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Three Tech Innovations For Shy People in Marketing & PR
As business people, we know that networking, meaning meeting new people, is important. We have no doubts. As shy marketing & public relations people, however, we cringe at the thought of these interactions even though we know many of these people are absolutely wonderful, fabulous really. Well, it is time to dance for joy because innovation is making our lives easier every day.
I ignore telephone conversations to the best of my ability, partially due to my hearing loss, yet mainly due to my incredibly shy nature; however, I know there still comes a time when I must pick up the telephone & use it for something other than texting. Although I often call people after office hours to abandon perky, concise messages to share info or supply answers, I’ve been at a bit of a loss with the enhanced popularity of cell phones as office phones. I recently learned of an application for smart phones called Straight to Voicemail. This application allows the caller to call anyone, anytime & go straight to voicemail. Genius. We shy marketing people, or hurried people if you rather, can now abandon our important information, being direct & kind thus making the best of impressions, without so much as having to speak to a single live person unless we select to. All this for underneath two dollars. I do love technology.
Sometimes we need ongoing, physical assist & hire through traditional means: Adverting followed by a myriad of walk-ins & even more telephone calls, numerous in-person interviews, reference check calls, etc. There are times, however, when the assist we need is more short term or can easily be completed by a telecommuter. If desiring a virtual assistant, for instance, we can hire through outsourcing specialist sites such as elance.com.
Elance.com provides superior assistants with tremendous abilities in entirely areas of business ranging in the five-dollar to 35-dollar per hour price range. These are professionals specializing in areas such as programming, designing, translating, on-line marketing, etc. It’s astonishing what can now be finished virtually; no need for face-to-face interaction. Have I mentioned how much I love technology? There is moreover another little known reserve called fiverr.com. A downside of Fiverr is that there really is no assure of employee quality, although seller ratings can be easily checked. The upside is that every service costs only five dollars. Want someone to tweet your product or service to his 5,000 followers? Five dollars. Want someone else to synchronize your Facebook fan page with your tweets & your blogs so that your updates can entirely be finished in one effortless swoop? Five dollars. Need a jingle, slogan, voice over, flier design? Five dollars. On a personal note, I’ve even had a song written, performed & recorded for a loved one: five dollars.
Hosting Meet & Greets
Meet & greets, such as the ones hosted by the Chamber of Commerce have always caused my heart to race & my cheeks to burn red. However, this case of networking event has just become easier as well as more efficient & effective through the innovation of technology. If you’re looking to sponsor a Chamber event or host a sizable open house, consider removing much of the awkwardness by including some fun, new & quite useful Pokens. Ok, I realize that it sounds reminiscent of a child’s game; however, I was ecstatic to learn of this new electronic networking tool while reading the June 2010 issue Of “Inc.” magazine. It works like this. Each attendee receives a Poken. This is a little electronic gizmo that when connected with another’s will exchange contact information, a digitized business card if you will. After the evening is over, event goers will have plenty of info for traditional networking & access to a social networking website to learn more about attendees via profiles & online contact. The pleasant Pokens can even be designed with your company’s logo. Although more pricy than fiverr.com at $3,500 for a 200 Poken event, it is a keen program.
Ok. This is not technology. However, a compliment, affirmation or thoughtful note quickly scribbled on this sticky medium goes a long way in making people feel better about themselves, effectively opening the door for positive communication, motivation & enhanced productivity. And, Post-it Notes® can be easily shared on the run by placing them on desks, computers or shoulders, no special technology abilities required.