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9 Steps to Be a Thought Leader — and Become a Media Darling

By Susan Harrow, media coach

So many people call themselves thought leaders now – but they aren’t. To be a thought leader takes some doing. It’s not so much about being original as it is about putting things together in an original way. Thought leadership marketing comes down to packaging your knowledge, skills, abilities, experiences, and yes, your thoughts in a way that makes you media worthy and worth listening to by your audience — a huge audience.

Follow these nine steps to get going on the path to be respected, heard and reverberated out into the world to become the very definition of thought leadership.

1. Cultivate an opinion.

Thought leaders have opinions. They shape a story. They position facts in a context. They make statistics come alive by interpreting them. We value people who give us perspective on things that matter most in our culture today.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and their first woman to sit on their board, said of the differences about how men and women respond to taking credit for their success, “If you ask men why they did a good job, they’ll say, ‘I’m awesome. Obviously. Why are you even asking?’ If you ask women why they did a good job, what they’ll say is someone helped them, they got lucky, they worked really hard.”

To follow her lead take a look at your field or industry and find something that irks or inspires you and start to formulate some opinions about it. Folk singer Joan Baez said, “I’ve never had a humble opinion. If you’ve got an opinion, why be humble about it?” Thought leaders aren’t afraid to voice a strong opinion. The media seek guests who have opinions that help us ponder what’s important.

2. Make a prediction.

Can you see the future? Look into your private crystal ball and share it in a press release. Over twenty years ago I told my literary agent that getting on TV and grasping at fame was going to become a national obsession. I wrote up a book proposal about how to get on TV, supplied anecdotes from my own experience as a publicist and media coach, and gathered statistics to show that this was going to be a hot new trend. He pitched my idea to all the top New York publishing houses.

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9 was you can be a thought leader

Alas, the traditional book industry didn’t buy it. It was too far ahead of its time. But guess what? Didn’t that prediction come true? Practically everyone is now scrabbling for his 15 seconds of fame. New reality TV shows are popping up every year. The Fishbowl Effect has become our current reality where your iPhone video can make national news.

Know that when you make a prediction you’re intrinsically ahead of your time – and most likely will get disapproval and pushback. No worries. Time will bear you out. The important thing is to stand by your word, continue to accumulate evidence and keep touting your prediction during your media appearances. Thought leadership marketing is a process, not a one time event.

3. Shape thinking.

Keep up on current events. Thought leaders can comment on national radio and TV and in print on events as they happen. They are the first people the media call to put a story in perspective, to help shape thinking. They are often the people who pose the questions to ponder. They don’t necessarily have all the answers.

What they have is a point of view that helps others to consider consequences, options, and directions to difficult or perplexing problems. This type of thought leadership definition is organic and evolves naturally as the thought leader continues to hone his thoughts and message.

Robert Reich, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, often comments on political and social problems such as how public higher education is being starved which will result in a shrinking middle class. His clearly expressed and statistically well-supported opinions are regularly heard on MSNBC and NPR. He’s a great example of someone who is personal, energetic, and captivating. I’m particularly endeared by how he bounces up when he can’t contain his energy as he delivers his message.

Your delivery and demeanor is every bit as important as the words you speak and can influence people subconsciously. Thought leaders are aware of how they are being perceived and work on refining their inner consciousness and outer appearance.

How can you start to shape a conversation that’s at the heart of your business or industry and at the same time reflect who you are and what you think?

4. Have a philosophy.

Have you noticed how many people have written a manifesto? It’s kind of becoming de rigueur. But many aren’t worth reading. They are trite or light. Your audience wants to know not only what you believe, but what you believe in. They want a philosophy that dives into their deepest longings — things that they feel that haven’t been expressed directly in a way that they can understand.

Manifestos are a sort of formalized philosophy. Wikipedia defines philosophy as “In more casual speech, by extension, ‘philosophy’ can refer to “the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group”.

I love TED favorite Brene Brown’s The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto, her leadership manifesto and my friend, photographer/writer Andrea Scher’s Superhero Manifesto. They are heartfelt, revere beauty and are holy without pretention.

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Brene Brown thought leader in thoughts, words, action

During every media appearance you want to make sure that your philosophy comes through loud and clear in a story, vignette or example so your audience has a sense of who you are.

One of my favorite sayings is by Gandhi, “My life is my message.” And another one close to my heart: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

When everything you do, say, are and think from your words to your website is in alignment™ then you’re completely congruent and your life becomes your message. This is what I have my clients and sound bite course participants put into practice before ever sending a press release out to the media. Often publicity hopefuls want to rush their offer to the media before all the pieces are in place. And that’s a big mistake. A reputation is easy to ruin and hard to regain.

In her media appearance on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Brene Brown told a story about her daughter, Ellen. To my best recollection she said that Ellen’s teacher called her up to tell her she could tell whose daughter Ellen was by how she handled an incident in art class. As I remember it the teacher said, “You’re messy.” Ellen sat up straight and said, “No, I’m not messy. I’ve just made a mess.”

Brown told this story to illustrate a point about self-talk and not calling ourselves names or saying derogatory things about the core of us, but to focus on behavior instead of being. It shows you that Brown is walking her talk by transmitting her values and behaviors to her daughter and it gives you a sense of who she is. Your philosophy should shine through your stories in a natural way in every media appearance.

5. Spearhead a movement.

My client, journalist and author David Sheff who wrote the #1 New York Times best-selling book Beautiful Boy, (which later was turned into a movie) and wrote his second book called Clean, Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy. The title itself is an opinion. Sheff thinks that addiction is the worst problem in the U.S. today. You can tell immediately that he’s serious about this topic and wants to make an impact on this epidemic.

On his website he has a link to sign a petition to send to President Obama to end the war on drugs and declare war on addiction. Right next to that he has a link to an organization called Brian’s Wish to pull people together into a national movement to end addiction.

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Thought leaders start movements

Sheff believes that we’re fighting the wrong war and he is making his opinion known – backed with five years of research and facts. This is thought leader marketing at its best.

When I first wrote this piece he had just started his book tour and has already been on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, NPR’s Fresh Air and Weekend Edition to discuss his views and to shift American opinion with the facts, stories and statistics in his book, speeches, and media appearances.

I media trained him to insure that he incorporated his most important points into every interview since he especially wanted to talk about this new movement.

We also wanted to make sure he could stand firm on his controversial beliefs when challenged. We practiced worst-case scenario questions and surprise ones too so he could maintain his equanimity and stay on point during each media appearance.

The media is interested in people who have inspired a movement. It shows that the topic has enduring value and interest if a substantial number of people have joined it. Spearheading a movement is so much more interesting than just claiming you have a big following. A movement shifts thought into action to create real and lasting change.

6. Be controversial.

Another client of mine, Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard trained integrative physician, science nerd, yogini and author of the New York Times best-sellers The Hormone CureThe Hormone Rest Diet, Younger and Brain Body Diet, peaks out on the overuse of pharmaceuticals for peri-menopausal and menopausal women. She says of women dealing with hormonal issues such as depression, lack of sleep, weight gain, mind fog, low sex drive, “You won’t find the answer in the bottom of a pill bottle.”

Gottfried takes a stand against the practice many physicians have to medicate their patients to appease the problem without seeking the core issue or root cause that’s the source of the complaint. Instead she advocates lifestyle shifts: “How to think, eat, move and supplement.”

Dr. Sara Gottfried thought leader

Thought leaders invite controversy

Once you take a strong stance you can expect to be pitted against someone with the opposite view during your radio or TV interviews – because friction makes for good TV. Audiences love to see people who have opposing views that might even provoke a tiff, because sparks fly and unexpected things happen — which equal good ratings.

If you want to be controversial you also need to be prepared to be challenged and able to stay on message with equanimity and grace no matter how forceful or hostile the host or other guests become.

7. Play both sides.

While you can choose to be controversial, you can also choose to appoint yourself the voice of reason and examine both sides of an issue. Susan Freinkel, a journalist who wrote the book, Plastic: a Toxic Love Story, began an experiment that turned into an investigation of how plastic affects our behavior, our environment and our lives. The premise: To go one day without touching anything plastic. What she discovered? It was impossible — starting with her toothbrush and toilet.

Instead of taking one side to the story – plastic is evil. She explored how plastic is both a boon and a bane to the way we live in a New York Times Op Ed piece. In one sentence she played both sides of the topic: “In other words, plastics aren’t necessarily bad for the environment; it’s the way we tend to make and use them that’s the problem.”

Op Ed pages thrive on people who take a strong stand on one side of an issue as well as those who can shed light on both sides in an intelligent, thoughtful or provocative way.

In our media coaching sessions together Freinkel and I focused on stories about how certain plastics are negatively effecting our health, children, land and seas, and also which plastics are safe and useful and help save lives.

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Great thought leaders can mediate both sides of an issue

On Fresh Air, she discussed both sides of this fiery debate with a level head. In other media appearances she backed up her findings with solid statistics and also by moving fascinating facts into the conversation like: “The average person is never more than three feet from something made of plastic.” And, “In 1960, the average American consumed 30 pounds of plastics a year. Today, just 50 years later, Americans consume on average 300 pounds a year.” Here is something a bit startling: “Just because a plastic is made of plants doesn’t make it ‘green.’”

By moderating the positives and negatives, by sharing information not widely known and educating us, and by using stories and statistics, you can become a trusted neutral source for change.

8. Coin a term.

During her appearance on The Ricki Lake show Dr. Sara Gottfried reached into her prop basket and pulled out a gleaming diamond Tiara, put it on her head and offered it to Lake, who said she didn’t want to take it off. Gottfried called taking uninterrupted time for yourself, Tiara Time.™ It’s catchy and easy to remember. Can’t you just imagine saying to your BFF, “I need some Tiara Time™ right NOW.”

9. Declare your vision.

Your vision is how you see the world in the future. It’s what you’re aspiring to in the big picture. It incorporates how you are going to serve. For example, I’d like to see Aikido, a type of Japanese Martial Arts, which I’ve been training in for eight years, incorporated into every school in the world.

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9 steps to become a thought leader is about self-mastery

The principles of Aikido, The Way of Harmony, work as a way to polish the spirit, to turn lead into gold. The founder, Morihei Ueshiba says, “True victory is self-victory; let that day arrive quickly!”

I believe that, through this practice we can eradicate bullying and practice respect, compassion, and self-mastery on a daily basis in our hearts, homes, schools, and communities.

My dream is to combine physical self mastery with verbal and emotional mastery so every child in the world can: Speak your mind. Stand your ground. Sing your song™.

Declaring your vision during a media interview moves it out in a big way into the public eye. Not only have you taken a stand but you give thousands or millions of people a chance to take a stand with you. That in itself creates powerful change.

The point of being a thought leader isn’t just to get more media appearances, more sales, more followers, or more money. It’s an opportunity to make great shifts inside yourself and out in the world.

So if you aspire to taking yourself and your business forward in small or big ways, then focus on these nine things. And even if it isn’t in your nature to be on national TV or to gain an international platform, just pondering these points will give you clarity for your business as you grow and change.


PR Downton Abbey Style: 5 Things You Can Learn From Their Social Media Campaign

 

Downton AbbeyWhen Downton Abbey first aired on PBS I wrote: I’m losing sleep. My sweetie and I curl up on the couch to watch hour after hour of Downton Abbey. We just started season two and already my mind is buzzing about all the ways the content in each episode has great examples that apply to publicity.

The award-winning British drama created by Julian Fellowes has America hooked. Me included. Watching Downton Abbey is like watching a Shakespearean play, a soap opera and a political thriller all in one. It’s got it all – romance, rivalry, deception, and intrigue. The same elements you can use to promote your business, book, product, service or cause.

Now the series has been turned into a movie.

Let’s take a look at how the masterminds behind the publicity campaign for Downton Abbey and Masterpiece are using social media and how you can use those same strategies when you take center stage. Olivia Wong, Senior Account Executive, National Marketing at WGBH Educational Foundation, the station behind Masterpiece and Kevin Dando, Director of Digital Marketing and Communications at PBS discussed how she used social media to get audiences engaged in Downton Abbey and keep them involved in the drama.

1. Peek Behind The Curtain.
To launch the show Olivia Wong approached Downton Abbey from the viewpoint of the fans. She gave them a behind-the-scenes looks at the filming of Season 2, and let them in on cast/crew video Q&A’s.

Likewise your audience wants to know private, juicy, behind-the-scenes tidbits of whatever you’re promoting as well. They particularly want a peek into your private life. Notice I said peek. This means that you reveal select tidbits chosen in advance that will give your fans a look at your skirt – not under it.

I advised a New York Times best-selling author I just media coached for his current book tour, to share experiences not covered in his book. Instead of reading a chapter out of his book at book signings – that brings on the snooze patrol especially for people who have already read it- he’s going to bring personal letters he received in response to his last best-selling book that would break your heart if you heard them. By sharing part of his private life – and the private lives of others – with his audience he will create an intimate bond with them.

2. Hold Live chats.
At the time the original Downton Abbey series aired the live chat with Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham) on January 30 had 4900 live readers and 2100 comments during the 1-hour chat (wowza!). The Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) chat on February 6 had 4200 live readers and 1700 comments during the 1-hour chat.

To celebrate the opening of the new movie there will be a broadcast from New York City in front of a live studio audience with Lady Edith, Mrs. Hughes and more.

There was even a live Twitter Q&A with writer/producer Julian Fellowes on September 20 at 10:15am PDT where an excited person asked “When is Downton Abbey Movie 2 coming out?”

You audience wants to know you. What you think, what you eat, what your life is like, what your house looks like. Even if it’s not as royal or regal as Downton Abbey.

They are also keen to see how the cogs turn – the process for developing your business, book, product, service or cause. They want to know the some high points of your experiences. They want to be privy to your highs and lows, your ups and downs, the near disasters that almost took you down. In a word, they want drama.

Internet marketers often use webcasts to feature their “fans,” the clients, customers and course participants who have had great success with their programs or services. And they aren’t necessarily who you think. It might surprise you to know that they aren’t the most well-groomed, slick, sound bite prepped guests.

In our Jack Canfield mastermind day at Canfield’s house in Santa Barbara, Internet marketer Mike Koenigs mentioned that the testimonial that played best for one of his products was a slow talking southern man in everyday clothes who rambled along telling a less than succinct story.

Your audience relates to people who they believe are “normal,” likable and sincere. Not the smooth talking fancied up types in designer togs sporting Rolex watches who never utter an “um” or make a gaffe. Those types often inspire jealousy and make people feel less than.

3. Make Memories on Facebook.
Downton Abbey’s Facebook page features clips and quotes of memorable moments – with a special focus on the Maggie Smith character Dowager Countess of Grantham who is known for her sharp tongue and quick wit. We love sound bites in the form of quotes and witticisms. Here is a one in a collection of zingers:

Lady Grantham: “You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal.”

Mrs Crawley: “I take that as a compliment.”

Lady Grantham: “I must have said it wrong.”

Images with quotes embedded in them are super popular and create instant engagement and Downton Abbey’s facebook page makes liberal use of them.

With the intense popularity of all the different types of cooking shows recipes are unfailingly viral. Even if you don’t have a food recipe you can create a recipe for something that relates to your field.

And don’t forget to cross reference your other social media. Like this post which encourage Facebook Fans to hop over to Downton Abbey’s Pinterest pages: Easter, a time for family and of course, a big feast. What will you be cooking up? Have a look at our Eat, Drink & Be Merry Pinterest board where there are brand new Downton Abbey inspired Easter dishes. (PR for these Pinterest and Facebook pages is run by UK counterparts vs. PBS or Masterpiece.).

4. Create a Top 10 Video.
Who couldn’t love: Downton Abbey: Top 10 Maggie Moments. You could do a top 10 anything. Top 10 funniest features of your product. Top 10 best scenes in your book. Top 10 worst things that happened inventing your new recipe. You get the idea.

5. Expand the brand.
By live tweeting during the Emmys Olivia Wong let people know that Masterpiece is the home of Downton Abbey in the US. She used the show, which is a runaway favorite, to expand the Masterpiece brand – with shows not yet as in-demand.

You can position your most popular product or service as a way to invite people to try your other, less well known offerings. Using all the different avenues of social media developed excitement and kept audience’s interest high. Think photos, quotes, videos, recipes, and private moments that you feel comfortable making public and your audience will revel in getting to know you and your offerings. And if you can include a bit of intrigue and drama I’ll be tuning in.


Your Online Profile: Make One Change for Big Gain

 

By Guest Blogger Nancy Juetten

Nancy JuettenHave you reviewed your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, website/blog, and Biznik profiles lately to make sure the stories you are sharing are accurate, current, and compelling?

I changed my profiles to reflect a keyword-rich headline two weeks ago and welcomed two speaking engagements and a new joint venture conversation almost immediately. Just imagine what bounty awaits for you when you revisit YOUR online profiles.

Quick Tip: describe yourself in a headline statement with relevant key words within. “Networking Expert Brandy Mychals,” “Boston Elder Care Expert Michael Bloom,” “Business Bio Expert” and “Get Known to Get Paid Mentor” are ways to describe each expert that offer potential clients and the search engines descriptive labels that deliver impact for all.

As the New Year gets off to a fast start, this is a useful exercise, especially if you want to attract more of the right clients faster and more easily. Try it, and share YOUR successes as they unfold in perfect timing to welcome a shiny New Year.

Business bio expert and get know to get paid mentor Nancy Juetten shows mission-driven experts how to get seen, heard, celebrated, and COMPEN$ATED for their expert status. Nancy created Bye-Bye Boring Bio to guide service professionals, speakers, authors, coaches, and those serious about earning expert status to prepare and share their stories so they can Get Known to Get Paid. Nancy’s clients describe her as self-esteem in a can. She sprays it and fabulous things about you are in the air for everyone to see. You feel better, potential clients find you more appealing, and you look and sound like a professional. Just like that.

Join us for a free webinar where you can get Nancy’s help ON THE SPOT for your bio DURING this call. Be there LIVE to give your bio a quick makeover – which can lead to big results.


How a B2B business took on Black Friday deals and won

 

By Guest Blogger Lisa N. Alexander

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They were everywhere.

Advertisements for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday filled my inbox and jammed my mailbox. They were littered across my social media networks; they crowded the airwaves and even filtered into my online groups.

Everybody had something to pitch, hoping they’d end the year in the black and surely the White House said a prayer for a surge in spending to help economic growth.

As the first big shopping weekend of the holiday season drew near I pondered what I could possibly do, what could I offer with all the ads promising slashed prices and discounts galore.

I pondered.

What was a B2B to do?

I decided that I wouldn’t sell a thing. Instead I would give something away. I thought this unique selling proposition (USP) would definitely set me apart and stand out in the season’s raging sea of advertisements.

Earlier this year I hosted a marketing bootcamp; I covered eight marketing topics and decided to give away one of those sessions…Design 101. I bought a domain name, built a quick landing page and placed an ad on Facebook and put up a flyer in a few groups. This would be my test to see if this crazy idea would be worth expanding next Black Friday.

Here’s what happened

  • From November 23 to November 26 my Facebook business page saw likes increase by 5.5 percent. Not too bad given my ad’s parameters.
  • Twenty-four people signed up to receive the free session and 41 percent of those people had no previous engagement with my brand.
  • The jury is still out on conversions because those who took advantage of the free offer have a few more days to purchase the entire bootcamp at the discounted price. (It is the holidays and lots of people like to wait till the last minute.)

Experiment takeaways

Will I do this again next year? Definitely. This campaign allowed people to experience my brand in a way typically not available to prospects. Forty-one percent of the people who requested the free session had never engaged with my brand previously.

Free stuff in general. Everyone usually has something they give away for free. It’s how we build our lists right? Amazingly, the other 59 percent of the people who took me up on my free offer were people who were familiar with my brand. To be quite honest I was shocked to see some of the names of the people who requested the session.

My blog is a great source of information, I have a business event list that I put out just to subscribers and other freebies but the session pulled in a different caliber of audience. Giving away something of value hands down seems to be the best draw. So it’s not just about giving away something for free, it’s about giving away something really good for free.

Closing the deal. Next year, I’ll definitely shorten the sales window, no more than a week after receiving the free session.

So that’s it. My USP for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday connected me to new members of my target audience and I was able to offer this group and even those familiar with my brand something they truly valued. I’ll call it a success even without my sales numbers which I’m sure will drive some in the C-suite absolutely nuts.

Known as The Marketing Stylist™, Lisa N. Alexander helps entrepreneurs and small business owners grow their businesses through strategic marketing and planning. Lisa describes this process as helping clients develop their WOW factor for their big marketing red carpet events. Web launches, advertising campaigns, social media marketing, new business launches are all big marketing events that require the expertise of a stylist and her clients love her work. Lisa is also an author, public speaker and was featured as a mom business with a “stellar” unique selling proposition.


What Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin Says About How to Set Yourself Up for Success

 

By Susan Harrow, Media Coach & Author of Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul

Here’s the question people often wrestle with when promoting themselves or embarking on a publicity campaign. How do I gracefully move from private person public persona. This is as much about temperament as it is about the desire for a more “exposed” life. Hear what W.S. Merwin says and what author and speaker Sam Horn discovered when she met him.

 

What Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin Says


Create Your Own Mobile App – without techie skills

 

Do you have app fever?

By Susan Harrow, Media Coach & Author of Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul

Do you have app fever? That ever present urge to download another cool must-have app? I just read about one in O Magazine I had to have that shows you where to find all the fun stuff you love to do wherever you are.

While my social media manager and I were meeting at my house he loaded in a few for me like Sonar which tells you who in your social networks is nearby. We found a hot shot start-up CEO having lunch in the local burrito joint. I could have zipped down there to meet him if I’d had the time.

Even if you don’t have app fever, pretty much everyone else does.

Check this out:

  • 64% of mobile phone time is spent on apps (Nielsen 2012)
  • Over 300,000 apps have been developed over the last three years
  • Apps have been downloaded 10.9 billion times

Apps are now easy to create – even if you know nothing about technology (hello, that’s me).

In this free webinar you will learn how to easily create and give away free apps that generate $100 A Day Per App!

Rick Jorgenson will also show you how to:

  • Identify the right niche markets
  • Create simple non-techie info apps for those markets
  • Monetize those apps for those markets
  • Give away those apps to your niche audience

Save your seat now in this free webinar and create your own app simple-style.


50 Shades Between the Sheets Mobile App Heats it Up

by Guest Blogger Angela Giles

50 Shades Between The SheetsThe new mobile app “50 Shades Between the Sheets” is creating quite a stir in the bedroom and in Google Play Store. Android lovers are downloading this racy app at lightning speed. Faster than you can say, “Hot.”

Ever since the hot trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookshelves and got women all hot and bothered, they’ve been wanting more excitement in their real lives. This new mobile app is geared toward women, giving them innovative ideas to ignite the passion in their relationship.

Ladies will learn how to “text” the romance back into their relationships, “talk dirty” secrets, and other hot tidbits too racy to mention here. The smoldering reviews speak for themselves:

  • “Hot, Hot, App – LOVEEEEEEEEEE IT!
  • “I love this APP, it is full of FAB ideas for anyone to keep or stoke the fires of passion in their relationship!! Totally download this App. I am giving it 5 stars!!!”
  • “Ooh la la! Great stuff to spice up marriage. Very creative.”
  • “Wow. this is hot stuff! Love the ideas and tips…great stuff!”

This app is so appealing because it offers advice to women of any age who want to continually have a scorching, passion-filled connection with her partner. And best of all, “50 Shades Between the Sheets” is free to download!

Go for it ladies. Start having fun by downloading “50 Shades Between the Sheets” here.

Want to create your own “hot” (or not) mobile app? No tech skills required. 


3 Ways a Mobile App Can Shift Your Business into High Gear

 

by Guest Blogger Angela Giles

Should I have a mobile app?Consumers are in love with Mobile Apps! It’s in their shopping blood and businesses need to take the Mobile App explosion seriously. They’re now trained to download apps regularly in an instant. According to a recent Nielsen study, “the vast majority (79%) of US smartphone and tablet owners have used their mobile devices for shopping-related activities.”

Another Nielsen study shows smartphone adoption is rising – now at just over 50 percent of mobile subscribers – and mobile app use is booming as well, with the average number of apps at 41, up from 32 a year ago.

If your target consumer base is online than your business needs a mobile app. Ask yourself this question.

Should I have a mobile app?

The answer is SIMPLE – heck yah!!! And here is why.

It’s inexpensive to build an APP now. Heck I built my mobile app for free and I’m not a developer or a techie person at all.

  1. Giving away a free app or apps to your target consumer base will increase your BRAND awareness.
  2. You can push your message out to all your mobile app users at a click of a button.
  3. Customers will buy from you again and again because your information is at their fingertips.

So how do you get started?

Simple, watch this free training video that explains it all.



Can’t Afford a Publicist? Use Social Bookmarking to Get “Discovered”

 

By Guest Blogger Colin Martin

Susan Harrow and Colin MartinWhether you’re an author, speaker, info expert or boldy trying to make the world a better place, getting the attention of the media can be a daunting task. On many social sites like Facebook, it can be difficult to reach out to the right people who could put you in front of an audience or write a story about you. It seems most social media users tend to frown upon shameless self promotion and you could spend a lot of time running around in circles trying to find who to connect with.

There are places that bloggers and the media players subscribe to keep track of the hottest topics and fastest breaking news. Social bookmarking sites such as Digg.com and Reddit.com provide fresh news and content on popular stories geared towards business, politics, health and many more too numerous to mention.

Similar to online press release services in terms of their ‘timeliness’ and newsworthy topics, the difference between the two is that bookmarking lets the people, or community, have their say: regular people submit newsworthy posts and webpages and the community gives it extra lift by voting it up or down. This ‘for the people, by the people’ process has an appeal to reporters, media outlets and serial bloggers. And in addition to professional press release services, this is another affordable publicity opportunity for those on a budget. Affordable because it’s free…

Are your blog posts, articles, and videos actively being submitted to the wide variety of social bookmarking sites?

What would it mean to your business if the media discovered you there? Bookmarking and its content strategies that best capture the attention of the curious media is a powerful tool that’s often overlooked… and sometimes a bit mysterious. I’ll de-mystyfiy it for you in an upcoming webinar. 

Colin Martin is the Marketing Manager for Tom Antion and Associates. He works with authors, speakers, coaches and entrepreneurs to effectively bring their content marketing to life through storytelling and engagement. He is the author of the novel Secondhand God available on Amazon and Nook.

Join Colin & Susan for a webinar on social bookmarking to get more buzz, traffic, fans, media attention and sales.