Create An Activity Management Plan

What is an activity management plan?

When you are constantly juggling between tasks and time, it is now the perfect moment when you know how to manage your activities to give more space and time for doing what you want. Isn’t that we are here for? Our long time credo to help others become financially free through online marketing and blogging (watch this video on what platform we use to do this here) means being 80% productive out of the 20% work we did. And we didn’t do just that by mismanaging our activities.

The 24-hour time you have is just like everyone else’s. What you do with them is the only thing that sets you apart. How then can you create this plan to manage all your activities?

SCHEDULE. Let us go back to the basics. Managing often begins with a layout. Try doing this in Excel or best, your calendar. Maximize your availability. The rich and successful people value their time so much they HIRE people to schedule it. Why not do it also? Finding a layout and formatting it might be the most challenging part because you have to maintain it in the future and it has to be the best one that you can understand and keep track off easily.

Create Activity Management Plan

LIST. Now that you have decided on a format, list down your activity that is as early as one week ahead. Again, this management plan is for your online marketing activities – not your time. The “time” part will follow.

Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 4.30.15 PM

TRACK. When you feel like your days and long and your weeks are short, check back on your calendar and find out where all of your time is going and whether you have managed 80% of the 20% you have devoted to doing your Empower Network duties. Give yourself realistic goals and honest expectations. If you think researching the competition takes 2 hours than the usual, write that down.

Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 4.30.15 PM

PRIORITIZE. After listing your activities and tracking which tasks are the ones that make you productive, prioritize them in order of how they will affect your health, wealth, and relationships. When you constantly address activities that make you rich, healthy, and emotionally stable, then wouldn’t you be leading a complete life then? Isn’t that one of our goals? Watch this video too on how I made myself one of the top 7 Figure earners in the online marketing industry. 

Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 4.37.12 PM

Time is constant in our lives but activities are the ones that CHANGE. By giving more significance on activities that bring you success, it is easier then to let go of the ones that don’t. Discipline and perseverance will be your allies and procrastination your enemy.

Manage your activities and plan them in a way that will combat time and the hectic chaos of your life. Who knows, by being religious to such tasks, you might even end up with more time that usual for recreational activities.

———————————– Need help with your enhancing your business online through digital marketing from Empower Network’s Top Earners? Think you need help with time management? Drop us a line here! 

How to be more engaging in Twitter

Although social media platforms possess different functions, strengths, weaknesses, advantages and utility, I’ve found that Twitter is the most engaging and real-time of them all. What could be more real-time when every other second your Twitter home feed updates and publishes your followers’ update? They could be from all over the world which makes any timezone look non-existent as it updates all the time. Talk about lasting friendships and contacts, yes?

 Engage Twitter by 7 Figure Surfer Scott Smith2

But how do you sustain that friendship and connection? How do you engage more conversations in Twitter besides being active all the time in it? Watch this video on how I managed to become an online marketer at Empower Network Australia in a span of months here.

Tailored to your interests, Twitter gives tailored suggestions to make timelines interesting and relevant. Tweets, links, media and updates from people you found interesting are going to be the ones that are going to fill up your news feed. Easy and fast, tweets or followers give you more suggestions that are tailored to who you should be following according to your interests.

Engage Twitter by 7 Figure Surfer Scott Smith copy

Make your tweets short and succinct. Get your point across with 140 characters or less. Use URL shorteners if you need to publish a link and still can talk more.

Schedule tweets and do not spam your followers. Fifteen tweets a day in a span of 5 hours is acceptable compared to 15 tweets in one hour. Be consistent and pace.

Ask questions. Answer some. Other users are also soliciting for advice. Give them. Reply to questions more.

Hashtags (#) are extremely helpful. Your tweet, news and even profile can be easily searchable.

Retweet if you can. Quoting is better. It makes you look less lazy and the user will appreciate you sending in your comments and feedback. Twitter is less lonely if you try to engage in conversations with your followers. Be generous and help others by promoting their tweets. Good karma for you then.

Find users from online marketing organizations that you are in or industries that you have signed up for. Find a niche and encourage discussions with users that share your common interests.

Monitor trends and find out what people are talking about now. Debate, argue, give opinions and it will definitely spark a conversation. Be the first to always break the news. Always stay on top of things.

How much time do you devote to your tweeting? Do you find yourself answering to @Mentions more or basically just typing away status update after status update without even considering your audience? Remember, you are what you tweet! In the beginning, don’t be put off if you don’t have followers yet or mentions. With a little effort and time, you’ll soon be able to use Twitter better.

———————————– * How To Be More Engaging in Twitter blogpost is first published at the 7 Figure Surfer blog. Follow me here  @Number1Income.

3 Major Marketing Mistakes Businesses Make

Marketing Mistakes - Scott Smith Empower Network

Business owners sometimes are unaware of committing one or two marketing faux pas that costs them millions of dollars in lost revenue and profits. Yes, it cripples their business but the extent of such mistakes might not give them the chance anymore to get back on their feet. Consumers are harsh and unforgiving and it will cost thousands again to rebuild another campaign to redeem themselves.

Marketing Mistakes - Scott Smith Empower Network

Whether business owners need more education or training, it is best to know what could be the possible outcome should they avoid committing the mistakes listed below.

Mistake #1. Not having a Unique Selling Point or USP.

Your USP is one thing that is going to set you apart from the rest of the competition. Without it, no can really differentiate you from the rest of the thousands of competitors who are also offering the same services that you are selling.

Mistake #2. Going into battle without ammunition.

Just like establishing a USP, every a marketing pitch has to have a strong offer. Prepare for the battle when you launch it. Turn it into a religion when you study, practice and devote all your time learning it.

Different businesses automatically send proposals and marketing letters that are poorly written that it is going to be miracle for someone to actually read it. They thought they can guarantee sales already by taking that huge leap into pushing their products aggressively.

When your sales and marketing are your foundation, establish them one by one. It might take time but the rewards are bigger and greater.

Achieve success by getting things right. Always prepare NOT to fail or you’ll end up preparing to FAIL at all. Athletes train all the time. Do you think they would win at the battlefield had they not practiced, exercised and prepared?

Mistake #3. No Sales and Marketing System.

So you’ve sent out your proposal and waited for a reply. How do you convert these leads?

How can you qualify if this lead is valid or not?

When brands form a system to market their brand, it does not establish on its own. A branch with a huge following like BMW, for example, might be doing well in one region but not in another. When I visited one BMW dealer in the area, I was surprised that they don’t have a marketing department at all. A marketing and sales department should be handy and ready to promote their business – and they should together and hold hands while at it.

Marketing your business is an art that you have to get down on your knees sometimes just to produce something creative – but it all boils down to one system. YOUR SYSTEM. Without that foundation, your efforts and conversions will go haywire.

Think this is it? There could be so many marketing mistake we could all do in a lifetime but the ones mentioned above are the basic marketing mistakes that we miss to correct but could certainly affect our businesses in the long run. I will be concluding more soon.

What about you? Have you committed mistakes in the past that affected your marketing efforts?

Keep posted for more marketing tips here.

Scott

Jumpstart Your Own Self-Hosted Blog

Empower Network or Create Your Own Blog

We have dedicated this page to help our readers and followers on building their own brands and pages online. Eventually, if you are a member of Empower Network, you might also want to have an asset of your own – a page and blog that you can create and claim as your own brand.

Now we are going to create your own self-hosted blog and start safeguarding your blogs and content for the long haul. Position yourself at the top of your own niche and give your readers a different YOU.

We have dedicated this page to help our readers and followers on building their own brands and pages online. Eventually, if you are a member of Empower Network, you might also want to have an asset of your own – a page and blog that you can create and claim as your own brand.

Empower Network or Create Your Own Blog

Now we are going to create your own self-hosted blog and start safeguarding your blogs and content for the long haul. Position yourself at the top of your own niche and give your readers a different YOU. How to begin?

Brand Name and Domain. Have you decided on a name to use online? You can use www.fullname.com if its available or perhaps a nickname that you wanted to be known for. I’ve used www.dev.needavasolutions.com/scottsmith because it stands for me helping out everyone to be come 7 figure earners. The surfing part is what I do in between! Remember, once you decided on brand name, it would be hard to switch to something else or your followers will get confused. Seeking and deciding on your brand and domain URL is the hardest part of setting up your own site – its final and it sticks.

Hosting and Domain. Search for a hosting domain that has had several reviews on satisfied customers.  They usually give more discounts when you purchase a hosting plan for more than 1 year. For example, buying a hosting plan that will cost you $8/month for a year is more expensive than buying a hosting plan that will cost you $3/month for a year for 3 years.

Hosting plans already include a free domain for two years the most. Don’t get confused between hosting plan and domain. You can buy a domain anywhere and register for a www.yourbrandname.com but you need a hosting plan to “host” or cater all your files and content that you are going to be publishing online. A domain cannot stand alone without a hosting plan.

WordPress, Blogger or Joomla. Now that you have your www.brandname.com and is now hosted, you will have another choice to make – will you build your website from scratch or install it using WordPress or Blogger (there are others but I’ve just listed the major two)?

My blog is hosted with WordPress and notwithstanding its functionality and form, WordPress seems to be the best content management system online. Blogger, on the other hand, lacks the necessary plugins or functionalities that can make your blogging life easy. [Watch out soon for an in-depth tutorial on setting up WordPress]

Blog. Start putting and publishing content on your blog. Try posting everyday if schedule permits or at least three (3) times a day. Read about more blogging content here.

Now that you have your blog set up and ready – it is time to optimize and customize it! More of this soon!

Ciao,

Scott

———————– Need help with putting up your own blog? Message us now here.

Branding with Pinterest

We have come to terms with our social profiles already and made them equivalent to our identities online.  From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram, it is fairly easy now to just promote and publish news about our business and brands.

Have you tapped Pinterest lately?

Besides the fact that some of my traffic comes from that social network, Pinterest interface seems more fun, functional and easier to the eye – almost like an Instagram post on the web but categorized into topics that delve into your interests such as design, food, travel and business topics. [Follow the 7Figure Surfer at Pinterest]

Is Pinterest part of your online marketing campaign? If you have already one, are you satisfied with how you brand’s page look? Just your Facebook cover photo or your Twitter wallpaper, your Pinterest page should also represent your brand. The points below can possibly help you set up your brand at page Pinterest and also help you gain more followers who will be engage with your pins and boards.

Pinterest Marketing Profile Image. Make certain you upload your best profile image. This should represent you and your brand and is easily identifiable whenever people look you up online. Upload your logo at your Pinterest brand page so that as soon as people look you up, they can immediately tell your brand. Pinterest Profile image dimension is 165×165 while your photo dimensions should be 600×600 pixels in size. Username and Brand Name. Pinterest allows you to customize your URL link. Hence, you can market and brand your pinterest name like this: www.pinterest.com/customname. This will also help you be more searchable online.

Maximize the ‘About’ Section. Write details about your business. Tell your followers what you do, what moves you, where you are now, or how you become who you are now. Keep it short and add keywords if you can. Be simple, succinct and concise. Remember, you can also express that in 160 characters.

Don’t forget your other social media networks and accounts. Pinterest allows you to add your Twitter and Facebook profiles to your page and even lets you connect them and auto-post from Pinterest. Syncing your other social media accounts can also help you find your other friends online. So far, you can only post to your Facebook personal profile page and not to your business page. Perhaps Pinterest will be working on that soon.

Your Website. Did you add your URL or your business’ site? Verify it. If a tick or a check mark appears beside it, it means your website and company page is verified and valid. It makes you look valid and legitimate, too.

Start boarding up and pinning. Being an important element of a Pinterest brand page, you must also create and categorize your boards. A valid Pinterest page should have at least 5-10 boards.

Now that you are set up – happy pinning! Read more marketing tips here.

—————————————- Need online marketing help? Message us now! Read about Empower Network’s 7 Figure Surfer Guy here.

Work from Home – A New Era

Now that we have established how large the percentage of people working at home is lately, it clearly is the new era of employment – at the comforts of our home.

The brouhaha over Yahoo!’s latest policy on ending employees’ work-at-home standing riled a lot of work-at-home workers who thought otherwise.

Has Yahoo! gone backwards to the stone age?

Working at home not only increases productivity (I didn’t even realize I’ve been working for 10 hours straight!) but drive us to work harder. When companies give their employees the option to work at home they will all the more gain an intensely loyal, hard-working employee.

Communication and collaboration will be always be important in the work place but then if the absolute best place to work is at work – everything else will follow. Working at home requires less desk space, less electricity and less rent. Therefore, everything else is inexpensive.cartoon_girl_with_laptopA

There are other kinds of jobs that are best done at home, too. Others are operational, some are rather creative. Research said that IT staff, sales representatives, business development executives, marketing and copywriting staff were most likely to work at home. If you think you belong to this industry, I certainly cannot see why you can’t join in the workforce – at home.

Haven’t decided yet if you should work at home or not? Watch this video and find out how I managed to pry myself from the corporate world to becoming one of the top earners in this industry.

Why Organize Your Blogging

Why Organize Your Blogging

When blogging at Empower Network is one’s bread and butter, writing and generating content becomes second nature to you especially when blogging and the blogging system is the major product that the Empower Network members are encouraging new members to use. I have been blogging for almost a year now and the list of topics and the stories to blog about just keep getting longer and longer. Watch this video on why you should start your own blog now.

You might think that blogging for Empower Network will have its limitations but the possibilities are endless! As of writing this blog, I already created 3 more topics out of it and listed it down as drafts for future posts.

woman_thinking_about_her_blog

 

How do I organize my blogging?

 

I know that since I am going to be blogging for as long as I know how to write and create content that my readers will consider the king of information, I have to organize my blogging and the content that I publish to the public. Some bloggers, although one reason why people went to blogging is because they can freely talk about anything in random, just rant and rave about everything under the sun and completely forget their readers and audience.

Start Blog

Selfish, I might add, but when you get visits as many as 1,000 per day or more than that, there is a reason why readers particularly keep coming back to you – your content is valuable enough for them to keep on going back to your site. They eagerly wait for your next big reveal or next insightful story that they will share to their friends and families, too. Read this post that shows you why I am where I am now because of blogging.

There are days that my head is teeming with ideas and with organization, you can easily identify the areas where you would like to start first then follow through with supporting articles in the future. Got content? Start blogging now. Need help with getting started? We would love to assist you right away! Send us your contact information here and I would personally help engineer your new blog life. Chat soon! Scott

Betcha By Bali – Wow!

bali indonesia like an Empower Network boss

What they said about Bali was true and I cannot believe it took me months to visit Indonesia’s best kept secret. Since Julia Roberts visited the country in her Eat, Pray, Love movie, people began being curious about this tiny island in Indonesia that is as remote as those pesky cavities that we never seem to find.

bali indonesia like an Empower Network boss

But lovely – uber lovely is Bali.

(photo from the internet)

The remote island had little to absolutely terrible internet service which I could pretty much understand considering people go there to unwind, escape and break away from the whatever caucus people might need to give themselves a break from.

It was a well-earned week long holiday, I might say. On an island known for its excellent surf breaks like Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks, and snorkeling and scuba diving in crystal clear waters, or fishing & a very relaxed lifestyle, Bali is simply no destination like it. If only I had more time I would have broken into a run and surfed that famous cloud nine!

Though the team loved the holistic escape in Asia, I couldn’t wait to get back and flex my renewed marketing muscles and join everyone once again in our road to financial freedom!

While I was away, I moved up to 42nd out

of 100,000 in the entire Empower Network …. 

….   and made $3,500.

Almost a year ago I didn’t know anything could be that possible and I personally want you and everyone else to experience it firsthand.

JoinEmpowerNetwork

The road to financial freedom isn’t all rainbows and paved roads to some. We have had our ups and downs but Empower Network continues to be the strongest pillar that keeps us all together – become one family with us and earn more than what you usually can in a week’s worth. Now I am in the top 50 of the top earners in the entire Empower Network Australia and family and making more working at home or elsewhere in the world than as I did as a plumber who works 50-60 hours a week.

Keep posted as I can’t wait to regal you stories of our trip in Chicago for the Empower Network event.

Have you joined any Empower Network team yet?

Watch this free video and find out how we can earn more money here. Stay in touch!

Scott

The Weekends are Too Short

If you are reading this from the other side of the world, it is either your weekend is over or your weekend is going to be over in a matter of hours. What comes next after the weekend? Yes – slaving away again to your corporate life.

I used to remember what it was like to get up every Monday and go work. During the winter season does not alleviate such feeling also especially when you look outside the window and see it is still dark and snowing. It certainly makes you wish for longer weekends – or for every day to be a weekend!

What could certainly motivate you to just work at home and build your business there instead? When it is a Monday and your body just couldn’t will itself to move because you are not happy with your job? Or when it is a great day outside and you can just jump right into the beach with your dogs?

SunMon

I’ve been building my business and working at home at the same for quite some time now. I fly out to places I want to go, I jump right into the beach and surf, I do not set an alarm and get up when the kids do. The last $625 I made overnight seems something other people are unlikely to achieve while surfing or doing their hobbies during the day.

How about we stop getting up every Monday and start planning right now how to live the life you wish you could while generating $$$ at the same time?

Here at Empower Network Australia, our team will singlehandedly direct you to that path. The choice to whether you will enjoy the weekend because of the two days off only or enjoy the entire week because you have all the time of the your life to make money and enjoy the free time will no longer creep up once you get out of that nightmare.

So which day of the week do you like: Saturday and Sunday because it is the weekend or Friday because of the advent of a weekend? Or how about liking all days of the week instead and no longer dreading Mondays? Join us today and witness how our team is now enjoying the luxury of having to eliminate Monday blues every week. Check out how we all can do it and so can you too!7 Figure Surfer Make Money Blogging | Empower Network Australia

More Ways to Capture Audience

Since the internet is a vital channel in almost every sector and not just constrained to the young, its reach grew in the last three years since 2009. There are a lot of studies in different countries show how the internet and shoppers have succumbed to this new form of retail and progressed to a development not really expected by marketers especially when the factors that contribute its growth are convenience and more choices to the consumer.

But can they stay interested for so long?

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Learn all about internet marketing here[/pullquote]

The sheer volume of noise people created online, activities of competitors and well, recession, might be the challenges that marketers are faced with when it comes to advertising online.

Here in Empower Network Australia, we ensure that most of our online marketing campaigns capture a captive audience. Besides the training that we conduct to help our team, here in my 7 Figure Surfer, I also want to help out and perhaps push you to the right track in executing the 3rd C in Marketing – capturing the audience.

Try to keep your customer interested with your business and product. Just because you have already explained to them how your business works does not mean your education stops. They may not buy now but maybe a few weeks from now they will already start whipping out their credit cards. Constantly keep your audience in the loop and they will surely remember you when they finally decide.ListenToMusic

Go for the Big Fish. Focusing your efforts at the bottom of the hierarchy might be easy for you to reach and convert compared to those at the top. But would you rather talk to the “just considering” group than those already at the brand awareness stage?

Employ humor and inject opinions to your business page. Our Empower Network business page is cemented with the significant credo to inform and educate our audience with our system, policies and procedures  on how to get people to be on board. Entertainment is very important to make the user experience fun and engaging. Joke about current events. Tell a funny story about how your day went today. Show an objective comment in your page on recent events. As long as your news has personality, it makes connections to your audience easier and results to repeat visits or best, recommendations to new visitors.

Like this Article