Thought Leaders:How to Start a Movement & Get Your First Follower in 3 Minutes

Throwback Post Day! Here’s a post I did in 2011 that I think is even more relevant in 2013.

I found this video in a leadership lesson, on an online learning site. I almost passed it up because I wasn’t looking for this topic – it just popped up in the search for the other keyword.

But I reminded myself that insights (thinklets) on thought leadership come in the most obscure ways sometimes, ESPECIALLY when you aren’t looking for them.

So what does a 3 minute video on dancing have to do with thought leadership, launching a movement and getting YOUR first follower?

Watch this video – it’s a study in human sociology at the least. You’ll see the “light of insight” flip on when you do. 😉

Enjoy – it’s Edutainment at it’s finest…FUNNY!

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The Influencer Project: Online Thought Leaders In Action

influencer-projectI interviewed Christiana Briddell, Co-Founder of ThoughtLead.com about The Influencer Project: The World’s Shortest Marketing Conference on The Business of Online Thought Leadership on Blog Talk Radio this week.

After our conversation, it’s also arguably the World’s Shortest Most Valuable Marketing Conference. And it’s FREE.

  • 60 Leading Thinkers in Social Media/New Media were given
  • 60 seconds to share their Best Ideas for how to increase online influence in 60 Days
  • =60 minutes of pure genius. (IMHO)

Here’s a video for you video folks. (I’m so not a video watcher, but this one was interesting)

Also, here’s a link to the press release for more information.

About ThoughtLead
ThoughtLead’s mission is to spread important ideas that positively impact our world through online marketing.

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6 Levels of The Social Media Users Ladder: Profile Your Audience FIRST

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When I found this information on from Forrester Research , I immediately thought of “Social Climbers”. However, it’s not what you think 😉

What it tells you  is “look before you leap” and find out HOW your audience uses social media. AKA “Social Technographics(r).

For example, say you wanted to create an online community or social network for your business. You need content, and you assume that if you build it, and give your audience the ability to create blogs, they will come, and blog, and create the content for you.

What if based on this cool tool, they aren’t Creators, they are instead Spectators? Then it’s pretty useless to create a community where they can blog, right? It would make more sense to find the bloggers they already read and are influenced by. Who also allow comments on blog posts.

You could then do a couple of things. You could invite those bloggers to blog on your community. (And offer them some sort of social currency or even hard currency to do so). Or you could hire your own bloggers to create content that is related AND goes deeper into the topic.

Then you could create a comment strategy and go start commenting on the blog your ideal users read. And link back to specific, relevant blog posts on your community.

Watch the slide show, then play with the Social Technology Profile Tool. Enjoy!

Social Technology Profile Tool

What are your thoughts?

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Influence Match: The Insider Strategy of Influence Agents in 6 Steps

I’d like to introduce my mentor,  Gary Spirer, a.k.a. the $560M Man and founder of StepsTo.com. He  is my Guest Blogger today. We are co-creating a “StepsTo” Guide around Influence for Women Entrepreneurs.  He wrote this to show me that he figured out my pattern for influencing others…;-)

Stay tuned for more information….

Influence Match: The Insider Strategy of Influence Agents in 6 Steps
by Gary Spirer

Social Media Idea Cluster Influence Curve
Image by Gauravonomics via Flickr

To succeed in marketing and to increase your sales dramatically, you need the right influence and visibility.

Without the right influence and visibility, it is very difficult to produce ongoing sales, cash flow and a business that works for you.

The Challenge:

Bad stuff (content/services). Scams. Ridiculous claims.

Bad stuff makes it hard for good stuff to be trusted and purchased.

The Strategy:

  1. Step 1 Have good stuff.
  2. Step 2 Get influence agents interested in you.
  3. Step 3 Let them desire the products you have.
  4. Step 4 Have them introduce your good stuff to those who have influence and lists.
  5. Step 5 Let the influence agents work with the influencers to endorse you.
  6. Step 6 Reciprocate – be loyal to the influence agents and the influencers and expand their power by introducing them to your growing network.

The Result is that you:

  1. – Gain influence (& trust – my words 😉
  2. – Form Strategic Alliances
  3. – Build your list
  4. – Achieve visibility
  5. – Develop your own influence
  6. – Increase sales
  7. – Move closer to a business that works for you

Go to http://www.stepsto.com/home to learn how to turn your idea into a wealth generating asset. We have advised and evaluated 1000s of companies from start-ups to Fortune 500 Companies. Steps To combines this knowledge with 25 years of research on the steps the Greatest Minds in History took to achieve extraordinary success. Steps To gives you proven tools and action steps to immediately begin building your money machine and living the life you want!

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