After yesterday’s post, I received a nice letter from @JoshHolzhaeuser who’s a college student on exchange in Spain right now. He’s nearing graduation and considering a career in Digital Marketing.
Please read his letter and consider writing some advice for him in the comments below, Thank you!
Life sounds like it’s taking another exciting turn for you. Happy to hear it . How you explained your next project sounds really exciting. Integration of the social scene into the business scene in a seamless manner, will be key for new age marketing and business.
I have been lucky enough to experience this first hand but without the use of any computer or website. Which I think has significant implications for the dynamics of the “traditional” (if I can say traditional for a company that has only been around since 2004) Facebook friend and beyond.
After some time here in Spain, I befriended these two small business owners; to the point of hanging out and going out on the weekends together. I met them in their store (a fruit juice store) and we began to talk and eventually became great friends. I didn’t begin to think of this from a business standpoint until a few weeks in, when I realized that I had been making trips to their store 3-4 times a week, just to hang out.
After some time chatting, I would buy a little something. I realized that I had been supporting their business more than I would have been, with the root cause being in the real friendship we created. It became more than just marketing exposure but also customer retention, simply through genuine friendship.
In the business sense this it the power of becoming a friend; before it just meant clicking accept. Not to take away the importance of exposure, but in many places I feel like that’s all it is. This friendship, if looked at from a total business standpoint or too naively (as just a friend) could frankly be damaging to my psyche. 🙂 But who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? There are two (possibly more) main facets to the story: 1) I have made some friends whom I value greatly 2) I have supported people whom I have a genuine emotional investment in.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I have experienced and analyzed firsthand the benefits, both from a friendship side and a business side, of a deepening of the meaning “friend.” Not just accepting a friend request but actually embracing one in an effective way is the real puzzle that I would present.
I know this is your milk and honey, and with your experience you know mountains more than I do in this department. I just wanted to share some thoughts I have been having and pick your brain a little.
It would be totally naive (borderline idiotic) for me to think that this is not where business is headed, that much I know. So I want to expose myself more to the tech world in preparation for graduation and life. I’m an idea guy, but my knowledge in the tech world is… well enough to get me by.
I’m interested in how this type of business works and just wondering what kind of insight/advice you could give a guy like me, as far as getting on the right track to having a more advanced level of understanding in this department?
I’ll take whatever your willing to give.
Sorry for the rant… your blog just got my creative juices flowing
Please say shalom to Emily, Olivia, Stew, and lil Henry…. oh and Rocky
reposted with Josh’s permission