Marketing… A Home for Your Name

Marketing… A Home for Your Name

Now that you are beginning to get your game plan down, you will need to have a home to house all your information. The best thing to do? Have a website!

  • But I’m not published!
  • But I don’t have a storefront!
  • But I don’t have any clients!
  • But I don’t have a lot of merchandise!

It doesn’t matter! You NEED a place to call home. You NEED a place to where everyone and anyone can find you. You NEED a place where YOU control the information that is being put out.

Trust me, people will look you up. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE!, Googles everything this day and age. Do you want them to look you up and see ‘the other you’ that you found in your initial Google search? NO, you want them to find you and all the amazing things you have to offer. So give yourself a placed to call home.

It doesn’t have to be fancy either. A landing page works miracles until you are ready to expand. A simple… Hi! You’ve found my page and this is what I’m up to. With a great profile picture and maybe a few social media links is all you need to get started.

REALLY!

It doesn’t have to be expensive either! WordPress, Weebly, and Wix are a few websites out there that are FREE. Yes, FREE!!! And who doesn’t like freebies? No one, that’s who. They all have a learning curve, but with a bit of time… and maybe some YouTube help… you can get a website up and running.

Don’t forget your name!!! Remember looking around seeing if “you” are available? Try to find something consistent across all platforms and then secure them all. I have done this on everything I knew was out there, whether I use it or not. Then when a new social media comes available, I secure that as well. Do I use them all? No, BUT I do not promote the ones I’m not active on.

Once you have a website secured, you are on your way to building a platform with a solid foundation!

Until next time…

Happy Marketing!
~t

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Marketing – What Is In A Name?

Marketing –
What Is In A Name?

Marketing is a necessity in today’s ear. Everyone seems to have something they want to talk about. So, how do you make stand out? You have to make you and your products YOUnique! No one else can offer what you offer how you offer it.

First thing first…

The first thing you need to consider what you will call yourself/your business. To begin with I went soley under my name, Tracey M. Cox, which is fine. Except there is another Tracey Cox… who happens to be an author… a NY Times Best Selling Author to boot. *sigh* If you have the fortunate circumstance as I did, let me assure you that you can become you in tangled mess of the world wide web. It will take a little longer, but you can do it.

Second thing…

Once you decide how you want to become known, do a google search. SERIOUSLY! If I had done this to begin with, I probably would not have gone with my name. I might have used my maiden name, or a pseudonym, or I might have gone ahead and go under what I go now – TMC Productions. With a google search, you will see who else is out there, what they are known for. *You might have some surprises!* Then you can decide if you want to pursue what you’ve settled on or rethink.

Third thing…

Search social media and see which ones you want to focus on. I won’t lie to you, social media can be a serious time suck. You get on to post some thing on Twitter & you notice something interesting trending. Or you check Facebook and you scroll and scroll and scroll. Or you click over to YouTube and before you know it you are watching skateboarding dogs. *sigh* Put a timer on, pencil it into your calendar. Stick to the program.

Fourth thing…

Be transparent.
Allow your audience to feel like they are getting to know you. And yes, that includes the ups and the downs. Let them celebrate with you. Let them groan with you. Let them cheer you on. You are building a team.

Fifth thing…

This whole platform building / marketing yourself and your business takes time. I know we live in a day and age where we expect instant gratification. Sadly, marketing does not happen over night. Think of commercials… How long has Nike had their whoosh? How long has Flo been with Progressive? The King and BK?

Getting the drift???

Yes, it is part of the job. Unless you are a front-liner in whatever is your field, the company you represent (or is representing your work) is not going to tweet or post about you or your products. So let’s get ready to toot our own horns in 2019!

Until next time…

Happy marketing,
~t

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#ThinkingThursday – How to Get Your Name Out There

4How To Get Your Name Out There

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The first thing I ask any client of mine is WHO are you? WHAT do you want to be known for? Some people know right off the bat. Others are still searching. Either way, it’s fine. Branding yourself or your products can evolve over time. But you need to have some direction.

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The second step is to google yourself or the name you want to be known as. A simple search will show you who your competition is with your name. You may be surprised as to what is out there. Sometimes it’s good, other times it can be something you definitely want to distance yourself from. Ultimately you need to see how you can create a unique image for you.

My third step is to search hashtags.

  • What can be unique to you?
    You’ll want something that is rarely used or hasn’t been used at all. Something that people will begin to associate with you. It can be your name. It can be a product you offer. Or, if you are like me, it can be a company you are under.
  • What can you incorporate that has a following?
    There are TONS of hashtags out there. Whatever industry you are in there are hashtags. By looking at others in your industry, you’ll see what they use. Really take notice of the hashtags that reappear over and over. THOSE are the ones you need to use. By using the repetitive ones, you’ll be included in a social media community circle.

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Once you know what you want to be known for and what you can use to be known as you can figure out HOW you want to begin marketing.

Social media outlets are great for this. You don’t have to buy ads to market. Although buying ads will ensure a broader range of people who see your post. The thing I don’t like about this is how many of those who see it really click through??? If you don’t know me from a hill of beans, WHY would you click on my ad? If you do buy ads, make sure to do some research and really know how to punch them up. You’ll need to stand apart from all the other ads out there.

I’ve chosen to go the ad-less route so far. Most of the people who see my posts know me, they know what I’m going through, what I’m doing, what I’m trying to accomplish. Most root me on. 😀 I try to be organic (even with my schedule posts) and be transparent. You can post on social media for free. Which is a big check mark for me. The problem with freebies is you will have to build your audience. Do not expect a tick up on your website or people buying your products left and right overnight. It takes time to build an audience. You have to show them you know your stuff. You have to let them know you. If you come across as an arrogant, crappy person, you won’t have very many people who are loyal. BUT if you are nice, try to help, pay it forward when you can, and be honest with people, people will want to associate themselves with you.

And trust me, you cannot fake that last line!
Over time, people will see you for what you truly are!

You will have to decide for yourself which social media outlets work for you. Not everyone likes Twitter or Facebook or Pinterest or LinkedIn or whatever else you look into. I would suggest, however, to try them. TRULY try them. Give yourself a time limit and an honest try on the outlet to see if you like it. To be honest, I hated Twitter when I first started out on it. But after using it, and participating in chats and contests, I actually like it now. Go figure! *HA!*

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Make sure you post regularly. Transparency is great, but people need to hear from you often. Also, the more you post, the higher your SEO (search engine optimization) will be when people look for you on the interweebs. The search engines LOVE new content. They also love meta tags. If you blog and your server offers categories and/or tags, USE THEM!!! If you upload videos to YouTube… USE THE TAGS!!! Pinterest… ADD DESCRIPTION WITH COMMAS!!! Each of these creates Meta Tags which run in the background. The public doesn’t see them, but the search engines do!

By posting regularly, people will begin to notice your posts. They will also notice when you don’t post. Trust me on this. Posting regularly gives you accountability on whatever you are trying to be known for.

You’re busy, right. Posting throughout the day is too demanding. I get that. I get that a lot! I schedule my posts. There are plenty of companies out there who you can use to schedule. Some are free and some charge. Then you can take one afternoon and create enough posts to look busy on your chosen outlets for the week or two weeks or longer.

The main thing I want to stress about getting your name out there is to do it, do it as honest as you can, and do it consistently.

How do you get your name out there?
What are your favorite social media outlets to post on?

Until next time…
Happy writing!
~t


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#TipTuesday – Staying on Track!

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Staying on Track!

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Many people get overwhelmed when they are marketing their business. Good grief! I know I do!!! One thing I’ve learned to do is “calendaring” or “bullet journaling”. I know several people who do this successfully. To be honest, if I didn’t do this, I wouldn’t get everything done. It’s impossible to keep up with everything.

I absolutely love my calendar and open it up every time I begin to write a blog post, schedule a tweet or Facebook post, or even update a website. Everything is on my calendar.

I use an excel spreadsheet *you’re surprised, right* to layout my monthly calendars. I break them down into different days and have a “TO DO” column. The TO DO list is great for the things I do daily or regularly. Then I list things on the individual days. Like I blog regularly, but then I will post on which days for that week. Once I have completed that task, I’ll highlight that cell in green. LOTS of green boxes makes me happy.   🙂

I wanted to give you all some help and have a FREE DOWNLOAD of my calendar setup.

Now you can go in and plug in the correct month and days. Then start penciling in the things you want to accomplish every day.

I also have a “TIME” column below my calendar for the times I want to schedule certain posts. Like at 8:00 am I have KidLit TV posts. At 5:30 pm I’ll have another KidLit TV post. I have certain posts for my own marketing that go out at 9:00 am, 1 pm, and 6:30 pm. Then I have posts for South Georgia Writers Guild and others that I market for. If I didn’t have my time column and my daily reminder, I would easily get things mixed up or miss them entirely.

I hope this helps some of you keep track of your marketing. Let me know if you try this! Or do you have a different way of keeping things on track? I love to see how others do things too.

Until next time…
Happy writing!
~t


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#MarketingMonday – Reciprocity

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#MarketingMonday – Reciprocity

Marketing can be daunting to say the least. I mean who wants to sit there and feel like they are bashing others over the head saying things like: “Buy my (insert product)!” “Watch this video!” “Have you seen this?” and yadda yadda on and on. No one, that’s who! It’s the down side of putting your products and yourself out there.

People ain’t got time for all that stuff!

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So what can you do? One thing I have found more beneficial than anything else is RECIPROCITY! Or promoting others.

Reciprocity:   a social norm of responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind action

Yes, talk about other people in your field. Let them know what they say matters. Let them know that you find their post intriguing. Let them know that you think they are important in your field.

HOW can you do this?

  • LIKE what they say.
  • COMMENT on their posts. Ya know, be interactive on social media. ***cough, cough. SOCIAL-IZE! cough, cough***
  • REBLOG, RETWEET, SHARE what they have to say. Spread the word! Give them some link-y love!!!

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As you do this you will accomplish several things:

  • Getting great content out into the world.
  • Getting your name noticed by the poster. They notice who does this… trust me!
  • Having your followers trust you for great content.
  • Building your brand.

And guess what happens when you do this regularly??? People will start LIKING your posts. They will start COMMENTING on your posts. They will start SHARING, REBLOGGING, and RETWEETING what you have to say. You will see it come full-circle. Ya know, the whole “what goes around, comes around” kind of thing.  😉   Will it happen over night? No. Building trust and loyalty takes time. You will have to work at it. But it will happen!

There are several ways to find great content too…

  1. READ. Do a search and see what you can find.
  2. FOLLOW others on the interweebs. See what they have to say!
  3. SIGN UP for blog post notifications. This way you will be able to read posts and easily share what you will.
  4. LOOK at what is trending. See what is popular in your area.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to begin to market yourself (and others).

Until next time…
Have fun writing!
~t


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#MarketingMonday – Get started!

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#MarketingMonday – Get Started!

Welcome to my Freebie Marketing Tips! As a marketer, I know the importance of having a presence

Are you just getting started with your career? Or needing to reboot your current one? Don’t worry. It’s never too late to begin or start over. So how do you get started? I will take you step-by-step with some simple steps to help you along your way.

Here’s a video of what I strongly believe should be your first step to creating your brand:

I hope this helps you begin your journey of creating a brand that you love and can be trusted. Remember to make you YOU-nique!  😀

Until next time…
Happy Writing!
~t

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