Tag: LinkedIn

Overnight Success at Contact Synchronicity, Twenty-One Years Later

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By David Repka, C0-Founder MinneapolisDigiart

Hi, my name is Dave and I’m a deal junkie. I’ve made a living connecting people, opportunities and capital since the mid 1980s. My primary assets are the relationships, contacts and connections I have nurtured over my 26+ year career. My contact management system has evolved over the years to handle this growing network:

  • keeping business cards in a 3-ring notebook
  • then I discovered a Rolodex
  • then I discovered a Windows based computer and created my own database in Excel
  • In 1991 my friend, Jerry Rosen, showed me Act! for Windows (thanks, Jerry!) and I used that for 10+ years until it stopped syncing with my Treo 650 (remember those?)
  • I stopped using Act! and pretended Outlook was a real contact manager… it is not!
  • I switched back to the Mac platform with a MacBook Pro and pretended Entourage was a real contact manager… it is not!
  • When I replaced my Treo with an iPhone I thought Mobile Me would be the answer… it was slow and creeky… time to find a real solution…
  • In August 2009 I switched my e-mail host to Google (they host business accounts for $50 per address per year). Google has “contacts” built in. I use Google contacts and calendar to sync with my iPhone wirelessly through the cloud using exchange server (very easy to set up especially for a Microsoft product).
  • It is a simple, elegant solution that just worked until I got a new iPhone 4S and I messed up a setting or two. Rather than staying in the Google ecosystem and got fancy and tried to get one unified database from all sources and software collected over the years. Big mistake!
  • My contact database went out of control grabbing contacts through multiple platforms and devices over the last 21 years. My database had 2 to 8 duplicate records per contact and soon ballooned from about 10,000 contacts to well over 24,000.
  • I did some Google research and found an application called Scrubly that promised to fix my problem
  • I said a little prayer and purchased annual subscription for Scrubly.com for $25 then used this strategy:

1. Scrub my main contact database in BisonFinancial.com e-mail on Express setting using Scrubly (before the scrub the software backs up the database to their cloud which is nice)

2. Turn off Exchange Server contact sync radio button in iPhone & iPad so they are “out of the loop”

3. Export a backup of all contacts from Mac Address Book to SugarSync – Backup all contacts from Dave@BisonFinancial.com on Google Apps to SugarSync (that way I had a backup to the backup – a little anal retentive, but my contacts are the lifeblood of my business)

4. Go into Address Book on the Mac and DELETE them all (yes, delete them all)

5. Delete all contacts on iPhone – after struggling to do this in iTunes I bought app for $0.99 called DeleteQ (they are the number 15 app in Spain so how bad could that be?) that deleted all my contacts from my iPhone (it timed out a few times and needed to be restarted, but it deleted close to 12,000 contacts)

6. Do a hard reset of iPhone and iPad (just in case)

7. Reset Radio Button on iPhone and iPad to Sync with Exchange Server

8. 9,777 contacts on BisonFinancial.com – iPad – iPhone perfectly SYNCHRONIZED for the first time ever! Yes, ever! Thanks Scrubly!

Now if I could only figure out how to get all this to sync with the Apple iCloud and all the social media connections I’ve built through LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook! But, I’ll worry about that another day.

Seeking Branding Company with Exceptional Follow Through Skills

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I am humbled that a uber-successful friend has asked me to help him create a branding strategy for his rapidly growing private equity investment firm.

It is one thing for me to manage my personal brand and my core company: Webservices-Milwaukee from the comfort of my sofa on nights and weekends. It is quite another thing for me to manage AND maintain someone else’s brand and social media engagement for a growing, successful business. Wanted to reach out to all my social media savvy connections for advice on creating, maintaining and growing a brand. We are looking to position my very capable friend as an expert in a rather esoteric niche and need assistance in getting out the message to a very small group of targeted (but International) prospects. From my School of Hard Knocks experience at social media branding and networking even more important than the initial set-up is the constant, ongoing and never-ending maintenance and cultivation of the brand.

Would appreciate any help in finding a single, experienced group that can help us create and maintain:

  • website / blog via WordPress or other social media savvy platform
  • FAQs
  • SEO
  • Social Media integration
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Traditional PR
  • Quoted “expert” in niche topic
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Books

Please contact me via a comment to this article or to my bisonfinancial e-mail address. Thanks!

My LinkedIn network just passed the population of Cambodia

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Move over Cambodia…

Today LinkedIn announced that they have over 85 million members. From time to time I like to click on the “network statistics” tab. This morning I noticed that I have 2,350+ first level connections and in less that 3 degrees of separation I can connect with 14,247,700+ people and growing every day. Stunning to think that in the Fall of 2008 I had less than 20 LinkedIn connections and today if my LinkedIn network if it were a country is now the 69th largest in the world. LinkedIn is a fabulous tool to network with folks that are primarily engaged in networking for business reasons rather than other platforms that encourage people to share stories and pictures of their cats eating cheeseburgers.

Here are a few of my social media links:

LinkedIn

Facebook

Twitter

Bison Financial Group on Facebook

Loan4Biz on Facebook

If you would like to learn how I went from zero to hero in the world of social media networking follow this link to join the mailing list for my commercial real estate advisory business, Bison Financial Group. I will send you a secret link to my presentation, Building (and Destroying) Your Personal Brand .  I’ve presented this content at two national commercial real estate conferences and to numerous entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay area. Get it now while the content is still free. Enjoy!