- Spend time truly listening to others. It’s called “social media” for a reason. Be prepared to interact consistently.
- You can’t win the game focusing on the scoreboard. Focus on the game of engagement and the traffic will come.
- Don’t worry about losing followers. Focus on quality and the quantity will come.
- Have a goal and measure results. This provides feedback and improvement.
- The internet has always been about helping people connect to people.
- Pay it forward. Teach and guide others, especially newbies.
- Study people who are credible with the type of clients you want to attract.
- Marketers aren’t always synonymous with community builders, traffic and followers isn’t always equal to credibility.
- Before you start your campaign define your market and their pains.
- Everyone and every company gets off message once in a while. Learn to reengage and refocus.
- Continually tweak and update your Linkedin profile, your network will be notified as soon as you do. That way you are on the front of their minds should they ever need your product or service.
- Social media is changing so quickly that if you stop too long to smell the roses you’ll be out of touch. Be up on your game.
- Try a new platform each month, video blogging, FaceBook, tumblr etc. Mixing it up is good for your skills and stems curiosity in others.
- You can’t make a robot network for you at a party, why do you think they can do it for you on the web?
- Some un-follows are strategic. People want to know if you’re really listening.
- You can’t please everyone.
- Ping.fm updates FaceBook, Brightkite, Twitter, tumblr and Linkedin statuses all at once
- Be careful about auto following your followers. The last thing followers want is the be blasted with DM’s (direct messages for you newbies) touting your business or product and how they can make you one gazillion dollars in 5 minutes.
- Be genuine and credible. People can sniff out a phony very quickly.
- Most importantly, have fun with it!
Social Media Pointers Take 20 January 31, 2010
Tags: entrepreneur, Fit For A Mom, mom entrepreneur, small business, social media, social media tips
Work For YOUR Dreams, Not Someone Else’s…So Is The Entrepreneur Life January 20, 2010
Tags: consulting, dad, entrepreneur, family, mompreneur, poor, rich, Robert Kiyosaki, small business, social media, women owned business
I can remember the turning point so vividly in my mind. A friend of mine recommended this book titled, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. I had heard of it before and decided that I’d give it a read. Little did I know that it truly would be life changing? Now do not get me wrong here, I know that term is used lightly by many gurus, however, in this case it did create a spark. A spark somewhere deep down that I never knew existed and quite frankly, did not know how to act on it.
So as most people do, I put the thought out of my head and moved on. Want to know what the thought was? Working for me. Initially, it was not for the financial freedom, although I have learned that it is not a bad thing and that with financial freedom comes a great responsibility. Most importantly to give back what has been given to you. No, for me it was two-fold. One, the flexibility of working for myself and raising my children and two, giving 120% for me. On the surface that sounds selfish, but let me explain that it is just the opposite. If I could divert that energy into something that I’m passionate about then I could create my own “wealth”, both freedom and financial. Only at that stage would I be able to contribute even more good, by giving back MORE good to those who I connect with. That is what it is all about.
I read that book in 2005. Time passed and those thoughts kept creeping back in my head over and over. I would wake up thinking about it, find myself researching and reading everything that had to do with entrepreneurship. I wanted to surround myself with others like me. Working for someone else just did not make sense anymore. I was consumed by my thoughts. There were times I wondered what was wrong with me. I then knew that someday I would own my own business. It only took a lay off in the corporate world four years later, to give me the push to really do it. That was last year. Ironically, I always thought that if I was ever “laid off” I’d have the time to devote to starting something. I guess now I have to prove it. Strange how the universe and higher power works.
Currently, I own two brand new businesses. One is a marketing consulting business which focuses on strategy, communication and social media presence for the wellness and small business sectors. The other is that I am a distributor for Juice Plus which is a whole-food supplement that has over a 15 year research proven history of excellence. My passion lies within words and wellness….what better way to meld the two? Oh, I am also working on a book as well regarding overcoming tremendous personal obstacles, but that is for another day and time 🙂
I do not intend to sound “cocky”. I am just the opposite, humble. What suits me best is “driven”. This is me and I am content, at least for a short time. I always strive for excellence and I have to remind myself to push past my fears and be patient, it will happen. The attributes of faith, family, tenacity and pushing my limits (guess the last two are essentially the same, huh?) have proved me well in the past. So, it is those that I rely on now. I want to leave a legacy and be the best example that I can be to my children now and in the future. I do not want to leave this earth and be known for mediocracy.
Spandex Anyone? January 12, 2010
Tags: active families, active living, Bskinz, entrepreneur, Fit For A Mom, fit moms, fitness, mom, mom products, mompreneur, Nike Women's Marathon, running, Tiffany Necklace, wellness
Now that the holidays are over, I finally have time to get back to my blog. There is just something about the holiday season and not having enough time for anything. Who am I kidding, how is that any different from the rest of the year? Oh well, I want to get to the meat of my post and talk about an up and coming mom business whose focus is Spandex. Yep, it is making a return!
Since I am a mompreneur myself, one of my passions is connecting with and chatting about other mom’s ideas and products that I think are unique and useful, especially those that help me spread the word that:
FIT MOMS = FIT FAMILIES = FIT BUSINESS.
Mom-owned company Bskinz is just that, and is simultaneously blazing a path in the compression shorts arena. Bskinz is owned and operated by two stay at home moms from northern NJ, who decided to reenter the workforce. They started as a small sports team apparel business, which furnished local teams with custom screened apparel. One day a team of cross-country girls approached them wanting hot pink spandex compression shorts to wear under their game shorts. On their quest to find them, they discovered that none of the large manufacturers such as Under Armour or Nike made fashion oriented colors for girls compression. Not satisfied with just the basic black, white and sometimes navy, they decided to launch our own line. It was then that Bskinz was born.
What also sets Bskinz apart is their customization process. When ordering you could get one pattern for your left leg and if you choose, another for your right. How cool is that? My daughter thought that was awesome and based on Bskinz success, she is not alone in her thinking. Bskinz is distinguishing themselves alright.
Bskinz sent me their product to give it a whirl. As a runner, I could not wait to put these to the test on my next outdoor adventure. One of the first things I noticed is the quality of the capris. The stitching is top notch and the spandex itself is thicker, yet still breathable. After having laced up my shoes, I headed out the door.
Alright fellow running junkies out there, you know what “chafing” is and how it is one of the most uncomfortable things that can happen to you out on the road. After a 6 mile run in my awesome Bskinz, I returned home with nothing bleeding! Not to mention, I didn’t have to interrupt my run by having to pull up my pants as with other pants that I’ve tried. Best thing since the Nike Women’s Marathon’s Tiffany finisher’s necklace….well, almost!
Since that first run, I find myself reaching again and again for my Bskinz, even more so since winter. I have discovered that Bskinz makes a great base layer for cold weather running.
What more could I ask for? Breathability, made in the USA, developed and launched by mompreneurs, supporting girl sports teams and the local economy, stylish and true to performance, not to mention it dries quickly. Oh yeah, did I mention a couple of FIT MOMS came up with the idea? Rock on Bskinz, you are definitely FIT FOR A MOM!
Don’t just take my word for it, check out the many styles and patterns yourself over at: http://www.bskinz.com
P.S. One teeny, tiny recommendation….placing a little pocket on the inside so us FIT MOMS could put a key or a GU in there 🙂
Patterned and colorful girls compression wear with a tag line of B-Active, B-You. After all isn’t that what every girl wants – to be active and yet express themselves fashionably! I could not have said it better Bskinz.
Biking with Babes October 2, 2009
Having always liked biking, especially mountain, but never doing so with my two older children (for obvious reasons), I decided to purchase a bike trailer. My 13 month old son would be the recipient of this great gift and I was so excited for two reasons. One, that I would be taking him on his inaugural bike ride very soon. The second was the fact that it was an end-of-season clearance deal which heightened my excitement. Regardless, it didn’t matter. Shortly we would be on the open road, er paved trail.
After my hubby graciously put it together, because it would have taken me slightly longer and I was anxious to get going, my son and I were off. Before we could get in the Jeep, my daughter asked if she could go. She is six and truthfully I didn’t know if she would be able to ride in the trailer, even though it was a double. I read the box and deemed that it was safe since she only weighs 36 pounds…yep she’s a tiny girl. So with that settled, all three of us piled in for the ride to the trail. As we were driving, I was talking with her and we were both excited about our little adventure.
I knew something was awry when the rain started sputtering on my windshield. What happened to the sun that was shining down just a minute ago? I am determined to make this happen so we continue. As we arrive at the foot of the trail, I take my bike off the rack and hook the trailer up. The rain is still a steady, but light shower. Thank you God for the built in rain shield.
My daughter piles in and I go to the car seat to grab my son. I pick him up and immediately I feel wetness going through my shirt. Oh no! Huggies, why are you failing me now? After my mini workout of laying him down in the front seat, wrestling a new diaper on him, and the added bonus of my back getting soaked, I am finally ready for my real workout. I strap him in the trailer next to his sister and to my horror he starts crying. Why? He is part me and I know he loves the outdoors and adventure, so why doesn’t he like this? The rain has almost stopped, not to mention the shield is on, he has his favorite elephant and his sister is next to him.
I hop on the bike hoping that the situation would change. Nope, it went from bad to worse. He started going nuclear on me and screaming! After a couple of minutes I realized that he’s not stopping so I should. I make the turn around towards the Jeep and realize that a workout is not going to happen today. Such is the case sometimes.
And then the rain started again.
Fit For A Mom Is Born July 5, 2009
Fit For A Mom…what exactly is it and what is it about? It is the brainchild (maybe not but it sounds good, doesn’t it?) idea of me, an average mom, who just happens to be active and is raising her children that way as well. I have scoured the Internet for information on products and services to help moms who have made the choice to be fit and active a little more easier. I have found blogs and websites that talk about baby products in general, fitness products for women, prenatal fitness, maternity workout clothes, baby jogger reviews, workout clothes in general, but really nothing that could or would be a nice mix of all the above and more! What I was looking for was a truly unique mix of what a fit mom really needs on all levels. Not to mention throwing in my own thoughts of the highs and lows of raising a fit family when a McDonald’s lurks around every corner and threatens all my hard work!
Fit For A Mom is just that. A place where we look at products and services that help the everyday mom achieve a fitter, more healthier lifestyle. Easier. Thus being Fit For A Mom.
I say “we” because I want feedback from you, other like-minded moms trying to live the fit, active life with and for their children. Together we can find the best products and services out there that are Fit For A Mom! If you have a product or come across a product that you’d like to spotlight, just drop me a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sit back and enjoy!