Blogtrepreneur Interview With Carrie Wilkerson
As we have all been interested in Social Media and strategically growing our networks online, I wanted to speak with someone who has successfuly grown their Twitter following to over 38,000 twitter followers.
I had the opportunity to interview Carrie Wilkerson of www.BlogBarefoot.com and on twitter at: http://twitter.com/barefoot_exec
Carrie Wilkerson is the voice of experience. From corporate life to teaching high school to direct sales, she has ‘been there and done that’ professionally and personally. An ‘overnight mom’ to 2 toddlers through adoption, her priorities instantly changed and so did her workplace.
She’s now built several businesses and coached others to do the same while overcoming extreme debt, losing 110 lbs and having 2 more children, for a total of 4, ages infant through 12! As “The Barefoot Executive,” Carrie and her network of experts have quickly become the definitive resource for helping women achieve extra income and career goals while working from home. Currently a mentor/coach/advisor to over 100,000 women (some men too) as the Barefoot Executive through videos, podcasts, masterminding, mentoring and live speaking.
Not only a business expert, but an expert IN Business, Carrie’s work-at-home methods have inspired thousands and recently earned her the Internet Marketer of the Year Award!
Adam: When people ask you what value social media has for their business what do you tell them?
Carrie: Social media is a tool for connecting meaningfully…it’s not an IMMEDIATE ROI, but definitely can help connect your audience powerfully
Adam: What makes you so passionate about social media?
Carrie: I am passionate about social media because it takes away the walls between my audience and I…and also between people I hope to learn FROM…it’s a very accessible media that has a lot of potential when used appropriately
Adam: Who are some people that are excellent examples of social media success?
Carrie: Chris Brogan (http://twitter.com/chrisbrogan), very engaging and informative
Gary Vaynerchuck (http://twitter.com/garyvee) – communicative, authentic and engaging
Mari Smith (http://twitter.com/MariSmith) – engaging, personable, informative and enthusiastic
Adam: What are the biggest mistakes people make when they are starting out using Twitter?
Carrie: The same mistakes they make in REAL life networking. Hi, my name is, I sell this, here is why you need to know me! ACKKKK – not effective.
Instead— hi, nice to meet YOU! What are you enthusiastic about? How can I encourage yOU?
Adam: What is the most exciting moment for you so far using Twitter?
Carrie: Just the response from people about the encouragement and enthusiasm I offer. The fact that people are listening and open to having their own cheerleader, coach and confidante is VERY thrilling to me!
Adam: How did you manage to get such a huge number of Twitter followers?
Carrie: I showed up. I got involved in conversation. I was interested in people. I am consistent.
Adam: What are your favorite tools that help you make the most of Twitter?
Carrie: TweetLater.com; TweetDeck.com and Search.Twitter.com
Adam: How do you see online business and social networking evolving in the next five years?
Carrie: I would not even VENTURE to predict honestly. Five years is an eternity online. I’d be foolish to speculate.
Adam: How do you know if you’re getting the most out of using Twitter?
Carrie: I don’t know that I am…but the fact that people ask questions, answer questions, offer advice, ask for advice and seem to really CARE about one another, is a huge part of building a community
Adam: What is your favorite part of working with social media?
Carrie: The interactiveness, the instant responsiveness. The ability to keep you finger on the PULSE of your audience in REAL time!