What Can Happen When You Ask For A ‘Facebook Page LIKE’


Have you ever gotten one of these ‘Facebook Page LIKE’ requests that goes something like, “I LIKED your page. Now LIKE my page”? I find these requests very frustrating and a waste of time. Worst of all, the request is an illustration of a total lack of understanding of how social media works and what a great marketing tools it offers.

The Facebook “LIKE US” icon from gomdl.com. Is It A Welcome Or a Warning To Potential Customers?
Social Media Skills

Unskilled social media users think that the rules of salesmanship and engagement do not apply with social media. Because the medium of contact has changed and seems to have a veil of anonymity, they think they can be impertinent and request something that they have not earned. What they have not earned is the privilege of being ‘LIKED’ by a prospective customer or potential colleague. In addition, they do not know what to do with a Facebook Page LIKE, how to use social media to get business from it and get it in droves.

Would a salesperson walk into a store and demand that a business owner carry his product? Would a business owner demand the same from a potential customer? Of course not. In a face to face situation, a smart salesperson would never do that. But that is what it is like to say to someone on their Facebook page, “I LIKED your page. So now LIKE mine”. At the very least the protocol of salesmanship needs to apply. This includes an introduction such as, “How do you do, my name is so and so. I am interested in knowing more about your business or I’m just looking, thank you.” At this point, the real drive of what social media can accomplish have not even been put into gear.


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Corporate Guy With Thumbs Up and Down from Shutterstock

Depending on the response of the business owner, a salesperson would take his next step. He would figure out how to warm up a potential connection. He would work on engaging the other person. Where is there any attempt to nurture a connection or to engage with the demand, “I LIKED your page. Now LIKE my page.” There is none. In fact, this approach may have the opposite effect and put off the person or business asked to reciprocate.

There is another very important reason. In fact, it may be the most important one. Asking for and getting LIKES do not make a lasting impression with a prospect. It will unlikely improve or increase one’s business. In fact, getting a like is only the key to unlock the door of social media’s magic.

It’s Not Just About LIKES

In social media’s earlier days (and apparently still today), there was a limited understanding about the role of getting ‘LIKES’. Social media is about making connections, engaging and building relationships not just exchanging ‘LIKES’. It takes much more than just gathering LIKES on the road to increasing business. I would rather build ten meaningful relationships online with other business owners or potential customers than have 100 perfunctory ‘LIKES’. But you don’t have to choose between the two options if you know how to use social media.

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Two People Shaking Hands from 123RF

In the long run, business will grow from growing relationships. It has always been this way. Today, savvy social media users know how to reach so many people and they don’t use the come-on line, ‘I LIKED you. Now LIKE me’. If one handles oneself social media professionally, one will never say, “I LIKED your page. Now LIKE my page.” A LIKE will be a natural part of the relationships one works to establish with the bells and whistles that social media offers and requires to do its job.

There are programs and apps specifically designed to use the LIKES and ‘click throughs’ one does get to take a prospect to the next step of engagement and sales. What does that require? Collecting the email addresses and other pertinent information about prospects. Offer something for free on you facebook page or a special promotion that requires a name and email address. That is where you really need to start to use the social media technology.

Take a look at Shortstack and Sumo.com These companies has comprehensive tools for turning LIKES into relationships and relationships into sales. You can also contact me in the comments section below to learn more about the right way and the wrong way to get Facebook Page LIKES and what to do with them when you get them. Future blog posts will elaborate on this topic and other facets of social media marketing.

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Sources and Resources

How To Invite People To LIKE Your Facebook Business Page

How Important Social Media Is For Small Business

Strong Customer Relationships Lead to Healthier Businesses

Getting Started with ShortStack

ShortStack Blog Posts

We Analyzed 6,868 eCommerce Content Marketing Articles: Here’s What We Learned from Sumo.com




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Rebranding: Creating A New Brand

ADG Google + Page Cover
ADG Google + Page Cover
Why Companies and Individuals Rebrand

Over the years, rebranding has been a necessity for me as I have had numerous entrepreneurial projects, some at the same time and others at different times. It has been crucial that each looks not only like what it is but that it is different from another project. Rebranding involves primarily two distinct elements, visual and verbal. In other words, a rebrand will include changes in words, the name of a company, its tagline and mission. Equally important is the visual change, a new logo, a different color scheme and typefaces. These ideally have the feel or spirit of what the company or project itself is about. The sampler of some of my business Google+ pages illustrate these points.

A Google+ Page Sampler
A Google+ Page Sampler

I have rebranded myself as many times as I have changed entrepreneurial projects. That includes more times than I can provide examples, here. Now, as an officially retired person, I still need a new brand. The reason for that is because I have reached the point where I am my brand. I have become something of a media personality. My ‘product’ is me. My brand is myself.

Examples of Rebranding: ALISON D. GILBERT

Facebook pages are a clear way to understand the differences in my brands. This Facebook page has a photo of me as the icon. It clearly shows whose page this is. My last project ART & BYTES has a very different brand, visually and verbally. Take a look at it below.

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ART & BYTES Facebook Page
Examples of Rebranding: ART & BYTES

The above Facebook page has a totally different brand. It starts with the color scheme. Light blue rather than yellow is the primary color. The typeface is totally different. The icon is an ‘&’ playing on and emphasizing the name, ART & BYTES. The challenge of creating the ART & BYTES brand was that this project was a combination of all my previous work. It was designed as an archive of all my work in MARKETING BYTES and ALISON*S ART. This my goal was to create a brand that would combine both and yet maintain its own identity.

Examples of Rebranding: MARKETING BYTES

MARKETING BYTES came right before ART & BYTES. Below is a sample of one of its social media headers, the blog post header. Notice there is another icon, a different typeface and a different image of me. There is some similarity to the color scheme of ART & BYTES. But the two brands clearly are different.

Examples of Rebranding: ALISON*S ART, INC.

The last example of one of my brands is from a project of Alison’s Art, Inc. It was Decorative Painting. Below is a facebook page from that enterprise. The icon is quite complex. It has unique colors, shapes, images, type and is totally distinguishable from all the others. In fact the oval pattern was the original Alison*s Art logo that became the foundation for all my art projects. Decorative Painting was one of those projects.

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Decorative Painting by Alison Gilbert © Alison Gilbert
Rebranding Conclusion

I would like to demonstrate the distinction between several of my brand by exhibiting both photo and logo icons. Clearly each is distinct. But at the same time there may be some similarity having been created by the same hand and a singular design sensibility, mine. At the same time, I think there is enough uniqueness to clearly demonstrates rebranding several of my projects.

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An A.M. News Correspondent on AmericaMatters.us

Becoming an A.M. News Correspondent on America Media Matters

I became an A.M. News on America Matters Media Correspondent on February 10, 2015, only two months and a few days ago. I had no idea how much starting my day with one simple phone call would elevate my life to such a joyful place to start each day. A.M. News Host, Eddie Floyd and A.M. News co-host Dennis Romeo have created a warm, entertaining and informative format.

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America Matter Media brand and information

It is very simple to become a correspondent. First, ‘Listen Live’ online at amm.streamon.fm. The show is on from 6 am PT to 9 am PT or the equivalent in your own timezone. Once you have a feel for the content and pace of the show, call in toll-free at 844-790-8255, text, 775-384-4444 or facebook message on A.M. News On AmericaMatters.US. You will be given a correspondent number. We have both United States and Foreign correspondents.

What A.M. News Is About

Everyone shares their first name, where they are from, the local weather, their local events and their personal activities, too. I get to share my specialty. I am the ‘Healthy Living’ Correspondent. There is an intense interest in learning about nonprofit activities and organizations around the world that correspondents as well as listeners can participate in. Many nonprofits have gotten exposure and support by joining the show. People needing prayers are welcome to call in for help and support. The show has become a loving, caring, informative community of ‘local-global’ neighbors.

The A.M. News Facebook Page
The A.M. News Facebook Page
A.M. News Broadcasts and Promotes Itself Using Cutting Edge Technology

A.M. News, online radio, makes the most of the latest in social media technology. There is a facebook group, listing as many correspondents as possible. The image below shows what a correspondent listing looks like. There is a correspondent post and then room for commenting by both the correspondent and others. There is also an A.M. News facebook page that is posted to daily by our hosts, with information about the show, specialty facebook pages like Truckers, Troopers and Lady Law Enforcers shown below, an America Matter Media website and more coming.

Alison D. Gilbert post and group comments. listing on the A.M. News
Alison D. Gilbert post and group comments.
What Our Global Group of International Correspondents Does

There are over 1,600 correspondents from around the globe. We learn about people that we would otherwise never meet. We are updated with local news, globally. We support nonprofit organizations that are run by our correspondents and we connect with each other outside of the show. There are also 1.5 million listeners who benefit from listening to our show.

1st Annual  A.M. News Convention Facebook Page
1st Annual A.M. News Convention Facebook Page
The A.M. News Correspondent Family

Our group of worldwide correspondents have become like a family. Correspondents have become good friends. We are in touch outside of the show. Some of us are even on other americamatters.us shows as well. We are also planning to have our 1st Annual Correspondents Convention in Reno, Nevada as soon as we can organize it.

We have also formed correspondent groups that fit into special, specific categories. One of those, displayed as a facebook page, is Truckers, Troopers and Lady Law Enforcers.

The Truckers, Troopers and Lady Law Enforcers
The Truckers, Troopers and Lady Law Enforcers Facebook page
Teresa’s Garage on america matters media, part of NEVADA MATTERS INC.

Teresa’s Garage is dedicated to helping women learn more about automotive care. The reason it is being mentioned on this post is because Teresa’s pit crew are all correspondents of A.M. News. Teresa is a correspondent, too. We are one big family on NEVADA MATTTERS INC. There are more shows to come that our correspondents are also participating in.

The Teresa's Garage Facebook Page
The Teresa’s Garage Facebook Page
Saving The Best For Last, Talent Matters

As if being an A.M. News Correspondent were not special enough, we are now providing an opportunity for every correspondent to show their amateur talent to the world. Go the the facebook page of Talent Matters and get all of the instructions for submitting your one minute talent clip. Your talent clip will be posted on TALENT MATTERS social media including facebook, YouTube Google+ along with professional guest talent clips. This is the venue for you if you are just aching to show of your hidden talent. Only amateurs may compete but pros can submit guest clips to also be played on our new Internet radio show, Talent Matters, coming soon to americamatters.us.

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The Talent Matters Facebook Page Cover
An Invitation: Become An A.M. News Correspondent and Part of Our Family

Becoming an A.M. News correspondent has been such a special experience and it keeps getting better. Everyone gets to tell their ‘local’ story, share their special and unique activities. Connecting and networking with other worldwide correspondents can be fascinating and eye opening.

Here’s what I think about all of this. Let’s connect everyone in the world. Let’s share important information and have some fun doing it spending up to three hours a day together, Monday through Friday. It will become more apparent that we are all one family, the human family. As we get to know each other better, we will be able to make a better world. This planet is our home, everyone’s home. As Lawrence R. Gelber founder of #IDWP would say, I Declare World Peace.

I Declare World Peace
I Declare World Peace Facebook Page
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Saddle Shoes from the Lula Scrapbook

“Perhaps most readily associated with a patently American 1950s nostalgia – recalling varsity football game nights, wholesome cheerleaders, and spiffy sock hops – saddle shoes (or oxfords) were actually first conceived as a men’s athletic golfing shoe in the early 1900s. During the 1930’s stagflation, saddle shoes swiftly became a unisex sensation when high school girls deemed them ideal for the snazzy new Jitterbug’s accompanying acrobatics, sliding, and spinning.”

Source: lulamag.com

I have always loved saddle shoes, had them in high school and still have a pair now.

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Why Broth is Beautiful: Essential Roles for Proline, Glycine and Gelatin

“Several years ago Knox Gelatin introduced a new product named Nutrajoint with great fanfare. This supplement contains gelatin, vitamin C and calcium, and advertisements touted “recent scientific studies” proving that gelatin can contribute to the building of strong cartilage and bones.”

Source: www.westonaprice.org

Once again, the ‘traditional’ food of bone broth is proving itself to be an essential, affordable nutrient. In my own ‘Back to Basics’ project, I am repeatedly finding that traditional foods and ingredients are invaluable to healing and health.

See on Scoop.itThe Food rEvolution

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Norm’s Farms Elderberry Review

Check out this Norm’s Farms Elderberry Review where I (Jessica owner of www.deliciousobsessions.com) discuss Norm’s Farms natural elderberry products. Elderberries are great immune boosters.

Source: www.deliciousobsessions.com

Back to basics, again. (By now you probably know I have a project and a facebook page called ‘Back to Basics’). It is becoming more specific about what basic is. It is about the revival and creation of healthy traditions. These traditions involve producing, gathering, preparing and eating foods in ways that were practiced to an extent for centuries and existed even thousands of years ago. They kept our ancestors alive, strong and healthy. Those who came before us were eating nutrient dense food and we can again, too.

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Norm Lenhardt founder of Norm’s Farms
    Well, elderberries are one of those foods that have been around forever. They were gathered and used very similar to the way they are today. In fact, Roger Lenhardt, son of the original ‘Norm’ explained to me that the purple dye used in the pre-historic cave paintings came from elderberry. You can’t get much more traditional than that with a plant. In addition, "The elderberry is a great case where modern clinical studies are actually starting to confirm what ancient alternative healers have known for hundreds, if not thousands, of years — the elderberry improves immune response."

    See on Scoop.itThe Food rEvolution

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A quote from their website:
“Norm’s Farms, founded by Ann, Rodger, and Erin Lenhardt in Pittsboro, NC, is a way of carrying on Norm’s work and vision. The Norm’s Farms family believes in the sustainable production of healing foods made with natural, simple ingredients–just like the elderberries Norm’s Farms grows. Because the Norm’s Farms family recognizes that their small Missouri farm cannot keep up with the company’s demand, they have begun working with small family farmers in North Carolina to help establish elderberry orchards. Norm’s Farms will have a local source of elderberries for their products in addition to those grown in Missouri.”

Just in case you had any doubt about how spectacular Norm’s Farms elderberry products are, here is something that equals thousands of words. The only thing more would be a taste. You will have to place an order to do that.

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Traditional Nigerian Tigernut Milk (Kunnu Aya) — Nourished Kitchen

Tigernut milk is a traditional Nigerian drink made from the nutrient-dense tuber, Tigernut. It’s easy to make, with a flavor like chestnuts.

Source: nourishedkitchen.com

In order for us to consume nutrient dense food rather than nutrient dead food, we need to revive traditional foods. Here is a drink made from TigerNuts, a food found to exist as far back as in ancient Eqyptian days.

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Paleo, vegan, gluten-free — the only certainty about health trends is their reversal

During my last visit to Los Angeles, in March, I chronicled my meals by the dietary restrictions of my dining companions. For breakfast one day, I ate in Los Feliz with four friends who were varying degrees of gluten-free. One had suddenly discovered a gluten intolerance, while another felt it would be better for her pregnancy. I ordered ricotta pancakes — and enjoyed each glutinous bite.

Source: www.latimes.com

There are and have been so many ‘health fan diets’ over time that one can become dizzy, even sick over what to eat.

See on Scoop.itThe Food rEvolution

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We Are Our Bacteria

A rise in diseases and other ailments is linked to the changing composition of microbes in the gut.

Source: well.blogs.nytimes.com

I have definitely found a difference since I consume a good deal of probiotic foods and supplements. My stomach feels much better, I have lots more energy and my health in general seems better.

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Follow the Honey: 7 Ways Pesticide Companies are Spinning the Bee Crisis to Protect Profits – Food Revolution Network

Michele Simon was a speaker in the 2012 Food Revolution Summit. Recently she released a report, produced in tandem with Friends Of the Earth, to bring attention to the dire situation of declining bee populations caused by pesticides. You can find the report here, and read a summary below. If you like to eat, then you should care about what’s happening to bees. Did you know that two-thirds of our food crops require pollination – the very foods that we rely on for healthy eating – such as apples, berries, and almonds, just to name a few. That’s why the serious declines in bee populations are getting more attention, with entire campaigns devoted to saving bees. A strong and growing body of evidence points to exposure to a class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids—the fastest-growing and most widely used class of synthetic pesticides—as a key contrib­uting factor to bee declines. The European Union banned the three most widely used

Source: foodrevolution.org

Transparency is so necessary in the food and pesticide industries.


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