"Kick off the Summer" pow wow

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"Kick off the Summer" pow wow
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Tue, 06-12-2012 - 3:02pm

Casual conversation time -- It's been a while since we've had an "introduce Yourself" kind of thread, so what better way to kick off the summer than to do just that! I hope you'll join in, introduce yourself, share what you do and whatever else you feel like talking about! (Just remember to keep the business info within the iVillage Terms of Service... meaning you can share what you do in general terms, without soliciting or promoting your business/service.) I'll start... and I certainly hope the rest of you will join me -- veterans of the board and new visitors alike!

I'm a southern gal, born and raised in Louisiana; I'm married with three children (2 on their own and 1 still at home), three grandchildren and four dogs. I've been working from home as an online customer service rep for about 12 years now. I also do a bit of freelance writing  and my dh and I create woodworking items and crafting projects that we offer at local festivals.

I love to read and garden, although I'll admit, I tend to become a bit of a slacker in the yard when it gets really hot. So I've gotten to where I prefer low maintenance bushes and flowers. Guess that's a good thing, since my neighbor's cows got out last week and wandered on to our land. They managed to eat half the plants in my sister's flower beds next door, but they totally bypassed my bushes! LOL

So... who's next?

 

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Re: "Kick off the Summer" pow wow
Mon, 08-13-2012 - 2:27pm
recycledmom wrote:

Hi lady!!

Congratulations on scoring a new customer and I'm really excited for you, going to the big convention in Las Vegas! I know just getting out someplace new will help revitalize you, not to mention the new business ideas you'll come up with to try out, being able to network with a group. I hope you're planning on coming back and sharing your experiences here; that would be uber cool!

 


Well I'm back and you were right, I did learn a ton and have things I can share with everyone else.  The first thing I realized was that I'm limiting myself when it comes to my upline.  They're nice people, but they don't have the same goals I do and they keep doing things the same way even when it clearly isn't working.  I can't reach the goals I've set for myself doing things their way and I need to let go of my fear of offending them if I do things differently.  So that was lesson one and it was a doozy!

I spent time learning about the companies products, associated research, and new products.  Also I learned about company designed marketing materials and business aids that are available.  That information is always helpful, but I wanted to learn more about how to actually expand my business.

I decided to focus on social media training and how it can help my business, but I don't want it to be all that my business is.  I've met a lot of social media experts via networking and many of them will say that social media is all you need.  That never made sense to me, especially for businesses that require in person contact even though mine doesn't require that.  Admittedly because it didn't make sense to me I wasn't really utilizing it and that has been a mistake because now I get that social media can only enhance not replace.  So I'm determined to give it a try and the worst case scenario is it doesn't work and I'll have to try something else.  I took training courses on email newsletters, web rings, niche groups, keywords and search engine optimizing, facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, youtube, photobucket, flickr, shutterfly, instagram, blogger, wordpress, tumblr, and maximizing my personal website.  Yeah it was a ton of info, but it was so worth it. 

Of course I can't use all of those tools, but now I actually understand how they can work (together and separately) to grow a business.  A lot of these social media tools can be used to enhance the in person networking and vendor events I do as well.  So I will be selecting a few tools to try and have a ton of training material to help me use them correctly and wisely.  Now there are all kinds of opinions on how much time one should put into social media (everything from 15 minutes a day to 1 hour a day), so I will have to play with that and figure out what works for me.  I don't want it to take over my life, but I also don't want the content to be redundant.  The best lesson I learned?  When tracking where customers are coming from (and if you aren't doing this then you're pretty much wasting your time) it is ok to focus more attention on a site that is generating you more leads.  You don't have to get rid of the others, but it makes perfect sense to give them less attention if you're getting less from them.

 

  

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Tue, 08-14-2012 - 10:29am
Wow! It certainly sounds like it was a worthwhile trip and you learned a lot! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you'll keep us posted and let us know what's working and what's not. I'm sure others will find it very helpful.
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Ohhhh excellent point. I'll definitely put that on my to do list for when I get to the point of evaluating my social media and seeing what it's been doing for me. So far I don't regret trying it. It's still new for me so way to early to say what's working or not working. I am finding that the sites I've decided to use are easy to maintain now that the initial set up is complete. The most time consuming (and slightly annoying lol) part was just getting started with having to understand how to use the site, picking a user name, filling in a profile, deciding what type of content to have, and determining what aspects of my personal life I want to share. Now that all of that is done I find I log in a couple of times a week, add a few new things, and then I'm done.
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