Making the change….

Slowly I am making the move into social media consulting. I’m not trying to make the change to rapidly, as this is a key move for my business. I do have the marketing plan just about done, thankfully. Then comes the REAL fun! Making revenue projections….YAY!

But, I have to admit that I am excited about this new direction I am going in. It is an exciting area that I enjoy working in. I have managed to raise my Klout score from a 12 to a 24 in a little over a week. I am getting more and more engagement on my Twitter account. And my LinkedIn network is getting larger.

Hoping to start actually fully promote the new service in February. Going to start some Beta testing next week to get some feedback on what business owners are actually looking for from their social media. Fingers crossed I get some great feedback.

Where I am at…..

So past couple of weeks have been hectic. Business has really been picking up (to where I even hired someone part-time), so apparently I am doing things right. I am now involved with marketing, call center support, and general assistant work. Most of my work comes through on Elance, which has gotten me thinking that I need to get more aggressive with my own personal marketing.

Which, to me, means really getting active with my social networking and starting to attend some local networking events. I’ve begun laying the plans for my growth going into the new year. Mostly setting goals of where I hope to be by the end of next year. From there I can develop plans to reach those goals (or even surpass them!).

So my question to everyone out there in the blog world….. where do you see yourself at the end of next year and how do YOU plan on reaching those goals? And of course…. do you need help with reaching those goals?

Differences in business culture…how does it affect you?

Sending an email campaign

Bombs Away!

As most of my followers should know, I have talked about putting together an email campaign for the company that I sell mobile marketing solutions for (see Launching An Email Campaign & Launching An Email Campaign 2). Well…after much debate and research it should finally go out this week.

Part of the problem with getting this email campaign off the ground was the differences between the main companies business culture and our culture here in the United States. When I first started offering virtual assistance services, I did not take into account how different cultures conduct business.

Especially when it comes to marketing a product or service. What may work here in the U.S. does not necessarily work in the U.K. Or in Asia. And not knowing that coming into this project made it that much more difficult to get this campaign off the ground. Neither of us understood the business culture of the other.

Now that we are on the same page, I think future marketing endeavors will go much smoother. But for those of you who are planning to move your product service to the global market, do your research. Cause the differences can be staggering.

Effective Marketing — What works???

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As you all know, I have been working on an email campaign for the mobile platform I am marketing. But, that isn’t the only avenue I am utilizing. I have learned slowly that an effective marketing strategy must have several components in order to work.

The problem that arises with this is figuring out how to reach your intended target market. There is so many different ways to get your name out there. Social networks, email campaigns, print media, even Craigslist can be used. Which one do you go with?

There is a couple of questions you should be considering when choosing the right medium to send your message.

  1. Will your message reach your target market with a certain strategy?
  2. What will be your ROI (return on investment) by using the strategy?
  3. What should my message be?
  4. Can I handle this myself or should I use a professional?

All the answers can be found by doing the right research. There is so much information available on the internet that anybody can make an informed decision before embarking on a particular marketing strategy. And I advise you to do the research.

A poorly executed marketing campaign can actually hamper your efforts by making it appear as you do not know what your doing. Nothing hurts business quicker than appearing unprofessional.

Some key sites to start at are:

http://www.sba.gov/content/marketing-101

http://www.score.org/marketing-cookbook

http://www.entrepreneur.com/marketing/index.html

Latest Contract

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Starting working with a great new start up company. They are called Goro All In One Marketing. They provide several solutions for mobile marketing. As I have started working with them I have come to realize how important mobile marketing is today.

  • Did you know that the growth of smartphone sales is expected to grow to 5 times that of laptop sales?

  • Or that in 2013, 90% of online searches was done on a smartphone?

  • And of that 90%, 60% made a physical appearance to the store they were searching for.

If you do not have a business website that is optimized for smartphone use, then you could be losing a lot of potential customers that move on to a website that is easier to navigate on their smartphone. Not a wise decision at all.

I am actually very impressed with their service and how well they seamlessly can take your existing website and convert it into a mobile application that is fully interactive, including providing placement on Google Maps for customers to easily find the establishment.

This is a client that I am actually excited about working with. I can see the potential of their product and can see a long successful relationship with them.

I’ll keep everyone posted as it progresses.

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