Marketing Should Be Fun

monopoly-e-commerceOne of my favorite marketing coaches is John Jantch with DuctTape Marketing.  He commonly refers to marketing as a game.  John says, “If marketing seems hard to you, why not turn it into a game, with rules, and a way to win.”  There are rules to follow.   But part of the game is identifying those rules, building your strategy, and enjoying the process.  The rewards you will get from the next 30 days may be some of the biggest you have ever received.  I look forward to going on this journey with you.

What is Social Media

Social media is any tool that lets you share information and network with others.  Common tools are:  blogs, micro-blogs, social networks, video sharing, photo sharing, chat rooms, podcasts, virtual worlds, Wikis, and mobile communication.  Many times, social media allows you to create and co-create value with others, creating a synergy that your competition cannot touch. 

Want to know more:  Check out this video explanation:


 

Social Media by the Numbers

  • Facebook has 175 million active users.  More than 3 billion minutes are spent on Facebook worldwide each day. 
  • 1.3 billion Tweets on Twitter to date.  Twitter is more that it appears. 
  • 30 million professionals rely on LinkedIn to build a valuable business network.

How are People Spending Their Time?

1. Watching videos (83%)
2. Reading blogs (73%)
3. Viewing shared photos (63%)
4. Using a social network (57%)
5. Commenting on blogs (55%)

I Am Going to Add New Tools to Your Marketing Tool Box – Social Tools. 

Some of these tools you will use often, others you may never use again.   Some of the tools will get your juices flowing, and others may not make any sense at all yet.  Social media may be new for some of you.  That is alright.  All I ask is that you try each tool – each day.  See how it works.  Don’t give up.  Many of the tools we are going to talk about can make a significant impact in your business.  They can help you create new revenue streams, increase customer satisfaction and retention, and many won’t cost you a dime – except for your time.

ONE ACTION ITEM:  I am going to ask you to try several tools.  But in order to stay sane, it is a good idea to document all of your User Names and Passwords in one spot.  For now, I have created a simple Word Document or PDF file for you to download and use.  We will fill in this document over the course of the next 30 days.  Go ahead and download one of these tools.  (Social Media Information in MS-Word  –  Social Media Information in PDF)

At the end of the 30 days, I will be publishing an action plan with additional details from the comments you provided. I will only be sending this action plan to the followers of this blog. If you want a copy, please subscribe in the subscribe via email box above. PS: This is only the beginning! Take a sneak peak at what is coming up!

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