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Scrazzle Invasion Progress Report

So far we have six troops on the ground at Scrazzle. I have also gotten into a conversation with one person who may be checking out Persona Paper soon. Today I made what I hope is a provocative post, but I won't post the image here. You have to go there to see it. It took me a while to find just the right image on Pixabay, but not too long to make it promotional at shareasimage.

Next Tactics to Employ (and they work on any site, including Twitter)

1. Once you land, make sure your profile is in order and you have an avatar. Otherwise, most people won't follow you. I wouldn't put your referral link in your profile, but a profile link for this site or some other writing site where people can find out more about who you are.

2. Follow two new leaders outside our number who appear to be active and posting something you can use as a handle for a response.

3. Respond to one of their posts with a comment, or, preferably, a question. You want them to engage with you in a positive way and start a conversation, if possible, about them. Don't promote to them right away unless you sense a very open door. Be subtle. Share one of their posts if it's of general interest. That will get their attention. Put yourself in their shoes and think about what your own response would be to your tactics.

4. To promote, be creative. Don't post the same thing every day or people will ignore you because they have rightly discerned you don't seem to have anything else to say. In the worst case, they may unfollow you. Change your promotional images so that people don't start to ignore them. I hope you like my latest.

We want to be known as a creative group, people who are fun to be with. People who have ideas. After all, we are and we do. We are having such a good time, in fact, that we hate to see anyone who likes to write miss out. We continue to talk to each other there about what's happening here (but not site or internale stuff). Example of something I'm posting now:

“My friend tinamarie just shared a delicious looking recipe for blueberry muffins that you could eat for dessert the way she has it pictured. She posts great recipes often. You can tell she's a wizard in the kitchen. “ Then I share the link to the recipe.

Why is this a good post? First, it shows I will promote other people. Second, it is a great recipe and offers value to someone who reads it. That's a must on any social network. Give people value. This post also shows that Persona Paper itself offers great information. This is much more effective than if Tinamarie shares her own link. She should share someone else's link instead – a link to a post she really enjoyed and would interest a lot of other people – especially writers.

No need to restrict links to only Persona Paper articles. We should link to good stuff wherever we find it – HubPages, blogs, etc. We don't want to be overly promotional for just one site. Our members write in lots of places. They may have tweeted something good on Twitter that you could post a link to on Scrazzle. And don't forget has a share button that works like a retweet on Twitter. Use it occasionally when you can't think of anything good to post yourself but want to look active.

Note: Do not share these Scrazzle articles or stuff aimed at the Persona Paper Community on Scrazzle or other sites. It's not of general interest, at least not yet. Our strategy sessions should stay here. Share only articles that will interest many people, but especially writers. Recipes are good, because even writers eat, though they may not all cook. Some also garden. Or take pictures. They may not be gamers or sports fans.

Now, troops, go implement the strategy for today. If you have questions, please ask.

Text is original and may not be used without permission.

B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

Image Credit » CCO Public Domain

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MegL wrote on September 19, 2014, 3:57 PM

Great marketing strategy for anywhere!

BarbRad wrote on September 19, 2014, 5:45 PM

Yes. People want to know how what we share will benefit them.

Feisty56 wrote on September 19, 2014, 6:02 PM

Marketing, like referrals, is not my forte, so I appreciate these nudges and will follow your excellent lead as best I can.

Scorpie wrote on September 19, 2014, 7:23 PM


BarbRad wrote on September 19, 2014, 7:25 PM

Marketing is important if we are to help PP grow.

BarbRad wrote on September 19, 2014, 7:25 PM

Going to find you now, ready of not.

BarbRad wrote on September 19, 2014, 7:29 PM

Looks like you're ready. That makes seven pair of boots on the ground.

Feisty56 wrote on September 19, 2014, 7:39 PM

Ohhhh, Hi Mr. Smith! This takes the mystery out of that screen name over at Scrazzle for me....

allen0187 wrote on September 19, 2014, 7:45 PM

I just created an account in Scrazzle. I'm using the same handle name, allen0187 .

Scorpie wrote on September 19, 2014, 7:46 PM

How do!

BarbRad wrote on September 19, 2014, 7:50 PM

Yipes! I think that "naked" photo may have violated terms. I'd delete it if I were you. It wouldn't be good to get kicked off first thing.

Scorpie wrote on September 19, 2014, 8:02 PM

you have to cross boundaries sometime to be sure where they are. emoticon :smile:

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 19, 2014, 8:07 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. Excellent strategy tips, Barb. I'm taking notes. The Professional Cat Bloggers Association may want to borrow some of your ideas when we take over the world.

Feisty56 wrote on September 19, 2014, 8:39 PM

Wait! I didn't see any naked pics, just that gorpy yellow guy with a big snout. I miss all the good stuff, I swear.

Scorpie wrote on September 19, 2014, 8:59 PM


BarbRad wrote on September 19, 2014, 10:18 PM

I've already followed you.

BarbRad wrote on September 19, 2014, 10:19 PM

That would mean putting the interests of others above your own. Are you up to that?

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 20, 2014, 4:33 PM

Hmm. That may require some pondering. After all, I AM a cat, you know. Sincerely, Guiness. I need a nap now.