Christmas Cups on November 2nd?!

As on most days, I pulled away from the local cafe with a warm coffee in my hands ready to enjoy some yummy caffeine. However, this morning I was caught off guard and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

Today, November 2nd, I was handed my coffee in a Christmas cup. At first, I shook my head and was upset that we were focusing on Christmas already. But then, I read the cup;

  • Joy
  • Believe
  • Peace
  • Be Merry and Bright
  • I’m Thankful For…

And it got me thinking…”Why am I upset about a cup that’s reminding me to ‘Be Merry and Bright’”. And WHY don’t we have cups like this all year round? Why don’t we tell one another we love them, appreciate them, care for them, wish them good tidings, and send them hope and goodwill ALL YEAR LONG?!

Its so silly that we wait until November to be reminded to be Thankful. If you’re thankful, just say it! Even if its the middle of May! Share and spread goodwill even in June. And lord forbid you send someone a card telling them how much you are thankful in the middle of March.

In my book club yesterday, we discussed changing our thinking. Not focusing on the negative and just handling a situation with ease and grace and remaining positive (no matter how stupid the situation) And I think today, it worked. Why be upset with something so positive? Change your thinking and change your day.

So, to everyone reading this… Have a super awesome day! I am so very thankful to all of you who read and support my blog. And I do hope that you will find and share goodwill today.

Happy Networking!
Amy Dritley
networkingwizblog.com

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Christmas Cups on November 2nd?!

Is It Really All About “The Little Things” That Matter?

YES! It really is! It really truly is all about the little things that matter when it comes to growing your business and keeping referral relationships. I work every single day with agents and I always ask them “what matters most” and 99% of the time their answer is “communication”. This week, I saved a relationship solely on the fact that our communication is better.

Here’s just a few tips, that I know you’ve heard before, to keep your relationships going. (These are real estate specific, but you can easily adjust for your specific industry, change Agent to Client) Hopefully this is a reminder, or trigger, to help you make a difference in today’s competitive industry:

  1. Call With Updates; Even if there’s no update. Agents want you to know that you are working on their files, all the time. Even if you think your client is updated, make sure the agent has the same update
  2. Touch Base; Just to touch base. Pick up the phone and call people. I know it sounds scary, but just do it. Tell them Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Happy Hump Day, Congrats on your closing, Thank you for that referral, How was your weekend, How was your trip, I miss you.
  3. Rewarding Referrals. Immediately after the referral is given, whether or not the referral does business with you. Write a handwritten note thanking them. Then keep them updated if the referral does pan out and send them another thank you when you close business with the referral.
  4. Answer The Phone; Return Phone Calls. Unless you’re with someone, or at a meeting, answer your phone when they call. Stop what you are doing and give them the attention they deserve.
  5. Education is Everything. Share your knowledge. Even if it’s not business specific. Maybe you learned a new facebook ad hack, or maybe you learned a new term, or maybe you have a new program you can bring to them. Show them that you are always learning and growing and willing to share.
  6. Inclusion. Invite them to your events, team outings, happy hour, golf course or just grab coffee. Get to know them and their family. Make your relationship personal.
  7. Most importantly, Be Genuine. Seriously. You can sniff out a fake and so can they. If you truly want a relationship with this person then show it. Be you. Be real.

 

Happy Networking!
Amy Dritley, Marketing Coordinator

Is It Really All About “The Little Things” That Matter?

LIKES ARE LAZY!

Social media is a HUGE monster! There’s so much to know, manage and create. But if there’s one thing I can help you focus on, it’s the fact that Likes are Lazy. What does that mean?

The entire point of social media is to create interaction; to build relationships with people. When you can get people to interact with you on social media it opens the door for you to start conversations and make a connection with them. PLUS when someone interacts (comments) on your social media, all their friends now see it as well.

So here’s some tips for getting people to do more than just LIKE your posts:

  1. Ask Questions: the #1 reason why people don’t comment on your posts is because they don’t know they can. So ask something that will spark convo; “What’s your favorite…” “Would you like this…” “How would you…” “Which on of these do you like best…”
  2. Run a Contest: everyone that comments with their favorite _____ gets entered into a drawing for a free ____
  3. Fill in the blank posts: Picture of a dog making a weird face… “Caption This”
  4. Guess Stats: Can you guess how many visitors visit Mt Rushmore per year?
  5. Tag You’re It: “Tag a friend who…”
  6. Photo Contest: Comment below with a picture of your dog
  7. Where’s Waldo: “Can you guess where this picture was taken”

Think outside the box. And don’t, DO NOT forget to reply to comments and interact with those taking the time to comment on your posts.

Have fun with it!

 

 

Happy Networking!
Amy Dritley, Marketing Coordinator, Peoples Mortgage Company
http://www.networkingwizblog.com

 

LIKES ARE LAZY!

Go Ahead, Brag a Little

One thing I often hear from folks is “I don’t want to bug my friends with my business” or “I’m not one to brag about myself” however, I try to remind people daily that

Successful people want to do business with successful people.

This is why you need to share your successes. Reminding your sphere that you are good at what you do is totally acceptable. That’s probably why they are in your sphere in the first place.

Here’s some ideas of ways to brag about yourself in a successful way:

  • Post a picture of your closings or completion of transactions
  • Share reviews or testimonials you receive, make sure to thank the person giving the review
  • Post a picture of awards or achievements you’ve received and thank those who have helped make it happen
  • Share when you have completed a goal; personal or business
  • Invite others to join you in hitting goals or set a mission statement into action
  • “Check In” on social media when you are working on training or building your business
  • Keep track of your success. How many people have you help? How quickly do you solve their problems? How much business have you been able to refer out? The SHARE those numbers!

Success is contagious, share it!

Happy Networking!
Amy Dritley, Marketing Coordinator
http://www.networkingwizblog.com

Go Ahead, Brag a Little

Always Be Learning

Coming from a girl that thinks she “knows her shit”, I am often reminded that I really don’t.

Here’s where I am coming from; I teach classes on marketing and social media. I consult and guide business owners on different marketing paths. I’m always networking and often get called the “Networking Queen”. I often get told “well you probably already know this but…”.

But here’s the truth: Everything is always changing. Always. We should always be learning. From one another, from the professionals, from life experiences, from your peers, from your competitors and whenever, wherever you can. This means keeping your eyes and ears open. Always catching some little difference that someone is making in their business that makes them stand out. Is it something you can implement?

This also means taking advantage of learning opportunities that come your way. Attend conferences and conventions. Meet with others in your sphere and ask questions. Watch webinars. Listen to podcasts. Even if you think you know everything about a specific topic, listen anyway, you may be surprised.

I love learning in a fun environment (I’m not much for the lecture settings) and always take lots of notes. I then go back and type up those notes, it helps me retain what I’ve already soaked in. Plus then, I have the notes handy to share with others as needed. Sharing your knowledge, is a big part of the Always be Learning circle.

Go forth. Stay humble. Soak in Life.

Happy Networking!
For more Tips visit http://www.networkingwizblog.com
Amy Dritley
Marketing Coordinator

Always Be Learning

I Need Help!!

So, today’s blog post is a two for one! I’m going too use this blog to demonstrate its purpose. Don’t get overwhelmed, I’m not that fancy. I have a great topic to talk about but by the end, I want you involved.

Today, I’m going to talk about asking for help. Some see it as a moment of weakness. Some as a failure. Some see it as a breakdown in their ability. But the truth is, we can’t do it all. I know, I know, we all think we can, but we can’t. Let’s be real with ourselves.

Sometimes getting help in your business means hiring help at home. Lawncare. Cleaning services. Laundry services. This allows you extra time in your day to focus on things that really matter, like family.

Getting help doesn’t always mean spending money on hiring someone. Sometimes asking for help can lend to open doors. If you had a business partner or referral partner taking a few extra minutes to do an introduction email to new business, how amazing would that be? And could mean less time spent cold calling.

The task at hand tho, it actually asking for that help. Or sometimes, even just accepting help others are offering. Most people are in your same, or relateable position. They’ve experienced these struggles and want to help you. You just have to ask.

And here is my ask for help. I love writing these blogs, but I need to know what you love hearing about. So I am asking you to give me networking or business growth topics that you would like to hear about. In you doing this, giving me ideas for my blog, it will save me time brainstorming and/or researching topics. So thanks in advance for your help on this.

So to sum it up, take help that has been offered. Ask for help when needed. Think outside the box and find others who you can help in mutually beneficial ways.

Good luck and Happy Networking!

**Don’t forget to leave a comment of a topic!

Amy Dritley
networkingwizblog.com

 

 

 

I Need Help!!

App of The Month: WordSwag

Wordswag

Click. Post. Gone! Do you have photos of your listings wandering around social media without your information on them? Do you have more you want to say than just the photo? Then the App WordSwag is for you!

Plain and Simple, WordSwag is an App for both IOS and Android that lets you place text, logos, and photos on top of current photos.

I was introduced to this app a year ago and didn’t really start using it until recently, because sometimes you don’t even know why you should be using it. So here’s MY tips on how to use this App to help your business:

  • Take a photo of your listing, use WordSwag to place your logo and contact information on top of the photo
  • Take a photo of a SOLD listing and place the words “SOLD” on it, show people you’re selling homes
  • Take a picture of your team and place a motivational quote on top
  • Easily Combine two pictures
  • Place the neighborhood info or major selling point info
  • Write your #hashtag on your photos
  • Add open house date/times to the photo

This app runs $3.99-$5.99 and worth it….if you use it! Have fun!

Happy Networking

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App of The Month: WordSwag