Monday, February 28, 2011

The Do´s and Don´t for professional use of Facebook

The 16 most important things you need to consider if you set yourself up on Facebook in a professional and authentic way:


Before you set up your profile, become clear about what you want to accomplish. Will you use it for private purposes with existing friends or do you also want to make new friends and business contacts? Is your intention to promote your career, business, products or services? This makes a significant difference in how you would set yourself up / brand yourself.

Profile Photo:

If you have chosen “business” as your main purpose to be present on Facebook, it all starts with your profile picture. A photo of your pet, kids, cars, a comic figure or simply nothing is a total No-Go (I personally would not accept your friend request)! For the beginning, upload a nice business-casual photo where you appear open and sympathetic. Or – be creative. Let your photo tell a story – your story! Facebook leaves you a space of 200 x 600 pixel to do so. The easiest way to produce your 200 x 600 pixel “story” is by using Powerpoint or Keynote. Add a fine selection of photos, use the programs graphical functions to assemble and make them look nice, then export, resize or crop – and there it is. Upload it to Facebook, position the thumbnail (this is your “avatar” – a 140 x 140 pixel part of your photo, resized by Facebook to 50 x 50 for wall posts) – ready! There’s not too many skills required. However, creativity pays off big times attention-wise, as people will much more likely go and view your entire profile in-depth – and that’s what you want.


Write something interesting about yourself. Some of what is history, but much more of where you want to go in life and what you believe in. Share your vision, dreams and goals. Tell people why you do the things you do (believe in), as this makes you attractive. Your profile is the “showroom of your brand”, so it is ok to present yourself in the best possible way. But don’t over do. Stay authentic and be yourself. Your friends will appreciate you.

Photos and videos:

It is better to upload less than more. Go back to your profile’s purpose and think of which photos would fit your brand. Working in the nutrition business posting photos of your last party while smoking and drinking does not make you look too good, right? Also, please do not post product photos into your album. Facebook is NOT an online store and people are turned off if they get the impression that you want to sell them your product or service upfront. Remember, you are using Facebook to brand yourself. At a later point – and only by invitation or request from someone – you are free to talk directly about your products or services. When it comes to “tagging”, do not tag all your friends at all times. It is sometimes nasty to see all those tagged photos show up on ones wall. Be selective. Regarding videos, post attractive stuff, like incentive trips or anything related to lifestyle. Your friends love to be “entertained”, not “educated”!


This is a function in Facebook you want to use only if you have great (own) content to share. View it like a Blog. As an industry newbie, you do not need it at all. It is much better to SHARE the content of your uplines with your own friends, given you personally relate to it.

Applications / games:

Don’t do it, delete it, block it! If you have only the slightest business interest on Facebook, there’s no room for Farmville et al.! Reject those invitations, delete installed applications and invitations on your wall. There’s no time for that stuff, at least not in our (networking) world!

Wall post behavior:

The no. 1 rule is – “Think before you post!”. The no. 2 rule is – “Be pro-active!”. Your posts represent your activity. It will be seen in the Newsfeed of all your friends, and if friends react on it, it will be seen by their friends too. So your word spreads fast and therefore you need to carefully think before you post. The best posts are those that provide value to others or are entertaining. Sharing good information, great wisdom, hot news related to your business and life will excite your friends and they will always pay attention to your posts. Never insult someone publicly, do not become political or even rassistic. Rather say thank you, recognize or edify people, friends and business partners. Also on Facebook, like in real life, people love to be recognized. A good indication for you is the amount of “likes” and “comments” you get on your posts, relative to the size of your community. The more value you share, the more positive feedback you get.

Response & “Like” behavior:

You do not need to comment on everything. Only do that if your comment provides additional value or shows great appreciation. Else, just “Like” the post. Should you enter into a controversial discussion with someone, do not create a public battlefield. Move over to the chat function or send private messages to each other to clear things up (best, get on the phone!). Never argue with someone you do not know in person, it serves no need. Always clean up the mess on your wall of the un-liked discussion(s) by deleting all post or comments related to it.

Share behavior:

Sharing is the greatest option on Facebook. It’s a simple and effective way to spread relevant information amongst your friends. Again, it is all about “value”. Make sure the things you share provide value to your community of friends and support your brand. Sometimes, you will find “stuff” on Facebook that might be great or interesting for yourself. Only share it, when you feel it does serve value to your friends. You can share business content or -news at any time – this leaves a much better impression than posting it yourself. What you should share depends on what your community is mainly interested in. So here is rule no. 3 – “Know your community!“.

Making friends:

Some seem to view making friends on Facebook as a sports discipline. Let me tell you: The amount of friends you have is totally unimportant! What’s important is, that you and your friends form a like-minded “community” where all benefit from each other. That’s why you need to pick your friends consciously and not necessarily accept all friend requests. Consider, that – like in real life – your friends judge you by your friends! Usually, before I accept a friend request, I briefly scan their profiles. Be aware that there are network marketers on Facebook whose behavior is totally rude – they just make friends with you to get access to your contacts and then spam them. Should you notice such a behavior, un-friend them or use the block function and get rid of them. Keep your community “clean”! On the other hand, you need to connect with the relevant people, executives and leaders in your business. Make a list of people who you (or ask your upline) consider important and make friends with them. If you do, your Newsfeed will be extremely valuable for you and there’s a lot of great content you can “share”. You will add huge value to the overall community! Be aware that Facebook does not want you to connect to others like a wildfire. Your profile might be (temporarily or permanently) suspended if you do that. If you want to connect with someone who does not know you, send a personal message first introducing yourself, sharing why you would love to get into contact.

“Liking” pages:

Do not “like” all pages you like! Just like those who add to your community or brand. Liking pages is like adding links to your personal website! Become clear about the fact that you draw people off your profile into a totally different subject, which is definitely not what you want to do! Make sure you like all relevant pages that provide value to you and your community. Connect with leaders or corporate executive fan pages, corporate pages and pages that add to your subject. Be selective!

Privacy settings:

I highly recommend that you study privacy settings on Facebook. There’s a lot to take care of. Don’t share too much private information. The settings allow you to exactly determine which content can be seen by whom, from “everyone” down to a single person.

Fan pages:

You will find some industry leaders who run their own fan page and might ask yourself if you need one too. The answer is “No”! There’s only 2 reasons for setting up an own fan page:

1. You are a celebrity or publicly known in your field.
2. You have content to share on a regular basis to a bigger community even outside your own friends community. 3. You intend to “advertise” your page (yourself) in a Facebook campaign. If this does not apply to you, please rather focus on building and maintaining a great profile.


External links will draw people away from your profile. Make sure, you do not post too many and that those you post are the right ones serving people the expected value once they click them. Your links “brand” yourself!

Maintenance & frequency of posting:

Keep your profile clean and tidy. Too many people might post their stuff on your wall. You might either want to disable that function in general or at least keep your wall clean. This is your showroom, so keep it attractive! Put your settings to “you and others” so that you can see contents posted on your wall by others. Regarding your own posts: Post frequently – but only on your own wall! As much as you might dislike people posting on your wall, they might dislike you posting on theirs. Your posts do not need to be long or appear “too intelligent”. It is also nice to just read what you are currently doing (not “drinking beer”) in your business or what else keeps you active. The purpose is to establish a good relationship with your friends. You want them to get to know you a little better. Yes, this is all virtual, but it is still real! Your friends are real people behind their profiles (at least most), with real feelings and real emotions. Also, check the birthdays of your friends, they are listed by Facebook daily. Send those you know in person some birthday wishes. Anything you write – do it in style! No slang or gossip!


Once you have set up a great profile, it is time to show it to as many people as possible. This is you, and there’s almost no better way to find things out about you than studying your profile. How powerful is that? A 24/7 daily personal advertisement campaign or resumé! Once you are happy with your result, do not hesitate to print your Facebook profile’s address on your business card as a contact reference. Facebook will now become the no. 1 source of information about yourself – for others.

These guidelines was originally posted by Sven Goebel on this blog

Friday, February 25, 2011

Invitation til at skabe forandring

Det er Fredag den 25. Feb., lige over middag - min gode ven og samarbejdspartner, Anders synes det vil være en god idé hvis vi næste Fredag deltager i en "VIP-middag" med Dallin Larsen, grundlægger af Monavie, i Frankfurt i forbindelse med et stort event, hvor selskabets succés-produkt, energi-drikken EMV officielt lancheres i Tyskland.


Mere end noget andet tidspunkt - er det i disse tider man bør kigge efter indtægtsgivende muligheder, som enten kan supplere de indtægter man i forvejen har eller indtægter som på sigt kan erstatte den indtægtskilde man har nu.

Det kan osse handle om muligheder for at skabe en langsigtet økonomisk strategi (cashflow til investeringer) eller skabe muligheder for "købe frihed" i det man laver nu: Arbejde lidt mindre eller have mulighed for at tilbringe mere tid med børnene.... at tage på en ekstra ferie eller to....


Det handler om at finde et "køretøj", som kan tage sig derhen man gerne vil - hvadenten det handler om en ekstra-indtægt, muligheder for udvikling, muligheder for at skabe nye netværk, få råd til at drømme og sætte mål eller skabe en "passiv indtægts-kilde" - det der kaldes en "Residual indtægt" - en indkomst der er tilbagevendende og som udspringer at et arbejde man har gjort éen gang.

At skabe et netværk som forbruger, som bestiller, som køber, som handler om og om igen - måned efter måned - år efter år...

Her handler det endnu mere om at finde et "køretøj" - et produkt - en produktkategori, som har høj omsætningsværdi og som kan skabe en emotionel tilknytning...

Monavie er nu på vej ind i EU og meget snart på vej ind i Skandinavien - hvilket betyder nogle spændende muligheder for at være med til at skabe hele grundlaget for Monavie i Danmark.... fra start! - Det er osse her de største udfordringer er - men osse de udfordringer der lønner sig allerbedst på den lange bane.

Der findes massevis af andre muligheder på markedet - endda rigtig gode muligheder - men det er vores helt klare vurdering, at en af de muligheder hvor potentialet og vækstmulighederne er allerstørst ganske enkelt er Monavie.

Vores vurdering baseres samtidig på fakta - for det sjove ved fakta er, at de er så fantastisk sammenlignelige og så fantastisk entydigt klare:

* Nr. 1 fødevare/drikkevare i USA
* Nr. 1 hurtigst voksende selskab i Utah
* Det hurtigste selskab nogensinde til at nå 1 milliard dollars i omsætning
* Ernst & Young Pris: Årets iværksætter
* 2,5 mia dollars i omsætning INDEN starten her i Europa
* Mere end 1,2 mia dollars udbetalt i bonus INDEN starten i Europa

Direct Selling News (medie for Direkte Salg branchen) har Monavie på Top 100 som nummer 17 - Monavie er grundlagt i 2005 - og netop den "Globale Top 100", som Direct Selling News har sammensat er fakta der taler for sig:

Du kender måske nogle af selskaberne på listen - og du kender måske nogle andre forretningsmuligheder, som er på vej ind i Europa og måske endda endnu mere præcist: På vej ind i Danmark.... se om du kan finde dem på listen - og se hvor de ligger ;-)

Vi har fuldt Monavie gennem 2 år og har gjort vores forarbejde - vi har været i USA flere gange, i Polen, England og Tyskland: Og vi har haft det skide skægt!

Monavie - officielle website
Monavie Media Center - nyheder, branding, video
Se "Black Diamond Documentaries" - videoer med succesfulde distributører
Videoserie - introduktion til Monavie

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Den største Facebook vildledning

Facebook har her i det nye år foretaget ændringer, som bl.a gør, at man selv aktivt skal ændre sine indstillinger, såfremt man ønsker et bredere nyhedsfeed fra ens "venneliste", fremfor kun at blive fodret med nyheder fra den samme lille del af ens netværk.

Det har så affødt en bølge af opfordringer til at være opmærksom på, at man bør tænke på netop denne ændring.... hvilket så efterfølgende har affødt en bølge af blog-indlæg (typisk udenfor Facebook) fra brugere som holder fast i at Facebook´s pre-indstilling til hver en tid er at foretrække.

Denne blog-bølge har oftest overskrifter der indeholder ordet "vildledning" - og der må jeg se mig skyldig: Jeg har i særdeleshed været med til at "vildlede" Facebook-brugere... omend jeg kalder det "vejledning". Min vildledning består snarere i at vildlede skeptikerne... hvilket må være tilfældet, eftersom flere af disse skeptikere tror jeg slår et slag for spammere...

Senest er jeg helt konkret nævnt i et blog-indlæg, hvor jeg "beskyldes" for at vildlede - men at jeg samtidig osse helligere spammere - hvilket jeg bestemt IKKE gør. Det er på Thomas Bigums blog denne påstand er offentliggjort (Den største Facebook vildledning i 2011 so far).

Min oprindelig note på Facebook går under titlen "Du er usynlig, dine venner kan ikke se dig" - både i den note og andre steder på nettet giver jeg min vejledning til kende - som fortrinsvis går på en oplysning til især "små" fansider. I den efterfølgende debat har jeg ligeledes forklaret mine argumenter.

Læs med her (du skal være logget på Facebook).

Lasse Burholt @ Facebook

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Network Marketing: Why we Rock!

Enough said, her er alle argumenterne samlet i én inspirerende video - der samler input fra såvel Brian Tracy, Anthony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, Clinton, Jim Rohn - og mange andre:

Why we Rock in Network Marketing: Inspirational video

Connect, and let´s meet up: Lasse Burholt på Facebook

Super Rich!

Lær og hør mere om bogen, "Super Rich" fra forfatteren Russell Simmons, Co-founder af det legendariske Hip-Hop pladelabel, Def Jam - og bl.a. iværksætteren bag tøjmærket Phat Farm. Russell deler en masse godbider ifm. lancheringen af hans bog, "Super Rich - A Guide to Having it All"

Se YouTube video på Amino

Lasse Burholt´s Free Spirits Ressource side på Facebook

Din Facebook fanside kan være usynlig

Denne information er vigtig for alle der bruger Facebook – både i privat og i forretningsmæssig sammenhæng (fansider/firmasider).

Direkte link til indlægget på Facebook om din usynlighed, klik her

Har du bemærket, at siden Facebook skiftede udseende og opsætning, så får du i din nyhedsfeed oftest opdateringer og nyheder fra den samme gruppe af dine Facebook venner?

Har du bemærket, at kommentarer og ”I like” på dine egne opdateringer, uploads, links m.m. synes at komme fra den samme lille gruppe af dine Facebook venner...?

Det skyldes, at der i de nye Facebook ændringer er forvalgt en indstilling som gør, at der kun vises nyheder/indlæg/poster fra dem du har mest kontakt til/oftest har kontakt til på Facebook. Specielt er indstillingen baseret på dem du havde mest kontakt til - lige op tidspunktet for de nye ændringer...

Du går med andre ord glip af interaktion med de mange Facebook venner som ikke er ONLINE så ofte som du er. Du er med andre ord ”usynlig” for dem - og de er usynlige i forhold til dig.

Derfor vigtigt, at du nederst på siden med nyhedsoversigten over poster fra dine venner, klikker på ”Rediger indstillinger”, herefter vælger du ”Vis opslag fra: 'Alle dine venner og sider'”.

Denne information er især vigtig for alle jer med fansider/firmasider, da flere af de indlæg/billeder/poster/tilbud I har delt via jeres fansider, rent faktisk ikke er set af alle dem der potentielt har adgang til nyheder fra dine fansider.

Direkte link til indlægget på Facebook om din usynlighed, klik her

Lasse Burholt
Facebook-addict ;-)