Candice: As an independent worker I have always got my eye out for the next marketing trick or role mostly sent to me via the emails that land on my Blackberry every day.
Recently I’ve been reconnecting via Linked in, as I may be taking a six month break from it all, but I need to keep my eye on what is out there. As part of that I am in a number of groups, and also receive regular emails on what is going on in the local marketing community.
This week I had one with the following:
“Online Marketing Manager Mike Essex is giving away copies of his first novel, Tethered Twins, to see what it takes to make a book go viral. It can be downloaded for free directly from Amazon http://amzn.to/1boKS0X and is ideal for fans of Sci-Fi or Dystopia like the Hunger Games.”
Hum, I thought, how clever is that. You have a potential audience of thousands via Linked in who may or may not read this email, then there is a percentage who will click through and a smaller percentage that will download. But, when you do email or direct marketing campaigns the expected return is often around 3%, so if that works for this it could be 1000 people perhaps. What a really good way to get the word out there without having to work too hard.
Then I thought, how could Phil and I steal this idea. Between the two of us we have you lovely blog followers, our own Linked in Groups, facebook and twitter as well. Surely we could get together a group of people who might want to take up our enterprise?
Ok, fine, but you have forgotten one thing Nolan, you still haven’t finished the bugger! Yes, I know I know, its on the eternal list. The one that sits with the kind of conversation I have just had with my parents about what’s next to do in the house decorating front. I must admit I am at the point where I just want this whole pregnancy thing over, I’m fed up with being ungainly and tired all the time (yes I know I will be tired for different reasons in the future…) but I am pinning my hopes on three weeks grace between finishing work and little person arriving to get some book stuff done (alongside painting etc). I’m now at the point I’ve stopped telling people Phil and I have written a book as a bit embarrassing that things haven’t moved on. And I’m bored for you reader reading a blog about writing where there is no writing going on. Come on, we’ve been so slack we haven’t even done a Christmas story this year.
Roll on the 31st December and finishing work and then I’m going to be stealing Mike’s idea.