Make a Difference Today! | @brentpohlman

Annoying Smartphone Users

annoying smartphoneToday, everyone wants to look important with their smartphone and show how important they are. Frankly, it is making me a bit sick. Smartphones are the cool technology of today, but people are quickly becoming increasingly annoyed by the people using them. The trouble as I see it is people are being controlled more and more by their devices.

Some examples I see of people using their smartphone that makes me puke:

  • Make sure to leave their phone ringer on..So we can all hear that familiar “Android” word
  • Leave meetings to show how important a particular call is
  • Pulling out smartphone in middle of a discussion to text someone
  • Taking pictures of different items around them, to show people how they can use a camera
  • People bending down to look at their stomach to hopefully not bring attention to the fact that they are texting

What these items might be communicating to others

  • That person really gets a lot of personal calls
  • The phone is more important then our face-to-face meeting
  • That person really likes to bring attention to himself
  • Who is that person texting? Is it really that important

If you are leading a meeting and feel distracted, try the following.

  • Ask people to take out their cell phone and put it on the desk in front of them. It is amazing how people feel uncomfortable knowing that people can now see them reaching for their phone.
  • Tell people if the phone goes off in the middle of the meeting, we will stop the meeting and play “name that ringtone” or “name that tune, if it is a song”  People quickly silence their phones for rear of embarrassment.

Cell Phone Etiquette

Use your cell phone in the following ways:

  • If you are expecting an important call and you are with a client or an internal meeting, let everyone know before the meeting begins so they know that the call is really important. If you don’t want to make this announcement, then be courteous and look at your phone after the meeting.
  • Make sure your smartphone is always on vibrate when you are at work.
  • First thing, in the morning, tell the people you text the most during the day that you have a day full of meetings and you will not be checking your text messages. (This could save you a lot of embarrassment outside of work.
  • Find ways to be different.  Leave your phone in your pocket and jacket and learn more from others. Pretty soon, people will be too busy to share. We are headed there.
  • Carry an ipad or tablet and use it to take notes instead of your smartphone. (More accepting and looks better professionally)
  • If you need to always be looking at your phone go to your local airport or home and chances are you will have all kinds of time to look at your phone.

Whether we like it or not, smart phones are becoming another item that is consuming our time. Find a balance and start by using “real communication” instead of being controlled by your device. It really starts here!

photo credit: Mike Beauchamp via photopin cc

 

Brand Updates

Welcome to the world of continual updates and version changes. It started with the introduction of Windows: Remember Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8. I am sure I missed one somewhere in there. Now we are up to 5C or 5S on iPhone. If you are notContinue Reading

A New Voice Mail Message Tip

I can’t believe how powerful this one little change has been. Let me ask you, “Would you rather leave a message on someone’s voice mail or call them back at a later time?” Voice mail is now almost a turnoff because of the delay in people getting back to us. Also, many voice mail messagesContinue Reading

Servicing Clients – Faster and Faster

This is the way business is headed. Can you keep up with your client’s demands? If you can’t, they have many choices and they might leave. Keeping clients is now harder than ever. People are not as patient as they used to be and if they don’t like something that you are currently doing, theyContinue Reading

Break Through Today on Twitter

Do you think Twitter is still something for kids or only a few people. I want to introduce you to an app that really blows the lid off the whole idea that Twitter is just another social media app. Twazzup – Check it out! It will help you become a better person on Twitter. Twazzup hasContinue Reading

Collecting Data – Time to get smarter

Our current culture is one built on quick answers, fast turnaround, limited time, texting, more time on tablets on smartphones. Getting quick information and knowing how to use it. One of the areas that is coming apparent to me is that I need to spend more time gathering information at our company and worry lessContinue Reading

Invitations As a Part of Your Marketing

This time of year there are all kinds of invitations going out. Weddings, Graduations, Parties and more. It is a time when people gather their lists and decide who to invite to a special celebration event. Have you considered invitations as a part of your marketing strategy? Here are some thoughts on this topic. CreateContinue Reading

Win The Battle for Attention

Each day I try to learn new ways of getting people’s attention. With all the noise on social media and the internet in general, it is is time to really focus more on winning the attention game. Here are some items to consider in getting peoples attention: <> Check Google Analytics or other analytics toolsContinue Reading

Getting to the Right Person

Marketing – More and more it is going to be finding the right person who is a decision-maker for a company. The bigger the company, the harder this process is. This is where content marketing comes in. Companies really need to take content marketing very seriously. Everything you read today, says searches are skewed viaContinue Reading

Personal Branding – Social Media

Social Media is a great place to help establish a strong personal brand. I know I keep hammering this notion that CEOs and Executives need to be on social media, but I just can’t help it. It really helped my influence online and in my local community. I was reminded again of this important fact whenContinue Reading

Connecting with the Best

Are you worried about not getting enought Facebook Likes on your personal or company page? Have the number of followers on Twitter leveled off? Do many people like your posts on Linkedin or leave you a comment? Maybe the issue is “you”. Are you trying to post something or upload something that has a chanceContinue Reading

Continue to get simple

It sounds easy, but in a world of constant change it is not as easy as it sounds. In the past 10 years we have gone from the company having all the knowledge about its products and prices to the consumer now having all of the knowledge. This was a result of the internet. InContinue Reading

Social Media is a Part-Time Not Full-Time Process

This message is for  CEOs and Executives as a follow-up to last weeks post. DISCLAIMER: If someone has a full-time role in social media with a large company, I would guess they are using it as a full-time client service representative, maybe? or is planning some type of project to hopefully go viral for aContinue Reading

Power of Personal Brands

Obviously Taco Bell is playing off McDonald’s strong brand name that remains strong to this day. Now with companies merging and changing names, the power of people or characters associated with companies is also losing steam a bit. However, Taco Bell has found a way to make it work in its latest commercial. See moreContinue Reading

Social Media is for Executives

In the past few days, I’ve heard a number of executives say, be wary of getting on social media. It’s just a place for people to complain about products and services. Social media only works for young people and those type of people are not our clients. We need to make sure we protect theContinue Reading

Search Marketing and Your City

Here is a little tip that you may want to consider. If your company has a few locations, but services a national audience, you may want to consider marketing your location more and more. Here is an example. The company I work for provides soil testing services to clients in all 50 states. Depending uponContinue Reading

Building Teams | Building Relationships

Are you working on building your team? You can look at team from many standpoints. From a manager standpoint, you need to make sure you have set a direction for the people you work with. In addition, you need to check and make sure work initiatives are being completed in a timely manner. How aboutContinue Reading

We Need More Stories On Social Media

Everyday, I find myself reading the same information over and over regarding different marketing techniques or social media tricks. Anymore, I just quickly scan the article to see if there is something completely unique. I believe the missing piece in most of the content I read is that there are NO PERSONAL EXAMPLES – akaContinue Reading