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Baylan Megino Top 10 Percent of Most Viewed Profiles on LinkedIn 2012

First Tip to Being in the Top 10% of People Found on LinkedIn

Marketing yourself or your company requires building an online platform. “Expert” and “Trusted Authority” are words you want associated with you and your company. One of the places where you can gain most traction is on LinkedIn.

By now you know that I, Baylan Megino, joined the Top 10% of LinkedIn’s Most Viewed Profiles in 2012.  It wasn’t as intense as you would think.

Baylan Megino Top 10% of Most Viewed Profiles on LinkedIn 2012

Baylan Megino joins the Top 10% Of Most Viewed Profiles on LinkedIn in 2012.

Through trial and error, I built a system that helps me build my community and keep in front of them. I’ve broken down my system (which I only tap in to for 5-20 minutes each time) into 10 Keys.

You have to do the obvious: Show up, say what you do, and let them know how to contact you. Once established, efforts turn to continuing to nurture the relationship.

Have you taken advantage of the personal targetting that is possible ONLY in LinkedIn? Is it obvious to the reader how YOU can be reached?

A surprising number of people don’t have their LinkedIn presence set up properly. So check your profile for completeness: picture, summary, experience, education, certifications and awards, volunteer work, etc. Fill it all out. List your Website. And make sure it’s easy to Contact you.

After all, isn’t that the point?

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Social Media for Business Marketing

Why Use Google Plus +1 If You Post, Tweet, and Link ?

by Baylan Megino The unmistakeable rising visibility of Google Plus is forcing business marketers to seriously ask “Why use Google Plus for business marketing,” and consider adding +1 to their arsenal for exposure. Social media for business marketing uses the 3-legged foundation of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The three main channels cover the majority of online visitors for B2C (business to consumer) and B2B (business to business) markets. For some audiences, adding Pinterest and Instagram will gain further headway into the market. But what about Google Plus?

Social Media for Business Marketing

Social Media for Business Marketing

I have to admit that I am still only dabbling in Google+ for myself, but I am recommending that certain of my clients dive in to Google+. It’s clear to me that if you’re a thought leader, or you do training, or you want to have real conversations, maybe even substantive conversations with your people, or you want to present a solid persona on the internet, then you should be on Google+. Seriously.

I was on a conference call about social media with speakers from one of the large internet marketing companies, and an SEO company. I posed the question: What about Google+? It surprised me when the answer essentially was that G+ is “just another social media channel.” Huh?

When you look at the WHOLE picture of Google+, you have to look from the 15,000 mile high perspective. Now, what I am about to say is something that perhaps is dangerous to share — after all, I want to be a larger fish in a small pond as much as anyone else. But this pond is quickly going to overflow its banks and go gushing into the ocean. This is something I’m sharing because I want to help grow the pond.

Let me give you my take on the social media world. In a nutshell: Twitter is for quick hits with global exposure with some total strangers, Facebook is my community/neighborhood of people I know, and LinkedIn is where I hang out with my business friends. Sure there’s overlap. My system does not rely on building inflated numbers of connections with people I’ve only met once, if at all. Depending on whether it’s on Facebook or LinkedIn, either we know someone in common, or I have some kind of in-person connection. In LinkedIn, my contacts largely are people I can recommend. This may be the slow way to grow, but it feels to me like it’s growing with substance.

So when I look at Google Plus, or G+, I see more than a channel. I see a whole environment. Think about it: Where else can you plug into a network of services that gives you globally searchable content (Google Plus), search result “authority” (Google Search), a training room (YouTube), and a community (Google Plus Communities) — and you get all this with one post? Well, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration. You do have to fill out your account details, so it can show up in the Google Search authority box. You do have to post something on your blog if you want to share it so it can be +1’d or seen by your community. You do have to put something on YouTube if you want to share it to get traffic.

True, with Twitter you can get a huge amount of exposure that gets you around the world in a millisecond. And then it’s gone, and you have to plan for the next one and the next one and the next one. You have to keep fresh and relevant with a lot of effort.

With Facebook, you have your community and your followers, but it is limited to those in Facebook. And unless you know the ins and outs of optimizing your posts on Facebook, the company’s recent changes in its way of determining who sees your posts is making it harder and harder to get exposure to your own people without paying.

LinkedIn – I love it, and it takes a lot of time to nurture. AND the relationships you create here are very targetted on growing each other’s business. If you’re in business, you cannot ignore LinkedIn.

While I’m not saying that I am leaving the other channels, I am deciding to tighten up my online interactions, realign my communications, and focusing more on building on Google Plus.

I expect that over time the exposure on Google+ will spread and be laid down like putting many layers of paint and buffing each one so that by the time you hit the last layer you have something that is deeply layered and silky smooth to the touch. Who wouldn’t want that?

Copywriting 101 Tips by Grammar Check

Copywriting 101 Tips from GrammarCheck.net – Infographic

The blog at Grammar Check has issued a very helpful infographic about “How to Craft Compelling Copy.” This infographic has five distinct resources:

1.  7 Scientifically Backed Copywriting Tips ,

2.  6 Simple Way to Make Content Digestible,

3.  The Ten Commandments of Copywriting,

4.  8 Ways to Optimize Your Copy, and

5.  The Effects of Writing to the Brain.

Copywriting is arguably the most important element of marketing. I think it definitely is the hardest.

A picture may grab you, but it’s the words that either keep you or send you away.

Check and bookmark this infographic for solid basic tips on making your copy more readable and understandable.

The original blogpost can be found here: http://www.grammarcheck.net/copywriting-101/
Copywriting 101: How to Craft Compelling Copy (Infographic)
Source: www.grammarcheck.net

Get the infographic at http://e-benchmarksstudy.com

Digital Philanthropy: Online Fundraising for NonProfits Report

Digital philanthropy is changing how nonprofits fundraise. Between 2011 and 2012 monies garnered through online fundraising rose in four of the five sectors studied in a recent survey by M+R Strategic Services.

The report looked at how nonprofits use email, fundraising, social media and mobile. While email is still the single largest source of online funds, more than 54% of money came from non-email sources, including peer referrals and social media. See the article and get the “eNonProfit Benchmark Study” report HERE.

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2013 eNonProfit Benchmarks Study Infographic (partial)

 

Social, Digital, and Mobile Worldwide 2013 by Simon Kemp

Watch Out for These Door Closers: Social, Digital, and Mobile Global Marketing

It’s 2013. Is your business engaged in social media marketing? Have you accessed the global mobile market?

There are huge markets to tap, and if you aren’t there, you are leaving the door open for all your current and future competitors to close your doors.

Here are some compelling statistics to consider (slideshare by WeAreSocial).

Tell me what you think, and how you plan to engage your markets.
Summer Solstice 2010 at Pt. Pinole by Baylan Megino

How to Have a Thriving Business in ANY Economy – Part 1

“We are in a changing economy.” The truth is that the economy is always changing — sometimes up, sometimes down.

When you’ve been in business long enough, you’ll recognize the cycles and be able to be proactive in positioning yourself in front of the next curve.

No matter what is happening, however, there are pillars for your business that, when clearly defined and acted upon, will ensure you are able to thrive through any economy.

The most important part of your business is You.

Your business is an extension of you, so take a real long look to get clear. You are the center around which your entire business revolves.

What’s your belief system? What’s important to you? What do you value? What are those things that are non-negotiable in your life?

What motivates you? What is really, really important for you to experience personally, in your world, with the people who are around you, with the people you love, with the people you work with. Your self-motivation will help you get through those tough times, and will validate your actions when business is going smoothly.

Look at what you value, and then find ways to find those values in the things you LOVE to do.

Those are your passions — those things that you love to experience, those things that you’d do no matter whether you get paid or not. Compensation doesn’t matter because you lose track of time and you’d do it anyway.

As you make decisions each day, look at every possible experience presented to you. When you’re looking at those experiences, try to figure out “What will I experience in this thing?” Is it going to bring me closer to the feeling that I want to have? Is it going to bring me closer to my goals? Is it going to bring me closer to what I am really passionate about doing and being?

If it does bring you closer, will you do it?

Will you NOT do it? It’s really important to know what you Won’t do, because throughout life you’re sifting and sorting. You’re trying to figure out, “What do I want to do?” “What DON’T I want to do?” “Whatever it is that I do want to do, I want to do MORE of that.”

I Want to have a Choice and I want to Choose.

Sometimes it will put you outside your comfort zone. Just know that when you’re outside your comfort zone, that’s when you have your most growth points. This is when the challenges come up.

So make sure that as you push that envelope, as you’re acting outside your comfort zone, that these actions are really going to  get you closer to the experience you want.

That’s what the butterfly knows.

 

In Part 2: Plan How to Get from Here to There…

REMINDER: 6-Class series:

“How to Have a Thriving Business in 2012: Prime the Engine for your Business and Get Your Message Out to the World (How to Market  Your Business in 2012)”  For more info go to:  http://www.thrivingbusiness2012.eventbrite.com

 

 

Photo by Baylan Megino

Marketing Mindset

Baylan Megino, photo by Teri Williams newlife100imaging.com

My marketing mind has been on overdrive lately helping create new avenues of exposure for clients. It’s time consuming, and I love it. For most business owners, marketing is the next to last thing they want to do – right before Sales. “Baylan, what am I doing wrong?” they ask me. “Help me!”

It’s pretty easy to find out what isn’t working. Just look at your message, listen to your customer feedback, see what areas of your business are not generating the money you want.

 

Check where the money might be silently slipping away. Ask yourself, “What is wrong with my business?” in order to identify the main problem area.

The better question is “What am I doing right?” This question places your mind into a creative mode. You will find more of what is going well, and therefore will identify what can be expanded or
duplicated.

Ask yourself, “If I could only do one thing to get more of THAT, what would I do?” Then commit to doing it consistently, like planting seeds for sunflowers to grow. Pick the seed, choose and prepare
the location, plant the seed, space the seeds consistently to make the row, water and feed regularly, and watch closely.

Some efforts will die quickly. Don’t worry about them.

Photo by Baylan Megino

Just move on to find what works well.

Some efforts will grow exactly what you want, time and time again. A very few will spin off a hybrid that can take you in a new direction. Decide if it’s where you want to go, now or later.

Most importantly, make a decision each day to be open to serving more people, and to be willing to share the gift of what you do in ways that work for all involved.

Keep planting those seeds. Once you have consistent results, you can expand to other methods and areas. Until then, get your foundation strong by doing what you do best. You’ll be happier that you  did.