So there’s always somewhere to go, somewhere to be. Claim stake or be left in the dust. We rush to those fire hydrants like a pack of NYC rat dwellers letting others know where we’ve been and possibly where we’re going. Then we move on. What’s it all about? Smartphones and communication devices are adorned in ridiculously expensive accoutrements, much like luggage. Gucci vs Walmart. Ever stand and wonder what could possibly be in those pieces of luggage hugging those airport conveyor belts? Beware of all things tressed in sparkles and silver foiled cupcake leaves. I miss the days of my 2 pounder cellphone begging and pleading with the universe for a signal through it’s hand crafted paper clip gently poking my coat pocket.
Warning: device dependence is on the rise. Addiction centres and programs coming soon. Yes, we need devices to communicate but don’t let that little hunk of junk take you hostage. When was the last time you actually dialled that thing to talk. To listen. To share. We’re all guilty of the digital pacification methods we use to buy us more time, censor our thoughts. If it weren’t for that backspace button, I’d be alone in life. Verbal reactionary conversation is a rare species and will become endangered if we’re not careful.
Engagement. Make sure it’s real. Make it meaningful. The scheduled ‘like’ button click race is wearing people thin. We’re forgetting how to engage in meaningful ways. Think long term. Quick hits of inhalations through plastic tubes never last. We’re here to shape our fortresses so shape them. Use that device of choice to break ground, to transport each brick and slab. That fortress needs to be solid so make it built to last.
Right at the core, Hogpie is about relationship building, connecting and networking made easy, made real by permeating that online social stratosphere and bringing engagement back down to earth with simple sustainable marketing solutions.
Join in the conversation and let’s get back to basics using social media networking avenues as tools for your overall relationship building and facilitators for cosmic connections. Let them be the repositories for your real networkings. Simple person to person interactions really do stand the test of time.
Yesterday I was out walking in the park for a bit, something I do often – coffee in hand, walking the pooch. Suddenly from behind I hear a firm accented voice, a woman asking if it was ok for her dog to approach my little old thing. I said absolutely. So anyhow the two little old things stood together, gazing into nothingness like a couple of old compadres. So of course the small talk begins with this woman, she was beautiful with perfect skin ashamed to say she was 62, this was unsolicited trivia by the way, not entirely sure why she felt the need to tell me. She talked and kept staring at my right arm. My entirely tattooed right arm which tells over two decades worth of stories and tales. I thought here we go, I can see what’s coming next, the common why do you have those and/or what do they mean which always launches into some sort of auto play verbiage from my end. Well, it didn’t happen. I thought wow, that’s unusual.
She stood there and asked if she could ‘feel me’. Yes, her words, feel me. What? You want to feel me? She said yes. I thought ok. She gently rubbed my forearm, hover crafting each outline. She explained finally that the tattoos reminded her of a long line of missed relatives she had back in her home country of Thailand who were apparently tattooed from head to toe. The softness was silky, similar to blankets she would sleep with as a child. Then she pulled away, it was all she needed. She thanked me. I thought wow, where’s that ‘like’ button when you need it? The small talk led me to ask her a bit about herself, she owns a line of high end spas sprinkled here and there locally and provincially. Explained a lot, her bedazzled fingers decorated with thick metals and large rocks, designer shoes and an overall joie de vivre. I took that opportunity to network and take that connection one step further by asking if I could place some of my adverts in some of her salons. Her clients are a slice of my target. She said absolutely. We’ll be in touch. The 5 minute arm rub went a long way.
Connections. It’s all about connecting with others, how do you connect? Or do you? A simple smile, nod or thank you may seem simplistic to some, monumental gestures to others. It’s the tipping of the hat that gets noticed. Do you think there’s enough of that getting around these days? Subjective I guess, depending on who’s giving and who’s receiving, level of reception on that day and other triggers which inspire even noticing these acts of simple kindness. Gotta say tho’, people remember. Pass it forward, you would be surprised what good things come out of it. It’s tough tho’ giving that nod, that hat tip online for people to notice. Aside from the ‘likes’ and ‘follows’, where’s the level of sincerity? That thing that says it was really meant and not just an exchange of technical clickables, a thank you for a thank you. Online currency is used for many reasons in many different environments. What sets you apart from the others, really truly letting them know you’re connected in it’s truest sense or as true as this digital platform can express? Whichever way you choose to acknowledge an act of kindness, inspire one or aspire to better at it, it’s a step towards connecting, networking, creating those relationships which keep us alive and well. Never change.