Every Sunday afternoon I play soccer with a great bunch of guys, we’ve been getting together at the same field now for over ten years, trying to stay in shape of course. In July of this year I took a tumble at warp speed and broke, no shattered my left shoulder at the clavicle joint. Here it is now late September and I still have not been cleared to play, do you have any idea how frustrating that is? To know you can’t be out there with your buddies, knowing you can help your team mates win. Half the fun is the strategy, who plays what position and who has the touch up front and finish the play by putting in the net. As this is just drop in soccer we get people at various levels of ability, from 17 to 56 years of age and every once and awhile someone comes out that doesn’t have clue what you can and can’t do, they don’t know the rules. So they run around all over the place not knowing what to do and never really ask for help, and when they do, they forget what you said almost as fast as you said it. Given enough time and they come out more often, eventually, they find there way and start to contribute in a meaningful way.
You are probably wondering where I’m going with this, the question is, are you one of those soccer players running around trying to accomplish something meaningful in the game? Are you playing with the Internet and Social Media the same way? You’ve setup your Blog and you’re telling everyone to come to your site but you haven’t taken the time to learn how or what to do with all those visitors. There are a great many people out there you would consider successful, but there is a far greater number that haven’t realized their 15 minutes of fame yet. You have two ways to approach the Internet & Social Media, you can learn from those who have gone ahead of you or you can try to figure it out yourself.
I can tell you from personal experience, learning from those who have gone before you and succeeded is much easier, that is the choice I would make if you’re just getting started. In fact, if you’ve been Blogging for awhile you should study the leaders anyway, learn the guidelines and then figure out how to make them work for you. Pay attention to what they do, but don’t try to act like they do…why? In Social Media circles you will hear the mantra, be real, be yourself and be honest. So trying to act like someone else won’t let the uniquely designed you to come out, and you will be known as someone who is not authentic and phony.
Everyone loves guy’s like Gary Vaynerchuck, Chris Brogan and Scott Stratten but you will never be able to duplicate how they deliver the message and do what they do. You can however, learn what they do and then learn to make it yours, learn to make it unique by being who you were meant to be. Gary wrote a book soon to be released in October called, ” CRUSH IT ” and Chris’s book which is already out and amply titled, ” TRUST AGENTS “, tell you what I just shared, be sure to order a copy and learn from them first hand.
As you can see, help is closer than you think. No matter what your niche or area of expertise happens to be, study what Gary & Chris do but also pay attention to others like Amber Naslund, David Armano, Mack Collier, Olivier Blanchard, Trey Pennington and Kris Colvin. Spend some time in the Silicon Valley circle to by watching Robert Scoble and Louis Gray. Most of the above have sites with video’s you can view so you get an idea of who they are, and what they are doing with Social Media Networks. As you can see there many to follow and learn from, but they all cover their interests and passions in their own unique way. Also keep in mind some of these people are paid to do what they do in Social Media Networks, but that’s what makes them great case studies.
– Amber Naslund works for Radian6, they provide tools for real-time social media monitoring and analysis designed primarily for PR and Ad agencies.
– David Armano, is the Senior Partner at Dachis Group, was created to unlock the value of social technologies for large corporate enterprises through its Social Business Design global advisory practice, and technology implementation program. David talks about the 5 B’s:
1.) Be Ubiquitous
2.) Be Social
3.) Be Interesting
4.) Be Remarkable
5.) Be Yourself
– Mack Collier, Helping companies understand the ” Social ” part of Social Media.
– Olivier Blanchard, trains company executives and project teams in all matters of social media management and measurement, then help them build and integrate effective programs into every facet of their business, from Public Relations, business development and market research to Human Resources and Customer Support. Oh and Olivier is working on a book that will educate you on the proper way to realize and calculate the true ROI (Return On Investment) in Social Media.
– Trey Pennington, Interviews leaders in Business & Social Media on BlogTalkRadio and uses almost every Social Media Network out there.
– Kris Colvin, is the designer of Twitterface.com and a Social Media Maven with passion and desire, Twitterface is a great tool so be sure to use it.
Whether you already have a business or a Blog, you will never stick with it and see it through unless you’re passionate about it. Gary Vaynerchuck’s war cry is to do your passion and you’ll give yourself the best chance to win. Remember, the Internet is the Platform, Social Media is the Tool you can master on the Internet. Do your homework, study how to use the tools and pay attention to your passion. In another article I wrote, called ” Your Passion Is In Front of You, You’re Just Not Paying Attention” its so simple it’s almost embarrassing, I triple dog dare you to read it.
Each person who is a success online can only teach you how they did it, not how someone else did it. Now pay attention to what I just said, they may have duplicate someone else’s system but they made that system there’s through their personality and how they think. They couldn’t ever act or be like the person they learned from, so study by taking notes, watching videos and then find your passion. The final step is to make it your own, only you can be you and only you can do it. So who are you and what are you doing?
I’ve been around the NET a while and I find myself gravitating to a chosen few time and time again, I like you tend to go back to places I find useful. I spend at least 6 – 8 hours of my day online, probably more, and I just love connecting with people, having great debates on topics I’m passionate about, if you’re like me, you tend to mix it up with those who are just as passionate.
I like to surround myself with quality people, online as well, and I have no idea if these folks respect me but I thought I would share some of my favorite online ROCKSTAR’S with you, here are a few people you should connect with and follow to enhance your time on the NET:
1.) Olivier Blanchard – Olivier is very smart and has a sense of humor that knocks you on your butt, he is the go to guy when you want the best advice on Social Media ROI. What I love most about Olivier, his willingness to help others and he has the most unique point of view that makes you have those Ah-Ha moments. I have come to admire Olivier for his heart, but he’ll deny it if you ask him about his soft side 🙂 Oh, and watch-out for Chico!
2.) Trey Pennington – A true professional, you will enjoy his interviews with leaders of Social Media and Marketing. Most of all, he’s a great guy who loves to help others. He’s an encourager and a supporter, those are qualities that I admire & respect. He hangs his hat on Blog Talk Radio where he broadcasts his powerful interviews, follow him and his show.
3.) Kris Colvin – One word comes to mind when I think of Kris, ALIVE! Every time I have an exchange with her, I think, the force is strong with this one. Kris is a sensitive, loving, caring person, I have never met her in person but that’s what I get from her when we chat online. Did I mention she specializes in Design, visit her site and be sure to use Twitterface.com while your at it. I should mention she & Olivier are Nutella addicts.
4.) Chris Penner – Chris is local to me here in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada. We met online via Twitter, I invited him for coffee and the rest is now history, he comes to every TweetUp I hold at the Bat Cave. Chris is an avid Water Ski Freak, it’s his passion for sure because he can go on for hours on the topic and never get tired of it. Chris is also in Real Estate, he is doing some very interesting things that will put him at the top of his game soon.
5.) Louis Gray & Mike Fruchter – I was pleasantly surprised to find one day that me & my Blog were recognized by these two notables this past summer. Louis listed my Blog as one of the Top 5 Blogs Under The Radar, Louis is in Silicon Valley and works for an unnamed company in Silicon Valley. Mike was kind enough to list me as one of the Top 10 People To Follow on FriendFeed, Mike is with Pierson Grant Public Relations in Florida. I am forever grateful, be sure to keep an eye on them as well.
6.) Chris Brogan – Chris is everyone’s Rock Star it seems, recently I’ve found myself going back to his Blog regularly, and I have quoted him often, plus, enjoyed his book Trust Agents so much I am promoting it on my Blog. Get your copy and make Chris rise to the top of the best seller charts. Chris was kind enough to participate on an older post called Your Best Social Media Tips. I still haven’t found the right words to describe him so I’ll just say you need to invest some time in his Blog.
7.) Scott Stratten – A fellow Canadian, I love his boldness and directness when he speaks, if you want it candy coated he’s not your man. His company name is frankly brilliant, Un-Marketing, don’t you love it? His slogan – Stop Marketing and Start Engaging! With a mantra like that you can’t help but like him, be sure to follow him on Twitter he’s a riot.
8.) Robert Scoble – If you haven’t heard of him, you must be living under a rock! He is very popular online and was raised in Silicon Valley, well connected and has a very interesting point of view when it comes to everything technology. I have tried more software I would have never heard of since following, interacting and chatting with Robert, he’s in the know in the land of Silicon. A very likable man but I’m not sure why he like’s Mike Arrington 🙂
9.) Mack Collier – He holds the #blogchat, a very active person when it comes to discussing Social Media & Blogging, just to name a few. Mack is clever and is know as a thinking man, always deep in thought and asks very poignant questions all the time. Another great person for profound, timely information, visit his site and follow him around for awhile on Twitter. A very engaging fellow.
10.) Ken Peters, Ronda Payne, Marty McPadden, Bill Mitchell, Rob Cairns, John Lusher, Sharon Hayes, Lisa Johnson, (Twitter Links) and so many more, these are the people I spend time with here online. Forgive me for not listing everyone but I think you’re getting the idea, it’s about relationships and engagement. You can’t possibly manage thousands of relationships in these Social Media Networks, but you can over time. I so appreciate everyone of you that thinks enough of me to spend time chatting, debating things that matter, and to just hang out shooting the breeze.
These are just few people I consider Rock Stars in my online world, people I learn from, have fun with and truly value their friendship. I thank you and hope that I can be of service to all those that visit me here on my Blog.