Show Me Your Twitter!

My former Director at MPC would giggle every time I said things like, “Mike, I need you to Twitter your Utterz”.  What I was referring to would be a mini-podcast that Mike did on Utterz (now Utterli) via his BB and he needed to get it messaged out to his tweets on Twitter.  

I was at CCC today listening to J.Glerum & Josh Woodard from Valitics  talk about SM & business.  Afterward, I spoke to Jeff Reynolds (quick correction, thanks @brharrison) who is not an advocate for Twitter because he just doesn’t see the point…yet, hasn’t tried it (I see a motherly lesson here having to do with brocolli) but by the end of our conversation he said “for you, I will try it!”.  It’s not for everyone, for instance Seth Godin is not on Twitter, nor is he active on a lot of SM sites…he writes books and his blog.  I, too, was not a Twitter advocate for at least a year before I jumped on board in December of ’07.  Now, I believe in the power that is Twitter.  

Twitter is what you want it to be.  Personal, business, promotional or a replacement for your RSS feed – these are all possibilities.  Where I get upset is when someone tries to spam or jumps in with-out thinking their promotional plan through, or as @MikeBoss puts it “It strikes me as a big hunk ‘o SM cheese”.  Meaning: give me your voice.  Yes, we do need to give business that jump in credit for trying a new SM device, but don’t spam me, con me or try to get me to look at nudie pics of your cat or a house w/o connecting in a human way first.  I have no problem with @ktvb sending out their stories (1x a day is enough though, thank you), but what I want from them is a voice…who are you, what are you doing?  Our local Fox station @Fox12 does the best out of all the local media outlets – good job!

Twitter for business 101: you are communicating with potential and current clients.  Don’t pitch, sell & pimp your product.  I want to know you for you.  This is simply another tool to open up dialog.  Don’t be that guy 100 years ago that said, “The tele-phone? It will never be a good tool for business!”

Social/New Media in general is the new way of marketing your company.  It can be intertwined with your traditional marketing through percise, honest messaging and tools to make a 3 second impression last as long as you want to ride the wave.

Social Media Job Hunt: Day 2

Sat on the couch, watched Oprah & found the nectar of the unemployed – Bon Bons.

Whatever!  I sent out 4 resumes & connected to a few more on LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook.  Again, thank you everyone for your support, ideas & an extra set of eyes out there for me (and others too).

While at the dentist Dr. Higginson, who we affectionately call Dr. Happy, asked for help with “my way of marketing”.  It just pained him to put any more money toward the phone book and couldn’t see pouring any money into a short lived commercial.  

Of course I have ideas…I have had ideas for years!  I actually approached them about word-of-mouth marketing when I was with BlueLine & they said their best form of marketing was a sign outside & the yellow pages.  What a difference 3 years can make.  I would love to help Dr. Happy Higginson out along with another friend who said he needed some NM/SM assistance, but my biggest fear is the tax man.

I hate the thought, and reality, of mass paperwork, but I really want to help people out.  Is there an easier way?  Yes, you hire someone like Rochelle DeLong at Consilio…ahhh, then you have to pay them!  My fear stems from the fact that for the first 5-6 months at BlueLine I was an independent contractor & had to do all the claiming of funds, pay taxes, have board of director meetings???…and 2 years later, due to some mistake I made with “some” piece of paper, we are still owing taxes for something “else” that came up.  It’s the fear of marking the wrong box.

I wish there could be a big, sespool beautiful pool of smart and extremely good looking people that want to consult, but don’t want to deal with the paperwork of owning their own business.  We all give the “employer” a 1% cut for doing all that work for us & we all go and do our own thing.  If anyone out there knows of this, let me know.  Could be that I am extremely tired & hungry, but that is one brilliant idea!  Hellloooo Google…Can you hear me now?

Looking forward to Tuesday.  CCC lunch & an eye appointment (aka: potential future client?)

Getting Laid off Sucks

Getting laid off sucks.  That’s obvious.

You could feel it in the air (and read it on the Yahoo boards) and you could tell something was weird.

So, I get laid off at 2:30 and had to hesitate not to twitter it as fast as I could…must-tell-husband-first: so I txt him.  My Twitter access is denied through the work servers already…ah grasshopper, have you not heard of The BlackBerry?  Send a quick text via my “just” downloaded app: TinyTwitter (love it btw)-

“Just laid off. Same handle @gmail.com. Need break, lunch and afternoon date tomorrow…anyone??”

Husband calls as I am throwing my stuff in one of 3 bags as quick as I could while my phone is going off from all the Twitters & DM from friends.  It’s good to have friends…regardless if I only know them by their Twitter handle.  He says “are you $hitting me?”.  Nope, gotogo…packing & I still need to let some people know via email.

I am on my knees franticllay sending emails & a few Skypes to my contacts at Intel, Lithium and others before that ability is turned off too.  

I am done…printed off what I had created (simple strategy stuff-no high level secrets…like there are any) and I and another gal from Marketing head out.

They have 3 people at our check out gate taking the paperwork, our badges and checking our bags…so at this point you know it is not just the 3 or 4 others that I saw on the way out too.  They obviously didn’t read the post by @GuyKawasaki titled The Art of the Layoff.  I sat in my truck for an hour replying to the Tweets of concern & encouragement…thank you everyone!  Ironically, a gal from Denver that I just started following on Twitter & seems incredibally talented was let go earlier in the day.  I consoled her through DM’s & felt the same pain, anger & fear she did just hours later.

How can you not feel good though with Tweets like this…(of course it is in “Twitter read”=read from bottom to top).

Scott Nicholson
snicholsonboise @JenHarris09 they’re idiots, you’re too good for that role anyway, you are awsome 
bcritchfield
bcritchfield @JenHarris09 I expect to see the LinkedIn profile change. 
bcritchfield
bcritchfield @JenHarris09 WTF is right!!!!! Sorry to hear that. I am sure you will land on your feet quickly. I will keep my ears peeled. 
Rick Smith
mightysmith @JenHarris09 Been there recently. My grandpa always said, creative people (like yourself) always land on their feet. 
Brian Harrison
brharrison @JenHarris09 very sorry to hear that news. That’s terrible. 
unhampered.us
UnhamperedTees @JenHarris09 FOOLS! Some other valley employer just got REEEEALLY lucky. Still, sorry to hear it. Hunting is never fun. 
Renee Daniels
renee_daniels @JenHarris09 ohh I hate to hear that. I’m going to hope it opens the way for a great opportunity for you. 
Greg Harris
Idahocaddis @JenHarris09 some very lucky company will pick you up very quickly. I don’t doubt that at all. 
Tac Anderson
tacanderson @JenHarris09 did @mpccomputers at least give you decent severence package? it’s my goal someday to get a severence package. 
Chris Blanchard
LGM1 @JenHarris09 OMG! Jen I am so SORRY. This is terrible. I hate what this economy is doing to good people. 
Justin Foster
brandmilitia @jenharris09 man, that sucks. Will check in with you when we are back from PDX 
Tac Anderson
Brian Harrison

As I was heading out of the parking lot at 4:30, I got my first job offer.  I have other possibilities too, but I am working all angles as fast and as efficiently as I can.   Honestly, I don’t know if I want to be a consultant…the taxes just stress the crap out of me!  I have so many ideas of where I could help different organizations, so I am going to be out there blatently pitching them my ideas & I will go from there…so look out, my ideas are a-coming!

You can follow me and my job hunting follies at #jensSearch at Twemes

I have already been to the Unemployment Office and told my husband that I will have a gig by Friday.  Cross my fingers.