Using Hashtags For Your Business

HashtagHashtags are everywhere…you see them for TV shows, movies, restaurants, major events, etc. We are surrounded by hashtags and the prediction is it’s only going to grow!

If you’re not familiar with hashtags, they are an easy way to group updates on social media. You can search for things and people with a common interest and follow specific topics such as #smallbiz or #socialmedia. Hashtags have been around for a while on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and now Facebook has started using them. Are you using them in your social media? They can increase the visibility of your business and connect you with potential customers!

Hashtags can play an important role in your online marketing strategy. The key is to use them correctly, and not to overuse them. Social Caffeine recently published a great guide that will help you learn more about them and how to use them for your business.  It’s called The Only Hashtag Guide You’ll Ever Need and I highly recommend clicking the link and reading it.

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Change Your Life with Just 3 Words

Vasavi KumarOn my own journey of figuring out “how to become what I really wanted to be” – there were specific steps, both in my mind and in my actions to get there.

Although the equation is quite simple, moving through the process of getting to the peace of mind and pure joy that comes with doing what you love and having relationships that feel good can be challenging for a lot of people.  But I know it’s possible because I’ve done it myself.

I recently chatted with transformational coach, Vasavi Kumar who is not only someone I trust, she’s also someone who keeps it real.  She generously shared the secret formula behind her success. It’s based on a foundational principle that is inside of all of us.  She calls it S.O.U.R.C.E.

As Vasavi describes it, the S.O.U.R.C.E. principle is a universal truth that, when nurtured and exposed, can take anyone from a mediocre to an absolutely breathtaking life. She told me that I could share it with you, so here it is:

S = Spirit Connection
O = Ownership of Who You Are
U = Understanding Your Purpose
R = Redefine, Realize, and Realign Your Vision
C = Consciously Create
E = Energy of Everything

She also blew my mind with 3 words that she uses in every single decision she ponders in her life and business.  These 3 simple words, paired with the mastery of the S.O.U.R.C.E. – is the key to an epic, breathtaking life.

Because of what I learned, I am so excited to share that Vasavi herself is conducting a complimentary tele-class on June 6 where she will reveal those 3 simple words, and dive deep into what each component of S.O.U.R.C.E means to you and me.  That’s why I highly recommend you joining us.  There’s no cost and Vasavi is going to pour all of her knowledge, passion and energy into the tele-class.

If you’re interested, here is the link to sign up for her complimentary tele-class.

Hope to see you on the call, I know you’ll enjoy it!

The World’s Leading Internet & Mobile Marketing Experts in Chicago

Internet ProphetsBreaking news — it takes more than just having a website to make millions online.

Want to know today’s top strategies for massively driving traffic to your site, converting those leads into satisfied customers, and generating massive, passive income?

My friend and colleague Steve Olsher, who is known as America’s Reinvention Expert, has assembled the world’s leading Internet & Mobile marketing experts to teach you precisely what you must do to propel your business forward.

From Armand Morin and Mike Filsaime to Mike Koenigs and Janet Bray Attwood, more than 25 leading experts will take the stage at Internet Prophets LIVE! in Chicago June 8-10, pull back the curtains and reveal seldom-taught strategies for making millions online.

A limited number of seats are still available. Claim yours now!

When you register, Steve will include the following FREE bonuses:

  • FREE BONUS #1: A first-edition copy of Steve’s new book, Internet Prophets: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal How to Profit Online delivered immediately to my inbox. Internet Prophets is the single most comprehensive resource ever assembled featuring never before released content, tools, and strategies from Yanik Silver, Armand Morin, Marc Ostrofsky, Mike Koenigs, Mike Filsaime, Steve Harrison, David Riklan, Janet Bray Attwood, John Kremer and many more YOU can leverage right now to profit online!
  • FREE BONUS #2: Steve’s award-winning book, Journey To You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be delivered immediately to my inbox as an eBook. Named Self-Help Book of the Year by USA Book News, Journey To You will teach you how to discover your WHAT — that is, the ONE thing you were born to do and create a powerful plan of action for sharing your unique gift with the world and earning an extraordinary income doing so.
  • FREE BONUS #3:  Exclusive access to over 2 HOURS of invaluable video content from Steve’s interviews with the 25 experts featured in Internet Prophets. Featuring five-minute highlights from each of the 25 interviews, get a jump start on the conference and begin implementing more than 100 game-changing ideas that can immediately change the scope of YOUR business.

The time is now for you to prophet online! Claim your seat and bonuses today before they’re all gone!


The Web’s Biggest Social Media Event

Have you heard the buzz about Social Media Success Summit 2011—the web’s largest online social media marketing conference?

Before I tell you how this virtual summit will help your business attract great customers and prospects, gain a unique competitive advantage, and measure your social media results, let me share a story with you.


In October 2009, Michael Stelzner started Social Media Examiner, a blog for marketers and small business owners. Almost overnight, his site became one of the top business blogs in the world.

He didn’t advertise, didn’t rely on the press and almost none of his traffic came from search engines.

Slightly more than a year later, his site has more than 57,000 email subscribers, over 31,000 Facebook fans, a half-million page views a month, and has generated nearly $2 million in sales.

Everything he does focuses on delivering high-quality content coupled with intelligent social media marketing.

Michael’s story is not unique. A significant 73% of business owners and marketers plan to increase their use of social media in 2011 (2011 Social Media Marketing Industry Report).

What’s the connection? Your customers (and prospects) are using social media every day. Social media is a new marketing frontier because it bypasses all the costly middlemen and allows you to engage directly with your customers and prospects! AND this presents an enormous opportunity for you.


Michael (and his team) have been working for months to bring the best minds in social media together in a fully online event called Social Media Success Summit 2011.

A significant 2,500 marketers and business owners from around the world attended his last Social Media Success Summit. Businesses were transformed. In fact, 96% of attendees said they’d attend again.

This summit’s focus is to empower you to implement successful social media marketing tactics, track and measure your social media ROI, and see how successful social media campaigns were executed. Twenty-two of the world’s leading social media superstars will be summit instructors.

Presenters include Jeremiah Owyang (Altimeter Group), Brian Solis (author, Engage), Frank Eliason (Citigroup), Mari Smith (co-author, Facebook Marketing), Erik Qualman (author, Socialnomics), Michael Stelzner (founder, Social Media Examiner), Dan Zarrella (author, The Social Media Marketing Book), and experts from Boeing, Intel, Verizon, Cisco and LinkedIn.

Plus join Andy Sernovitz (author, Word of Mouth Marketing), David Meerman Scott (author, Real-Time Marketing & PR), Jay Baer (co-author, The Now Revolution), Hollis Thomases (author, Twitter Marketing), Steve Garfield (author, Get Seen), and Ann Handley (MarketingProfs)–just to name a few.

Attendees at our two last summits included well-known organizations such as General Electric, American Express, Staples, General Mills, Microsoft, Harvard, San Francisco Giants, MetLife, Kraft Foods, Hyatt Hotels, Stanford, Ben & Jerry’s, IDG and Disney. But you don’t need to be a big business to benefit!

This is the world’s largest online social media event designed to empower marketers and business owners to master social media marketing. And the great news is it’s a live online conference you can attend from your home or office.

Go here now to learn more:  Social Media Success Summit 2011

Here’s to your success!

Social Media Revolution 2011

New social media statistics for 2011 by Socialnomics.