Social Technologies

What is The Going Rate…

It is interesting Sunday afternoon, I’m sitting her just getting  over a cold while searching for contracts and something hit me, “What is the going rate for a Social Media Consultant”?

Side note:

Sorry everyone for the recent posts on courses, sales posts and these business inquiry posts. Like I said before I’m rebuilding my business and would really appreciate your help.  Starting on Monday I will be doing more educational posts, just need your help to figure some things out.  It’s better to work with a team vs. alone 🙂 

Interesting question because there are so many factors to consider like:

  1. My cost to be a Social Media Consultant
  2. Managing my rate so that it covers my business and personal expenses.
  3. Not charging to much so people don’t want to work with me
  4. Not charging to little that people don’t respect the value.

I did a post early called “The Truth about Business” where in the post I talked about how to figure  out your rates by breaking down your monthly expenses.

I figured out my rate would be $100 per hour which after doing some market research I see there is a sliding scale for Social Media Consultants.  The low end is $25 per hour and the high end is $500 per hour what I have seen so far.

The other factor Social Media Consultants have added is a on going maintenance fee to manage their clients Social Networks and help them grow their following. Which the rates I’ve seen are as low as $50 per month up to $5,000 per month which I am sure that’s for larger Corporations.

It’s interesting to see how these rates fluctuate but the service are still pretty much the same which is

  1. Design, implement and maintain
  2. Content creation and distribution
  3. Community relations
  4. Customer Service
  5. Crowd Sourcing
The rest are just bells and whistles that really don’t mean much because no one can promise they can get you 10,000 followers in 30 days that all 10,000 are going to purchase your products. If you are Coke, Pepsi, Apple…etc that is doable but they have a house hold name. If you’re an up and coming company it is going to take consistent relationship building and proper distribution.  I have seen consultants promise this type of service to companies to later find out yeah they might have a following of 10,000+ people but nothing is happening. Sales are not increasing, no one is liking or commenting on their posts and the company feels Social Marketing doesn’t work.
 Which is just like any other marketing campaign the more eye’s you have looking at your company consistently over a longer period of time will increase traffic flow as long as you content has 3 main factors are:
  • It’s the first
  • It’s the best
  • or has the WOW factor
  • or a combination of any of the 3
 Then this will increase engagement and potentially increase revenue. That is just how simple Social Marketing works.  Sorry a little rant there, this is because it is frustrating to go into meetings where a so called Social Media Consultant has promised 10,000+ followers and how that’s going to benefit the company profits. The company thinks this is the way Social Marketing works and buys in to later find out that they just purchased 10,000+ people who are not even people half the time, most of the time they are just ghost accounts the consultant has purchased.
The frustrating point for me is going into a company that has had this happen and trying to re-educate them how Social Marketing really works. Which is hard because it’s like talking to a buddy who just got cheated on by the girl of his dreams. Trying to tell him that “dude there are amazing women out there, that was just a one of the bad ones”.

If you have ever been cheated on you know the response you receive.

  • Women suck!
  • I will never get into a committed relationship again
  • I will never trust another women again
  • …etc

There is no difference when people work with a bad Social Media consultant.

Here is my question to you readers

  • What has your experience been with Social Media Marketing consultants?
  • Have you had a bad experience?
  • What have you or would you pay to have a REAL consultant work with you and your company?
Comment below
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What Do You Think of Labels?

What Do You Think of Labels?


How many of you are having your brothers, uncles, sisters, nephew, friend managing their Social Media Marketing?

If this is you, why not have your Social Media Marketing managed by an expert?

  • Have it professional Designed and Branded
  • Keep up to date on each Social change
  • Leading edge strategies on Community Growth and Engagement
  • Learn the real ROI on Social Media Marketing
  • Learn how to Grow your business in only an hour a day
  • Increase the eyes on your business
  • Increase Revenue

Brandon has ONLY 4 spots available.

What he is offering is:

  • A detailed assessment of your Social Marketing System
  • A 60 minute results session and personalized Social Marketing Plan
  • Upgrades to your current Social Media Marketing
  • and one 60 minute education session on how to grow your community.
  • This package is normally valued at $2,500

Brandon has only 4 spots open for 4 professionals who need the help to market their business and wants to optimize their Social Marketing Strategies for only


What you are receiving is 6 hours+ of his time for only $497

All you have to do is send Brandon an e-mail letting him know what business you are in and what are the 3 main challenges you are  currently having in your business.

Brandon is going to pick the top 4 people he can really help overcome their challenges because he understands how hard it is  when you are struggling. He just did it in 3 weeks so sign up Today to learn how

Love & Chi

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Success Leaves Clues

Success Leaves Clues

Today I recorded this above video at the 4 Square Marketing Office in Mississauga where I am partnering up with some great business people to provide a full service marketing solution: Printing/Mass Mailing, Promotional Products, SEO/Website Design and Social Marketing.

I also talked about the successes I’m having in only 3 weeks after my transition. Watch the video above to see more.

Oh I forgot to mention I had meetings with Purolator and  over the last 2 weeks 🙂

Do me a favour and tweet both of them this tweet below

Hi @flyerland, @purolatorhelp, @Toronto_MKT hire @BrandonKrieger to help you with your Social Media Marketing because he’s Awesome!”


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Google+ Hangout Mastermind Group

Mastermind Group

you don’t want to miss

and it’s FREE

(for now)

I organized this mastermind group to meet other “Star” entrepreneurs so we could exchange leading edge business strategies from all different types of industries, help each other build massive communities and increase our businesses.  In only 2 weeks the group is almost full and people have reserved their spots because they don’t want to miss out.

There are only 3 spots left to join the Mastermind Group the other 7 have been reserved.

Don’t miss out on this FREE Mastermind group where you can exchange information from leading experts in their fields:

  • Direct Selling
  • Real Estate
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Joint Venturing and Angel Investors
  • Online Marketing
  • Business Coaching
  • Life Coaching

Imagine the Think Tank you will be involved in.

Here is what you need to do 

  1. Follow me on Google+
  2. Send me a message that you want to be part of the “Google+ Hangout Mastermind Group”

What the group is looking for are people who are hungry to achieve success and are willing to implement change immediately.  You don’t have to be a millionaire but need to have a millionaire mindset.

If you are interested send me that message Today, remember ONLY 3 spots left.

The meeting is every Monday Morning on Google+ Hangout @ 8am to 9am EST Sharp! We cover a lot of information so you don’t want to be late

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Starting My Business Over Again From Scratch….

Starting My Business Over Again From Scratch….

Brandon Krieger talks about 3 key areas he is looking at to Starting Business Over Again from Scratch…

First Business Plan
Second Pricing

The article Brandon is referencing is

Third Marketing for 2012


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Tech Tuesday– What is Social Technologies

What is Social Technologies

This weeks on Tech Tuesday Brandon Krieger talks about What is Social Technologies and how Local Business’s can use Social Technologies to build their business.

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Mastermind Group on Google+ Hangout with Brandon Krieger

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Building a Location Independent Business Checklist Review

Building a Location Independent Business Checklist Review

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Brandon Krieger

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Who Would of Thought Starting Over Would Be so Crazy….

First I would like to say thank you to all my friends in my community who have been amazing at helping me rebuild and get back to living my dream.

On February 10th, 2012 I wrote a blog post called “Starting Over Again” where the main picture is this one below which really says it all for me

It’s only been 13 days since I wrote that post, I can’t believe it either and I have broke through most of the obstacles to the point that I am almost back on my feet. I am still working on the financial which I know will take time but it is coming.  I couldn’t have done this all by myself I have a great network of friends who have stepped up and worked with me to get me where I am today. With my drive, determination, dream and their knowledge, support and understanding I wouldn’t have turned this around so quickly.  Just to name a few people I would like to thank for all their guidance, love and support: Nikki Hayes , David Cohen , Ann Burns , Laurie Carleton Smith Suzanne Hanlon , Jennifer Kennedy , David Ledoux just to name a few. I have hyper linked their names to their Facebook Pages if you want to connect with them. All I ask is this PLEASE be respectful when connecting with them. They are amazing people and if you treat them that way they will provide amazing insight,  support and welcome you into their community. Which means NO Pitching or Selling they have their own successful businesses and are doing very well.

Now lets talk about how this has turned around because I am sure some if you are going through the same challenges I just went through.

  • Loss of job, career, business went under
  • Break up with loved one
  • Having to find work to make ends meet
  • Concerned about bills

Some of us are facing these challenges right now as I am writing this post. The question is what do you do to get out of it, how do you find a job, get a steady income coming in so you can put food on the table, roof over your head and clothes on your back? How was I able to go through my situation and within 13 days have money coming in, be able to pay my bills and have a strategy that is working to get me back to living my legacy?

This is the formula that I used to get myself to where I am today:

First, I worked on my expectations- Which means I had to make sure my ego was in check that I become truly humble in this situation and not let my ego get the best of me. For example some of the lies it would bring up are: “I can’t work at that warehouse, I’m a successful Coach”, “$10.25 an hour, WHAT! that is too little, I was making $100.00 per hour”…etc.  I had to understand that this is my journey and to be thankful for what I have, to appreciate that $10.25 was what I needed to make right now to have stability. Not to settle on $10.25 but to appreciate that I could have a foundation to build on and to manage my time so I could do the things I needed to rebuild.  For example:

  • Interviews
  • Talks/Presentation/Workshops
  • Meeting with people
  • Going to networking meetings
  • Social Marketing (Blog Posts/Videos)

My skills have not changed I just need to work harder to market myself and educate people that I don’t just have the knowledge but I can prove what I can do. The best way now is to show you personally.

Which brings me to my second point- Have an action plan in place don’t be complacent because money is coming in get frustrated and unhappy that you are in this place that you want to be living your legacy. Now it is a little bit of a conflict in what I am saying and I will explain.  If you are happy and joyful that you are working at a warehouse you will settle and not work to achieve higher levels of success. You will not push yourself to get out of that job and one month will become 6 months, which will become a year and you will look back and say if I only did…. I should have ….

To show you exactly how this conversation would go for me personally ” Thank you for letting me work at this warehouse and paying me, I do appreciate it. I am not happy with the situation, I am tired, fatigued, sore, I am not able to work with people like I want to, I only have a limited amount of time to do the things I enjoy. So I don’t have time to waste working too long at this job which is only temporary and I need to move on.”

Now the action plan:

1) Write out your Legacy; what do you want to do each and every day

2) Tell the entire world! Seriously, anyone you come in contact with when they ask you what you do give them your 30 second elevator speech.  “My name is Brandon Krieger I’m a Social Technologies, Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Professional Speaker. I work with People world wide to help them achieve success personally and Professionally”

3) Cut down on all expenses that are not needed at this time. VERY IMPORTANT do not focus on the debt, reduce what you can and set a plan in motion to pay your bills. The more you can automate it the better at this point. Speak to a good financial advisor who can show you how to do this. If you can’t find one send me an e-mail

4) Here is where all your focus needs to be- How can you make money doing what you enjoy by:

– Having a clear understanding of what you want to do

-Market Research

– Connect with Recruiters

– Connect with the niche community

– Ask questions and see how you can help

– Tell the world what you are doing

and when you are using Social Marketing this is what I would recommend you do

1) Educate

2) Answer questions

3) Then promote your product/service

Key points here 

When it comes to sales – People buy from people they KNOW, LIKE AND TRUST that is why it’s so important to follow this 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you should be doing #1 Educating and #2 Answering Questions and then 20% of the time #3 Promoting your product/service.

This is just a brief overview of what I have been doing to get back on my feet to the point that I have several proposals I am working on for companies to help them with their Social Technologies and Social Marketing.  I have had a few interviews in the last 2 weeks for great companies that are still in the interview process, thanks Jasneet from  amazing Recruiting and Marketing Strategist.

Plus I am presenting in Oshawa today


Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM






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May 9th I’m in Vaughan and May 23rd I’m in Oakville teaching a workshop for the Acuity Forums Training

Where I will be teaching a workshop on

Growth Social Video Marketing Strategies for 2012
Learn how you can use Google’s #1 Video website to market your business, increase traffic,educate your clients and increase profits.

Increase Community Growth
Learn how to build valuable business relationships in your social networks that will attract new clients, potential investors and joint business partners. Just by understanding the true power of connecting using your social networks.

Click Here for more info

I hope this post really helps people see that no matter what the situation is you are going through, with the right support, mental focus and action plan you can overcome most challenge in no time.

Love & Chi
Brandon Krieger

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Social Media Free Give Away 570+ Downloadable Internet Marketing and Social Media Products

Good Morning Everyone,

I heard about a promotion that is happening that I thought you might be interested in.  This is all for FREE, NO Money needed to purchase any of these products. All you have to do is register and then scroll through the database of over 570 Downloadable Internet Marketing & Social Media Training Products FREE Training Products.

 I put provided my  “How To Twitter Doctor Video Training Course”

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Just to name a few bonuses inside…

Those are just my FREE Social Media products that are part of the promotion plus another 569+ to go.

If you guys have been following me for a while you know I don’t Pitch or Sell unless I really think you will get enormous value from this. I will be honest I have not checked out a lot of the products myself but I know there is hundreds of them to choose from for FREE.

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It’s Not Too Late To Register…..

It’s Not Too Late To Register…………………


Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM






Brandon’s goal is to provide you with his stories, good and/or bad, to provide an open forum for you to ask questions and learn how to overcome challenges you may be currently having. This way success can be achieved easier in your business and personal life.

Where: The Full Life Centre
843 Dundas St. W.,
Oshawa, ON

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012
1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Agenda: 1:00 – 1:45 Brandon speaks
1:45 – 2:00 – Q & A

2:00 – 3:00 – Networking with Brandon and like-minded entrepreneurs

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Social Technologies Challenge Day 2

How is Your Social Technologies Challenge Going?


I wanted to show you my results just after 1 full day of marketing properly. You can see my sites are starting to rank higher in Google’s results.


What are you doing to market your business?

Is your marketing helping you get in front of the crowd?

Are you using all the “Free Marketing” that is available to you?

I would love to hear your responses, comment below.


Love & Chi,

Brandon Krieger



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My Own Personal Challenge- Social Technologies

  Who is up for the Challenge?

I’m sitting here late at night doing some market research and wanted to see how one of my keywords were doing, “Social Technologies”.  You can see the results above, let me explain what they mean just to make sure we are all on the same page.

First this is geographically done meaning no matter where you are on the world you will not see the same results as I do. Google has changed their algorithm to provide us with the most relevant search results. One of those changes is by location.  I tell you this because if you do a search and don’t see the exact same results you might question where am I receiving my search results from.

First the key word “Social Technologies”  which is one of the terms I use to describe all the Social sites, media, networking…etc the are all just technologies to help us better connect with people on a global scale.

Next “About 275,000,000 results (0.19 seconds)”  which means there are 275 million links created by people that are related to “Social”, “Technologies” and “Social Technologies”. Now if you use proper SEO and tag your content, website and/or video correctly you will have better results.

Which means:

Description: Social Technologies

Link/URL: or or any various of the two.

SEO: Alt Tags, Meta Tags, Descriptions…etc are all properly coded with “Social Technologies”

Tags: “Social Technologies”

Relevant content: Written, recorded audio or video talking about Social Technologies in the correct context.  For a quick example if I was to write and article talking about fishing and every paragraph I added “Social Technologies” it wouldn’t be relevant which now the search engines can scan content of all kinds and decipher if it’s relevant.

I wanted to give you a little insight before I tell you what my Social Technologies challenge is.

If you look back at the picture you can see I have put a RED arrow pointing to the links. When you go through the list you can see I am not even close to the top. My website is 4th from the bottom on the first page, now don’t get me wrong it takes people a lot of hard  SEO work, proper marketing to get to the first page.  Which I am going to challenge myself over the next 30 days to crush the first page of “Social Technologies”.

Here is my own personal 30 day Challenge

1) To have one of links rank #1 on the first page of Google for the key word “Social Technologies”

2) To have the entire first page with just my content, of course it will all be relevant information helping people how to use Social Technologies properly.  No false backlinks…etc no Black Hat SEO tricks all proper marketing that I have learned over the years.

Today’s date is February 12th, 2012 and I will do a follow up post by March 12th 2012. Now if I complete the challenge sooner I will post my results before.

Home work for you guys reading this…If you’re in business and want to really get in front of the people searching for the keyword that your customers are searching for. I would recommend you do the exact same thing I am doing with one of your main key words.

I would love to see your results before and after. Send them to me by either post or e-mail @

Let me know if you have any questions.

Good luck 🙂

Love & Chi

Brandon Krieger

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Social Marketing Assessment Special!

I first want to apologize to everyone I don’t like to pitch or promote sales but I have been having several of people send me posts, questions…etc asking to work with me but when I tell them how much I charge they are not able to do it. Most of them because they are just starting out in their New Business venture.

It has got to the point I feel bad, I really want to help them. Which I have decided I have a few spots open that I can take on no more then 5 people at a very discounted rate. Where I will provide them the same Social Marketing Assessment I do for my business clients.

If you know anyone that has mentioned they would like help with their Social Marketing and just wants to know what to do. Tell them about this promotion if there is more then 5 people that need help I will work with my team to open up more spots. If you know me, you will know that my goal is to help as many people as I can this year.


Again I want to apologize for you readers that know that I don’t normally promote I just feel bad because our economy is not doing well and so many people just need a foundation for their Social Marketing that would really launch their business.


If you know anyone that would would like help please share this post with them.

I wish you all the best

Love & Chi,

Brandon Krieger











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Free Style Friday Business 101 With Brandon Krieger

Free Style Friday Business 101 with Brandon Krieger

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Love & Chi,

Brandon “The Twitter Doctor” Krieger HLC, ITIL, PPS

Social Technologies Coach, Holistic Lifestyle Coach & Professional Speaker

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The Secrets To Growing Your Twitter Community

The Secrets to Growing Your Twitter Community

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Brandon “The Twitter Doctor” Krieger HLC, ITIL, PPS

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How to Achieve Business Success….

Good Afternoon Everyone.

I’m having an interesting morning, woke up to this morning with the smell of ribs cooking in my slow cooker for my family Boxing Day party at 2pm today.

While sitting here I have been reading a few Facebook posts and articles.

One that really stuck out was the one from David Ledoux and he was writing about a business proposal he would like to submit to Dana White click here to read more.

This got me thinking about exactly what David was saying, how many of us have ideas that we are sitting on, that we haven’t put into action?

I know one of my core values I have learned and put into practice was this key tip which I want to give to you today, “Speed of Implementation”.

Whenever I had an idea in the past I would let it sit, think about it and then eventually 90% of my ideas I would do nothing with. Now since living by the “Speed of Implementation” I’ve seen so much more success and nothing has held me back from going for what I believe in. Getting interviews on Radio shows, working with amazing business’s and entrepreneurs, there has been so many great opportunities which have developed.

What business ideas do you have on the burner that you haven’t implemented?

Here is an accountability exercise for you; comment below with 3 of your best ideas just something short doesn’t have to be the full idea for example:

“Write my book on The Benefits on Twitter”

“Meet with…”

“Create Goal Setting Coaching Program”

Put your Twitter ID beside your comment and I will also Tweet it out so that everyone knows you are working on the business idea you post. This way there is no procrastinating you idea is out there and people who are interested will be waiting to hear how it’s going.

Don’t forget to comment below this article.

Love & Chi

Brandon Krieger 

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Twitter is Dead…. Really!

You would be surprised at how many people tell me I don’t understand, no one is using Twitter anymore. Twitter is a dead tool; I need to move on to Facebook and/or Google Plus.

How many of you heard this from other professionals? Some person who is trying to teach you on what the trends are?

I’ll be completely honest with you guys like I always am. I really want to say to these people… “If you are having problems with using Twitter as a Social Networking tool all you have to do is ask for help, you don’t need to slam me for being able to use it properly”. That is what I would like to say, but I’m patient and listen to what they have to say. I ask them if they would like to learn how to use Twitter like I do to build my community? Do you know what happens? 98% of these people say NO they are fine. The other 2% of them say they will try it for a bit and give up because they still use the same thinking to try to build their followers but now use different tools, gimmicks…etc Be it trying to automate their posts, gorilla market by sending out numerous amounts of posts per day..etc.

Try This: If you are having problems with Twitter and really don’t understand what I am talking about I would like you to try this below and I want to know how it goes. Seriously! If you want to learn how to use Twitter properly do this task below and let me know what happens.

First I want you to write down 10 marketing comments that you feel are relevant to marketing your business through Twitter and I will give you a few examples to show you and you can make up the rest.

1)       Learn how to make an extra $1,000 this week “click here

2)      Want to have clients knocking on your front door “click here

3)      I have the top 10 Secrets to building your business “click here

…etc you can fill in the rest.

Here is what I want you to do, once you make the list of 10 comments trying to keep it to 140 characters I want you to exchange ““click here to “call me back – 111-111-1111” and put your phone number they can call you back on.

Now I want you to call someone you kind of know but not really well and do this

1)       Call them and if they answer or not just say one of the comments fully

–          “Learn how to make an extra $1,000 this week call me back – 111-111-1111”

Then hang up, don’t let them respond.

2)      If they call back don’t answer their phone call let it go to voice mail

3)      Then in 15 min have another comment ready and then call them back

–          “Want to have clients knocking on your front door call me back – 111-111-1111”

Then hang up on them again, don’t let them respond.

By now you should be getting the point, if you don’t repeat this a few more times.

Most people would be annoyed and eventually tell you to stop calling them, I know I would.  The point here is this; we think that because we only have 140 characters we have to jam a sales pitch into this small post. Which is not how we talk to people in our normal day, why would we do it because we only have 140 characters? We shouldn’t, that’s the point. There is no difference how we need to relate to people online or offline and this key fact is why people fail at using Twitter. A lot of people are joining Twitter because they understand it’s a great Social Networking tool to meet new people, but they stop talking to people and start throwing out comments hoping someone is listening. As the “Try This” home work shows above, you will find that it doesn’t connect to people and only frustrates them.

Let’s throw out some really useless stats that people think matter.  Which I will explain why I say they don’t matter.


  • 3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet.
  • 1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion Tweets.
  • 50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago.
  • 140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.
  • 177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.
  • 456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).
  • 6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.


  • 572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.
  • 460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.
  • 182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.

All from  which you can see for yourself.

Why these stats really don’t matter… no matter how many people are following you on Twitter or if you are in a local meeting of 15 people. If you don’t know how to build a friendship with someone it wouldn’t matter!

I know this is a little harsh but I really want to point this out because this is the difference of you working with your community and building “Business Friendships” that help each other and to be honest each of you see monetary rewards if done properly  vs. you pitching your product/service on these social networking tools and getting frustrated because no one is buying, just like your home work above. Trust me, I have been talking to Internet Marketers who are still pitching and selling, which they are feeling the crunch. I have talked to a lot of successful Internet Marketers who have changed their way of doing business and they are seeing the rewards very quickly.  This goes for any entrepreneur out there, social networking is about socializing.  The one who is getting the most business is not the one who has the best sales pitch. It’s the ones who are liked and have taken a true interest in their community.

To give you an idea of how it has helped me in this week alone.

I met Steve Huber from  Twitter ID is @RealRadiodotca we had a quick introduction on Twitter and exchanged contact information. We chatted on the phone the next day seeing how we could help each other out and what we’re both working on. After  a great conversation with Steve and discussing some amazing ideas, I have an interview with Steve next week and we have some plans on how to work together after the interview.  His listener base is 80,000+ and growing.

That is just the “Business Friend” I made this week. This happens all the time on Twitter because I am not using it as a selling forum. I am using the Twitter tool for what it was intended for, to be able to meet people all over the world. From there we chat as friends, get to know each other. If there is something we can help each other out with in our respective business then we will chat and see. If they need a service that I might know someone I will refer them to that contact of mine. Just like I would do with any of my friends.

I think of Twitter as my big community of friends, just because they are on Twitter it makes no difference to me. When I meet new people I ask them questions I would ask a person I would meet at a wedding or other non business social gathering. I get to know them and see how the friendship grows from there.

This is how my community on Twitter has grown so fast and I have been lucky enough to meet some amazing people who I have been blessed to now work with.

This doesn’t happen overnight and trust me it has to be a core value of yours to get to know people instead of trying to work an angle to make money.  My core value is to meet people, build up a friendship and then see where it goes from there.

Here is exactly what I do so you can do it for yourself

When I connect with someone I initially do some research on them if they have a blog, website, facebook page…etc whatever link they have put up on their Twitter bio. This way I can learn more about them. If they don’t I just ask them if they could tell me a little bit about themselves.

Then I ask them about what they are up too, what their plans are for the week/weekend depending where we are in the week. If they want to talk about their website or even their business if that is what they are promoting on Twitter I ask them questions about that. Then I continue the conversation in whatever direction they would like. If they want to talk about their business, what they are up to, a vacation they just took…etc. I listen and am very intrigued because to be honest it is awesome to meet new people and learn from them. Be it great places to stay when vacationing in different parts of the world to amazing business tips they have.

I take the time to learn and be present with the people I meet. If I can provide some insight or golden nuggets I will, but at the end of the day it is about building that friendship.

In my opinion Twitter is not dead; if you know how to use it as a Social Networking tool you will meet some amazing people. I know I do.

Love & Chi

Brandon Krieger 

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The Truth about Business…

I have been thinking about how Business works for a long time now. Due to the changes that are happening I am going to give my insight of what I have learned over my journey in business. As well, how you can change your business preparing for the New Paradigm shift. This post is not going to be about large corporations because I believe there is going to be a shift in Big Business as we know it.  It is more for the self-employed entrepreneurs.

The History

I will give you a little glimpse into my work and business history, so you can see I have had many different experiences bringing me to where I am now. You can scroll down past this part to “The Truth” section if you don’t need to know my history.

My work history in the corporate world started when I was 14yrs old. I was working at a McDonald’s restaurant to make money to be able afford to go out with the boys; buy the clothes I wanted…etc. I was having a great time by learning customer service, policies/procedures and working with clients. I saw that the corporate model was very hard to be in because it was very structured and if you went against it you would be fired. I loved the pay off; I was able to get what I felt I needed so I never challenged what I was told for the F.E.A.R. I would be fired. It also started to show me the difference of the haves and have not’s and I wanted to be a have. So I decided to work harder, longer hours took extra shifts which meant I would receive more money that I could buy more things.

I wasn’t truly happy and eventually I became greedy to the point I got fired from McDonald’s. I didn’t steal money, I took food without paying for it which again was stupid, and I understand this happens when you start getting what people call a “God Complex” when you don’t have a deeper value and/or appreciation. I want to clarify this was all me, had nothing to do with my upbringing, the way my Grandmother raised me. It had to do with me not appreciating the value of money and the energy around it. Listening to my negative ego that I heard “it was ok to take the food, you’re their golden boy, you work extra hours, and you could do no wrong”. I took a 24 pack of Chicken nuggets and went and sat in the restaurant and ate them. Not the smartest thing to do right. Needless to say they saw me and I was fired. This was a great lesson at an early age which I never forget.

After that I moved up into better paying jobs, first starting to work warehousing as a shipper/receiver. Then I was lucky enough that I was offered a position as an Assistant Warehouse Manager at 19yrs of age from my Martial Arts Instructor at the time. He was amazing; he taught me a lot about managing, working with staff and how to run a warehouse. The challenge was as soon as he stopped working for the company the system changed which then opened the doors to what was really going on. I found out my previous manager was protecting us from a lot of the corporate politics so we could do our work and be happy. Once he left we were now fully exposed to the corporate information and all the battles he was dealing with.  Eventually the Management decided they wanted to go with a distribution plant and laid us all off. Another great lesson…

At the same time this was all happening I was working Event Security part-time again to make more money. Due to the layoff I took this career to another level to make even more money working as a Fulltime Security Officer at The Skydome now called the Rogers Center. Great job, got to meet a lot of amazing people, see events…etc Again some politics but nothing I haven’t seen before until I decided to go back to school. I worked out with my Security director at the time that I would switch shifts with another Security Officer on another shift so I could go back to school to become a Network Engineer. Which at the time it was  the year 2000 to 2001 where people were making $60K and above just after taking a few courses and I was making about $29,000 a year. So you could see why I wanted to go back.

I was approved, got OSAP (Ontario Student Loan) for my tuition, than paid 80% of the entire tuition which was nonrefundable. At the time the only schools that just had Networking courses were private school no University and/or College had in depth networking training. That is why I had to go to a private school and pay a boat load of money up front. So my tuition was paid, I was ready to go when  all of a sudden I got pulled into my Security directors office and told that she now couldn’t approve the shift changes and I couldn’t go back to school. Well you could understand I was pissed, I confirmed everything with her prior to putting down my 80% nonrefundable deposit. There was no valid reason she provided except she couldn’t approve the shift changes and me going back to school because it wouldn’t work out. Strange how the other security officer and I both agreed to a schedule change, had it all drawn out so it would work. But the director said it wouldn’t work and there was no explanation. This was my first experience of being held back for the greater good of the Business.  Needless to say I quit that week and went to school; I made the decision at that time that no one was going to hold my fate in their hands except me.

It was a hard decision but worth it because I was able to get contracts that pay $18hr, than $25hr+, up to $38hr+ after a few short years being out of school. Now being able to get contracts $200/hr+ but there is more to that. Back to the few years after school, I was working full-time hours and making double what I made at the SkyDome. I was able to buy what I wanted, computers, electronics, travel and live the lifestyle that I felt I deserved. In my mind I was living the dream. But the dream was too good to be true.

When I was working contracts I had my own company and was consulting for Corporations not part of the policies and procedures, just whatever my contract agreed upon. Then one of my contracts was with the Ontario Government which gave me the option to go full-time. This was a hard decision because the mainstream thinking is get a job with the Government and you are secure for life. But my income would be cut in half, I would receive health benefits and work towards a pension plan. The big selling point which I shouldn’t have listened to was “Job Security”. There were a few challenges I was going through in my life at that time, the word around was that contract work was starting to slow down and I was told that I really didn’t have a choice if I wanted to keep working for the Ontario Government. I had to switch from Contract to Full-time status.  So I felt I needed job security so I decided to apply for the position I was already doing. I knew the position inside and out as well the managers liked me at the time, which made it easy to win out against other applicants. Once working there full-time nothing really changed, but slowly there were transitions, rotations of positions, meetings after meetings about meetings. Now I was in the business part of the Ontario Government seeing a glimpse of the inside again, still being shielded by my manager of what is really going on. My Managers were great at the Ontario Government don’t get me wrong it was the system that started to get to me.

I was a Desktop support person who would go around help people with their computer issues. No big challenge, but then the projects started to come out, upgrades, application changes…etc. Which we had meetings on top of meetings about these projects. Then I started to see the territorial and power control come out, not going into details due to confidentiality I started to see  easy to fix challenges be escalated. Not because the resources weren’t there to fix the issue but because the people running the projects wanted control, fixed times, approval from everyone under the sun even people who weren’t part of the project.

In my personal beliefs these were easy fixes and the personal politics did not need to hinder productivity like this.  This became way too much for me so I decided to take stress leave and eventually for my health I quit the Ontario Government. Which taught me there is a lot of time, money spent on internal process and people that can be saved if the ego is left at the door before coming into meetings to make decisions.

Now since I give you a little history enough to show you I have worked on different levels of business from being an employee, Assistant Manager, running my own business, to working for one of the big Corporations not to running my own business again.

The Truth

For you Analytical mind type people who might have read a little bit of the history I am sure you are thinking. That was a waste of time.  What I’m going to say to you next is probably going to be even harder for you to hear.

Business as we know it is changing, it is grumbling at our feet. We are seeing the financial repercussions of it right now, the recession and yes I will say it the depression we are in. People are still losing their jobs and looking for means to survive. A lot of people are transitioning to Home Base Business which I will talk about below.  You can see people are just not happy, they would have stuck it out because they had some sort of reasoning to do so, “the company has a good retirement package”, “I wouldn’t get paid this good at other companies at this time”, “I have to look after my family”…etc. Whatever the reasoning was, has been taken away from 10’s of thousands of people if not millions of people in a blink of an eye when they and/or  people around them started to get laid off. The illusion of job security went out the door.

Now that illusion of “Job Security” we all thought that we had and of course the Corporations wanted you to feel safe, to spend money that wasn’t yours like; Loans for cars, houses…etc. Then feel safe because you had a job that would pay for your loans so you could have nice things. But then BANG! The banks started to call in their loans, increase interest rates and people weren’t able to pay for their Zero down homes, so houses started to foreclose. Companies in turn started to lose money and when that happens Corporations start letting people go so they can save on the cost of employee’s. This takes away peoples sense of value, their security of what they thought they had and now people were and are in a scarcity situation. What do they do! Most people had unemployment, received a settlement package but what you have seen is the unemployment rate is so high people were out of work for 6 months to a year, if not longer. They used up all their reserves…etc Welcome to today’s society.

This is important to know when it comes to psychology and I am not a Dr. and need you to keep an open mind about this.  Just read it this over and you will see that I am telling you the truth.

When you build someone up with certain expectation, giving them goals and providing rewards we will call  “Salary”. People internally feel confident, comfortable in their current living standards and build up a loyalty to the process. When they keep seeing rewards this way they will be more apt to do what is asked from them, plus like me they will push the limits of their finances. By purchasing things they think they can afford because this “Salary” will pay it over time. When this process is taken away from them they just don’t lose the job, they lose the reward that is paying for their lifestyle, their homes, cars…etc. Which then they lose their sense of self and start feeling depressed, worthless…etc. I have personally been there and do coach people who have gone through this as well. It is not a great place to have your life flipped upside down because you and I have done it too. We have invested our control into a Corporation and this illusion that you have an abundance of wealth coming from them so you can spend past your realistic means.

I am not talking from just my own personal beliefs.  This process I call “Control” which if you look at a lot of the Corporations this is exactly the process they provide. This starts in school you are taught to follow direction and when you do you are rewarded. Don’t talk out of line, listen to the teacher and when you are asked a question and answer it right and you will be rewarded. Then you are ranked by grades against the other classmates to start creating a competitive nature. This is for another article but look around you right now. Do you not see that in your work and how you relate to people, how you feel when someone tells you that person is better than you? Don’t you feel competitive? Be honest… I’ve been there myself, especially when I was working contracts in my early years. When I heard another contractor was doing the same work as me and was making $3 more per hour I was pissed.

This is no different from what people are going through in corporate environments. The only difference from school to now is the rewards are higher.  As we grow up we do more work so we expect a bigger reward. With those rewards we purchase bigger ticket items; cars, clothes, house(s)…etc.  Now we need to get more reward “Salary” to be able to pay for everything so we will work harder. See the vicious cycle?

To be honest with you the policies, processes of corporations are just to keep people in line because and I have been there, you don’t want to go against the business because this is where you are receiving your “Rewards”. So you do what you are told, don’t ask questions because you are scared you will be taken out of the process and you will lose everything. They called it “Being Fired”. See how this process controls people and keeps them in line.

People have been seeing this process, I am sure you’re seeing more and more people who are realizing it. That is why you are seeing more people going to MLM companies, Direct Marketing, Home Base business’s, opening their own business..etc. These Home base businesses have been around for years but you are seeing more and more people deciding they have had enough. A few are doing both Corporate and Home Base business at the same time because they want to make sure they don’t take a financial hit which is completely understandable. Like I said you are seeing more and more. When Social Technologies came out these businesses are more mainstream because everyone’s business is online now. Their sales/marketing campaigns are being frequently posted on most social networks. We are being overwhelmed by this type of marketing which is why people are getting frustrated. Both the people working the business and on the other side people who are receiving their posts. The business people are working so hard to get their products/services out on the internet and finding that people are not buying as quickly as they expected. Then these business people come to a conclusion that their business and the Social networking doesn’t work, so they decide to try something else. This is where you will see people jumping from business opportunity to business opportunity, paying $1,000’s of dollars in courses trying to learn how to sell better, do better video, attract more people…etc

They are all good skills to learn but that is not the “NEW Business Paradigm”.  When you understand the new business paradigm you will have more clients than you can work with, you will help not only your client but also your perceived competition which I now call my business friends. There will be no competition and everyone will have an abundant lifestyle, clients will get what they need and everyone will be happy.

First let’s talk about the energy exchange so you really understand how business works on a fundamental level.

Most business’s that you work for looks like this below. The business gets large energy rewards, money, control…etc. You receive very little in true benefits; this is where control takes place. If the business takes the little rewards that you are making then you lose everything like mentioned before.  You might be putting in consistent energy and sometimes a lot of your own personal energy but realistically you are getting very little in return.

When people break out of the above model they normally go into this energy shift and you will find this happens with a lot of holistic practitioners. They go into a mindset that they have to give so much and they receive little in return from their own personal business. They charge very little, they do service really for free, which they feel they are giving back. To be honest this is not the case; they are using all their energy, health, wellness…etc from themselves and draining themselves. To the point they get stressed, give up and even get sick. When the truth is they are amazing people just don’t know how to work with the energy of their business. When the learn how to work with the energy of the business they can take care of themselves and they have lots of energy to give back. That is why the image below you can see that these types of business people use so much of their energy working so hard but get little from their business in return. The business generates very little energy “Money” which makes the person work harder to try to try to get more from the business. This cycle keeps continuing until eventually something gives. Be it the person can’t do it anymore, get sick…etc. Here is what it looks like

With the New Business Paradigm, business and personal energy is equal. The energy you give is the energy you get back to help both keep the energy flowing. When this is working optimally you will see growth, abundance of time and money. Now this is not easy to do it takes proper planning, laying down the foundation and most importantly getting rid of the Negative Ego holding you back. Telling you that there are things you can and cannot do. You might have to do a lot of work at first but if you do it properly the energy will come in and keep you going, as the business grows you will be supported in turn. Which will give you more abundance so you can do more with it.

I know the image is not to scale because I drew it by hand but you can see that the energy is somewhat equal. We are not working more than what our business is giving back. The business has equal energy to us and each is balanced.

Now most of you are asking probably at this point that is all great and all but how do I do that.  Sorry Business coaches, Lifestyle coaches…etc. This information I am providing would honestly cost you $1,000’s of dollars in coaching depending how quickly you are able to learn it and apply it.

Build a Business Plan

Just like a house you have to build the foundation first. Make sure you have a detailed business plan that you will refer back to. First it should be a weekly review for the first 6 months. Then once a month for the next 6 months, after that quarterly is fine to review. This is important because it makes sure you are on track. Business Plans are a whole other beast in its own, if you don’t know how to do one. Here is a quick Tip find someone who is successful in your niche business. Ask them if you could meet with them because you would like to open up the same type of business. Of course be respectful, this might take several e-mails/calls to different companies but I know someone will help you. Then ask them if they wouldn’t mind if you could have a copy of their template of their business plan. You don’t want their confidential information just the layout of how they did their business plan. Companies normally will not give you their numbers and specific details which we have to respect their privacy. All you would like is the template for you to have something to work from and fill out for your business plan.

Time management 

1 hour a day Monday to Friday checking e-mails, social sites, responding back to people. You don’t need to be on these sites longer than that.

1 to 2 hours providing educational information, articles, video’s …etc whatever you feel comfortable with. With the Social Technologies Marketing has never been easier to get your message in front of millions of people.

IMPORTANT! Do not pitch or sell in these educational posts. The goal is to help people first, then provide knowledge about you again not selling and last how to contact you if they need more information. When people get to know and like you. They will develop trust in you which if they need your product/service they will want to work with you. But this takes time and consistency. Think of it like dating you’re not going to want to sleep with someone on the first date; you normally want to get to know the person develop a trust with them. Then the relationship will develop. This is no different in business, which is why we need to be loving and caring. Not a 17 year old teenager trying to get laid when it comes to business.

Now if you coach clients here is another Tip which I had to learn the hard way. Take your time while talking to people, be supportive, answer questions to a POINT and when you feel this should be a session with you be honest with them. If they can’t do it for whatever reason, thank them for their time and let them know if they would like to have a session with you give you a call anytime. This way you are not giving all your energy away and they have an understanding that your time and energy is valuable.  If they can’t afford to sit with you have resources available for them. For example I have this blog, my YouTube Channel…etc where people can still get information to help them. Remember the first goal is to help people as best as you can, making sure there is a balance in energy.

Hours of Operation

Now when it comes to office hours I can’t provide you information on that because each person’s situation is different. That is more a personal preference. But I would say this, make sure you don’t work past 7pm at night if you can, this way you can spend time relaxing, recharging and getting to bed around 10:30pm.


This is a hard one for a lot of people and it is hard to sit down with someone at first and say “To sit down with me will be $100 per session”. Then sitting there hoping they will say yes. When they don’t say “Yes” you feel terrible, then you start to question yourself, is your rate too high, did you not sell yourself properly…etc. I have been there and here is how I over came it.

First write down your expenses per month


Car expenses




Here is a sample of an MS Excel 2007 Template how to figure out your hourly rate.  I want to give you a few parameters so you know how I figured this out.

To get a copy of the MS Excel Sheet click here—>  Template for hourly rate

Here is a break down of the formulas

In the Expenses area

-Weeks are divided by 4 weeks per month.

-The day expenses are divided by 5 working days per week.

-The Hourly rate is divided by 6 working hours per day.

-I provided examples of rates per hour, per day, per week, per month. The year income equation was multiplied the week salary by 48 weeks in the year. This gives you 4 weeks off per year for vacation, training, sick days…etc.

I also added a savings in the row to show you that you must also calculate this into your hourly rate.

This gives you what I call the floor rate, once you have figured this out for all your expenses and costs. You should never ever and I mean never go below your floor rate. If you do then as explained before you are just using your energy.

Once you calculate everything out it might seem a little over whelming at first to try to figure out how you can do this. I know I have been there when I did mine but I will be honest with you it is possible it just takes time, patience and consistent action.

When I stopped chasing money and started truly helping people there was no question about how much my rate was, it was more “when can we start working together”. The reason for that was because people knew my first goal was to help them and the exchange for that was payment so I can help them more. That is why I don’t pitch or sell I answer peoples questions and provide education. Even in a consult with a potential client I ask them about them, answer any questions they might have and then ask them would they like a session. If they can’t for whatever reason I ask if they would like some more resources to give them more information. If they say yes I tell them my rates and we get started.

I know this was a long one and I hope you got a lot out from it.

All I ask in exchange is you share all my posts through your Social sites. This way you help me with my goal which is to help as many people as I can through the 2012 transition.

Love & Chi,

Brandon Krieger 

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The ABC’s of Social Media Sales

The ABC’s Of Social Media Sales

Today’s Free Style Friday is about the ABC’s of Social Media Sales .


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