This is bothering me. People who set themselves up as experts, who suggest that they can tell people what to do when they don’t appear to be doing much of it themselves. How can that be? How can they possibly be credible when not joining in with the very people they are purporting to teach?
I understand all about aggressive sales and marketing methods, and that works well for many. But not me – I can’t do it and have no desire to learn. I have been tempted many times by some of the best in the land – but it’s not my way. Surely you would rather have someone gently take you through the benefits of what I can do rather than have me make you “feel your pain”. OK, so I won’t be rich, but I’m happy and enjoy running my business – and maybe one day my approach will be welcomed and customers will flock to my door…
A “for instance”: I find long long sales letters patronising, at best and my one attempt, several years ago, to do one of my own was an almighty flop – which is hardly surprising when I did not believe it would work anyway. I didn’t want it to work, preferring to believe that you’d rather be told what’s what, with no faffing about, and that actually if you needed to be told a thing half a dozen times then perhaps I’m not the best person to be working with!
One of the latest trends that can be useful for your Internet marketing is Twitter. I’m a fan; I join in many times each day and it has been good for my business. However I would certainly not suggest that I’m an expert – there are some excellent Internet marketers that have worked with Twitter and put together definitive guides, one of the best being from Nikki Pilkington – her Tweetmentor is recommended for everyone wanting to use Twitter for business. I am however someone that’s got stuck in with it, figured out and learned how to make the most of it, for me. Now this may not have resulted in more business than I know what to do with, but it has brought some excellent referrals and a valuable new network, one especially strong one being in Kent, my home county. And new friends, which I’d not expected – that’s been a great bonus.
Twitter – it is useful, it can bring you more contacts, business, attention – but you don’t need to be beaten over the head that you’re missing out if you’re not doing it – it is simply one aspect of Internet marketing that can work if you’ve the time and inclination. If you want to explore it, gently do so and follow people you want to, those that you can relate to, and like. More on this tomorrow – it’s very much in my mind just now as I’ve been asked to give a quick overview during a Twitter workshop on Wednesday in Maidstone. So a good time to gather my thoughts, sum up my experiences and to review my own research on the Twitter-scape in Kent. More on that through the week…
But back to my idea of a gentle approach – it boils down to figuring out your best Internet marketing strategy, I suppose – I usually return to that – which is not surprising, as it’s what I love doing best.
You need to know what works for you – bring together what you want to achieve, the resource you have available for that, and then see what aspects of the Internet can help you get there. Knowing the various options is good, indeed, but most small business owners are not going to need to use all of them to get what they want. So I think my point is that you shouldn’t be bullied into something that may not suit you and that may not bring you what you want. Not everyone will be good with everything – if you are, you’re not likely to be reading this, that’s for sure. So relax some and chat to people you know, like and trust before romping away with the latest newfangled Internet tool.