Social Media Marketing Strategies Quick Guide

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Social Media Marketing Strategies 

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How many of us have either witnessed our friends or even ourselves get really excited about a new business venture, only to discover that they (We) fail to reach personal sales quotas, or sign up loyal customers or distributors? How often have you seen the same sales tactics? The ones that post strictly to Facebook and only reach out to their personal network? We have all been guilty of it. I have done it. The problem we face is that we continue to post products to the same people. We do this to a point that our friends get tired of seeing the same things, and eventually hit the “Hide” button. Some friends and family will make a purchase or sign up because they want to help, while some do believe in the product. Even the owners should be a “Product of the product”. How do we build our business if we can’t even sell to our close friends and family? What strategies are we putting together to reach outside of our network? This blog post will hopefully point you toward thinking differently when it comes to marketing your business through social media.

Social Media is a huge market. Companies hire “Social Media Managers” to market their brand to a ‘New’ network of people like you and me. How do the major players make a lot of money by selling to regular people like you and me? How would a small business convince people like you and me to purchase their product? The strategy for both large and small business should be the same. It’s really a psychological tactic that is used to persuade us that we need that product or service. The one thing the major players do well is marketing themselves through advertising. TV and Radio used to be the way of this type of marketing. Word of mouth has been and always will be the best way for companies to grow, because their customers are doing the marketing for them. Today, in 2016, Social Media is the new wave of getting the word out. We have at our disposal, the opportunity to reach as many people as we want. We fail in doing so, because we don’t know how. We don’t use social media to our advantage and that is why we only market to the same people over and over. That is why potential customers walk away. We are not using social media in a way that reaches beyond our local network of people. We all have our circle, but how many of us expand beyond that? How can we reach more people with the tools at our disposal? What should we be doing instead of posting simple things in our day to day lives? 

We should be using Twitter, we should be using Facebook. We should be using Instagram and Pinterest. Okay, so some of us are using those apps, but what about those who are not using them to their advantage? This is where “Social Media Marketing Strategies” come into play. Learn how to use hashtags. Research those hashtags to see what type of potential customer is in your market. What do you have to offer someone in their age range or demographic? Write these things down to help you develop a strategy to start reaching these people. Configure your social media accounts in a way that portrays what you are offering. Where are you located? What keywords can you use? Is your updated website listed on the link section? How do your profile and cover photo’s look? Be specific in keeping your description to the point of what you are selling. Don’t use to many unnecessary words. Please keep all of your social accounts updated and analyze the traffic you are getting. This could help you determine whether or not your account should really be active. Blog. I will say this again. Blog. Be personal with your fan base. They need to see updated content about what you or your business is doing. They need to feel like you care and are not just out to sell to them and send them down the road. 

Write good content. If you are unable to use the technology to successfully run or update your blog, then hire someone to do it for you. I am available to post your written content on your blog as often as you send it out. I have packages available on my Services page. You should also promote your blog through all of your active social accounts. I can do that for you as well, but the point is, you need to get that content out there. There is nothing worse than having good digital content and it just sit there. People need to read what you write or listen to your podcasts or Vlogs. To learn more about those terms, use Google. Stay updated, blog weekly, and please do us all a favor and reach out to your customers or fan base. They want you to care. They want you to reply back. This again shows them they are more than just someone who puts money into your pocket. I have seen many artists reach out to their fans, and relationships have been built through Social Media. That’s how Bubba Sparxxx (Mathis) and I connected. Twitter made that relationship possible. Be active. Reach back out and let people know what is going on in the life of yourself and your company.  

The strategies I mentioned are used on a daily basis and guess what? They work! You can’t sit back and create a Facebook page for your business and think it will magically draw traffic to you. Do these things and word of mouth will continue to happen. Again, if you need help, I am here. I am keeping up with the latest trends. I am working on my Hootsuite Podium Social Media Certification so that I can help others market their content to a whole new network that is waiting to discover the latest and greatest. You may have the coolest idea, but if only a few people know, you will never reach your full potential.  

Email me at jboggssales@gmail.com if I can be of assistance to you and your business.  

Until next time,

Virgil Boggs 

Grace. 

Many of us like to think and talk about the bad things in life. We like to complain when things go wrong. The negatives always come up before the positives. Why is that? Why does it take us awhile before we realize the good in every situation? I’ve yet to figure that out, but maybe you know. What I do know is, that I have been blessed, and am blessed. My blessings come from God’s Grace. I have been reminded all day about God’s Grace. His goodness upon us. His favor towards us in some situations that only He could control. I have had good Gospel conversations today. The first was this morning in a new coffee shop I discovered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It’s called Onyx Coffee Lab and it’s already becoming a favorite spot of mine. I may write a review on that later but the conversation started there as I sat with a friend over coffee and a ham and cheese croissant. I listened. I responded. I even watched the people around me, those mostly in my age range, but I heard of many times in my friends life where God intervened. Where God showed up in circumstances that didn’t make sense to us humans. The point where we start asking why? Why does God have us here? Why didn’t I die when it was expected? Those kinds of questions. Last night in bible study we asked the same question. Why? As believers we can land on those kinds of questions with the answer to only be, to give glory to God, to spread His Gospel message, to proclaim that the kingdom of God is at hand. Our lives should center on the Gospel of Jesus Christ if we proclaim to be followers of Jesus. So if we are followers of Christ and we have answered the why’s with those statements, then shouldn’t we be so amazed at the Grace of God, that we actually look at the positives first and use those experiences in life as a testimony to others? To our believing friends as encouragement and to our non believing friends as a proclamation of such wonderful grace. It’s all wonderful Grace that we can’t describe other than from God himself.

Many of you will read my blog and say “You have had such a hard life the past few years, how can you be so positive”? I can say that it’s because of God’s wonderful Grace and Mercy that I am still here to share these stories with you, because I am confident that He is using it for His kingdom and that my why? Is to bring Him Glory. Yes I have pains deep inside, but I choose to use positivity to point others to Jesus, instead of being “Doom and Gloom”. I am well aware of my surroundings and the current state of the age we live in, but I choose to look at the best in every situation because I am not in control. If I were, things would be ‘out of control’ and not in any order. We want to control life, but sometimes it’s best to be obedient and let God do the controlling. He knows the best direction for us. We just might see Grace. We just might see Mercy. We just might see Love. We just might see God at work. We just might see Jesus.

Take this as a time to reflect on your life and start looking at the situations that you can only describe as “God’s Grace”, you might be surprised at how many times He showed up when you couldn’t even get up on your own. When you find those situations, share them. Be a witness of these things.

Until next time,
Virgil Boggs

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PayU2Blog Twitter Review

Good Monday Evening! I hope everyone has had a blessed day. This blog post is going to be specific to a new program I have been trying out for a few weeks to earn some extra money. It’s an online job that is linked to my Twitter account. I actually get paid to Tweet! I wanted to write a quick review and let everyone know about my experience since I received my first payment today. So let’s get into it!

The website is PayU2Blog Twitter. Once you click the link, you are directed to a sign up page. Fill out the information and it will send it to Heath. He will get in contact with you and get you signed up. Pretty easy process. He will have you fill out some more information, and get you logged into their system. Once approved, Heath will send out emails that state you have a new assignment awaiting. The company also has a program for bloggers, but there are certain criteria you have to meet in order to get signed up. I just started my blog, so I didn’t meet the time length for their requirements, but hope to soon. After you login and see your assignment, you basically go to your Twitter account and start writing your tweet. You have to enter in the keywords they give you, along with the link to the website they are promoting, and an occasional hashtag. Once you have made sure you entered all the information, you can tweet it out to your followers. The hashtag will appear along with everyone else that has used it. Your followers and friends (if you have your Twitter linked to your Facebook) can click on the link and check out what you are promoting. It’s not necessary, but some might ask why you are tweeting random links. You can reply by saying “I get paid to Tweet!”. The payouts for Twitter assignments are $5.00 and you get paid by PayPal every two weeks. I finished an assignment at the end of May, so my payment was for one assignment, but I have completed two so far. It’s really easy, and the sign up process is super simple. Give it a few days for Heath to contact you, but he will get you signed up if you meet the criteria. 

I am enjoying doing this, because it’s a super simple way to make easy money on the side and it promotes products that many of us use or are interested in. The first assignment I completed was for Musicians Friend, which I love music, so why not?! The second assignment was for a lamp company. We all need light, so again why not?! Anyways, if you are looking for a way to make some extra income and have a active Twitter account and PayPal account, I recommend signing up. We spend all day on Social Media anyways, so why not get paid to post? I will update this blog post, if anything changes or I start using their paid blogging service. Hope you guys will check it out! Let me know your experience in the comments section below or Tweet me @jboggs222 !

Until next time,

Virgil Boggs

Using Social Media to your advantage! #hashtag

Good Sunday Evening! 

This blog post is going to focus on something I do on a daily basis. Something I have done for the past 5 years when it comes to social media. Almost all of us use social media, we usually share posts for family and friends to see, but what about marketing ourselves, or product to the rest of the Internet world for the sake of our own business or even specialty? I love using Facebook, but for me that’s more personal, its more about the things I enjoy doing. I also link my Instagram page to my Facebook account for quick photo uploads. How many of us are using Twitter? How many of us have a business or specialty that we want to market to reach people outside of our own network? What are hashtags? How are they used? Why should I even be on Twitter? Many people have asked that question for several years now. I started using Twitter in 2011 as a way to promote my music. I was using hashtags like #hiphop #brandnew2011 #music ect.. to reach others outside of Northwest Arkansas and outside of my Facebook circle. I did this so that others could click on the hashtag and discover what other people were sharing on that specific topic. Hashtags and Twitter have allowed me to network with many artists, promoters, producers and even fans of the genre. I have also been apart of using Twitter to specifically promote mixtapes and singles through many Twitter accounts and Facebook pages.

 I have been able to use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) on Google by using those hashtags to my advantage to gain traffic to links about me. You can Google (James Virgil Boggs) and find many links to my music, photo’s, personal pages ect. In 2008 I became certified in HTML and HTML 2 so I was familiar with SEO, but that was from a design standpoint. I’m not writing code any more, so for someone without any expertise in web design, you now have an advantage to gain more followers and traffic to your blog or business page. Promoting yourself has never been easier and should be taken advantage of. Create your business or personal page on Facebook. Sign up for a Twitter account. Create your blog page, even start uploading videos to YouTube and start taking advantage of those hashtags that are specific to your niche. Tag those videos and create a well written description about what you are uploading. You will be surprised at where your video will end up on YouTube once you upload it, even just by using a specific title. I recently uploaded a new instrumental I produced titled “Catch em all”, I did not use hashtags or write a description for the purpose of seeing where it would end up. Just using the title, it appeared with many Dubstep songs that included the Pokemon theme. It was neat to see where the video landed, but for your specific post, I would advise hash tagging and writing a description. It will pay off in the end.

The goal is to draw traffic to you. Are you wanting to network more? Then search those hashtags on all social media accounts you use. Find people that are talking about what you are talking about. Reach out to them. The biggest asset you can bring to yourself is to reach out specifically to those who share the same ideas as you do. You never know how that far that relationship can develop. I will give a quick example of what I am talking about so you can envision a real world scenario.

About a month ago, I was on Twitter searching through two sets of hashtags. One was “Christian” the other was “Writing”. I wanted to find someone who was a “Christian Writer”. I wanted to connect with them, because I was feeling the need to start writing to share my faith and testimony. I knew God had a plan for me and I could not stop searching until I found the avenue to make that happen. After several hours of searching, I came across a Twitter user @jaser75, who was wanting to reach out to Christian men, to guest blog on his website. The lightbulb went off! I knew I needed to reach out. After talking back and forth, Jase and I decided to work with each other. I shared his testimony about his faith and his father on my blog. He decided to come up with an interview for me, because he read my blog and wanted more in depth information on Potter’s Syndrome and mine and Sydney’s faith through it all. We both worked with each other and got all of the information out to the world within a weeks time. 2 days later, my interview hit over 500 views, over 120 social media shares and many conversations since. Jase specifically took advantage of hashtags. He tagged his blog and other social media accounts. I did the same. We reached many with our stories. He lives in Alabama and I am in Arkansas, yet our stories were shared with people all across the world. All thanks to Internet marketing techniques that we both had learned over the years. I learned my skills in music promotion, especially my blog NationWide Artist Promotions, and Jase through being an Author who has to market himself to get his writing out there.

Another thing that happened during this time was me searching Twitter again for “Christian”,“HipHop”, “Writer” and coming across JesusWired.com. They were searching for writers to contribute to their website. I reached out by telling them that I had filled out the application. They reached back out to me and discovered that I had created a podcast based on a blog post I had written. They loved it and I sent them more of my work. We created a relationship and decided I would be a Contributor and Columnist for them. Just this week it was publicly announced. That’s just the beginning, but my point is to use those hashtags, reach out and see what happens. If we want to reach others, we have to be willing to reach out ourselves, but also take advantage of the technology at our fingertips. Don’t be afraid to research. Spend time on Google, YouTube, Blog sites, wherever you find information for your specific topic or specialty and get your name out there. We are a blessed people. We have so much information and have access to that at any given time. Social Media is more than just funny memes or videos. You can build your business and gain credibility among so many people who share what you share. We are all passionate about something. Let’s expand our circle and help each others. “Teamwork makes the dream work”.

Until next time,

Virgil Boggs
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Compare me to Jesus / Make me like Jesus

Compare me to Jesus
Not to someone else
I may look good compared to someone else
But I fail in comparison to Jesus

I will fail you, even dissapoint
Put me next to Jesus, I don’t measure up
I so desire to be like Jesus, isn’t that the point
When I fail, I feel like an empty cup

Make me more like Jesus
I don’t want to react in my flesh
I beat myself up, again the empty cup
Oh how I desire to be more like Jesus. Continue reading “Compare me to Jesus / Make me like Jesus”

JesusWired Welcomes New Contributor James Virgil Boggs

What James Will Be Covering:
James will be covering the CHH genre and covering wherever there’s a need, and he will be contributing in the areas of interviews and news articles. He will also be contributing through his exclusive column “Desperately Seeking Jesus w/ James Virgil Boggs” where he’ll be talking about life as a follower of Christ, how we’re meant to be the salt and the light to the world, and just generally encouraging fellow believers to stay strong in their faiths while also pointing non believers to Jesus. He will also be sharing his personal testimony throughout it all.
In addition to all of that, he’ll also be helping out wherever there’s a need from time to time.
What James says about joining JesusWired:
I am super excited to be joining the team at Jesus Wired to continue using my talents in order to “Make Jesus Famous”. God has blessed my efforts throughout the years in the independent music scene and now to have the chance to share my story with the world is an even bigger blessing. I am humbled at this opportunity and hope that it blesses everyone who visits the website.
Welcome to the team James, we’re really excited to have you on board!

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JesusWired Welcomes New Contributor James Virgil Boggs
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