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Real Men Don’t Emoji

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… particularly in the context of romance, when they are given to texting the … piece of communication or a message from an adult with an emoji.

A new digital divide has popped up, and at its animated heart is a winky face with a tongue sticking out. (Mark Pernice/The New York Times) — NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED MEN EMOJI BY MATT HABER. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. —

Right now, it’s likely that someone you know is texting a thumbs-up image to confirm a meeting or maybe sending off a friendly ghost emoji to a friend.

Men aren’t comfortable with emoji. Women embrace them, but given their resemblance to the stickers that adorn the notebooks of schoolgirls, not to mention their widespread adoption as the lingua franca of tweens and teens everywhere, emoji strike terror in hearts of many a man.

“Women tend to be more overtly expressive in language,” said John McWhorter, a linguist who teaches at Columbia University.

He would like to see men face their emoji fears head on — or, thumbs on, as the case may be. Emoji, he said, allow for an expressive, human way of translating the spoken word into text, with the goofy symbols providing a texter or tweeter with the means to convey tone.

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Finding Your Way Into The Social Media Circles: A Tutorial On Engagement

What Social Circles Do You Draw?

Advantages of Social Media ManagementYou have a small business and you haven’t bought into the social media craze? Guess what? Silence is no longer an option. The world now begins it’s research, asks their questions, narrows it down to their top 3, and continues their conversation online. Get in the middle of it, or step back and watch the rest of the world succeed. The task is cumbersome, but here are the spaces you need to be engaging:The Social Media Cirles
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • Google +
  • LinkedIn
  • Merchant Circle
Others to engage down the road:
  • Flickr
  • StumbleUpon
  • Kudzu
  • Foursquare
  • Instagram
Create a detailed profile within these spaces and create yourself a schedule to log in and engage at least once a week. For the more social media spaces you should find a Social Media Manager to assist you to handle the conversation. Managing multiple social networks is daunting. So, before you start posting content, requesting friends and adding followers, sign-up for a social media manager. These allow you manage your accounts on one site and schedule your messages in the future. The most popular and feature rich are:
  • Hootsuite
  • Ping.fm
The Social Media WorldTry out the free versions first to get the hang of it all and decide which you prefer to get started with. Once you get more involved and gain that understanding, I suggest SproutSocial. There are choices of plans from $9 a month to $49 a month. A free 30 day trial will let you see the power of this manager. What I like is that it allows you to take all of those you follow and the followers and create contacts out of them which you can manage in the system and track engagement. It also has one inbox for all of your messages from all the networks. Plus, it allows you to track check-ins at FourSquare and Gowalla. It’s important to have content on your social media pages before you start adding friends and followers. When you try to find friends, they’re going to look at the page to see if they want to follow you. So you need to give them a reason to follow you first. Provide valuable information about the industry. Post pictures of your business or people enjoying your business. On YouTube, post videos of your business, customer experiences, and encourage customers to make their own. You can also ‘favorite’ other YouTube users’ videos and they will end up on your page. If you’re a small airport, posting cool aerobatic videos of the Patriots’ Jet Team is a possibility that would add value to those who ‘subscribe’ to your page. Also, share those videos on your other accounts such as Twitter, Facebook and even LinkedIn. I wrote this article after seeing a shout out for assistance on our My Pure Pleasure consultant group. Since it would be a bit daunting for me to create enough information within a Facebook post to help out these entrepreneurs who understand the social media arena HAS to be entered, I wrote this post to include helpful hints to assist our My Pure Pleasure friends, and our Tickle Team Members. The question was shouted out for Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest – so these there are the focus below. I have found a few articles that should guide in the right direction. Facebook seems to be the most popular, and I am going to assume that most of you know how to create one, so these articles are about what to do once you create your Facebook so that you can get more friends and likes. A suggestion from me. Scan your yearbook. Find and reach out to at least 10 – 20 people and ask them to come find their name and pictures in the yearbook and tag it for you. In my experience, this will skyrocket your friends list. I only found 10 people in my 1977 Ramstein Germany year book. Within 3 month almost the entire book has now found me (because of friends of friends of friends) – DO NOT GET SUCKED IN TO PAY FOR LIKES! – for Likes. here are some articles: (love this one) How To Get More Facebook Likes (a little complicated, but good suggestions) 9 Ways To Get More Likes On Your Facebook Page and for twitter: Twitter for Beginners – 5 Things to Do as a New Twitter User How Twitter Works Twittering Tips for Beginners YouTube Video – How Do You Twitter: An Introduction Tutorial On Twitter And Pinterest YouTube. A Pinterest Tutorial 9 Pinterest Tips for Business Profile Pages How to Set-Up Pinterest for Your Business in 5 Easy Steps

2014 Top 10 Keys To Home Party Plan Success

Thanks Shelly Hill [http://www.smallbusinessbrief.com/articles/getting_started/002745.html], from which much of the information here was pulled.

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Are you a new consultant with a home party plan company? If so, there are a few things you should know to help get you started with your new home party plan business.

There are many things that will affect your success with a home party plan type of business, the faster you get started the faster you will make money & be successful at your new home business.

Below you will find some great tips & ideas on how to move your business forward & to do so quickly!

#1. Once your consultant business opportunity kit arrives to your home, go through it thoroughly. I recommend that you open up your catalog and start reading it cover to cover to familiarize yourself with all of the products. One way to do this is to take 3×5″ index cards and make up a set of Product Flash Cards. On the front side of each card put the product name & a picture of it (if available) and on the backside list the product features, item number, price and any other product facts.

Once you make up your Product Flash Cards, use them! Just like in grade school, flash cards can help you memorize and learn your products quickly.

If you are a My Pure Pleasure consultant, there are a set of product index cards already created in your backend. Download them and match them to the products you received in your kit.

#2. Read through your Consultant Business Manual. As you are reading through it, have on hand 2 different colored highlighter markers. Take one and highlight areas that are important and the other color highlight areas that you need more information on. Then make a list of your questions and contact your recruiter/sponsorer or your Upline Manager to get all of your questions answered. I recommend to all party plan consultants to read their consultant business manuals atleast twice cover to cover. Its also nice to go back to it frequently to use as a reference point.

As a My Pure Pleasure consultant, you have access to MPPU (My Pure Pleasure University) where you have training tracks that provide you with valuable business-building information. sales techniques, and organization to help you become successful in every aspect of your business. Be sure to at least read through the Blueprint For Success. When/If you have questions, give us a call at Intimate Tickles. 877-531-5541 X2.

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#3. Make a detailed list of everyone you know! Friends, Family, Co-workers, Neighbors, Teachers, Community Leaders etc. This will be your BASE Customer List. I recommend you contact everyone on your list via phone, in-person, email or postal mail to offer them a catalog and your business card. Print out flyers about your Hostess Plan and Current Hostess Specials and print out flyers about any consumer specials that your company is offering. Include those flyers with every catalog you hand out. For extra incentive, you could include a discount coupon that they can use on their first purchase from you. Use holidays to create an additional buzz, for instance, for Valentines Day Intimate Tickles, an adult toy home party category business, create Sexy Valentines Day Baskets.

Your My Pure Pleasure backend contains forms to use to create you list, as well as a collection of flyers, business cards, and post cards to print out for your marketing efforts.

#4. Hold your First Party with you being the Host or do a Mystery Hostess Party, you will want to do this within 3 weeks of joining your home party plan company. Invite everyone you know! This will give you practice on doing a home party show and expose your new business & products to your family & friends from your Contact Customer List above. The more you practice & the more parties you do, the more comfortable you will be doing it plus the more money you will earn!

#5. Attend any meetings or events that are sponsored by your party plan company. They offer training, motivation, idea sharing & friendship. These days we all lead very busy lives but if you don’t attend them, you are really selling yourself short on this valuable resource to get yourself started with your new home business.

My Pure Please does company business calls each and every Tuesday. Intimate Tickles does additional team meeting at different times of the week.

#6. Attend local commerce & business events in your community. You can build up business contacts & business references by attending these events. You need to network with as many people as possible and get your business out there to be seen. Your business will not promote itself, its your job to promote & advertise your new business.

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Check out Meetup.com, Vistage.com, and discover your local BNI. Each of these will give you a chance to network and meet new people and business owners. Another resource is ryze.com. its FREE to join and there are many FREE groups you can sign up to.

#7. Set aside time a few times a week to work on your business. Just like any job or business, you need to set a schedule for “work related time.” The more you work on your business the more it will grow & flourish. I use a large wall calendar in my home office and a daily planner and I schedule in blocks of time to work on my business. Every week I sit down and plan my week along with goals that I want to accomplish for that week. Draft up a plan and stick to it. Don’t forget your social media marketing and blogging.

#8. Start a Referral Program. Reward your party hosts & customers who refer others to you. They are more apt to give you referrals if there is something in it for them. This could be a free small product or a discount on their personal order. Think about your referral program right away and get promoting it!

#9. Attitude! Be excited about your new business & the products that you offer! The more you are enthused about your new business & products, the more enthused your party hosts & customers will be too!

#10. Share your Business Opportunity with everyone you know & come into contact with. Don’t assume that they know and would not be interested!

Bonus Recommendation: Increase your sales by letting people know how your products can benefit them and fit into their lives! The more you talk about your business & products the more customers will want to purchase them! To do this, ask questions about your customers likes & dislikes.

You can make up a customer survey to find out these types of answers and offer your customer a one time discount for filling out your Preferred Customer Survey. Use this survey to recommend products to your customer or to alert them to future sales on the products that you customer loves. StellarSurvey.com and SurveyMonkey.com are two great places to create free surveys. Facebook also has a module that will allow you easily create a survey within your group and push it out to your friends and their friends. This is a great method to raise your social media awareness, however, this method does not allow you to get their contact information.

Good Luck From Intimate Tickles LLC!</p>

Sex Toy Story: Jimmyjane’s Ethan Imboden Wants to Make Vibrators as Common as iPhones

[Courtesy Of allthingsd.com] HELLOTOUCH_02[1] Before he designed vibrators, Jimmyjane founder and chairman Ethan Imboden spent more than a decade designing cellphones, footwear and furniture for the likes of Motorola, Herman Miller and Nike. So, when he finally turned his attention to luxury sex toys, he had considerable consumer electronics acumen to apply to them. And that has served him well in his quest to turn a once-taboo device into a lifestyle accessory as commonplace as an electric toothbrush. Imboden has been called the Steve Jobs of sex toys (though perhaps “the Jony Ive of sex toys” is more appropriate), and while that’s a characterization he said he’s not entirely comfortable with, it’s easy to understand. With Jimmyjane, Imboden has reimagined a massive industry, bringing holistic, intuitive design and taste to a pleasure goods market sorely lacking in it. Which is not to say that the company’s Millennium Falcon-esque Form 2 or its latest offering, the wearable Hello Touch, are the iPhones of sex toys; just that the focus on design and consumer experience that went into their design, their almost visually asexual aesthetic, disrupted a complacent sex-toy industry in the same way that the iPhone upended the smartphone market. [DKB url=”http://allthingsd.com/20130930/from-cell-phones-to-sex-toys-jimmyjane-founder-ethan-imboden-on-the-reinvention-of-the-vibrator/” text=”Read On” desc=”Jimmyjane” title=”Jimmyjane” type=”” style=”” color=”” height=”” width=”” opennewwindow=”yes” nofollow=”yes”]

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