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Free Marketing Strategy Part 1-How to Generate 10-30 Leads Per Day Using Facebook?

Over the past 8 or so years that I have been involved in network marketing I have seen and used different formats to generate leads for my businesses both free and paid. Most people do not have the cash to invest into their home based business especially in the beginning so the free strategy of the day is Facebook.

Facebook is the most powerful social media networking platform out there today and you can use it to generate leads for any business for free. The great thing about Facebook or social networking in general is that it does not matter if you are involved in MLM, direct marketing, affiliate marketing, online or offline business you can easily connect with like-minded individuals and the only thing it will cost you is a little bit of time and effort.

Facebook is-
-Ranked #2 globally by Alexa.com and #3 in the United States
-Gets over 600,000 new signups every single day
-Currently has over 300 million active users. The population of the world is around 6.7 billion so around 4-5% is logged onto one website which is Facebook.

Now I don’t know about you but that information itself is very powerful. Now out of 300 million active users I am sure you can find some people to connect with who are interested in whatever you are promoting. That brings me to this point what should you be promoting on social networks. It is very important that you promote yourself and the value you can bring to whatever industry you are involved in because even though you can meet business partners on Facebook it is still considered a social network so you have to be careful how you go about making connections so that you do not seem like a scammer.

You want people to ask how and what. How do I get results with my business? How do I connect with you? What do I need to do? You do not want people to ask why and who. Why are you bothering me? Who are you?

To use Facebook to your advantage do the opposite of what mostly everyone else is doing. When I look at my Facebook newsfeeds and status updates I see many people promoting the flavor of the month, jumping on one opportunity to the next, promoting 10 businesses at a time, and harassing and chasing everyone on Facebook. No one wants you slamming your network marketing company or business opportunity in their face every time you get a chance.

The most important brand you must promote is the Brand “You”. It is not your favorite home based business. Avoid the mentality I call “The Amusement Park” mentality. I see many networkers with this mentality jumping on one ride to the next and they see the MLM company or business opportunity with the most buzz (the ride with the longest line) and they feel this must be the thing to do. Remember in order to start generating daily leads to your business from Facebook you must provide value. I just wanted to set a foundation on how powerful this free strategy can be if used correctly. In Facebook Free Marketing Strategy Part 1 continued I will touch on what actions you should take and how to go about doing them to generate 10-20+ leads daily on Facebook.

Eb Udofia
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More on Networking!!!!!

The winter holidays are a networker’s paradise! November and December are prime season for planting yourself on decision makers’ radar screens and nurturing relationships. It’s a wonderland of fresh prospects and a harvest of contact renewals to connect with key players in your industry. The many corporate events, social occasions, and community celebrations offer myriad opportunities to establish connections, strengthen ties, invigorate relationships, and share ideas.

 

Maximize Your Face Time

Almost any neighborhood, family, or business gathering may produce a conversation with someone who has information you can mine unobtrusively for leads to new career challenges for yourself and those you know – reasons for more networking!

 

With so many venues to choose from, be sure to attend the ones where you’re most likely to reach your networking goals: a high probability for face time with individuals who should know about your potential value proposition, unique talents, and interest in taking on new challenges. These encounters could be your big break to chat with current or former employees at your target companies, exchange business cards with an industry leader, or arrange a future meeting with someone difficult to reach.

 

Prepare Your Pitch

Want to enhance your networking efficiency to generate even better results? Prepare thoroughly in advance! Before you attend an event, prepare a mental list of questions you could be asked and have well thought-out and concise responses ready.

Be prepared to make clear, compelling points that will attract attention, pique curiosity, and put you top of mind. Your delivery has to be memorable to overcome the event’s interruptions and to compensate for a lack of privacy.

 

Network Comfortably

To further increase your networking effectiveness, focus your efforts on gatherings where you will feel most comfortable and will be able to put your best foot forward. Avoid situations where you might be stressed, rushed, or otherwise distracted from your networking mission. You want to have meaningful conversations that leave a positive impression while picking up insider-only knowledge. Keep in mind networking isn’t just about you and the connections you make. Part of your goal should be to connect those you know to each other.

 

Remember, the most important thing is to stay focused. You’ll need to be alert and attuned to reap the full benefits of networking purposefully. Don’t overindulge in food or beverages. Conduct yourself professionally at all times.

 

The ROI is simple: just one meaningful dialogue creates measurable value from every networking event. It’s the quality not the quantity of the relationships you develop that’s important.

Happy holidays and happy networking!

Holidays are Great for Networking

The approaching holiday season is a networking paradise. The timing is perfect for arranging introductions to those you want to know you. More importantly, it’s a time to be focused on how you can give to others rather than viewing connections as the solution to meeting just your needs. In fact, successful networkers make it a point to seek out ways to help others. Often, they generously suggest assistance and support even before it is requested.

The most reliable networking strategy promotes good relationships by concentrating on giving more and expecting less. First, think about how you can offer help rather than what you stand to gain. Seek out ways to surprise people by offering assistance before they ask. This generosity not only demonstrates good intentions, but is sure to delight the recipient, create good interpersonal chemistry and generate desire to return the favor.

Yes, it is better to give than to receive.

Relationships are cemented and continue to thrive (and keep delivering exponentially increasing referrals) when both sides recognize benefits and value. Productive networking is relationship-driven not transaction-oriented. This time of year offers many occasions to nurture relationships, create lasting positive impressions, get on the radar and be remembered for your remarkable assistance. It’s a wonderland of fresh prospects and a harvest of contact renewals. The many corporate events, social occasions, and community celebrations offer a myriad of giving opportunities to establish connections, strengthen ties, invigorate relationships and share ideas. Don’t be hesitant to extend invitations – whether or not they are accepted, it is a way to connect and let others know that you are thinking of them.

Almost any neighborhood, family or business gathering may produce a conversation with someone who has information you can mine unobtrusively for leads to new career challenges for yourself and those you know. With so many venues to choose from, select ones where you are most likely to reach your networking goals: a high probability for face time with individuals you want to show your potential value proposition, unique talents and interests to.

These encounters could be your big break to:

  • Chat with current or former employees at your target companies
  • Exchange business cards with an industry leader
  • Arrange a future meeting with someone difficult to reach.

Brief interactions can be springboards to great relationships if you find ways to provide support and thereby sustain the connection. In the future, you will be one of the lucky few with critical inside information, access and support because you are recognized as a giver, not just a taker.

Want to enhance your networking efficiency to generate even better results? Prepare thoroughly in advance, anticipate questions and have well thought out and concise responses prepared. Be ready to make clear, compelling points to attract attention, pique curiosity and put you top of mind. Your delivery has to be attention grabbing to overcome interruptions and compensate for a lack of privacy. Listen actively so you are apt to pick up on a need you can address and keep up your end of the discussion. Don’t forget to come armed with business cards with your contact information. To stand out, add a few bullet points depicting your interests and areas of expertise or other memorable data on the reverse side of the card.

To further increase your networking effectiveness, attend gatherings where you will feel comfortable and put your best foot forward. Avoid situations where you might be stressed, rushed or distracted from your networking mission: meaningful conversations that leave a strong, positive impression. Picking up insider-only knowledge, connecting those you know to each other and optimizing purposeful networking contacts all ladder up to your goal. One of the best ways to be a helper is to connect people. It is often more enjoyable as well as more effective if you partner with a buddy. You can introduce each other as an icebreaker to start new relationships and keep a conversation flowing.

In conclusion, remember to stay focused. To reap the full benefits of networking purposefully, you must be alert and stay sharp. Don’t overindulge in food or beverages. Conduct yourself professionally at all times. Dress conservatively. The ROI is simple. Just one meaningful dialogue creates measurable value from every networking event. It’s the quality not the quantity of relationships developed, pursued or renewed. Holiday networking targeted to giving and helping is good career management that produces networking benefits throughout the New Year. Remember that it is not just what you know and who you know, but who knows what you know that produces new opportunities in today’s job market.

 

Networking

Networking is a powerful tool.  You’d be amazed at your contact inventory if you use it properly!  Did you realize that often times its not what you know but who you know?  I know that you have heard that saying before but do you honestly realize the power within that one little statement?

I had a conversation with my Sister this morning, Soror Jahari Soward.  The chick is sharp as heck.  You can learn more about what it is that she does at http://www.npursuit.net.  But at any rate I wanted to stress the importance of real networking.  It’s not JUST about what you get from the people that you network with but its about the even exchange of good communication and resources that you give each other.

Your network can be worth value if you use and treat it properly.  It can take you to places that you NEVER thought that you could go.  It could put you in contact with people that you would have under normal circumstances not even thought about reaching out to.  If you are business minded it is very vital that you learn how to network.  Its imperative that you build your network on a firm and solid foundation.  Have some direction.  Know what it is that you want to do and go from there.  Of course you will make adjustments along the way but you have to first start.

I appreciate my conversation this morning with my sister.  It’s amazing how powerful knowledge truely is.  Not only have I began building a powerful network I’ve also become just that much more motivated to go after my dreams.

So if you want to learn more about blogging and/or building your network please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I can easily be reached by leaving a contact here on my blog and I promise you that I will get back with you. 

Your future relies on your ability to network, I promise!!!

Until next time make it a GRAND day!!!

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