There is so much background noise in the network marketing industry it is hard to see and hear what is right and wrong . Everybody is an expert, and they also claim to know the secrets that enable others to earn millions of dollars per year. Many people are spending hard earned dollars to get the secrets of network marketing, by proclaimed experts, who have the inside track to wealth. No wonder people are confused!
I am not an expert, but just another network marketer who loves the industry and has spent thousands of dollars to learn those secrets. What I have found out is there is no special secret. No matter what anyone says, there is no magic bullet that is going to take you from zero to sixty fast, it doesn't exist.
What does exist is certain specific tasks that one has to follow to reach success. I am going to save you a ton of money here, and you will not have to pay for another course to become successful in Network Marketing. Granted this is not conclusive, but the steps are necessary.
Successful Network Marketing Steps:
Step 1:Find a company that you can enjoy being associated with, and one that is easy to present to others. You have to have a passion for what you are talking about, otherwise the people you are presenting your program to will sense you really are only out for the money. Go with your gut when looking at companies, if it doesn't feel good, don't do it.
Step 2:Don't throw-up information all over others. In other words please don't present your company to people unless you are in a specific meeting where everyone is mentally prepared to hear it. When everyone is expecting to hear what you are offering, then and only then should you present your company or product. There has to be a meeting of the minds before any presentation will be effective. Never try to give anyone a presentation in the wrong setting.
Step:Make sure that you have become an expert in your company or product and you have a smooth presentation. Use your up-line, as much as you can, to learn how to present your product or service. Always bring your up-line in to your calls, whether on the phone or in person, for at least 90 days until you feel so comfortable you can do it yourself. Most seasoned network marketers will do this till they feel comfortable.
Step 4:Join a company that has an achievable compensation plan where you can make money relative to your efforts. So many times the comp plan is designed to drive revenue to the company and pay the distributor a mer pittance. A lot of companies comp plans require you to have a ton of customers in order to make money and until you get to that point your income is not relative to your efforts.
Any compensation plan should give you rewards up front so you can see the return on your investment quickly. Make sure the up front income is not from signing up distributors but for quick start efforts.
Step 5: Join a company that places emphasis on CUSTOMERS and not distributors. The Federal Government is on a witch hunt and is looking for companies that have more distributors than customers. They have some kind of ratio, I am told its somewhere between 65% to 70% of customers vs distributors. This does not include affiliate programs like, buying clubs and programs where representation as an affiliate is optional.
Affiliate programs are just what they say they are, customers can use the product, and enjoy the benefits, without representing the companies. If the want to create an income stream they can join an affiliate program, and create a revenue stream, as they introduce others to the program. They are rewarded for the referral.
Step 6: Create a plan and a goal! Give your new business at least 36 months before you bail. Set reasonable goals that you can achieve and work toward them with blinders on. Don't be swayed by the glitz and glitter of other deals and companies. There are a ton out there, and they are ruthless in trying to get your attention. When you are on the internet looking for information about a company that's when you'll realize that there are thousands of them, and thats when they get you.
Put your plan together and make a list of who you will contact. Remember, Step 1 that talked about finding a company that you can easily talk about, and present to your friends and family, without fear of embarrassment. Represent a company that provides a product or service that everyone can use and wants. They are out there, all you have to do is find them.
Make your list and put together a presentation, or use the companies presentation, and go to work. Don't be a salesperson, just present and let others buy.
Step 7: Follow-up! The fortune is in the follow up. If someone says NO, that doesn't mean never. There is a book, "Go For NO", that is an excellent book, on how to deal with NO's. This little book can make your life stress free in building your business.
This business is simple all you have to do is work. Novel idea! If you do what is required and follow the above steps you will make a lot of money. If you don't, well no one can help you no matter how much money you spend for books, and courses. It becomes a waste of money.
This list is not a conclusive list but is a good start. Just sit down and make it happen, you can do it. You have the innate skills to create wealth all you have to do is create your plan on who to talk to and go talk to them. That's really the hard part, the rest is easy.
Thanks for reading,
Dr. Raymond Jewell
Dr. Raymond Jewell is a leading Economist and Home Based Business Consultant. He has been consulting with home based business owners for over 35 years. Dr. Jewell is also an Alpha Founder with Markethive and manages several blogs on the hive.
I have talked in great depth about customer acquisition and how that will eventually become the primary core of a mega success MLM someday likely sooner than later. Like Amazon revolutionized department store shopping and delivery to the Internet, MLM will eventually represent the subscribers need to build customers and distributors as a partner with the company, not a just another alienated liability consumer.
Making the case (a perfect example)
Case in point a company I made a small fortune in however, I cannot mention on the Internet because it violates one of their many anti marketing policies. So I will give them a name most of you will be able to put 2 and 2 together.
This fictional company I will illustrate shall be called TryBeta. You see TryBeta sells vitamins and juices and weight loss products and pays a multi-level commission. There are literally 1000s of other mlms that do the same. No big deal. Rather redundant and just another “ME’TOO” type of organization.
What put TryBeta on the map is they did coop marketing, customer acquisition. You basically bought the customers TryBeta’s infomercials and direct mail produced. This was different, unique and TryBeta hit a powerful vein and grew exponentially. Distributor organizations represented 60% – 70% as high as 80% customers.
When ships collide (Ideas destroying conventions)
I am going to digress a little here. Let’s talk about the trucking business, railroads and ships a little. Back about 60-80 years ago, trucking, railroads and ships competed. They were separated from each other. Then a man named McLean realized that these three separate business entities actually were all about shipping products from one place to another. He called it “intermodal transportation”. That the separate industries all fought and believed, like the ships companies, they were a ship transportation company, the trains were a train and Rail Company and the trucks were a truck delivery service.
His concept that “intermodal transportation” was in the business of moving goods, revolutionized the industry. His business put out of business many truck companies, many rails and many ships for they were not thinking big.
McLean revolutionized the industry with his container shipping business that streamlined trucking, rail and ships into the combined business of “moving goods”.
McLean's vision gave the shipping industry the jolt that it needed to survive for the next fifty years. By the end of the century, container shipping was transporting approximately 90 percent of the world's trade cargo.
TryBeta failed at the vision (Ideas destroying conventions)
Now back to TryBeta, as they had become a customer acquisition company, yet failed to see the revolutionary new concept they had discovered. How that concept moved the entire industry of MLM into a customer centric industry. Alas poor TryBeta lacked vision and they rejected their customer acquisition model and went backwards embracing the distributor telling friends using “hopes and dreams” and forcing “home parties” as the only convention to sell the products. Most of the distributors fled from that as a result. A tried and failing concept that was old and no longer viable. One just has to look at the growth curve of TryBeta to see the disastrous results of rejecting the customer centric model.
You can also compare and look at real customer centric companies like Amazon which has become the juggernaut of our time. Yet no one has moved forward with this trend that I believe is just waiting to happen. A real affiliate company, that has great goods and services, but has also evolved into partnering with their potential subscribers, customers and distributors to give them a viable solution to just purchase the customers and distributors as the main product for building wealth.
Interesting to note: Jeff Bezos of Amazon is redefining the shipping industry by incorporating shipping and delivery as an integrated function of Amazon, eliminating the traditional shipping industry and turning it on its ear, so, here we go again: (Ideas destroying conventions)
Instead of forcing the distributors to sell, “The Hopes and Dreams” that many of us recognize as just short of lying, now new distributors can utilize tools to build their business like self-replicated Amazon accounts filled with product the world markets (customers) want, coop marketing campaigns that utilize the cloud funding concept sharing the customers and distributors to the small distributor with a huge leverage, gaining them success for the first time, and 800 numbers telemarketing services that do the follow up and closing when the time comes. Utilizing the power of technology within the Inbound Marketing shift, again (Ideas destroying conventions)
This forward thinking is at the core of the hybrid I am about to build, with the (DW) “The Distributor Acquisition Company”, (Aroga) “The Products Distribution Company” and (Markethive) “The Inbound Marketing Social Network Company”.
I would like your attendance at this Saturdays meeting as I illustrate how Markethive makes all this possible, you will also meet the owners of the 3rd party contractors who call, close and sell distributors on your behalf in conjunction with Markethive and how this will be your Distributor acquisition program if this should all come together.
The owners and IT guy for the potential company will also be attending, more for them to see the power of Markethive and hear from Markethive members, Alpha leaders and BOD founders. I am hoping for a large turnout.
What this is not! This is not a recruiting call, nor will I accept anyone attempting to position or sign up into this potential company.
What I am going to do is invest $1000 of my money to acquire 50-100 fully registered and paid distributors into this business. If this does work as expected, I will then decide to make this happen for all interested. I will put together a coop marketing offer using Markethive assets. I will also consider building a “group” utilizing Press Releases (I will fund) and rotate to the “group”. As we build the real back linking power, capture page campaigns and social networking broadcasting.
My Agenda: To put real teeth into a campaign so we push the edge of Markethive to identify the additional tools we need and fine tune the tools we already have, and make substantial alternative income in the process.
You have my commitment to determine the viability before I open it up to you reducing the risk as much as possible.
Come to the meeting. It will only be to your benefit no matter what transpires. Check the calendar in Markethive.
Dr. Raymond Jewell, Leading Economist and Home Based Business Consultant. Dr. Jewell has been consulting with clients for over 35 years. He is an Legacy Founder with Markethive and manages several blogs on the Hive. You can contact him through the messaging system on Markethive. Markethive is FREE to use and learn it's inbound and outbound marketing power.
*Article Author is Mr. Thomas Prendergast, CMO Markethive.
"I love huntin’ through data to find the weird little trends; it’s how you learn how things actually work. I also really, really dig the concept of crowdfunding. Put the two together, and you’ve got my attention.
During a chat with John Biggs today at Disrupt Europe, Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin dropped a rapid fire stream of knowledge. If you’re considering doing any sort of crowdsourcing campaign, this is probably stuff you should know.
The tips Slava gave were almost entirely pulled straight from the data that Indiegogo has gathered over the past few years, rather than random guess work. “I used to have a lot of opinions. Now, luckily, I don’t have to have opinions. We can talk on data.”
While these pointers are based on Indiegogo’s data, the overall concepts likely apply to pretty much any crowdfunding platform.
Slava broke his advice down into three categories: pitching, being proactive, and finding an audience.
If you have a video, you’ll raise 114% more money on average than if you don’t.
Wondering how many perks to offer? The magic number seems to be somewhere between 3-8.
On average, successful campaigns will cross their target fundraising goal on Day 36.
Average contribution size on successful campaigns comes in at around $70.
If you have 4 or more people on your team, you’ll raise 70% more money than if you only have one person.
On being proactive:
Update your backers (and potential backers) regularly. ”If you do an update every 5 days or less, you’ll raise 4x more than if you do an update every 20 days or more”.
Need to reach potential backers? Indiegogo sees most contributions coming from email campaigns. Facebook is second, then Twitter.
Momentum matters: you’re 5x more likely to hit your target if you can reach at least 25% of your overall goal within the first week
Finding an audience:
“We like to think about it as 1/3, 1/3, 1/3. Indiegogo multiplies whatever you can accomplish. If you’re only able to raise $0, Indiegogo can only multiply [by zero]. You need to start by finding the first 1/3 of the money for your campaign [through your network], often the next third comes from friends of your network, and Indiegogo will, on average, get you that last third.”
Have your family and friends help to get the ball rolling: “No one wants to fund your empty campaign”
On whether your project should be as polished as possible “I don’t think it’s about [that]. It’s about being authentic. […] Some campaigns should be more polished, because that’s what they’re trying to sell. Some campaigns can just use flipcams and iPhones. It varies, and the data really doesn’t prove yet that it’s important to be polished.”
On how important it is that your campaign is in english: “There’s a debate on that. To get as many international dollars as possible, you definitely will want english as part of your campaign. But, obviously, if you want to focus first on your local community, [use that local language].”
Dr. Raymond Jewell is a leading Economist and Home Based Business Consultant. Dr. Jewell is an Alpha Founder with Markethive and manages several blogs in the hive. Markethive is a revolutionary new marketing tool that is a game changer in marketing on the web. Sign up for a FREE Markethive systemand see for yourself.
Profile Pages: “Online Branding and Building Authority”
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What is the difference between online branding and building authority? Some would consider it the same thing, but in reality it can be two completely different processes. Online branding is a way to get more exposure for your brand on all levels of online marketing, especially search and social.
Building authority takes online branding to the next level by making each online presence for a brand authoritative. It goes beyond just about creating a blog or social media account. The following are ways you can build your online brand as well as your authority.
Blogs are beneficial for brands for three reasons. First of all, blogs help you rank well in search engines – Google loves fresh, unique content on websites that are constantly updated. If you’re looking to meet this goal, be sure to use Markethive’s blog platform and build a blog team in a Markethive group to assist in greater content and curation.
RE: WordPress Markethive’s technology super charges WordPress campaigns.
Next, blogs provide for great content to share on social media networks. It’s hard to get traction if your just sharing product and sales pages. But if you’re sharing informative blog posts about your industry, you’re likely to get a lot of traffic and social shares.
Markethive provides plugins and widgets and tech that allows visitors to subscribe to your blog from their Social Networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, thereby allowing your new Markethive posts to publish to their news feed automatically.
Finally, great blogs can help your brand build authority in your niche. This is where you go above and beyond cookie cutter posts that talk about your product to creating awesome content in the form of:
Awesome content will show fans of your industry that you know your stuff and therefore are the brand to go with for their business needs. A great example of this is the blog you are reading right now – Markethive has Inbound Marketing technologies, the go to Social Network and infographics that have been tweeted and liked over 10,000 times and posts that have been viewed on Facebook, LinkedIn and Stumbleupon over 100,000 times.
There are two great fears that brands have when it comes to blogging. One is that they won’t have anything to blog about, and this is a complete myth. Everyone can find something to blog about. You just have to expand your definition of the target audience. Imagine you had a body shop. You probably won’t get a lot of attention if you’re writing about paint booths and sanding tools all the time, but you will if you think about broader topics that would interest the people likely to visit an auto body shop. You can blog about the latest coolest Hot Rods at the coming Hot Rod Nationals show or the latest NASCAR winner to grab fans of those programs. Or you can blog about environmental issues and the Prious to grab environmentalists. Just think bigger!
The other fear is that they will be giving away “trade secrets” and lose their business. This one is especially common within industries like SEO, where a brand might feel like giving out ten steps to link building will give their customers the info they need to just do it themselves. But this just isn’t true. I have found that most of the time, if you give a complex, in-depth tutorial, a potential customer will see that your brand has the knowledge to do the service, but they won’t have the time or resources to do it for themselves. Hence, they’ll go with you because they feel confident that your brand has the expertise demonstrated in the content provided on the blog.
The key with your brand’s blog is to make sure that it is apparent who is behind the content. Whether you have your blog on your domain (yourbrand.com/blog), as a subdomain (blog.yourbrand.com), or as a separate site (yourbrandblog.com), be sure that it is matched to your brand. Check out Markethive’s site, blog, and subscribers profile pages, logged in dashboard and display variances on hand held devices. All are unique yet all are well branded and follow a conventional identity protocol (all on separate domains and different devices) as an example of great branding.
Guest Blog for Others (This is a major component in Markethive)
When it comes to blogging, you don’t want to keep the good stuff all to yourself. Guest blogging (join a Markethive Group to share content is that easy) is a great way to build your online brand presence and authority. The basic goal is to find a (GROUP) blog whose audience will be interested in your brand, and create a great piece of content for that blog.
Notice I said great piece of content. I would go so far as to say that the content you create for another (GROUP) site’s blog should be even better than the content you create for your own site. You want the content you create for another blog (GROUP) to rock. You want that content to generate additional social shares, comments, and traffic for the blog owner.
As you create GROUP posts for others, be sure to save the links to those guest posts for future reference. As you approach new GROUPs that you would like to guest post upon, you will want to include those links as examples of your successful guest posts in other Markethive GROUPS. If you can convince the GROUP owner that your post will be a perfect fit for their audience and will drive significant traffic and response, the GROUP blog owner will have a hard time resisting.
My main tips for GROUP blogging for your brand include:
1. Find the best GROUPs to guest post on.
When it comes to blogs you want to get a guest post on, your goal is to find those whose audience would be interested in your brand. The blog should get a significant amount of traffic and social shares as well – there’s no reason to post on a blog that has no visitors just because it has high PageRank or any other criteria – you want to get some brand exposure out of this! Use the Markethive GROUPs directory to start your search for blogs in your niche or industry.
2. Find the GROUPs blogging policy.
If you see that a GROUP allows guest bloggers or outside contributors, the GROUP should have some page or post posted that describes their post policy. If they do have a policy page or post, then be sure to note any and all criteria.
3. Start building a relationship with the GROUP owner first. (Markethive Groups is excellent for this)
Now that you’ve found the blog you want to pitch an idea to, don’t just jump in and pitch them yet. Start by getting to know the GROUP owner first by following their Markethive blog posts, their Twitter and their Facebook fan page. Comment on some of their latest posts – make those comments valuable to enhance discussion and demonstrate your writing skills and expertise in the industry. CoPromote their posts using Broadcasting tools and widgets. Do this for at least a week or two before pitching content to them.
4. Research and pitch great topic ideas. (Join others in our live Markethive Work Shops)
Don’t create the content first and then try to find it a home. Once you’ve found the right blogs and started engaging with the blogs themselves, you’ll get a feel for the type of content they publish.
To get an even better idea of what content is successful for each blog, subscribe to them in your Markethive back office blog platform. Then you will be able to see the site’s latest traffic scores. The higher score, the more comments, tweets, Facebook likes, and other social shares the post received. Use these high-scoring posts as an indicator as to what content does well on each blog.
Now you can message via the Markethive message system or request to join their group saying that you have recently enjoyed reading their blog (as evidenced by your commenting & social sharing) and would like to contribute to their site as a GROUP member. After reading their guidelines, you would like to see if they would be interested in the following topics. Then add three to four great post ideas that you believe will fit their audience to choose from. And of course, if you’ve done guest posts elsewhere, include some of your best links. If not, just include some great links from your own brand’s blog.
5. Create Awesome Content.
Once you get approval from a GROUP, your next job is to create an awesome piece of content. Make sure it fits the theme of that blogging GROUP and that it has the overall feel / tone of the GROUP blog you are submitting to. Also be sure to add in relevant links throughout your blog post – not to your own properties, but internal links to the blog itself. This shows the blog owner you’re really giving it 100% for them and their audience and not just trying to promote yourself.
The self-promotion piece should come at the end with your guest bio. Check out other author bios on the blogs and create yours to match. This is where you can say you are John Smith, an industry enthusiast from ABC Company.
Again, be sure to consider the blog’s guidelines and previous guest author bios when deciding to add one or more links back to your brand. The blog owner ultimately reserves the right to edit it as they feel is necessary.
6. Support your GROUP post once it goes live.
It’s not over yet. After that guest post goes live, you should give it your unconditional love in the form of social sharing with your brand’s audience on Twitter, Facebook, etc. as well as coming by to respond to comments. That kind of response on your guest post will further boost your brand’s reputation as a great guest blogger as well as a confident authority in your niche.
Don’t Forget Blog Commenting
Blog commenting is a great branding and authority building exercise you can do on any blog in your niche. I would suggest subscribing to the top blogs in your industry in Google Reader, and each time there is a new post, be sure to read it thoroughly and add a valuable comment. Remember this isn’t about link building – this is about building your brand’s presence online as an authority in your industry.
Get a Disqus account as well as it is a sort of social network of people that comment.
You can use the blog’s previous comments as a guide as to how you should format yours. Some blogs require you to only use your real name, while others are a little more lenient in using your name – your company. I would suggest linking your comments to your blog as people are more willing to click through to a brand’s blog than their main website.
Your Online Branding & Authority Building Strategy Using Blogs
What is your brand’s strategy when it comes to building your brand’s authority using blogs? Be sure to share what you find brings your brand the best results in the comments!
Create a Consistent Brand Image for Each Profile
Have you ever visited a company’s social profile, and you were not sure that it belonged to the company? One of the most important parts of branding is keeping a consistent image across all of your online properties so that no matter what path a person takes from one property to the next, they will always know it is your brand. For example, someone might:
Find your fan page through a friend’s activity stream and then follow it to your blog, then website
See a tweet from someone they are following, visit your Twitter profile, and then continue onto your website.
Start at your website, then go to check out your social profiles to see if your company is engaging with fans. Engaging is fuel and grows awareness, authority and respect. Comment, recommend. Just drive by liking and endorsing does no one any good and makes you look like a tire kicking couch potato.
Just like you wouldn’t want pages on your website to be different themes, you will want your social profiles to do the same. Markethive also leads the way in doing it right as well:
Markethive probably does the best with branding between their website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube accounts as shown above. All five are branded with the honey comb logo, color theme and climbers ascending Mt. Everest in representation of the entrepreneurial social community of entrepreneurs helping each other achieve their agendas, so you can feel the consistency moving from one property to the next.
The above shows BMW’s branding between their website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube profiles. Each online property uses the same color scheme and is currently focused on automotive technology. The logos are all consistent, and the auto focused in the pages is different perspectives, the coloring and themes are consistent as well
Bolthouse’s (organic farm fresh juices) branding between their website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube profiles as shown above uses the same color scheme, logo, and focus on their primary product, carrots and selections of juices. Excellent example of branding and consistency!
Help People Find Your Profiles
I do a lot of competitive analysis in my line of work, and one of the most frustrating things I have to do is search for a brand’s social profiles. Don’t hide your social media presence – flaunt them! Be sure to:
Put Social Icons on Your Website – Let visitors to your website know that you are engaging with your audience on social media as well by adding social icons to your website design. The most common places to place them include the header / menu bar, sidebar, and footer. They don’t have to be large and in charge – BMW’s are none existent on their main page and Bolthouse are right up top left of center where they should be and get the job done..
Put Social Links in Your Communications – Do you send emails regularly? Add social links to your email signature. Do you send newsletters? Add social icons to them.
Make Your Profiles Search Friendly – If I Google your brand name + Twitter, I should get your Twitter handle in the search results. To make this happen, be sure that the name of your social profile (and the username if possible) matches your brand name. You might be tempted to keyword optimize your profiles instead of optimizing them for your brand name – this is something you need to resist. You can learn more about social media SEO on how to optimize for both effectively for search engines.
Another frustration is the direct sales industry.
Even though the size of this industry is huge by any comparison with a market measured in the trillions, even the top 100 fail miserable branding with social media. Do not be like them, rather show them a good example with your efforts. After several days of research I was able to find one such company that at least had the top 5 Social Medias registered with a similar array (not the same name) of usernames. The super majorities only have a token Facebook page, even less with Youtube and Twitter and nearly nonexistent with a Google+ and for that almost none of them are engaged.
Team Beach Body with a yearly market of 250 million, struggles with social media but has managed to set up the top 5 social medias, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin and Google+, albeit, the account usernames vary, and across the media branding is seriously lacking. It becomes painfully clear this industry needs Markethive or at least their distributors seriously do.
Get Engaged with Your Followers, Fans, and Subscribers
You probably know that it is important to maintain an active account by posting lots of updates, and that it is best to do something other than blasting advertisements non-stop about your brand. So the question is, what should you be doing to stay active in your social networks? Get engaged with your audience, of course. Here are the top networks to get socially engaged in for your brand.
If you’re goal is to build a strong presence on Twitter and demonstrate your brand’s authority in your industry, you need get involved with your following. Some ways to do so include:
Monitoring Brand Mentions – If you use Twitter itself, just do a search for your brand and save the search for future reference. If you use a Twitter management tool like HootSuite, create a keyword search column that will constantly update you with brand mentions. Anytime someone says something about your brand, whether it is good or bad, you should be responding to it if at all possible. This may mean adding some extra team members to your social media GROUP as a response staff. But over time, if people see that you are always on top of any discussion of your brand, you will gain trust and receive lots of great word of mouth marketing. People will tell their followers what a great response they’ve received from you and likely recommend you based on their satisfaction level.
Monitoring Industry Conversation – One of the best parts of Twitter is that you can jump into any conversation, anytime. So if you are a company providing Inbound Marketing services and technologies like Markethive, you can monitor anyone who talks about Inbound Marketing, SEO, linking, Entrepreneurial interests, and other related topics and just answer simple questions that anyone asks about those topics demonstrating your expertise.
Curate the Best Content – Even if you are the best content creator in your industry, people often like to see a second opinion. Find out who other authorities are in your industry and share their opinion on industry topics with your following. You will gain more relevant followers simply for sharing the best news.
Facebook Fan Page Engagement
There are several different ways you can engage with your fans using your fan page that will keep your current fans active and bring new fans to your brand. These include:
Updating Your Fan Page on Facebook – It’s tempting to use HootSuite and other automated programs to update your fan page. But it’s becoming more and more obvious that if you want your updates to show up in fan’s news feeds that the updates must be organic, or originating from your fan page itself. So take the extra time to disable all of your autofeeds and start updating your fan page manually on Facebook. And when people start engaging with your posts or posting directly on your wall, be sure to respond to them. If they know they’re getting response, they’re more likely to return. No one likes a one-way broadcast.
Try Out Different Types of Updates – Don’t just post links or ask questions. Spice it up – add some video updates and photos. Different types of people like different types of content – be sure to try to cater to everyone by mixing your content up!
Thanks to the last major update to Facebook fan pages, you are able to use Facebook as your fan page. This means you can like pages as your fan page instead of your personal profile and then comment on them as your fan page. If you can find pages that are not direct competitors but whose audience will be interested in your brand, you will want to get active on them. For example, social media consultants should be living on Social Media Examiner’s fan page to connect with other individuals and businesses looking for social media help.
If your brand isn’t on LinkedIn, you are missing out. LinkedIn allows you to add a company page where you can post your products, services, job openings, and even send status updates to your company followers including your latest blog posts. But some of the best branding and authority building activities for this network lie in the activity of the professional profiles including:
Participating in Groups – There are lots of great, active groups on LinkedIn in a wide variety of industries. Find the groups that have your potential client base within them and start getting active in discussions and posting useful content. Just be sure not to do anything that the group moderator would consider as spamming!
Answering Questions – The next best area to build a great professional reputation and strong authority in your industry is in LinkedIn Answers. There are questions asked every day in topics ranging from administration to technology. The people who answer the most questions are also featured on the answers’ home page as the week’s top experts!
Gaining Recommendations – Last, but not least, is recommendations. You can get recommendations on both the company pages and the professional profiles of your employees. Imagine if someone is browsing your company’s page and sees that the top employees have a ton of recommendations. It will show that you have a lot of experts in the industry which will make potential clients even more confident in your brand!
Dr. Raymond Jewell, is a leading economic consultant and Home Based Business Expert. He is also a an Alpha Founder of Markethive. Dr. Jewell currently manages several blogs on the Hive that he would love to share with you. He is offering a FREE Markethive System and training to anyone who wants to add this amazing tool to their internet arsenal.
The Alexa Toolbar: Why You Need this Piece of "%#*&%@#".
Google Uses Alexa’s Information For Ranking and Indexing!
So you’re probably wondering why I have the Alexa Toolbar Installed on my browser and why I tell my fellow marketers, webmasters and SEO gurus to do the same.
It’s simple. The Alexa toolbar monitors all my surfing and collects information about what domains I visit. They don’t know that it’s “me” – they collect it as anonymous user data and use it to rank web sites. Not only does Alexa use this information for determining where people surf on the web but so does Google. Let me repeat that fact so it sinks in:
Google Uses Alexa’s Information For Ranking and Indexing!
Installing the Alexa toolbar and surfing your own site will absolutely help you get your sites indexed by Google more quickly. I just started this blog today, and the googlebot has already come by without any inbound links!
Because the Alexa toolbar is such a pile, no one ever keeps it installed. So just by updating and surfing your own site daily, (assuming NO ONE else does), you can get your Alexa ranking from 5,500,000 or “no data” to around 300,000 in under a month and to 100,000 in 3 months.
Alexa Rankings and Google PR are two of the main factors uninformed people look at when considering link exchanges. (Page Rank is completely useless BTW we have a white hat PR 4 site that gets 20 visitors a day and unranked sites that get several thousand per day).
If you remember the Nielsen Company, famous for the Nielsen Ratings, you understand that what is put on television was once determined by what a minute fraction of TV viewers watched: The people with a Nielsen box on their TV Set – The Nielsen Families. Having the Alexa toolbar installed on your browser is like being a Nielsen Family for the web. Your surfing habits will determine what is most “popular” and what sites should be ranked higher in the SERPs.
That was reason enough for me to install the Alexa Tool Bar. Download it for yourself, and watch your Alexa Rankings Skyrocket over the next several weeks. We know Google looks at the Information, which means that Yahoo and MSN are probably looking at it too.
Alexa’s Toolbar is a Great POWERFUL SEO tool.
Just a reminder to make sure you have the Alexa tool bar plugin installed. It is an important tool among others. But I consider the Alexa tool the most important plug in for Internet Marketers.
Dr. Raymond Jewell is a leading economist and business consultant. Dr. Jewell is active in Markethive and runs several blogs on the Hive. Markethive is FREE to join and can add an amazing arsenal of tools to your marketing efforts.
There are hundreds of social networks out there. You can’t be everywhere and we all need to focus our efforts and time on the most effective social networking sites. Here are the social networks I would recommend most for entrepreneurs.
Looking for a job? Consider creating your own. There are a number of social resources to help you connect with other entrepreneurs and get your business ideas off the ground.
Here are the top 5 social networks for entrepreneurs. Each helps entrepreneurs succeed by providing them with the guidance, tools and resources they need to setup their company and gain exposure.
Nothing compares with the brute force horsepower Inbound Marketing engine that comes free with Markethive, but we need to build alliances among our peers and this list is the top 10 of other Entrepreneurial social nets we recommend you frequent as well.
I am puttingMarkethive as number one for many reasons, including a serious case of bias. I built it, aside from that. Markethive is a traditional easily navigated and profile oriented network similar to Facebook, oriented like LinkedIn but unique in that it's engine is a multimillion dollar Inbound Marketing platform. As entrepreneurs, we invest (spend) millions on autoresponder systems, capture page systems, blogging platforms, broadcasting technologies, known as Inbound Marketing today. Markethive's founder is the same man the developed Veretekk and invented Automated Marketing, auto responders, capture pages basically what has become today known as Inbound Marketing. There is no other Inbound Marketing solution on the Internet that comes close, has the level of integration found on the Internet at any price and the other systems cost upwards of $10,000 per month. Markethive's Inbound Marketing platform is free included and built into the social network.
Most social networks neglect the content aspect that makes StartupNation so useful. With articles, forums, blogs, on-demand seminars, and podcasts, entrepreneurs will be better prepared for their ventures and have the resources required to make better business decisions.
There are a wide range of topics being discussed on StartupNation right now, including business planning, marketing and web-based business. The site also offers a series of competitions, such as a dorm-based 20 contest and an elevator pitch competition. If you're an entrepreneur or hope to become one, this site is definitely one you can’t miss out on.
It’s difficult to leave LinkedIn off of any social networking list because it’s so useful for anyone who's either searching for a job, is trying to network with like-minded individuals, or building a company. LinkedIn offers many resources for entrepreneurs, such as groups, including the very popular “On Startups” group that has over 54,000 members.
Entrepreneurs on LinkedIn should brand themselves properly so they can attract the right kind of business opportunities, and perform searches to find service providers or partners. As an entrepreneur, you should also be looking to participate in LinkedIn Answers, events and applications to spruce up your profile and become a valuable member to your community.
If you want to meet thousands of serious entrepreneurs, experts and investors from a variety of industries, then Perfect Business might be the perfect social network for you. The type of people you’ll find are potential business partners, potential clients and advisers. Additionally, the site has leading business partners like Entrepreneur and Virgin Money.
From business networking to a video center where you can learn from successful entrepreneurs, a business plan builder and even an investor center, you’ll have most of the resources you need to create or regenerate your business. There is a free basic membership and a gold membership that costs $29.99 per month.
The Funded is an online community of entrepreneurs who research, rate and review funding sources. Entrepreneurs can view and share terms sheets to assist each other in finding good investors, as well as discuss the inner workings of operating a business. General benefits of this site include viewing facts, reviews and commentary on funding resources, and accessing RSS feeds of the most recent public comments by members.
By joining the site, you have access to detailed fund profiles with specialty, reference investments, and investment criteria, in addition to accessing partner vCards that have full contact information of all partners at venture funds. In order to get any value out of this social network, you pretty much have to become a member.
We hear it said by people in Network Marketing all the time, "See you at the top!" Top of what? A mountain, a building, life, what? We all know what they mean but does it ever happen? Are they hollow words?
How many network marketing companies have you joined looking for the big hit? I am sure you have heard this before but I'll say it again, the big hit formula has to be in place for you to get the big hit? Only when you find a company that you like and can talk to others about will you rise to the top in the company. Passion is one of the ingredients that motivates anyone to become great, thus when they have passion they will move mountains to get to the goal. Formula: Passion + Feelings + Emotions = Big Hit
So, you are probably asking "How do I find a company that I have passion for?" It's easy! We as human beings are driven by feelings and emotions and when things feel right we become emotionally invested. In looking for a company we need to find one that emotionally charges us up, and we have good feelings.
It's like falling in love with your significant other. Are you in love, or in love with being in love? Are you in your network marketing company because someone else presented it to you and you fell in love with it because someone else was in love with it, or are you in love with it because it turns you on all the time?
I recently found a new company that totally turned me on and I fell in love with it. To top it off, when I told my wife about it she fell in love with it, [My wife has never liked any network marketing company I have ever been with, she just tolerates them. But she loves to cash the checks they generate.] This new company has me excited all the time, and its easy to talk to others about.
When you look for a company that will be your guide to riches, you want one that you can easily talk to others about. If you find any hesitation about presenting your product you are in love with being in love, and not in love with the company. It's like a movie you have recently seen that you like, how easy is it to recommend to others? But if you don't like the movie you will not recommend it or never mention it.
How do you know when you find the right company? Well as I said it's, emotion and feelings, that will be an indicator. But here is another way to tell. It's like the new company I was telling you about, I kept looking at the company and saying to myself,"There is no way that this pay plan can be so lucrative." "How long can this company be around paying out so much money?" And so it goes, I kept asking all these silly questions trying to kill the opportunity. I was getting in my own way!
Finally, It dawned on me, I was trying to remove a path to get to the top. I was doing what many people do, getting in my own way, and finding reasons why my high emotional levels we false. It's like a love affair with one foot out the door. I was looking for a reason why it was not going to work, and as long as that goes on it will never work.
Finally, I just said, "If the the worse happens, Oh well!" So I joined and am having a ball! It's just fun!
Ariving at the top only happens when the top is in sight, when you can actually see the path. Remember, we do things based on feeling and emotions and when we are emotionally charged up about what we do we will soon have the vision and image of how to get to the top. Vision is what you are able to see in your minds eye. You know that you are on the path and will not waiver from it. This article is written through a program that was developed by a friend of mine, and when he got the vision for Markethive he never wavered until it came to reality. He could see it in his minds eye.
So when people say, "see you at the top" I always ask the question "have you seen the path to get there in your minds eye?" Do you know how to get there? I personally want to know, if you know! As I have written in this article, you will know based on your feelings and emotions about what you are planning on doing. Your internal guide is, how do you feel emotionally.
By the way if you want to know the company that I am so charged up about click here and take a look.
Are you listening to the right people when you are trying to build your business?
Are you learning from people who have created huge amounts of wealth? Many times experts will put themselves out as tops in their field when they only had a modicum of success. Many mediocre experts learned early on that they could do better teaching others how to create wealth than actually doing it long term themselves.
The home based/ Network Marketing industry is filled with many who find it easier to sell their services to others than build a network of people in a team. How is this so? Why does it happen?
Entrepreneurs are hungry for help in building a strong home based/network marketing business and are willing to take a risk and learn from others. The Entrepreneur is a sponge and tries to acquire information and skills from where ever they can. Most entrepreneurs are very trusting people and hope that when they are told that they will learn how to build their business from the person selling the information, they are hopeful that will happen.
How To Find Out If The Expert Is Really an Expert…
Ask the person to give you their CV [Curriculum Vitae].
Find out what industry they were in and if they were in Network Marketing what company they represented. Check them out!
Have they written any books and how well received are they.
How much money have they made over their career?
Lets talk about each bullet point; the CV will let you know their accomplishments and how practical they are to your learning process. Many times people have general information and what you are looking for is how specialized they are with what they know. For example, I have a Doctorate in Economics and have run a home based business for over 35 years, so that in itself will be a good indicator that I have the financial and business skills to teach others what I actually did in my life.
The middle two are indicators as to whether the expert is accomplished in their field. Many experts are well published and well known so reading their books can give you great information. Eric Wore, Richard Brooke, Jordan Adler, Tommy Wyatt, Tom Prendergast are a few accomplished in network marketing and are all friends of mine so I know first hand they are capable experts, and there are others who are equally as good.
Income is important because unless someone has made a lot of money they are not able to teach you how to do it. We do things based on feelings and emotion, therefore when a expert has made more than you, they can understand how to do it over and over again. Without the knowledge of feelings and emotions they can’t teach how to do it. For example, I have made millions over my career and understand how to do it again and again in my field. I could not tell you how to do it in the medical industry, but in my industry I am an expert.
In conclusion when you are looking for an expert you must do your “Due Diligence” and make sure before you dedicate time and money you know you are on the right path. If you don’t you are wasting money and time, which is unrecoverable.
If you read this and don't get pissed off, I don't know what will get you angry. This should make you wake up and take notice about what is going on in you're Government.
Here is an article that was written by a very well respected author and political insider. He was part of Ronald Regans Cabinet and is today a very well respected radio commentator. My friend Tom Prendergast put it out there so I will only link to it and not copy it. You should copy and paste it in an email and send it to everyone you know.
JAQX, headquartered in Connecticut USA was founded in 2016 with a vision of setting a new standard in the network marketing profession in a brand new category. The company is a result of the industry's constant reluctance to change its business model and be more customer friendly.
JAQX is the only smart home and business automation company with security that operates totally in the network marketing business space. JAQX allows you to completely control your entire home or business from a single app on your smartphone or tablet, and has created the only home and business automation system with expandability at no cost to the consumer.
JAQX is the brain child of Fred Stevens and Tommy Wyatt who have a long history in network marketing and are dedicated to correcting the many flaws in the industry. Their goal is to provide a platform for distributors to create residual income without having to break the bank joining a company. They wanted to create a company that enabled their distributors to be able to join at no cost and have the ability to create wealth without interference from a company's whims of change.
Tommy Wyatt was quoted in a recent article:
"Wyatt, known for his national best-selling book, “Appreciation Marketing,” insists on a culture built on honesty and integrity. “That’s what I’ve always stood for, and its non-negotiable,” he said. “When I was introduced to this profession in 1998, I internalized the idea that the average person could win with a part-time effort and that those willing to work hard could earn a lucrative full-time living in 3-5 years. My goal is to see that promise fulfilled.”
“At first I wasn’t interested at all,” said Wyatt, “but when I thought about the ability to create the comp plan, create the marketing plan, and most-importantly create the culture, I just couldn’t sleep. And when presented with a chance to do it in a booming industry that hadn’t yet met network marketing, it really made sense. I was all-in.”
That industry, “smart home automation” has been controlled, to this point, primarily by security companies like ADT and Vivint with the wireless and cable companies right on their heels, but still only one-in-one hundred homes in the US, is a smart home. “We realized that network marketing was the answer,” Wyatt explains.
“New technology is intimidating and perceived as expensive. But when your friend or family member shows you how to run your entire house from a single app on your phone, and shows you how affordable it can be, the cool-factor takes over and intimidation is gone.”
“Being on the corporate side offers me a lot of new challenges I wasn’t expecting,” Wyatt concludes. “But there’s a thrill about waking up every day and realizing that we’re on the front end of a coming trend and, most importantly, we’re first!”
JAQX will be the gold standard for network marketing, setting the bar higher than any other company. With the focus on revenue from customers, and a no cost point of entry for distributors, everyone is on a level playing field.
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