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Dear Jon --
Welcome to Jon Turino ConnectionsTM
Volume 2, Number 4, April 1, 2013
Don't be an April Fool...
welcome to Spring! The weather is turning nicer, the trees are blossoming beautifully and things are being reborn and growing.
Thanks to many of you, Jon Turino Marketing + Connections is growing in the number of ways that we can help you grow your business through better marketing strategies.
We all like to think that we can do anything. And given enough time and training I think that's true. But the question we need to ask ourselves is whether or not we should do everything that needs doing in our business or whether we should take advantage of the expertise of people who can do some of the things we need done more quickly and with more expertise than we ourselves can.
Take business accounting. PLEASE take business accounting! Can I do it? Certainly. Can I do it as quickly and accurately as my bookkeeper? Certainly not. So if I offload that activity, even though it costs money, I can spend my time doing something I love, which is helping my clients, and brings in money to more than cover the cost of my bookkeeper. So I'd be a fool not to choose that path.
If you have tasks that you need to do, like marketing strategy development and execution for example, and that's not one of your areas of expertise, you might consider getting some help with it. And even if you are good at it, and like doing it, it might not hurt to have another pair of eyes take a look at what you are doing, what you've perhaps stopped doing that used to work and what new things you might do to be even more effective with the marketing plans you've developed. So please do give that some thought and give me a call at 503-877-4609
to see what we might be able to do together.
And thanks for reading this newsletter, clicking through to the various links and responding to the advertisements for my products and services. I truly appreciate your business.
As with the each issue of this newsletter, near the top you'll find the networking tip and a partial list of networking events from my website Calendar page in which you might want to participate. Towards the middle you'll find the social media tips, a Featured Affiliate spotlight and some interesting statistics in the "Did You Know..." section. Near the bottom you'll find articles and groups of interest and a partial list of the latest updates on the website Resources page. All of the content contains live links to the source information so that you can get to it quickly and easily.
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Effective business networking is the linking together of individuals who, through trust and relationship building, become walking, talking advertisements for one another. So says Stephanie Speisman in 10 Tips for Successful Business Networking
. She starts with: Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic
, building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others. This and her other nine tips will be of help to you if you want to make your business networking more effective
Kelly Robertson, writing in About.com Entrepreneurs
, has five strategies on How to Profit from Networking
. He posits that
it is not enough to visit a networking group, talk to dozens of people and gather as many business cards possible. With the right strategies, networking functions provide the opportunity to expand our contact list, particularly when we create and nurture quality relationships. Start by choosing the right networking groups
. Then focus on quality contacts
vs. quantity of contacts. After making a positive first impression and being able to clearly state what you do, remember that followup is critical
, also writing in About.com for Entrepreneurs, has some advice for networkers that includes The Importance of Being Memorable
. He says that it's important to be distinctive
and to be fully present
when engaging in networking activities. You'll also benefit if you ask thought-provoking questions
, reinforce your keywords and contribute to the group conversation.
And a final article for this issue for you is one about Effective Networking for Busy People
. In this article Buzzy Gordon reminds us that with all the demands on our time made by our business, professional and personal lives, it is tempting to assign a lower priority to networking
as an activity designed to meet new people. This thinking would be wrong
, however, on two levels. For one, we are constantly being introduced to new people anyway
, every day, with no disruption to our schedules. Secondly, by not consistently widening our circles of acquaintances and contacts, we may be severely curtailing our chances for advancement and success. Read the rest of this article for some cogent insights.
The Business Networking for Entrepreneurs
page at About.com has links to several other articles that I think you'll find of interest. Check them out.
Like your online social media, your face-to-face networking will only be effective if you do it consistently. Initially pick only two or three groups of your target audience to visit and concentrate on going regularly. You can find relevant groups on the Calendar
Social Media Tips
Alex from HEYO
reposted a blog written by Pratik Dholakiya
on the subject of Guerrilla Marketing for Your Facebook Fan Pages
that has some great tips
including always keeping your fan pages populated, liking to get liked, engaging, commenting and contributing to other fan pages, commenting on blogs using Facebook comments and four other very useful tactics
. There's also a list of further reading
that's useful as well. Give this one a read.
In Social Media Examiner
, author Debbie Hemley
provides us with 26 Ways to Use Visuals in Your Social Media Marketing
. In this post, you’ll find 26 tips, an A-Z guide
, for getting started with a visual strategy. Starting with Add Text
to Your Visuals and ending with Zoom In
to Engage Users, the other 24 tips range from Using How-To Images
. While not every tip will work for everyone, there's lots of good information in this post.
The Marketing Profs
have posted a 3-part series of articles on Top 10 Content Marketing Strategy Mistakes, and How to Correct Them
by Tommy Walker. Part 2
, which has links to the other parts, talks about having your comments sound like everyone else's
, posting comments with no research
to back them up, using only one media format
and your content "dressing the same
" wherever it goes. You'll need to sign up at Marketing Profs to get the whole series
but they provide a lot of good info on a regular basis.
, the prolific "actionable marketing expert," has 9 Steps to Organize Your Social Media for Success
(billed as The Social Media Spring Cleaning Checklist
Every Business Needs). in this post you'll find such things as making time to reassess your goals
, evaluating whether or not your audience has change
d, examining what your competitors are doing
and establishing your social media calendar
If you have tips to share in a future issue, please use the Contact
form to send them and we'll see if we can use them in a future newsletter issue.
Happening the week of April 1st...
Trusted Team: Referral Mixer
, April 2, 2013 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Brix Tavern
BESThq Business Expo West 2013
, April 4, 2013 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tektronix Building 38
Go Solo Law Launch Party
, April 4, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 700 pm, The Benson Hotel London Grill
Happening the week of April 8th...
, April 9, 2013 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Urban Farmer at the Nines Hotel
#GetToNetworking — Networking With Results
, April 10, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Beaverton Elks Lodge
Marketing Power Hour at BESThq
, April 11, 2013 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, BESThq
Portland Connect Monthly Morning Coffee
, April 12, 2013 @ 7:30 am – 9:15 am, Portland Business Alliance Conference Room
Happening the week of April 15th...
Quarterly Digital Marketing Breakfast
, April 16, 2013 @ 7:15 am – 9:30 am, PSU Recreation Center
PSBN $5 at 5:30 PM Monthly Networking Event
, April 18, 2013 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Chamelion Restaurant and Bar
Happening the week of April 22nd...
PBA Building Business Connections
, April 23, 2013 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am, The Rose Quarter – Rose Room
, April 26, 2013 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am, OAME Main Conference Room
Only the larger events are listed in this section. Many I Take the Lead
, Bridges Networking
and other groups meet several times per month at various places. You can find links to these groups on the Resources
This calendar is updated frequently
between newsletter issues. You can always find the latest information and subscribe on the website Calendar
If you would like to have your event considered for inclusion in the website calendar, please provide details of the event using the Contact
Did you know...
In this issue we provide you with 50 Things you didn't need to know...
1 - Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
2 - Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
3 - There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
4 - The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
5 - A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes
6 - There are more chickens than people in the world.
7 - The longest one-syllable word in the English language is”screeched.”
8 - On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
9 - All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.
10 - No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
11 - “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
12 - Almonds are a member of the peach family.
13 - There are only 4 words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
14 - A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
15 - An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
16 - Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
17 - In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
18 - Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
19 - The characters Bert & Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
20 - A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
See the other 30 on the list here.
Please message us via the Contact page with your questions or "Did you know..." items. They're fun to read and make great conversation starters at networking events.
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Resources Link Updates
You can find a large number of resources on my website Resources page
. Here are a few additional ones that you might want to check out.
If you want tools that will print web pages
without all the ads and other things, or if you need a screen capture
utility, check out the 8 Google Chrome Extensions to Boost Your Productivity
published by the folks at Mashable.com
. Even if you don't normally use Chrome as your browser, it is free to download from Google
and can be augmented with a wide range of useful -- usually free -- extensions and applications.
Check out the wide range of tools available at the Google Chrome Store
comes a list of the Top 10 SEO Reputation Management Tools Online
. Part of managing your reputation is being able to look at data and analytics
and make a conclusion. You must have a strategy in place
to mange the things discussed above, and then you must have some way of gathering data
to make sure you can gauge your reputation at any time. This list will help you do it.
Please contact us
with suggestions for additional links you think might be of interest to other readers. And please let us know if you find any of the links broken or objectionable.
May 3rd, 2013!
We'll continue the monthly schedule for this newsletter through the coming year. I will continue to post to Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest as good content becomes available.
And you can always check the calendar for the latest happenings between issues.
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