As a social media entrepreneur, former Mayor of Kinston, NC, and family man, I've created the BJ Murphy 360 podcast to share my insights on business, social media, (maybe politics...maybe) and more. At 29 I was the youngest mayor in my city's history and I utilized social media to engage our community like never before. Having spent the last 8 years as mayor of 21,000 people and over a decade in B2B sales, now I'm devoting all my time to consulting small businesses and personal brands in social media marketing.
For the first time in my life, instead of giving a welcome at church I had the honor of actually bringing the message. Pastor Allen Stocks and his leadership team at Tanglewood Church invited me to speak on Graduation Sunday.
My message was entitled "Side to Side" which took some cues from the parable of the talents and the movie "Hitch".
Five key talking points:
Service to others leads to greatness
Master the mundane
Answering the question "why?"
Trust and happiness
And, the oxygen mask
Congratulations to this year's graduating class. I promise you'll have challenges ahead, but the opportunities to use your talents and contribute to this world are far greater.
Watch the message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWV75-ltJMQ
On this episode of BJ Murphy 360, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bryan Hanks.
Bryan is the former Editor of the Kinston Free Press, has written for multiple national news outlets, and is an avid sports fan. We've worked together long enough that he's written both favorable and unfavorable editorials about policy/advocacy positions I've taken over the years. As you can tell we've got a great mutual respect for each other.
I visited him at his home (full of Washington Redskins and UVA memorabilia) and we discussed sports, politics including Trump and the state of NC, and more. Our Rapid Fire Round included Lebron or Jordan, Coach K or Wooden, Wood Ducks or Indians, NC East or West BBQ, and when the first female POTUS could be sworn in. Then Bryan asks a Question of the Day that you do not want to miss!
Oh, and you can spot our special guest? #toyoursuccess
On this episode of BJ Murphy 360, I sat down with Algenon Cash. He's a sought-after political commentator across the state, has chaired the North Carolina Energy Forum, and is the owner of Wharton Gladden - where they are now investing in the new Zesto restaurant in the Triad.
We've done this at least once before and had great feedback, so here's another politically agitating, lighthearted, and fun episode for your viewing and educational pleasure. Algenon and I discuss:
- North Carolina Leadership Forum
- Guns & Mental Health
- Trump & Stormy Daniels
- Is POTUS keeping his campaign promises
- Free Trade
- $1.3 Trillion
- 2018 NC Elections
- 2020 NC Governor's Race
And, in our Rapid Fire Round he's forced to choose between:
- Socks or No Socks
- Fight: Joe Biden v Donald J. Trump
- Dollar or Cryptocurrency
- Coca-Cola or Pepsi
Be sure to listen and respond to Algenon's Question of the Day. Until next time here's to your success!
In today's episode, I'm driving from one client to a friend's house. I just left a client discussing marketing efforts on social media - timeline and advertising. One thing I found myself saying several times is that social media marketing can't replace your product's quality. Don't get me wrong, they have a great product. From the time a prospect clicks on your website, walks in your door, or calls the store, what happens next is on you. Social media is simply a great tool to get them there. And, in my opinion, is far out-pacing the attention game than traditional media.
The reason I was visiting a friend is that he needed to understand why I believe he should be more focused on building a personal brand. Why should someone with incredible talent share them via a personal brand? Listen. :)
Yesterday morning I had the privilege of chatting with the Lenoir County Public Schools Executive Office Professionals. We centered a lot of our conversation on leadership and teamwork. Here is a small clip of that 45-minute talk, where we discussed:
- The power of God in our society, specifically through prayer vigils
- How to stay positive regardless of the circumstances around you
- Diffusing emotional conversations by understanding a logical response may not work
- How and why I stopped asking the question Why?
Why would followers keep coming back to your Facebook page if all they see is "Buy this" or "We're selling that"? We need to start adding more value to people's experiences with our pages. This will lead to brand ambassadors for your business or cause...much more likely than "buy, buy, buy".
Also, I open up about being disappointed on the number of likes and listeners in the past, and why I've changed that attitude. I'm documenting a journey and the main thing is staying consistent with good content.
During this discussion I talk about my career in B2B sales and even training sales associates in cold calling. Never know, that may be a podcast I do in the future!
Here's to your success!
During a meeting with a small business owner today, we discussed cable TV, social media and YouTube. We also discussed how the market is reacting to changes in technology, and even how our own parents are adapting. That led me to thinking, "Where will Facebook be in five years and how will we adapt?" I'd love to get your feedback and thoughts.
On this episode I take a different path from what I normally talk about in being an entrepreneur and social media marketing manager, and I decided to bring a little bit of my mayor background to the news topic of the day. Our country is having a major dialogue on policy as it relates to the school shooting in Florida and I want to weigh in on how we as a nation and state and local government should create sound policy that affects all of us. Maybe today's episode sparks some emotion in you that you either agree or disagree with my thoughts, so I would encourage you to give me some constructive feedback and feel free to call in and add to the show. Thank you so much!
By far the most analytical and constructive talk I've given regarding leadership, personal branding, social media, interviewing skills, going all-in on your strengths, and more. The Campbell University Lundy-Fetterman School Of Business students asked questions like:
- In talking about goals and standards. Do you have a current goal that you are pursuing?
- What was the biggest difference in strategy for the 2005 campaign that you lost versus the 2009 campaign that you won?
- What sort of management skills did you use during Hurricanes Irene and Matthew?
- You graduated ECU with a business degree. Why was politics your first move versus marketing and building a company like Magic Mile Media?
- I want to follow a more passionate route and turn it into a business, what's the one thing that's kept you motivated and driven? Is it the fear of not having enough resources or not having enough to provide for your family?
- I'm much younger than anyone I work with and I do social media and mar
In today's episode of BJ Murphy 360, BJ interviews Algenon Cash about being Locked In with Algenon Cash. Algenon is an entrepreneur and civic leader in Winston-Salem, NC. We discussed small business challenges of raising capital, advantages of social media for entrepreneurs, and the current political climate for small businesses. He also gives some practical advice for millennials who are wanting to get involved in politics.
Here are a few questions we discussed during our time together:
- What's your #1 tip for small business owners?
- What does it mean to be "locked in"?
- Is President Donald Trump helping or hurting small businesses?
- Does his Twitter presence impact small businesses?
- How can we be part of the solutions in society?
Four Tips for Entrepreneurs utilizing Social Media
1. Add Value
2. Review Metrics
3. Borrow Another Brand
4. Make Mistakes and Learn/Grow
Also highlighted Gary Vaynerchuk's new book "Crushing It" which debuted on Amazon's Top Seller's List.
Small businesses and non-profits need to listen up! The Facebook News Feed changes will not help you. You must adapt AND fast! Today, BJ Murphy gives you a very simple way to do that and reiterates some effective methods mentioned in Episodes 19 & 20.
Since Facebook is making changes to the News Feed social media marketers will have to adapt. Here are two strategies I'm using to do just that. I'd love to get your feedback on some other best practices. Feel free to call in on Anchor.fm or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a quick episode featuring Call-ins from other Anchor.fm podcasters from around the world. We are all having a conversation about the new Facebook News Feed changes and whether that's a good thing or not. If you listen intently, you'll pick up a few nuggets that could help your business. Here's to your success!
Mark Zuckerberg Lost $3.3 Billion Because of This and He's Right
Facebook caused a stir this past week with the announcement of an impending change to the News Feed that will affect all pages. This development means that business pages (publishers and brands) will have more pressure on them to create content that generates conversations, to stand a better chance of being seen in News Feeds.
Mark Zuckerberg said, “As we roll this out, you’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media.”
In this episode, BJ explains how the new rules will change the way social media marketers interact with Facebook.
- What will and what will not be impacted
- Get more creative in driving conversations because Facebook will prioritize such content
- Businesses will rely more on paid advertising AND expect ad costs to go up
- Opportunities on Facebook Live
Make sure you subscribe to the BJ Murphy 360 Podcast and check out BJMurphy360.com. As always, feel f
In today's show, BJ Murphy describes a friend who is thinking more about the future than ever before. They had a conversation about how personal branding maybe the outlet he needs to capitalize on his experience and skills, while maintaining a rewarding job.
In today's podcast, BJ describes why you should consider a personal brand, how to go all in on your strengths, and he leaves you with a few resources to tap into.
Here's to your success!
In today's show I discuss four philosophies that I use on a daily basis to drive engagement for my clients and myself. I tell a few stories and give practical tips to try immediately for increased social media engagement. Also, many of you have either "favorited" my Anchor.fm station or called in with some thoughts...and I give you a little shout out. Thank you! If there's some value to you in today's show, please share with a friend and/or call in with your thoughts. To your success!
On today's BJ Murphy 360 podcast we discuss how to increase Facebook Likes, how to use Facebook Lead Ads to increase Mailchimp subscribers, and then we had two special call-ins. These podcasters helped answer the question "How can I promote this podcast?" Here's to your success!
How I'm building a business through relationships. Today, I discuss an opportunity to collaborate with other small business entrepreneurs. If you have some tips on how to build better business relationships, feel free to Call In via Anchor or send me a mp3/wave recording with your thoughts to email@example.com. Here's to your success!
After spending a few moments with my girls this morning and as I sat at my desk, the very first thing I did was pay my taxes. Why? It's all reducing liabilities and giving me more freedom to build my business.