Forum Participation: Secret Ingredient to a Successful Business

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We cannot deny the fact that old-school method of broadcasting a company image, namely advertisement, is effective.  Forum participation, however, is more effective for the success of a business especially these days.

The internet is a very effective tool to quickly interact with possible clients or customers.  Other than websites and blogs, forums can be used for advertising and selling as part of your internet marketing.  They are the new found communities that tackle common interests or preferences about certain products or services.  Participation in these communities are the secret ingredient to a successful business.

Now that you know the importance of a forum, you have to learn some facts when participating or joining groups or forum boards related to your business industry:

 

  • Your profile matters.

 

After joining, you immediately have to create a profile.  Now, you have to understand that this is different from simply creating a username and your password.  Here, you have to write about your company and your product and services, information that can be updated from time to time but need to be accurate but impressive.  Also, you need to have photo decent enough to generate interest and, at times, trust.  Yes, your profile image is that important.

 

  • Your goals are of significance.

 

If you understand how important forums are to your business or to your industry niche, then you need to set your own goal with your decision to join.  Although, undeniably, the initial goal is to get more clients or customers, or simply to increase sales, and audience, it is more important to establish an objective of helping people out without expecting anything.  This way you build your reputation and as it snowballs, potential clients or customers get attracted and eventually patronize.

 

  • Your etiquette counts.

 

All forums follow a set of policies or rules to follow.  It is very important to respect them and avoid any incident that can be offensive to the forum owner, or to the moderators, and to the other members as well.   These sticky rules may be in contradiction to some of your motives in joining but you have to abide by them if you intend on staying longer, or simply, if you find the forum very much beneficial to your needs.

  • Your attitudes are weighed.

How you deal with everything, from the rules to the individuals, in the forum, matters.  Remember that in a forum, you communicate on a one-to-one basis, or you interact with real people, not robots.  If you are active and very much involved, your audience sums up these attitudes, and gets involved as well.  Seeing you as an industry expert, or as truly knowledgeable in your field, you earn dedicated audiences that may include clients or customers.

If you are very accommodating and useful to these individuals, you build a reputation for your company, and that is a very good thing. By being useful means you assists them with their concerns, and readily answers questions, and gives feedbacks and contributions that benefit them.

If you participate in events, you create connections and learn priceless information.  The swap of information is truly a test to your attitude.  The people in these communities may ponder on the support that you need for your product with the kind of outlook you have.

With your constant participation in these industry-specific forums, you will definitely learn that it is actually the secret ingredient to your business.  It may not be visible in the first months but eventually, you will gather the fruits of your labor.

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As an online professional, Marilyn transitioned her way up to success by investing in the field of virtual assistance and web design. Networking with esteemed colleagues in the field, she co-founded Philippine Virtual Assistant Network (PVAN) , Philippines largest online virtual assistant community with over 20,000+ members and counting.

Marilyn is the Project Manager of Remote Virtual Assistant Agency, a virtual staffing agency based in New York, USA, as well as the trainer for Virtual Assistant Guide and Web Internship Program which helps aspiring work from home professionals.

As a serial entrepreneur, she's one of the managing partner of New York Sari-Sari Store Inc.- an eCommerce platform serving clients both in US & Philippines, St. Jeanne Beverly Learning Center & JM Property Rentals - a Pre-school Institution and a growing fleet of rental apartments together with her loving and very supportive husband.

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