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How Did You Get Involved in Social Media

Yesterday I was asked how I became involved with social media. Here’s my reply…

I am a novice in this world. I am a grandmother of 5 and I don’t want to be left in the dust.

So I am learning and I’m making a lot of mistakes BUT I’m also making some forward progress. Like I’m still learning when to hit the return key and when to let a paragraph just run on so as to not create two separate posts.

Two years ago I wrote a book which became a #1 best seller not because it was brilliantly written, but because I understand traditional marketing. I found traditional marketing would only take book sales so far. I needed to learn about Social Media.

Now I find if I want to keep growing and offering my very best to my clients, I needed to jump right into the “new way of marketing”. It’s fabulous. Challenging; you bet! But it’s great how this works!

I write a blog: it was just a few short weeks ago that I learned from savvy Debra Jason to use the marciaok. (dot) not the marciaok@ (at sign) when directing folks to my blog. Otherwise, they get sent to an email screen.

See it’s a big learning curve for me, but I’m Up For The Challenge!! See you at the top!!

How did you get involved??

Marcia Reece is the #1 Bestselling author of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and The Ultimate Online Media Directory. She serves as the founder of Aspen Support Group. Her latest book is available on her website at www.marciareece.com or on Amazon.com.

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Social Media is a Waste of TIME!! NO, Its Not!!!!

Are there benefits to social media?

How are those benefits measured?

What are the big mistakes we make?

why? Why? WHY? do this crap at all?

Social media has changed the way businesses communicate with consumers; and the way we communicate with each other. Mobile devices are used far more for social media than for actual phone calls.

Potential clients find all the information they need with just the click of a mouse. Creating a social media presence for you and your business allows you to connect with consumers in a more personal way than ever before. You can meet them on their terms and in the location they feel most comfortable spending time.

It’s not going to go away; it’s only going to evolve.

What’s been your best experience with Social Media? And what has been your worst?

How do you see social media in the next 10 years?

The A-Team and Social Media for Business and Brainstorming. I hope each of you will comment on this and share with your groups. Let’s find out what everyone else is struggling as well as where everyone is having their successes. I know we can learn from both areas.

My biggest area I work on is social media etiquette. I have made several mistakes in this area and have vowed to read more, learn more, and interact more with those who do it right. I struggle to remember to attach tags and use categories.  I even have a yellow post it note check list by my computer to help me.

It’s hard to always remember to use my keywords for SEO.

“Grandma of 5 in Colorado” feeling a bit like a dinosaur but determined to learn!!!

Marcia Reece is the #1 Bestselling author of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and The Ultimate Online Media Directory. She serves as the founder of Aspen Support Group. Her latest book is available on her website at www.marciareece.com or on Amazon.com.

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Can you create business value with social media?

Everything you do online not only leaves a footprint but it’s also your 24/7 resume. If the footprint you’re leaving looks unprofessional and half-finished, it might not bode well for your online reputation and sales. Here are some quick tips on how to look good online:

 Social Networks: it’s not about quantity but quality. There are numerous social networking sites, be on as many as you can keep current.  Get off the ones you don’t actively participate in and stay “social” with by making at least weekly solid contributions.  

Sign up for Google alerts: who’s saying what about you? If you don’t know you should. This is (usually) a good thing. You want to know where reviews appear so you can a) link to them and b) thank the person who reviewed you or mentioned you on their blog or web site. 

Get a blog: in order to get on blogs, you must have a blog but it’s more than just having one, it’s about keeping it updated. 
Participate: In order to reap the benefits of the online world you must participate. This goes back to the social networking site and your blog.

  • Participate
  • Communicate
  • Listen.

Three online rules that will never steer you wrong.
Don’t get greedy: lead with the benefits, not the dollar signs. What I mean by this is that if you’re going online to make a quick buck, get out. You might make a few dollars but success will be short lived.

Network: it goes without saying that networking (especially online) is important.

  • Network
  • Lend a helping hand
  • Show people how you can help them

 Web site: don’t just get one, get a good one. You’d never think to show up for a car race with a scooter. Don’t even try to go online with anything less than a professional web site. While I know it’s tempting to do it yourself, most folks always end up regretting it. “My web site is fine.” They’ll say till you ask them how well it’s selling for them. If the answer is: “it’s not” then you need a new site. Show up online with a site that reflects your expertise, creativity, and message. This is one race you can’t afford to lose.

You will know your online presence is strong when a growing number of people have an interest in your topic or genre keep finding you in the places where they spend time online.  

Having a web presence means your articles, posts, and comments appear on prominent sites  catering to your subject matter. It means your name keeps popping up on active discussion forums related to your topic. 
Best of all, you know your presence is growing and having your desired impact when your email newsletter is forwarded to your following’s friends. 

Thank you to everyone who forwards these posts on to your friends. Hearing from you helps me know which marketing direction is most helpful to you.  I value your involvement, your input, and your community. Much appreciated.

Marcia Reece is the #1 Bestselling author of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and The Ultimate Online Media Directory. She serves as the founder of Aspen Support Group. Her latest book is available on her website at www.marciareece.com or on Amazon.com.

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Sharing is Caring

Some people give up because they look at how far they have to go, instead of how far they have come. This sentiment describes my journey to try to become proficient on social media.

Just about the time I want to give up because of frustration, I look at how much I have learned and keep on keeping on.

Today I had the privilege to learn from Keith Renninston. He is gracious, giving, sharing, and caring…What more could any of us ask?

Keith has a broad reaching body of work. He was struggling as to how to build the entire body into “his brand”. We brainstormed several different approaches and I saw his light bulb come on.

What a joyous day! We came together each needing something that comes more naturally to the other. Our sharing atmosphere brought good progress for each of us.

That’s how I like life best. Thank you, Keith.

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Just Ask and your wish shall be granted

As many of you read last week, I was smacked up aside the virtual head when I made a social media mistake. Since that time, my focus is on learning how to engage in social media correctly.

One of my peeps asked me how long I had been using social media. I told her just a little over two years. I first put up a website and blog while I was writing my first book. I had been on FB and LI but not in a serious manner for a bit longer.  She laughed and told me not to be so hard on myself. She started her site and social media reach in 2001…14 years ago!!  No wonder I feel so stressed out that I am so far behind the curve.

Another of my peeps is hosting a 10 Deadly Sins webinar on May 8. I signed up!!!  I know I will learn how to correct a few more of my errors there.

Just this morning, I was IM’ing another peep. I had a long-time friend whose emails were suddenly ending up in my spam. I IM’d him and he told me there is a “Not Spam” button which should put her back in my correct email. Well, guess what?  He was right. I checked the box by her email in my spam folder, and presto!!  Her emails are now being correctly sent to my inbox.

This helpful peep also gave me a very brief one liner which is helping me learn how to use hashtags.

BOTTOM LINE:  The most amazing things about social media are:

  1. No one is too old to learn
  2. Someone knows the answer – it’s up to us to ask the questions
  3. Except for the jerk last week, most folks are very willing to overlook the mistakes newbies make
  4. It works.  It really truly does work. Social media opens a whole new world to those who want to learn the correct ways to engage it.

I’ve made so many mistakes learning, but I certainly want to thank Carol Naff, Aaron Stephens, Harmony Thiessen, Debra Jason, and Kelly Mirabella and so many, many others who have helped me (kicking and screaming) come into the virtual world.

TCO: Day 4

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A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple

As some of you know, I was berated pretty badly after I made a social media faux paux a few days ago. I have become determined to learn how to use social media correctly and also to learn the intricacies of social media etiquette.

Yesterday…it happened again!  I made another social media mistake. HOWEVER, instead of being drug through the coals and made to feel very badly, Debra Jason took her time to write me an email and kindly and with caring explain to me the better way to do what I was trying to do.  What a difference a simple act of caring made.

Debra, thank you for taking your time to help me learn. I’ve been on social media for about 2 years and am beginning to understand the power of the platforms but also the rules within which it’s best to play.

I will be paying your kindness forward today and will think of you as I do so. What a difference the two differing approaches has made.

Many years ago I was humbled to have Sam Walton (yes, THAT Sam Walton) teach me how to work with distribution centers and all the in’s and out’s. I was a farm girl who had never been in that kind of an environment and his kindness in helping me learn what he knew made a lifelong impact on me and helped to cement my belief to pay it forward.

In contrast to the social media man who berated me when he had an opportunity to help me learn and correct my mistake with kindness and a pay it forward attitude.

Life is full of these moments. It’s all how we choose to handle the moment. Lift someone up and take the chance to teach a lesson, or kick them because they made a mistake and miss that chance to be a lifelong inspiration in their lives.

How will you choose?  Sam Walton and I became lifelong friends and I miss him. The social media man unfriended me and missed out on my generosity in spreading the news about his work.

PS: I have just finished reading Debra’s new book, Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget (Amazon.com). It’s full of her wonderful wisdom and helpful tips, tricks, and techniques. I’ve reviewed it on Amazon and believe you will also enjoy it.


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