Narrowly AVOID Tomorrow’s Negative Sales by Doing This Easy Step Today – Part 1

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I hate ignorance.

Don't you?

I mean, think about it. 

There are so many easy things you could be doing today that would make your future sales 'way easier tomorrow.  Alas, you're ignoring them.  Blindly.

And that applies applied to me too!  After all, with today's information overload, it's reeeaaalllllly easy to let things slip thru the cracks.

Take today's brilliant post by Brian Solis:

The Dawn of the Social Consumer

To wit:

From online to offline to online again, social consumers are checking into businesses, fusing online and offline engagement and influencing behavior and decisions in the process.  These increasingly important acts of social exchanges are gaining in value and delivering benefits for both sides. As a result, social consumers now expect to be rewarded for their role in the socialization of your brand…and rightly so.

Rumors are already swirling that the recently launched Facebook Places geo-location service will soon encourage businesses to offer deals in exchange for check-ins.….MORE…..

Now, I want to you to click above to that article and *really*…..*really*…..read it.

Take your time too, I'll wait and reflect on my past daring Eyeglasses scam-exposing adventure:

Ah, you're back! 

Now, let me ask you.

What's the *first* thing you did when you completed reading the article?

Hmmm?

  • Did you say, "oOo that's nifty!" and come back here?
  • Did you instead think "Jeepers!  My coffee cup!  It's empty!" and go to refill it?
  • Did you drop and give yourself 50 pushups because hey, that's just plain cool?

Well?

Here's what I did!

I said to meself:

"Self, this is coming down the pike – I'd be dumber than scrawny parakeet taking on a ravenous saber toothed tiger if I didn't start keeping myself abreast of this Fcommerce trend!"

See, I don't do much with Facebook yet besides maintain my deliciously filling, strangely satisfying, sinfully …decadent….. Fan Page entitled The Unleashed Expert.  But just because I wasn't tapping into the magnificent benefits F-commerce offers to me, it doesn't mean I should pretend it's as fairy-tale-like as an honest politician!

So I zoomed over to my Google Feedreader, created a new category called (get this! Social Commerce!) and added the following blogs to it.

That way, I have the latest articles from the leading blogs about this F-commerce niche thingee topic….right at my fingertips.

But wait!

That was not all I did!

Oh no, oh no!

While I was searching, I realized that bunches of non-f-commerce-specific sites were blogging about the topic…but including them in that particular category was just plain confusing!

So guess what I did!  No no, instead of guessing what I did, tell me…what would you do?

Take your time once more, I'll wait.  Perhaps I'll even amuse myself with:

Ah, you're back!  And yes, you're right.

That's *exactly* what I did!

I added a Google News feed for "F-commerce" to my Feed Reader.

It's easy to do!  First, you go to Google News.

Then you search for "I want to sign up for Barbara Ling's News Feed"  <== (nope, that's not subliminal, not at all).

F-commerce

Sure, there might be only a handful of articles today, but who knows how many more people might be writing about it in the far-away future?

Once you see the search results, you can scroll down until you see that tremendously huge RSS icon like so:

Then:


NOTE!Step 1.)  Hover over that RSS link, right click, and choose "Copy Link Location".

This copies the RSS URL to your computer.


NOTE!Step 2.)  Go to your Feedreader and add it in.

If you're using Google Feedreader, simply click on the

Add New Subscription

Then you would paste in the URL (ie, click "<CONTROL> V" or possibly right-click and choose PASTE).

Once that feed was added, you would then choose Feed Settings and select "New Folder" so you could categorize it nicely.

Need help with Google Feedreader?  The following should be most useful!

And Voila!  Whenever a new topic you want to learn about pops up in the news, you'll be alerted to it.

Neat, eh?

Now hold it right there!  I can read your mind, see, and know you're thinking:

"But Barbara, how will doing the above help me narrowly avoid tomorrow's negative sales?"

An excellent question!  It helps you because IF F-commerce really does take off…you'll already be aware of the tools and resources you can tap into for your own business online as well.

And that, of course, can only be described as a Very Good Thing indeed!

Remember, gentle reader – we're living in an age where information is being delicately fed to us with the force of an out of control firehose.

It's up to *you* to manage it wisely.  And you can!

Go for it now…your bottom line will thank you later.

Grow strong,

Barbara Ling

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Barbara Author: Barbara Ling. 17+ Year veteran marketing entrepreneur, currently specializing in teaching others how to build a viral fanbase/community online using Facebook, Pinterest, blogging, coffee (lots of coffee, or maybe tea if that's your preference) and more! See my Google Profile here!

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  1. Thank you for introducing us to Moose.  I know a guy who lives in Montana and has the big brown smelly kinds of mooses (meese?) to contend with and have been wondering if you might possibly be his neighbor, as you have mentioned Moose on occasion.
    My first thought?  Coffee cup.  Why? because that article made my brain hurt and I knew I needed more cranial stimulation.  Are you familiar with The Borg?  Why is it I get the feeling that the Human race is moving rapidly in that direction.  How long will it be before they begin implanting a cellphone in our skulls at birth and assigning us an ID number instead of a name?
    But I digress.
    Long ago, in the days of DOS and dinosaurs I was a computer programmer.  Alone came Windows and I decided it was a fad and stuck with DOS.  That was a mistake.  I'm tempted to think all this social mumbo-jumbo, hocus pockus is a fad and carry on with traditional marketing techniques.  But… that too would probably be a mistake.  But I'm old.  Maybe I'll die before having to face all this techno-junk markeing.
    But in case I don't, I'll go add those URLs to my reader… and buy an extra large bottle of Advil.

    • Let me guess. You thrilled at the day that Windows 3.11 came out, right? Or even…Windows for Workgroups! Remember when Microsoft Office came with 24+ diskettes for installation?

      My own particular resistance deals with hacking code – I STILL use the unix editor VI (as it’s what the gods intended people to use, none of this WYSIWYG stuff!). But hear, I hear you there and will join you with the Advil. :)

      • Barkeep! Advil for two with a chaser of Nyquil.  On me.
         
        Boy do I remember those Box Sets of disks!  But then I remember my frst computer that used tape cassettes  for storage!  That thing had as much RAM as my wristwatch does today. 
         
        But I digress.
         
        I got the Comment Redirect installed (and nothing has gone Poof-Flash-Fizzle yet) and I built a very basic thank you page – I'll see about snazzing it up in a bit — do you have any magical hand gestures (NO, not that one) to hide the thank you page so it does not show up on the page menu bar?  Making it private removed it from the eligible list in the Redirect utility.

  2. this is the first time I got to see your blog and I am really impressed by the contents here, thanks for sharing this valuable thoughts here.

  3. Ok, that Pepsi commercial was seriously awesome.
    Interesting stuff. I'd never heard of f-commerce before. But you're right, if it DOES take off, how much better will it be to already be in a position of knowing what it's all about? It's not like it takes much effort or time to read the occasional article, right?
    Thanks for the info!

  4. Facebook is taking over the planet. Mark my words, Mark Z will be on a Cheerios box next. It HUGE and scary to see how fast they've grown and I'm thinking they'll trounce both Foursquare and Groupon in a year. Lookout world!

  5. Hi Barbara-
    Thanks for adding our blog to your Reader feed. Here's hoping we consistently add value to your blog reading experience!  
    Cheers

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