Coming up with fresh, entertaining and captivating blog content on a regular basis can be tough. I am kind of lucky, in that my brain is always “on” and ideas continually flow!
But I still need to look for more inspiration, and came up with the three fantastic articles that have inspired me to keep evolving my content!
From “Copy Blogger” http://bit.ly/1cpJWdq
From “Start Blogging Online” http://bit.ly/1hLJ4Xg
From “ProBlogger” http://bit.ly/1bl3kfN
Here are a few things that help me gather information and create content.
- Always have a pen and notebook within arm’s reach. Do this electronically if you like, and NEVER assume that you will remember something later without documenting it!
- Create an “Inspiration File”. Archive articles or other content that has peaked your curiosity to refer back to later.
- Be aware of things around you. Great ideas can come from the radio, TV, people you socialize with, or observing others.
- Review old content or notes. A slightly different twist can bring new life to information.
- No idea is silly or crazy! No matter how out of left field something may seem at the time, you never know what might come of it!
Keep creating, be open to all possibilities with your writing, and HAVE FUN 🙂
I am lucky to have met many people online who have now become friends.
These blogs/websites are AWESOME, and are all developed by regular people like you and I who just took action.
I will peak your curiosity about each of these by just including names.
Click away and have a great day 🙂
- Paul Castain http://yoursalesplaybook.com/
- Tina Del Buono http://ppm4u.wordpress.com/
- Broc Edwards http://foolwithaplan.wordpress.com/
- Susan Wright Boucher https://swrightboucher.wordpress.com/
- Jennifer David http://writingsofamrs.com/
- Bob McIntosh www.thingscareerrelated.com
- Richie Demarco http://themayorofhardware.com/
- Richard Hilliard http://practicebetterbusiness.wordpress.com/
- Bruce Zimmerman http://brucezim.wordpress.com/
- Laurie Barkman http://servicedge.ca/blog/
I love to discuss this scenario when speaking about networking with anyone who is interested in hearing my take….
You are at an after work business mixer – a cocktail party per se. You meet somebody for the first time, shake hands and exchange business cards. What would their body language be, and what would they say if the next thing you did was try and sell them something?
So why do so many people think this is ok to do when connecting online?
I could rattle off many examples when this has happened to me. I am stunned and bewildered every time. I am now less and less surprised because it is becoming more prevalent online.
Relationships take time to develop, and people typically only purchase from those that they know, like and trust.
Somebody can’t possibly have a hot clue what you are all about after you have just said “hello”. Most people would think you were an alien trying to connect for the first time offering your products and/or services.
- Thank people for connecting when they confirm your “request to connect” via social media
- Provide value
- Get to know them, and actually listen to them
- Connect them with like-minded people in your network
People will see right through you if you are only in this to sell. But if you put the focus on them, and show that you actually care about building long-term relationships, you will be much more successful when it comes time to present your offer.
Don’t just “barf”. That is just plain lazy!
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Great video discussing the “differences” between sales and marketing!
Have an awesome weekend everyone!