Social Network Marketing Tips- March Madness!

social media

It’s March and the weather is starting to warm up and the ideas are flowing!  So I thought, what a great time to improve my social networking presence!  I have done a lot of research over the years on Social Networking and Network Marketing, and what better time to actually put that time, effort and knowledge to good use!

Let’s face it, there are billions of people out there using social media and those are people who we can connect with and bring into our network!

I’m sure there’s so many people who have started a Twitter account, a Facebook Fan Page, a Pinterest, a Tumbler, a WordPress blog, etc.. and I think for a lot of people, they are not sure what to do after they send off a couple of tweets.  How do I increase my followers? How do I find quality followers that I can engage with?  How many tweets are too many? What should I tweet about?  And the same with other social media.  I set up a Facebook Fan Page, and now how do I increase my followers and likes?

These are all questions that we all have and I am going to take the rest of this month to clean up my own social media and improve my networks and will post my research and tips on a daily basis here and twitter!

1st Tip!

#UnFollowMonday  Ok, I know it seems negative, but it is important to have a good follow/to followers ratio on Twitter!  This morning, I went through my twitter list of people I am following and unfollowed almost everyone that doesn’t follow me!  The exception is businesses, organizations, famous people that you like to follow, as most of them will not follow you back.  So if you follow @KanyeWest chances are he is not going to follow you back, but I follow him for entertainment value 🙂

The reason the follow ratio is important on twitter is because Twitter monitors how aggressively you follow people on Twitter.  They say that you can follow up to 1,000 people in one day, but I was cut off one day after uploading contacts which were about 500.

If you are following several hundred or thousands of people on Twitter then you definitely want to set up an automated tool that will periodically unfollow people who don’t follow you back.  You want to give your new followers a little time before unfollowing them since Twitter banned the ever so useful automatic follow back tools, but chances are that if they are going to follow you back then they’ll do it within a day or so.  I use SocialOomph to do a lot of automated twitter tasks and for other social media as well.  They offer a “free” and a “professional” account.  Depending on the features you need you can see which one work best for you!

My Journey…

aromatherapy pic

Some people might find it weird that I’m still working on what I want to be when I grow up and I just turned 47. I really enjoy what I do now, and I have been very successful doing it.  Technical Recruiting has paid the bills, helped me to support my family, afforded nice vacations, paid for multiple kids in college at the same time- Yikes!

When I first got into Technical Recruiting, 20+ years ago, I was proud that I was helping people to get better jobs and most of the time, make more money.  I learned very quickly and had a knack for finding the right person for the right job.  Over the years, there have been ups and downs because the job market is highly affected by the economy.  I was fortunate to be able to switch my focus during those times so that my company could capitalize on the areas where companies were still spending and hiring.

About 10 years ago, I developed very bad allergies in the fall.  These allergies would cause me to have asthma and it was quite debilitating, to the point, that I could hardly talk.  I was seeing multiple doctors and specialists, trying to figure out how to keep my asthma under control.  Each year the allergy season would get longer and longer for me.  For the past few years it started on Labor Day and went until Spring.  I was taking many different steroids (inhalers, Prednisone, Singulair, Allegra, and Nose sprays) and nothing was helping, it was just getting worse.  I even tried Acupuncture and did get some temporary relief there, but at $100.00 a visit which wasn’t covered by insurance, it wasn’t a sustainable way to control my asthma.  I started to see an Allergist and after some time, she realized that the medication was not only not helping me, but it was causing me to have acid reflux that would aspirate into my lungs and was worsening my condition.  I was also taking an entire bag of cough drops a day that would help me to not cough constantly, but would also reek havoc on my stomach.  Last summer, I decided to pare down my medication (under the supervision of my Allergist) and I was only taking Allegra and Flonase nose spray and I googled online how to make my own natural herbal cough drops and found an easy recipe where I used honey, marshmallow root and slippery elm root with a couple drops of vanilla extract (I added the vanilla extract for taste).  You can find the recipe for the DIY Herbal Cough Drops here:  DIY Herbal Cough Drop Recipe I just mixed everything together and then formed little drops and put them in the fridge to harden.  They tasted great and worked well.  I only needed one or two throughout the day, not an entire bag!

A couple of weeks ago, my best friend, Tracy, called me up and told me that she had just signed up to be an advocate for essential oils.  I laughed because I had actually reached out to the same friend that signed her up over the past couple of years, but I never followed through.  I asked Tracy if I could sign up through her, and I could, so I did!  I ended up ordering an Enrollment Kit, which gave me a chance to try many of their different oils and products at a huge discount and by purchasing a kit, my membership fee was waved.  I loved everything!  Not only that, I was amazed by what I had experienced.  The very first oil that I tried, was a blended oil which helps stress in your neck and shoulders almost immediately*!  I rolled it on my neck, shoulders, temples and my jaw.  I could feel it heating up the areas where I applied it and the tension dissipated right away*.  I was now a believer!  Another thing that I suffer from is tension and pain in my neck, back and shoulders on a daily basis and now I use a tension blend that I roll on everyday for relief.  I guess most people who sit and work on a laptop/computer all day have similar issues.

The next oil I tried was another blended oil for Respiratory Health and it is great for anyone suffering from upper respiratory problems and asthma*.  This was a game changer!  Prior to this, I would wake up every morning, congested and coughing.  Now, I put 2-3 drops of essential oil in my diffuser and I wake up with zero congestion and no coughing at all!  I am also off of the Allegra and Flonase nasal spray (*Please consult your physician before changing or stopping any prescribed medication regimen).  Look mom, NO MEDS!!!! This result has given me so much hope.  If this one oil blend can produce such results, what can the others do??  My next experience was with a lightweight lotion used for sore muscles that is infused with essential oils.  I brought it to the gym with me to share with another friend.  Her calf muscles were sore from our Zumba class which is very intense. She put it on after the class and then the next day she called me and said, “I need to get that stuff! and what else do you have?”  It’s addicting.  It’s obsessive.  And it works!

I am inspired and I think I have found another way to help people and also add additional income!  Stay tuned to see where my journey takes me and what I learn along the way!

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. None of the information on this blog is intended to cure, treat, or heal any disease. Please use essential oils at your own risk with lots of common sense and please consult your physician if you are under his/her care or if you are pregnant before using essential oils*