Friday, October 9, 2015

Class is over and this is my final post

I am becoming super interested in how social media marketing can be used to create a cheap way of marketing a small business and how social media can be used for creating networks for business and personal use. While I was apprehensive about utilizing all the social media platforms from a personal perspective, I am now seeing their importance to connecting on these platforms with other people in the field your interested in. I want to continue to be genuine, and interesting with my persona on social media. All in all I feel more empowered than I did before to create processes and approaches to marketing on social media.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It ended up not being as hard as I was making it which seems to always be the problem. In my podcast I talk about why I am interested in marketing and how this is going to help our family buisness. I didn't add anything earth shattering to the podcast, cause I need to get down the editing part next.  This podcast stuff is pretty interesting and its kinda enjoyable.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Well its official, I need to get in the books and determine how to upload a podcast to my website. I am having problems with getting it to work I am trying to upload an MP3 file but it seems that the Google server is down, and not letting me upload which is a bummer. 

This is the error i am running into and the plan is to get this worked out before next week.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Professional Social Media

When utilizing a professional social media site liked LinkedIn, I like to approach them with the mission of creating an online persona, that most businesses that operate in my employment area. My persona is a jack-of-all-trades that can fix problems. Its hard to create a persona online so let the groups and the people you link with help.

I personally follow groups that are associated with the military and the rate in which I was a part of when I was a service member. In the government job arena, knowing that jobs are available and who is doing the hiring is important and LinkedIn can assist you in finding those jobs.

Groups I follow in LinkedIn:

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Video Blogging Ninja Style

My personal brand strategy is an eclectic training approach to solving training problems. Because my job is to fix problems I need to constantly add tools to my toolbox. When it comes to training videos, my favorite way to increase my expertise is to watch a bunch of training videos. Individuals video blogging give advise (training), that’s one reason people watch them. My goal is to determine why do people watch them, what techniques does the producer use to get high amounts of traffic and what makes the video good?

Lets take a look at a Ninja Training Video Blog for example:

Good Technique:

-      At 55 Seconds into the video you can see that producer uses a separate video screen showing the technique the narrator is talking about. I like the technique; especially early when the narrator is using vocabulary the audience has not learned yet.

Bad Technique:

-      During the first portion of the video the narrator is providing an introduction with his assistant standing next to him. Personally, I think the assistant should not be standing next to the narrator during the introduction; it’s distracting and awkward.

I want to learn from my peers, determine what they do well and then I imitate it and hopefully get it right, and if I don’t I can always learn how to be a Ninja!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Other Bloggers

I am currently helping a good friend create his business’s website and social media presence. He is a homebuilder and remodeler. When coming up with his brand and mission statement, I wanted his business to be a reflection of him and ethics.  The Definitive Guide To Building Your Personal Brand Jayson DeMers  really speaks to that approach to marketing. This is the framework of my marketing approach for small business. First you have to know the laws and Susan Gunelius lays them out in a way only laws can, from 1 to 10. 

Now lets fill in the details and use the tools to get this done!

Choose and prioritize the arrows in your quiver carefully; each has it’s own purpose and time. For my friends construction business he doesn’t want to focus on Twitter because it’s time consuming and might not have that great of a turn on investment because of the high post rate required, and his target audience doesn’t use it. Facebook on the other hand builds a network of loyal followers and transitions age. Now that the tool is correct, he should focus on his handy work and expertise. He is a rock star at everything construction and it dovetails into his business nicely, something Kevon Lee discusses in his blog.

Lets get more detailed now that we have selected the Facebook arrow from our quiver and it’s all about content:

How to take good pictures for social media: Daniel Lemin did a great article on Photography for Social Media: 5 Detailed Steps. While we understand when creating pictures for social media we aren’t creating works of art following simple rules will really put some quality on the page.

Now lets create some video: Donna Mortiz shows us exactly how to do that for Facebook its important to know how important short videos are for our business and how to shoot good quality ones. I love straight and to the point. I aint got no time for that! This video on how to make chicken and brussels is perfect!

Build a great framework with a brilliant personality and business plan and then:

1. Mold your personal brand and business together, let them become
2. Pick the right tools for the job! Might want to learn to use them too!
3.  Get in the weeds; make beautiful things like pictures and videos!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oh..........The Awkward Introduction

How exactly do you begin with the introductory blog? Do you begin with the traditional AA intro, Hi my name is Garret and I am in a social media class, or the online dating profile?

Name: Garret
Age: 28
Sex: sometimes
Interests: I love the outdoors, I love hiking, and I love hanging with friends. Oh, I almost forgot, I love long walks on the beach!

I personally prefer my introduction be more wholesome and pure, I want people to get to know me in a way only algorithms can….through

How would Facebook introduce me?

Worked: U.S. Navy
Studied: Columbia College
Lives: Washington
Born: July 1987
His sports teams are: Seattle Sounders FC, Dallas Cowboys,
He likes: Space Jam, The Walking Dead, Alas Babylon, Sid Meier’s Civilization, and mountain biking (consult the pic)------------->

I worked for the local COOP in Hinton, OK when I was 16.  The manager of the COOP’s name was Mike. Mike could barely even spell Internet more or less use it. That being said, Mike is one of the best people I know and is a pretty good hand when it comes to marketing. His marketing strategy wasn’t gimmicky or focused on keywords it was focused on a few principles that are easy to say, but not so easy to accomplish.

Be the expert
Establish a network of loyal customers
Be that person everyone wants to be around

I want to learn how to create that type of loyal following online, and apply it to small businesses. How do you create a small town feel on a large scale, and how do you replicate it for small businesses?

Check out these folks!