As we prepare to go into 2010 I want to share with you how we can make a real difference and help each other.
This time last year I had an idea to give away some gifts for New Year’s Day. I wrote this blog post on Twitter Handbook and started using the #Happy09 tag on tweet for a little contest.
Soon it seemed that everyone on Twitter was using #Happy09 and it became the most popular term on Twitter for 3 days.
We had a lot of fun, and soon went way beyond the contest to talk about what we thought was really important.. conversations, relationships, happiness. I ultimately gave away the gifts to April Tara when she asked if it was okay to share all the gifts (April got the message! Read her post about it here).
Since #Happy09, I’ve heard from the people involved many times. New friendships were made, joint ventures started and even some new clients for myself and others, but Twitter has grown by over 1000% and it’s very unlikely that we’ll ever see this again.
But why not try?
Yesterday, I got thinking of what would make for a great #Happy10. The hashtag (that’s the made up word staring with #) was easy enough to come up with and I felt a contest wasn’t right. What we need today is a way to share the spirit of GIVING that makes social media perfect for authors and others sharing a message.
I connected with @ThomScott, Colleague of @BobBurg who co-authored the best selling book The Go-Giver with John David Mann. Thom is one of the most giving people I know. I asked if he and Bob could join me on Friday night for my Twitter radio show and do a special on giving and show an example of how Twitter users are going to give more in 2010. Thom and Bob said yes and the #Happy10 idea was good to go.
We will have lots of examples of authors, business people and entrepreneurs who have used GIVING to get more results in marketing and can say they have a more fulfilling life. I’ll also be asking Thom and Bob about their philosophy of book promotion and how they have sold hundreds of thousands of copies of Bob’s books and made multiple best sellers.
Important Notes for Authors, Book Marketing and Others Promoting on Social Media
What you’ve read above is exactly what happened. I didn’t have to rent space, pre-order equipment or get an approval for Twitter or a government agency. More important.. I absolutely did not, and will not set hard and fast rules about how the promotion needs to go.
I have objectives.
I want to see my readers, listeners and everyone get the message of “giving”
I hope to see Bob and Thom sell a few more books and some people remember the radio show
It will be nice that some new people read this blog post and notice what business I’m in
That’s about it. All this will happen and MORE. I can imagine hearing stories in comments here, tweets on Twitter and likely will run into people during the next year who will say “Hi Warren.. You don’t know me but I watched #Happy10.” I also fully expect to see an outcome I have not thought of. I know this can happen because it always does.
Social media marketing is not something you can or would want to completely control. The thousands (and sometimes millions) of people that get involved will have ideas you could not dream of and will carry your message far beyond what you expected.
Please join me in sharing #Happy10. All you have to do is add “#Happy10” to any tweet you think appropriate. There are NO RULES… If you have an idea of how we all can give more for 2010.. more value, more service, more love, more sharing, more content.. just tweet them to me (use @WarrenWhitlock in the message if you want to make sure I see it) or comment here.
Share a link to this blog post by using the RETWEET button or the sharing options below… then watch for #Happy10 tweets using TweetChat or Twitter Search. When you see someone talking about giving (or whatever interests you) REPLY to them and start a conversation. If you use the #Happy10 tag for these conversations it would be nice.. but please don’t feel you have to (NO RULES).
Let me know if you have a positive outcome. I’ll be doing interview on the Social Media Radio Show and will be looking for authors and entrepreneurs who find new people they can help, readers or business ideas so I can feature you in an upcoming blog post.
Most of all.. HAVE FUN… Share your ideas about GIVING and have a prosperous New Year (or #Happy10 as we say on Twitter)
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Thanks Warren! – I wish you and yours a #Happy10 as well!
How are you giving more for 2010?
Thanks, Warren, for the enthusiasm and leadership to launch this. I wish you and yours the best for 2010 and that it indeed becomes a #Happy10. Wish I was going to be in Dallas next week when you're here, but have a feeling our paths will cross soon enough. God bless you and keep you safe. Make sure you have some good BBQ & Tex/Mex while you're here in town.
Warren, as always, you are a total giver of love, smiles, time, advice and everything in-between.
How shall I give more in 2010? I don't know what all I will end up doing, but I know that one of my goals is to motivate as many new marketers as possible, to succeed in business, by helping them to accomplish what they believe to be the impossible.
I hope you have an incredible 2010, and I know we will see each other.
Love the whole concept of #Happy10 Warren, and kdos for giving so much of your time to this so freely – you've made it a self-fulfilling prophecy! Here's my vote for the #Happy10 anthem – http://bit.ly/4dOWFx – it was released about 40 years ago now, back when giving was more common… Today's conditons make it more important than ever before.
#Happy10 to you Warren – may it mark the start of a truly caring & sharing decade!
Doug & Teri Champigny.
I'll be on a quick trip on my way to the East Coast. Will get to DFW again soon.
Thanks for your support spreading the word to TX folks and sharing how we can give more in 2010
@Yvonnelyon When you when you motivate more, you are giving more #Happy10
@superafil Let's make this the #Happy10 anthem http://bit.ly/4dOWFx
Thats a good question – I'm not sure exactly yet but I plan on giving more back to my community by getting back involved with some local charities. It has always been a passion of mine to give back – So this year I'm going to do my best to follow that passion.
Charities need your time, connections and of course money.
Today I got thinking about where giving doesn't matter. We can give more value in a business transaction, give more service to a customer, show more love to our family.
Giving more is universal
Hey Warren, love the concept of #Happy10…….the words fit with the work I do at http://www.steps2happiness.com In my work experience, I've learned that all people really want is to be happy……but many have lost their way. For you to recommend that 2010 be a year of giving, sharing, caring, etc. is absolutely right on and I, for one, am very HAPPY to be part of it!
Keep up the good work, Warren!
Happy Pat 🙂
Great idea, Warren! You kindly showed the spirit of go-giving this year by sharing a lot of “how to” content for my listeners of BTR's Navigating Change Show. I also had @bobburg on my show and his segment was amazing. What a great pairing for #Happy10. As you may recall, last year at the #Happy09, I gave away my book, Me, Myself, and Why? The Secrets to Navigating Change that helps readers create a framework for change. The most rewarding part was the numerous positive relationships that were formed internationally through Twitter, which was overwhelming. This year, I'll be giving away tickets to an upcoming event I'm hosting in March for entrepreneurs and much more. As a lymphoma survivor, I'm donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (and for anyone who wants to donate to them go to: https://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_donate?it… . If everyone donated just $1 from Twitter to their favorite charity, just imagine what could be accomplished for the greater good. Keep up the conversation about Go-Giving!
#Happy10 Warren! I'm giving a lot of free calls for my friends on my best Internet secrets. I want everyone to have a prosperous 2010.
We are on the cusp of a new era and the changes will be great. Twitter shows us how the world can connect for positive steps towards peace and prosperity. Let's take that joy forward.
# HAPPY 10 to you
I don't believe this I got up this morning with an inspiration that I am called to give and give more this year. And I see this post. This is like an answer to prayer. I always believed that even in business we should give more than what we are paid for and then more business will come our way. Have faith in God, in love and in unchanging universal principles. The answer to recession is to GIVE
I will start with a word of encouragement to someone and couple of extra minutes of my time to show concern. I will give more of my time to people expecting nothing and in a month's time I will share my wonderful experiences with all you wonderful people
Give an idea to your clients and execute it for free every month so that they increase their business.
I wish I can do that every month as an good business investment. I wish I have more money or rather put back part of the money I get from my clients back to clients business so that it grows…
…I don't have to tell you folks what it will do to your business
I am going to try it and I will let you know about my results
Hey there Warren
Thanks for the #Happy10 on my blog post. I plan to use that site to freely educate folks on the different ways they can turn around their personal economy and personal awareness of how they can commit to themselves and others on a higher level.
This was inspired when we were all on the expert panel at JV Alert Live down in Orlando back in February. I watched everyone on stage, along with myself, giving top notch advice with just the benefit of giving and it continues to flow strong in my writing, recording and broadcasting.
Thanks for being the change my friend
Founder of The World Entrepreneur Success Training Program
P.S. I also plan to relaunch Out-Side the Box LIVE and the Life Balance Radio Network again this year. Expect a call from me to you to have a great interview session together 🙂
You said, “I also fully expect to see an outcome I have not thought of” – That is truly a beautiful and powerful way to live life, and was described by Bucky Fuller in his “processional effect'.
And it really reminds me of the famous quote (often mistakenly attributed to Goethe) “the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too”.
I think we could also say “the moment one fully gives of oneself, then providence moves too”.
I appreciate you greatly for leading the way with your positive energy!
Hope you got a chance to listen to the radio show. The guest were very much in tune with what you are seeking here.
If you missed it, you can get it on iTnes at http://budurl.com/itcr
Don't let lack of cash be an excuse to not give.
Give more value, more time, more effort, more attention.
Happy to do an interview on your show. Best to you for a #Happy10
Like @BobBurg said on the show tonight.. When you want more of something, give it away.
Giving $1 is a good idea. but GIVING is so much more. Give added value, love, time, or even just a smile
Giving is a way of life.. a way to look at everything you do, every relationship you encounter #Happy10
I agree…Time, talent, treasure, a smile, a kind word. Giving has many dimensions…
#Happy10 – What a great movement! … a world focused on giving and serving is an awesome thought! Personally, I will give away a number of my books, “Simon Says – Living Your Life Purpose …And Not Just Following the Crowd” at http://SimonSaysRevolution.com for those who share with me the best stories of how they changed their life (from playing the game of doing what everyone tells them they “should do”) to serving others in pursuit of their passion!
Giving is good marketing. Give without expectation of return and you still get the return 🙂
Thank you for all the great posts from last year! I look forward to reading your blog, because they are always full of information that I can put to use. Thank you again, and God bless you in 2010.
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