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simple system that works.
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• Use gmail to give every person in the organization that can read English an email address.
• Use a free website creating tool or even Squidoo to build a page about your company. Nothing fancy, but list your locations, your people (with addresses) and make it clear you want to hear from people.
• Start an email newsletter using Mad Mimi or Mail Chimp. Give the responsibility for the newsletter's creation and performance to one person and offer them a bonus if they exceed metrics in sign ups and in reducing churn.
• Start a book group for your top executives and every person who answers the phone, designs a product or interacts with customers. Read a great online media book a week and discuss. It'll take you about a year to catch up.
• Offer a small bonus to anyone in the company who starts and runs a blog on any topic. Have them link to your company site, with an explanation that while they work there, they don't speak for you.• Have the president post her (real) email address in every invoice and other communication the company sends out, asking people to write to her with comments or questions.
• Start a newsletter for your vendors. Email them regular updates about what you're doing, what's selling and what problems are going on internally that they might be able to help you with.• Do not approve any project that isn't run on Basecamp.
• Get a white board and put it in the break room. On it, have someone update: how many people subscribe to the newsletter, how many people visit the website, how many inbound requests come in by phone, how long it takes customer service to answer an email and how often your brand names are showing up on Twitter every day.
• Don't have any meetings about your web strategy. Just do stuff. First you have to fail, then you can improve.
• Refuse to cede the work to consultants. You don't outsource your drill press or your bookkeeping or your product design. If you're going to catch up, you must (all of you) get good at this, and you only accomplish that by doing it.
The problem is no longer budget. The problem is no longer access to tools. The problem is the will to get good at it.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Posted on December 1st, 2009 by Keith Ferrazzi
In a recent post on time management, I asked for your favorite rituals for stress-free relationship building. They were all great! Here are my ten favorites:
10. Dog walking. That's prime pinging time for me, working from a home office. The dog doesn't mind. - John Kerr
9. Network at the gym. - Elizabeth Rhody
8. Every 3-4 months, organize informal drinks as a way to connect with people - but in a very time efficient manner. You buy appetizers, everyone buys their own drinks. - Sital
7. Split your lunch hour in two: Eat with one person and go for a walk with another. It gets in a little extra exercise and many people are happy to move around in the middle of the day. - Alizabeth Van Wieren
6. Make time to pray, worship, and listen to music often to help keep yourself energized. - Evie Denis
5. Create a blog to use as a reference library. In that blog I collect links and articles that I want to save for future reference. I also share the blog content with other artists. Not having to dig for links saves a lot of time. - Marie Kazalia
4. Give up TV! - Maria
3. Identify one "most important task" each day, and then devote the first hour of the day to that task -- before checking email or doing anything else. - Matt Perman
2. Sports junkies: use TV game time to follow up on e-mails, and schedule calls/mtgs with people. - SCOR
1. Get to appointments at least 15 minutes early and use those minutes for pinging, returning emails and social media. You can get a lot done with focus! - Juli Monroe
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