Do you want to build and grow your network or community?

bobby-gill-marketing-skills6 years ago Simon Zutshi asked me to work with him to create and grow the online media presence of property investors network ‘pin’.

He’d seen me online and knew I was active within various online communities, as well as hosting my own events – in Property, Business and Internet Marketing.

I’d been doing online marketing for a long time and active on Facebook using paid Advertising (since 2008) before a lot of the big corporates were even aware of online marketing.

I’d also helped at and supported many personal development events, from local YES Groups to bigger Tony Robbins UPW events and similar.

As well as booking speakers for events, it was important for me to provide outstanding customer service to attendees as well, as I’d been to too many events where the organisers lacked integrity and each person was just a ‘lead’. Things sometimes do go wrong and we all make mistakes – but when no-one takes actual responsibility for actions, service suffers and so does ‘word of mouth’ (and now social media posts) about your company.

People will remember how you make them feel and if you care enough to provide excellent service, which is more than just ‘good enough’. (Thanks to Graham Hill, Regional Director – Buckinghamshire & Bedfordshire of Shopper Anonymous for that reminder yesterday #FSB)

People are the most important part of any community or business.

Working with pin was a good fit, as one of my biggest values is that people should have a good time and feel valued. I would be able to help create that community online.

When I started with ‘pin’, I took on the task of creating and building the online presence of the property investors network across various online platforms and company websites. This grew from a few meetings to 50+ meetings and I was responsible for maintaining their online presence. Once I’d systemised all this, it became easier to scale and grow the online exposure.
The online marketing was all bootstrapped but has grown to a successful and large presence, had I bigger budget to work with I’d have done an even better job.

I also provided training & support to pin meeting Hosts on how to best use social media effectively, to connect with people and increase exposure for the meetings they ran in their local areas. Another task I took on was to keep on eye on the online reputation of Simon Zutshi, the company and the meetings.

As well as the online social media presence, I supported the Mastermind community by making sure information was easy to find on the forum and help them out with any queries they had, whether it was my ‘department’ or not. Either I’d sort it out myself or find the best person to help them.

All your clients (and team) are important, especially those that have paid for first class support.
This belief is what enabled me to provide the best service I could whilst at pin for many years.

In my spare time (Entrepreneurs don’t take evenings or weekends off, unless they want to take a holiday) I would also support on other events and help other Property education providers, as long as there was no conflict of interest.

After being there for over 5 years, it was time to move on.
So I have now moved to Milton Keynes. Why you ask? Why not?
It is closer and easily accessible to all the places I usually visit, from Birmingham & London being within 1 hour or so drive.  It was also good for a fresh start and to work on some new projects.

I’m now looking for a new challenge.  
Are you in property, personal development or a business related field and want to improve your service and/or reach? 
Or maybe you just want to create a community to share your love or hobby? 
Even if your idea is to start a Nicolas Cage Appreciation Society, get in touch.

If you have a business and no time to do it yourself, then why not give me a call and see how I can help.  My past experience and long-term view will help save you and your team many hours and tens of thousands by setting up things right to start with.
As I did when I advised a new property education startup earlier this month on the best way to set up and move forward.
The digital landscape has changed a lot in the last few years again, so don’t think that trying to copy someone else will help you remain ahead anymore. It’s not just what you see at the front end that counts but how it is managed in the background that matters.

You can find out more and contact me on Facebook , Twitter and LinkedIn

I also prefer to work with people I know, so if this is of interest to you, read the mini-CV below and get back to me if I can help you in any way 😀 👍

[full CV available on request]

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Solutions focused Systems & Operations Freelancer looking to contribute extensive experience towards supporting progressive organisations in optimising their performance. Through increased efficiency by systemising, making things simpler by automating frequent processes, serving clients and having happier customers by meeting their needs and over-delivering on expectations.

My background is in Engineering, Property, Systems, Networking and Training Events and Social Media/Digital Marketing.

Engineering has given me an analytical background and project management skills which come in useful with jobs that require attention to detail and planning.

I have been involved in property investment and education since 2001, learning valuable lessons through boom and bust, and know many of the experts and trainers in the UK.

Attended a lot of personal development, business and entrepreneur seminars and paid for high-end coaching over the last 10 years.

As well as attending these events, I’ve also set-up, organised and hosted networking events, as well as helping out and crewing for many training courses.

Extensive background in social media and online marketing, website design from SEO to funnel creation, including paid marketing and CRM.

I’m more than competent in a lot of fields, although not a self-proclaimed expert or goo-roo. I realise I can always learn more and be better at everything. I’m a polymath (Renaissance man) with curiosity and many hobbies, talents and areas of interest and expertise, therefore I have a wide knowledge base that I can draw on and use in other areas to solve problems and for success.  I can explain what needs to be done in simple language, by removing fluff that some experts use to complicate things to justify their position.  I will listen to your ideas and recommend creative solutions & improvements.  I offer highly professional consulting and honest opinions and feedback, always acting in the client’s best interest.

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So if any of that is of interest, contact me today on Facebook , Twitter  and LinkedIn or call if you’ve got my number and not rung me for a long time anyway. Always happy to meet up and have a chat.

 

THINK… It’s not illegal yet!

Authority will have you think, what they want you to think – and that everything is OK.
You can trust your Government, Banks, Police and Courts as they are there for you – not themselves.
What a rude awakening everyone is in for (especially those of you who are already nodding and about to fall into a deeper sleep). WAKE UP!

So what happened? The Credit/Debt Bubble and Bust – that’s what!
The Banks were lending money that didn’t exist and now are printing even more to make matters worse.
The Government are doing there best to keep the economy going but it has to stop at some point and deflate the bubble.
Where does all this money go? Ask your Bank manager and local MP – as someone up the social and economical pecking order is getting it by the truck load.

Did you know that even McDonalds got a bail-out loan?
‘Too big to fail’ is what they call it whilst the average person is ‘small enough to screw.’

Anyone that invested in property is going to be hit hardest, that includes home-owners.
Whilst property was booming everyone took their eye off the ball and started speculating.
They forgot about the fundamentals, which are to run a business and cash flow (or pay off their home’s mortgage).
When the hard times came, many investors have been wiped out and others are having problems dealing with the aftermath of a Boom then Bust (myself included).
This isn’t just investors either but included the average family that has any debt, falling house prices and the real risk of unemployment (so just about everyone then!)

The true colours of people and businesses will show in these challenging times, so be prepared!
Businesses will go bust owing you money, Banks will play dirty and Lawyers will make loads of money with legalese (making the simple complicated).  Litigation appears to be on the rise whilst the conveyancing goes down – and bankruptcies up as loan approvals are reserved for the ‘too big to fail’.
(Note: Those cash-flowing are unlikely to borrow from the Banks)

You have a choice… sink or swim. ‘They’ want you to believe the recession is over – but the reality is it’s only just begun.  The media is there to keep you dumb and consuming.
Some seminars will only share the upside of property investing but shouldn’t you have some info about the downside to get a full picture as well?

It’s time to go Back to Basics, Beware of the pitfalls and plan carefully for your future.

If you want to swim you need to start thinking differently NOW!

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And remember to keep your sense of humour… check out this fun and real video 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAQrsA3m8Bg

Recommended Northern Events for Property, Personal Development & Business Growth

Everything seems to happen in London but these local events bring
the best speakers TO YOU!

If you’re based in the North of England, you must attend at least
one of these amazing networking events. Please share with your friends too!

– Tuesday 26th October 2010
North West Property Event with Dave Coughlin and Michael Bradford
http://www.wiganpropertyevent.co.uk/nextevent.html

– Wednesday 27th October 2010
YES Group North with Michael Bradford
http://yes-group-north.blogspot.com

– Saturday 30th-Sunday 31st October 2010
Northern Entrepreneurs Super Conference (speaker list below)
http://nesc.networkbillionaire.com

– Thursday 4th November 2010
Northern Property Network with Andy Phillips and Brian Richards
http://www.northernpropertynetwork.co.uk

Please support your local events – so they can continue to keep bringing you the top speakers.

See you there,

Bobby

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Northern Entrepreneurs Super Conference on 30th-31st October 2010
The list of speakers for the event are:
    * Simon Zutshi – property entrepreneur, speaker and author
    * Glenn Armstrong – serial entrepreneur with 300+ properties
    * Marie-Claire Carlyle – The Miracle Coach, Money Magnet
    * Phil Martin – Property expert and mentor
    * Michael Bradford – International Business Coach & Consultant
    * Richard Shepherd – Property expert and mentor
    * Zoe Cairns – Social media queen
    * Daniel Wagner – Internet Marketing Genius
    * Clive Arneil – Stock trading expert
    * Allan Kleynhans – Peak performance coach
    * Mr X – The Current Economy & Investing in Gold

BOOK NOW: http://www.northernentrepreneurssuperconference.com
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Where did the economy go… double-dip here?

No bull! There’s a double dip coming unless the Banks lend the Governement a few trillion more!

My thoughts on the Economy, now that I have a moment to sit down and flow… here are my answers to some of the questions that people are asking.

Below is a bunch of things I wanted to share. If I’m not specific on anything feel free to ask and leave a comment.

1. Current economy
The Depression, yes that’s what it is economically regardless of the lies the politicians tell you and stats made up by economists, is affecting the majority of people right now.

People are losing their jobs, homes and there is no such thing as security. With big companies going bust (those not powerful enough for bailout money) there is no such thing as job security. Employee pensions being gambled away on the stock market and they will be lucky if they have much to live on – that’s probably why they’re pushing the retirement age back.

Almost every year the Government spends more than it raises in tax! It ‘borrows’ this money from the ‘Bank of England’ (so much for it being a Government owned body!)
Someone has to pay this back eventually and that means you! Find out about the UK National Debt.

2. Money is being devalued as more is printed, taxes will go up to cover the money being spent and given to the Banks.  Quantitative Easing: “Instead of lowering Bank Rate to increase the amount of money in the economy, the Bank supplies extra money directly. This does not involve printing more banknotes. Instead the Bank pays for these assets by creating money electronically”

You need to be smart in how and where you invest your money right now. Gold has always been a viable option and the demand will always be there for it if you need to sell. Currently Gold has been trading at around £860 / $1380 per ounce and you can always easily get 90% of it’s value from a jeweler or gold dealer.
Can you afford Not to invest in Gold?

3. It is also wise to keep some liquid cash on hand, for when you need it.

4. Commercial real estate!

I believe the worst is not yet over. This is the breathing space before the real storm. As people lost their jobs and homes, more mortgage resets are coming, increasing interest rates and fewer jobs. This has worked it’s way through the residential property markets at the moment and the next one to be hit is the Commercial property (real estate) markets.
Don’t think it will happen? Walk around your local town centre shops. How many ‘To Let’ signs do you see? More charity shops and pound shops than high street brands? Pubs and bars closing or changing hands more often?
Empty shops and cheap stores being the only ones in business are clear signs of the recession/depression.

Do you see more Cash Convertor stores and places offering to buy your gold in exchange for their cash? Do they know something you don’t…

Only another World War could get everyone working again and making money… hmmm… any invasions on the agenda at the moment Mr. Obama?

I hope I’m wrong… but what what if this is how it happens?

I discussed many of these things with my friend Gerry P. and unfortunately the winds and tornadoes started before I actually implemented and acted on any of the facts.

Make sure you’re not left behind by being forewarned. Get educated!

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Government and Banks

The Banks and Governments monitor traffic on the internet now to spy on people, I have know of them doing it with BMV property investors and checking their profiles before processing applications.
As TRUST is the Bankers’ issue, maybe they want to look in the mirror too!?

The world is waking up and the ‘Federal Reserve’ is now a household name, instead of a ‘perceived’ Government body – in reality it is a privately owned bank that masquerades as a Government body. People are against the War and attacks in foreign countries in the name of ‘Oil’.
Enough of living in a Police state with everything being filmed and silly little ‘civil laws’ being invented so they can legally steal your money.

Have America not convinced enough people to support them in attacking Iran yet, to prevent Nuclear arms development? Hmmm… remember the WMD-Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq? Neither do the dead US soldiers and citizens of the country or their families and relatives. But it made a lot of US dollars and gave them control.

The fiat currencies are going to go pop and they need wars to keep their pockets lined and economies going. Read up on Buckminster Fuller’s honest writings: Grunch of Giants and Critical Path.

The Amero (have you heard about it?) is as real as the European Union and I won’t even start on the One World Government with the US President (and his puppeteers) in charge.

Remember this is a game being played by Governments, Banks and Corporation liars (lawyers) – to support their hidden agendas. I’m not sharing anything new – just repeating it so that you may hear the truth THIS TIME!

And if you don’t want to believe it then that’s cool too… just remember the choices you made when you’re waiting for your pension to arrive.

Educate yourselves now! Learn the truth…

I don’t know all the answers but I do know the difference between RIGHT and wrong.
Interestingly HONEST is a Powerful (positive) pattern -v- Legal which is a weak (negative) pattern.
Where would you rather be vibrating? (Source: Power Vs. Force by David R Hawkins)

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Despite the doom and gloom – this is a great opportunity for change!

Take stock and learn from your mistakes.  Accept the feedback.
Let the stresses and challenges be your friend and make you stronger.
Make plans and do things better this time.

The information is already out there and you just need to want to look for it. It requires change from YOU and people to come together and say enough is enough to this slavery.
We are all free people but forgot along the way… Freedom is More Than Just a Seven Letter Word

Now is a time that people will remember what really is of value, taking them away from greed and materialism and forcing them to appreciate the other things in life.

Remember: don’t be a victim! You’re going to have to let go of the old attachments first.
Then get back in charge, take control and be responsible for the life you live!
When would NOW be a good time to do that?

I wish you a happy life filled with fun, friends, family and laughter 🙂

P.S. Double Dips are for caring and sharing together!


UK Banks causing a double dip?

The Banks were technically bankrupt a couple of years ago but got bailed out by us. Now they want as much cash in as possible, despite the cost to businesses and the economy.

Unfortunately the Banks are not run by people but systems and organic robots – they are only interested in their bottom line and do not care about the economy, taxpayers, you or me.

The dip is coming, not good news for people with equity to lose or poor cash flow – but an opportunity for investors to stock up on houses!

See Simon Zutshi’s article below and join his Mastermind Programme to stay ahead of the pack.

Bobby

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Are the UK Banks causing a second dip?

by Simon Zutshi

“There is a lot of talk in the media at the moment of the possibility of a second dip in the UK housing market. There is a good chance that there could be a second dip particularly when the banks release all of the repossessed property that they are currently holding, into the market. When the supply increases then house prices could fall further, if the demand is not sufficient to soak up the extra supply.

However, I would argue that the demand is there. The two groups who stimulate the market are investors and first time buyers. Investors realise that properties stack up well at the moment, far better than they have for a few years. If you are investing for the long term it does not matter if prices fall in the short term, as long as you can afford to hold by ensuring you buy in an area with strong rental demand and positive cash flow each month after all the expenses. First time buyers are also keen to get on the ladder before prices go up although many of them are uncertain about what the future holds due to all the scare mongering in the press.

The main problem lies with the UK banks and their lending policy. Understandably they have learnt their lesson and I am sure will now lend more responsibly than in the past, which has got to be a good thing. However, for the UK market to recover the lending availability has to improve. The banks are already being cautious by restricting their lending on Buy to Lets to 75% Loan to Value so they have plenty of buffer in case prices fall.

They are also being careful of whom they lend to although I would question the logic behind some of their decisions. The Lloyds TSB banking group now owned by the government (or rather the tax payer) restrict the number of mortgage across its brands to a maximum of nine. Most experienced investors, with a reasonable sized portfolio, would exceed this limit and so would not be able to get further mortgages for any lender in the group including; Birmingham Midshires, Halifax, Lloyds and C&G. Ironically these banks seem to be happy to lend to a complete novice investor, with absolutely no experience and so someone far more likely to make mistakes than an experienced investor to whom they will not lend. It does not really make sense.

But the real problem is that the banks are instructing surveyors to down value properties in their surveys. Most surveyors would say that a property is worth what someone is prepared to pay for it. However, this wide spread policy of down valuing property ignores the fact that there are buyers prepared to pay the agreed price. When the property is down valued the mortgage offer is adjusted down and often not sufficient enough for the buyer to afford the property, so the sale falls through. The surveyors are under pressure from the banks and they don’t want to be sued for getting it wrong.

Willing buyers are not able to make the purchase they want and so the market stagnates as people get stuck in chains and the net effect is less sales. Less sales will lead to a fall in prices and a general down valuing of the market. Thus the second dip that the press seem determined to talk us into.

This is bad news for everyone, including the banks who will have even less security and equity on their existing lending. With many people potentially in negative equity unable to afford to move, the market will stagnate further and take even longer to recover. Again bad news for everyone.

If we are not careful we will get to the point where no one can sell or buy and the only solution will be to do every property transaction as an option. I am convinced purchase lease options will become far more common place over the next few years.

What we need is some positivity in the press to encourage first time buyers to stimulate the market and general easing of lending criteria so that more people can access the funds to buy the property they want to purchase. And ideally an end to this policy of Banks telling surveyors to down value property.

Come on UK Banks….sort it out. As owners of many of the banks, the new government should wake up, smell the coffee and realise what is going on. Unless something changes I predict that the UK Banks will cause a second dip in the UK house market.”

Simon Zutshi, – Founder of Property Investors Network