How To Market Yourself On beBee
beBee is the becoming the most powerful social networking site to help you grow your business. It makes Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, and YouTube seem like social networking sites for kids. Remember, those are still great tools to use, when used correctly.
If you want to hang with the big players—a place where connections are made, leads are generated, and deals go down—then you need to spend more of your time on beBee. Although other sites have their purpose in the business world and many people utilize multiple social networking sites, beBee is still the number-one place to market your business. The secret is not just market you business, yet to create relationships within the Hive.
Here are ways to use beBee and get results:
This is important to do on any social networking site, not just beBee, but it’s particularly important to do on here. It is human nature for people to be focused on wanting to receive something for themselves or their business.
The best way to give to others would be to make recommendations. I see a lot of people asking for recommendations from people all the time, when they haven’t written any for others first. The more you recommend others without asking for one in return, it will give them a refreshing feeling about you and they’ll want to be helpful in return. If you want someone to comment, share, or like your posts, you need to do this for others first without the expectation of the return. “You Reap What you Sow”. I like the ratio 10/1. For every buzz I post that is mine, I share, comment, or like ten other Bees in the Hive.
Complete It 100%
Your profile. It needs to be completed 100% in order to properly market yourself.
Most people do background checks on others whenever we want to buy something from them, bring them in to speak, or do anything with them. We Google people to do our research.
beBee is now one of the top five search results that pops up for anyone’s name if they have been part of the Hive for awhile. First impressions leave lasting perceptions about people, and you don’t want someone to come to your profile and realize that you made spelling mistakes, you don’t have a picture, there is no personal story in your summary, and so on. You need to make sure you complete it 100% and have your profile make you look like a rock star. Doing so will ensure your maximizing your marketing opportunities. Imagine you and your competitor are next to each other, yet theirs has a profile picture and yours does not. Who do you think more people will visit?
Make It Personal
“People Join Relationships, not with Businesses.” In general, people love human interaction. We don’t want to connect with a business, we want to have relationships with others who we know, like, and trust.
Every time you send an invitation to connect with someone, make it personal. Take out anything generic and make it as personal as possible.
Your profile should also include a personal element. Instead of making it look like a boring resume with a bunch of bullet point achievements, share your personal voice. Tell people who you are, who you help, and how you help them throughout your headline, summary and the rest of your profile. Adding this will make others want to connect with you instead of put them to sleep with your boring resume. I like to tell some of my story and my person goals. For example, My name is Preston Vander Ven. I choose to have a home business because my epilepsy limits my professional career. My goal is to bring my wife home from her job and I have the income goal already set.
Connect With Everyone with Similar Interests
It pains me to see when people only have less than 100 connections and they think that having a “small trusted network” is the way to go. That’s a joke, and those with that mindset are going to be asking themselves why their message isn’t spreading to the world and why they haven’t achieved their marketing goals.
You never know where an opportunity, or big breakthrough can come from. If you only share ideas with those you know and don’t branch out to connect with new people, then you will only know about a limited amount of opportunities, and the same people that you talk to on a daily basis will be helping you connect with the same limited network. It’s a never ending circle of limitations, and it’s time you break through that mindset if you haven’t already.
The best way to start connecting with everyone is to import your entire contact list and ask them all to connect with you, start adding your personal LinkedIn link to your email signature, on other social networking sites, on your business cards, and anywhere else you think would help inspire others to connect with you. Once you start receiving 10-20 inbound invitations to connect on a daily basis, then you know your doing a good job marketing yourself.
Use the Hives
How would you feel if you had a sales funnel that brought in roughly 50 to 100 fresh, highly targeted leads every day? You’d feel pretty confident about putting food on the table next week, right?
Well, creating a Hive gives you the ability to generate an amazing number of leads from high-end decision makers.
Here’s how to maximize your Hive:
- Choose a Theme which is also a Keyword that someone might use
- Whenever you come across a relevant buzz, share it to your Hive
- Write articles to post in your own Hive
- Share your Hive with other Social Media Sites
- Send a weekly message that adds value for group members and drives traffic back to your site.
- Connect people in the group by making introductions to those who could potentially do business with one another.
- Make sure the Hive you create relevant to what you market. You don't want to send mixed messages across to other bees.
All of these points will help you generate more leads for your business. If your sales funnel is set up correctly, you will have more than enough prospects to grow your business.
Send Personal Messages
Once you find leads, you want to send them personalized messages. The best way to drop any walls—and give yourself the best chance of making a sale—is to connect with someone on as many personal levels as possible. Look at their profile, find out which Hives they are apart of, what Buzzes they share, and who your mutual connections are. Then, write a personal message like this one:
I noticed that we’re both connected to Mary, Jeff and Bob; we both are part of Sales Hive, and you started a home business of your own.
I would love to connect with you to learn more about how you are currently marketing yourself? I believe there are a number of ways we could help one another. Would you be free for a brief chat in the near future?
Looking forward to connecting soon and I’ll be sure to tell Mary I contacted you. I’m sure she would love to know I reached out to say ‘hi.’
Personal messages seal the deal and give you a greater chance of future opportunities.