Let A 5-Year Old Tell You About Successful Marketing

Things I know about marketing have come from the most bizarre places. Turns out my 5 year old knows some awesome inside tips about marketing. Plus, she has agreed to let me share them with you.

Say It Out Loud!

Do you ever notice how young kids share everything with just about everyone? Are you telling enough people about your business? Tell lots of people about your business. Not how they can purchase your new book! Tell them WHY you created what you did and why you LOVE it so much. If you are at a networking event it is best to promote your social media sites, whichever one you are the most active on, because the purpose is to make a friend - not be the annoying cheese-ball of the networking group.

Wear a look like no one else.

5 years olds dress for themselves. Period. How are you dressing your image? Are you hoping to look like everyone else with a basic third person text website, no updates on your LinkedIn page since day one of setup, bi-monthly newsletters longer than your long john underwear?

These are not you! I promise whatever the little voice inside is whispering about your business give it a chance to come out. There is no right way to be yourself.

Be Picky And Proud Of It.

Picky eaters can be such a pain in the butt, however once you know “the food list” then it is a breeze. My guess is you are not being picky enough about who you market your business to and so it is a struggle.

You must stop saying “anyone, really can purchase my coaching (or your product)”. But if you are marketing to Mr. & Mrs. Anyone they aren’t buying…ever…so stop it!

Do it Just Because You Love it.

A 5 year old spends 80% of their day doing what they love to do and look how happy they are! Decide what you LOVE to do. Not what you think will make you money. First get clear on what thrills you and fuels your soul.

Now, who out of anyone in the world would LOVE to have what you are offering? I promise there is an image of a specific character that will come to your mind. Take an hour to develop this character with pen and paper.  Be as detailed as possible, does she like coffee or tea, organic cotton or blended cloth, scary movies or comedies, etc.

Once this character has developed hire her to join your marketing team (figuratively)! Every time you have a new product or event or copy to write on your website consult your newly hired team mate. Ask her "What would you get from this?" and "Do you like what I have here for you?"

Put yourself in her shoes. What excites her? What pains and struggles does your service or product serve? How will working with you improve her quality of life? Why is your product the best choice for her problem?

"Should" is Not a Business Model.

Somewhere after 5 or 6 years old it seems people stop being as they desire and more as they "should" in the world.  Yuck (and boring too)!  Being an entrepreneur can be stressful especially if you are trying to fit into a "I should" business model. There is room for joy, excitement and silliness in your business.

Does this resonate with you? In the comments below tell me how you will be more like a 5 year old in your marketing!

Top 10 Twitter Apps to Monetize your Twitter Profile

Twitter is most common used social networking website in 2009. Most of the business owners and celebrities are using twitter now a day. Twitter is giving you power of communication in just using 140 characters.

Today I’m going to share most useful 10 twitter applications for monetizing your twitter profiles. With the help of this application you can boost productivity of twitter profile like automization of tweet, sending a automated DM to your new followers etc. Following are the Twitter applications:

Twitter Feed – Twitter Feed is specially designed for blogs whom are releasing their information via RSS or Atom Feed. You can also manage several Rss Feeds to automize your twitter account and it is also giving facility to post a new post at specified services at regular interval.

Tweet Deck - This desktop app helps you to update your twitter status and other social networking website like face book, My Space and Linked In. You can manage several twitter accounts easily.

Twilert – Twilert provides you with the email updates of tweets containing the product, service and about any keyword you like.

Social Oomph – Social Oomph is a twitter app which allows you to automization of your twitter account. It allows you to send a welcome DM to your new followers. You can also schedule a tweet and track your keywords with Social Oomph.

Twitter Holic – This app tell about your static like followers, friends and Top among any other twitter user in particular region.

Tweet this - This application gives you easy to share link option with your friends and followers. You can also find new followers.

Twit Pic – Twit Pic is easy to use application for sharing pictures to TwitPic from your phone, our API.

Twitter Grader – This application show power of your twitter profile. It looks on variety of factors like number of followers, power of those followers and the level to which you are engaging the community.

Mr. Tweet - This app shows best news and conversations of yours for engaging with the people.

Friend or Follow – This application allows you to find twitter name that is not following you back.

Hope these Twitter applications are help you for automization of your twitter account.

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Add Twitter Followers by Conducting a Survey on Twitter


When it comes to Twitter and the process to add twitter followers, have you thought about using surveys on Twitter to do so? While the idea may seem a bit far fetched, it really is a good way to add followers to your Twitter profile. Why is that, you may ask? Everyone likes taking a survey! What you would need to do is to create a survey that people will take. This survey can range in ideas from the concrete to the abstract. Creating a survey is not that hard to do.

To add twitter followers to your list, you will need to create a survey using tools such as TwtPoll and other such tools that are provided by Twitter. Here is how to create a survey. You need to define goals of the survey, pick the tools you will use, write the questions, test it and then put it up on Twitter. This survey can be from 5 questions to as many as you want. Deciding the questions and content can be the hardest part for creating a survey on Twitter. Once you have decided on the content, then you can move on.

Once you have got the survey complete, then it is time to put the survey up on Twitter. All you have to do is tweet the survey URL on your profile page and wait for people to take it. Word of mouth will allow you to add twitter followers to your profile as they take the survey and leave comments. You can do more than one survey if you wish to do so. Once your own followers have taken the survey, and if they liked it, then they will spread the word through their followers and more will come and take the survey.

The content of the survey is up to you, but the advice is to make the content interesting like current events or something that many people would be interested in. This is the best way to create a survey that will add twitter followers to your listings. The categories are endless so be creative and fresh without going overboard when creating the content for the survey. If the survey is for business, then you will need to know what content to put into the survey for a business purpose and create it.

To be able to add twitter followers, your content has to be unique and fresh. It also has to be relevant to both you and what people want. By making the material engaging, thought provoking and creative, you will be certain to be able to add people to your profile page. It really isn't that hard to do and the rewards of doing a survey on Twitter will allow you to both get lots of replies as well as adding more people to your Twitter account. So why not create a survey on Twitter today? Odds are that you will create a lot of talk and provoke some thought with the survey that you create on Twitter.

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Are You Using Twitter Lists?


Twitter lists are essentially the long awaited Twitter "groups." This is a way to group your followers into categories and a way to find new followers. You now have the ability to group people any way you choose and name the list anything you choose. You can even include someone you're not following in a list.

For example, we have a list of our virtual assistants on the Activ8Business Twitter account. You can do the same, create a list of your employees, your affiliates, your competition, anything and anyone. Lists are your opportunity to create customized groupings on Twitter.

Creating A Twitter List
To start creating your Twitter lists is simple. When you're logged in look belong the search box and click New List. You will have to chose a name for your list and then you have two choices: Public or Private List.

Public List: These will be viewable by everyone. This is a great way to recommend followers.

Private List: These will only be viewable by you, not even those in the list will know they are there. This is a great way to keep an "eye" on your competition.

You will now be prompted to add users to your list. You can also add users when you are doing everyday Twitter browsing. Just click the drop down box and you will be able to add them to lists right from their profile. You can even add yourself to lists this way.

Removing Yourself from an Un-wanted List
If you have been listed somewhere you don't want to be you can block that person. Now keep in mind if you do this that person will not be able to follow you. This action can be undone. Visit your profile and click on your Listed link. From here you will click on the List you want to block. Once at the list along the right column you will see Block.

Finding Lists to Follow
Check out listorious.com where they offer a categorized directory of Twitter lists. Also the popular TweetMeMe has a list directory of the current "top" lists lists.tweetmeme.com

As you can see Twitter has added this feature to enhance your Twitter optimization. These new lists can be integrated into many Twitter management systems as well, like Seesmic and Hootsuite. Start making your lists, have fun and Tweet about your lists so people can follow them.

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