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That's just scary to know that people can take it that far just to not pay for something. I did sell my own product a couple years ago and had one unhappy customer. She kept saying she couldn't get in touch with me when she's been to my blog so she could have commented, sent me an email through my contact page or responded to the auto message she got when she purchased the product. Obviously she did none of those but bashed me ignoring her in a comment on one of my posts. I emailed her and found out what she needed help with and I proceeded to help her plus reimburse her because of the issues she encountered. She came back and wrote me a glowing review and even didn't want me to reimburse her but I did anyway just so I would feel better.So there was never any problem, I think she just got up on the wrong side of the bed that day and she took it all out on me.~Adrienne
1 week, 6 days ago on Faceless Negative Online Reviews are Like Terrorism
Well I'm no world traveler Leigh and have only lived in two cities my entire life. The city where I was born and 30 miles west of there is where I reside now.The funny thing is that although I remember our first home, it burnt to the ground about eight years after we moved. Our second family home my Mom lived there almost 48 years. We sold it last year and moved her next door to me where I have lived for 24 years in this condo complex . I had one little cry session as we were packing her up but the neighborhood has changed so drastically that it just hasn't felt like home in a very long time. My Dad passed away 11 years ago so to me home is where my family is. Our physical location is where we have to be at the time but family is home.I've stayed here because my Dad had cancer 42 years of my life and I wanted to remain close. That was my personal choice and I don't regret it because I had and still do have a wonderful relationship with my parents and no words have ever been left unsaid. To me that's just so important.I admire you for being such a world traveler and I'm sure your child is going to appreciate growing up like that too.Good luck to you both.~Adrienne
2 weeks ago on Home has many meanings; home floats
Thanks for sharing this interview with Jill and Josh, what an awesome couple. I love everything they shared of course and totally agree with standing out from the rest by just being yourself and connecting with others. It will really take you much further in this industry.I'm jealous, traveling all over the place. How cool is that so I'm thrilled you guys were able to escape the 9 to 5 and now show others how to do this as well. Good for you both.~Adrienne
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Jill & Josh Stanton – Personal Branding Spotlight
I saw Matt's video the other day and I know that with older sites we get in the habit of not changing things because we're just use to it.
I have run into a few of these that really do need to change some things and at least come into the 21st century with the look, navigation and content for their readers and customers sake. Glad he put that out there and people will hopefully pay attention to what he's sharing. You know, if they'd like to stay in the search engines.
1 month ago on How to Protect Your Search Rankings Against New Competitor Sites
Maybe this will be the one thing that these big brands will catch on about. I would think that even if Coke and Pepsi were big contributors for Fox, why does that mean a competitor can't come in as well if they're willing to pay the big bucks. Aren't Coke and Pepsi competitors too? Looks to me like everyone has just learned how to not pay a dime and get their product in front of millions of people and have them talking about it for awhile.Big lesson learned for sure. And by the way, I didn't watch the Super Bowl and I could care less about the commercials. LOL!!!~Adrienne
1 month ago on Banned Super Bowl Commercial Goes Viral
@Harleena Singh Hi Harleena,Thank you for stopping by and glad you took the time to check this one out. I was very honored to be asked to give my thoughts on this platform and glad you enjoyed the interview.You have a wonderful weekend as well.~Adrienne
1 month, 1 week ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight
@DanPalmieri Hi Dan,I apologize for my late response, I've apparently missed a few of the comments that have come through...Actually, it hadn't been years that I had built up those relationships with the people who came to my rescue. It might have been at least a year, not quite two at that time because I had really just gotten started blogging and before that I was not the social butterfly you see now. I think though that they had gotten to know me as a person during that time and knew I was not who that guy was accusing me of being.You're so right, what goes around comes around. What you put out on the internet stays out on the internet so be careful how you present yourself because it can come back to bite you. I can appreciate what you're saying and you are so right. Your customer may never know when that's needed but they'll appreciate the heck out of it when you're there for them.Thank you Dan and I hope you enjoy your weekend.~Adrienne
@deaddogdesign Hey Gavin,Sorry I missed your comment, it's hard to scroll down this list each time. I keep missing a few.That's right, keep adding that value and giving them what will help them and you'll be their go to guy. It really does work and I love it.Ah, they wanted too much for the dot com too! They've been asking $350 for the dot come for about six years now. Good luck to them because I'm known as the dot net now.Thanks Gavin and hope you're doing well.~Adrienne
Hey Ed,I think that for most people perhaps they aren't exactly sure what they should be doing to put themselves out there more. I hope they took your suggestions and didn't change anything on their site. I don't think I'd find it very appealing if I felt it was all about them instead of how they could help me.Great advice and hope they took it. Here's to a much better year this year for us all.Have a great week.~Adrienne
1 month, 2 weeks ago on When All Else Fails, Trust Your Brand!
What a great interview with Jeff and I share a lot of Jeff's content online so he's right. Build up that audience with lots of excellent content and let everyone else spread it around. How can you not see something positive landing in the search engines when that's all you do.
I like how he spoke about turning a negative into a positive. I think at times you have to decide for yourself which one is worth addressing and which one just isn't.
Another great interview guys, great job.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Jeff Bullas – Personal Branding Spotlight
Looks like you have a lot of things we need to congratulate you on. You've accomplished all your goals you set out to do so bravo to you and another congratulations on the little pink plus. Sounds like your year is off to a great start.
I have no doubt your book is great and I enjoyed reading the first chapter.
I know that shooting videos can be very intimidating but you're past that now so I hope to see many more from you in the future.
You're probably still on tract for the pitches even though you're a little behind. Hey, you've gotten a few out so that's good. I'm late commenting here but there's still a week left in this month so you have plenty of time.
Thanks for sharing this with us and for the motivation for us to complete the goals we've set our for ourselves this year. I got a very slow start to this year but I'll get there.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Accountability (not pizza). It’s what’s for dinner!
What exactly are your suggestions when your name is your brand and you're not the only one with this name?I have registered the dot net because the dot com was taken when I came online and although it's still up for sale I don't intend to pay when they're asking for it because I'm well known now with the dot new.I haven't signed up with the complete site but I'll do that to make sure I at least have my name in there.I also haven't registered any other domain names and all of those that you mentioned above are available. I'm not sure how to really address this myself because there is an actress with my name who is popular so anyone who bought those sites wouldn't necessarily be going after me.I know now though that for the most part I have a very good reputation online and don't intent to tarnish it anytime in my future. I know it's better to be safe than sorry but I also think why plan for trouble when there more than likely won't be any.Thanks Zac for this post and great information.~Adrienne
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 7 Tips to Improve Your Brand in 2014
@LazarCristiana1 Thank you so much Cristiana for saying that, it means a lot. I'm happy to be there for my readers and help in any way I can. I think that is the foundation to build trust and it's such an easy thing to do too.I appreciate your comment so thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this with us. You have a great week.~Adrienne
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight
@ArtageneSkipper Awwwww, thank you Carolyn for sharing that. I'm so touched and elated my friend. I do my best as you know and I definitely don't have all the answers. Boy I sure wish I did but then I wouldn't get to introduce people to others that I know that are just as helpful.Thank you for sharing this and I hope you're enjoying your week. ~Adrienne
@CoryAdams It is missed a lot Cory because a lot of people think that by helping then they're just asking for trouble. I think when you think about that in the right way then it's just the opposite. It's only brought me great things.Thank you for your comment, I appreciate that.~Adrienne
I've never seen Six Feet Under Leigh so I don't even know what it's about. I trust you though if you have such strong feeling about this episode.
I'm kind of thinking that your suggestions really wouldn't benefit me since I write mostly about blogging and more business related stuff. I do put myself in there some so it won't be so boring but I'm going to have to say that's about as far as I get. You probably can tell though that I'm not "that" kind of writer but it's something I definitely enjoy.
Great share though and wonderful lesson.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Writing Prompt: How-to create deep impact with simple imagery
@jglauser I think that for most people who blog like myself, just sharing helpful information is the best way to go and build that trust.
I'm not really that familiar with their philosophy in that respect and I say that mainly because it doesn't pertain to what I do. I have a feeling though that they are just sharing what they believe is in the best interests of their clients.Thank you for your comment and I apologize for my lateness. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.~Adrienne
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight
@Mike Griff I so agree with you about that Mike. You're never back peddling trying to remember what lie you told and when. If you speak the truth and are up front and honest then there'll be no problems over that at least. Hopefully what you share and who you are as a person will stand up on it's own.I appreciate your comment and you enjoy your weekend.~Adrienne
2 months ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight
@samantha215 It was definitely a horrible and shocking experience that someone would be so cruel but I am so blessed that I had started to build up a great online support that was there for me and came to my defense. Another shining example why relationships can be crucial and a necessity.Thank you Samantha for your comment and please do enjoy your weekend.~Adrienne
@N Mellor Thank you and I'm glad you agree. I think that a lot of individuals and brands aren't exactly honest because there is so much competition out there that they want to stand out from the rest. Unfortunately for them that always has a way to come back and bite them in the end so although it might be the slower route to work up to building a reputable brand, it's the only way to go because it will end up being one that lasts.I appreciate your comment and I thank you for stopping by.~Adrienne