12 Most Accumulative Activities to Boost Your Business in Less than 10 Minutes

12 Most Accumulative Activities to Boost Your Business in Less than 10 Minutes

I talked with a woman who lived in Haight-Asbury during the 60’s. What she had to tell me was shocking to my romantic notions about the era. She said the peace and love movement did not change anything.

Do you think this is true? I know that I have felt the effect of changes from that tumultuous time. I have more opportunities than my mother or my grandmother, even in this recession. The way I choose to interpret her advice is to focus on the actions under my control that will lead to bigger changes down the line. This applies not only to social change, but how I run my business.

The following are twelve things you can do in less than 10 minutes to build your online presence. Keep a log of your activity and see what happens after doing at least one of these actions a day for one month.

1. Look at someone’s website before you respond

We usually respond in the moment to comments, mentions, and replies. Take some time and look at the commenter’s website or social media profile. Use that information to start a conversation.

2. On “Follow Friday,” mention one person specifically and say why

Tweets that mention four or five people tell me so little. Next time only mention one person/account that you support. Tell the world what makes them so awesome. Repeat as often as you feel like.

3. Read a blog post without scanning and leave a thoughtful comment

At least once a day, read one post with great attention to detail. Then leave a comment that builds on the conversation and invites a response from the author.

4. Sign up for a newsletter

MailChimp created Wavelength based on their “Email Genome Project” and it is a great tool to find some interesting lists. I have been using Unroll.me to manage my inbox. Remember, you can unsubscribe at any time.

5. Email a past contributor

If you accept guest posts, set up a page with some link love back to the authors. Show them how much you appreciated their time and effort. You can then send them a personal message reminding them of their work and invite them to write for you again.

6. Acknowledge people in your community and say thank you

I remember clearly the first time I read Kaarina Dillabough’s blog. She laid out the welcome mat and invited me in for some hot cocoa. We can all do this in our own way no matter the subject of our blog.

7. Add someone new to a Twitter list

Add people to a Twitter list when you want to learn more about them. Just make sure to check for updates periodically. It is a simple click to follow them when you know that it is worth your time to read their tweets.

8. “I saw this and thought of you”

We may not know our “friends” online that well, but over time we get a sense of their preferences. Send a nice message to them when you find something they would really dig.

9. Look at real time analytics

Real time analytics are perfect for stat junkies like me. They will give you instant feedback on how people use your website.

10. Write an outline on a notecard

Keep a stack of index cards near your computer. Immediately scribble an outline when you feel inspired to write. A sentence will not jog your memory, but an outline is half the work already done!

11. Share on Google+

Images and video really shine on Google+. Find a visually stunning picture to share and express a related thought. Follow Peg Fitzpatrick to see a master at work.

12. Ask a question

Everyone wants the chance to be an expert, let them have the spotlight! Crowdsourcing answers will give you a whole new perspective on things you thought you knew.

My log is a simple Excel spreadsheet with several columns; activity, time, date, how I felt, did I finish, and any observations. I will use my log to determine if there was any measurable effect to my business when I do my weekly stats review. If the link seems tenuous then it may not have mattered. That is when you can focus on how the activities made you feel. If you hate it, dump it, and move on.

What activities are part of your daily routine? How do you measure their effects?

Featured image courtesy of LadyDragonflyCC licensed via Creative Commons.


Susan Silver

http://susansilver.info/

Susan is a copywriter who crafts content strategies that rank. She is also the community manager for Gygax Magazine. She shares information on business, social media, and writing.

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15 comments
MattLBrennan
MattLBrennan

I like these! These actions are quick and easy, and show thoughtfulness. These are great steps in building relationships.

David Landen
David Landen

Susan,

I agree that you should ask questions and in my case in my blog posts.  A lot of people out there are knowledgeable and want to help.  I first learned how helpful people can be when I needed help with Excel and found an online forum.  These people were great and showed me ways to solve my equations that I would have never thought of.

David

WineEveryday
WineEveryday

great post Susan, some folks tend forget why and how to connect (and stay connected) on Social Media.

Thanks for the reminders.

Cheers!

PaulBiedermann
PaulBiedermann moderator

@susansilver  Great ideas, Susan — and ones that basically revolve around being more thoughtful in how we interact. It really doesn’t take too much more time, and the benefits to both recipient and giver are well worth it. 

Thanks for the reminders, and a worthy resolution for the new year to focus on deeper, more meaningful engagement rather than trying to be everywhere and do everything.

jpJeremy
jpJeremy

Number three will get you noticed. Both the author and the other readers will notice a relevant and thoughtful reply. Decent comments are as rare as thorough readers.

Unfortunately, list posts tend to encourage lazy readers. 12most is a classic example of a really good content that is often unappreciated because the format encourages lazy reading. 

susansilver
susansilver

@PaulBiedermann  Thanks Paul, it is much easier to do a little bit every day then to try to do something big right out of the gate. I have always been a believe that slow and steady wins the race. Social Media is a good place to learn patience!

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PaulBiedermann
PaulBiedermann moderator

@jpJeremy I would say that 12 Most offers a choice, rather than “encourages lazy reading.” People can either read the whole post or skim the main points. But at least if people take the skim method here on a 12 Most post, they still have a pretty good chance of retaining the 12 basic points — so to my mind, the post had value simply by getting across good information. 

When it comes to commenting, I think most people opt for the easier way (not to comment), but I think that is true on most blogs. It’s also interesting how some posts get many comments and some other very good posts get very few if any comments — which I think also depends on how it is is written. Some of what I’ve considered to be our best posts that espouse a lot of great information get the fewest comments, perhaps because they are written more as statements rather than something where people see an opportunity to add something of their own. Interesting stuff.

susansilver
susansilver

@jpJeremy I have noticed that effect here on 12most too.

12most posts get shared frequently, but rarely a comment on the website. Even from the best posts! It has changed my mind about the metrics I use to judge success. Most shared is no longer a good measure. 

#3, that good point turn into a post all by itself. Perhaps I will write up some thoughts about it on my personal blog. 

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susansilver
susansilver

@BeckyGaylord @susansilver @jpJeremy Thanks Becky! I try my darndest . That is why I only suggest doing one of these activities when you have extra time. It takes effort, but the reward out weighs that. You get much more than you put in. 

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