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I founded Core Business Solutions with the goal of helping business owners improve operating results, add value, and recapture the energy and passion that was present when the business was new. We also have the expertise to assist start-up companies create the foundational structure needed to provide the best opportunity for the business to grow and prosper in uncertain economic times. Our goal is to help the business entrepreneur/owner, through mentoring and coaching, develop or enhance managerial skills while providing that independent and objective advice and expertise usually provided by a board of directors.
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Core Business Solutions Advice: Social Media: It's Not A Fad, It's a Fact

Core Business Solutions Advice: Social Media: It's Not A Fad, It's a Fact

Social Media: It's Not A Fad, It's a Fact

This past week Curt Middlebrook and I conducted a seminar on Social Media which was the second seminar we've conducted on the subject with new specific information. I think we can all agree that it's obvious that Social Media is the biggest shift in how we communicate and conduct business since the Industrial Revolution. If that's true, what facts about Social Media's growth and influence, can really confirm this premise?
During the development of this second Social Media Marketing Seminar, I discovered some amazing and startling facts that can help put these changes into perspective.

By the end of 2010, Generation Y will outnumber the baby boomers. Now Generation Y is defined as:the Millennial Generation or Generation Next or Net Generation, is a term used to describe the demographic cohort following Generation X. Its members are often referred to as Millennials or Echo Boomers and were born about 1974 to the mid 1980's . And at last count, Baby Boomers numbered 112 million and dropping. Plus 96% of Gen Y's have joined a Social Network! Generations X & Y consider email passe'.

One in 8 couples married since 2004 in the US met through Social Media. Romance that starts in the local bar or at a party or a work place is soon to be replaced by Social Media connections, friends and a tribe of twitter followers? Sacrilege!?

LinkedIn facts: On average, a new user joins LinkedIn every second, it has almost 50 million users and every Fortune 500 company is on LinkedIn. For you new position seekers out there, here's something to get your attention: 80% of employers use LinkedIn as their " primary tool to recruit employees."

We all know the growth of Social Media has been fast, but how fast? Here are some facts that speak to this. It took 38 years for radio to reach 50 million users. For TV, it took 13 years for 50 million people to watch it regularly. The Internet took just 4 years to reach 50 million users and IPODS took just 3 years. But, FaceBook took just 9 months to add 100 million users! In fact, if FaceBook was a country, it would be the 4th largest in population behind China, India and the US and FaceBook has over 200 million users in the US alone!

Now get this, the fastest growing segment or demographic on FaceBook is females age 55-65 years old! It's not just for college students and the Gen Y's anymore. Hulu has grown from 68 million streams of TV shows in April 2008 to 373 million in April 2009. Plus 90% of people who can TiVo ads, do TiVo the ads.

YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world with over 100 million video's posted. A full 25% of Americans have said they watched a short video this past month....On Their Phone! The cell phone will be the marketing tool of choice, the interface that will be used to reach consumers.

Twitter is also changing the speed and reach of our communications world. Eighty percent of Twitter traffic is by cell phone. Imagine what that means to your business if your customer has a bad experience with your product or service. If they spread their concerns about your business virally through Twitter? How many more people now know about it? With that in mind, think about this- Ashton Kutcher and Ellen DeGeneres have more Followers on Twitter than the population of Ireland, Panama and Norway....Combined! That's called true marketing reach! So what can this also mean? Think about it this way: "What happens in Vegas stays on FaceBook, Flickr, LinkedIn, DIGG, My Space, YouTube and Twitter!" Word of Mouth is now World of Mouth.

Wikipedia has over 13 million articles and studies have shown it is more accurate than the Encyclopedia Britannica and 78% of the articles are non-English! In fact, if you were paid $1 for every time an article was posted on Wikipedia, you'd make $156 per hour!

There are over 200 million Blogs and 54% of bloggers have added content daily. Twenty Four of the 25 largest newspapers have experienced record circulation declines. Only 18% of traditional ad campaigns produce a positive return on investment. 78% of consumers trust peer recommendations and only 14% trust the recommendations of ads. As much as 1.5 million pieces of content (web links, photo's, notes, video's, blogs and news stories, etc.) are shared on FaceBook.....Daily!!

What does this all mean? Social Media is not a fad. Social Media is a fundamental shift in how we communicate. We no longer search for the news and information, now the news and information finds us! Every company and sole proprietor needs to get involved in Social Media Marketing.

I encourage all Core Business Solutions clients and show them how to be active on as many Social Media platforms as they can. It's not just a way to promote your business or your brand.

Along with a good Blog, Social Media sites provide you a tool to:

  1. Expose your expertise in your business segment
  2. Allow restaurants to announce their specials, daily or even hourly
  3. Let retailers announce their new discounts
  4. Have New products unveiled
  5. Display a Blog for a business to display its professional knowledge of its target market
  6. Exhibit the expertise a customer can expect from business
  7. Even display video's and photo's that can be posted to help educate your prospects or customers

Social Media- It's not a Fad, It's a Fact!

I hope this provides you new food for thought and some points to ponder to help your business. I welcome your comments and feedback.

In a few weeks another Core Business Solutions Advice blog article will be published.

All The Very Best...Always,

Walt Morey -
Executive Business Advisor Accredited by the Institute for Independent Business
www.corebizsolution.com

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Are You CRAZY BUSY? Here's Some Ideas!

Is being so busy all the time driving you crazy? You're not alone. I just finished reading a great book by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. titled "Crazy Busy".Without intending for it to happen we've plunged ourselves into a mad rush of activity, expecting our brains to keep track of more than they comfortably or effectively can, in fact, as attention deficit disorder expert and bestselling author Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. argues, brain overload has reached the point where our entire society is suffering from culturally induced Attention Deficit Disorder[ADD].


There are myth's and reality's to multi-tasking. Multitasking ineffectively,what is called“frazzing”, is a common mistake that busy people make, frantically hoping that it will work. If the task matters, it is better that you do it by itself. That way you can give it your full attention. "Passion Test" philosophy- 'Give attention to your intentions to release tension.'
The author also comes up with over 15 new words for the new problems.

A few of these new terms are:
  • Screensucking. Wasting time engaging with
    any screen – for instance, computer, video
    game, television, Blackberry. To combat it, you
    need to be aware that you are susceptible to it
    every time you log on or switch on.
  • Kudzu. This is the clutter and piles that
    invade where we work and where we live, the
    unstoppable, unkillable stream of unexpected
    minor requests from people everywhere that
    slows us down, the spam that infests our email,
    the junk mail that overruns our snail mail, and
    the useless information that we continue to
    collect in spite of our best efforts not to. One
    of the great antidotes to this is the acronym
    OHIO: Only Handle It Once.
    [Sound familiar 'Minute Manager' disciples?]
  • Gemmelsmerch. This is the force that distracts
    the mind or steals it away from it wants to do
    or ought to be doing. Reducing this in your
    environment and learning how to resist its
    pull are modern survival skills of the highest
    importance.
  • The Human Moment vs. The Electric Moment- A human moment occurs when two
    or more people meet in person and connect
    with one another. An electronic moment
    occurs when you meet others via electronic
    devices.
  • Frazzing. Multitasking ineffectively. [See above]
So, Dr. Hallowell has provided his " TEN KEY PRINCIPLES TO MANAGING MODERN LIFE":
  1. Do what matters most to you. You need to prioritize your day, your week & your life.You must choose. In order to do well and to be happy, you must say, “No, thank you,” to many people and activities.
  2. Create a positive emotional environment wherever you are. Work on all your business and personal relationships and keep them positive. Avoid negative people or situations. Most of all stay positive yourself! You become what you think about.
  3. Find your rhythm. When you find your rhythm, you allow much of your day to be taken care of by the automatic pilot in your brain, so that the creative, thinking part of your brain can attend to what is uniquely qualified to attend to.
  4. Invest your time wisely so as to get maximum
    return. Make a list of the tasks you want to complete for the day and the week. Time, like money, gets wasted if you’re not attentive to how you spend it.
  5. Don’t waste time screensucking. A modern addiction, screensucking is like smoking cigarettes: Once you’re hooked, it is extremely tough to quit.
  6. Identify and control the sources of
    gemmelsmerch in your environment.
    [See Above]
  7. Delegate what don’t like to do or are not good at if you possibly can. Your goal should be to be not independent, but rather effectively interdependent. You do for me and I’ll do for you. This is what makes life possible and the synergy is fun.
  8. Slow down. If we want to be as happy as can be, and if we want to preserve our position in the world, we will do so by thinking harder and feeling more deeply, not frantically trying to put in ever more hours.
  9. Don’t multitask ineffectively or frazz. Give one task your full attention. You will do it better and easier. This will reduce stress.
  10. Play. This means imaginatively engaging with what you are doing. This will naturally bring to bear the best part of your mind. You will not waste time.

To Summarize author Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. concludes that 'We must find ways to re-create human connectedness. [FNI/Networking 1 on 1 meetings can do this, right?] We must find ways to reconnect interpersonally, which is essential both for our health and for the creation of mutual trust. Right now, we are in a period of flux. Speeding up, seemingly out of control, we will solve the problems we face once we put our heads
together.'

JOY EVERY DAY: THE REWARD OF TAKING YOUR TIME

The best reason to take your time is that this is the only time you"ll ever have! So must take it or it will be taken from you. It is telling that the phrase taking your time is synonymous with slowing down! If we want to live life fully and get the most out of the short lives we have& we would do best to slow down.

I enjoyed this book and I encourage you to get a copy. It's a good short read:

"CRAZY BUSY" Author" Edward M. Hallowell. M.
D.- Publisher Ballantine Books, 2006- ISBN: 0 345 48243 3 - 237 pages

I hope I provided you some useful food for thought.

In a few weeks or so I'll cover another subject designed to provide business owners with information they can use to help them work "on" their business.

Until Then Please:

1- Live Simply.
2- Speak Kindly.
3- Care Deeply.
4-Love Generously.


All The Very Best...Always,

Walt Morey -

Executive Business Advisor Accredited by the Institute for Independent Business

www.corebizsolution.com

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