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If you’re sending dozens of emails as day, as most of us are, take advantage of this simple means of driving potential customers to your Stik.com profile.

Add your unique URL (http://www.stik.com/INSERTNAME) to your signature line and encourage the people you interact with to view and add to your recommendations.

The recommendations and reviews you’ve received from your customers will speak volumes to those considering enlisting your service. So make that connection easy for them.

Scroll through these screenshots to see how I did it.

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For AOL users, the steps are easy:

  • Click “Settings” at the top right of the screen
  • Click on “Compose” in the left column
  • Choose to “use signature” from the drop-down menu under signature
  • In the signature box, add your desired text with link to Stik.com profile (highlight text and click on the “link” symbol, then enter your Stik.com profile URL)
  • Click “Save” and you’re done

When you compose a new email, the signature will automatically appear.

Stik to who know!

Nathan Labenz
Stik.com Co-Founder
Visit me at Stik.com

If you’re sending dozens of emails as day, as most of us are, take advantage of this simple means of driving potential customers to your Stik.com profile.

Add your unique URL (http://www.stik.com/INSERTNAME) to your signature line and encourage the people you interact with to view and add to your recommendations.

The recommendations and reviews you’ve received from your customers will speak volumes to those considering enlisting your service. So make that connection easy for them.

Scroll through these screenshots to see how I did it.

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For Microsoft Outlook users, the steps are easy:

  • Click “Tools” in the top toolbar and select “Options…” from drop-down menu
  • Choose the “Mail Format” tab at the top
  • In that box, click on “Signatures…” box at the bottom right
  • Choose to create a new signature by clicking, “New…”
  • Enter a name for your new signature, like “standard,” and click Next
  • In the next window, choose “Advanced Edit…”
  • In the Word document that opens, add your desired text with link to your Stik.com profile:
    • Highlight text and click insert
    • Select “Hyperlink…” or hit Ctrl+K
    • Enter your Stik.com profile URL in the Address field and click OK
  • Click “Save” and go back to Outlook
  • Click OK in the “Create Signature” box
  • Back in the “Mail Format” of options, be sure to choose whatever you named your new signature as under “Signature for new messages.”

When you compose a new email, the signature will automatically appear.

Stik to who know!

Nathan Labenz
Stik.com Co-Founder
Visit me at Stik.com

By now you’ve heard of Google’s +1.  It’s shorthand for “this is pretty cool,” as Google says. Now Stik.com users can +1 the professionals they trust most.

Visit Stik.com and give all of these professionals you’ve already recommended your +1.

Give +1s to those you recommended

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Just as with recommendations, this stamp of approval is telling shoppers that this is a professional they can trust. Your +1′s can help friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best service provider when they search.

Links and profiles that have received a +1 from people you know will show that right in the search results on Google (see screenshot below).

See who has hit +1 right in the Google search results

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With searchers relying on Google about 65 percent of the time, it’s still where you want your results showing up more than anywhere else.

While Google and Facebook battle it out for the superior social network status, let Stik.com help hedge your bets and ensure your business and professionals you support are getting the most from both spaces.

Visited your Stik.com profile lately?

I hope you noticed our note at the top of the page about adding your recommendations badge to your website or blog. It’s a great way to continue to collect recommendations from people who may not have found you on Stik.com.

Just click on the “Get Started Here” link from your profile page (see screenshot right) and we’ll give you the code (below) to add to your website, or the ability to e-mail that code to your webmaster. Succesful Stik.com professionals like Jon Wright and Joe Sopo have already added their badge to their websites and have continued to successfully boost their recommendations totals.

You never know where potential consumers are going to find you and it’s important to connect the dots between the different pages that make up your online presence. It’s easy to connect these two today so check it out.

If you have any feedback on this feature, please send us an email at support@stik.com.  This is a new tool, so if you have a good idea we just might add it!

The most successful Stik.com professionals have collected dozens of recommendations and 20 or more reviews. As you build toward that level you should manage your reviews so that the best are showing at the top of your profile when potential customers find you on Stik.com.

Visit your profile (you will need to log in) and “Like” your favorite reviews. This will elevate those reviews to the first page on your Stik.com profile.

You can also reply to your reviewers through commenting on what they wrote. It’s a good chance to thank the contacts who gave you valuable reviews. It’s also a simple step to show shoppers that you’re actively engaging with current and former clients. Make it short and sweet.

For example, check out real estate agent Laurie Arnold’s Stik.com profile Laurie Arnold's reviews(screenshot below) where she has interacted with her contacts that have reviewed her a trusted professional.

It’s that easy and is sure to be appreciated by someone who took the time to help you build an online presence and improve your search engine ranking. They’re also likely to be more enthusiastic references when potential customers seek their opinion on your services.

First impressions will be made based on what users see when they arrive at your profile, so take the time now to manage those crucial first impressions.

We may have developed our own language for communicating online from LOL to TTYL, but we should remember that whatever lingo we use, manners still matter.

Now you can thank your recommenders for their support, and keep your business top of mind!

Visit your profile (you will need to log in) and hover over any of your recommenders with your mouse. You’ll see a black “Thank” button popup (see the screenshot to the right). Click it and it automatically opens a private Facebook message where you can write a personal note.

Here’s an example:

Hey John, I want to thank you for taking the time to recommend me as a trusted mortgage professional on Stik.com. It means a lot to me that you took the time to do it. Your recommendation helps me appear in search results on Facebook, Google, and Bing. Please keep me in mind when you or people you know have mortgage-related needs. Thanks again!

It’s that easy and is sure to be appreciated by someone who took the time to help you build an online presence and improve your search engine ranking. They’re also likely to be more enthusiastic references when potential customers seek their opinion on your services.

It’s important to speak from the heart when asking for your friends for help. Starting today you can customize your requests for recommendations on Stik.com. It’s simple.

Visit your recommendations page and you will be prompted to create customized text for all future requests. We insert your friend’s individual name, provide some sample text and you write a message that your friends will recognize as uniquely yours. Your friends are more likely to respond when they believe the message came from you.

Here’s an example (see screenshot to the right):

Hi John – I really appreciate when friends are willing to vouch for me. Please visit my Stik profile where you can “Recommend” me as trusted realtor serving Oakland County. Thanks!

You can always go back and edit your customized request by visiting the  messages tab on your account page. There you can edit all of your custom requests (see screenshot below)

As always, the Stik.com team is here to help. Email us at support@stik.com.

You probably noticed that Facebook has converted your business page to the Timeline, like it or not. We’ve optimized the Stik.com tab to fit the new design. Just follow these simple steps to add your Stik.com recommendations and reviews to your Facebook business page:

(click on any of the screenshots to see a full screen version):

  1. Visit Stik.com and click on the to-do item that says, “Add a Stik.com tab to your Facebook Page.”*
  2. *If it already indicates this task is done then you should be set but you can always go back and configure again.
  3. Choose the Facebook page to which you’d like to add the Stik App and click save.
  4. Once you’ve completed these two steps go to your Facebook business page and you will see the Stik.com logo underneath the cover photo. 
  5. Visitors who click on that link will see your Stik.com recommendations on you Facebook page. 

If you have any feedback on this feature, please send us an email at support@stik.com.  This is a new tool, so if you have a good idea we just might add it!

Stik to who you know!

*Unfortunately, you cannot add a tab to your personal Facebook profile, only business Facebook Pages.  Facebook used to allow tabs on personal profiles, but they have since discontinued that feature.  Sorry that we can’t provide a better solution — we would love to support personal profiles, but it doesn’t seem likely to happen in the near future.

Your Stik.com profile shows off personalized recommendations and reviews that help potential clients trust you and feel comfortable doing business with you.  But what if you want to share more information about your business?

Starting today, you can display updates from your Facebook fan page on your Stik.com profile.  If you’re already working hard to create useful content for people on Facebook, it’s a no-brainer to display your posts publicly on your Stik.com profile as well.

Here’s how:

Visit your profile and click on the “Recent Activity” tab. (Don’t worry — this tab won’t appear to others unless you have already connected your Facebookfan page.) Then, click on the link to “Display your Facebook content here” and choose the fan page you’d like to display. It’s as simple as that!

 

A few quick notes:

  • If you receive a message that your fan page cannot be displayed, the problem is that page is not accessible to people who are not logged in to Facebook. To change that, go to your fan page in Facebook and click the “Edit Page” button. At the very top of the “Manage Permissions” tab on the edit menu you will see page visibility options. Make sure that your page is visible to people in all countries and people of all ages. If you have either “Country Restrictions” or “Age Restrictions” set then visitors to your Stik.com profile will not be able to view your fan page.
  • Don’t have a Facebook Page but want to create one?  Go here to get started

You just registered as a professional at Stik.com. Congrats! (If you haven’t then do it now at Stik.com)

We’ve designed Stik.com to be a low maintenance tool for sales professionals to engage with consumers who already have a connection with them. However, here is one way to use Twitter to jumpstart the advantages that a Stik.com profile offers:

Tweet your profile. It’s easy and has real benefits.  You can use our Tweet button right from your profile and adjust the auto text as necessary.  Tweeting your profile will:

  • Increase the number of visitors to your page, both to recommend you and to check out your services
  • Build valuable links in search engines, increasing your search ranking on sites like Google

Google recently started integrating their social results with all other results. So now when your Google contacts search for realtor (see screenshot) they may see your result sooner than they would have pre-social search — but only if you get your Stik.com profile out in the social sphere.

So Tweet it today!