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Thanks for sharing, Gini! I'm going to check it out now!
2 years, 3 months ago on Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Have Social Network
@ginidietrich @wabbitoid I like the idea of picking up the check in person! :-) And I agree with Gini, the situation is not funny, but the visual of your last sentence is!
2 years, 4 months ago on Cash Is King Or You Are Dead
Gini, thanks so much for sharing your experience. Now I'm even more in awe of you and how you manage everything with such aplomb! I know first-hand what an important lesson this is for small business owners, freelancers and solopreneurs. Actually, it's a good life lesson, period. Inconsistent cash flow can lead to making bad decisions that don't align with your goals for your business, i.e. taking on the wrong clients or jobs, etc.. Glad to know you've come through it and are back in the black.
@ginidietrich Um, I'd say yeah. ;-) I didn't really quite believe you when you said you sucked anyway. LOL!
2 years, 5 months ago on Seven Tips for Gaining Business from Speaking Engagements
@ginidietrich I will definitely report back. Funny that you mention 2010 as being your year that sucked because I returned to Chicago late summer that year and a friend and former colleague had recently heard you speak at a morning event and mentioned how good you were. So she turned me on to your blog. :-)
Outstanding post, Gini! This is why I'm addicted to your blog (though I don't always have an opportunity to comment. I should, but you already know I love your blog.) I digress. Speaking is frequently heralded as one of the most effective ways to build a business, but it's not easy for everyone. Even if you are experienced with pitching campaigns or speaking to a group comfortably, the idea of speaking as an "expert"--all the while knowing your goal is exposure and gaining clients--can be daunting. You've just provided us with a blueprint for how to make this a little less intimidating. I think the fear stems from not definitively knowing what will resonate with your audience or what they will favorably respond to. You always so generously share information here that makes me feel like I'm getting special insider info. :-) A colleague and I are going to collaborate on speaking engagements this year. I plan on using your tips and will be sure to let you know how we do. Thanks again for all you share!
Happy belated birthday, Gini! As an "auntie" to a few canine honeys, I LOVE this post. If you're reading this, Jack, you are one lucky hound. It sounds like you have a fabulous life.
2 years, 5 months ago on Happy Birthday to Me from Jack Bauer
Gini, I recently got an invite and signed up, but haven't had a chance to pin anything yet. From the way you've described it--and what I've already seen--I, too, predict I'll soon be addicted. Thanks a lot for promoting yet another thing to compete for my time and attention! ;-) In fairness, you did introduce me to Evernote, which has turned out to be a productivity gem, so I guess it evens out. :-)
I do see Pintrest being useful for nonprofits as well though.
2 years, 6 months ago on Three Ways to Use Pinterest for Business
Mana, well done. I LOVE these tips--especially number 4! I launched a freelance writing business last year and the biggest challenge has been learning to juggle all marketing on my own, along with client work. Managing all the marketing (new and old) is extremely time consuming as a solopreneur (no matter how much I try to streamline or automate). I already use Google calendar, but will create one strictly for marketing. I plan to also implement the editorial calendar @Lisa Gerber shared a couple of months ago to revive my already dying blog and other social media content. Okay, I feel energized. Ready, set, go! :-)
2 years, 6 months ago on 2012 Marketing: Five Ways to Power It Up
Love this post! It's a great example of how small things can make a big difference. I agree; I prefer to give business to those who are passionate about what they do and address my needs as the customer. I haven't had the opportunity to ride with him yet, but I will next time I can schedule a ride in advance.
2 years, 7 months ago on How Chicago Cabbie Grows Business Using Social Media
In addition to the label, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria is creating some wonderful, unique beers. They graciously did a tasting for my Strike at Cancer board's fundraiser, Arts in the Roadhouse, last weekend where they did a tasting of their Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale, " 5 Vulture," and their Golden Ale, "Cerveza d’Oro." I've also tasted the "5 Lizard," the Latin-style witbier before as well. Delicious!
2 years, 9 months ago on 12 Most Awesome Craft Beer Labels in Chicago
Thanks for sharing these tools, Gini. I'm not familiar with Pinterest so am eager to take a look at it. I like your recommendations about how to use Instagram (another tool I don't use) along with Tumblr. I love that Tumblr is so easy to use--but as you said, not for your business blog. I know from first-hand experience. :-)
By the way, I'm a foodie, too. Love the mouth-watering pics on your Amateur Gourmet Chef blog!
2 years, 9 months ago on Five Tools to Prep You for 2012
@deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis Hi Sean. The plugin that was set up for me is Share and Follow. Are you familiar with it? Which plugin would you recommend?
2 years, 10 months ago on The Best Blogging Platform and Plugins
@YasinAkgun Do you find it as annoying as I do? ;-) Do visitors still share?
By the way, Gini, which plug in do you use for your "share" buttons? The plug in I have now only allows visitors to share after they click on the actual link to the post. Since the entire post is on the landing page, there is really no reason for anyone to click on it...
Thanks so much for the list, Gini! Thanks, too, @jgwhitt for the question. This is exactly what I need right now! I have a blog on my website that needs a lot of work. I had the entire site moved over to Wordpress a few months ago, so this is extremely helpful. I'm bookmarking this AND saving to Evernote. Thinking of which, I have a few "blog etiquette" questions I think I should post to Facebook. :-)
Simply put: Pure inspiration, Gini! Great post for a Monday!
2 years, 11 months ago on Be the Leader In Your Industry: Blaze the Trail
@danielnewmanUV Promise! :-)
2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Hilarious, Awful, and Real Personalities You’ll Encounter at the Gym
@danielnewmanUV LOL! OK. I will! It's a small community gym for our condo so I won't be a bit surprised if some offended "perpetrator" snatches it down!
Daniel, this is laugh-out-loud funny! I frequently encounter #2 (chatter), #7 (grunter) and #8 (human water fountain). There is even one person who is #7 and #8 combined! Hmmm. I wonder how long this would stay up if I posted it to the bulletin board there...
Thanks for the lead, Gini. I do read HBR, but haven't read Pressthink or Jeff Jarvis. I'm adding them to Google Reader now.
2 years, 11 months ago on Three Blogs You Must Read
@ginidietrich Well said!
2 years, 11 months ago on Create Your Own Media Relations Program
Gini, great advice per usual! I love how you take a strategy or concept that can appear overwhelming--especially for a small business--and break it down into manageable steps. It's one of the reasons I love checking in here (when I can!!). You're always so generous with your knowledge. I'm sure what you share freely is probably not very significant to you, but it goes a long way in building trust and credibility with your community! You and Spin Sucks are gems. :-)
Nice post Lisa. There's a fine line between promoting yourself in an artful manner and being "icky." Self promotion is essential--especially if you are a small business without a PR agency. These are painless tactics. :--) I also like @Adam | Customer Experience suggestion about using testimonials.
2 years, 12 months ago on Three Ideas for Self-Promoting Without Being Icky
@LinkedInExpert Hi Viveka. No problem at all. I hope you are recovering and feeling better. White water rafting--how fun! I've only done Wolf River in Wisconsin. One day I'll graduate. LOL! I feel ridiculous for asking the question about how to change my public profile URL. Not long after reading this post, I got on LinkedIn and figured out how to make the change. Thanks for responding!
3 years ago on 12 Most Useful Tips I’ve Found to Use LinkedIn Effectively
Great tips, Viveka--especially #5! I hadn't even thought about it! How do you change that?
@deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis Great additions, Sean! I use "publications"--but not for my blog. Genius! I also use the Amazon Reading List to inform the LinkedIn community about your continuing education and/or interests. "Events" is good for connecting with people you know or follow on social media and want to meet in person-- if it's an event you're both attending. I love the tip about box.net!
@CristerDelaCruz @ginidietrich @jeanniecw @deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis Uh-oh, I might be a stalker, too. :-) It just so happens I keep finding that interesting people I begin to follow all know each other! Or maybe I find interesting people and end up following who they follow...LOL!
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Powerful Ways to Connect Via Social Media
Great post, Jeannie. All of these tips are excellent, but I particularly like #3, #4, #6 and #9. I am currently using some of the useful resources you mention (just discovered Nutshell Mail a couple of weeks ago--love it!). I've met some interesting and like-minded people on Twitter and LinkedIn, but I find my biggest challenge is *staying* engaged. I'm self-employed and try as I might, sometimes a day or two (gasp!) can go by before I actually have time to catch up on Twitter or peruse one of the several LinkedIn groups I belong to. I want to be authentic though, and not just share something on Twitter just to have a presence. How about writing a "part 2" to this: Twelve Ways Small Businesses (Freelancers, self-employed) Can Maintain Social Media Engagement? Twelve Minutes to Staying Connected (ok, that's a reach!) Or something along those lines. I've been writing all day, my creativity is spent right now. :-) I'll be waiting to read it!
@Josepf @Josepf Josepf, thanks much! I hope you don't live to regret giving me permission to tweet or leave comments. LOL! Just kidding. I promise not to abuse your offer of help. :-) Have a good week!
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Important SEO Tips for #blogchat Bloggers
@Josepf Thanks! Again, this is a helpful post because you can cause yourself more harm than good with irreputable SEO practices. Ever heard of the saying, "...just enough information to be dangerous?" :-) I'll be sure to catch you on #blogchat soon.
Very informative post, Josepf! I'll be sharing as well. Are you familiar with Greg's High Performance SEO for Wordpress? If so, how does Platinum SEO Pack compare? Is it easy for individuals who are not coders to use?
Beautifully written, Mimi.
3 years, 1 month ago on Who Can Lend A Hand?
Great, insightful post, Jeannie! I started my freelance business in September and the biggest challenge is doing "what I love" and what clients pay me for--writing! A huge portion of my day is spent on marketing, administrative and operations responsibilities. Although I love it, there are days I miss calling the company IT person when I have a technical issue! It's essential you build a network of people and resources that you can turn to for feedback, support, referrals to other professionals who can help you, etc. It takes time, but if you are passionate about working for yourself and have a clear understanding of all that involves, it's worth it.
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Deceptive Ideas About Entrepreneurship
@ginidietrich @deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis LOL! Now, now. You both have engaging enough blogs to distract me and keep me working late into the night !
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Prolific Bloggers I Read Daily
@deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich Ha!Ha! Hmmm...Where to find material...Where to find material...?
@ginidietrich Well, you must be the queen of efficiency b/c you always appear to be on top of being courteous enough to respond to respond to all the comments.! :-)
@deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich @dannybrown LOL! Sure--you say that now! :-) I'm in!
Another great list, Sean. I have to agree with TheJackB--I have more blogs to read than time to read them! And anytime I take a "quick break" to read Gini's blog I end up getting sucked in because there is always such stimulating conversation over there. I've been so busy with projects, I haven't been keeping up on all my favorite blogs as faithfully as I use to. So now, thanks to seeing Gini's tweet, I find myself lured into adding The 12 Most, 312 Digital and the others on this list that I don't currently follow. Big Sigh. Great. ;-)
@marianne.worley Great strategy, Marianne. Thanks for sharing!
3 years, 2 months ago on Why setting realistic goals for your blog is so important
@MackCollier Mack, I love these ideas--especially the Weekend Roundup! Thanks so much for sharing your insight and suggestions.
@MackCollier Thanks for the advice Mack! Next week is a fresh start. I'll work on the editorial calendar this weekend with the goal of posting at the very least twice per week.
Thanks so much for this post, Mack. I recently started a B2B blog to support my expertise as a copywriter. As a self-employed writer, my days are consumed with projects for clients, in addition to marketing and administrative responsibilities. Therefore, even with my best intentions, the blog ends up not being the top priority (not that it's not important to me). My next step is to create an editorial calendar. I am hopeful that will help get me and keep me on track with consistency!! Any tips on how frequently a business blog should be updated? Thanks!
@ginidietrich @Success4Coaches People do this??? I'm such a gullible Twitter newbie! LOL! That seems a bit brazen. On another note, Gini, I LOVE your reference to ASS-U-ME. I had a seventh-grade teacher who use to write this on the board all the time! Whenever I use this, I find very few people have ever heard it before. :-) Are you originally from the Midwest?
3 years, 3 months ago on When You Fake RT, You ASS-U-ME
@ginidietrich Exactly! Fortunately, there are some good resources and peeps out there to learn from as well. :-)
Aaaaargh, just looked at my post and saw that I wrote penalyzed! No wonder it looked odd to me. LOL! I REALLY can spell! :-)
3 years, 3 months ago on The 12 Traits of Managers and of Leaders
Great post, Gini! As a nonconformist, I really identify with all the comments made here, especially @skooloflife's. Another factor in the leader vs. manager discussion is the company or organization's culture. Some companies reward conformity (even if you're not an effective manager) and penalyze individualism. They say they want innovators--but only as long as you can "innovate" within their confines. I know of a company that gives employees a Predictive Index test and hires/promotes people based on the "likelihood" of the person to succeed. If I waited for people to give me their stamp of approval on whether or not I could succeed, I'd never do anything!!
I think the flaw in many organizations today is to try to make every employee follow a traditional path instead of finding a way to use employees' unique traits to their advantage.
I recently launched my own copywriting business for this very reason. Although it's challenging wearing all the hats (especially because, I too, like to sit around and ruminate on the big ideas all day for myself and my clients), It forces you to to focus on what you do best and then hire or contract the best people to manage your weaker areas. Well, I can't really afford to do that now, but I will! :-)
Thanks for the inspiration today!
LOL! Yes--I still have a BB! Thank you very much! ;-) I have a good reason. I just returned to Chicago from Madison, WI where AT&T service sucked (I'm on Verizon)! Otherwise, I would have bought an iPhone. Now that iPhone is FINALLY on Verizon, I'm eyeing Droids. :-) And, yes, Allen's book is very useful. Thanks for this post on Evernote. I'm looking into it.@ginidietrich
3 years, 4 months ago on Using Evernote for Better Time Management
I've heard much about Evernote, but use ToDoMatrix and IdeaMatrix for Blackberry (there is also an iPhone app). http://www.rexwireless.com/ideamatrix_blackberry/index.html
I keep my to-do lists on ToDo Matrix and my notes, files, etc. on IdeaMatrix. What I like about both is that you can save e-mails to either, create files for each, organize by context (things to do at computer, phone, when running errands, etc.) and prioritize (and reprioritize) with a grab and drag feature. It can also be securely backed up and accessed online from wherever you are, in addition to your phone. It does not, however, allow you to upload photos--at least I don't think it does.
I was really into David Allen's Getting Things Done (OK, my version where I take what I can from the book while continuing my own bad habits) and found this to be the most adaptable.
I'll have to check into Evernote. Thanks for the tips Gini and all!
Hmmm. Good point. I think all these pet peeves might be no-brainers for social media savvy folks, but I don't think they can be repeated too often. More and more people are joining (or returning to) Twitter . These insights are helpful so you don't unknowingly make an ass of yourself :-). So one final question: Are you more likely to follow individuals who are recommended by people you follow on Twitter or would you still prefer to only find people on your own? @deleted_6629_lisagerber @angelica7641
3 years, 4 months ago on Social Media Pet Peeves