Market Hive RSS Articles http://cinemacables.com/index.php The Internet is packed full of a wide range of useful blog syndication services. This RSS Feed (Syndication Service) here is different and does not require that the URL of this RSS feed be on my domain - cinemacables.com - as does the rest of the website' Blogging Tips in MarketHive and Elsewhere http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://stevenhodgkiss.com <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">For all you budding Bloggers here in MarketHive. Once you have posted your article, display the post and use the Share buttons to send it around the Internet ... Use StumbleUpon, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn etc.. I also use Buffer, as it allows me to share it once and then it sends it Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn all at the same time. I mention this as I see many posts with 0 views and this means that you have not even shared it once to your own social media accounts.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="https://markethive.com/pics/stephenhodgkiss/070104_booger_blogger.gif" border="0" alt="" width="447" height="250" />&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"> <div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"><strong style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">How to Blog Almost Every Day</strong></div> <div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"> <ol style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px;"> <li style="line-height: 1.2; margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; list-style: inherit;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Read something new every day. ...</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.2; margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; list-style: inherit;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Talk with people every day. ...</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.2; margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; list-style: inherit;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Write down titles and topic ideas in a notepad file. ...</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.2; margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; list-style: inherit;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Maintain a healthy bookmarking and revisiting habit. ...</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.2; margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; list-style: inherit;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Find 20-40 minutes in every day to sit still and type.</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.2; margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; list-style: inherit;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Follow an easy framework. ...</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.2; margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; list-style: inherit;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Get the post up fast, not perfect.</span></li> </ol> </div> </div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Steven Hodgkiss</strong></span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Authorised Distributor of <a href="http://wowmiraclegel.com/" target="_blank">2 Minute Miracle Gel</a>&nbsp;</span></div> Sun, 03 May 2015 22:50:40 -0600 Imagine the Future http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://ipasdiscount.com/cp1/?id=76373&amp;tid=MH <p>I am going to take a moment and share what my future will be like in 5-10 years.&nbsp; I first start that sentence out by saying "what I believe" it would look like. I had to take a moment to reframe my mindset. You see, it is not about "If I" or "can I" anymore. Now it is about "I will" and "I can". Before we move into my future perspective of what my families life will look like in 5+ years, I thought it was necessary to share this.</p><p>I will own my dream home in 5-10 years. I will keep doing what I am currently doing to reach this goal. I can picture the 20 foot ceilings on the first floor, wrap around staircase, 5 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, home theater, and man cave (got to have that). A nice size backyard for the kids to play in (I will hire a landscaping company to take care of the yard). I will have 4 vehicles&nbsp; and everything else needed to live worry free. I will be philanthropic in nature always giving back to the environment and community in efforts to help. You know what they say, "you can't keep what you have unless you give it away."</p><p>This will be a nice change of pace in this time. Along with my online business, I will take a large amount of funds and establish/own a residential behavioral health treatment center that will provide the highest level of care for people suffering from co-occuring disorders and substance abuse. My mission is clear, to help as many people as possible create a better way to live. Money is not the primary concern here. This is all about helping people reach their lifestyle and financial goals. So now, imagine the future if you had everything you ever wanted. And, all you had to do to get it was create a strategy and go after it.</p><p>I imagine my own future to have developed large teams of people (in the thousands) who were working hard to achieve their own goals and grow their own entrpreneurial lifestyle.</p><p>So where would you live if you had everything you ever wanted?</p><p>I think I would live humble yet rewarded. I do care about flashy material stuff. I did mention a few above. But, I really just want my family to be happy and have all the resources I could possibly provide for them to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This vision can only happen when other people are being assisted and mentored to make this happen who are on my team journey. This future is going to happen.</p><p>For my business, I will enroll 2 new members a day. I will blog daily, and I will market daily and drive traffic to my opportunity. This is somewhat of an affirmation. And it will be done. I am not sure how other people feel about their career. Personally, I love what I do. I love the company I work for. However, I am tired of making wealthy people richer. I am tired of not being paid what I believe I am worth. So, it is time to raise the bar and go after the financial and spiritual lifestyle I want.</p><p>I am sure many of you are reading this post and can agree on some level what I am talking about. Life can be challenging when we let other people control how much money we earn, what kind of insurance we get, what kind of car we drive, what house or apartment we can live in, how much credit we can have, and so on. The list can keep going. The point is, I am DONE with that. No more. I live not only imagine my future. I will live that future starting today. I will live my dreams. I have a 90 day challenge I am doing to reach an income of $7500 p/month extra income. I have 90 days to make it happen. I have the tools, training and mindset to make that happen. This goal should be reached by July 26, 2015. I will not make excuses for why I cannot do it. I will do it.&nbsp; Now I am challenging all you readers to make it happen for you too. Let's set your goal and make it happen. Yes, I am challenging you! Are you up for it? Or are you satified with average life?</p>&nbsp; Fri, 01 May 2015 15:04:20 -0600 Determination: Live Your Dreams http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://ipasdiscount.com/cp1/?id=76373&amp;tid=MH <img src="http://buildingabrandonline.com/stevencavan/images/8694/liveyourdreams.jpg" alt="" /><img src="https://markethive.com/blogs" class="size-medium wp-image-80 aligncenter" alt="" /><p> Everyday, someone is looking to live a dream beyond their imagination. Sometimes dreams are only thought about with no direct action to make it a reality. I ask you to make your dreams a reality. This is what I have chosen to do just recently. No more complaints about life or other people, no more negative thinking. The time has come to start doing things and living life differently to make these dreams a reality. That's right I am calling it right now. 1 year from now, I will be a million dollar earner. Now, I know that is a bold statement. Some people will have a tough time understanding how this can be possible. There is a good chance that these people do not have the mindset for which I will achieve. After reading, listening, and watching wealthy people speak, they all say the same thing about success. To make it short, </p><blockquote>we become what we think about. - Earl Nightingale</blockquote><div> The wealthy think about their goals and how to achieve them while the poor do not have goals and complain about what they don't have. In general, we all need to have PMA-positive mental attitude all day everyday. I am dreaming big to live my dream lifestyle. I know what that income needs to be each month and it is over $30K. Is this achievable? Of course it is. As long as their is honest belief and action taking place to achieve that goal. by scientific law, it will happen. I believe it will happen. I am looking for other people who want to dream big with me. Those people who want a better life for themselves and their family. This is the dream of financial security and freedom to do all the things you want to do and see all the place you want to see in your lifetime. I know for myself their is plenty of things I want to achieve in lifetime before I leave this earth. Those goals I will achieve. Now is the time to stop making excuses for certain situations and start taking action to make things happen. When I look at this ion the bigger picture the primary goal is a complete change in mindset. I do this by only listening to positive audios by successful people so my brain can be reprogrammed to respond with a millionaire mindset. In doing so, I would like to share with everyone of you my success as it happens. My stories of progress shall be laid out in front of the world to see on this very blog. You WILL see my success. You WILL see how I build teams of thousands of people who are ready to make this type of change in their own life and join me. This is a movement I am starting to help do my part changing the world to become a better place. </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The vehicle is present to make this happen for anyone. AS a matter of fact a blog is a great place to start. As a matter of fact, a blog is probably the most powerful tool the internet can provide for anyone despite reasons for using it. Take for example Paris Hilton. Here is a man who started blogging about celebrities for fun and now has one of the most viewed blogs in the world. And,. Paris is very wealthy now because he wrote with passion. I have been asked before what I was passionate about. Looking back on it, I never really had a true idea of what that was. There were always things that I liked and enjoyed. Passion was a different story. My passion has emerged itself after working through my own mindset training. My Passion is to help other people achieve success in their life. Success does not always have to do with money. In fact, earning money is a direct result of being successful. Money does not create success. Success creates money.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong style="font-size: 12pt;">So how do we become successful? </strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Success is 80% mentality and 20% action. Set a goal for yourself. Ask the question; What is it that you want? Once you know what that is, you can then start working towards getting that result. May sound simplier than it is to sum. However, by human nature we tend to complicate things and create mental roadblocks from achieving such a goal. My goal in the next 90 days is to reach an income of $7500 per month as an entrepreneur. That means by by July 28th 2015 this will be my income per month. Now it is time to lay the ground work to make that happen. I have a family of 5. A wife and 3 children. Not sure what your situation is, but I am getting really tired of making wealthy people richer. The time is now to take action, flip the script and start living as if. Retrain the brain and the rest will follow. My dreams are to see Ireland and travel through Europe and South America and buy property in Bora Bora to spend my summers. My goal is to achieve this in 4 years. I have found all the tools, training, mentorship and support to make this happen. For all those who are with me click on the call to action below and get plugged in to a life changing system. I am doing this, that's it, no more excuses- I will see you on a stage somewhere sharing my success. &nbsp; </div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 01 May 2015 15:01:49 -0600 2 Fascinating Books About Wealth http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://ipasdiscount.com/cp1/?id=76373&amp;tid=MH <div class="challIntro">These books are great reads. They will help any person create the millionaire mindset. Anybody can achieve great wealth if they change they way they think.</div> <ol class="number-list"> <li> <h3 class="itemTitle">Rich Dad Poor Dad</h3> <div class="item itemAbout"> Robert Kiyosaki breaks down peoples mindset and what keeps rich people rich and poor people poor. Then he talks about how to change this way of thinking to achieve great success. <a href="http://4motivi.com/books/robert/rich.pdf" target="_blank">Click Here to Learn More About Rich Dad Poor Dad</a>&nbsp; </div> &nbsp;</li> <li> <h3 class="itemTitle">Think and Grow Rich</h3> <div class="item itemAbout"> The Priniciples of Napoleon Hill's best selling book. This book has made more millionaires than any other piece of literature in history. The mindset of the wealthy is revealed here. I find it exciting listening and reading on such topics. Attitude is everything. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Do you have a definitive goal? I do... <a href="http://thinkandgrowrichaudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/think-and-grow-rich.pdf" target="_blank">Click Here to Learn More About Think and Grow Rich&nbsp;</a> &nbsp; </div> &nbsp;</li> </ol> <div class="postSegue">Now it is time for you to start thinking and growing rich. Get the training you need to develop this type of mindset.</div> Fri, 01 May 2015 14:55:17 -0600 How Jay Michael Manzo Has Impacted My Life http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://stevencavan.com <div class="challIntro"> Jay Michael Manzo was a great friend (who I consided a brother), who cared more about other people than they cared about themselves. He was a motivated and determined soul. His dream was to be a famous stand up comic. This past year he found his calling to become a stock broker. Jay studied hard, set the highest goals for himself with a "never say die" attitude. On November 14, 2014 at around 6:50am he lost his life in a train accident. This post is in honor of Jay, his perseverance and the way he selflessly gave back to people who were less fortunate. Jay was a kind soul. He was the kind of person who would give his last dollar to a homeless person. </div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div class="article-content"> When Jay would set his mind to do something there was no stopping him. He would set a goal and go after it always saying things like "Mercy is for weak." I bring this post to my blog to share what an inspiration Jay was. He touched the lives of more people that he would have ever known. He wrote a book about his life which we are working to get published. Jay changed my life after the day his past away. We as people tend to get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget to pay attention to things that are important. Slow down. Appreciate life and the people for whom were blessed to be in it. Life is a gift and tomorrow is not promised. </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jay will forever be loved and missed. He was an electric, "life of the party" character who enjoyed making people laugh. I love you buddy and think about you daily. Life is difficult without Jay around. But, I have taken a vow to do the good deeds that Jay would have done if he were still around. Things like giving the homeless man on the street my last dollar, or donating a few bucks to st jude hospital or march of dimes when asked to in the Grocery Store. I am not allowed to say no to helping others. I lived so many years not doing these things. The world is not the same without Jay in it. </div> <div class="postSegue">Comment if you have been in a particular situation where you may have lost a great friend or relative who was truly a charasmatic individual.</div> Fri, 01 May 2015 14:52:02 -0600 2 Blogging Hacks That Can Increase Your Following http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://ipasdiscount.com/cp1/?id=76373&amp;tid=MH <div class="challIntro">So many people give up on their blog way to early. There really is no set code on how to write a blog in order to be successul. Write about your passion daily and success will happen with it over time. Depending oon your content it could happen sooner than other blogs.</div> <ol class="number-list"> <li> <h3 class="itemTitle">Blogging- Make it a Success!</h3> <div class="item itemHack">Blogs, originally called Web Logs, are a form of website in which you write in like a journal. Writing in web logs, called "Blogging," is becoming more and more popular in circles relating to everything from abstracts to news to zeros. There aren't many articles on the net that will show you how to actually take advantage of this useful new media. Becoming a successful blogger and maybe even make money off it may be easier than you thought.</div> <img src="https://markethive.com/blogs" alt="hack image" /></li> <li> <h3 class="itemTitle">Keep Blogging and keep readers interested!</h3> <div class="item itemHack">The more you update your blog, and bring in fresh articles. That will keep people coming back for new articles.</div> <img src="https://markethive.com/blogs" alt="hack image" /></li> </ol> <div class="postSegue">Put all your blogging ideas on a powerful viral blogging system such as this. It is easy to use and will give you fresh ideas what to write about when you have a case of writers block. Truly amazing!</div> Fri, 01 May 2015 14:49:21 -0600 How to Ace a Work-At-Home Job Interview http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://stevenhodgkiss.com <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">It's easy to get flustered and lose your cool during a job interview, but being prepared is more than half the battle. Unlike an interview at a 9-to-5 job in an office, a work-at-home job interview may be over the phone, via Skype or even via email. The keys are to be ready at the agreed-upon time, know the company, know the job, know your abilities, and know how to work at home.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><a href="http://stevenhodgkiss.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://markethive.com/pics/stephenhodgkiss/WorkAtHomeInterview.jpg" border="0" alt="work at home interview" width="450" /></a></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">You've made it through one of the biggest hurdles to finding a work-at-home job: getting an employer to take notice and interview you. But getting an interview doesn't mean they're ready to hire you. When it comes to a work-at-home job, not only do you need the skills and experience to do the work, but you need to prove you have what it takes to work independently. Most work-at-home job interviews are conducted by phone or Skype, with a few done by email. Here are some tips to help you wow the employer during a telecommuting job interview.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong>1)</strong> <strong>Be ready.</strong> Just like an in-person interview, you're judged on things like promptness and readiness. That means you need to be on time to answer the phone or respond to a video call. Dress professionally and take care of any potential distractions, such as having someone watch your children during the interview. While you can wear whatever you want on a phone interview, dressing nice can help you feel professional and portray a similar demeanor.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong>2)</strong> <strong>Know the company.</strong> What does it do? What is its target market? The more you can tailor your answers to the needs of the company, using industry language, the better your chances of impressing the employer. It not only helps the employer see that you understand his needs, but it shows you're serious and have done your home work.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong>3)</strong> <strong>Know the job.</strong> Many job titles have varying duties. A virtual assistant for a realtor will have different duties than a virtual assistant for a speaker. Re-read the job advertisement to make sure you're clear on what's required and can speak to the duties the employer wants help with.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong>4)</strong> <strong>Know yourself.</strong> Interviews are nerve-racking and can result in failing to mention skills and experience that can make the difference in whether or not you get hired. Take the pressure off by having a copy of your resume in front of you, matching your skills and experience to the job description. Create a list of the most common interview questions with your answers listed as bullet points. Common topics include: your strengths, your weaknesses, why you want the job, how you can contribute to the company, and why you left your past job. Just be discreet in reviewing your answers if you're on a video interview. In that case, maintain eye contact as much as possible.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong>5)</strong> <strong>Know how to work at home.</strong> While you don't necessarily need to have experience in working at home, you need to show the employer you understand what working from home involves. They'll likely ask about your home office, including equipment you have. They'll want to know about distractions, such as children or pets, and how you plan to deal with them. Finally, they may give you hypothetical situations in which you need to explain what you'd do, such as if your Internet goes out or if they needs something done ASAP.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong>Steven Hodgkiss</strong></span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Authorised Distributor for <a href="http://wowmiraclegel.com/" target="_blank">2 Minute Miracle Gel</a></span></div> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:54:35 -0600 Tips for Creating a Killer Business Name http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://articlemarketing.info/ <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Is your business name easy to remember? Does it describe your business? Is it flexible and is the domain name available? Ask yourself these and other questions listed below to achieve a business name that's unforgettable.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="https://markethive.com/pics/stephenhodgkiss/BusinessNames.jpg" border="0" alt="Business Names" width="450" /></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Choosing the right business name is crucial for success. Your business name will become synonymous with your brand image and customer experience. It communicates who you are, what you do and in many cases the market you cater to. A business name is so important, there are companies that charge thousands of dollars to help businesses come up with the perfect name. Fortunately, you don&#8217;t need to spend a dime if you follow the tips below.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Start by creating a list of words that represent what you do, who you are and the image you want to portray.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;"> Mix and match the words into various combinations to develop different business names ideas. For example, if you plan to start a freelance writing business, words you might include on your list are freelance writing, copywriting, sales writing and ghost writing. But you also want to consider why people hire writers and include those terms such as profit, sales-generating, compelling, etc. Some ideas you might come up with are &#8220;Profit Copywriting,&#8221; &#8220;Words For Sales,&#8221; or &#8220;Profit Write Now&#8221;.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong>As you come up with ideas, consider:</strong></span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">1) Is it easy to remember?</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">The goal of a business name is to identify you and what you do. If people can&#8217;t remember it, they can&#8217;t find or share your business. For that reason, short and simple is usually best.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">2) Does it describe what you do?</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Today, you can say Apple and everyone knows what company you&#8217;re referring to. But if you think about it, Apple is a strange choice for a computer company. Before Apple, you wouldn&#8217;t equate apples with technology. </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">The fact that we do now is a testament to Apple&#8217;s branding. But starting out in a home business, it&#8217;s better to help consumers know what you do by making it clear in your name. In fact, originally Apple Inc. was Apple Computer Inc.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">3) Is it interesting?</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">You don&#8217;t necessarily need to be clever in designing your business name, but sometimes picking something unique helps you stand out. Plays on words or rhyming are a few ways to be clever. For example, Play It Again Sports plays off the line &#8220;Play it again, Sam&#8221; while still making clear it sells used sporting goods.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">4) Is it flexible? </span></h2><div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">I imagine that the reason Apple Inc. isn&#8217;t Apple Computer Inc. anymore is that it has expanded its product line. </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">While you can change your name down the road, it&#8217;s easier for you and your customers if you choose a business name that allows flexibility to expand or reduce products or services.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">5) Is the domain name available?</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Go online to see if the domain is available for purchase. If it&#8217;s taken, you can choose a variation of the name, but you&#8217;ll want to be careful about making it too obscure. Adding a bunch of hyphens or spelling out numbers (or vise versa) may confuse consumers and you&#8217;ll accidently send them to someone else&#8217;s website. For example, if WordsForSales.com was taken, you could try Words4Sales.com. However, you'd risk losing traffic to WordsForSales.com if you didn&#8217;t make it clear to use the number 4 when sharing your domain name.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">6) Is it trademarked?</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office online to do a trademark search of your business name. If it&#8217;s trademarked, you can&#8217;t use it without risking legal hassles. While you&#8217;re at it, check with your state&#8217;s Secretary of State to see if the business is registered. Technically you can use a name that isn&#8217;t trademarked, even if it&#8217;s used by someone else, but it&#8217;s not a good idea as you&#8217;ll dilute your business brand.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Once you have ideas that are available, test them out on friends and family. If you belong to a business mastermind group or online business forum, ask members for feedback. This will be helpful in eliminating names and in some cases you may get new ideas. Once you have a winner, register your business and buy the domain name.</span></div><div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong>Steven Hodgkiss</strong></span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial;">Authorised Distributor for <a href="http://wowmiraclegel.com/" target="_blank">2 Minute Miracle Gel</a></span></div> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:21:35 -0600 Why Practice Actually Makes Perfect: How To Rewire Your Brain For Better Performance http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://stevenhodgkiss.com <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Growing up, we all heard the expression "practice makes perfect" from our high school coach/music teacher. Then Malcolm Gladwell went on to popularize the research that expertise developed over "10,000 hours" of deliberate practice. But how does that really work?</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><a href="http://stevenhodgkiss.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://markethive.com/pics/stephenhodgkiss/hownervesignalswork.gif" border="0" alt="steven hodgkiss" width="450" /></a>&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">In this post, I'll share what science knows about learning and how special type of brain tissue called myelin, plays a key role in helping us acquire and master skills.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Learning Rewires Our Brains</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">When we learn a new skill, whether it's programming in Ruby on Rails, providing customer support over the phone, playing chess, or doing a cartwheel, we are changing how your brain is wired on a deep level. Science has shown us that the brain is incredibly plastic &#8211; meaning it does not "harden" at age 25 and stay solid for the rest of our lives. While certain things, especially language, are more easily learned by children than adults, we have plenty of evidence that even older adults can see real transformations in their neurocircuitry.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">But how does that really work? Well, in order to perform any kind of task, we have to activate various portions of our brain. We talked about this in the context of language learning, experiencing happiness and exercising and food before. In this context, to give a good presentation, our brains coordinate a complex set of actions involving our motor function, visual and audio processing, verbal language skills and more. At first, the presentation might feel stiff and awkward. We might forget some of our points or flub an important phrase. But as we practice, it gets smoother and feels more natural and comfortable.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">What our practice is actually doing is helping the brain optimize for this set of coordinated activities, through a process called myelination.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">How Nerve Signals Work</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">A little neuroscience 101 here: neurons are the basic cellular building blocks of the brain. A neuron is made up of dendrites, which receives signals from other neurons, the cell body, which processes those signals and the axon, a long "cable" that reaches out and interacts with other neuron's dendrites. When different parts of the brain communicate and coordinate with each other, they send nerve impulses, which are electrical charges that travel down the axon of a neuron, eventually reaching the next neuron in the chain.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Imagine a row of dominos stacked closely together &#8211; when a neuron fires, it is like knocking down the first domino in a long chain. This process repeats from neuron to neuron, until the nerve signals reach their destination. These firings happen at incredibly fast speeds, which is why your friends are able to "Like" your witty Facebook status update less than a second after you post it.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">How Myelination Affects Nerve Impulses</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">We sometimes refer to our brains as "grey matter" because from the outside, the brain looks mostly grey &#8211; that's what color our neuron cell bodies appear as. But there is also a lot of "white matter" in our brains that fills nearly 50% of our brains.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">That white stuff is myelin, a fatty tissue that covers much of the long axons that extend out of our neurons.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"> Scientists have found that myelination increases the speed and strength of the nerve impulses by forcing the electrical charge to jump across the myelin sheath to the next open spot on the axon.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Myelinated Nerves Move Faster, practice makes perfect science</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">In other words, myelin turns the electrical signal into the brain version of Nightcrawler, the teleporting X-Man.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"> Instead of traveling in a straight line down the axon, the charge is BAMF-ing down at much faster speeds.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Practice Increased Neural Activity Causes the Growth of Myelin</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Ok, so how do we get myelin onto our nerve axons?</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Well, first off, a lot of myelination happens naturally, much of it during childhood. Kids are like myelin generating machines, soaking up information about the world and themselves. As we get older, we can continue to generate more myelin onto our axons, but it happens at a slower rate and requires more effort.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Scientists believe that two non-neuron (or "glial") cells that exist in the brain, play a role in creating new myelin.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"> The first is a glial cell called an astrocyte. Astrocytes monitor neuron axons for activity, and lots of repeat signals from a particular axon triggers the astrocyte to release chemicals that stimulate the second cell, known as oligodendrocytes, to produce myelin, which wraps around the axon.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Call of Duty Myelin, practice makes perfect science</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">So as we practice, whether by writing new blog posts every week, hitting forehands at the courts or going for the headshot in Call of Duty, we trigger a pattern of electrical signals through our neurons. Over time, that triggers the glial cell duo to myelinate those axons, increasing the speed and strength of the signal. Like going from dial-up to broadband.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Myelinated Neurons Perform Better</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">There's one final point to make here &#8211; how do we know myelin improves performance?</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Well, that's tough to prove definitively. We can tell for sure that increases the speed and strength of the nerve impulse &#8211; which seems helpful for learning, but not conclusive. However, we can't just cut into people's brains and look for myelin directly without running afoul whole bunch of ethical and legal issues.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">One compelling piece of evidence comes from brain scans of expert musicians. There's been a lot of research done on how musician brains differ from the brains of ordinary people &#8211; and one specific study used a particular brain scan called Diffusion MRI, which gives us information about tissues and fibers inside the scan region in an non-invasive way.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">More practice = more myelin, practice makes perfect science</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">The study suggested that the estimated amount of practice an expert piano player did in childhood and adolescence, was correlated with the white matter density in regions of the brain related to finger motor skills, visual and auditory processing centers, and others &#8212; compared to regular people. And most significantly was that there was a directly correlation between how many hours they practiced and how dense their white/myelin matter was.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Another strong point in favor of myelin's performance-enhancing abilities is what happens when it is missing.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"> Demyelination is a known factor in multiple sclerosis and certain other neurodegenerative diseases which cause symptoms such as loss of dexterity, blurry vision, loss of bowel control and general weakness and fatigue. This suggests that myelin is an important factor in allowing us make the most of our brain and bodily functions.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Practice Makes Myelin, So Practice Carefully</span></h2> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Understanding the role of myelin means not only understanding why QUANTITY of practice is important to improving your skill (as it takes repetition of the same nerve impulses again and again to activate the two glial cells that myelinate axons) but also the QUALITY of the practice. Similar to how the science of creativity speaks about idle time and not crushing through one task after the other, practicing with a focus on quality is equally important.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">As a young gymnast, my coach put a spin on the old phrase, and would always say: "Perfect practice makes perfect". You got corrections on your training after every turn, so that you never spent too much time practicing the wrong thing, as bad habits are hard to correct.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">If we practice poorly and do not correct our mistakes, we will myelinate those axons, increasing the speed and strength of those signals &#8211; which does us no good.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"><strong>The takeaway:</strong> practising skills over time causes those neural pathways to work better in unison via myelination. To improve your performance, you need to practice FREQUENTLY, and get lots of feedback so you practice CORRECTLY and enhance the right things.</span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Steven Hodgkiss</strong></span></div> <div style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Authorised Distributor for <a href="http://wowmiraclegel.com/radiance-brightening-souffle/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Radiance Brightening Souffle</span></a></span></div> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:40:19 -0600 How to Build Your Side Business While Still Working http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://stevenhodgkiss.com <div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">A full time job doesn't have to halt your side business ambitions. Follow these tips to build up this great side income opportunity.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://stevenhodgkiss.com/"><img src="https://markethive.com/pics/stephenhodgkiss/buildingabusiness.jpg" border="0" alt="Building a side business" width="450" /></a>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">By day, you work as a market research analyst. By night, you&#8217;re designing websites and creating HTML code in your basement. While it initially started out as a hobby, you&#8217;ve seen your little idea turning into a somewhat steady business. Thing is, you&#8217;re not quite ready to leave your 9-5 just yet. Here are some tips on how to build your side business while you&#8217;re still working.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Schedule the Time</span></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Between your regular job, your family, and the million other things on your daily to-do list, finding the time to nurture your burgeoning business may seem virtually impossible. But in order to take on this task full-time, you&#8217;ll need to make it a priority. So schedule as much time as you realistically can to work on your business, and actually block out the time on your calendar. That way, you&#8217;ll take it more seriously&#8212;and treasure the uninterrupted time you have to work on your business.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Ask for a Flexible Schedule</span></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Lately, you&#8217;ve noticed that you&#8217;ve been staying later and later at the office. You don&#8217;t want to slack off in your job duties, but you still want to be able to grow your business, too. Set up a meeting with your boss to see if you can work a flexible schedule or even telecommute part-time. Without having to face down a lengthy commute each day, you can use all of that extra time to build your business before punching in at 9:00 a.m. at your job.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Create a New Network</span></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Chances are, you might need a new network of contacts in order to see your business flourish. Establish your business&#8217; online presence by creating accounts on all of the social media channels. Reach out to people within this new industry to network, make new friends, or discover new information. And be sure to use your network to make your career change, too. These connections can be crucial in the beginning stages of your business and help you take your business to the next level.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Set Specific Goals</span></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">It can be hard to grow your business if you don&#8217;t have goals. The goals don&#8217;t have to be lofty in nature (e.g., &#8220;I want to make a million dollars this year.&#8221;). Rather, the goals should be both short-term and specific, such as completing your website within the next 60 days. By having targeted goals, you&#8217;ll give yourself some self-imposed deadlines that can help you stay on track while giving your business a much-needed boost.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Share Your Successes</span></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Your friends and family might not take your new business seriously at first. Let them know that this isn&#8217;t a passing fancy but an actual business by keeping them in the loop. Share each new success that you achieve and your plans for the future as well. Once they see your dedication, focus, and passion, they will become your biggest cheerleaders. Their support will, in turn, motivate you to work harder to realize your dream and allow your business to flourish.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">It might seem like a huge undertaking to start a side business while you are gainfully employed, but there&#8217;s actually no better time to do it. By working on your business little by little, you are learning how to create and maintain a job you&#8217;ll love for years to come.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Steven Hodgkiss</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">Authorised Distributor for <a href="http://wowmiraclegel.com/"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">2 Minute Miracle Gel</span></a></span></div> </div> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:20:33 -0600 6 Home Business Startup Mistakes to Avoid http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://stevenhodgkiss.com <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">From time management and ineffective marketing to lack of capital and office space, there is plenty of room for error when starting a home business. Knowing common errors won't guarantee a successful business, but it will give you an advantage.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://stevenhodgkiss.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://markethive.com/pics/stephenhodgkiss/BusinessStartupMistakes.jpg" border="0" alt="Business Startup Mistakes" width="450" /></a>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Starting a home business today is easier and more affordable than ever. Even so, there are many areas in which your home business startup can go wrong. Success depends on several factors including good planning and proper management. Here are a few common home business startup mistakes and how to avoid them.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">1. Poor Planning</span></h2> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Starting and running a business involves many tasks that can quickly become overwhelming. If you forget one, you may inadvertently doom your business. A great plan is a road map that gives focus and a course for success. Without it, you may encounter many detours and end up in the wrong place. Successful planning involves an overall business plan that outlines your goals, but also planning your activities each day to ensure tasks get done.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">2. Not Having Enough Capital</span></h2> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">It takes money to make money. While you can start a home business on a budget, a business needs money to run. This includes money for services (i.e., website hosting), advertising and equipment. Your business plan outlines your current business finances, as well as projected income and expenses. If you&#8217;re low on capital, make use of the assets you already have (i.e., computer equipment), plan your startup on a budget, and reinvest income until your business is solvent.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">3. No Designated Office</span></h2> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Many successful home businesses start at the kitchen table, but you can bet that once the business started growing it moved to its own area. Having a designated space for your office makes it easier to work, since you don&#8217;t have to clean up once you&#8217;re done working and you don&#8217;t have to worry about outside distractions. Further, if you want to take the home office tax deduction, you need to have a dedicated home office space. It doesn&#8217;t need to be an entire room, but it does need to be a section that is used exclusively for business.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">4. Poor Time Management</span></h2> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Running a home business involves a host of activities. Many new home business owners are busy, but not productive. While a home business can be managed on a flexible schedule, that doesn&#8217;t mean you have lots of time for household chores, taking the kids to the park or naps. A home business needs to be treated like a job in that you have a schedule and set activities that need to be completed every day. Using a schedule and having a routine ensures that you&#8217;re managing your time effectively and are able to complete all the tasks required to build a successful business.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">5. Ineffective Marketing Plan</span></h2> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Along with a lack of capital, bad marketing ranks high in why home businesses fail. Many new home-based business owners do what the marketing books say, such as tweeting, but there is science behind good marketing. Tweeting and other marketing strategies in and of themselves won&#8217;t work. Good marketing starts by defining your optimal customer, determining how your product or service will best meet the needs of your optimal customer, and putting marketing materials in front your optimal customer. You&#8217;ll notice that you don&#8217;t see feminine hygiene commercials during football games. Women watch football, but advertisers know that the football demographic will be more receptive to chip and beer commercials. You need to think the same way in your marketing.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">6. Trying to Do It All</span></h2> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Most home businesses start with the owner wearing all hats, and that is okay. There is value in learning all the aspects of running a business. But ultimately, you can&#8217;t do it all. First of all, you&#8217;re not an expert in all areas. Second, your time is better spent focusing on the activities that make money, not in the busy work of running a business. As soon as possible, you should outsource tasks such as web maintenance, bookkeeping and administrative work. Although hiring help involves a financial investment, it will help you make more money sooner because you&#8217;re able to put more time into the activities that generate income.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Steven Hodgkiss</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial;">Authorised Distributor for <a href="http://wowmiraclegel.co.uk/">2 Minute Miracle Gel</a></span></div> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:08:09 -0600 How To Share Thoughts, Messaging and Blogging on the MarketHive http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://markethive.com/david-ogden <center> <h2>A guide to Sharing Thoughts, Messaging and Blogging on the MarketHive Social media and Marketing Tools Site</h2> </center> <strong><blockquote>Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato</blockquote></strong> Communicating with fellow members of MarketHive is an important consideration, after all MarketHive is a social network with the emphasis on business, unlike Facebook where anything goes. This article is written as a guide to help both new and existing members be able to communicate with one another in a businesslike manner by making the best use of the various tools as each tool has a specific function. <p> When you add anything to <strong>MarketHive</strong> you have full control on both who can see your work and who can comment on your posts, by making use of the icons you will find below the text entry boxes allowing you to select:-</p> <div><img style="border-color: #ffffff;" alt="MarketHive Publish" src="https://markethive.com/pics/david-ogden/comms3.JPG" align="left" border="5" height="132" width="135" />&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Public - anyone visiting the page </li> <br /> <li>Members - Members of MarketHive </li> <br /> <li>Friends - People on your Friends List </li> <br /> <li> Only Me - Private to you only </li> </ul> <div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There are also similar control in place regarding who can write on you pages, which you can control in your profile settings. </div> <p> Every person who joins MarketHive has a profile page which includes an activity feed "Share Your Thoughts" section It is very tempting to add random thoughts here but it is best to remember the quote from Plato, because everything you write here will appear on the home page of your friends, which might not be what you want or what they want to see. </p> <p> There is a news feed on the home page of the system and this is designed to provide each member with items of interest posted by their friends or on the activity pages of groups they belong to. The news feed allows you to quickly find out what your business associates are up to on the system. The <strong>news feed</strong> In addition to gathering information the news feed has two other functions:- </p> <ul> <li>It allows members to add additional newsworthy items directly into the the feed. </li> <li>You can comment on news items appearing in your feed and any comments you make will instantly update the original source document without requiring you to go to the page or group concerned. </li> </ul> One feature of the news feed,is that <strong> </strong><strong style="color: #ff0000;">you will not see your own posts that you make to your profile page</strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">. </span><span>This has caused a little bit of confusion for many people when they first start as they did not see their post on the news feed, they often often post a duplicate version. </span> <p> You need to think carefully on how and where you "Share Your Thoughts" I personally allow everyone to view my profile, and for that reason I like to control what "thoughts"of mine they see. Visitors to my page can however quickly see all my blogs, videos and my list of friends. This concise information allows people to quickly discover where my business focus lies, and they can then decide if they want to become my friend and or do business with me. Setting my profile up so that only I can post to it, stops people posting unnecessary items, which I might not want them to see. </p> <p> If you decide to follow my example please be aware that your friends can still post comments to any post you make on your profile when it appears in their news feed. </p> <center> <h2>So how can my fellow marketers and fellow members of MarketHive contact me.</h2> </center> MarketHive has an in built message system which allows you to communicate with your friends privately and provides a visual message alert on every page. you can additionally set up email alerts for incoming messages under the notifications setting on your profile menu. The message system is the best way to contact new sign ups from your profile page as they are automatically added as a friend if you are an Alpha founder. What better way to contact them to get hold of their phone number and find out what they are about! <p> The message system is quite sophisticated and will allow you to send out messages to any groups you have set up as well as being able to store messages in folders for future reference. </p> <p> Use the message system to congratulate people for birthdays and success as well as messages of encouragement or to ask people specific questions. </p> <img style="border-color: #ffffff;" alt="" src="https://markethive.com/pics/david-ogden/comms4.JPG" align="right" border="5" height="220" width="440" />Your message system can also be activated on your news feed, profile page or group feed wherever you "share your thoughts" by using the share button at the bottom of each post. The share button will open a popup that offers a number of options and the default is to "share on your profile page", if you move you cursor over the wording a further sub menu selection is revealed and you need to take the bottom option "In a private message" see image to right <p> Taking this selection opens up a new box where you can type in the name of any friends you wish to send a message to, a copy of the original post. plus space to add additional text </p> <p> The advantage of replying this way, is this reply is private and if you are reply to a post they will be alerted my the message system, the drawback is other people will not see your text message. </p> <p> <strong style="color: red;">The message system is more powerful than most people realise and should be used as a replacement to Skype for person to person messages</strong> </p> <center> <h2>You Profile page like most networks is important as this is where most people will land</h2> </center> There is a menu on the left hand side directing people to your blogs and videos, Its your personal showcase, this is where you share with the public what it is you do. <p> It is no coincidence that both blogs and video lie at the centre of inbound marketing campaigns for your business and MarketHive as the first social neural network uses them to improve its members search engine optimisation results. </p> <p> Whatever your personal thoughts it is essential to use the blogging tools on MarketHive because that is what this marketing tool is specifically designed around. </p> <ul> <li>You might have Wordpress blogs running elsewhere but these can be automatically updated by using wordpress plugins so they display your content from your blog on MarketHive which should become the centre of your blogging activity, when you fully understand how to use the blogging feeds and tools, that allow you to share you posts automatically with other members. </li> <li>Search engines spiders are always searching blogs for new information and will start visiting your site(s) on a regular basis if you supply good content. </li> <li>If you write a particular interesting blog post you can share it on your news feed, write a short introduction with a link to the actual blog post, </li> </ul> <p>I hope you like this short guide and if you find it useful please share it with others.<br /> </p> <div>Please feel free to contact me is you have any questions</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>David Ogden</strong></div> <div><strong>#<a title="MarketHive" target="_blank" href="http://markethive.com/david-ogden">markethive </a></strong></div> <ul> </ul> <div is_mini="true" is_bottom="true" style="left: 742px; top: 465px;" id="s3gt_translate_tooltip"> <link href="chrome://s3gt/skin/s3gt_tooltip.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" /></div> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:41:19 -0600 &quot;How to make a blog and why you need to start a blog&quot; http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://markethive.com/david-ogden <center> <h2>"How to make a blog and why you need to start a blog"</h2> </center> <p> The <strong>Blog </strong>as we know has been around since 1994, however prior to that newsgroup such as Usenet offered facilities where people could gather together an make posts and have discussions online. One of the earliest if not the first bloggers was Justin Hall. </p> <p> The first blogs tended to be more like personal diaries and it was another ten years before they attracted the attention of the general public, politicians, and the media. Nowadays anyone can have a blog and they range from personal diaries, family groups, through to business both small and large as a way to communicate with people and share ideas and information on subjects of common interest. </p> <p> </p> <center> <h2>"There is no right or wrong way to use a blog"</h2> </center> Each writer adopts their own style depending on<a target="_blank" href="http://hive.pe/64"><img style="border-color: #ffffff;" alt="Keywird Spy" src="https://markethive.com/pics/david-ogden/word_spy.JPG" align="right" border="5" height="220" width="440" /></a> what they are blogging about. My own particular style has changed recently and where as my normal practice until now had been to write short 300word posts with no pictures, because badly sized pictures can mess up RSS feeds if and when you display the feed on a website. <p> My blog posts are generally written to be included in multiple RSS feeds and after carrying out some experiments I have discovered how to make a blog more interesting is to include an images sized 440 X 220 these seems to be the optimum size for displaying on multiple platforms. I am now starting to place images on the right hand side of my blog posts whereas previously I would place them on the left. The reason behind this is that it is easier for the eye of the viewer to follow the flow of the text with the image out of the way to the left. The image can still provide interest to the reader relevant to what the blog post is about. </p> <p> A blog is a very simple way to update people on both what you are doing, as a journal or diary and also on what is happening with your business. If you are in business you need to ensure that you post on a regular basis because search engines such as Google are always searching for fresh quality content. </p> <p> In one of my previous posts I researched information on the optimal length of a blog post and that is why most of my posts now are around 1000 words plus. Now when you first start blogging writing a thousand words on a subject is a major task, however if you split it down into bite sized chunks of 200-300 words and draft out a section each day after four or five days you will have a draft post ready for publishing. </p> <h2><center>"What are you going to write about when you start a blog"</center></h2> Writing about your business should be easy because as a salesperson you should know your business inside out, however if you are just starting out it can be a bit of a problem and you will need to start doing some research. One possible starting point when you start your blog is to write about what attracted you to join "XYZ" business, was it:- <ul> <li>The Niche that it is in, such as the popular health and wellness niche </li> <li>The size and reputation of the Company </li> <li> The products or services offered </li> <li> The compensation plan, </li> <li> The support </li> <li> Or something else </li> </ul> These are all items you should have researched before signing up and you then have the opportunity to continue with updates as to how your business is working for you. You can also start looking through company supplied sales literature but resist copy and pasting, instead read article and then rewrite in your own words. The content of your first post when you start a blog is not important, it's the fact that you have started along the road to set about informing people exactly what you do. Sharing experiences good and sometimes bad will help to gain people trust and build relationships. It is far easier to sell products and services to someone who trusts you rather than a complete stranger. <center> <h2>"Don't forget Keyword Research and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)"</h2> </center> I firmly believe it is more important to get your creative juices flowing and get content into your blog rather than worry about keywords, keyword density and other technical matter. You probably have a lot to learn about your new venture without clouding the issue. You can always go back later and modify your work so as to appeal to your target market once you know what that is. <p> Keywords are important and there are lots of tools you can use for research, some free and some you need to pay for, I currently use <a href="http://hive.pe/64">Keyword Spy</a> it simple and clear to understand and you can quickly find keywords that are popular. If you are an Internet novice it is best to avoid using one and two letter keywords and go for what are referred to a long tailed keywords three or four words or more. focussing on the longer keyword phrases even in popular niches will bring you success. </p><div align="center"><h2>" Its now your time to start a blog"</h2></div> <p> People write blogs for many reasons as I said at the beginning, some write for fun, whilst others perhaps have a passion for helping people or passing on or sharing their interests with others. I write blogs both for business and pleasure and also make time to comment on other peoples blog posts.</p><div> <strong>Commenting</strong> is in fact another way of how to make a blog. Read blogs written my other people about the subjects you are involved with and if you agree or disagree write a short post up to 200 words. Seeing how other people write will encourage you and as I said earlier you can also rewrite other peoples blogs in your own words. Sometimes you may need to research a particular subject, you do this my doing a quick Google search and read a number of different blog and then form your own opinion from the results.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Feel Free to contact me if you need any other ideas or assistance&nbsp; I am here to help and support you so that you can achieve your dreams.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>David Ogden</strong></div><div><strong>#</strong><a href="http://markethive.com/david-ogden"><strong>Markethive </strong></a></div> <div is_mini="true" style="left: 512px; top: 520px;" id="s3gt_translate_tooltip"><link href="chrome://s3gt/skin/s3gt_tooltip.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" /></div> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:34:00 -0600 If you already Own a Marketing System Please Don't Look at This - If you have Paid for your Marketing System Definitely Don't Look at This ! http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://markethive.com/david-ogden <center><h2>If you already Own a Marketing System Please Don't Look at This - If you have Paid for your Marketing System Definitely Don't Look at This !</h2></center> <p>No matter how you plan to market your business on the Internet,there are a number of essential tools you need to source:- </p> <ul> <li><p>A landing or capture page on which you can place video and or text to explain about your product and capture a potential customers contact details, so that you can communicate with them further. </p> </li><li><p>An Autoresponder which you can use to send out a series of email designed to build a relationship with your customers and answer questions they may have about you product in order that they can make a decision to purchase or provide guidance on how to get the best out of using the product. </p> </li><li><p>A blog which can be used to share your knowledge of the niche market that your business is positioned in. This is your showcase if you like and is used more to write about subjects which your product resolves rather than a sales page. </p> </li></ul> <p>You can pick up an Autoresponder for about $20 per month from Aweber or Get Response or try something cheaper like Mail Chimp where you pay per email You need however to be aware that as your mail list grows so do your cost and these can become substantial ($250-500+ per month). </p> <p>A landing page will cost from $20-200 per month using the likes of Instapage or Unbounce, to around $1250 or upwards for a custom design and don't forget that you will also need a hosting company to host the page, together with a domain name to host your website. </p> <p>Quite often when people suggest you look at "XYZ Business" these items are not mentioned, however as you can see they can be a costly overhead. </p> <center><h2>Other Marketing Tools you need to consider when running your business</h2></center> <ul> <li><p>Keyword Research Tools </p> </li><li><p>Campaign Management - This is often forgotten when you first start a business </p> </li><li><p>URL shortners </p> </li><li><p>WYSIWYG editor </p> </li><li><p>Forums - Most people are quite adapt at at typing a question into their browsers and then surfing the web for answers, this is quick and easy, however how much are you willing to put your trust in answers supplied by strangers.Normally you are best to do you own research, but it can help to get to gather the thoughts of other marketers on forum sites like "Warrior Forum" or "WHAM," who willing share their experience with those just entering the market place. </p> </li></ul> <center><h2>Using Social Media For Business</h2></center> <p>There are hundred of social media sites covering every subject under the sun, however you are best to concentrate on the big four,Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn and YouTube. Now Facebook for me is a little bit frivolous but it does provide a huge marketing potential which cannot be ignored. LinkedIn on the other hand is more serious and business orientated. Video is certainly on the rise and is becoming an essential element in marketing your business a short 3 minute video being the equivalent of a short 500-600 word blog post. </p> <center><h2>Imagine the time and money you could save by having all your marketing tools designed to work together and fully integrated with it own social network for support.</h2></center> MarketHive has made this all possible and since the beginning of the year marketers have been invited to test the system which is completely free. Hundreds of thousands of dollars and scores of man years of practical Internet marketing lie behind the system, which has been assembled in secret,using the latest system techniques, over the past two years and is now undergoing a phased release. <p>MarketHive has a clean and familiar look and feel similar to Facebook and boards where you can communicate with other members. </p><p>Do you have a special interest group or hobby? If you do you can quickly set up a public or private group where members have access to their own blog, videos and forums </p><p>Need help or have a question about anything connected with the business and the Internet and there will surely be someone who can supply you with the answer. </p><center><h2>How to control your marketing Campaigns by using MarketHive</h2></center> Managing your marketing is often a challenge, because you are going to be doing a lot of marketing, it is very easy to see what you are doing or what advert you are running when you use MarketHive. <ul> <li>Keyword research is vital to help ensure your success online, you need to have a way first of selecting the keywords that you are going to target and then recording their performance. So what are you looking for,well the best keywords are those that are most popular and have the least competition but at the same time are relevant with what you are promoting.<p> </p></li><li>Leading on from you keywords and also important for search engine optimisation (SEO) is backlinking and having a system that will monitor you link to see that they are still working can save you a lot of time<p> </p></li><li>It is not only backlinks that you need to track but also as you add landing pages,forum, blogs and websites it is a good idea to have a system or asset map that tells you what is connected to where. <p> </p></li><li>Many times people like to use URL shortners either to shorten or hide affiliate links but what if these could also be sorted or grouped by different marketing campaigns, as the can within MarketHive <p> </p></li><li>A most useful marketing tool is a website rotator which can be used for anything from split testing advertising pages, to using one url to hose potential customers to a number of different product, or to share leads from a landing page to members of your group. <p> </p></li><li>When it comes to groups it is possible to set up advertising co-ops to not only share the cost of advertising on popular sites but also to distribute the leads in proportion to the amount of advertising purchased. </li></ul> <center><h2>A Simple but Proven Method to Add Power to your Blog Posts - Using MarketHive </h2></center> Blogs are some of the most powerful tools in a marketers armoury, as both people and search engine are always searching for the latest and best information on any particular subject, however there is often the worry in some quarters about duplication but here are some ways that the marketing tool I use overcomes them to produce unique results. <ul> <li>Blog sharing - A very simple concept you invite quest writer to post to your blog </li><li>RSS Parser code - Allows you to embed a selection of RSS feeds into a blog on your own website. </li><li>RSS cocktail - you combine together a selections of varies RSS feeds and republish them on your own blog </li></ul> Many people like to use Wordpress for setting up their blog but find it difficult to set up with its multitude of plug in and extra's so the alternative is a propriety product called BlogPress which can be used to produce a customisable blog in minutes which is declined from the outset to enhance your SEO effort and be used to share content, which can quickly be added to different domains, with option to vary both the design and content, One great advantage is that the blog content can be edited and changed at anytime. Using a Wordpress plug in it is easy to display your content on any Wordpress blog without having to resort to copy and paste. Below are three simple scripts which cab display you content in a multitude of different ways: <ul> <li>BlogPress - A script to transform and display your posts on differently designed blog </li><li>BlogForum - A script that transform your post to look like forum. </li><li>Blog Feed - A script which you can use to provide updated information to your regular website on a regular basis. </li></ul> <center><h2>Free customisable Capture Pages from MarketHive</h2></center> The developers of the the system created the Internet's first leads capture and autoresponder system and this has been totally redesigned and now includes 7 stock templates which can be customised with video and text plus the option to build you own customised pages which once created can be changed and updated at the click of a button without ever having to upload a file again. A growing number of members are also sharing some innovative design skills. <p> </p><p><a href="http://markethive.com/david-ogden"></a></p><center><h2><a href="http://markethive.com/david-ogden"><font color="#FF000">Come on down and check out the Buzz at MarketHive</font> </a></h2></center> <p><strong>PS</strong> <br />Did I forget to tell you that MarketHive can automatically post to Twitter, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn and any videos you create in the video section are shared with you Tube. </p><p><strong>We have a special offer running at the moment</strong>, called Alpha Founder which provides certain additional Privileges such as a share in Advertising revenue and a profile page which acts as a capture, remember to take a look at the offer when <a href="http://markethive.com/david-ogden">you sign up</a>! </p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:23:34 -0600 How to post a blog - blog size http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://markethive.com/david-ogden Blog size is important when it comes to creating a blog post. I am starting to think that I need to step up and start making longer blog posts in order to take into account the requirements of Google for good informative content. The average size of my blog posts for many years has been around 300 words and perhaps this is on the short side according some recent discussion taking place on the Warrior forum <img style="border-color: #ffffff;" alt="Optimum blog post size" src="https://markethive.com/pics/david-ogden/blogpostlenght.jpg" align="right" border="5" height="537" width="364" />where I actually posted the following:- <blockquote>"[QUOTE=igg;9917376]I keep hearing about long articles being better for SEO and bringing in more clicks and shares, is that a myth or does it have some merit in your opinion?[/QUOTE] <p> I personally tend to think of an Article as being a minimum of 600 words with an optimum size being between 1600- 2500 anything smaller I refer to as a blog post with an optimum size being between 300- 500. </p> <p> I regard blogs posts as being something that I will produce everyday whereas an article will take more time to put together. Longer article should aim to keep your readers on your site for around seven minutes on one particular subject during which time they can read around 1,600 words. </p> <p> A blog may display say 3 smaller post totaling the same 1,600 words however the reader could be reading about a mixture of subjects which be confusing. </p> <p> I read a blog post on another forum just the other day ,from a friend of mine, who actually writes content every day which he builds into articles or around 1,600 words and he has found this very effective for his SEO purposes I think I might even consider this approach myself in the future." </p> </blockquote> <div> I have mulled over my thoughts and those of others and have done some more research of my own including looking back on some data put together in 2010 on blogging in various Niches which is shown in the table</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> It is interesting to see that blog posts of around 300 words are often used for news items and where there is a fast turnover of information</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Marketing blog posts are 500 to over 1000 words long and gossiping or social media as we call it is below 200 words. The popular health niche blog posts are around 600- 800 words.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I believe this table helps explain why when&nbsp; people&nbsp; gather together&nbsp; to discuss optimum lengths in forums and the like there are a number of different views each of which is right for the industry the person&nbsp; is involved in.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During my research I came across another site providing information on the <a href="https://blog.bufferapp.com/optimal-length-social-media">optimal lengths to use in social media</a>.</div> <div>This provides some very practice and easy to follow advice about headers and contents etc. I realised that having read through the advice myself I need to take a new approach with my social media, one fit for all is not the best way way to present what you are doing. This is a great blog post with all the statistic in one place </div> <p> I am now starting to work on a new blog strategy which will also include posting a picture in my blog posts because as they say a picture can paint a thousand words and double the size of my normal blog posts to 600. Will also be making shorter posts on forums. My social media posts I will need further research&nbsp; as this could be a big area of change and i have never really being happy with Facebook and how I use it.. </p> <p> Writing what I refer to as an article of 1,600 words which would appear to be optimum will take some planning and time. My writing style at the moment is that I tend to write how I speak and I prefer to say as little as possible. I will need to put structure and order into the content as thought it were a formal speechand also set aside the time to put it all together.<br /></p><div>Welcome to what will be the first of my new style of blog posts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>David Ogden</strong></div><div><strong></strong><a href="http://markethive.com/david-ogden"><strong>#Markethive </strong></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div is_mini="true" is_bottom="true" style="left: 160px; top: 132px;" id="s3gt_translate_tooltip"><link href="chrome://s3gt/skin/s3gt_tooltip.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" /></div> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:06:08 -0700 7 Networking Questions to Ask Yourself http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://marketingcampaign.info/ <div> <div>I get together with a couple dozen other business owners for lunch every Tuesday here in&nbsp;Birmingham&nbsp;<br /> - Community Business Builders of Birmingham - is what we named the group several years ago when it started&#8230;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><a href="http://marketingcampaign.info/" target="_blank"><img src="https://markethive.com/pics/stephenhodgkiss/questions.jpg" border="0" alt="Networking Questions To Ask" width="500" /></a>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have a 60 minute meeting over lunch and we keep the meeting very structured in order to be respectful of everybody&#8217;s time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Every person has 60 seconds to introduce themselves and their business.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>The we have a 5 minute education segment and then 2 of our members have 7 minutes to talk about their business in a little detail&#8230;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>If there is any time left at the end of the meeting we encourage anyone with referrals from any other member to give a little gratitude/feedback.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>It&#8217;s a very "fast" hour so we constantly encourage members to have "one on one" meetings during the week. In other words get together for Coffee or lunch and get more in depth about what we do business wise and what kind of referrals are good for each other. I love it&#8230;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Today&#8217;s business education segment was handled by Joe Simons.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Joe is an architect who is focused on "building with integrity". It&#8217;s his branding motto. Although he&#8217;s capable and proficient with just about any architectural work Joe especially works with a lot of churches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>It&#8217;s not just about drawing a plan for a building with an architect like Joe, it&#8217;s about guiding his clients through the "mine fields" of government red tape that can cost a client a lot of extra time/money.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Joe gets most of his business by networking so it was no surprise to me when his educational topic was "Questions to ask an influential leader". Joe related how he had used this exact list of questions when he had lunch with a mayor of a New Mexico city recently...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Joe was quick to credit John Maxwell with 7 questions Joe likes to ask "Influential Leaders" but it occurred to me the list works well with anybody you or I are talking to (in person or over the phone) so I thought I&#8217;d share it.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Next time you are talking to someone and establishing "rapport" here are some questions that may help you help them help you &amp; them&#8230;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div> <ol> <li>What is the greatest lesson you have learned?</li> <li>What are you focused on learning right now?</li> <li>How has failure shaped your future?</li> <li>Who do you know that I should know? (my favorite)</li> <li>What have you read that you&#8217;d recommend I read?</li> <li>What have you done that you&#8217;d recommend I do?</li> <li>How can I add some value to what you do?</li> </ol> </div> <div></div> <div></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That&#8217;s an easy 7 to jot down and try the next time you are meeting with someone. Let me know how it works for you if you do use them - that would be a great future post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div></div> <div><strong>Steven Hodgkiss</strong></div> <div><span style="color: #0000ff;">MarketHive</span> - <a href="https://markethive.com/stephenhodgkiss" target="_blank">Free Inbound Marketing Tools</a></div> </div> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:19:49 -0700 Four Ideas To Utilizing Discussion Board Marketing http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://inboundoutbound.info/ <div> <div>Forum Boards have been a part of the internet community for a really lengthy time. It is an easy way for somebody to speak with different individuals all around the world about shared pursuits, questions, as well as answers. Online discussion board marketing is likely one of the best methods for a small business to promote their product or service in addition to socializing with doable buyers of your product.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://inboundoutbound.info/" target="_blank"><img src="https://markethive.com/pics/stephenhodgkiss/Forum_Marketing2.jpg" border="0" alt="Forum Marketing with MarketHive" width="500" /></a>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In at the moment quick paced internet world you could find forums on nearly any topic that may be of curiosity to you. All you must do is go to your favorite search engine and sort in your favorite subject and add forums and you may be greeted with hundreds of thousands of results. &nbsp;The chances are virtually countless on the forums that you've got the power to decide on from. When you get the results all you have to do is search by means of the links and find the forum that you feel might contribute to you or one which could possibly contribute to the forum. If you're making an attempt to promote what you are promoting however, it's essential click on on many of the forums and register.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Upon getting registered in a number of of the more fashionable boards you have to to edit your profile. The profile is very important as it will be the one thing that will promote your product online. It's possible you'll consider on creating a brief bio that tells visitors about you and the business you might be promoting. Just be sure you embody your keywords to both the text and hyperlink to your blog. This can show you how to show up on the search engines.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Now that you have completed your profile you are actually able to create a signature file. The signature file will help you increase traffic to your website in addition to increasing the backlink. This file will seem every time you put up in a forum.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Now that you have each of the most important steps finished, you are now prepared to use the discussion board to market your small business or product. &nbsp;There are a few tips that it's best to follow though to ensure that the forums to work for you.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>1. Use the web forums to be able to be taught as much as you'll be able to about your business. Nearly all the boards which are out there are free to make use of so it is a great approach to do research. Also some boards mean you can learn the posts without even joining which is nice as it permits you access to priceless data with out having to join. That you must you'll want to take the time in studying these boards and asking any questions that you could be have. Studying is one of the most important steps to any web enterprise as issues are consistently changing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>2. You'll want to use the forums to ask questions. Nearly everybody in the forum community is keen to assist others and reply questions as they can. When you never ask your query, you will never get the answers that you seek. The key although is to make sure that you ask the fitting questions as you do not want to spam the discussion board boards. Spamming the forum boards to get folks to click on on your signature link will only get your post deleted and presumably get you banned from the discussion board as well.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>3. Once you're feeling you might be ready you may begin to reply questions for different members of the forum in addition to assist them with their issues just as they did for you. It will help you to get your backlink to grow as your belief grows. This will also assist you to turn into generally known as an skilled on subject.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>4. Try to not submit any links in your initial publish this is what you will use your signature file for</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>Forum advertising is a great way to socialize and meet new potential clients of your product. If they're used accurately, you possibly can have a really successful web business.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div><strong>Steven Hodgkiss</strong></div> <div>Authorised Distributor for <a href="http://wowmiraclegel.com" target="_blank">2 Minute Miracle Gel</a></div> <div></div> </div> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:59:56 -0700 Trying to raise interest on your social network? http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://brian-walters-online.com/trying-to-raise-interest-on-your-social-network/ <font size="2"> <p><strong><font color="#000080" face="Verdana"><img src="http://brian-walters-online.com/images/social.png" alt="Marketing on social network sites" align="left" border="0" height="60" width="150" />Trying to raise interest on your social network?</font></strong></p> <p><font face="Verdana"><span lang="">Marketing on Social network sites is not an easy feat. It relies on a lot of user interaction, especially with existing contacts. Know the benefits Social sites can do to your business. Understand how social networking can drive targeted traffic to your </span>web</font><span lang=""><font face="Verdana"> site today.</font></span></p> <p><font face="Verdana">Social network sites are the new breed of online social hubs. More and more users turn to social networking sites to find loved ones, reconnect with old friends, or even host a high school reunion.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana">However, social networking sites offer more than just meeting new and old friends, it can also be an avenue to promote your latest book, show online users about your Internet site and updates, or even use the social sites to promote your views and agendas.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana">Social network sites or User-created content sites like blogs, forums, or dating </font><font face="Verdana">web</font><span lang=""><font face="Verdana"> sites are basically places online where users can congregate to share information, give advice, or work on similar interests. Users flock social network sites, making it a good vantage point for Internet&nbsp; marketers to launch their products.</font></span></p> <p><font face="Verdana">There are two types of marketing involved over social networking sites. Different types of individuals who promote their products or skills over social networking sites often employ varying tactics to get their message across. Several online marketers employ the use of the comments system on social marketing sites to post information about their products or use social sites to improve search engine placement for their Internet sites.</font></p> <p><font face="Verdana">Though some Internet</font><font face="Verdana"> <span lang="">marketers would go overboard with the promotion and quite literally spam their target audience with useless data just to lure them to clicking a link which will direct them to the Internet site being promoted. Other types of </span>people marketing on the <span lang="">Internet employ a subtle technique of social engineering to make users trust them and to make them purchase their products or click on a link to their main </span>web </font><span lang=""><font face="Verdana">site.</font></span></p> <p><font face="Verdana">Other marketers would go as far as using black hat search optimization techniques to force </font><font face="Verdana">web </font><span lang=""><font face="Verdana">browsers into redirecting to another site. This type of marketing is not allowed on most social communities, and could get you banned on that social site, if caught.</font></span></p> <p><font face="Verdana">Taking the different strategies piece by piece we identify different patterns on how</font><font face="Verdana"> <span lang="">people marketing on the Internet</span> <span lang="">coordinate their efforts to capture a wider scope of online users on a social networking site and achieve better search engine placement for their Internet sites. </span>Web <span lang="">marketers who operate viral marketing strategies often use software tools that will allow them to harvest different user profiles or account numbers, which they would use to send or post messages on. Internet&nbsp; marketers meticulously gather user details and interest, and seek out vital social community sections like forums and rant pages where their messages can go around with the least possible chance of getting erased by members. </span>Some people marketing on the <span lang="">Internet</span> <span lang="">usually lace their promotional words with entertaining music or videos.</span></font></p> <p><font face="Verdana"><span lang="">But this can still be the tip of the iceberg on the grand scheme of online promotions. Once you give into the advertising, you will see yourself clicking on different links which will make you download or get redirected to another Internet site which can force you to download a certain application or Trojan which they can then use to either force your browser to redirect to other Internet</span> </font><span lang=""><font face="Verdana">pages when you are browsing or quite literally force your computer to accept different ads from their Internet site.</font></span></p> <p><font face="Verdana">Social engineering on the other hand employs more interaction between the marketer and the end users. Internet&nbsp; marketers who employ social engineering often use chatrooms or utilize the email system of social network sites to send messages to users. VoIP or Internet telephoning can also be used to improve marketer and user interaction. This type of online marketing may take awhile to be realized, but is often more successful in landing repeat customers, if done right.</font></p> </font><span lang=""> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Verdana; " data-mce-style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-large;"><span style="color: #ff0000;" data-mce-style="color: #ff0000;"><font size="2"><a title="neural social marketing" target="_blank" href="http://brian-walters-online.com/">Neural Social Marketing</a></font></span><a title="Market Hive" target="_blank" href="https://markethive.com/tuneup" data-mce-href="https://markethive.com/tuneup"><span style="color: #ff0000;" data-mce-style="color: #ff0000;"><font size="2"><br /> </font></span></a></span></strong></p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:51:52 -0700 Offline Marketing and the value of forums. http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://brian-walters-online.com/offline-marketing-the-value-of-forums/ <p><font size="2" face="Verdana"><img src="http://brian-walters-online.com/images/off-line.png" alt="Offline Marketing" align="left" border="0" height="60" hspace="2" vspace="2" width="150" /><font color="#0000FF"><strong>The Value Of Forums <br /> </strong></font></font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Recently I participated in a forum discussion about offline marketing &#8211; that is using more traditional marketing offline to drive traffic to your website or blog. I can still remember the first time I saw a URL in a TV commercial and how cool I thought that was.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">The offline world has the constraint of geography, so the least expensive forms of viral social marketing are going to be geographically bound, which can be challenging for some sites. Someone on the forum said that offline marketing is a waste of time for most sites or blogs. I think that is a false generalization. In fact, every site should practice some form of offline social viral promotion. We call these efforts drive to web programs and they can be very successful.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">There are two important pieces to all promotion, and they become even more important in promoting your site offline. Just like the online world, your success at offline promotion is going to hinge on putting your message in front of the prospect in the right context &#8211; meaning at the right time and when they are in the right mood to perform the action you are looking for, which in this case is a visit to your website.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">You need two elements for each viral marketing idea &#8211; the hook and the context. Once you figure out how you&#8217;re going to do it, you need to determine where you&#8217;re going to do it. If the niche and scope of your business won&#8217;t lend itself well to local leads, passing out business cards isn&#8217;t going to work as a viral marketing idea. I think every site could benefit from offline leads &#8211; it&#8217;s just a matter of how much time and money you want to throw at them.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">So here are ten ideas with an explanation of hook and context for each:</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">1. Idea: Use your URL like your phone number. Most people get it on their business cards but leave it off many equally important items that become marketing materials. Here are a few: letterheads, press releases, yellow page ads, newspaper advertising, radio and TV ads, company vehicles, brochures, sell sheets, the bottom of every page of your catalog. Wherever there is a phone number there should be both a URL and contact email address that is generic (contact@yourcompany.com).</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Cost: Nothing. You&#8217;re already paying for the materials anyway.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Context: Global, because all of your marketing materials travel all over the place, and your ads should be seen and heard everywhere in the markets you choose.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">2. Idea: Webcards. You can get business cards pretty cheap this days. Companies like DCP Print offer 250 free business cards with their ad on the back (their own viral marketing) or $9.99 for 500 cards. They seem a little thin, but they&#8217;ll do. What you want to do is choose an attention-getting color that fits with the image of your site (a nice sky blue or yellow), and put your URL right in the middle in huge letters. Put a short description of the site and maybe your email and/or telephone number, and give them out.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Cost: Minimal.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Context: More locally focused, because you are handing them out. But check out the next idea.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">3. Idea: Make every customer contact a viral marketing opportunity. Remember the webcards from the last idea? It&#8217;s a no-brainer to hand them out directly to customers, right? How about paper clipping a couple of them to an invoice or statement or other correspondence with a small postit note personally written by you asking them to keep one of the cards and give the other one to someone who might be able to use it.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">This will work with many of the ideas on this page.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">If you spend enough time building relationships with your customers they should be happy to help. Be sure to thank them for any referrals.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Cost: Minimal.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Context: Sort of a viral marketing meets chain letter idea that has potential. Global in scope.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">4. Idea: Referral Bribes. This is a terrific idea, because it works both offline and online. For online you can send an email to your customers or put a link on your pages. There are tools like refer-a-buddy for websites and there are plenty of free refer this page to a friend scripts out there.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Offer your current customers an incentive to refer new customers. Maybe it&#8217;s a coupon for a percentage off their next order, or an entry into a prize raffle or something else of value. This encourages people to tell you who referred them so you can see who&#8217;s helping you out.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">For the offline equivalent, make up a coupon and hand it out to people to hand out to other people.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Always send a thank you to people who refer other people, even if you bribe them.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Cost: A little to a lot, depending on the bribe.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Context: Global if you combine offline with online.<br /> <br /> 5. Idea: Tchochkes . Tchochkes [choch-kez] are little gifts (knick knacks) emblazoned with your URL that you give out to people. The webcard could actually be considered a tchochke, but they usually are stuff we have on our desk or around our house like paperweights, coffee cups, T-Shirts, refrigerator magnets and other stuff.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">At my wine shop we give out corkscrews with foil cutters that have our info printed in gold on them. I never have them out where people can see them but people often ask for them so I know they are getting around.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">These can be very effective, but they can also be very expensive. If you come up with a well-designed coffee cup or paperweight it will end up on the desk of your customer, where everyone that comes into his office can see it. Make sure the URL is prominent, and try to make it fun and unique.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Cost: Could get very expensive.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Context: Global depending on where you send them.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">6. Idea: Direct Mail with a personalized offer I have done this successfully many times, and your success is going to depend on how well you target your prospects and the quality of your offer.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">If you have a super-niche site, subscription-based site, or high ticket niche item this idea is probably a winner for you, though it may get expensive. There are (snail mail) mailing lists for everything. I have used a broker, Edith Roman for years. Put together a mailing list and a good offer, like a trial subscription or free gift or special coupon or free knick knack or something like that.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Use a well designed, neat, personalized letter with a personalized URL (an easy one), and send them off to redeem their offer. Use a personalized splash page and a good offer. Cost: Fairly expensive to very expensive.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Context: Global.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">7. Idea: The World as Your Billboard If there is opportunity in a more local focus for your drive to web program, you should figure out how to get your URL in front of as many people as you can locally. Creative and unique wins the day.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">I&#8217;ve seen posters, yard signs, billboards, bumper stickers, pens and pencils, car window signs. Think about it and come up with something good.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Don&#8217;t clutter them with text. Use your URL and a few descriptive words:</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana"><a href="http://brian-walters-online.com/"><font color="#000000">http://brian-walters-online.com</font></a><strong><br /> Social Viral Marketing</strong></font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">One person had bookmarks made up and inserted them into books at the local bookstore (owned by a friend) in relevant categories. Brilliant. Another person created PDF viral marketing kits for site fans to spread the word in their town. Another brilliant idea.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Cost: Inexpensive.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Context: Local.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Always, always, always have business cards, web cards, brochures, tchochkes or some viral marketing medium on you, because you never know when an opportunity to pass them out will arise.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">I have a supply of business cards and brochures in the trunk of my car. I even have a stack of cards in the saddlebag of my motorcycle.</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana">All of these ideas are combinable, and you should be implementing at least one or two of them. I&#8217;d love to hear your offline viral marketing ideas. Post them at:</font></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Verdana; " data-mce-style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-large;"><span style="color: #ff0000;" data-mce-style="color: #ff0000;"><font size="2"><a title="neural social marketing" target="_blank" href="http://brian-walters-online.com/">Neural Social Marketing</a></font></span><a title="Market Hive" target="_blank" href="https://markethive.com/tuneup" data-mce-href="https://markethive.com/tuneup"><span style="color: #ff0000;" data-mce-style="color: #ff0000;"><font size="2"><br /> </font></span></a></span></strong></p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:11:39 -0700 Generating your own leads in Market Hive http://cinemacables.com/index.php?page=0#post_ http://brian-walters-online.com/generating-your-own-market-hive-leads/ <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td width="151"><img src="http://brian-walters-online.com/images/new_pa8.jpg" alt="Leads gathered in Market Hive " border="0" height="90" width="130" /></td><td><h1><font color="#FF0000" size="2" face="Verdana">Here are 5 of the most popular reasons you may want to consider generating your own marketing leads.</font></h1><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">You have definitely come to the right place. <font color="#0000FF"><strong>Market Hive</strong></font> is an internet marketing System where you can signup and use ALL the marketing tools for free... and yes... it really is free!</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table><h1><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana">1. Quality -</font></h1><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">When you purchase leads from a leads vendor you are buying a list of names and contact details that has been generated in a very generic way as to maximize the response rate of the lead generators advertising campaign.</font></p><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">These leads aren't necessarily generated from the most targeted means of advertising. They are presented with a very simple generic lead capture page selling them on the benefits of owning a home based business such as time freedom, more money, less stress etc...</font></p><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Not necessarily selling them on any specific type of home based business. When you are phoning this type of lead you really don't know what type of business they may be interested in and you&#8217;re left to sort them and this can be a time consuming procedure. Generating your own leads with a website you have control over changes the game.</font></p><h1><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana">2. Responsive -</font></h1><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Leads that you have generated on your own are usually much more responsive than leads that you would have purchased from a leads vendor. Most likely they haven't been contacted by several different network marketers and their name hasn't been sold over and over again by some of the leads vendors out there. </font></p><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Leads that you generate are Real-Time - As fresh as you can get and they are exclusive to you (providing the prospect hasn't submitted to other websites). By simply controlling the advertising message displayed on your lead capture page you can custom tailor the leads you'll be generating to your specific product or opportunity.</font></p><h1><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana">3. Real-Time Leads -</font></h1><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">One of the most popular reasons for a network marketer to generate their own leads is that you can receive them in real-time. This is especially powerful for people who are in the higher ticket business opportunities and they need the highest quality lead they can get. Nothing and I'll say that again... NOTHING Beats having company specific real-time leads in your inbox waiting to be contacted about your product or opportunity. When you run a large successful advertising campaign you can literally sit at your computer and watch the fresh real-time leads roll in waiting to be contacted by you and your team.</font></p><h1><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana">4. Custom Surveys -</font></h1><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">When you are the lead generator you have full control over the questions you want to ask your prospects. This can be a very effective way to do some of that dreaded "sorting" that many network marketers hate doing. You can simply qualify or disqualify leads based on the questions they have answered on your lead capture page. *Tip* It is a wise idea to always run a "Comments Or Questions" or "Tell Me About Yourself" form field on your lead capture page. Not every single prospect will fill these fields out but when they do it will be the most valuable piece of information you receive next to their name and number. Anything a prospect is willing to share with you before the initial contact can be your saving grace when it comes to breaking the ice.</font></p><h1><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana">5. Cost -</font></h1><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">That's right... Generating your own leads can actually save you a lot of money if you spend the time to setup some solid advertising campaigns. You'll no longer be paying the middle man or any commissions that so many leads vendors like to attach their lead plans. Like many leads companies on the web you won't have the high cost of employees either.</font></p><p><font size="2" face="Verdana">Your cost to generate your own leads will be your advertising costs and any other tools you may be using such as lead capture pages and/or auto responders. When you are generating leads of the highest quality and you have semi-decent skills at speaking with them you will need less of them to enrol a new business associate. This saves you time and saves you money. Both are very valuable in the fast paced world of network marketing.<br /><br />These are just a few reasons you may want to consider learning a little more about generating your own leads for your specific product or opportunity. 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