Mind Your Momma

Hey, there Beauty!

Welcome back for number three in our series Top 10 Southern Belle Secrets to Rock Your Business and Marketing! If you missed the Lightning Bug Effect, you can find it here: Southern Belle Secret One, or learn about catching flies with sweetness here Southern Belle Secret Number Two.

Today’s Secret…

Mind Your Momma!

Southern Belle’s are serious about their mommas, so no jokes here. It does not have to be your momma, necessarily however. What we’re searching for, is that person in your life who gives you great advice exactly when you need it. It could be a “no-nonsense” best friend, a business mentor, a life coach, etc.

“A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” ~Dorothy Canfield Fisher

It’s that person, or people if you are so lucky, that stretch your mind and teach you how to grow yourself.

In a compilation of Billionaires’ Advice For New College Grads, Michael Dell said this…

“Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people … or find a different room. In professional circles it’s called networking. In organizations it’s called team building. And in life it’s called family, friends, and community. We are all gifts to each other, and my own growth as a leader has shown me again and again that the most rewarding experiences come from my relationships.” ~University of Texas, 2003

There is something magical that happens when we listen to and interact with others. Ideas come that would not have otherwise surfaced. Learning happens, expansion happens, and growth happens. We draw on family, church, and community support in the South, so why not carry that over into business too! I talked about this some in our last principle, The Lightening Bug Effect on Collaboration…

In his massively famous book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill devotes all of chapter 10 to the subject ~ Power of the Master Mind.

The “Master Mind” may be defined as: “coordination of knowledge and effort, in the spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose…a group of brains coordinated (or connected) in a spirit of harmony will provide more thought-energy than a single brain, just as a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery.”

Enlisting a mentor, like your momma, takes collaboration a bit farther by always having someone you can go to for help and inspiration. Mentoring is a deeper level of collaboration and it holds power all it’s on. Go ahead and enlist your momma, your papa, your cousin Eddy, and anyone else who may hold wisdom to further your success! Become a student… a listener. It is remarkable what we can learn from others if we will only take the time to do so. Everyone has something to teach.

So, cheers to not being the smartest person in the room, to listening from time to time instead of talking, and to minding your elders ;)

Soak up the wisdom of those that have gone before and soar my friend…soar!

And, don’t forget to mentor others. By teaching, we also learn.

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What do you think about this principle of mentorship and collaboration? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, may the soil beneath your bare feet be ever so soft,

XOXO Hil <3

5 Gifts to Give Yourself Birthday Giveaway!

Gonna Party Like It’s My Birthday!

It is my Birthday and I have a gift for you my darlings!

Today only, I’m giving away the ebook version of my book 5 Gifts to Give Yourself on Amazon!

5 Gifts was honored with the Indie Book of the Day Award earlier this year and it’s time we spread the love!

In 5 Gifts to Give Yourself, you will:

  • Hear part of my story, how I found myself lost in an empty room- metaphorically and literally speaking.
  • Understand why I put health as a top priority “gift.”
  • See why “perceptions” are just that and sometimes they need to die.
  • Learn why now my be the time to finally forgive yourself

Last year I gave away over 150 copies on my Birthday. Help me triple that this year! Already have a copy? Than share the link with a friend. It is a quick, easy read, but a simple reminder to fill yourself so you can go out and ignite the world!

Here’s what my editor had to say,

“A lovely, inspiring book that will bring you instant motivation. Immensely readable, this book has the potential to change your life in an instant. Highly recommended!”

I hope you enjoy, share, and live your life with passion, purpose, and prosperity!

XOXO, Lori Hil

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Catch Flies with Your Sweet Tea: 5 Ways to Appreciate Clients

Ok, maybe you don’t want to catch flies, per se, but there is a principle here…

Tea Should Always Come Sweetened!

With a bit of “sweetness,”  you can catch far better than flies, like great clients, new friends, and even happiness!

“You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

Today we’re gathering ways you can add a bit of kindness and sweetness to your business. Going that extra mile to let clients know you appreciate them.

5 Simple Ways to Appreciate Your Clients

1. Offer Lots of Free Content

We’re in business to make a living and hopefully a life if you’re an Immensely Social reader. Money is a necessary part of that equation, and you’ve got to value your services enough to charge what they’re worth. (Something I struggle with, I’ll be honest.) But, you also have a wonderful opportunity to give back to your clients and the world by offering free help and content, as well.

It does not have to be anything major. Tip videos you upload to YouTube, downloadable PDFs, and email newsletters offer your readers free value. Even taking a few moments to answer a client’s question can go a long way.

2. Spend Quality Time with Them 

A business can be an extended family. Your time is something you can never get back and giving it shows you truly care. Don’t just throw your links out there on social networks and go on your merry way. Schedule in time to engage, respond to comments, and offer feedback. Consider starting a Q&A Google+ hangout or a weekly Twitter chat to answer questions. Your team can take turns on this to reduce the time commitment.

 3. Provide a Treat

Did one of your clients bring in a new customer or shower your brand with praise on social media? Why not send them a virtual “Thank You” gift! A gift card for a cup of coffee, a coupon for your online store, or even a nice e-card are all ways you can show your appreciation. Sites like Delightfully.com are helping to spread the online love across the web.

4. A Card of the “Old School” Variety

If you happen to be in a location where it’s possible, a handwritten note is a fabulous treat for your clients. Remember the days when you got excited over an email? Now we are inundated with them and it has lost it’s charm. Like those 80’s jumpsuits, “real” cards are making a comeback!

5. Remember the Little Things

This one may not be possible for the large, global businesses, but be sure to connect. Pay attention to your clients, what they are sharing, and call them out on it in a good way! We’re not talking stalker crazy here, just share their content that is in line with your own, appreciate them when they contribute to your brand, and be generous with praise. User generated content campaigns are a great way to do this. You build up your clients networks while getting more eyes on your own.

POSTANO has a fabulous article on some of the best user generated campaigns of late:

10 Great Examples of User Generated Content Campaigns

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So, there you have it, 5 Ways you can catch flies *cough, I mean CLIENTS with your sweetness.  These things do take time, but it will create long-term customers that cannot wait to share your brand and services, cutting down on the need for advertising. A little graciousness can go a looong way!

Now it’s your turn! What do you think about this? Have some more ideas of ways to capture with sweetness? Let’s hear them in the comments.

Until next time, ya’ll act like ya got some sense ;)

XOXO Hil <3

Blogs to Follow The Southern Belle Edition

Having recently switched Immensely Social over to contain more “Southern” flair, I became curious about other bloggers hailing from the South. That is when I happened upon the Southern Blog Society. So fabulous, who knew! Apparently a lot of people, but it’s new to me!

You know that we love supporting other female bloggers and lovers of sweet tea, monograms, and all things Southern, so today I’m giving shout outs! Below are some beautiful Belle bloggers! Check out this roundup and support these gorgeous ladies by following their blogs and social networks.

Different flavors for different folks…

Southern Belle

9 Blogs to Follow: The Southern Belle Edition

Crafts/Recipes/DIY

I have to give props to North Carolina gals, my home state, and Christina has created a charming blog indeed:

North Carolina Charm Cooking, baking, crafting.

“Hey y’all! I am a twenty-something wanna-be southern belle living the newlywed life. “ http://www.northcarolinacharm.com

Over at The little Things, Kelly is on a mission to get the most joy out of life. She also has a passion for drinking coffee in large amounts (a gal after my own heart)!

Her motto “DIY before you buy!”. I love that.
http://thelilthingsblog.blogspot.com

Heidi Rew is a Georgia Peach and the owner of Parties for Pennies blog. She has some fantastic recipes, DIY, and party ideas for you.

“… adores entertaining, champagne, and watermelon bubblegum. In addition to event planning, I am an on camera host, actress, and voiceover artist. Thanks for joining the party!”
http://partiesforpennies.com

Southern Style & Lifestyle
At With Pearls & A Stethoscope Caitlin has your Disney fashion inspiration and says,

“Follow along as I balance medicine, marriage, fashion, and homemaking in the beautiful low country of South Carolina.”
http://www.withpearlsandastethoscope.com

Courtney Creer is coming at us from Atlanta with Believe in Style. A freelance wardrobe stylist versed in commercial work.

“Every women should do what makes them happy and wear what makes them feel the best.” http://www.believe-instyle.com

Meet Heather of Sweet Tea Jubileeand grab the low-down on good eats in Charleston.

“I’m a Lilly loving Southern girl with Virginia roots who is currently loving life in Charleston, South Carolina. I love monograms, sunshine, and a perfectly proportioned Arnold Palmer on a hot day.”
http://sweetteajubileeblog.blogspot.com

Entertaining & Food Love
Lauren, of Love Lola, has some delicious biscuits for you and is a lover of,

“yoga, morning snuggles, and a boy named Scofield…on any given day, you’ll find me cooking, thrifting, and dreaming of life in the city. i’m constantly seeking out adventure, trying to embrace every moment of this beautiful life. i believe in optimism, kindness, and the power of prayer.”  http://www.lovelolablog.com

Meet Haley of Cupcakes and Sunshine! She has a great “get to know me” list on her about page raving about everything from a supportive family to downloadable audiobooks.

“I am a daughter of God, cupcake maker, slightly obsessed with guacamole and sunshine. lots and lots of sunshine.” http://www.cupcakesandsunshine.com

Feast + West comes in at the intersection of design, food, and wanderlust.
Susannah Brinkley is a freelance graphic designer in Charlotte, NC. What’s she sharing?

“I share recipes for food and drink, travel guides and the best of design. I like to think of Feast + West as a road trip — a casual drive through the backroads with lots of on-a-whim stops to take photos, peruse cute shops and eat amazing new foods.” Sounds like a great trip to me! http://feastandwest.com

Don’t Forget the Immensely Social Love Too!

We’re just getting started back up here at Immensely Social, with new posts and categories, so I would truly appreciate your shares, comments, and support! If you liked this roundup of bloggers, let me know so I can hit you up with another one next week. Be sure to check out our new series:     “Top 10 Southern Belle Secrets to Business and Life.”

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Until next time Giddy up little darlings,
XOXO Hil <3