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How Important Are You On Social Media?

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.”

Back in August I decided to try a little experiment; y’all know how I like to try experiments from time to time. Going into this one, I was betting I knew how it would turn out, but still had some hopes that maybe I was wrong. In the end, there were some interesting lessons to learn.

What I did was fairly simple. I decided that for the week I wasn’t going to initiate any conversations or share any information on either Facebook or Twitter, other than my normal marketing endeavors on Twitter whenever I create new content. The only caveat I had was that if someone wrote me first I would reply. But if nobody tried to contact me, I wasn’t going to post any other links, or do a retweet, or reach out to comment on something anyone said, including just saying hello. In essence, I wanted to see if anyone would miss me.
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The Syracuse Orange & 5 Lessons To Learn About Social Media

The first part of this article is about love, happiness and basketball. Suffice it to say that the title tells it all; the Syracuse Orange have made the Final Four in the NCAA Championships! The rest of it is that the “Orange” part refers to both the men’s and women’s teams; that’s something special, and I couldn’t be more proud.

Syracuse University Women's Basketball
Pherit via Compfight

For the women’s team, there are a lot of firsts. They were the first women’s team to make the final 16, then the final 8 and now the final four. They’re also the first women’s team from the state of New York to ever make the final four; now that’s saying something. Now, that only goes back to 1981-82, but still, this is New York, with lots of universities, and it’s taken 34 years for it to happen; ouch!
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Aiming To Be A Top 50 Blogger

Do you know who E Brian Rose is? He’s a keynote speaker, businessman, and author of the book Millionaire Within. He’s also the guy who founded JVZoo.

My blogs got me a job at BBC
Robin Hamman via Compfight

I didn’t know that until a week ago when I came upon a story about him on Huffington Post. In the story, he talks about how he was able to get a lot of buzz about the company via social media. In essence he created a storm. I’m almost hesitant to talk about him or his company because I’m still getting tons of spam emails every day from unknown people who are still spreading his business’ name all over the place.
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Promoting Ourselves, Our Content, Our Videos… Everything!

You know, I’m good at giving advice. Sometimes people don’t take it. Sometimes they do, and when they do, things always seem to work out well for them. Not that I’m perfect or a know-it-all, but I’m pretty good at analyzing other people’s habits and troubles and helping to find a solution that helps. After all, I am a consultant. lol

me as Peanuts character
Kind of me lol

Often, people follow my advice… after someone else tells them what I’ve told them. I’ve recommended to some people to start blogs. I’ve recommended to some people that they should be doing videos. I’ve recommended to some people that they should be doing interviews, even podcasts. Eventually they all do it… after someone else tells them after I’ve said it.

I don’t get mad; I figure I’m more the visionary, the one who knows what could come, and maybe I’m so far ahead of the curve that it doesn’t make sense… until it does. It’s like what I say about motivation and motivational material. It’s all pretty good, but sometimes a person isn’t ready for it at that moment. But when they’re ready to consume it… it can be life changing for the good.

Why the preamble? I figured that I’d boost myself up before I break myself down. Because, when all is said and done, there’s a lot of things that I’ve written on this blog that, for one reason or another, I haven’t always done on my own. Thus, I might be holding myself back from some of my long term goals… actually, forget the “might”; I am.

This is a cautionary tale that’s also an open admission. Come along for the ride.

You see, I like to consider myself a content producer. Back in the day, I used to write 5 days a week on this blog. At that time I only had 2 blogs, and on the other one I wrote 3 times a week. Even now, I have 5 blogs, I’ve written two actual books, and I do a lot of writing for others. I’m hoping to make more money writing for others… but that’s another thing entirely.

What I’ve always been hesitant to do a lot of is marketing and promoting. It felt a bit self serving, even though I want more people to visit my blogs, read my articles, and possibly hire me for all sorts of things. I did mention I’m a consultant; yet, even there I’ve always been a pretty reluctant marketer and promoter.

Earlier this year, I shared the results of a short personal study on traffic, which was the result of planning my Twitter posts and writing articles on LinkedIn. I also talked about the disappointment of trying to get things going on both Facebook and Google Plus.

While a part of that was good, it wasn’t close to enough. I’ve had to start thinking about shifting a part of what it is I do, and some of that has come from my conversations with my friend Yasmin Shiraz. Over the course of the last few months, she’s been working hard as getting more traffic to her sites while promoting her latest book and a film project at the same time. I’m tired just hearing about all the things she’s been doing.

However, a big part of it all has been putting into place some suggestions I’ve made. After all, I’m the guy who wrote a post about driving more visitors to one’s blog, and those same tactics can be applied to websites, YouTube, etc.

Hello Kitty Yahtzee
Scorpions and Centaurs
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That’s been working out great for her. At the same time, it’s gotten me to think more about some of the things I do… or don’t do. It’s pretty illuminating stuff, that’s for sure.

She’s in media, and she knows the value of promotion. I’ve written about promotion and done a bit of it, but I knew I needed to step it up… a lot. I also needed to do it better and smarter, and get more attention to my newer content at the same time. You know, striking the iron while it’s hot.

So, I’ve already made some changes, and I’m going to be making more. I don’t expect anyone to follow what I’m doing because our overall goals are going to be different. After all, I’m trying to become more influential in many different realms. With a name like Mitch Mitchell, I have to jump over the former drummer for Jimi Hendrix and try to out-swim a reporter for the Dallas – Fort Worth newspaper for attention, and probably a thousand other Mitch Mitchell’s who came later to the internet party. lol

What are those changes? Well, I think I’ll talk more about the rest of it next week, but the first change is that, unless I’m paid, I’m going to cut back to one article a week on all of my blogs. Since I have 5 blogs, that should make them all easier to write consistently on, and if I have the article go live on different days, it’ll make them all easier to promote. After all, I’m the guy who told folks what the secret to success was… which I’m not going to say again, so you’ll have to check out the post I just linked to and possibly the video that’s there. 🙂

The one thing that’s not going to change is what this blog is mainly about… well, actually, since it’s about whatever I want it to be about that’s not much of a change overall. lol I talk about blogging, social media and writing most of the time, and marketing is a big part of social media for a lot of people. If it’s not… y’all are either doing it wrong or you’re just writing to be writing, which I’ve been accused of often.

It’s never been true… I’ve always said that I write for myself first and hope that people will enjoy it. After all, if I won’t like it & read it myself why should I expect anyone else would?

So, come back next week for the next round of information. It could be valuable advice and, like I began this article, it seems that when people follow my advice they do very well. It’s time I did the same for myself. 😉
 

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Stepping Away From Social Media; The Risks, The Rewards…

Last week I did another one of my experiments. After what turned into a draining holiday week I decided that I was going to step away from social media for a week just to see what would happen. I pretty much thought I knew what would happen on one front; absolutely nothing. I even made a video about it and popped it up on YouTube that I didn’t promote, figuring almost no one would watch it and thus it wouldn’t matter that I announced it somewhere, as it’s the only place I did announce it; that sucker only got 5 views and it got 2 thumbs up; not a bad ratio. lol

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I was chillin’

First let me qualify what I considered as social media during this time. It included Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Instagram, Empire Avenue and Twitter. I didn’t respond to anyone from any of those platforms, and I didn’t even go look at those pages, although I admit it was tough initially. After all, I did get email from many of those sources, although I didn’t get a single thing directly to me on any of them; that was somewhat prophetic.

I also didn’t write a single blog post after Sunday, though I did respond to comments if I received any; I’d never disrespect anyone who took the time to comment on a blog post. So, even though I consider blogging to be a big part of social media, that was a courtesy call. But I didn’t read or comment on any other blogs during this time. The only deviation from totally disappearing was having a guest post on my financial blog go live during the week; nothing I could do about that one.

I did respond to email though, and I did go online to play chess against a couple of people on different sites, as well as going to Nationstates to play, since I don’t interact with anyone there. Thus, I didn’t abandon the internet; I even watched some YouTube videos. But I didn’t talk to anyone; overall, I was invisible.

The first thing I noticed was the craving come Sunday night. I stopped participating after midnight on Saturday, but I was on airplanes and in airports until close to 4PM and wasn’t in the hotel until around 4:45. Thus, I didn’t start missing anything until around 8PM, when I decided I was in for the night and wondered what the heck I was going to do with myself. The same for Monday night, except I had WWE wrestling to help me take my mind off that for awhile. lol

Otherwise, once the craving was gone I wasn’t really missing anything except Empire Avenue, which is a game but offers the opportunity to interact with people, thus my reason to stay away from it.

I got really comfortable with things and it took some pressure off… some that is, and I’ll come back to that. However, I still didn’t really know what to do with myself. I had hoped that I would be productive, write a lot of stuff, read a lot of stuff, etc. I didn’t do any of that. Instead, I played this sudoku game on my Nook, went to bed early, slept terribly because I wasn’t used to trying to sleep that early, and didn’t produce anything. What a major waste of time that was; and people say social media wastes time.

The second thing I noticed was that I felt more alone than I expected I would. Without having people online to talk to or interact with, and being out of town, I felt a little bit lonely. I did get to go out with the one friend I know living here Wednesday night but that was it. So, for the week I had to deal with cicadas, working out and hurting myself, and my food pictures on my own because I couldn’t share a thing.

And yet, I also felt a release of a certain type of pressure I hadn’t thought of before. The “need” to share certain things waned a bit. I didn’t share any news stories that intrigued me. I didn’t share pictures or links to anything that I enjoy doing. I was suddenly anonymous; I could do anything I wanted to, not read anything if I didn’t care to because I knew I wasn’t going to read with the intention of finding neat stuff to share with anyone.

I hadn’t thought about it before but participating in social media can be stressful. When it comes to blogging, even though I write fairly easily, the idea that I should be producing so much content to keep people visiting my blogs and websites is crushing when you step away from it. It’s amazing how much the traffic on my blogs and websites has dropped as I’ve slowed down on how much I’d been producing before I left town; amazing. I was always cognizant of having to do it and enjoying doing it, but seeing what I see… mind blowing.

Finally, the third thing I noticed is that no one noticed. I didn’t get any messages asking where I was or if anything was wrong. I didn’t see anything coming through the email stream noticing that anything had changed. Actually, when I finally reappeared, it wasn’t until late Saturday that someone actually said that he noticed I’d been quiet lately; one guy. lol

And yet, it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it might. So, when I was ready to end the experiment I wasn’t quite ready to end it, though I did. I started slowly, starting with Empire Avenue, doing a quick check on Twitter and Google Plus, and leaving Facebook for the next day. I also popped a couple of images up on Instagram; I love that program! lol

What my time away did was reinforce things I’ve talked about in the past about working on being fascinating, working on being more important and being seen as an expert and putting myself out there in more focused and distinct ways.

In the long run I have some goals and dreams to reach, and I can’t do it by being away. Thus, I’m going to be working on producing more and being more visible in a couple more places. I’m also going to be more circumspect in what I share of myself and from others because I want to maximize my time a bit more towards focusing on how I’m perceived; when I finally write my review on The Charge by Brendon Burchard, it’ll be understood better.

So I’m back, whether you missed me or not. And I’m not going away any time soon; I’m coming back in spades… whatever that really means. 😉
 

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