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Hey Amy,

I've been there before, I've had people comment on my blog who came across as just down right rude and later came to understand that they never intended it that way but they just don't have the most cheery disposition I guess.  I wasn't the only one that mistook their intentions either but I think clearing the air and making it right, that's the best way to go about it.

Still, your points are well taken...  If you don't have a prior relationship with that person then they might not get our humor so think before you publish.  Great lesson we all need to learn.

Thank you for sharing this with us all...

~Adrienne

1 week, 5 days ago on Dear Amy: The #SMEtiquette of Commenting on Blogs

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Hey Dino,


Great message and boy do I ever agree with you.  It's hard at times for me to convince people that what they're doing will pay off.  So your commenters might not end up being your customer but they'll refer their friends to you that need what you offer.  Or in my case, I've really made some great connections and we've swapped services that has really been helpful for me.  


I get a lot of referrals which is really sweet so the social proof is big.  I think if people just listen to your message here they would finally "get it".  Gosh I sure would hope so.


Thanks for sharing this message and hope you're enjoying your weekend.


~Adrienne 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on It Only Takes a Minute to Make Your Content Strategy Work With This 1 Thing

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Hey Ken,


I'm SO sorry for your loss and I wish I could say I've never lost a pet but boy would that be a lie.  As soon as I started reading your post I started boo hooing.  Yeah, I'm a sucker for pets and it just breaks my heart when we lose our beloved companion.

I know you're blessed to have had him all those years and thank goodness for photos and videos, you'll cherish them always but there is no replacement for the love that Shadow gave you and your family every single day.

Just know that my heart goes out to you as you learn to live without him in your life now.

God Bless,

~Adrienne

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Saying Goodbye to a Trusted Friend

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Hey Alicia,

Sounds like a good event and I'm sure there is plenty to take away from something like this.  I haven't been to an event in awhile but am hoping to do that again in the near future.

Thanks for sharing this with us and I know you learned a lot and are sharing some awesome tips with your subscribers as well.

Have a beautiful day.

~Adrienne

5 months ago on Tips of How To Attract Leaders In Your Business

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Hey Josh,

I'm basing this off of being creative blogging and I have to say most of that doesn't work for me. LOL!!!  It was a cute video though I'll give ya that.  I can see where a lot of those ideas are great for a lot of people.  I'm just weird but don't tell anyone okay!

~Adrienne

5 months, 2 weeks ago on 29 Ways To Stay Creative Plus Some Other Stuff

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Hey Josh,


The same thing could be said for blogs.  Do I really need to read one more blog?  Do I really need to be sure and read what this guy or gal has to say?  I would say yes if what they share is something that peaks my interest.


I visit a lot of blogs but there are probably just a little over a hand full that I really like to be sure and read each week.  If their newsletters are just as good as their content then hell yeah, I'm there.  It's the people who do nothing but sign up for everything under the sun thinking they're supporting them when they never open them and read them.  I don't want your support like that and you won't hurt my feelings if you don't opt into my list.  I only want you there if you want to be there.


So I think they are good if that's what you want.  Otherwise they are just a waste of our time.


~Adrienne

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Do You Really Want Another Email Newsletter?

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Happy belated birthday Jack!  Hope you enjoyed it and watch out, 50 will be creeping up soon too!  Trust me on that one my friend.

Glad you had that talk with your kids and I hope they came to understand the difference a little better.  Probably once you become an adult and actually are able to make some choices then this might be a little clearer to them at that time. 

I still live in a one bedroom condo and have for the past 24 years.  I love it actually but I also don't have my own family so it fits me perfectly.  I was also the person that always went to visit people because they had the family so it was less expensive for me then them although I seem to be the only one traveling.  Anyway, I don't "need" a lot in life.  I'm perfectly happy with the way things are because they're just things to me.  I think the older we get the more a lot of people realize that they're just things and can never take the place of people and our relationships.

Enjoyed the podcast, great share.

~Adrienne

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Do You Know The Difference Between Want & Need?

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I hope Lila had a good birthday and I'm sure she definitely did.  By the way she's just adorable Leigh but I'm sure you're told that a lot.  Isn't it fun to watch them grow up?  Unfortunately the time passes so quickly and next thing you know she'll be 16 years old!  Yikes!

Thanks for sharing this with us and Happy Birthday Lila!

~Adrienne

6 months, 3 weeks ago on A portrait on the eve of Lila’s tenth birthday

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Hey Leigh,

I've read so many things about writers block but the one that really stuck with me is that there is no writers block.  It's just a term people came up with when they feel like they're stuck.  I would even say that I really don't get writers block but there are times when I'm not in the mood to write therefore because I have to nothing is flowing like I would want.

I've seen some of these blog hops going around so it's good that you joined and we got to learn what you're up to, what your process is and why you write what you do. 

I'm excited for you about the retreat and have no doubt you'll definitely get that going in the near future.

Best of luck to you.

~Adrienne

7 months ago on What is my writing process & how can it work for you?

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Happy Birthday to you Leigh and that's a great thing to do for your birthday!  I'm sure that anyone who is eager to learn will want to take you up on this.  I'll be sure to think about who I can send your way as well.

Hope you have a wonderful day although I'm not sure when it really is but either way, make it a great one.

Have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne



8 months ago on Happy birthday to me! Have I got something for you!

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@pvariel Hey Phil,

Sorry I haven't been back by but thank you so much for your comment.  You are too kind my friend but I appreciate what you shared.

Glad you agree with my three tips and I know that if you just stay true to yourself then you'll definitely be better off.

There will always be nasty people in this world unfortunately and I hate that they have to lash out at others at times but I'm just so blessed that he wasn't taken seriously due to my reputation so far online.  I'm sorry you've dealt with similar issues as well.  It's never a fun experience.

Thank you again Phil and I'm sorry I'm so late.  You take care and appreciate your comment.  Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

8 months ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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I can't say enough good things about you Carol. You always provide us with killer content and your posts.  How do you come up with so much great stuff!  You amaze me young lady.  I would love to be in your brain for just a day!  I'd have a big time.

 

I was never a cannonball kind of gal either.  I did learn to swim but then the neighborhood bully tried to drown me when I was six and the lifeguard thought he was kidding so he was late breaking my near death moment up.  Kind of made me not want to go back in the water again.

 

I guess that's also kind of the life I've lead.  Always sitting on the sidelines and never being the one to make that huge splash.  I think that's why some of the recognition I've received online has been rather shocking and totally unexpected to me.  Heck, I just enjoy helping people and never thought that would make a "splash".  I love it though, I won't lie.

 

You always get me to thinking about things from your posts.  I definitely have run across plenty of people who "know it all" and you can't even have a good conversation with them because they are "always" right.  I'm just wasting my breath.  Had one with someone a couple days ago.  Dang them...

 

Thanks Carol for another killer post and nice to visit Jenny's place.

 

You ladies enjoy what's left of the day!

 

~Adrienne

2 years, 3 months ago on How’s Your Cannonball? Lessons From The Edge Of The Pool.

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Hey Leigh,

Wow, that's so cool that she nominated you and I agree that just that alone would make me jump for joy.

I admire you for just going for it.  I'm not that brave but at your age traveling wasn't important to me.  Oh sure, taking trips every now and then was fun but I lived with a Dad who fought illness my entire life so I wanted to remain close to my parents because of that.  Not that I haven't enjoyed my life but it's just been a different direction I guess.

We get to live through your adventures though and admire you for taking that leap of faith and looking back with no regrets.  Look where you are now and are able to share this journey with us.  Bravo Leigh, bravo.

~Adrienne

8 months, 1 week ago on How telling your story empowers you! Plus, I’ll tell you mine.

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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

9 months ago on Faceless Negative Online Reviews are Like Terrorism

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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

9 months ago on Home has many meanings; home floats

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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

9 months, 1 week ago on Jill & Josh Stanton – Personal Branding Spotlight

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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.


~Adrienne

9 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Protect Your Search Rankings Against New Competitor Sites

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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

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Banned Super Bowl Commercial Goes Viral

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@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

9 months, 4 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@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

9 months, 4 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@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

9 months, 4 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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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

10 months ago on When All Else Fails, Trust Your Brand!

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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.


~Adrienne

10 months ago on Jeff Bullas – Personal Branding Spotlight

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Hey Leigh,


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.


~Adrienne 

10 months ago on Accountability (not pizza). It’s what’s for dinner!

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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

10 months, 1 week ago on 7 Tips to Improve Your Brand in 2014

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@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

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@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

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@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

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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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.


~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Writing Prompt: How-to create deep impact with simple imagery

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@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

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@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

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@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

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@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

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@VeazeyJ Thank you Veazey and you just put a big old smile on my face.  I'm so glad you agree about building relationships because the people I've shared this with have really had some great success by following my advice.

I was actually a fan of Facebook before Twitter.  Facebook's business pages will probably be a ghost town soon but I still get some interaction there and a lot on my personal page.

Twitter definitely is my favorite site of all along with Triberr.  Hands down if you're not on Triberr you are definitely missing out.  

Google+ is picking up some ground and my stats are showing my traffic is really starting to pick up from them too.  I'm trying to remain as consistent there as everywhere else because I know it will benefit me later.

I'm not as active on LinkedIn only because that's not really where my target audience is.  I've joined some groups though and build some great relationships with some of those people so it hasn't been a big waste of my time but I'm not a regular there.  Some people though are really having some great success.

Although we really can't be everywhere we need to pick the sites where your audience hangs out the most and concentrate on building up your presence there.  You definitely though need to pick a few because we all know what happens when you put all your eggs in just one basket.

I appreciate your comment and compliment Veazey, thank you so much.  Enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@DJPC52988 Each of the platforms are different so you have of course a different audience on each one of them.  I'm not as active on several sites only because it's not where the majority of my target audience is.

What I do though is I visit each of these platforms several times a day to stay active.  You don't have to spend a lot of time on each one and you don't have to lose track of why you're there and go play like a lot of people do.

For an example, on Facebook and Google+ I ask a random question every day.  On my fan page it relates mostly to business and on my personal profile it's all fun.  On Google+ it varies but it gets people to talking and they look forward to what I'll ask next.  It's been a huge hit.

Hope that helped DJ and thank you for the comment.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@Harrison Pew Thank you Harrison and what you post on your blog should be all about what your readers want.  You need to really know your audience and then continue to provide awesome and valuable content to them.  If they can relate to you in such a way then you've got a reader for life.  It's like they look forward to what you'll share next and that's the best part of blogging in my opinion.

Thank you for your comment, it's greatly appreciated.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@samanthawanner Hi Samantha,

I would start by asking questions in your post and asking your readers to respond.  Some people have to be told what you want their next step to be so just tell them you'd appreciate hearing their responses in the comment section below. 

Always respond to every comment because if your readers took the time to stop by, read your post and comment then the least you can do is respond.  If at all possible, ask more questions like if they're having issues or something.  It would depend on what their comment was.  

You can also email them and thank them for stopping by and sharing their thoughts on your post and ask them if there is anything you may be able to help them with at this time.  Remember, it's all about them...

Hope those suggestions will help Samantha and thank you for your comment.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@stonerkt Thank you and I think it's the best way to go because especially when you're first starting out and trying to find the direction you want to go without yet having a business model you don't want to perceive yourself as being someone you're not.  When you're honest I think that shows your integrity and people will respect that so much more about you.

Thank you for your comment and enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@Katherine ASJ I appreciate you sharing that Katherine.  I know that when I first started I was taughtto exaggerate the truth and out and out lie about some of my results.  I was learning this from some very highly respected marketers at that time but it didn't sit well with who I was as a person so I ignored them.  They would even say I would never be successful going at the pace I was.

I have to laugh at all of that now because staying true to myself has gotten me to where I am today and some of those people have tarnished their reputation because of the mistrust they formed with their prospects and clients.  It might have taken me a little longer than I would have wanted but the lasting results because of it will continue on for years to come.

Thank you for your comment and you enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne


10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@jwil71 Without them my friend it would be a very lonely place to be.  

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@Michael Gregory Dectis You are so right about that Michael.  Just being open and having actual conversations with your prospects and customers will keep that trust going so that they'll be there to support you in the future.  If you remain honest and open with them I think that's what most people are truly searching for.

Thank you for your comment and enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@726brand I appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed so I'm happy to hear this.

I think that your brand is your responsibility and how you want to be betrayed period.  If you stay truthful from the start and remain positive in what you do then the rest is just easy.  Brand's services can help you get noticed more places and if there are issues can help those be resolved.  

Building a community online is like having all your friends support what you do offline.  If you need a favor or you want something spread around who do you call?  You call your friends, the ones that know and trust you.  That's what a community can do for you and like in my case, save you from the bad guys.

Thank you for sharing that and I appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@RonGamble I find it odd Ron that so many people still just don't get that.  I hear them tell me well dang, it's so time consuming but you have to do the work every single day anyway so why not add building relationships into that mix and then next thing you know your blog or business is starting to see some traction.  It took me about four months total to get on people's radar and it's been uphill ever since.

Thank you for reiterating that Ron.  Great advice.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@CourtneyRucker If you can stay consistent around the web Courtney then you're going to have a better chance of connecting with your audience.

If you're truthful about who you are, why you're here, what you can do for others and help them along the way then you'll eventually build up a good following.  That's the key to great relationships.

Thank you for your comment, I so appreciate you sharing that.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@gcobb1124 I couldn't agree with you more.  Stay true to yourself and the rest will fall into place.

Thanks for sharing that.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@PJSweens1 To me it's the only way to grow your business and build relationships.

Thank you PJ!

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@alxlynn90 I'm always admitting to my readers Lynn that I don't know it all.  If I can help them in some small way I will but I don't claim to be an expert in all things.  I think that helps others relate to me more because I'm so NOT perfect.

I do actually because I've always been of the mindset that you either like me for who I am or you don't.  I'm not perfect, I don't know everything but I'm a very giving person and I will go out of my way to help you if I can.  I think that in itself should be enough and for those that it's not then that's their problem and it has absolutely nothing to do with who you are as a person.  Trust me when I tell you that the right people will be drawn to you if you remain true to yourself.  That's all we can hope for.

Thank you for your comment and rock on my friend.

~Adrienne

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Adrienne Smith – Personal Branding Spotlight

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@JordanRScott44 I'm very blessed that although I was still just building up my reputation at that time that I had enough people who knew who I was as a person that they stood behind me during that time.

I'll be honest with you, Brand.com has a lot more experience in this area than I do.  At the time I was attacked though I wasn't as well known as I am today.  I had just started with Triberr, it was only a few months old but I am very social so the people that were with me in that tribe knew of my integrity thank goodness.

I know the worst thing you can do is lash out but if at all possible what I would personally do is contact the person in any way shape or form that I could and just try to get an explanation.  

I had one customer a couple years ago get mad because she didn't get her email when she first bought my product.  Actually she did but it went to spam so she kept coming back and having no luck.  She was very ugly in a comment she made on my product site but I emailed her and offered her all the help I possibly could give her, I gave her the product access with everything she needed and even refunded her the money for her trouble.

She came back later and apologized publicly on my blog and thanked me for going out of my way to help.  I think we're just going to have those people that get up on the wrong side of the bed or just are miserable people.  Fueling the fire though is the worst thing we could possibly do.

Thank you Jordan for your comment and hope my suggestion helped.

~Adrienne

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@Derek Saybolt Thanks Derek and it was definitely not a pleasant time and I honestly couldn't believe why he would bash me so not knowing me at all.  There were so many people in that same tribe that were not following him so I don't know why he picked on me but I'm so thrilled that my community of tribe members jumped to my rescue and it's one of the things that made Dino and Dan change the auto settings too.  Had I actually shared that post with my friends on Twitter then that would have probably been much worse.  I'm thinking though for him and not me.

Just stay true to yourself and you really can't go wrong.

Thank you for your comment, I so appreciate that and enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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@Cliff S Thank you Cliff and I'm actually glad I went this direction.  I listened way back then to so many "gurus" spewing their advice on how we should be online but in my gut I just wasn't comfortable with that.  I'm of the thought that you either like me for who I am or you don't.  It's really that simple and I'm a very good person.  I have my faults just like anyone else but I genuinely care about people and it shows.  I think if you can just walk that path then you can build a very loyal and dedicated community and trust me, it will benefit you for years to come.

Thank you Cliff for your comment, I so appreciate that.

~Adrienne

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