If someone says ‘thank you’ to you, what is your immediate response? A friend and I were recently enjoying a business dinner and he pointed out that, whenever someone said ‘thank you’ to the server she would respond with ‘uh huh.’ The bus boy said ‘no problem.’
This goes in line with other responses like “oh yeah” and “sure.” So what ever happened to “you’re welcome?” Or, even better, “my pleasure.”
What are the top eight ways to avoid getting distracted at work? Is there really a way to stay focused while you’re working and is it really possible, at all, not to lose focus and do some goofing off?
Do you start out each day with this wonderfully ambitious list of goals and, by the end of the day, you’ve found that you spend more time goofing off than anything? Yeah, me neither. And we’re both telling a lie.
So here are eight tips to avoid distractions and remain focused on your work.
What are the barriers of entry into your business? How many blockades to people have to knock over to get into your front door, whether that be virtual or physical? None? Are you sure?
In so many ways I am not the typical consumer but recently chose to make a purchase at Costco, not something I do very often.
I’ve talked about social media being a conversation and that’s exactly what it is. While there are tons of people who waste tons of time studying social media, it’s basically a conversation about mutual interests. The reason so many Facebook Pages just disappear in your feed is that people don’t interact with the Page and Facebook assumes they’re basically not interested in what the Page saying.
If you’re having a conversation with your Page’s followers and they’re responding, you’ll find that social media is highly effective. I have a number of Pages that I follow on social media whose content is of big interest to me so their comments and content keeps showing-up prominently in my feed. After all, the job the social media providers like Facebook and Instagram have is to keep you interested so you see their ads so they make more money. Simple. So the more you’re engaging with things on social media, the more likely it is that they’re going to show it to you.
I build a lot of websites for people but I also hear a lot of people who tell me that they can do their own site, thank you very much. Tools like Wix, Weebly, SquareSpace and even WordPress absolutely offer a very simple way to create a very beautiful website that does have a lot of good features and looks terrific. So what’s the problem?
I have personally partnered with SquareSpace to do the vast majority of the websites I do because you can create a great website very quickly that looks great and tells your story effectively and beautifully. In fact I once had a discussion with a restaurant owner about his needing a website and he was so insistent that it was a long difficult process that, by the time lunch was over, I showed him his new site. Lunch was on him.
Why bother with email marketing?
Last week we talked about how to significantly increase the open rate on your emails with eleven tips for email marketing. I’ve also shared five ways to legitimately grow your email list. But isn’t just having a great social presence good enough - why do you need an email list?
One of the greatest assets you can have as a business is a really, really good email list. While there is a lot of hoopla about having a strong social media presence, and that is an effective component of your marketing arsenal, honing a great email list still can turn into real dollars for your business. But this can also be a way to lose customers too, so here are ten tips for email marketing that can help your business.
Like cans of gasoline in the hands of that “one uncle,” using automation to help spread your word can have unforeseen consequences. I don’t think automated marketing systems are necessarily a good thing, especially in some implementations. While there are great tools for helping to automate your marketing, great marketing still starts from a passion about your product or service. Period.
Now, do I use automated marketing tools? You betcha! You might be one of thousands of people who get my Monday Marketing newsletter delivered conveniently to your inbox through a mailing program. If not, you can remedy that here.
I believe that community service can be a an effective component of a marketing strategy. I think it's good to go out in the community and work with others for a variety of reasons including making your place a better place to live but also as a networking tool. But, just like with beer or ice cream, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
For whatever reason community service organizations such as local service clubs and such are really having a difficult time getting new members. While the current membership gets older, there aren't a lot of new people jumping in to join the ranks.
Facebook Groups can be a powerful and free tool that can be part of a great marketing plan. But Groups can also actually help you run your business and more.
Facebook has stated that they are assigning less priority to Business Pages from an organic standpoint. The simple reason they’re doing so is that there are so many Business Pages it’s impossible to assign them the priority they used to. Well, and they also want to earn your advertising dollars.