Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Social networking

I have actively been using the internet to network for a couple of months. It has been a REAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE. Once again, when you first start out, you get a lot more information than you could ever possibly comprehend, much less put into practice. There are as many resources available to help you network on the internet as there are people using them. It is all VERY OVERWHELMING.

Fortunately, I catch on fast. At least that's what my friends tell me. Let me give you some basic rules to follow. This is not just for internet marketing but marketing yourself to others as well.
Especially if you find that you are in need of an income because of being down-sized, or any other tragic circumstance that is likely to occur.

Rule #1. People do not care about how much you know until they know how much you care! Let's face it. We are all selfish whether we want to admit it or not. We really don't care about offers from you. We are just trying to tell you about our offers. We want you to purchase whatever product or service we are offering because we know it is the best thing to come along since "home-made bread." Other people feel the same way that you do about their own business or service. So, how do you show people that you care about their offers or services? It's simple. You ask them. Be sincerely interested in their programs and they will become sincerely interested in yours.

Rule #2. Most of the population believes that network marketing is a SELLING BUSINESS. A good friend and mentor has informed me otherwise. Network marketing is a TELLING BUSINESS. If you have to sell someone your services or products, odds are they are not going to stay very interested for very long. When you tell them about your business and how it can HELP them in ways that they need, they are more likely to trust you and then get involved with what you are promoting. NONE OF US LIKE TO BE SOLD ON ANYTHING. We like to sell ourselves.

Rule #3.
Know which sites are the most helpful for you to use when marketing yourself on the internet. I have a couple of suggestions that have helped me considerably the last couple of months.

Facebook is not just for kids anymore. It is an excellent place to advertise your business for free and network with other people who have similar interests. Look for your friends or find a group of like-minded individuals to develop friendships with. Remember to be genuinely interested in who ever you develop a relationship with.

http://www.twitter.com is a tremendous resource once you learn how to use it. It's not just for blogging. It truly is a powerful tool for promoting your own business, regardless of what that business is. If you are interested in starting a twitter account, let me know. To follow me on twitter, click on: http://www.twitter.com/christinetryon

Never underestimate blogging. This is a tremendous way to get the word out about whatever you are doing. This site is great for receiving valuable teaching on how to create a blog and your own niche in the internet community.

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