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It’s Not About Going to a Movie

By Strictly Business Blog

As a professional Tweeting isn’t about going to a movie or where you are having dinner, it is about letting people know that you and your business is alive and vital. It is letting people know that you are shooting a job, making new work, traveling to different places, helping them understand what you can offer them by letting them know you are interesting and busy. I don’t get twitter on my Blackberry, but I…

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“Word of Mouth” in the 21st Century

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You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing someone talk about Twitter or Facebook or You Tube – all forms of social media. But how do you start utilizing these social media networks – or should you? All good questions and ones you should ask yourself before diving into twittering, posting on Facebook, Linkedin or blogging. All of these social sites are about branding – whether for your business or yourself personally. So the first…

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I Don’t Have Time For Social Media!

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The belief that social media is a waste of time is one of the biggest objections I hear when talking to people about the subject. Social media is a communication platform.  A cell-phone is also a communication tool.  I can assure you my teenager doesn’t use it very efficiently, but this doesn’t diminish the fact that it’s an important part of my business. Social media Web sites are the training wheels for how we will…

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Social Media – It’s Free … or is it?

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The other day, our architect comes over and starts talking about social media. He has a website but now he’s thinking he should start a Blog, join Facebook or use Twitter. When I asked him why, he said “Oh, I don’t know, it just seems like everyone’s talking about these things so I figured I should do them.” Huh? Like any other significant investment that you make in your business, Social Media has to provide…

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Didn’t Get the Job? Say Thanks!

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Want to be remembered by the potential client with whom you’ve just had an unsuccessful negotiation?  Take the time to send a “Thank You” card.  That’s right, a snail-mail Thank You card.  Create a one off, nice looking card on your color printer on nice paper, and hand write a note, something like, “Thank you for the opportunity to provide an estimate for your upcoming project.  Although we couldn’t work together this time, please keep…

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Stay On Top of Email

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Awhile back, I e-mailed a business query to a good friend who runs a highly successful web development firm. She replied and then, several weeks later when she hadn’t heard from me, she followed up to make sure I’d gotten her e-mail. I was wowed – talk about customer service! I immediately asked “How’d you track that?” Here’s what she replied: Ok here is the system, and it’s free. Keep open ended issues in the…

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