Archive for September, 2010
Building relationships is the key to building a successful business.
What is network marketing?
Is network marketing the act of spamming others in their email or messaging accounts without their permission to email them or without them being opted in to your mailing list. Is it okay as long as they are on your friend list on some social networking site?
Is it harassing every friend, acquaintance, neighbor, co-worker and family member to just “Take a look at my business”?
Or what about joining various social sites and adding thousands of friends just so they can take a look at your business opportunity? Constantly sending them messages about your opportunities without their permission until they end up ignoring or deleting you as a contact.
Is network marketing constantly being on a recruiting mission, never actually taking the time to talk to and get to know them while constantly messaging them about your opportunity?
Is network marketing only a numbers game?
Is network marketing the excessive use of pop ups, turning your site into a never ending labyrinth of pop up ads, that keeps a person on your website while they are desperately trying to leave?
More times than not these tactics don’t work.
What do you usually do if you get spam in your email inbox? That’s right, you delete it. No one likes a spammer sending them unsolicited information with a request for them to dig in their pockets and shell out money. Why do you think they have spam detectors on email? To weed out the spam mail of course. If one horrible piece of spam does happen to get through you just press the spam button and that trains the email system to work even better to block out spam.
There are so many scammers out there that some will automatically assume you are one too, simply because you didn’t take the time to approach them the right way, like with an opt in list so you have permission to mail them or asking their permission. Your opportunity could be legit and they may have joined you or purchased had you approached them correctly.
What about excessive pop ups that show after you click a site off? Ever heard of a pop up blocker? And don’t let a pop up accidentally get through, as soon as I see one of those irritating wastes of my precious time I automatically click it off. I don’t even check to see what it is. I have had bad experiences with pop up that have caused my computer to freeze or worse. I am sure I am not the only person that does this. They are also annoying. Annoying people will not bring you business partners.
When you decide to bring a friend or family member into a business opportunity it had better be good, well researched and tested. There is no better way to make an enemy than to lure someone trusting you into a bad business opportunity. If the program is not all YOU said it would be or doesn’t pay like YOU it would pay who will they lose trust in? What if they were swindled and lost all their money? Who do you think they will be looking at in a bad way and not trust the next time opportunity comes knocking. That’s right…YOU!
On social sites there is nothing I love more than a “network marketer” spamming me in my message box. Now i’m not referring to a close online friend that I know, communicate often with and trust sharing an opportunity with me. Three fourths of the time spammers aren’t even on my friend list on any site or never communicate with me unless they are asking me to join this and buy that. Why not just purchase an autoresponder like Aweber and send messages to those who have opted in to hear what you have to say.
I have even had a guy tell me I was going to join his opportunity and make money even though I pleasantly declined several times. Can you say “Jedi Mind Trip”? That must have been what he was on.
No one likes a pushy arrogant network marketer. So what did I do with that opportunity? I deleted it…filed it in the virtual trash can.
What about doing a full page advertisement on someones profile page in the comment section where you should be saying hello, have a nice day, you’re a great friend, have a nice weekend or even a html picture comment…you get my point.
It’s annoying and rude and the majority of people delete it. So why waste your time on something that won’t be seen anyway when the profile owner deletes it. It may even be considered offensive? Consider the fact that they may be advertising either themselves a company or a product on their profile page.
Network Marketing is not the act of taking a virtual bullhorn and blasting everyone you can reach with your opportunity. You want to reach as many people as possible but there is a right and a wrong way to do that. The right way leads to a successful and duplicatable system. The wrong way leads to loss of contacts or being ignored. It’s very hard to make a new impression after you’ve already left a bad one.
So now that we have learned what Network Marketing isn’t, lets find out what it is.
Network Marketing is people learning from, helping and getting to know each other. Should you really approach someone about business and you don’t even know their name? It is about building trust and bonding with people giving something for nothing…your time or something of value to help them.
It’s not all about you, in actuality it what you can do for them that matters and if they can duplicate what you do or if you can show them a system that works.
There are real people behind the network profiles you see. They have real feelings that need to be respected. If they have a business help them with something or give them something of value that helps them to fulfill their business dreams whether they join your opportunity or not.
That could be worth it’s weight in gold. People sense when you legitimately care or are just trying to make a sale or gain a new downline member.
When something is pleasing people talk about it. Word of mouth is wonderful advertising and can be a great asset to you or your worst nightmare depending on the words coming out of the mouths of people who interact with you.
How can you be an asset to someone, network or even get help from someone without getting to know them. There is only one you. Share yourself with them, promote yourself.. they can’t get you anywhere else. Right?
Help someone without an ulterior motive. Keep in mind that your dream may not be theirs. Teach them how to properly network, if you know how. Keep in mind that people refer those they know and trust so even though they may not be interested in your opportunity they might know someone who is.
If you invest a little time to network the right way it could pay off big time in the future.
To Your Success,
When we think of the type of person who would make a ideal business partner many things come to mind.
1. Loyal: One who is faithful. A person who you can really count on. They remain steadfast and aren’t blown here and there easily like a leaf in the midst of a gushing wind.
2. Trustworthy: A moral value considered to be a virtue. You know when you talk to this person you can trust them and they wont betray you. Your secrets are safe with them. This person is honest and will not cheat you.
3. Hardworking: Industrious, perservering, tireless. A person who is not looking for a get rich quick scheme or money for nothing is an asset to your business
. They will put in the necessary time needed to effectively work on building a business.
4. Teamplayer: This person possesses all of the before mentioned qualities. They care about others and are willing to learn from, teach and help their team mates. They know that the world does not revolve around them and that helping the team is as good as helping themselves as they are all working toward a common goal.
5. Kind: This type of person genuinely cares about others. They show true concern and warmth.
What doesn’t come to mind?
1. Betrayer: Backstabber, back biter, liar. This type of person can’t be true to anyone and is in fact their own worst enemy as it is very hard for them to hide who they are for very long and they begin to make a bad name for themselves.
2. Sneaky: You could never tell this type of person anything in confidence nor trust them with anything of true value. They try to find a loophole in everything that they do and are constantly looking for ways to get over or buck the system.
3. Slacker: Never completes a job, lazy. This type of person can never build a business because they don’t have the drive and lack motivation.
4. Team Of One: This persons only care is about their own self and they can not be a team player because they are too absorbed with their own self to recognize that it takes a team to build and sustain a successful network marketing business.
5. Nasty: This type of person is only nice until either they get what they want or you don’t do what they want and then the facade they put up is easily torn down as they discard you, throwing you away like trash once they are done with you. This type of person likes to quickly build friendships but doesn’t retain them.
When looking for the “Perfect” business partner you need to take a long hard look at yourself. We need to really scrutinize ourselves as we would someone else. Do we like what we see when we examine our self? Ask yourself if you represent the first set of qualities or do you reflect the latter. Which of these qualities would would you like to further develop or rid yourself of? The answers will vary from person to person.
When looking for that “Perfect” business partner you need to become what you are looking for so you can attract others who possess qualities you admire and deflect those who reflect undesirable qualities. Be the best YOU that you can be and you will find the treasures you so desire.