I don't know where to start with this blog post....It's come about because last night on my Facebook page I did a link to a tagging game and participated in it as well. For those that are not familiar with this concept, it's about trying to make others aware of your business, by in a sense doing a chain letter for want of a better term...to get people to like your page.
That said, it's something that I've never done before and I think it actually surprised a few people. I did it purely because I had set up a shop to sell my hats on a new website and they suggest you participate in these type of games & market nights etc because it's good for their publicity and it gets your brand/business out there....well it's done and it really doesn't sit well with me at all. I won't be participating again. I got 20 new fans and already 2 of them have gone because I didn't feel the need to like their pages back, and this is where I get annoyed.
I want people to like Dover & Madden because they want to, they like my work, they appreciate what I do, they want to learn something at my page or my blog....I'm sure half those people who liked my page last night didn't even look at what I do but I certainly made sure that I looked at what they did and only liked those pages that held some sort of interest to me....In my book you like a page or become a fan of a page because you want to be part of it, you appreciate what the seller does, not just to make up numbers.
I have quoted this many times before and I will continue to quote it as this still sticks in my memory. It was told to me by Jen at the Pikelet Workshop. "It's not about the number of fans you have, it's about the relationships formed with those fans."
I am so lucky that I have a loyal fan base (for want of a better term) I love the fact that at anytime when I post something, one of so many lovelies will always comment or like....There is always a Jen, Amber, Rebecca, Cassie, Sheryl, Mira, Erica, Melissa, Denise, Joy, Jo, Jewel, Kim, Sarah, Roberta, Anne, Elise, Krissy, Genna, Adele, Marilia, Karen, Jana, Justina, Kelly, Beck, Hana, Bree, Sarah, Maureen & Maryanne and so many others that always know how to make me smile when I do a post...and you know what, I often look at so many other businesses and they just don't appear to have that banter that I love, so Jen you are so spot on.
So I'm happy to grow my business organically, and leave the tagging games to others, it has a place but not with me....I also base my business on the number of sales, not the number of fans....and Dover & Madden does pretty well indeed and hopefully will continue to do so in the future.
So there you go, it's not about the numbers.....It's more about the love!!
Feel free to comment or let me know where you found out about d&m....I'd be interested to know. Also any thoughts you have on this matter...I know it could be a touchy subject so I did try and keep it pretty general.