Social Media Marketing-The 5 Stages As A Newby

There are really more than 5 stages of social media marketing and every one is different, but I wanted to get down to basics, and what I am actually talking about is more about a mindset and the stages many of us go through as we grow.

social media marketing focusSome people skip the stages completely some people come in at different stages and skip others. Now there are also those who just have it down from the get go and others that try to spam their way through and wonder why nothing is working. This is for the average Joe and will probably be where most of us fit in. Even if you have been marketing for some time, you probably passed through these stages at one time.

1.  STAGE 1

This is the stage where you have started a business, you have no idea what to do and so you waste a whole lot of time doing busy work. Preparing, planning and getting posts ready. They are telling to talk to people but you are mostly getting distracted by other people’s posts. You may make a comment here and there and get into a chat with a few people which usually ends up dropping off because your not sure what to say to make the conversation flow. The day seems to fly by.

STAGE 2

Your getting better, posting better content to your pages. Posting ads to some of the groups and then you wait. You get some responses and you reply. Still a lot of busy work. Action but definitely not massive action. You’re still using mainly the chat to talk to prospects. You step up your actions, but the results are still poor. You are starting to understand social media marketing better. You also realize your friends list is your main audience and yours if looking a bit thin so you start to add more friends.

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STAGE 3

Your friends list is growing nicely and you know that you need to start building a rapport with people but until now you have not really done much of it due to fear. So you start to push yourself and you start talking to a few more people that you have never talked to before. Posting more comments on their posts. Getting a bit more active in the groups.  Things are coming together you start thinking about this FB live stuff. You are beginning to understand what massive action really means but probably still not doing it. You begin to utilize FB voice recorder and FB calls to talk to prospects. It’s getting easier though.

STAGE 4

You start to get really active and you actually start to have fun talking to people. People are actively liking and commenting on your posts now. You don’t worry so much about those that respond negatively and it rarely happens anyways. Your friends list and therefore, your audience, is growing nicely. More people are asking about your business and group ads. You are posting helpful videos and things to help others who also market online or tips about how to navigate around the platform. You are now helping other people who are where you were at Stage 1.

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STAGE 5

People see you as a leader. They are asking for help in areas you seem knowledgeable in. They are also asking what you do without being prompted by an ad. You’re building your team and teaching them to do what you are doing. Now you are proactive, not just reactive. You keep up the pace but tweak it as you see fit and notice you now have even more free time than when you were less productive. You have a system and it’s working! You are a social media marketing master!

I would suggest is that you try to skip past Stage 1 and start working at Stage 2. Adding friends, chatting and posting better content. The most important thing is to be consistent in your efforts and actions. Be honest with yourself about how much work you really are doing. Find an accountability partner so that you both can encourage each other into action. The key to social media marketing is in the name be “social”.

15 Ways To Bring Joy Back To Your Business

 

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Owning your own home business can be fun and exciting but it also can be draining. If you work from home, especially if you are new, you may find that you are so busy you forget to just be.  You forget to do the things you love that don’t involve your computer/business. You forget to eat sometimes and other times all you want to do is eat.

If you are not careful you will forget why you wanted to own a home business in the first place and it becomes more of a chore and less fun and you may feel you have less freedom than when you started. Below are a few ideas to help you bring the joy back into your work from home life.

1. Stop working Sounds easy doesn’t it, even obvious, but it’s not always easy. Sometimes you may find it hard to tear yourself away for a little while even  when what you’re doing is not as productive as you would like it to be and often that is why you can’t, but should, get away for a bit. You feel guilty when your not working because when you are you’re often distracted. So stop and go watch a movie with your family, go grab some dinner out with friends.

2. Read- You may be a leader or mentor but don’t forget you will always be a student. If you’re not constantly adding to the knowledge you have your mind will become stagnant. As humans we have a natural hunger to be more, to do more and to know more. The more you know the more you grow.

3.  Change your perception- In my opinion perception one of the most important things to work on. How you look at a situation determines exactly what you are going to do to grow it, live with it or get rid of it. If you look at your current situation and think you’re going to fail, you are much more likely to do so. If you look at the same situation but immediately decide you will overcome and persevere you will consciously and subconsciously do everything that is needed to succeed instead. You will find a way.  

4. Create a goal list- Create a list of daily goals and a list of long-term goals and look at these every day! Keep your mind focused on where you want to be in a positive way, focused and determined. As you tick off these goals you will feel a real sense of accomplishment that will keep you excited about your home business and growing.

5. Meditate- Meditation calms the mind and helps keep things in proper perspective and people often report getting some of their best ideas during meditation.

6. Do something you love- Do you love to golf, hit the beach, arts an crafts? Take some time to do it. If you keep skipping the things you love, you may become subconsciously bitter. If you do those things from time to time, you will feel better about what you are doing

7. Take a vacation- If you really want to refresh your mind and body, take some time to go out and visit your favorite vacation spots. Go camping or to the beach or any other favorite you have. You will come back refreshed and ready to roll.

8. Step outside- Just for a few minutes, notice the colors of the flowers, the sky and the trees. Listen to the sounds of traffic, crickets, and people laughing. some home business owners rarely get outside for any real period of time and I am not talking about the grocery store! Smile  Work from someplace else! You have a mobile business now.

9. Help someone else- One of the fastest ways to feel joy is to help someone else, just to help them. No gain, no accolades. There is just some naturally human about the happiness we feel when we can help someone else out and surprisingly enough this feeling still exists when you help someone you are not so fond of. So in the meantime you may repair old bitter feelings on both sides!

10. Get together with people who share your vision- There is nothing as motivating as being around people with the same or similar vision that you have. You motivate each other and become accountable to the group. Becoming accountable to someone (just like in a J.O.B. you are accountable to your boss), makes you get more done.

11. Conquer a fear- What are you afraid of? Not the big things, the little things.  Are you afraid to start up new conversations with strangers on Facebook so you wait for people to come to you? Are you afraid to do video because you might say the wrong things. Maybe you’re afraid to start a blog because you have no idea what to say. Take one of your fears and go do it then do it again and again. You will conquer that fear. You are likely even to become really good at it.

12. Exercise- This one is more for me but I am sure some of ya’ll can relate. Exercise makes you feel good. your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, happy happy, joy, joy! So it’s hard to start but once you get in the habit it will be hard to stop. I have even noticed a reduction in sinus problems when I exercise.

13. Rededicate yourself to your home business- if you have lost your drive a bit, remember why you are doing this. Remember your vision and where you want to be, what you want to teach your children and that God made you special. He made you to make a difference! Take out those goals and study them. You can even meditate on them.

14. Forgive yourself daily- Many people carry around a lot of guilt and that guilt will do a lot to the psyche. It can actually stop you from doing the things you need to do to be successful. It can cause you to sabotage your own actions. If you have done what you need to do, apologized or asked for forgiveness from wherever that guilt is coming from it is helping no one to continue to feel guilty so forgive yourself so that you can move on.

15. Forgive others- This is a big one and can be hard to do. Your bitter feelings whether they are validated or not, do nothing to help you in your life and they usually do not hurt the person you are angry at. They can be detrimental even. Let go of the ego and let go of the anger. Forgive others because even when you are not thinking about it not forgiving can be robbing you of your joy.

This is just a small list of things you can do to bring joy back to you and your home business. You probably have some of your own ideas that will help to do this in your own life. Use those. Life is short. Your home business is your dream, you can and should make it happen.

 

10 Success Tips For Your Home Business

It is a new year and you have made a promise to yourself that it will also be a new you! Gone is the procrastinator, the indecisiveness, the bad attitude, the weight and/or the (fill in the blank). This is YOUR year. This can be the best year of your life! You just have to do it and here are some success tips to help you.

It does not matter what “it” is, you can do it. If “it” is a home based business then you will find some awesome tips to help keep you on track and successful in 2017!  

Success Tips

home business1. Set aside a specific place exclusively for work- That does not mean you cannot work from anywhere else but this will help keep you focused and away from distractions. It’s your home business and you can actually deduct certain aspects from your taxes if you have a separate area you work out of most of the time. 

 

2. Create long term and short term goals- Long term goals are those goals that help you see where you want to be in the future. What you want to have completed in 1, 5, 10, even 20 years from now. The short term goals are the easier to reach goals that a. keep you on track b. keep you motivated and c. are the stepping stones to the long-term goals. 

 

3. Create a daily work schedule- Creating a schedule will keep you on track with the tasks you know you need to do because you can check or cross off items as you complete them. This keeps you on track and gives you that sense of accomplishment you need to keep yourself going.

 

4. Increase your tech skills- Outsourcing is good when the job takes too much time, but when you can do the simple things yourself, it will actually save you a lot of time, and money, waiting for someone else to do them for you.

 

5. Be Extroverted- If you work remotely, you already know you need to step it up and talk to your potential customers. Even if you are doing it you probably need to increase your efforts in this area.

Success Can Be Yours

6. Commit- If you have a team, participate, if there are meetings, attend them (live or otherwise), if there is training, do it.success tips If you don’t commit, success is unlikely. If there are steps that your team is taking to prepare, plan or build their business and you have not done them yet then  you are not committed. One of the 1st reasons a person will fail at their business is that they are not committed to making it work and most often they don’t even know it. Commit to succeed.

 

7. Know that you will succeed- If you are only hoping, then you need to have more faith in your abilities. Everyone can succeed. If you are not seeing it then you probably need to be doing more. If you are already doing too much and it’s driving you crazy you’re probably a bit off track. You need to be doing more of the right things. Reading motivational books can help. Visit http://homebusiness-wealth.net for some ideas and more success tips.

 

8. Network- Make friends everywhere you go. The more friends you make, the more you have, the larger your audience. If you promote on social media the people that follow you are the main people that see your posts. When you “friend” someone and they accept, Facebook is set up so that they automatically follow you and your posts. So you have a built in prospect list as you “friend” others.

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9. Create a new zero level of activity- This is not mine, but I loved it when I heard it. Sometimes we don’t feel like working. some days you may just want to hide under covers.  On those days use a zero level list. Create a list of things you will do no matter what. Never settle for doing nothing because you just don’t feel like it. It could be a blog, vlog, Facebook ads or a live video. Make a list of 5 things that are easy for you to do but that will help to keep your business and you on track.

 

10focus on success tips. Focus on the prize- Which is success in your own business, freedom, money to pay your bills and live the lifestyle you want to live, as well as the ability to help others in many different ways. Most people would love to help others but they are always chasing their own tail to catch up themselves. You don’t have to be that person if you stay focused and stay active. Keep moving forward.

 

Jim Rohn said “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day” and it is so true. So you want to get focused, get committed and get busy and stay that way consistently.

If you want to be successful you should always be on the lookout for success tips online. There is a plethora of information and helpful people online. Never stop learning, whether you are looking for success tips or giving them out. There is something to learn from just about everyone you come into contact with. Keep your focus and your eyes wide open!

 

 

 

What are you willing to do to change your current circumstances?

Are you in a job you don’t like? Working with people you would rather not know? Don’t feel bad we don’t mesh with everyone. It’s natural and it’s one of the things that highlights our differences but do you have to stay there?

The answer is no, at least not long term unless you have another way to sustain your current lifestyle and needs. You do have a choice. You can work from home, doing something you are passionate about.

It’s not easy, but it’s not hard either. It takes consistency and most of all self-discipline. When at work you have deadlines and quotas and often people looking over your shoulder.

The key is to have a plan of action, EVERY DAY, and stick to it. No matter how easy it is to get distracted. Don’t. Write it down and do it.

There are so many work from home opportunities today. You have vitamins, shakes, wraps, trading, marketing tools, coffee and my absolute favorite, travel. That’s my gig.

You have no excuse to make it work. While some say they don’t have the time, there are single moms with multiple kids and full-time jobs making it and breaking through it!

I really like social media. You do have to step out of your comfort zone. You do have to talk to people but it is not as hard as you think once you do it. The thing to remember is that these are just people. They have no authority over you and if you mess up on the first ones, delete them from your friends list. Just kidding, but not really.

Be genuine, be you. Make sure that you are there to help others. Anyone who says they don’t care about the money is not being honest but putting others first will lead to more

 

Starting a Home Based Business

working from homeIf you’re starting a home based business, this is an extremely exciting time for you. You probably have all kinds of ideas about what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. Once you start to dig it,  it may get a bit scary if it’s an online business.

All the things to think about and accomplish before you even thinking about actually selling something.  Domains, keywords, hosting, products, layouts, getting traffic to your sites. It’s a lot of work but it can be rewarding and if you take it a step at a time it wont be so daunting.

Your going to definitely need a domain name but you want to put a little thought into it. Eventually with a a little work, you want your site to be found on Google, Bing and Yahoo and you want it to be found under keywords that make sense for the products or services you are offering.

You could get to page one on the search engines for a keyword, but it wont do you much good if you’re offering personalized t-shirts and your website shows up under cat treats.

Make sure what you put out there in the way of your blog posts, advertising and any other media you use is geared toward your offerings.

Before you get there though you need a good targeted domain name that makes sense and that it is a keyword that people are actually searching for.  You can use “Google’s Keyword Planner“. You will need a Gmail account, which is easy enough to set up so get one if you don’t have one.

Once you’re in the keyword planner, you can search different keywords related to your business and see how many searches they each get a month and you can get an idea of how much competition your will have. The competition listed is actually the competition for paid ads but you still get an idea of what you are working with for the organic search results as well.

You will also want to check to see what kind of results pull up when you search the keywords yourself on Google especially. If you are offering vitamins and you see a lot of major sites on page one, the chances of beating them out are pretty slim, so go for keywords that work for your products or services but that don’t have as many sites on them that dominate the internet and will be a little easier to rank.