Yeah, I know. We're in the 21st Century now. That's my point. The "new marketing" is actually old. We're going backwards in our marketing strategy these days, and that's a really good thing.
We're starting to rely less on automation and more on one-to-one relationships. Yes, we're using social networks to find customers, but that's the modern equivalent of the Yellow Pages. We're having conversations on Twitter, but that's just the new way of going down to the corner drugstore to hang out.
Simply put, we marketers are finally listening to consumers rather than dictating terms.
It ain't. What's old is new again. We have different tools for carrying on conversations, and we have more reach than people back then could have ever imagined, but so what? What builds relationships is the same old same old:
Today's successful salesperson/marketer puts out an "Open for Business" sign on social networks, participates in community events, and does what he/she can to help others in the community. I'm visualizing parades and bake-offs in the town square. These things are happening all over Facebook as we speak.
Stick to the basics. Be a human being in social media and blogs. It's not that hard. Strike up a conversation, and if no one acknowledges you, don't be discouraged. Just be the person that everyone knows and trusts because you're always there with good advice or a helping hand. If nothing else, you will enjoy the experience, but more likely, you will build lasting relationships that can lead to business.
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