Traffic Jams on Facebook and Twitter

Posted by on October 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Get traffic? The volume of “traffic” flowing through Facebook and Twitter feeds make the Los Angeles freeway system look like a rural country lane. But social media experts continue to advise marketers not to transfer the old freeway billboard advertising technique to social networks like Facebook. Unlike the freeway, the traffic on the new internet superhighway is becoming […]

Choose Your Partners

Posted by on October 5, 2010 at 12:09 am

Social media allow us to get to know each other before we decide to do business together. This is one of the things I like about network marketing too. We can choose to work with whomever we want. I think that is better than taking a chance on “buying a pig in a poke” from […]

Leads or Leaders? Your Choice!

Posted by on September 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Sales and network marketing are related but different professions. Of course there are various hybrids and blends.  But for this discussion let’s distinguish between these fields based on their fundamentals. Either profession can be practiced online or offline. I love the internet and the technological leverage. It reminds me of the leverage of networking, which […]

Facebook Fans “Like” But Not Asking for Spam

Posted by on August 26, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Social media has powerful potential for viral exposure. But studies have shown that more than two-thirds of Facebook users say that “Liking” a “Fan Page” does not mean permission to send me advertising messages. Marketers need to understand that the vast majority of “Fans” click that they “Like” a page as a message to their friends, […]

Building Trust with Social Media

Posted by on August 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Trust is a key component in business (and personal) decisions. Greg Ferenstein wrote an interesting post on the Mashable blog about trust in social media, in which he quoted Professor Judith Olson, who has studied the essentials of building trust in digital communication. One of her most important findings is that “responsiveness is key” in building […]

Social Media Strategy

Posted by on August 10, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Begin with the end in mind. As a leadership consultant I have always asked “WHY” before “WHAT.”  Intention helps focus efforts in the direction of desired results. Craig Galati wrote about social media strategy in the Las Vegas Sun: Social media is important, but it must fit into a marketing strategy. Social media is a […]

How to Build Relationships on Social Media

Posted by on August 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm

The foundation of any lasting relationship is a positive value exchange. In personal relationships the value is often intangible. It may be a subtle deposit in what Stephen Covey calls the “emotional bank account.” Making such deposits spontaneously and without calculation is most effective. In fact being relatively unconscious of the value exchange may be […]

Sincerity, Similarity and Attraction

Posted by on July 31, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Authenticity On Social Networks A psychological study revealed that out of 400 adjectives that describe personality characteristics, the #1 most attractive was sincere, and the #400 (most unattractive) was phony. People like authenticity. Philosopher James Allen, in his Essay on the Eight Pillars of Prosperity, wrote, “Attractiveness, like genius, is lost by being coveted, and possessed by […]

Relationships or Business, Caring is King

Posted by on July 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm

In blogging and social media marketing we often read that “content is King.” The “King” in networking is caring! Top Leaders in network marketing all concur that “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Computer geeks are always looking for “the killer app”, i.e., the “next big thing” […]

Relationships Matter

Posted by on July 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm

“it’s a pretty good bet that we really are here to make friends,” according to Peter Bregman,  CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a global management consulting firm. An excerpt from his article, Why Friends Matter at Work and in Life, in the Harvard Business Review is quoted below: To be a good friend, you have to give […]

7 Ways to Build Relationships on Facebook

Posted by on July 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Relationships come in many varieties: romantic relationships, strategic business alliances, customer relationships, family relationships, et al. I believe it is wise to begin with the end in mind. What are you looking for? Social media provide efficient tools to communicate, and all relationships thrive on communication. What do you think are the best ways to […]

Listening on Social Media

Posted by on July 1, 2010 at 11:35 pm

In an article for CNBC.com, Professor Ivan Misner, the founder of Business Networking International (BNI), and author of Networking Like a Pro: Turning Contacts into Connections, wrote: The only way you’ll benefit from social media is to build relationships with your online friends through engaging in the conversations you start. Otherwise, you’ll quickly earn a reputation […]

Relationships According to Einstein

Posted by on June 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Here’s food for thought from one of the world’s greatest thinkers. In his essay, The World as I See It,  Albert Einstein wrote: (on relativity 🙂 …without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is […]

Help From Our Friends

Posted by on June 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I love the lyrics of songs of friendship and love, like “You Needed Me,” and “We All Need Somebody To Lean On.” I think they convey in poetry and music the positive interdependence of social beings.  One of my favorites, by the Beatles: Do you need anybody, I just need somebody to love, Could it […]

Social Media Deposits in Emotional Bank Account

Posted by on June 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm

  Relationship cultivation is like growing a rose garden. And I did “promise you a rose garden!” The relationship must be nurtured or else it will whither. Note the fact that it is no accident that the strength of a friendship or family relationship may increase or decrease over time. It is very sad when […]

Social Media Communication

Posted by on June 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Your actions speak so loudly, I can’t hear what you say.” Now that millions of people want to communicate on the internet, what kind of actions are going to be “speaking” for us? Probably the most important action is to reply and respond when someone contacts you, e.g., by Facebook message or comments […]

Relationships are Better Than Money

Posted by on June 12, 2010 at 11:58 pm

If you had unlimited wealth, wouldn’t you like to share some? The good news is that you DO have a virtual fortune in gems that are better than money! Pay attention! Here is the secret of successful leadership…pay attention! Rather invest attention. Attention and recognition are better than money. Psychologists believe that attention and recognition […]

Relationship Community

Posted by on June 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

A “community” is basically a social group sharing an environment. During most of human history, people were born into their community — their physical or social environment,  (perhaps their caste or class). More recently membership in a community has become a matter of choice. Many people choose an “intentional community” in the physical world or a “virtual […]

How to Find Friends

Posted by on June 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

Lasting friendships usually begin with shared interests. One of the quickest and easiest ways to find friends is to participate in groups and activities in which you are sincerely interested.  Conversation is easy and comfortable when you interact with others who are interested in the same things. You can act naturally and be your authentic […]

Social Media compared to the Sub-Prime Bubble

Posted by on June 4, 2010 at 3:50 am

Umair Haque wrote a provocative post in his Harvard Business Review Blog.  I have quoted it below to start a conversation about how close or deep our online relationships  really are, and how we can improve on them. Here is what Umair says: I’d like to advance a hypothesis: Despite all the excitement surrounding  social media, the […]

Relationships are the Goal

Posted by on June 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Virtually every mentor and consultant giving advice about social networking will tell you that the goal is relationships, not just contacts. My mission is to learn how to achieve that goal. Collectively, everybody knows more than anybody, so I hope other successful networkers will contribute posts, comments, and video interviews.

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