I hope you enjoyed the Entrepreneur of the Month interview with Pip Miller last week; if you missed it, you can check it out here. Pip raised an issue that challenges so many entrepreneurs online and off; how do you get your audience to engage with you? With that in mind, I’m looking at transforming the way I offer information to you–less ‘stuff’ arriving in your inbox from me, yet more responsive to your needs. I’ll be making some announcements about those changes soon, but for now I thought I’d share some of the things I found extremely helpful to my social media, writing and blogging work for September. So let’s dive right in!
Most of you know that I’m a huge fan of Danielle LaPorte and her Big Beautiful Book Plan (affiliate link) and I am also a big fan of Jonathan Fields–another teacher of great publishing information. If you’ve got a book in you, this is your time, but you’re going to want to do it right. You can no longer expect to write your book and have a publisher do the marketing for you–in fact, you don’t even need a publisher. Click the Tribal Author link above and let Jonathan tell you more about what you need to know to become a successful, best selling author or click the Big Beautiful Book Plan link to take a look at what Danielle LaPorte offers. And just for total transparency, Danielle’s material is the one I personally chose to work with.
This app makes my inner geek so happy it’s just insane; imagine a made to order magazine with only the input you want and you’ve got Flipboard. Now, true confession, I was the kid who would lie awake at night, under the sheets with a flashlight reading a book I just couldn’t put down. Things haven’t changed much, except that I’ve abandoned the flashlight for an iPhone and I spend the last 15 minutes or so each night flipping through my favorite news venues–without a computer, a book or newspaper. I favorite some news items and share others immediately via my social media accounts. And then in the morning I take some of my favorites from the night before and share them on more of my social media sites. This app is available for Android, iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Nook, so there’s bound to be an app for your phone or tablet that’s just right for you. And you’ve got tons of news choices to pick from–House Beautiful, the New York Times, Life Hacker, your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+ accounts–and much more, all on one app. If you’re leading a busy life–or even if you’ve got time to burn, I highly recommend Flipboard (and welcome to the news of the future)!
As much as I love Flipboard, this is probably my favorite ‘thing’ from September. I think of it as crack for the eyes; beautiful photos of everything from home decor, to great fashion, even elegantly photographed food. You might wonder what this has to do with business; well have you noticed that many articles online are starting to add photos and a Pinterest button for social sharing? You can find out about practically anything you want to on Pinterest from astrology to zoology.
Think of the possibilities! You can provide great content in your area of expertise, people get to know and trust you–and you can introduce them to your blog, website, products or services all while they browse these elegantly laid out photos and articles. If you click the Pinterest link above it will take you to all of my pinterest boards; if you’d like to see only my business board, just click here for some great articles and inspiration. And for even more fabulous tips on how to use Pinterest, click here.
Now this last item isn’t strictly business, it’s more about the business of taking care of you. Some of you might have noticed that on Saturdays I put up meditation videos or something from Deepak Chopra’s channel on YouTube. As much as I love my business, I am insanely busy and I think perhaps it’s a sign of our times not to have any time. So, now you haven’t any excuse. You can check out meditations or thought provoking videos to help you reframe and rebalance your life, right here. I hope you enjoy them and maybe even subscribe to some of the channels I share here.
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