Chances are likely, if you’re reading this blog,  it’s because of the work I’ve done guest blogging.

Even if you came here through a search engine, most of the back links come from the guest blogging opportunities I’ve taken advantage of.

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“Marketing is a story”

- Seth Godin

“Stories are … the currency of human contact.”
- Robert McKee

“Great stories happen to those who can tell them”
- Ira Glass

On this second edition of The MindFire Chats we’ll be discussing The Art of Story Telling & Social Media Marketing with three experts with three diverse backgrounds in story telling.

From story’s importance in branding, to the latest platforms to tell your company’s story, this panel will uncover some amazing tactics and approaches for incorporating story into your organizations marketing for maximum effect.

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Ever wonder what it takes to establish a professional network of contacts that leads to promotional opportunities, foot traffic (if you’re a brick and mortar) & more SALES?!

In this very first edition of “The MindFire Chats” I’ll be interviewing three individuals who have built professional networks that allow them to do just that.

Our panelists are:

Kent Dean, Field Marketing Director of Rosa’s Cafe. He’ll be discussing & answering questions about community outreach and how being plugged into the local community has lead to more foot traffic into each one of the restaurant’s 35 locations.

 

Kent Dean - Director of Field Marketing Rosa's Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich Thompson, a sales coach who very recently adapted his B2B/Corporate network to a B2C/small business network with great success. He’ll be answering questions about getting your B2B contacts to think outside the box & how that translates to more sales.

Rich Thompson - Sales Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

and finally

John Herman the founder of New Hampshire Media Makers, Ford Motor Company named him a “Top 100 Web Influencer”. John has leveraged his network to raise 10′s of thousands of dollars for charity, win huge competitions, speak on the TEDx stage and be featured on sites like GigaOm and BoingBoing (to name a few) He will be talking about the time it’s taken to establish that network, and the give/ask ratio that is required to maintain it.

John Herman - New England's Most Connected Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m BEYOND excited for this chat, and if you can make it, I think it’s going to be insanely valuable.

If you’ve had questions about what it takes to establish a strong network, leave them in the comments. Network is at the foundation of all online success, so I hope this chat helps :-)

Key Takeaways from this Episode:

  • Professional networking takes time in order to pay off.
  • Always start your relationship by providing value and offering something that person couldn’t get anywhere else.
  • Value usually comes in the form of an “experience.” When you focus on experience vs products and sales, you’re able to connect in ways that make you memorable.

Right now, from this point on, you take your blogging more seriously.

You’re going to overcome resistance, stop being a virtual wall flower & take your professional networking to the next level.

This time next year, come Hell or high water, you’re going to be somebody damn it. Guest blogging is what’s going to get you there.

You’ve shaken yourself of silly guest blogging myths.

You’ve listed out the places you’d like to be guest blogging for, you’ve researched your topics, you’ve mapped out a strategy, and you’re ready to go.

Unfortunately, your guest post is probably going to flop.

Alright, fine… it does well on that first day.  It gets tons of comments, people retweet it a bunch… great, then what?

What happens next? What happens a week from now?

Chances are your guest blogging efforts will all be in vein- sucked into the oblivion known as the social media life cycle.

Unless…

You’re extra aware of the inherit SEO value that comes from guest blogging for a popular blog.

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There’s this popular misconception that IF you’re Guest Posting for an A-List blog, THEN your blog will blow up.

Readers will be like, “Hey you posted on that site I love. HERE, TAKE MY MONEY!”

Before your guest blog goes live, you’ve preemptively increased your hosting, lest all these new salivating visitors crash your website because they’ve been starved and they’re hungry to devour your awesomeness .

The inner circle of blogging elite are all firing emails off through their secret network saying “You’ve Got To See This?!”, while simultaneously arguing, and making power plays vying for who’s going to book you to write next.

Smaller blogs in your field simmer with Awe and Envy because you achieved what they never could.

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That’s it. It’s over.

The guest posts went live, emails sent out, Subscribers gained, subscribers lost. 

Lessons learned.

We didn’t crowdfund the full $100,000 we were looking for, but I believe what we gained  is more valuable.

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Help me Bring Back Inside The Mind!

November 1, 2012

Here it is. November 1st. Finally, after 6 months of planning, writing, connecting and grinding, it’s here. I’m going to attempt to raise $100,000 in 30 days to bring back inside the mind. While on the surface this may look like a single blog post with a call to action, it couldn’t be any further […]

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Sex, Lies, and How Social Media Nearly Stole My Soul.

October 19, 2012

“Come closer.” She whispered in my ear. “I can make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.” her lips promising, her words raised the hairs on my neck. “I’ll introduce you to people – powerful people – who will listen to you, embrace you, and mold you into the man you want to be.” she said […]

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How I Plugged my Blog on a Times Square Billboard for only $39.99

September 28, 2012

As the image indicates, and many of followers of my Facebook page knows, this past Monday my face and my show found their way to a billboard in the middle of Times Square. Hold on, let me repeat that… A BILLBOARD IN TIMES SQUARE! (sorry, that was pretty exciting for me :-P) Now while I […]

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50 Quick Tips about Blogging, Online Marketing and Success.

September 21, 2012

Image by Ebonshire

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Hello Guest Post, Meet Rejection…

September 15, 2012

Image by Master Grief If I can be perfectly honest, I’m a little discouraged at the moment. This is the first time I’ve really gotten the sense that my 50 guest blogs in 30 days strategy might not work. (For more background on this strategy, read this) I’ve put a ton of time, effort, and […]

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