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How to Reach Out to Influential People Online Without Being a Jerkface

 

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by David Garland in David's Blog

Alrighty, so, let’s say there is someone pretty influential you want to reach out to online and get to know a little bit. Get on their radar screen. Start building that relationship of awesomeness. How do you reach out without being a jerkface or being that weird stalker guy/gal?

Well, here comes one of the benefits of being a mediapreneur (creating online content – be it a web show, podcast, blog, cartoons of frogs, whatever it is you create). Here is a simple strategy I’ve used (and so have some of the top connectors online) and you can steal.

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  • Great video David! There’s been a lot of posts out there recently about reaching out to the influencers, !and I was waiting to hear the same stuff rehashed (as I thought it was all covered already!), but you added a whole new angle with putting out a video with said influencers book etc.. That’s such a sweet idea, and makes sense. I love it!

    Thanks David!

    • David Siteman Garland

      Joe – Definitely and a lot of advice out there on the subject is pretty sketchy. Glad you enjoyed my man.

  • Shelia

    Great advice David – also, love the challenge of linking it up – it certainly helps make us accountable and we all need it from time to time. Thanks again.

    • David Siteman Garland

      TOTALLY, anytime SB

  • adurasanya

    david

    what kind of camera are you shooting with. your vids are so crisp!

    • David Siteman Garland

      thanks! Canon Eos Rebel T4i w/ EF-S 17-135 IS STM kit and mic is a Rode Videomic Pro

      • David, the light is amazing too. Do you use lights and if so which kit are using?

        • David Siteman Garland

          Good ole fashioned sun 🙂 natural light from the windows

  • Monica Lee

    HI David, I have been hesitant to do this…even though I KNOW it is a good idea… because I videos are long. Basically-if a guest and I mention someone we like or who is amazing…do I just send a note over with the video link and say…somewhere in this 30 min convo we gave you a shout out….Ok, I know I don’t do that exactly…IS it weird to just send them the interview link?

    What I have done is in my first email to “big name” I say…your name keeps coming up in my interviews. What are you thoughts on each approach?

    And thank you david for reading my mind again with this subject!

    • David Siteman Garland

      Say: BTW: My shows are full length, but at 14.56 is where I give you a shout out 🙂

  • Hi David, I agree with your subscriber adurasanya- your videos are very crisp and clean- what type /make of camera do you use?

    • David Siteman Garland

      Canon Eos Rebel T4i w/ EF-S 17-135 IS STM kit and mic is a Rode Videomic Pro

  • Great advice, David. I hadn’t thought about doing it this way – doing a video review, say, of a book they wrote. But I’m definitely going to give it a shot. Thanks for the suggestion. Hope you had a great time in Cabo.

    • David Siteman Garland

      thanks man cheers!

  • Wes

    Hey David,

    I have two ideas to share inline with your video:

    1.I’m using a similar strategy where i target gurus and request to republish an old but successful article of theirs in my IPad magazine. If they are really important, i”ll offer to put them on the front cover. No work for them, they feel special, especially when they see the cover. It opens up the dialogue. Then I ask if they would like to be on my podcast.

    2. I just discovered that if you put the time code in the YouTube description box of your youtube video, it will automagically hyper link to that part of the video. As you suggested above, you can mention a guru within a 30 minute video, put the time stamp in and a comment, and the guru can click and go straight to that part of the video.

    Hope that’s helpful.

    Cheers Wes

    • David Siteman Garland

      Great stuff, Wes!

  • Andy Monsters

    Great idea David! Especially to stand out from the noise. The reality too is most people will be too lazy to do this, as they think it’s too much work without realizing that this is actually the shortest path between point A and point B. Looking forward to the next video.

  • Simple yet powerful. Excellent strategy David!

  • Alara Castell

    Ah the simple reminders of what we can do! Thank you. I actually have it on my list to do some thanks to people for all the things I’ve invested in. All the classes, books, programs I’ve taken. This just inspired me to get on it! 🙂

    • David Siteman Garland

      Exactly. It comes back in spades 🙂

 

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