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How One Guy Used Online Marketing to Win Hearts & Land His Dream Job

So many people talk about influencer marketing and online networking. Few do it and even fewer do it well. When I was thinking about this topic recently I thought of someone who I believe has done this better than most. This person I am speaking of is someone who has won the hearts of many of us in the social media community. He’s a special and genuine guy that has influenced his way in the “influencers” hearts. This person is Antonio Calero and I asked him to share his story here, on the very same blog where he wrote his very first guest blog post. Antonio’s story is powerful, inspirational and emotional…but there’s valuable lessons throughout this article that you can benefit from greatly. ~Melonie Dodaro How Antonio Calero Mastered Online Networking & Influenced the Influencers Follow your passion My first baby was due to arrive in late September 2012, so when I lost my job three weeks before the due date, my panic was intense. I hadn’t worked at my current job long enough to receive a severance package that would give my family a financial safety-net, and our savings were minimal. Obviously, I needed to find another job […]

How University Students Can Use LinkedIn to Develop Career Opportunities

It’s never been more important for today’s students and graduates to use tools like LinkedIn for their career development. The opportunities that lead to career success are in more places and connected to more people than ever before. Even as the world of work has been drastically transformed by cultural, societal, and technological trends in the last 10 to 15 years’ education has changed very little in the past 150 years. Education is not keeping up with the realities facing students, and students are letting themselves down, even when they have more options than ever before to learn and succeed outside of formal education. At the same time, less graduates are getting the jobs they truly want and feel like they deserve. If LinkedIn is the number one place for career opportunities why aren’t students and graduates using it more effectively? Where is the disconnect? LinkedIn is perhaps one of the least used and understood social media platforms by students and young adults between the ages of 18 – 25. I believe this comes down to the combination of three main objections from this demographic: We don’t think LinkedIn is for us. We don’t have time to use LinkedIn. We […]

10 Questions with Personal Branding Expert Barry Feldman

“You, my friend, are a brand.” Barry Feldman has been saying this for three years now and his efforts to explain the concept and deliver actionable advice to develop a successful personal brand has culminated in an impressive new book, The Road to Recognition. The book, co-authored by Seth Price, is available now on Amazon and ships April 25. Barry shared a preview copy with me (BTW, this book is pretty) and interviewed me for a series of videos that will be offered as a free bonus. I thought I’d turn it around and interview him. Here’s how that played out… What are the benefits of personal branding? Barry: Personal branding is, well, personal. So the benefits are bound to be differ depending on what you’re aiming to accomplish. If there’s a universal answer to the question it’s the development of your personal brand will accelerate your professional success. Look at it from the point of view of an entrepreneur or business leader and the benefits might include attracting more clients. The job seeker might gain a competitive advantage over the rest of the field. An executive could be offered a better position and the rewards that come with it. […]

LinkedIn’s Dirty Dozen: 12 LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid

In the world of nutrition, the dirty dozen is a list of produce that has the highest level of pesticides. In the world of marketing…we have some similar pests that can plague us. In fact, this happens more often than not as businesses, professionals, sales people and marketers are overwhelmed with the number of tools and platforms. Most are either using them incorrectly or not using them at all out of fear that they’ll make mistakes. There’s a list of spoken and unspoken rules of etiquette and best practices that when you’re aware of them you’ll be more comfortable and confident in using social media for business. To help you out, I am creating a series of Dirty Dozen articles, which will help you to avoid the biggest mistakes in etiquette and best practices on the most popular social media platforms. I am starting this series with my favorite social media platform, LinkedIn. These mistakes on LinkedIn range from simply keeping you hidden from the people you want to connect and build relationships with, to in a worst-case scenario, making you look unprofessional and possibly getting you blocked or banned from the platform. Don’t make these twelve key mistakes on […]

How to Create an All-Star LinkedIn Profile [INFOGRAPHIC]

Having a LinkedIn profile is no longer enough, especially if no one is seeing it. Or worse, people are seeing your profile but it does a poor job of representing you and what you do. Your LinkedIn profile is an essential part of your personal brand and having a great one is a MUST if you plan to do any form of LinkedIn marketing. According to LinkedIn, your profile may already show up with All-Star status. Sadly, that means nothing at all. It could simple mean you’ve added the various sections into your profile, perhaps with little to nothing in those sections, yet it still shows all-star status giving you a false sense of your professional presence. To me an all-star profile means that you… Are easily found when someone searches for what you do and Your profile intrigues people, makes them want to connect and learn more about you In this article, I am going to show you exactly how to have true all-star status with a comprehensive step-by-step LinkedIn profile infographic so you can visually make sense of what it takes to truly have an all-star profile. In following the steps laid out in this article and infographic, […]

How to Market to Different Generations on Social Media

Social media is becoming an ever-increasing part of running a business, but where do you start when you need to narrow down your target audience? What inspires each generation the most? Citipost Mail have being doing research and have come up with some rather interesting insights into what each generation tends to favor when it comes to content. While it’s clear to see that social media platforms such as Facebook are firm favorites across the board, there are differences that could mean your marketing efforts aren’t maximised if using the wrong platform for your target audience. What might work for Generation Z won’t necessarily work for Baby Boomers and vice versa. There are a number of different factors that relate to social media with each generation. Each one of these factors can impact how successful a marketing campaign is so it’s important to know what these are and how you can utilize them. Marketing to Different Generations on Social Media Generation Z Generation Z are the new wave of social media users. The truly digital generation, you’d be hard pushed to find one that hasn’t had contact with a computer. Gen Z are far more switched on when it comes […]

How to Use Social Selling to Sky Rocket Sales

Whether you are a sales person, an entrepreneur or a professional responsible for generating sales for your company, you likely understand that sales is a numbers game. It’s likely that part of your day also consists of cold calling. There is only one problem with this interruptive approach to cold calling prospects. These decision makers have already acquired a bias to not dealing with sales people over the phone and tend to do their own research online to solve a problem without the involvement of an external sales person. Imagine for a minute, what your life would be like if you came into work each day and were able to engage, nurture and create opportunities to meet your ideal prospects on your social media networks utilizing a social selling mindset. This way of approaching sales allows for you to become the trusted advisor to your prospects because you are getting involved in the conversation early on when the business is actively looking for a solution online. Social selling is not about using social to sell; it’s about changing our behavior to understand and work with the modern digital buyer. What is Social Selling? Social selling is a sales technique that […]

Introducing the New LinkedIn User Interface [UI Makeover]

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the new LinkedIn user interface (UI)? You may be trying to figure out how to do or access some of the things you are used to on LinkedIn. In this article, I will outline the changes to the new UI so you can become accustomed to what’s changed, what’s lost and what’s still available. While it certainly looks like we lost more than we gained with LinkedIn’s UI makeover, there is still plenty of functionality to help professionals, sales people and marketers to find, connect and build relationships with their ideal clients. If you are comfortable with the user interface and are looking for help to modify or update your lead generation or social selling strategy, keep checking back as I will be covering this soon in a future article. Below you will find my complete breakdown of the new LinkedIn user interface. What’s Changed with LinkedIn’s New User Interface (UI) Home Page While the new home page contains many of the same elements, it has a clean, new (almost Facebook) look. The look of both free and paid accounts is similar with the only difference being the Premium identification at the top of the […]

LinkedIn Membership Levels: Free vs Premium vs Sales Navigator

Over the last couple of weeks, I have received numerous emails and messages asking me questions about the differences between the LinkedIn membership levels, Premium Business Plus and Sales Navigator Professional. In fact, many people currently using Business Premium Plus want to know what benefits are left to having this account level or if they must upgrade to LinkedIn Sales Navigator to be able to accomplish their lead generation and social selling goals. I have put together a breakdown of the different features and tools included in each LinkedIn membership level, the cost and how they can be of benefit to you. Free LinkedIn Membership Let’s start with free LinkedIn accounts, as I have had plenty of questions come in from community members regarding the LinkedIn free membership. With so many important features gone, many are left wondering if LinkedIn is still useful with a free account or if they now need to pay for it to remain worthwhile to invest their time and resources in. With the removal of the Notes & Tags feature and the downgrade of the LinkedIn Advanced Search tool, lead generation has become more work with the free account. Not only must you use outside tools […]

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