When You Need to Take a Break From Business

Today's blog is a lot different from the usual topics on business insights and practices that I typically share. Instead, I am going to be a bit vulnerable and share with you why I have not blogged for quite some time. With that being said, let's get into this week's blog topic on knowing when you need to take a break from your business and focus on self investment. 

We've all heard the age-old ideology on never allowing your personal life affect your business, but let's be honest - that is almost impossible. In March, I went through a life changing event and the thought of blogging, posting to social media, creating beautiful brands and offering business advice seemed completely out of the question. While I wanted to persevere and throw myself into the day-to-day operations of my business, something always pulled me away. 

What I soon realized was that the sensation of being pulled away from my business was a calling to focus inwardly and allow myself to self invest. I accepted that I could not wholeheartedly benefit my clients or create great work for my business during those moments. Taking a barre class, saying "no" to things that I did not truly want to do, finally listening to that podcast I've been dying to hear, and just enjoying my personal time are just a few ways that I self invested. This new found investment granted me the time and space I greatly needed to focus internally and re-establish a passion for my business. Sure, I was criticized for my lack of social media and blog posts - but I knew that I could not contribute creatively with my clients and taking a break from business was best. 


The magic is in the mess
— Brene Brown

Taking this break from my business was not easy, and quite frankly it was scary. However, I knew that it was something that I had to do. I know I am now a much better business owner and consultant for it today! Setting such strict boundaries was the best practice I could have done. I can honestly say that after this brief hiatus from my business, I have become more inspired, motivated and driven than when I first launched Magnolia Media.  

If you are not feeling inspired or had a life changing event happen and need a break, know that it is okay to step back. You will not help anyone, if you don't help yourself first. Self investment is not for every person and requires it a lot of strength to step away from day-to-day tasks of your business. If you are interested in taking a break from you business and would like to know more on my self investment journey, please contact me! 

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Stop Ignoring Twitter Marketing!

With 3.7 million active users (via Statista), I'm sure you are questioning the title of this week's blog based on this bite-sized social media platform. Trust me when I say that have two very big reasons that are causing my concern of business owners ignoring Twitter: a phenomenal amount of professionals that cross my path do not want to incorporate Twitter into their social media marketing campaign and the alarming number of business owners who do not have an account at all even though they may have a personal, private account. 

In hopes of changing some opinions, I am offering four reasons on how incorporating Twitter into your social media work flow is important for modern marketing and your business. 

1 | Gain New Leads and Customers

Once you have created a solid foundation of substantial, creative tweets, relative to your business on Twitter, you are at the point of gaining new leads and customers. You can start doing this by using the search feature on Twitter to research phrases and hashtags that relate to your industry, business and products/services. Interact with fellow Twitter users who have tweeted those phrases and hashtags to generate more followers and engage by tweeting a personalized 'thank you.'


Remember: When someone follows you it is because they want to hear and learn more about your company. 


2 | Get Customer Feedback

Once your current customers begin to realize that you either joined Twitter or have become more active, the door for feedback and constructive criticism will open. By responding promptly and effectively you are showing your company's strength and confidence. Always remember that all feedback, good or bad, should be handled with grace and with careful consideration of a response.


Tip: Avoid Twitter trolls by sending a practical response that is effective and then private message that user to turn a negative situation into a positive one. 


3 | Spy on Your Competition

Research all of your competition by determining their Twitter handle and take note of their language, hashtags, followers and page descriptions. Pull inspiration from those aspects of their account for your content, but make it ten times stronger! It is important to continuously monitor your competition, including learning from their successful and unsuccessful marketing strategies and engagement.  

4 | Develop Brand Ambassadors 

By enlisting your employees and interns involved in your new Twitter marketing campaign you are creating brand ambassadors. Teasing new product/service launches, using your company's unique hashtag(s) and tweeting company news are just a few ways you can encourage your employees and interns start a conversation. In addition, you can also have loyal customers tweet in your favor as well. While it would be ideal for those customers to tweet organically, you can offer incentives (discounts, coupons, free product/service, etc.) to customers if they tweet a review or use your hashtag! 


TIP: Post pictures with all of your tweets as users are more likely to read content with imagery. 


See where your social media marketing strategies stand by requesting a Social Media Analysis today! 

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