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Cynthia Bazin’s Transition To Founding “The Smart Chic”

By Cheval John

Live video has changed the way how we interact on social media.

Before, we would chat with many people via social media platforms like Facebook (Instagram), Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube to keep up with what is happening in the world.

With Twitter, it made communication much easier in “real time” because of the instantaneous response.

When live streaming arrived in 2015, interaction on social media went to the next level with no signs of slowing down.

According to Cisco, 82% of all internet traffic will be drived by video by 2021.

Which means if you are not using video for your business, it will become much harder to reach your ideal audience in the future.

Another reason why you should be using live video is to meet people you would not have met before even with social.

I was very fortunate to have met Cynthia Bazin two years ago via live streaming.

She was among the early adopters of Periscope and also made some guest appearances on shows which was hosted on the now defuncted video platform called blab.

Cynthia have the drive of helping business owners to be laser focused and her company “The Smart Chic” is centered on her values.

I had the opportunity to interview Cynthia on this week’s episode of What’s The Word?

The show was recorded on Facebook Live via Blue Jeans Network

In this episode, you will hear:

How she transitioned from a private investigator to running her company

Why she did not dive immediately into entrepreneurship

How to run a business on the side while you working in a toxic company

How she overcame doubts to become successful with her company

How live streaming help take her business to the next level

The importance of having a mentor

Why video should be part of the business’ marketing strategy

Snippet of the interview on Vallano Media TV

Full episode on BlogTalkRadio

Cynthia Bazin’s Business Website: www.smartchic.me

Facebook: The Smart Chic

Twitter: @thesmartchic

Did you enjoy this post and who would you want to make a guest appearance on the show?

Go Where The Customers Are Located

By Cheval John

The companies or organizations who are more successful have this one thing in common.

They always innovate.

They look at ways to make the customer experience more rewarding.

We see that with small businesses because they do not have the resources like the larger companies to advertise their products or services.

The larger companies will buy space at major events like the super bowl and this year’s major league baseball playoffs to advertise to a large audience.

The small businesses will be more creative with content marketing because of a much smaller marketing budget.

They also know that if you can build an audience slowly through content marketing strategies (blogs, podcasts, live streaming, etc.), they will win all the time because they have earned their trust.

An example of innovation comes from mid-sized college sports conferences like the Southland Conference (SLC).

They basically formed their own television network, the Southland Conference Television Network, in 2008 and have brought many sporting matchups to their member colleges fan base.

Two of the fan bases within the SLC are Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) and Sam Houston State University (SHSU).

Their annual rivalry, “The Battle of The Piney Woods” moved to NRG Stadium in 2010 and has become a fixture in the Houston sports scene.

This year’s event drew an attendance of 26,792, who saw SHSU defeated SFA 27-16 for their seventh consecutive win against their rivals.

The rivalry has continued to draw crowds since they moved to NRG Stadium in 2010 with no signs of slowing down.

And the SLC dissolved their network in 2015 due to television deals with ESPN3 and other regional networks while at the same time focus their resources on their digital network.

Another example of innovation comes from the company, Paper.Li.

Under then community manager of Kelly Hungerford, who is now the owner of Community Works, Paper.Li built their company through their twitter chat #bizheroes and have increased their customer base.

The lessons here are as follows:

1. You must create your own media company.

Brands can’t rely on press releases anymore because they are considered spam.

They also can not depend on ads because people do not want to be interrupted with commercials that will take them out of rhythm in consuming content.

The brands must have a place where they can put out quality content that will help the consumer make smart decisions which can make their lives better.

And when the consumers believe they are being helped by the brand through their content, they will tell their friends about the brand.

Soon enough, the press will find out about them.

Look at examples from organizations and sports teams like the Houston Texans who created their own networks to provide content to media outlets.

2. You have to go where the audience are at.

If your ideal customers are located on a particular social platform, you have to be there as well.

When you meet them where they are at, you show them you care.

In the same way, both SFA and SHSU decided to move their rivalry to NRG Stadium after being approached by Lone Star Sports and Entertainment because the majority of their fan base lives in the Houston area.

Plus, they get exposure from the 8th largest media market in the nation.

More press leads to more recruitment for future Bearkats and Lumberjacks.

In conclusion, you have to be where your audience are at and you have to create your very own opportunities because the right people will always notice.

Cendrine Marrouat: Author and Photographer

By Cheval John

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Cendrine Marrouat made an appearance on What’s The Word? to chat about her career as a photographer and social media consultant.

Cendrine moved to Canada from her native France years ago and have built her business.

She has written ten books including two on social media.

One of those books, “The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences” earned Cendrine an award for the 2015 Small Business Awards in the community voice vote in social media.

In this episode, you will hear:

What led Cendrine to move to Canada

Why she does not focus too much on the number of followers she earned on social media

Why she decided to become an author

Snippet of the interview on Vallano Media TV

Entire episode on BlogTalkRadio

The show was recorded on Facebook Live via Blue Jeans Network

Website for Cendrine Marrouat: http://cendrinemarrouat.com/

Twitter: @cendrinemedia

Janette Speyer Makes Guest Appearance on International Podcast Day

By Cheval John

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This blog post is out spontaneously because today is International Podcast Day.

I actually forgot about this celebration and did not plan out accordingly.

In this article, you will hear the episode featuring Janette Speyer.

Janette made her second appearance on the show to chat about her recently launched Twitter Chat called #FlipBizChat.

She is an avid fan of FlipBoard which is a curating platform which puts together content like a magazine.

The first time Janette appeared on the show, she shared about co-founding Web Success Team and Hot Ice Media.

In this episode, you will hear:

What led Janette to co-found #FlipBizChat

What is internal learning

The process of starting a twitter chat

The episode was recorded on Facebook Live via Blue Jeans Network

Snippet on Vallano Media TV

Entire episode on BlogTalkRadio

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Emily Hayes, College Graduate from The University of Louisville

By Cheval John

Emily Hayes stopped by What’s The Word? to share about how she earned her internship after graduating from the University of Louisville.

She was part of the upper level college class which had a practicum based application taught by Dr. Karen Freberg.

Emily and her fellow practicum classmates had to not only create a social media marketing plan, they also had to implement it for the Louisville Bats, a Minor League Baseball Team.

The results of the implementation did wonders for the Louisville Bats.

Here are a few of the stats:

Instagram impressions increased by 202%

Twitter interaction increased by 353%

In this episode, you will hear:

-What led Emily to transfer from Xavier University to the University of Louisville

-Why millennials need to be more social media savvy even though they grew up with the digital age

-Lessons learned from doing the practicum project for the Louisville Bats

-The one person she would spent one day with past or present to learn from

Snippet on Vallano Media TV

Full episode on BlogTalkRadio

Website: https://eannehayes.wixsite.com/emercis

Twitter: @emercis

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