus I get paid for my efforts!

Yep! Every time a member introduces someone to Sokule and they upgrade, they get paid.  That could be you.

All of my contacts are my potential customers and
I get a pay check from Sokule every Friday.

Sokule is a Social Media site that pays you to
use it.  Makes good business sense to me.

Sign up to Sokule here
http://bit.ly/join-sokule

Get the word out to your contacts, your lists and
your friends and you can collect a weekly paycheck
from Sokule.

Make 1 post at Sokule to our 84 Social Media posting
sites and your message will show up at Facebook and
twitter and MySpace.

They won’t pay you. Sokule will

I’ll take some ca*sh with my Social Media, Thanks

Shouldn’t you be?

And, if you want to post to all of Sokule’s 84 posting
sites, don’t miss the one time offer for a silver
membership as you sign up. It’s a steal and you
must be a silver member or higher to reach all of the
Sokule posting sites.

http://bit.ly/join-sokule

Talk soon.

Chineme – http://internetmarketingviews.com


Business Networking For Entrepreneurs – 10 Golden Rules

Greetings.

I came across this considered article by Mark Buchan, essentially
about the etiquette of business networking, and thought the
strategies could be nicely adapted for the online world where
internet marketers could do with some tips when venturing out into
the “real” world of seminars and the like!

Business Networking For Entrepreneurs – 10 Golden Rules to Maximise
Your Investment

By Mark Buchan

Here are my 10 golden rules for entrepreneurs who, like me, have
decided to engage in business to business networking.

Provide value: I call this “Pay it Forward” networking after the
motion picture of the same name, always seek to provide value to
another fellow networker before expecting value back from them. In
this way you will be remembered more, for all the right reasons, by
people who you have provided value for. People hate to be sold to so
avoid trying to sell yourself by saying “I can do that for you” or
“my company can do that for you”. Providing value at first will mean
giving without expecting a return. Do it for the joy of giving
rather than the expectation of receiving.

Be precise: You must know exactly what you are looking for by
attending a networking event. So precision in this circumstance
means: not just knowing your target market but more specifically who
in your target market you wish to speak to. Precision also means
being precise in your message and thus clearly communicating what
you and/or your business does.

Set goals: Whatever field you are involved in there is great value
in setting goals for yourself. Make sure you have a monthly goal of
how many networking events you wish to attend, how many authentic
connections you want to make. Note that I have not said how much
business you want to make. Whatever goal you set will be highly
dependant on other people and so in my world is an unrealistic goal
to set.

Prioritise your time: This is a must. Don’t mistake activity for
accomplishment when it comes to networking. A good thing to do here
is make sure that the events you attend either have people in your
target market or have people who have access to your target market.
Some people may become addicted networkers because they love being
around people and that is nice, but ultimately I treat networking as
a marketing tool that must deliver results. If it doesn’t then its
time to reprioritise my resources.

Measure your effectiveness: You need to know how effective your
networking efforts are so continuously monitor and measure your
success. This can then inform you as to what is working for you and
what is not. Don’t be afraid to call it a day on your activities
that don’t pay.

Be your own best advertisement: Ensure that you look and sound smart
by making a good first impression. Always be dressed for business,
as if you were meeting a customer. Avoid swearing or getting tipsy
as these behaviours may signal a lack of self control.

Show sincere interest in the other people: Rather than just “going
through the motions” become really interested in the person you are
speaking to. Start to build a picture of them, not as your customer
but a human being. What are their dreams, goals desires, where was
their last holiday, are they a sports fan if so which one, so on and
so on. Seek to build meaningful relationships that last for more
than just one meeting. Nobody will “buy you” in just one 10 minute
meeting although they will decide whether they like you or not. This
is why the next point is important…

Go for “small yeses”: Don’t attend a networking event thinking that
you will make a sale that day – that would be considered a “big
yes”. If you do achieve that goal, well done, but that is not the
point of the meeting. The first “small yes” is to make as an
authentic connection with someone. Once you have achieved that you
then go for the next “small yes” which is to have a reason to follow
up with them, most preferably this will be by providing them with
some value. Completing a series of these baby steps or small yeses
is a good way to build a relationship, but it does take time. So
manage your own expectations about what you can realistically expect
out of the events.

Mingle and move on: Everyone in a networking event has, or at least
should have, the same goal: making new connections. If you find
yourself talking to just one person, or the same person if you
attend a regular event ensure you change this behaviour and set a
goal for yourself to meet more people. This may sound contrived and
may strike you as a little engineered, but that is exactly what you
need to do to make the event successful for you.

Use your business cards wisely: I’m a great believer in keeping my
business card to myself, I will only hand it out to people who ask
for it. If I don’t know them I might reserve the right to even give
them my card. Often people go to networking events just to collect
cards for their database and to my mind that is a big no-no. I never
put peoples names on a marketing list unless I have their explicit
permission. I will only ask for someone else’s business card if I
have a reason to get back to them and I will make an obvious notes
on their card as for the reason to get back to them i.e. provide
them an article I have written or someone else’s number who they
should speak to – again providing value for them.

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Thanks Mark, definitely some food for thought.

For some business networking online, join these:

Sokule and KuleSpace.

Talk soon.

Chineme
http://internetmarketingviews.com

The Online YOU – the relevance of Social Media in Internet Marketing

Greetings.

I came across a very interesting article about the art & business of crafting your online self by Tara Gentile and I began to think about this very concept in terms of marketing your business online.

You have no doubt heard the mantra that people buy from those whom they trust, so how can you possibly trust someone whom you’ve never met and who could live on the other side of the world?

In Tara’s words, “how do you communicate the “essence of you” to people who’ve never met you before?”  I believe that this question is even more important when you’re asking people to part with their money for something that you are offering online.

So, how do you communicate the “essence of you” so that you will be trusted enough for relative strangers to do business with you over the internet?

Why, through social media of course.  There are more and more social media sites appearing across the net which devote a large part of themselves to business networking online.

Even Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, MySpace and many other ‘social’ networking sites have recognised that business people are a very important aspect of their online presence these days.

But there are sites that now go further and devote themselves almost exclusively to business professionals who want to meet and do business with other business professionals.  However, the above mantra will still apply in human relationships – people generally tend to do business with others that they feel that they know and trust.

With that in mind, these business networking sites focus more on the background – both personal and professional – of their members and usually have some sort of rating system whereby members can rate other members on the quality of their prior business dealings and general interactions.

This sort of rating helps to shorten the learning curve for busy marketers whom have little time to make any in depth background checks on online entrepreneurs other than the good old ‘Google search’.

Quite apart from the quality of the products and services being offered, people want to know whether or not potential business partners are ‘nice’ people or ‘good eggs’.  After all, who wants to do business with rougues or scoundrels?

This is precisely why “The Online You” is a crucial factor in internet marketing and why you must portray yourself effectively and extensively across the net using social media and, more relevantly, business networking sites.

They are geared towards business professionals and they even combine  affiliate programs and referral bonuses for members to add to their business arsenals.

These business networking sites are many and varied but there are a few new kids on the block that I’ve written about before that I believe are going to be taking the online business world by storm.  There is also another that is due to launch within the next couple of weeks and is currently in beta mode.  More on that to come.

Ending with some more of Tara’s thoughtful post:

“you know me as the words i write, the information i share, and the people i introduce you to. i am all those things, put together, and examined.

but i am nothing without relationships

if its not for you, the people who i work hard to cultivate relationships with, i am nothing.”

Quite so.

Talk soon.

Chineme – http://internetmarketingviews.com

Are you a Nurturing Networker?

Greetings.

I came across this well considered blog today posted by Steve Blumenfeld (website details at the bottom) who says, “My wife wrote a blog on relationship marketing in the form of networking”…

Are You a Nurturing Networker?
What exactly is a nurturing networker, and why does being one matter?
If you are in business you probably think of networking as a necessary part of marketing. You find some groups of other business people, you go to their events, and you talk about your business. Your focus is primarily on you, your needs, your sales.

If you can help someone else without too much effort, you probably will, but mostly you are trying to encourage others to help you. If you attend a couple events and get few good business leads, you decide it’s a waste of time and stop going.

The mindset of a Nurturing Networker is very different. And yes, being a Nurturing Networker starts in your mind. You see networking as a way of life, not a series of events you need to attend for your business. Whether in a group setting or talking to someone individually, you are networking.

You think of networking as primarily a way to connect, develop relationships, and help other people. As you are listening to someone you are looking for an opportunity to make a connection or otherwise assist them with their goals. When you are alone, you spend some time thinking about your contacts and how you might be able to help them.

As a Nurturing Networker, you know it’s all about the other person, and by focusing on them you will benefit much more than you will if you focus on you. Nurturing is defined as promoting the development of someone else by providing nourishment, support, and encouragement during the stages of growth.

As a Nurturing Networker, you recognize that everyone is in a different place in their business and their life. You can nourish them by promoting them to others. You can support them by providing resources and ideas. You can encourage them by inspiring them with confidence and courage. You genuinely care about the whole person: their business, their family, their hobbies, their dreams. It shows in your actions.

Why does being a Nurturing Networker matter? It matters because you want to make a positive impact in the world, and the only way you can do that is through your relationships. It matters because it is more satisfying to give to others than to always be grasping for what you want and need.

When you are giving, what you need will come to you effortlessly. It matters because it will change the way you look at things, and your life will be richer. To your business success!

This blog was posted by my wife, Sara Blumenfeld and if you’ve enjoyed it, please visit http://www.businessnetworkingmistakes.com to get a free report on networking mistakes that can cripple your business.

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Are you a nurturing networker?  I will ensure that I’ll be one from here on in!

Talk soon.

Chineme – http://internetmarketingviews.com

Guide to Sokule – So What?

http://internetMarketingViews.com:  Sokule – So What?

Greetings.

In previous posts I have mentioned Sokule (tag – not your grandmother’s social media site).

Today, the definitive guide to Sokule, and social networking generally,  has just launched.

==> Sokule – So What

It’s the complete brandable guide for one of the
most popular Social Media Sites on the net.

–  You can brand it with your own links. It’s all
done online. Easy as 1,2,3.

–  You can add your own Social Media ids to the
members area.

– You can mail to your list 5 levels deep.

– You can earn commissions.

– You can get paid every Friday.

I’ve made it part of my permanent advertising arsenal as I
post at Sokule every single day.  If you’re looking for a way to
connect far and wide on the net with your message, see what
it offers and grab your copy today:

==> Sokule – So What

Much success, and talk soon.

Chineme Noke
http://internetmarketingviews.com