How NOT to Sell on Social Networks

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Someone recently sent me a Facebook message trying to sell me a Beach Body nutrition system. Mistake #1 – She spelled my name wrong. This doesn’t seem like a big deal but when my name is blatantly on my profile for the world to see, she showed me she is lazy, so why should I […]

How To Interview A Candidate For A B2B Social Media Manager Position

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Social media in the B2B (business to business) commercial market does not work the same way it works for the retail consumer market. There are no coupons. No fancy check-in prizes. No tricks or ad gimmicks. No fluff in general. That’s because it’s not advertising or marketing. The B2B social media space is a place […]

Look Who’s Acting Human Online: TREKK Design Group!

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You often hear companies SAY they focus on the people who work there, but we know that isn’t always the case. TREKK Design Group, a woman-owned, Kansas City-based civil engineering firm, focuses on IMPROVING LIVES – especially that of their employees and those affected by their work. Because of this focus on PEOPLE, we decided […]

How To Design A Social Media Referral System

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Social Media = Online Business Networking  It’s not about the cool tools. It’s about the people using the cool tools. Social networks are networking events that go on 24/7. The “media” is the content (blog posts, articles, flyers, handouts, etc) you bring to the networking event. If the “media” you bring to the event sucks, you aren’t […]

Hashtags Explained

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What exactly IS a hashtag? A hashtag is a word or a phrase (without spaces) preceded by the # symbol — for example, #Business — that helps people find and join conversations about a particular topic. Clicking on a hashtag will show related content. Why Should Businesses Use Hashtags in Their Posts? Simply put… to be found. […]

TWITTER CHEAT SHEET!

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Confused about how to use Twitter for your business?  You may need a cheat sheet to do it right! Here’s a handy guide to help you out: – Twitter only gives you 140 characters to articulate your message. If you are anticipating a response from followers or clients, consider conserving space in your message so […]

How scheduling posts ahead of time could be hurting you

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So we’re all looking to get a little bit ahead, and scheduling content in advance is way more efficient and just plain faster. Right?  Absolutely!  It is definitely faster. And way more efficient than actually having to be AT the party. Think about that.  It’s more efficient than having to be AT the party.  If […]

Stop crying about paying for ads on Facebook – Here’s how the paid game works

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This past summer, our friends at Morgan Miller Plumbing (who we are very proud of!) were invited to talk business with Facebook at their HQ in Palo Alto, California. You know what Facebook told them? They told them that Facebook was only 1% done. Wow. There’s never been a Facebook before so what a great […]

How to Hire Free Salespeople

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Are you in search of that superstar producer who can knock out 70 cold calls a day? What do you think the conversion rate of a cold call is? Compare that to someone sharing an impactful quote you posted on your LinkedIn company profile. If they have a robust network of active business people, it’s […]

LinkedIn Sales Message Critique

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If you are using LinkedIn to spam your product’s features and benefits to key decision makers, you may be hurting your reputation. Here is an excellent example from Geoffrey James of what NOT to do when someone sends you a request to connect: Original Sales Message: Hi Jim; The first thing I would like to say is […]