Recently I’ve been watching this show called Rick and Morty. If you don’t know what it is, its like Back to the Future mixed with Family Guy. I say that because the show airs on Adult Swim and is clearly not meant for children. There are two protagonist, a foul mouthed, uncaring mad scientist grandfather by the name of Rick and an uncomfortably awkward, noble 14 year old kid named Morty. Well just like Back to the Future, Rick and Morty often travel through space, interdimensionally and sometimes through time.
While I was still in college, I was at an entrepreneurial conference that was held for university students. It was called CEO and it was all about inspiring students to really go at that start up life. I remember at one of these sessions I was listening to a senior discuss what had helped him be successful. He had started a college start up that helped men deliver gifts to their girlfriends. I know right, a college senior WOULD create a business like that.
Something I’ve learned through my years of doing this search engine optimization thing is that every year you have to be learning. New changes are made. Technology gets better, search engines update their algorithms and new, better programs are made to better do the job. Its just the nature of the industry. Those who refuse to move with the quick pace of the industry, quickly become obsolete. Recently though after a chance conversation with my gym owner, he reminded me that its not just SEO, its all fields.
A part of my time I spend at a coworking space down in Costa Mesa. While there I’d fielded questions from many start ups and small businesses. Something that comes up a lot is that the business knows who their target customer is. They know who they want to reach out to. Where people need help is in finding the audience.
Numbers offer comfort. We like to use them as a crutch. That way whatever happens, we can say it wasn’t me, it was what the numbers said. In business, you are going to be inundated with numbers. Every software and online provider will be feeding you numbers so they can prove that their service is worth it.
What is an Influencer
Influencers is a popular term used in the Marketing industry. Its a broad term for a figure who is particularly well respected in their industry and has a following of people who look to them for advice. There is no numerical or statistical barometer for determining if a person is an influencer. Influencers are not restricted by mediums either. So they can be an influencer from blogging, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Everyone wants to hit a home run. For anyone who plays baseball, obviously home runs aren’t everything. There is a lot more to the game. You want a good bull pin, people who can get on base and a defense that doesn’t commit errors. There is a lot to winning a baseball game. For marketing, its the same. Very rarely is it just one thing that will get you a win. I recently came across a case by Google and how they used marketing channels accessible to small business to advertise their products.
Guest blogging is a highly technical term that really is only used by the online marketing and blogging community. At its core, it means you as an individual, or a business, writing or contributing on another entities marketing channels. A common example is a website specialist writing a post for a company that helps small businesses start. The post is for the company but it is written by the website specialist.
The deeper I get into marketing, the more I realize how little power a brand and marketer really has. The reason being that at the end of the day, you can have all the best graphics, product benefits and greatest advertising campaign. But if there is no one to receive it or to help spread the word, then there is no point. Marketing is something that is a collective unit. It necessitates the help of many individuals. This includes your customers, the media and influencers.
Specialization can lead to loneliness.
It’s true. No matter how good you are or how much you like to work independently, at the end of the day we would love to discuss our passions with our peers. Its not always easy when at the office your seen as the expert. Its not like your going to go to a local bar and happen to find someone who is an expert either. This is where I really urge people to actively find a community within their expertise. Not communities that are going to be your hiking buddies or the people you go to happy hour with.