RSS feeds and blogs took Internet marketing by a storm in 2005. Every time we turn around there's a brand new marketing vehicle speeding down the Internet highway. In the fast paced race of the virtual world, it's easy to get swept away in the current of technology.
If we're honest with ourselves, we'll admit that computers have taken control of both our personal world and the business world. That's a scary thought! It's nearly impossible to even make a phone call without talking to a computer, much less try to find success in the professional service marketplace without spending more time with your computer than you do your family.
Honestly, it wouldn't be so bad if I could get my computer to do what I wanted it to all of the time. Unfortunately, there are a lot of days when I'm ready to pull my hair out in frustration because it refuses to obey my commands (usually screamed or hissed through gritted teeth). It's then that I realize just how little control I really do have in this technological world.
Think about it.... when a computer refuses to do what you want it to, what are your alternatives? You can glare all day, threaten to fire it, or get mad and use a few expletives. It just sits there, frozen, with the same error message on the screen - unintimidated and unchanging. (That's when you learn to appreciate staff members who are at least upset when you get ticked off because they don't do what you want them to.)
Don't take me wrong. Computers are really the most amazing invention to ever be introduced to humans. Take a look at Federal Express. Every day millions and millions of packages pass through the professional service company's computer system. You can track your package with a few clicks of the mouse and know exactly where it's at and when it will arrive at your doorstep. A perfect example of a professional service company that is in control of its computer system!
Technology can also advance marketing goals of your professional servicing business. How can you take the reigns and make technology an asset rather than a master?
1. Take Control
Simply take control. Hey, I'm serious! How often do we find ourselves using computers for more than we intended to? Yeah, we find out what they can do and feel like we have to use them when we're not ready. Don't forget that you have the power to say, "No!" or even, "later." Jumping into a project half prepared is the perfect formula for letting your computer take control.
2. Learn the Ropes
Even the most skilled web designers and computer programmers were once newbies who had to learn which button turned the computer on. Don't be intimidated. Take some classes or find someone to tutor you. Be confident that you understand before you incorporate a new program into your marketing campaign.
I agree with Marta's sentiments on the need to exercise control when dealing with technology. Particularly technology that helps us market our businesses. It's very easy to have things falling apart, but what's even more important is doing things in moderation. If you do that, you'll be able to live peaceful in this technology drive society that we've created ourselves.