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CONTACT US

My name is Derrick Sorles and my partner is Michael Snell. We are blog coaches and consultants who can help with your Internet marketing strategies and business development needs on a fee for service basis.

 At present, we’re focused on business development and Web 2.0 strategies for clients utilizing new technologies (blogs, podcast, video podcast) and other social media networks to drive their Web traffic, facilitate online communities and conversations and build a brand/Web presence.

We coach clients on understanding the impact of these new technologies to their business and the importance of first mover advantage and organic SEO and keyword search discovery over their competitors.
I AM AN EXPERT. Don’t be duped by some who claim to be experts.

I have over 25,000 hours of experience, I have case studies, and I have satisfied clients who will tell you my strategies WORK!

E-mail Me!  
dsorles  (at) gmail dot com

PH -(773) 878 – 5323

 Strategic Internet Marketing Business Coach and Consultant, Web 2.0 Strategist and Blog Coach, Social Media Evangelist, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Trainer and Certified Group Facilitator.

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Be Everywhere – It’s About Findability – The Power of Social Networking




FINDABILITY.
  

When I tell someone they need to be on LINKEDIN, FACEBOOK, 43 THINGS, NAYMZ and YOU TUBE….they look at me like I have three heads!

“Why on Earth do I need to be on all of these sites?” they ask.

TO BE FOUND. If you’re not there, you can’t be found.  The more sites you are on, the more strands in the web 2.0 world that lead people to you, your products and/or services.  Why plant 3 seeds when you can plant 100?

That’s the same reason you need a blog. Someone told me other day they just spent $4,000 giving their website a full SEO  makeover for their top 50 keywords.  You know how many keyword  combinations  people used to find this blog in the last 60 days?  2173 keyword combinations! You have no idea of clients search habits and there is  NO WAY to predict how someone is going to find you. Don’t assume. BE EVERYWHERE.

Today I was at Inside CRM, digging thru their archives and found 50 Social Sites That Every Business Needs a Presence onSure, the usual suspects are here…like those mentioned above. But there are some you might not be aware of.  Like  MIXXSphinnFrapprNING,  XING, and ZIGGS!  (who comes up with these names?!)

You MUST have an online presence, beyond your website.  The Internet provides powerful networking opportunities that allow users to effectively target their audience by logging on to social media sites.




Web 2.0  Consultants and Strategists 

Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell – We Help “Pull”  New Business To You!
           
Your Business MD’s – Business Blog Consultants & Internet Marketers






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What is a BLOG Anyway?

A BLOG IS THE  MOST MISUNDERSTOOD
AND UNDER-UTILIZED TOOL
IN THIS WEB 2.0 WORLD!

I gave a seminar the other day and amongst the audience, there was a lot of confusion around blogs, exactly what they are and what they can do. 

Let me try to clarify….

A blog  can be  a personal diary.

A daily pulpit.

A collaborative space to build conversation and community.
 
A political soapbox.

A breaking-news outlet.
 
A collection of links.

Your own private thoughts.

Memos to the world.

A new marketing tool.

 

An online magazine.

Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and
sizes, and there are no real rules.

In simple terms, a blog (short for “weblog”) is a website, where you can write stuff, or post stuff (text, art, photos, video, etc) on an ongoing basis. You can add to it as little as or as much as you want to.
 
Where most websites are more static, and rarely updated, a blog can be more like an “online magazine” or newsletter to the world. Always changing. Always growing. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new.
Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.

Blogs have reshaped the Web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to   have a voice and connect with others.

Merely blogging won’t dramatically transform your marketing. Your blog has to be well-optimized and promoted, and most of all, rich with content. Frequency of blogging plays an important role in this equation, too. In fact,  research “Lead Generation Lessons From 4,000 Businesses” shows that companies that blog 20 or more times in a month see the biggest return in traffic and leads.

A blog is a long-term marketing asset that will bring traffic and leads to your business. It introduces you as a thought leader in your industry and allows you to earn people’s trust. In this ebook, we will walk you step-by-step through the blogging fundamentals and show you how to start reaping the benefits of this valuable marketing channel.

Businesses are now learning how to use a “blog” as a marketing tool. They are much more powerful than a website, and much more seach engine friendly, than a basic website. Websites just sit there. You have to promote them. You have to PUSH people to them. Blogs on the other hand PULL people to you through organic keyword search.  People who are “Google-ing” looking for the information, ideas, products, and services that your talking about on your blog!

You might look at the front page of a blog and think that there is not much
to them. A few recent entries, some links to other sites and not much else.
However, look at the sidebar for the archives. The author only displays “X”  amount of entries.
Then the information is archived. So it hold hundreds of pages of information.

A blog is simply and new and improved website! You don’t need to be an IT person or understand complicated code to have one. They are super user friendly and search engines LOVE THEM.

Hope that helps!

Web 2.0  Consultants and Strategists 

Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell – We Help “Pull”  New Business To You!
           
Your Business MD’s – Business Blog Consultants & Internet Marketers

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Top 7 Free e-books on Social Media & Web 2.0

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A lot of people hear us speak about getting on page one of Google and the importance of blogs and social media…but then they have no patience!

They launch their blog in a vacuum, and wonder why their traffic is not growing. It takes time. And it takes networking. That’s where social media comes in. You meet other blogs and bloggers, spread your word, let them spread your word, link to them, get incoming links, encourage conversation, leave comments on incoming comments, comment on other blogs, make friends in the blogosphere, etc.

These are some of my favorite articles and e-books I have come across, that I like to pass onto clients to read.

 

  1. What is Social Media – A great basic primer –  iCrossing
  2. A Primer in Social Media – Another great place to start and learn – SmashLab
  3. Masters of Marketing – How and Why the Web 2.0 works – Startup Internet Marketing
  4. Effective Internet Presence – Why a website is no longer enough – Effective Internet Presence
  5. Get Viral Get Visitors – WOM marketing with Stacie Mahoe
  6. The New Rules of Viral Marketing – All the rules have changed! David Meerman Scott
  7. Blogs & Social Media – lots of data and research – interesting and intense – PRSA

 

      Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell – We Help “Pull”  New Business To You!
Your Business MD’s– Business Blog Consultants -Web 2.0  Consultants and Strategists

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Blogging, Social Media Marketing, Web 2.0 – This is the New Frontier – Don’t get Left in the Dust!



Do you ever feel like you are banging your head against a  brick wall?

For nearly  three years now, we have been preaching the  amazing benefits of blogging, social media marketing and web 2.0 strategies. A few weeks ago, Entrepreneur said,


” Several years ago, the mantra was “Every business needs a website.” Today it’s “Every business needs a website with a blog.” No matter your industry, your prospects have come to expect a blog from your business. “

Business Week, Entrepreneur, Forbes –  they all get it now and are helping to spread the word!

If your business is not utilizing these new tools, you are going to be left in dust. GOOGLE has changed the  way people use search. And by doing so, allowed small businesses to be  “found” in a whole new way that never existed before!

It’s a whole new world out there –  can people find your business and services?



Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell – We Help “Pull”  New Business To You!
           
Your Business MD’s– Business Blog Consultants -Web 2.0  Consultants and Strategists 



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Business Blogging Consultants Featured in the Chicago Tribune




BUSINESS BLOGGING CONSULTANTS was featured in the Chicago Tribune today, in part one, of a 2 part story on blogging. Part one talked about ways revenue can be generated from blogging –  which IS NOT the reason to start a blog. Part two,  should be really good – depending on how the writer edits it down. It’s focus is on what we preach all the time –  the benefits a business can reap from blogging, in terms of  “pulling” new eyes to a business and new ways of being found through keyword search. Watch it for next Monday, June 2nd!


*  Read Part 2 Here.


Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell – We Help “Pull”  New Business To You!
           
Your Business MD’s– Business Blog Consultants -Web 2.0  Consultants and Strategists 


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Still Have Doubts about Blogging for your Business?



I subscribe to Barbara Payne’s newsletter for Really Good Freelance Writer. This week she had a great article that really hits the nail on the head about the value of blogs for businesses as well as some great statistics! She graciously allowed me to reprint the piece here – but stop by her site – she has a lot of great info and provides a great service!

Still have  doubts about blogging for your business?
Guys, it is not a fad. It’s an integral part of the new way of being in the global marketplace.

 


Whatever terms you use, “Web 2.0” “social networking” “new media” etc., the fact is a blog is part of the new approach to marketing. It gives you a new and powerful way to engage with your prospects and customers. An opportunity to build a personal—albeit virtual—relationship with them at a low cost. Even if you hire a professional blog writer—which you should definitely do if you can’t find time yourself and/or don’t have a staff member who has the skill and can devote the time—the cost, compared to advertising and other methods of reaching prospects is breathtakingly minimal.


Some statistics from a survey of over 2500 Internet users (in Germany, where the corporate blogging phenomenon is only just beginning):

1 out of every 10 Internet users reads blogs
91% of blog readers expect fast responses to questions and comments in enterprise blogs
90% feel blogs should clearly differentiate commercial from non-commercial content.
54% of blog readers form their opinions about products/companies on the basis of blogs.
51% of blog readers visit product and/or corporate sites as a result of reading blogs.
58% of blog readers read them to find news and information they can’t find otherwise.
57% of them are interested in the personal opinions of the authors.

Keep in mind that one thing people are endlessly fascinated by is other people. That’s why it’s so important to have a personal voice in the blog. And even if you’re reporting on something they could find elsewhere on the Internet—there is theoretically “nothing new under the sun”—your post becomes unique when you express your personal feeling about an event, a trend, a circumstance, or a story.


Don’t worry about how many numbers of readers you have.
Don’t worry if you don’t get comments.
Don’t ask for a financial ROI on your blog—it’s not a sales tool.
It’s credibility. It’s a credential for your knowledge and your expertise.
It’s the True Voice® of your company.

And it’s going to pull new eyes to your business, through search!


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What is Social Media and Do I Need To Use It For My Business?



You have a website! 

        Great!


You started a blog!

          Awesome!


Now what?

Are you playing the Web 2.0
sandbox of Social Media???


Launching and maintaining a blog takes a lot of work just to keep up on posting. But you really need to spend a few hours a month, minimally, playing in the Web 2.0 sandbox of Social Media Marketing.

 


Social media is an umbrella term that defines the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and “building” of shared meaning, as people share their stories, and understandings.



Social media can take many different forms, including Internet forums, message boards, weblogs, wikis, podcasts, pictures and video. Technologies include: blogs, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-postings, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, and crowdsourcing, to name a few. Examples of social media applications are Google Groups (reference, social networking), Wikipedia (reference), MySpace (social networking), Facebook (social networking), Last.fm (personal music), YouTube (social networking and video sharing), Second Life (virtual reality), Flickr (photo sharing), Twitter (social networking and microblogging) and other microblogs are Jaiku and Pownce. Many of these social media services can be integrated via social network aggregation platforms like Mybloglog and Plaxo.


DOSH DOSH said it best– “Social media marketing is the process of promoting your site or business through social media channels and it is a powerful strategy that will get you links, attention and massive amounts of traffic.


There is no other low-cost promotional method out there that will easily give you large numbers of visitors, some of whom may come back to your website again and again.”


Social media marketing is a way of promoting your site or business through social media channels and it is a powerful strategy that can bring new eyes to you, your business, and your product or services.  There is no other low-cost promotional method out there that will easily attract you new  visitors, some of whom may come back to your website again and again.


With Social Media, you can spread your word and gain supporters. – “The more supporters you have, the faster word spreads about your site. Social media marketing is an excellent way to get people to come into your site to take a look at at what you have to offer. You will grow when there are a group of loyal visitors ready to always act upon what you have to offer.”



Social Media is  a way to interact others,  a way to help promote your site, product, or services and drive new traffic to your offerings! Find the groups that make the most sense for you, your product or your services, start planting seeds and Participate!



Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell – We Help “Pull”  New Business To You!
           
Your Business MD’s– Business Blog Consultants -Web 2.0  Consultants and Strategists 

 


 

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CONTENT is an Attraction Strategy – It’s SEO and SEM




We get clients all the time, who already produce a successful newsletter and send it out to hundreds of exisiting customers.  The problem is, it is off the radar screeen of the search engines. You have got to take all the content you already are using and allow the search engines to find it! Thus attracting new customers. Let the whole world in on what you are talking about!

We live in the age of search. Everyone is online searching for something. Products, information, answers to questions…your content needs to found by the search engines and put into the hands of potential customers. It’s a simple as that! It becomes search engine optimization for your keywords and search engine marketing to attract new customers.

Content is an attraction stragey. You “push” your newsletter out to people asking them to read it. You “push” your website address in front of people, in the hopes they will read it. What you want to do is strategically place your content online, on blogs, in social media, to “pull” new eyes to your business.

Attraction marketing is the new phrase for an old idea that has re-emerged as a hot new strategy for online selling. Attraction marketing is the ability to literally have people pursuing you rather then you pursuing them.

Attraction Marketing is a new marketing category, a hybrid cross between public relations and journalism.
You can provide valuable information to your customers. The more helpful and valuable your information is the greater the chance those customers will purchase from you. This is the finest form of advertising yourself and PR for your business . 

Good content will  attract prospects to you by positioning yourself as an expert!


Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell – We Help “Pull”  New Business To You!
           
Your Business MD’s– Business Blog Consultants -Web 2.0  Consultants and Strategists


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