Saturday, April 20, 2013

I'm not friends with businesses

There are a boatload of businesses on facebook operating as personal profiles.

Facebook has stated that these profiles are open to deletion and/or banning from the platform.

Real estate agents are often guilty here.

Business pages on Facebook

I am not friends with businesses.  There are many products and companies that I like.  Motorola, Red Bull, Leesha, Chad Hyams.  Some great stuff, companies, and business people. It's easy to just jump in as we know how when some project takes off.

Let me offer a better way.  A way that does not violate the facebook terms of use.  As a business, how often do you go to their store (even if it's their ecommerce store)?  When you need something right?  You don't have a relationship with Southwest Airlines.  I chat with the people sitting next to me, the stewardesses, etc. What if businesses simply did business?

There is a couple of different ways, but the most common is the facebook business page.  I've linked a couple of the above and I think, for the record, that Chad Hyams and Red Bull do it well.

What are the benefits?
First off, we don't get analytics with a personal profile.  We get beautiful charts and numbers with a biz page.

A business page is not limited to 5,000 friends.  I believe Red Bull is somewhere in the neighborhood of 36 and change million fans.  There are a number of folks in my network that simply cannot have more friends.  (They can, however, convert their personal page to a "Public Figure" page like Dave Ramsey.)

Biz pages give access to offers and advertising.  This is something businesses need.  Personal profiles don't need to be advertised.

Do you have a social media team?  Awesome!  They can all have roles to work on the page! The best part of all of this?  The page is now in compliance with FB rules and will stay around.

Connect with Chad Bowman on Facebook, Twitter, or in Real Estate.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Some of you have already seen the new blog. I'm closing this chapter and I leave you with a few words.
From one death comes many a life.
This is Chad Bowman, Good Day!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

in other people's shoes... an idea

One of the main goals in my life for the past few years has been to understand people. There is no absolute goal here; it's just to keep working towards that.

In one of my old employers, the management never even showed their face around the "peons" of the company unless there was something to talk about. They were terrified whenever a GM or a director was around. They were only mildly scared when a manager was around. HAHAHA!!! These are the people that could be HELPING the staff, or "team members" as one of the GMs liked to call it.

I don't think that they realized who their customers really were/are. I can tell you right now who my customers are. I work for a real estate firm. My responsibilities include many things including
- answering the main phone line
- helping agents with computers
- making sure the office runs smoothly
- modifying websites
- maintaining a couple of databases
- assisting with networking (computers AND people) functions/socials

My customers are real estate agents. I work with and help out with property management too, but that's not my main function.

So, my idea..... is to spend part of a day with several (possibly all) agents in my office to look for things that would make their job easier. I could set it up so that I'm their "assistant" for a couple of hours. That way I can see their agenda, watch them work on their projects, hear them talk to people, and feel how they feel things really are. I can walk in their shoes. I might do this for other people too, but I'll start in my office.

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Toy!

So, after three weeks of fighting with her computer, my roommate gave up and bought a new one. She asked if I could recover her data (photos, music, etc) and I could/did that for her. Then she surprised me by GIVING it to me!

Linky: HP DV6000 / give or take on TigerDirect

I immediately wiped XP and loaded Fedora 10. I'm having some fun trying to get the wireless NIC running, but other than that: I'm psyched! Anyone know of a battery utility? I think I'm gonna have to get a new one. *cringe* Ah well! I've been messing with and configuring Conky for it too! NEW TOYS!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

definition: Vista

(blōt´wãr) (n.) jargon Software that has lots of features and requires considerable disk space and RAM. As the cost of RAM and disk storage has decreased, there has been a growing trend among software developers to disregard the size of applications
. Some people refer to this trend as creeping featuritis. If creeping featuritis is the symptom, bloatware is the disease.
It's actually the definition for "bloatware." Either way, it makes me happy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gay guys/Happy Saint Patrick's

So there where two gay guys out on saint patty's. Did you hear about them? Tommy Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzgerald

I hope you's wearin the green or you's Ireesh! Else, I'll be pichin your ass!

Hah! Whatever your heritage, celebrate it. I'm English, Irish, Swedish and German. I guess I should find the other holidays too.

Irish - St Patty's, March 17th
German - Oktoberfest, The couple of weeks-ish leading to the first Sunday in October.
English - Boxing Day, December 26th
Swedish - Midsommarafton (Midsummer's Eve), June 20th this year.

The first two are pretty easy. England along with half of the European world (and Canadia) also celebrate Boxing day. The funny thing is: Boxing day is also my birthday. Midsommarafton is the evening before Midsommardagen, which is to commemorate the summer solstice. There were/are a lot of other silly shenanigans that typically go along with it, but they are a bit over the top and against a few things I believe in. So, I can accept the solstice part of it.

I think I'll look for a holiday each month. (What is there to celebrate in January besides going skiing?) (Now that I'm asking, you guys will throw a brick in my face with some holiday that everyone and their dog celebrates! I know it!) :-D

Anyway, celebrate your roots.

On a side note: I'm thinking about giving a computer away. That felt really good to see the look on the recipient's face last time. (She still needs some support with it, but I don't mind that.)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

the funny things I hear

in real estate...