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Wow - your first 5 paragraphs sound EXACTLY like an experience I had with a potential client recently. Except he added in there that digital marketing (more specifically social media and blogging) is narcissistic. Interesting take on it, but I don't see it. If your'e giving something of value away (tips, tricks, insight, new ideas, etc. etc. etc.) and engaging with people when they show interest or ask questions, that's a conversation more than a one-sided sales pitch.
I love @Karen_C_Wilson idea of asking 'Why doesn't it work?' and putting the ball back in their court. I have the evidence that it does work, yet some people are still very cynical and pessimistic. It'd be interesting to understand the facts against it working that disprove my facts that it does work.
9 months ago on Fifteen Reasons Digital Marketing Works for Us…and Not For You
@ginidietrich Technology allows us to do pretty amazing things when you think about it! The world is truly getting smaller and smaller. :)
9 months, 1 week ago on The Client Service Issue in a Virtual Workplace
Your last point is spot on.
I believe that you can be 'on' for more hours of the day with the right technology without having to be planted in a desk chair for set work hours. Smartphones and tablets can do so much and many businesses do not take full advantage of their power yet. The flexibility in modern technology allows people to work wherever. This in turn can lead to people being able to work whenever too.
For example, if you want to knock out a major project in two days by working a few long, intense days, you may be able to limit how much you work after that and just be available to clients via email or phone for the remainder of the week. You still give great customer service because you are there if a problem arises, but you do not always have to be sitting behind your desk either.
Sounds a lot easier than it is, but the wave of the future (in my opinion anyway) is flexible working so the sooner businesses adapt, the better off they'll be down the road. I believe the next generation of the workforce doesn't see this as a benefit, but to some extent, already expects this. People work better, perform better, and are more productive when they work at a time/location where they feel their best. For some, that may be the office, for others it may be home.
@ginidietrich Thanks! Will do :)
9 months, 1 week ago on Building a Community: What’s the Secret Sauce?
Awesome post, thanks!
Stroking people's egos is great advice that can apply to a lot of areas of life - sales, community building, marriage, etc. People love to feel loved, and when you show them you care, chances are, they'll be more inclined to listen to you too and show you the same type of love back.
On another note, you inspired me to install Livefyre over on my blog! Such a great way to start conversations :) Thanks for the tip (or really the push to get this done... I've seen and used Livefyre here and on other blogs but I've never taken the couple of minutes to install it on my blog... crazy but it's installed now! :-))