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Meet #UMBSocial Speaker – Rachel Martin

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Rachel MartinWe are excited that Rachel Martin will be speaking at UMB Social on May 14th.   Take a moment to read through her latest interview, you will not be disappointed!
 
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Rachel Marie Martin is the writer behind FindingJoy.net, is a partner of Blogging Concentrated, is a writer for The Huffington Post, and is having her first book, Dear Mom Letters, published this fall. In the past four years she has built a successful website with millions of visits, has dynamic communities on social media, and has developed products that complement her brand. She is passionate about helping bloggers continue to overcome obstacles and helping them discover, cultivate, and perfect their business model.
2. When did you start to work in social media?
I started getting involved in social media about three years ago. It all began with a quest to grow my own platform, but as time has passed I’ve discovered the power in social in promoting brand, driving traffic, and creating community.
3. How does a typical work day of you look like?
Is there a typical work day for an entrepreneur? It depends. If I’m home it means balancing being a mom, teaching my kids, helping some get to school, and working. I stay up very late and rise early – makes me grateful for coffee. And then, then there are the multiple times a month that I’m traveling for Blogging Concentrated. Those are the times I sleep and work on planes, am grateful for wifi in the airport, and get to do what I love – interacting with other bloggers and professionals.
4. Do you have a role model in social media. Someone who inspires you?
Tom Jackson, of Tom Jackson Productions. He’s in the music industry in Nashville, but to me, that’s what makes him awesome. What he teaches is applicable to all of us – including how we look at social media, brand development, and our relationship/connection with our readers.
5. What is the hardest thing about social media?
That you cannot turn it off. I literally could be online 24 hours out of the day and feel like I’m never caught up. So I have to work really hard to set times in the day where I unplug and give back to my family.
6. What do you see as some up-and-coming trend in social media?
Hmmm. . . perhaps you should tell me. No, now seriously, I am ready for anything. I think the strategy is being aware of up and coming companies and trends, watching them, and assessing whether to join or not. We simply cannot get stuck in thinking that we’ve got it all figured out as social media is a dynamic, moving faster than light in the way it changes, thing.
7. Can you name us a brand or company that you admire for their great social media strategy/execution?
Udi’s Gluten Free. They’ve developed a Facebook page with over a million followers simply by connecting with their consumers. They use emotion, specifically that gluten free food can taste good, and the idea that you are not alone to create a brand that people love.
8. Did you make any social media mistakes in the past or is there anything you would avoid in future?
Way too much time spent on seemed to be important at the time but really wasn’t that important. For instance, my six year old will only be six for so long. . . I either opt to shut the computer screen now or I miss out on the moments.
9. To be successful in social media, you need to ….?
To never ever think you have it all figured out. There is no “well oiled machine” in online marketing, website structure, and blogging. The second you think you’ve got your system figured out and that you don’t need to adapt is the very second that you’ve decided to not keep moving forward. Beyond that, again, it’s figuring out where you want to put your time, investing the time, and adapting and always always serving your audience.
10. What is your favorite book and why?
Only one book? Hmm. You’re making me think. I love this book called “One Year Off” by David Elliot Cohen. Why? I love it because he had the freedom to pack up his family and take the year off and travel the world. One cannot do that unless they are willing to take a risk and they have financial freedom. I think at heart I love a great story, crave adventure, and long for freedom.
11. What is your favorite quote?
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
12. What is your favorite movie and why?
Pride and Prejudice. Just because.
13. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
That I believe that life is filled with intentional moments that punctuate the fabric of normal and these moments are the things that matter. I live with an intentional posture looking for these pauses and yearn to celebrate them and be grateful. That encompasses a great deal of my heart, my parenting (as I’m a mom to seven wonderful, and always busy, kids), and my writing.
14. Where can we find more about you and you work?
You can check out my blog FindingJoy.net , read more about me at Blogging Concentrated, and connect with me on twitter at finding_joy.
Rachel Martin