Seduced by Social Media Sites, or In-Love With Your New Media Marketing Hub?

It’s a mistake I see far too many marketers and entrepreneurs making. They are being lured into seductive social media communities, wooed by and caught up in the passion of these interactive environments. They without the right strategy, they invest hours of their time forgetting that the only tangible benefit (their database of friends or followers) is controlled by a 3rd party who can change the rules of the game at any time.

A perfect example is how most users of Twitter have had a rude awakening over the last 48-hours or so. They awoke yesterday to find their “following” and “followers” lists slashed in half… or more! Hundreds and even thousands of contacts gone! POOF!

Twitter’s explanation:

new media marketing channel - twitter

Poor excuse, but who’s to blame?

Twitter’s “spam” excuse is a poor one. I and several other people I know on Twitter personally visit the page of each new Follower as new requests come in. So to see several hundred followers disappear and have Twitter say they “spammers” is clearly BS.

That’s to be expected and nothing to get upset about. It’ a danger you should expect. Twitter can do and say anything they want. And so can any other Social Network. Any of them can change the rules of the game whenever they want. They can arbitrarily put caps on the number of followers or friends you can have. Even delete people from your list at their whim.

See, the problem is not with Twitter, Facebook, or any other “free” Social Networking channel. The blame rests with you if you leave it to these services to have control over your contact list. Harsh, but true.

Some people learn the hard way that Social Networks are merely communication channels, not storage facilities. Let’s help you avoid any hard lessons in the future.

Protecting yourself and safe-guarding your hard work

So how do you protect yourself from the painful loss of contacts and connections you’ve worked hard to gain from Social Networks? It’s simple!

Keep the focus on your New Media Marketing Hub!

Social Networks are ONLY channels to leverage. They are NOT to be trusted with your most valuable asset; your contacts. They are conduits through which you attract and connect — but the core of all your efforts, the home base for all your Tribe – must be your Hub!

Your New Media Marketing Hub is where the ever-upwardly spiraling Tribal Seduction ™ Action Trinity (Attract-Connect-Convert) yields the greatest long-term results.

Your New Media Marketing Hub is the Alpha and the Omega of ALL that you do online. It is what will grow and protect your Tribe, your business, and your bank account. Your Hub is the home where your love, passion and primary attention belongs. Not out on the streets of the Social Networking communities.

What a New Media Marketing Hub IS and IS NOT

Before we take a look at the 5 simple steps to maximizing the profit impact of your New Media Marketing Hub, let’s get clear on what a hub is and is not.

  • A New Media Marketing Hub is NOT a blog.

    A blog helps with two parts of the Tribal Seduction? Action Triad: Attraction and Connection. Conversion cannot be done efficiently on a regular blog.

  • A New Media Marketing Hub is NOT a regular sales site.

    This type of site may be optimized for Conversions, but no matter how well written the copy, no matter how persuasive the videos, no matter how shocking the offer is – it will fail miserably when it comes to the Attraction and Connection of the Action Triad. (And in many cases, this type of site works against you no matter how you send people there, even from your blog.)

  • A New Media Marketing Hub IS a single site that combines Attraction, Connection, and Conversion.

    By having one central destination for your Tribe, the hard pitch can fall away. Instead, with a little bit of careful planning, application of Tribal Seduction principles and an understanding of human nature — you can strategically hide “pathways” to conversion that your Tribe will discover on their own.

These seemingly hidden pathways are a core component of Tribal Seduction mastery. When you leverage your Hub this way, people discover offerings on their own. And when you have automated persuasion triggers that are activated when they arrive on those particular pages – they own the decision. You are only there as the trusted provider, not hard-pushing salesperson.

When it’s done properly, no rapport is broken…
And even if you don’t make a sale, trust is actually increased!

More on this important Tribal Seduction principle in the future. But for now, suffice it to say that if you have people jumping around to different URLs, you will break rapport, lose sales… and most damaging of all – chip away trust!

How to keep a profitable perspective and make your “Hub” work for you

So how do you maximize the profit impact of your New Media Marketing Hub?

I’ve kept it real simple here and broken things down into 5 steps. Some require you to take action, other things happen auto-magically. And I’ve provided some images to help you envision how this would work for you.

Steps 1 and 2

In Step 1 you start at your hub with the creation of content that’s valuable to your Tribe. You choose a media format, post it and you’re off!

In Step 2, like the rays of the sun shining out across the sky; you begin to radiate additional sources of exposure for your new content. Some of these destinations you may have to actually take action yourself. (BLOGi360 members are lucky since most all of Step 2 is automated within the system as soon as they hit the “Save” button.)

New Media Marketing Hub - Step 1 & 2

Step 3

In Step 3 you (or one of your team) must

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Coach Deb - Deborah Cole


Entrepreneur / Speaker / RaceCar Driver

Deborah Cole is founder of RPM Success Group ® Inc, the leader in Social Media software, training and consulting for maximizing small business profits. Coach Deb authored the best-selling books "Secrets Of Online Persuasion" and the 1st book published on Twitter, in 2008: "Twitter Revolution" Visit her NEW Blog CoachDeb.TV to see the latest videos on Social Media Marketing.

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Tribal Seduction Principle #05: Connect to Convert With New Media Marketing Reversals (Pt 1)

Interruption. Abuse. Molestation. We don’t tolerate it face-to-face. So you’d think it would be common sense to avoid such things when marketing online. Sadly, many business owners and marketers still don’t get it. And New Media evangelists don’t help since most miss the mark with their advice too!

online marketing abuser

Rare thinking people like you already realize, the interactivity and illusional control of New Media require that your marketing methodology change.

The toleration level for interruption marketing is getting lower and lower. Abuse of customers and molestation of prospects meets with retaliation by hordes of people rapidly spreading warnings across syndicated channels.

Yet the typical old-school marketer reacts by showing you that you’re #1 in their unique way.

Look around you. Locally or nationally, inside your industry or outside your niche, it’s the same. Online and off-line you see response rates for mainstream businesses and major online marketers alike plummeting.

For example, have you heard that "the conversion rates for the top internet marketers in many cases are down as much as 40% over the last 24-months?" And "list churn" (the constant loss and replacement of new prospects) due to overly-aggressive marketing has turned from being an "equally balanced loss and gain" to a carnivorous cancer that is "slowly and consistently eating away at list size."

Just imagine. If old-school interruption marketing methods are becoming less and less effective for the "big players," how much more of a negative impact do you think it has on the average small business owner, sales professional, or online marketer?

Delusional comas, List Pimps and waves of persuasion

If you’ve ever felt like you’re at a disadvantage to "more experienced" marketers — good news! There’s no need to worry!

The less you know about old-school marketing time-lines and the thoughtless application of persuasion triggers, the better off you are. That’s because marketing with New Media is, in many ways, the reverse of traditional marketing. It’s easier to start out fresh in a new direction than to slow your momentum and do a complete 180-degree turn.

Yet even if you are a more experienced marketer, there is not only hope — you can have an even greater advantage once you reverse your mindset.

Now — whether you are a New Media marketing newbie, experienced marketer, or even brand new to branding and business online — I would like to help you experience the growth and profits that can come from applying the right formula with the right mindset.

The sharp decline in the effectiveness the traditional interruption style marketing has two root causes. Two causes that, with small actions on your part, can be reversed.

Let’s take a look at both of these causes, and some New Media marketing and Tribal Seduction solutions you can use reverse both of them into advantage FOR you!

Cause #1: The Delusional Coma

When you look at the tactics of "marketing gurus" or online heavy hitters, anyone with common sense can see why their conversion rates are plummeting. Their mindset is to think of people as a "herd."

Now, there is validity to the idea that "group think" and emotional triggers cause subconsciously automated reactions with groups. It’s true. (*Note: these psychological truths are used in New Media marketing to effectively persuade people into action. But it is done through seduction instead of coercion.)

But that does not mean that you abuse those psychological loopholes solely for your advantage. And picturing your prospects and customers as a herd of unthinking cows is not going to break you out of a delusional coma.

online marketing pimp

That mindset is downright offensive. And marketers tactics spawned by this thinking are no different than pimps who exploit the base needs of teen runaways.

Most valid persuasion triggers have been abused, overused, and perverted online into subversive tactics that are haphazardly tossed around like pixie dust. Like a soldier in battle who no longer flinches at gunfire, the average person becomes desensitized to the bombardment of manipulative methodology.

The Reversal

So how do you know if you’re living in a delusional coma? And how do you break out of it?

It’s simple. If you continue to do things the way they’ve always been done, refusing to reverse course even in the face of a rapidly changing marketplace — you are in a coma!.

And notice, we are talking about the ability to "reverse," not just adapt. That’s because the aggressive battlefield-like marketplace of the 20th Century has been replaced. Today’s marketplace has an environment more like a noble court structure, where courtesans and coquettes hold the real power.

The battle for hearts and minds still rages on. Except now it requires a covert, seductive approach. Breaking free is a matter of reversing your mindset. And this my friend, is easier than you might think.

Take for example the normal "relationship building" sequence of the typical online marketer.

An old-school marketer manages to "capture" your attention and get you to subscribe to a "free" offer. Next, what follows week after week is a constant barrage of self-serving, contextually disconnected sales pitches.

Remember, with their mindset, you’re assumed to just be another "cow" in the "herd." So if you liked free offer A, then just like all the other cows, you’ll moo for product B, C and D too.

There’s no serious effort or energy dedicated to connecting with you and building a bridge of friendship, or likability. And there’s certainly no effort to win your trust, other than tricks and triggers and the stacking of dubious "proof."

Instead as an active New Media marketer… you reverse your mindset, and not necessarily the delivery channel. Here’s what I mean.

Email is not the problem in this example. It’s just a delivery channel. Blaming email is like blaming a gun for killing someone. It’s the person pulling the trigger that’s the problem, not the tool.

The CHARM Formula

The point is not to stop using email, as many New Media marketing "experts" would advise. What you need to do is to time your email offer based on C.H.A.R.M.™ That is the Tribal Seduction Formula of: Captivate – Hook – Advance – Reinforce – Motivate.

In this example we’ll assume the email is to your own subscriber list. So we’ll assume that you’ve applied the formula at the first Seduction Level; converting a visitor into a friend (subscriber.)

At this 1st level of list building, you are looking to gather members of your target Tribe from the open marketplace. To apply this Tribal Seduction formula you:

    1. Captivate attention
    2. Hook emotions
    3. Advance trust
    4. Radiate desire
    5. Motivate action… which in this case was joining your subscriber list.

All this can be done in one single interaction at this initial level… IF, and ONLY IF you have an actual Web presence (not just a plain old Web site.)

Now, let’s see how the CHARM™ formula works at the next seduction level. That is converting a friend to family (which means they become a customer or client.) People have become a subscriber, a friend, because they had a high enough level of trust to be moved to a 1st level action.

If you don’t apply the entire sequence of the Tribal Seduction Formula again at this 2nd level, you’ll be trying to Move them to action (the last step in the formula) based on the lower level of trust established in the Level 1 Seduction.

Basically, it’s cheating.

You’re cheating your Tribe, and you’re cheating yourself

You can try to move people to hte next level without repeating the CHARM™ Formula, but count on your conversions being a fraction of what they could be if you applied the formula again. (Keep cheating like this over and over again and you’re smart enough to see how this approach quickly destroys even the largest of prospect lists.)

We’ll be going into the CHARM™ Formula in much more depth here at TribalSeduction.com as time goes on, and showing how to apply it at all seduction levels.

new media marketing bridge

For now, just understand that every point where you are attempting to move a person to action is a gap. Picture a deep gorge or ravine. That gap must always be bridged with trust. The trust built at the 1st Seduction Level is just a rope bridge. You can’t drive a bike or car over it yet, and you certainly can’t cross with a tractor trailer full of products.

By repeatedly applying the Tribal Seduction Formula you are nurturing relationships to turn visitors into friends, and friends into family. And all things being equal, people will always buy from friends and family. That is a an irrefutable and incontrovertible fact.

Applying the CHARM™ Formula of "Captivate – Hook – Advance – Reinforce – Motivate" doesn’t mean more work. It just requires a little different strategy applied with the right mindset. Both of these are the opposite of the way most marketers think. Repeated testing shows the Tribal Seduction Formula yields an increase of 800% to 1000% higher response than old school online marketing methods!

Wouldn’t you be willing to take a little different set of actions, to make a lot more money?

In part 2 of this article, we’ll reveal how you can win more business with Reversal #2: The waves and the weather.



John Paul Micek is a co-founder of the international business coaching company RPM Success Group ® Inc. He and his partner Deborah are authors of the hit book Secrets Of Online Persuasion. They are creators of the ONLY Web site system to put New Media to work marketing FOR you — BLOG i360™. For media contacts or speaking requests & partnering inquires, contact J.P. at [krazycapitalist@gmail.com]. Or, share your thoughts & comments below.

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Deborah Cole is founder of RPM Success Group ® Inc, the leader in Social Media software, training and consulting for maximizing small business profits. Coach Deb authored the best-selling books "Secrets Of Online Persuasion" and the 1st book published on Twitter, in 2008: "Twitter Revolution" Visit her NEW Blog CoachDeb.TV to see the latest videos on Social Media Marketing.

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