How do you use your cell phone?

How do you use your cell phone? Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a Social Media Conference and then being part of a Mommy Blogger panel. I don’t really consider myself a “Mommy Blogger” but I do like to utilize my Social Media forum to promote, get advise and converse with other parents.  Representatives from Nokia were one of the speakers for the day and they spoke about reaching consumers through advertising on their cell phones. For me it truly depends on how the advertising is sent to me which will determine how I feel about the advertising. There are so many creative opportunities for companies to reach out to potential customers, why do they need to invade our cell phone space. I definitely would not like pop-up advertising on my cell phone, my cell phone bill is expensive and I would consider it a nuisance. Now if the carriers are willing to off-set the bills for their consumers if they opt-in for mobile advertising I think this could be a win win for both the carrier, and the businesses that want to reach out to cell phone users.

The next speaker then touched on how many people use the internet on their cell phone, which leads to discuss How do you use your cell phone? Now for me I use my cell phone for talk time, to read my emails, send emails and a connection to my Social media world. I would not be as connected to Facebook and Twitter if they were not on my cell phone.  Very rarely do I use my cell phone to connect or search on the internet. I believe this is because the Blackberry is not designed to search the internet like the Iphone. Don’t get me wrong you can search and access the internet on the blackberry, it is just very cumbersome and I like things immediately so for me I would prefer to use my laptop for my internet usage. The I-phone is designed for people who want to be on the internet all the time. I think it is an awesome tool for people who do not have a computer at home or need to research on the computer and not use the company computer to do personal work. It is great for students, people on the go and definitely for Sales People. What features are important to you when buying a cell phone? That is really what you should be considering when buying a cell phone.

The moderator asked Nokia about their place in the cell phone marketplace and where they place. There is the beloved I-Phone, then in second place the Android and in 3rd place the Blackberry. They have a presence outside of the United States but not really in the US, is that i mistake for them probaly. How do you make your decisions on your next phone? Do you go into the stores to preview the newest phones, are you sent an email from your carrier on the newest phones, do you see the commercial or is it word of mouth for you? I just bought the Blackberry Torch, and i found this on my own through AT&T website. I asked the customer representative which one would she recommend the I-phone or the Torch and she asked me if i sent alot of emails i told her I did and she recommended that I might be happy with the Torch. I-phone and Nokia just lost the sale.  When I received the phone I did not know how to use it and I was happy when I saw the commercial on television showing me how to use the phone. If you are like me I only buy a phone when my phone is broke, then I find out that I am eligible for an upgrade, I absolutely refuse to pay full price for a phone and insist on a discount. Did you know that you should be able to get a discount on any phone especially if you have a contract with your carrier.

I predict that cell phone rates are going to decrease tremendously in the next 2-3 years because of technology and Steve Jobs. Currently the newest I-touch can do everything that the I-phone can do in a wireless area. You can text for free, you have talk time, skype, the internet. You will find that soon everywhere you go the area will be wireless, on the trains, buses, libraries, everywhere…… In Sag Harbor the entire Main Street area is wireless, and this is a small town, get the picture. Cell phone carriers will have to decrease the cost of the data plan because of this growing technology.

So back to my original question, “How do you use your cell phone”? I want to know….share your thoughts…..


Is the Passion gone?

Is the Passion gone? Greetings, today I went back to work after being off for 1 week and it did take some time getting back into the swing of things. It is interesting I have been in sales for over 20 years and every time I have taken a vacation I still seem to be in work mode while on vacation. I believe it is because when you are in sales you live and breathe it and it is very hard to turn it off, you are completely passionate about what you do and motivated to make money. This time I was completely removed from my job and I realized that my passion for my job might be dying and changes may need to be made on my end; or my company will need to make some changes to restore my passion. Can be done, maybe, it is up to them.

Topic  today: Is the Passion gone?
How important is having passion vital to your success? Whether it be your personal life or your business life Passion is absolutely vital to your success. In a situation seeing your passion disappear a little everyday may cost a company thousands of dollars in revenue, if the passion has disappeared from your relationship this may cost your marriage and ultimately cost you thousands of dollars in divorce. Being a salesperson and having passion for the product or service that you are selling is very important because your buyers feed off of your excitement and your passion for what you are trying to sell them. Today I was talking to a friend who is a Real Estate Broker and we discussed how a broker was granted an exclusive on a home that he secretly does not like; now all of the other brokers in the company love this home but the homeowners have decided to give him the exclusive listing. The homeowners are not aware that this broker does not like their home, how long do you think this house will be on the market? The broker is not passionate about this home and therefore he may not present it as passionately as say another broker who loves the home. There again is that word Passion….If you have a sales person who is very passionate about the products and services they are selling, this will not even seem like a job to them; they will live and breathe for this job and ultimately be extremely successful which will result in an increase in revenue for the business. So how does a company keep their salespeople passionate? Very simple they provide the necessary tools they need to do the job completely, they provide a good product or service and stand by their word, they offer incentives to their staff, they treat their sales team with respect and integrity and most importantly they pay their sales team what they are valued. If you have a good salesperson you hold on to them and try not to let them go. A good Salesperson is like an old bottle of wine it needs to be handled delicately.

What about the passion in your relationship, the same rules apply, well minus paying them money. Well I could be persuaded to show more passion if money was involved…..hmmmmmmmmmmmm

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Why is Social Media vital to your Business?

Why is Social Media vital to your Business? Greetings, when do the creative juices flow, could it be at 4am in the morning when you are laying in bed and your hubby is having a fit because after updating his i-phone to his PC computer and all of his information has been lost and his phone is not working, BOOM no sleep for the tired one. I never thought I would be a person to start a blog, but I realize that I have a lot to share. Topic today: Why is Social Media so vital to the growth of your business? It is important because that is were 80% of your targeted demographic is. According to the Nielsen Company, “Americans spend nearly a quarter of their time online on social networking sites and blogs, up from 15.8 percent just a year ago (43 percent increase). The research revealed that Americans spend a third their online time (36 percent) communicating and networking across social networks, blogs, personal email and instant messaging.”
Social Media is time consuming and many of you do not have the man hours that are required to optimize your business online, so what do you do? Well you can make the time to do this yourself or you can hire someone to do this for you. Investing in optimizing your presence through social media could increase your business by 30% would that spark your interest. Would it be as simple as starting a Facebook or Linkedin page, no it would require more creativity.  Stay tuned…….Next blog….How much is a good Salesperson worth to your business growth?