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

Ok, maybe you don’t want to catch flies, per se. I sure don’t, 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

Sweetness

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.”

Secret 1 is out and it’s here: The Lightning Bug Effect
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Until next time Giddy up little darlings,
XOXO Hil <3

The Lightning Bug Effect

The first in our series of Southern Belle Business Principles is…

The Lightning Bug Effect

When I was a young Southern gal, I used to run around with my bare feet in the prickly green grass catching fireflies, lovingly referred to in the South as lightning bugs (or, Lightnin’ Bugs, if you want to get real Southern. We don’t like those “g’s”). Friends and I would capture these little creatures from the night sky, gently of course, and put them in a mason jar. We would then delight in their vibrant glow, before releasing them to their freedom once again. Bonding, exercise, and fresh air, it doesn’t get much better than that!
But, there is something else that strikes me about this exciting little game. The more fireflies you collect in a jar, the brighter the light.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ~Henry Ford

Fireflies just so happen to be the world’s most efficient light producers. Just like the increasing brightness of these incredible beetles, lighting up together, we can accomplish so much more through collaboration. I’m a huge believer in personal growth and expansion, but it’s building a supportive community that will maximize your potential! You need to surround yourself with people that will, not only uplift you when you’re down, but will honestly tell you when you’re full of crap too!

 How We Collaborate

We collaborate as a family when we integrate schedules, cook dinner together, and support the efforts of our smallest member up to our eldest.
We collaborate as an organization when we share common goals and struggles, devise solutions, and seek to understand both successes and failures.
We collaborate as a business when we build systems, hold meetings, and share ideas respectfully and thoughtfully.
We collaborate as a society when we share our own passions, seek to understand, and become willing to both give and receive.

We collaborate with the world when we are considerate, loving, and passionate about life!

When I was teaching youngsters, I was often touched by the beauty of collaboration in those little, (yet quite big) hearts. It can be so hard for us adults not to step in and interfere when conflict arises, but it was the times I stood back and watched, that my class truly amazed me. Maybe those preschoolers didn’t work everything out the way I would have, but their collaborative efforts were often remarkable. If preschoolers can Get It, why can’t we?

The problem is, collaboration often requires vulnerability. We have to admit that we can’t quite make it on our own, that maybe just maybe I’m not Superwoman after all.

Hey, a girl can dream right! #Superpowers

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Collaboration could just give you superpowers. {Click to Tweet}

Napoleon Hill spoke highly of collective brain power in his classic book, Think and Grow Rich…

- 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.

Or, a single lightning bug ;)

Another powerful point, “People take on the nature and the habits and the POWER OF THOUGHT of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony. “

Lightning Bug Effect

So I ask you dear people, who are you in harmony with?

Are you listening to the broke downers who crush your dreams, or the ones who are afraid to tell you the truth when you are being utterly ridiculous (like when I was wearing a cape)? If you want to be successful in your business and just life in general, you need to surround yourself with the right people. Those who know how to bring you up, yet keep you grounded. Those who know how to give true support, not the facade of it. It’s a high call and we need to all learn how to be that kind of collaborative community to others. It takes practice, patience, and understanding, but I think it’s worth it. What about you?

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Until next time may your tea be sweet, and the breeze cool! Your Southern Gal Pal,

XOXO Hil <3

Top 10 Southern Belle Secrets to Rock Your Business and Marketing

Well hello there little darling!

Welcome to the “Southernized,” yes I tend to make up words, version of Immensely Social. We are starting September off with a bang as I head back to my Southern roots and bring you along for the journey, at least if you’ll have me ;) Don’t know what we’re all about here? Be sure to check out: Welcome Back to Immensely Social

If you are a returning visitor, I think you will find the new theme and rebrand refreshing and easier to navigate. There is a new weekly newsletter in the works, a book club for my Southern Belle Entrepreneurs, new series, and more! Content will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so be sure to check back often. Starting tomorrow, the first Tuesday of September, is the first post in the series: Top 10 Southern Belle Secrets to Rock Your Business and Marketing.

Traveling around, I have realized that the South holds some distinct philosophies that are essential for gracious business. What do I mean by gracious business? I define “Gracious Business Practice” this way,

Giving more than you take, treating all with kindness & respect, and pouring love & passion into all you do. 

So, what are the Top 10 Principles? Here’s a Quick Overview to Peek Your Curiosity…

Top 10 Southern Belle Secrets to Rock Your Business and Marketing

Southern Belle Secrets

What does any of that have to do with your biz? You will just have to tune in to each post in order to find out! Want to make sure you don’t miss out on a single one? Be sure to sign up for the newsletter in the upper right hand corner!

I hope you will come along on this journey with me as we learn to navigate and integrate business and life in a gorgeous harmony of passion, purpose, and prosperity!

XOXO, Hil <3