4 steps to becoming an influencer

If you have been following Social Media for any length of time, you know about influencers. These are brands, organizations, and people who influence Social Media topics and trends. They have tendencies to post and share content often. Their information has proven to be vital for my business and I have taken influencer’s advice.

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What attributes are needed to become an influencer? I explored this area and I’m grateful to report my results. I hope you find this useful.

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A strong motivation exists for people to influence. Folks want to make a difference. Influencers have created a portion of their agenda to start a mission which turns topic complexity into simplicity. The characteristics, which enable influencers to be very knowledgeable and skilled in their fields, come to the forefront when they create a project. They are decisive and have a directive to achieve success. Their tasks are filled with enthusiasm. Their prospects for success are realized through their drive to understand the contributing process, whatever their role is in an organization.

 

There are four steps influencers take to bring success to fruition:

 

  1. Know the aspects of the project. Social Media is rooted in campaigns, whether it be a major advertising program or a single blog post. Influencers always establish keywords, whether an influencer is an SEO expert or not. Keywords rise to the top of their content.

 

Keywords are, in my estimation, positions associated with specific actions and are further developed during transition periods. When a new topic hits Social Media, it takes time to be absorbed by the audience. I’ve noticed we, who follow Social Media, see a “catch-up” phase when a new idea is published. This phase is constructed in several levels which are amended according to our individual needs. Influencers see this construction and know that certain levels need explaining or further expanded upon. Oftentimes expansion is focused on implementation. Influence makes development relevant.

 

  1. Know the opportunities. Influencers see opportunity. They learn fast. They get a feel for process and refine elements of a process to fit their needs. Initiative is vital. Influencers know what direction to take and articulate goals to solidify suggestions to make to potential customers. This basically gives then drive.

 

  1. Develop relationships. Influencers know their market and realize it’s always changing. They know and understand key people who have influenced them. They anticipate their reach and the reach of key people. Influencers have established, trusted relationships and support the opportunity to contribute suggestions and initiatives.

 

  1. Know the role. Leaders know history and their expected responsibilities. They evaluate considerations and validate initial research that informs them to execute strategies. Influencers identify and establish key responsibilities for carrying out a project and support the “go-to” people who enable the responsiveness required to establish the initiative to succeed. Leaders assemble select teams. They know the basic foundation which develops the drive to execute a plan.

 

These four items are the basic elements of an influencer. Remember, influencers have made career decisions on what they’ve learned. This helped them to advance. Know the importance of these four basic, fundamental ingredients. Study them. Practice them. Make the commitment and you too will eventually become an influencer.

 

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4 items for blog relevancy

You write your blog for your audience.

Choose a blog topic for your audience. If you like a particular topic, become part of your audience. Know which readers you want to attract. Your engagement is based on how well you know your readers.

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Focus on the interests your readers have.

Find relevancy. Here’s the four items that help make your blog relevant:

  • Your niche
  • Objectives
  • Present time
  • Problem-solving

Read. Study. Learn all you can about your specific topic. 

Source for this post: How to Choose the Right Topic for Your Blog, May 11, 2016 blog.the socialms.com

how to start to understand your audience

To engage and talk to your audience you must know who they are.

You need to know what words make an impact on them. You need to know what content will generate their interest.

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Strive to speak to your audience to tell them how they can solve a problem.

If you go after a niche, do the research in that area. You’ll have to learn about the topic on a daily basis. Make the topic your topic. 

Your niche is most likely part of a larger industry. Knowing about the industry will get you to know the people in the industry. Keep your content relevant to the industry. This is the “farm system” of your content. Develop your content to develop your audience.

To understand your audience, you first must create one. Create by building and promoting. Know your stuff. Post your stuff. Keep at it. Narrow down your subject matter. Watch what’s going on in your niche. See who’s following what. Tailor your content accordingly.

Study and learn at first. You can do it!

5 points to bench marking your brand

The five key points when bench marking your brand in this digital world.

  1. The consumer is everything and everywhere, all the time
  2. Brands are all about engagement and experience
  3. Contextual information is the key to getting consumer attention, leading to engagement
  4. Platforms are critical for brands; this is where their consumers are
  5. Learn and unlearn at the same time. As technology rapidly changes so too must your brand

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Brands must be present everywhere their consumer is seeking information. Brands no longer own or control consumers. It’s the other way around.

creativity, identity, mission

The following was originally posted to the SwordFlameMedia blog.

our creativity is part of our self-story

We want to manufacture something that won’t go to waste. We want to be a guardian of creation.

 We can work for high quality. If you are a writer, for example, you can not be sure that you will be creative tomorrow. It’s always up to others to judge our creativity.
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Promote Creativity

We need to make more time for ourselves so we have more time to gaze at the heavens. This will allow us to be more creative tomorrow. Creativity is all about tomorrow. Meditation is creative idleness. We can take a walk and think about things. This will give us a fair balance in our lives.
The great dream of life should be to boost the moral and economic dignity of human beings. I come from a family of farmers. I hold fond memories of those years. We sowed and we reaped. Through that time, I took many items for granted. I know now I should not have done that. As I reflect on my growing years, I realize how fortunate I was. I’m thankful for much.
I learned to foster dignity and contribute to the community. This came from work. Work elevates the dignity of culture and society. We have a universal wish to be treated with honesty, respect, and consideration. We need to feel respect for every single person.

We Have Come to the World to Know

As creators, we want to convince people of our thoughts. Others want to convince me too. We need to strive for hope. We need to replace fear with hope. If we want to challenge the status quo, we have to be polite. We have to be five percent better tomorrow than we were today. This is progress.
Marcus Aurelius once stated that we should think as it were our last day on earth, but we should plan as if we will be here forever.

advantages for a personal brand

Developing your personal brand requires you to find your authentic voice. The process of creating one develops who you are — the unique you — the Me, Inc. When you find your voice, and your audiences start to react positively, that builds self-confidence and self-esteem and allows you to find yourself in a meaningful way.

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Whether you are trying to build your business, find a job, get noticed by the press, impress vendors, attract influential contacts or simply make new successful friends, a powerful, attractive and visible brand is the key. And it’s also key to building your reputation, credibility and most importantly, being successful in your professional and personal life.

start to develop a content plan

A successful content marketing campaign requires efficient planning and organizing, precise goals, an in-depth understanding of the company’s target audience, and a powerful promotion plan.

Here’s 4 items to focus on when developing your strategy:

  1. Document your strategy – This revolves around planning and organizing
  2. Create a publishing strategy – schedule your posts and shares
  3. Develop your content goals – don’t be afraid to stretch your limits
  4. Understand your audience completely – create content for specific people

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Realize how content marketing works. This will help you develop leads and develop brand awareness.

For more, detailed information check out this post from thesocialms.com.