Entrepreneurs are strange creatures! We hop from great idea to great idea, often not stopping to dig into how to actually DO the last great thing. Well I have the secret to stop the entrepreneurial madness – do the first thing first!
I know, that is not glamorous. There are no shiny pieces orÂ excitingÂ opportunities. All that will happen is that you will get something done!Â
Here are some first steps for different marketing opportunities I know entrepreneurs are interested in (I talk to lots of them EVERY day):
Starting a Blog for Entrepreneurs
Starting a blog is NOT hard, there are tons of free platforms for people to use like www.wordpress.org and www.blogger.com. These are GREAT for business owners if all you want to do is have a brochure site and interact with people. The thing that it will not let you do (easily) is generate leads. It is very hard to integrate forms to feed your database.
You guys know I am all about feeding your database, right? SO if you are going to use your blog for business, I would recommend a self hosted wordpress blog! The cost of having someone set one up for you is about $500 including 5 blog posts and all your normal pages written for you (About us, contact us, etc.). There are also hosting and domain costs, I like godaddy.com for this – they cost about $75 for both for a year. So for under $600 you can have a fully functional blog up in a couple of weeks. If you would like to learn more…visit www.businesswritingink.com and talk with my friend Mary Dado about how to get started! That is your first step!
Social Networking for Entrepreneurs
Everyone keeps hearing how using social media will grow your business but how do you get started? Sign up for an account at Facebook or Linked In or any other site and start making friends! I have included links to ones that I am a part of and, since I am a friendly girl, will ALWAYS accept your request to connect if you are a business person!
- FacebookÂ -Â http://www.facebook.com
- Linked InÂ -Â www.linkedin.com/in/taradactyl
- TwitterÂ -Â www.twitter.com/taradactylÂ
- PlaxoÂ -Â http://www.plaxo.comÂ
- iWomanLifeÂ -Â www.iWomanLife.comÂ
So how do you get people to join your networks? Here are some ways that I use!
I will be talking about these more in the coming weeks, BUT if you like what you see here, make sure you sign up for my Marketing Newsletter for Entrepreneurs – my readers got this info days ago and got about 5X as much of it!!