It Is Make a Referral Week!

I’ve declared this week, March 8-12, Make a Referral Week with the intent of drawing attention to the act of making referrals rather than simply receiving them. In fact, I have set a goal to challenge 1000 businesses, large and small, to make 1000 referrals this week and publicly tell the world about it on the Make a Referral Week Counter and on Twitter using the #marm hashtag.

I have been joined in support of this effort by GoToWebinar, PRWeb, Contsant Contact, Marketing Profs, The Referral Engine Book, Perkett PR, Palo Alto Software, Verizon, Alphagraphics, Vertical Response, BNI, Duct Tape Marketing Coach Network, Intuit, Infusionsoft, Gold Star Referral Clubs and countless personal ambassadors.

This blog will feature guest posts and interviews each day this week from thought leaders on the subject of referrals and word of mouth marketing and a live online panel discussion – How to Create a Referral Engine – featuring Ivan Misner, founder of BNI and author of the 29% Solution, Bob Burg, author of Go-Givers Sell More, and Ben McConnell, co-author of Creating Customer Evangelists. The live session is Wednesday, March 10th at Noon CSTRegister Here

Want to know how you can get involved?

  1. Make a referral and post it on the Referral Counter
  2. Tweet your referral made using #marm
  3. Tell others about the challenge to 1000
  4. Make more referrals

If you like this idea of making referrals you can also join the Make a Referral Monday effort on Twitter. Starting today, and every Monday hereafter, make referrals and tell people about in on Twitter using the Make a Referral Monday hashtag (#marm) My hope is that we can turn this idea into a movement of sorts and keep the notion of giving referrals front and center all year long.

Weekend Favs March Six

I have a weekend routine where I share a handful of favorite things I tripped upon online this week. I usually about three and don’t go into much detail but suggest you check them out. The image featured in the post is a favorite creative commons image on Flickr.

Image credit:Nordgren

Good stuff I found this week:

Backup Buddy – a WordPress Plugin that automates the back-up, restoration, and migration of a WordPress blog. This is a paid plug-in but I’ve not found much out there that offers the migration ease that this plugin seems to offer if you need to move to a new host.

Harness the Power of ReferralsInc magazine article showcasing Make A Referral Week 2010 – a week long effort to raise 1000 referrals for 1000 businesses from March 8th to the 12th.

Master List – a wiki format list of social media monitoring solutions