Working Facebook for your Business

If you have decided that you are only going to use Facebook to build your business, then it is important to invest the time into it.

When I first started using Facebook, over 10 years ago, I would be on there 6 hours a day, YES, 6 hours per day. It wasn’t just about popping in and doing a post, then logging off, it was about having a plan and working it. I also recommend that you use your desktop/laptop to do the work as the Facebook App isn’t as user friendly plus it will save you time than working off of a phone.

The Daily Plan

  1. Work your personal timeline/profile to get your messages out there.
    • Post a status telling people what you are up to, what your tasks are, what you want to accomplish, what your successes are, BUT don’t sell to them.
    • Share some personal elements that you are comfortable about sharing.
    • What you don’t want to do is push your family and friends away by having them hide you in their news feeds.
  2. Go through your news feed and interact on other people’s posts, either by liking or commenting. You will want to do this numerous times throughout the day.
  3. Go to the “pages feed” tab (found on your ‘home’ tab, then down the left under the ‘explore’ tab) and scroll through and interact on other Business Pages’ posts. I like to do this once in the morning and once in the evening.
  4. Find 3-5 groups that have more of a networking element to them, and interact DAILY within these groups.
    • Ask questions, post inspiration, share ideas, share tips, post humour, promote your products/services.
    • Take the time to scroll through the Group wall and interact on other people’s post with a like and/or comment.
    • Participate in any online events the group offers, like Dance Cards, Coffee Dates, Split Lives, as this is an opportunity for you to meet more people.
    • Check the same groups at the end of the day and do more interactions.
  5. Post on your Business Page
    • There are many different opinions on how often you should post on your Business Page in one day.  For me, personally, I only post once per day, at 8 am.  I have found that this works very, very well for me, as it allows my post to be seen throughout the day.
    • If you want to post more than once per day, then I recommend you space out the posts, don’t do a whole bunch at once as you will drive your audience away.  Think about posting between 8-9 am, between 4-5 pm and after 9 pm.
    • Mix up your posts so you are not always trying to sell to people.  Post questions, inspiration, some personal elements that reflect your business, tips, humour, ideas on how to use your products/services, and of course promote.
    • Use pictures of yourself where you can, people love pictures of us.
    • Do videos to get more visibility as Facebook is a huge supporter of the video platform.
    • Keep on top of your Business Page notifications and make sure to either like/comment when people interact with your stuff.
    • You want to make sure you are also checking your messages regularly and quickly, as Facebook tracks how quick we are to answer messages and actually posts this on our pages to let the public know what our response rate is.
    • Share your posts into a variety of groups and randomly (but strategically) on your personal timeline. Facebook considers ‘shares’ as interaction, so you can help push up your reach.  Don’t do more than 7-8 shares per post as Facebook will consider it as spam and you could end up in Facebook jail for 7-10 days.

I hope this helps in giving you a daily plan to work Facebook and build your business.  Again, it is important that if you are only going to use online to build, that you work it.

I do have a free ‘daily checklist’ that you can print off that will help keep you organized, download it HERE.

 

GUEST BLOG: How to Develop Your Personal Brand

Making the choice to start your own business will likely be the best decision of your life. The freedom and flexibility of working on your own, combined with the earning potential and sense of self-satisfaction, make entrepreneurship very attractive to many people.

But things are a little easier said than done. Competition is fierce, especially online. Every minute of every day, people are exposed to countless emails, advertisements and social media posts. It’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Your best defense is your brand.

Your brand is your identity, and a strong one will help you stand out. It also facilitates a connection between you and your customers that can improve loyalty and engagement. And it makes your company more valuable, which will become relevant if you ever decide to sell your business. Developing a brand, though, requires a focused, dedicated approach. Here’s how you can build yours.

Highlight What Makes You Unique

The first step is to determine what kind of brand you want to be. And one of the keys to a strong brand is authenticity. If you try to be something you are not, your customers will see right through you. This can have a really negative effect on the image of you and your company. You’ll come off as phony or insincere, which will really damage people’s perceptions of you.

So, to begin building your brand, start focusing on what you do that’s unique to you. What makes your company different or special? If you’re not sure, then you likely haven’t thought about it hard enough. Everyone is unique. It’s just a matter of figuring out how and highlighting it.

To help give you some ideas, research your competition. Successful businesses in your field will likely have already done this exercise, so it should be easy to figure out what they consider to be their competitive edge. Go through each one and figure out what makes you different from them. And after you’ve done this, you should be able to devise a list of the different things that separate you from your completion.

Know Your Audience

Whether their conscious of it or not, people expect things from the companies with which they do business. It’s important you be sensitive to these expectations so that you can develop a brand strategy that will resonate with your target audience.

There’s no one way to do this, though. The best strategy is to conduct surveys and focus groups about your target audience. But these can be costly, and if you’re not careful about how you design your studies, then they can produce unreliable results.

Ideal Customer exercises and Customer Journey maps are useful ways of understanding what your audience is looking for in the brands with which they engage. These activities involve you creating fictitious audience members and thinking through how they live their lives to determine their values, beliefs, pain points and expectations. Here’s a great resource for helping you do this exercise effectively.

Another option is to simply test things out. Try out some branding messages and see what happens to engagement. If you’re not getting the response you want, then try something new. While this will take a little longer, it will help you hone your messaging to meet audience expectations, enhancing its effectiveness.

Concise Communication

Once you determine the essence of your brand—that which makes you unique—it’s time to start crafting your messaging. The key here is to be as clear as possible. The more words you have to use to describe your brand, the harder it will be for people to understand you, and this will hurt your chances at making a connection with them.

Think about some of the world’s most successful brands. For example, Nike, which uses the slogan, “Just Do It.” They have been using these words to describe their brand for as long as any of us can remember, and they’re perfect because they quickly and clearly communicate Nike’s brand identity. When we hear these words, we think of perseverance, drive and dedication, as well as hard work. And this is exactly how Nike wants us to perceive the company.

You won’t be able to catch-up with Nike right away—they spend other-worldly amounts of money on branding—but you can certainly mimic their approach. Work to determine a slogan or description that captures the essence of your brand, using as few words as possible. Images are also helpful, and make sure the colors you use on your site and other communications also reflect your brand identity. Remember, the slogan alone isn’t going to establish your brand, but confusing your audience can have disastrous effects.

Be Consistent

As you start to market your brand, consistency will be key. You can never know for sure when or where someone will come into contact with your brand. As such, ensure every piece of content you create accurately reflects the brand you want to promote.

And this goes for social media, too. You can’t be posting about things that are completely irrelevant to your brand, even if they’re attracting shares and likes. The exposure is enticing, but you’ll be sending mixed messages about your brand identity, making it harder to build the so-desired connection with your target audience.

Consider drawing up some brand guidelines to help you stay on message across your different platforms. These will outline the types of content you will publish, and they will also help you stay consistent with how you present your messages, something that is also very important for effective brand management. This will also be helpful should you decide to outsource some of your content creation.

Start Building Your Brand Today

A strong brand will give your company a significant competitive edge. It’ll work like a magnet that draws your target market towards you, and it’s also something people can connect to, which will help develop loyalty to your brand. Follow the steps outlined here so that you can start building a strong personal brand today.

 

About the Author: Jock is a busy entrepreneur and the founder of Digital Exits, an online brokerage service. He enjoys sharing his thoughts on entrepreneurship and business and offering advice to others. Find Jock on Twitter here or connect with him on LinkedIn.

 

 

 

Blogging…..Should you do it?

So many of my clients and business friends ask “is it worth me to start blogging?”  YES!!

Here’s the deal…..I am not a blogger, I don’t know enough about SEO but what I can tell you, is that since I have starting blogging, it has brought me more visibility, especially from people through Google whom don’t even know me.

When I blog, I just write.  I write how I would talk to people if they were sitting across from me.  I write exactly how I would talk.  I don’t use fancy words, I don’t focus on what I should or shouldn’t be doing, I just write.  I share my thoughts, ideas, tips, just write.

Yes, there are many rules to blogging (like how many words to use) but to be completely honest, I don’t follow the rules, because I just write.  For me, I believe it is a great way to bring more traction to our website, but also to share/teach others more, that hopefully can help them, whether it be personal or business.

BUT how do you come up with all the content?  How often should I be blogging?

I am no specialist here, so I am not the one who ask those questions to but I will tell you that you need to just start doing it!!  One main tip I can give you is to ask others to be guest bloggers for you.  There is no cost for them to do this, it brings you visibility to their followings because you are sharing your blogs onto Social Media and tagging their business to thank them, and it helps with adding more content.  Look for those who can compliment your business and provide value to your audience.  Just ask, since most will say yes (actually I would be surprised if someone said no).

Once I do a blog, I share a portion of it on my Facebook Business Page, with a link to the actual blog (which of course is on my website, driving traffic to everything else that is available) and I also post it on my Google+ (this is where I have received great visibility)…..I will also share my post from my Business Page into a variety of groups for more exposure.

So, just do it!!

When you finally do it……..

Have you ever had something that you wanted to do and you kept putting it off?  Then you finally buckled down and did it?

I am EXCITED to announce that I have finally launched my Creating Your Presence Academy!!!  This was something that I wanted to do for the last year and kept putting it off as I didn’t know if business owners were ready for it, BUT they are!!!

I have created a 6 month online program that will teach MORE than Facebook!  Facebook has become very competitive and we, as business owners, need to do more than just posting on our Business Pages.

Based on my own work and what I have been teaching through my consultations, I have developed a program that will cover different areas that will compliment each other BUT also bring MORE to your target market.

  • Branding
  • Facebook (2 month module)
  • Blogging
  • Opt-Ins/Newsletters
  • Networking

I have provided detailed training through written, video and exercises.  You also get an one hour Zoom call with me, each month of the program.  What is even better, you get to work this program at your own pace, not based on how the others are progressing or not progressing.  We all learn at different rates and some things will be easy, some harder.  I have allowed you a month for each (with exception to the Facebook module) however, you may finish the module quicker.

The program is housed on Facebook with their new groups, Social Learning.  The group has everything done through Units, allowing you to mark as complete when done.  This group will also be a support system for you as you work through each module and an opportunity for me to continue to teach you.

Another element that has been incorporated is other Businesses are providing FREE learning material for you.  These learning materials will enhance what you are already learning, you are going to LOVE it!!

Sooooooo, now the question is “how much is it?”

ONLY $625!!!!!!!  Just think…..I charge $75 for an one Zoom call with me, so this means that you are getting all the learning elements and freebies for ONLY $175!!!

The $625 can be paid in 5 monthly installments of $125 OR if you want to pay in full, you will receive a discount of $100, costing you ONLY $525!!!

Ready to get started?  Send me an email at tammy@tammyhudgin.com so that you can arrange your payment method and I will get you added into the Group to get started!!

Are you as EXCITED as me??

Creating Your Presence Academy

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My Journey

11 years ago I started out using Facebook to build a direct sales business I was in and couldn’t believe how quickly I could grow that business.  It was kinda crazy to be honest, as I never believed that I could sit on a social site and talk to people and then have them become customers and/or new consultants.  People told me I was wasting my time, I was not doing anything productive.

I was playing in FB and trying to figure out how I could build a business, I mean why couldn’t this be about me finding customers, right?  I started creeping around FB to see what was available to me and noticed that there were all these “fan” pages that were for the different towns and cities.  I thought “why can’t I have a fan page too?”  So, I create a fan page for my direct sales business (A Finishing Touch).  Well, this was great BUT who the heck was going to see my fan page?

As, I continued to creep FB, I came upon the different groups however, these groups were really about bringing different hobbyist together.  Well, of course, I decided to create my own group called “Home Based Businesses”.  I loved the idea that I could bring different business owners together where we could network online.  Now, at this point, I had to laugh to myself because I didn’t know any other business owners (I came from the corporate world, then a stay-at-home mom, so didn’t really know what an entrepreneur was or even running my own business).  So, what I thought I would do is a post on the different City Fan Pages, calling all other business owners to join me in my group.  I created a post and copied and pasted it onto a TON of different Fan Pages and guess what happened?  I went into FB Jail lol, yep, I was considered a spammer, my first real FB lesson.

Fast forward a couple of years and I built a very successful group where we brought 5,000 business owners together to network, to learn, to be inspired (I had different questions and topics I would post every day to get people talking), to promote their business (I have since closed down the group).  It was really awesome and it led me to building a successful direct sales business until the doors of the company were closed 6 years later.

Throughout this journey, one of the things that was happening was the different business owners I was meeting, started reaching out and asking me to teach them what I was doing on FB to build my business.  Funny, as I had never really thought about what I was doing, I was just using my time on FB to talk to people.  I launched my FB business “I was a FB Nobody” 6 years ago.

I started out doing group training sessions, traveling from one city to another, and teaching business owners the importance of privacy, their news feed, their personal timeline, groups and of course, their business page.  I absolutely LOVED doing this, LOVED teaching others, LOVED watching them grow their business.

As I did more and more training sessions (I trained over 600 different business owners), and overwhelmed some owners, I was now receiving requests to manage their business pages for them.  My next step was now adding Business Page Management to my growing Facebook business.

I continued to grow from many different aspects, which allowed me to add more elements to my business, including speaking engagements (one of my all time favourite things to do).  It also taught me about understanding my true value, that I was worth something, that I had knowledge that people wanted to learn from, to absorb, to be mentored.

I decided to rebrand and launch my NEW business as Tammy Hudgin – Creating Your Presence.  This was so perfect as I had been creating my presence since I started working FB way back when.  It is ultimately what I have been teaching other business owners to do for themselves.

These past 6 years have seen me take different steps BUT always steps forward.  I continue to add more to what I can offer based on all my own personal experience, because if I don’t do the work myself, then how can I ask others to do it?

I have learned many things about myself and FINALLY give myself the credit that I deserve.  I have worked very hard to get where I am and can honestly say, that I am truly happy with where my business is.  I am always looking to grow and will continue to do so, because I am not ready to say “sorry I can’t take anymore clients.”

 

Facebook Groups

With the algorithm change to our Facebook Business Page and not getting the reach we once got, it is time for you to think about creating a group that you can build up to a hot market.

There are a couple of ways to get a group started:

  1. Offer a FREE challenge and use the group to run the challenge and then build from there
  2. Reach out to your existing clients and ask them to join your groups for additional information, specials, relationships building
  3. Post on your timeline, business page and other groups, telling people the benefits of joining your group

Within this group, you want to focus on building relationships, getting people talking and upselling yourself.  Make the group interactive with a variety of mini challenges, education, and questions.  Don’t focus on always trying to sell a product/service, otherwise people will leave the group.  It is really about taking this market and continuing to build and educate so that they do purchase additional products/services as well as refer you to their friends.

Facebook has upped the game with groups, so now is the time to take advantage.  They have added a “topics” element that you can use for each post, making it easier for people to find a group of posts around a specific topic.  They have also introduced the option to have 10 announcements pinned to the top of the wall (this can be a very strategic move on your part on what you put into these announcements, so think long and hard about it).  Take advantage of the “welcome” style option that allows you to create a post whenever any new members join the group (this shows the other members that there is growth but also makes the new members feel welcomed).

Groups can be a fantastic compliment to your business page, so take some time and work out a marketing plan on how you are going to develop this group, content, mission, goals and get building those relationships.

P.S.  I do have a FREE download on “The Why and How to for Creating Groups”, so start with that 🙂      Sign Up Here!!

 

How are you “creating your presence”?

My tagline is “Creating your Presence” and what this means is that YOU need to be seen on Social Media, YOU need to sell YOU!

When we have made the decision to start using Social Media to build our business, there are many aspects that you need to consider:

  • How do I want to be seen?
  • How do I want my business to be seen?
  • What are my values?
  • Who am I?
  • Who are my potential clients?
  • Which Social Media platforms are they using?
  • What is my marketing strategy?
  • What message am I sending?

You need to take the time and answer these questions, in great detail, so that you can determine which Social Media sites you are going to focus on, what is the content you will be providing and how much time do you need to dedicate to it.

The mistake that many people make is that they believe they need to be working ALL Social Media sites and it is leading to being very time consuming.  Which in turn, causes people to give up or not get the growth they expected.

I encourage you to find your primary and secondary Social Media sites to focus on (based on where your target market is sitting) and make a marketing plan for both based on the above questions you answered.  From there, you need to schedule time on your calendar to focus on these platforms DAILY.  You can’t build a presence, you can’t build a business, without committing to it every single day.  Popping in and out will not help you to reach the goals you have set out to obtain.  It is a HUGE commitment and don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t.

There are more elements that need to be considered when building your online presence.  You need to look at blogging, free opt-ins, networking on and off the computer, doing speaking engagements.  We live in a very competitive online world and you have to stand out above the rest.  This is why it is important to understand the value of selling yourself.  People buy/support because of the like/know/trust factor.  It is NOT going to happen overnight, I wish I could tell you that, BUT the reality is that it will take time, lots of time, to build your presence and see a return in your hard work.

When thinking about your marketing plan, I want you to go beyond your business.  I want you to look at the other elements that are available on these platforms and take advantage of them.  Look at groups, look at your personal profiles, how can you use them to create your presence?  Schedule the time needed to focus on the other elements that are available to you and go a step beyond in creating your presence.

When you commit the time to creating your presence, you will see a growth in your business BUT it takes time, don’t expect it to happen overnight and don’t fall into the trap of the “get rich quick schemes”.

Go out there and “sell you”!

 

GUEST BLOGGER: Must-Have Tools to Become a Master Instagram Curator

With 800 million monthly active users and 40 billion photos uploaded on Instagram so far, it has become understandably challenging to make a feed stand out from the rest.

Slapping just about any photo on your feed without premeditation will no longer do if you want to be eye-catching and grow a loyal following. Remember, there are 500 million daily active Instagram users that are also sharing images on this platform. So, if want your feed to stand out, you need to be more methodical about it.

For starters, take time to examine the most trending Instagram accounts. Most likely, you’ll find that most popular accounts are the ones that are posting quality images on optimal times and frequency, and are maintaining a neatly organized and impeccably curated feed. The top accounts are the ones posting images that are planned and picked.

Certainly, creating social media posts that will click-particularly on Instagram involves a degree of curation. Each image posted has to be consistent with the one that came before it to create a sense of cohesion. Additionally, every post must fit the over-all predetermined theme or aesthetic of the feed.

While possessing an innate eye and acuity for visual art can make coming up with a curated feed easy, turning to tools to help you won’t hurt. On the contrary, utilizing tools can polish and sharpen your aesthetics. Not only that, they can help you plan and organize your feed so that you can bring your Instagram game up to a whole new level one post at a time.

Of course, that’s easier said than done. Luckily, we’ve listed the best tools to help you get started. Check out the tools on this list, as you’ll need them need to become a master Instagram curator.

  1. VSCO

To achieve cohesion in a series of images you plan to post, it helps to use either the same filter or a similar one.

VSCO is especially useful for this. Not only does VSCO give you a wide array of beautiful filters that can instantly enhance your photos, but it also helps a great deal in keeping the look of your feed consistent, as the app allows you to copy-paste edits from one photo to another. This nifty function ensures that everything—from exposure to contrast to saturation are consistent across your feed.

  1. Later

The most efficient way to curate your Instagram feed is to preview it in the grid before even hitting the share button. How many times have you posted a photo but ended up deleting it right after because you realized it doesn’t fit your feed aesthetic after all? Or how about the instances where you stopped in your tracks while editing a photo and checked your feed to see if your edits will be consistent with the photos you’ve previously posted?

We can bet that has happened to you once or twice, if not often. Previewing in grid definitely saves you from that hassle. That’s where Later’s visual Instagram planner becomes handy.

The visual planning feature makes it delightfully easy to organize and design your Instagram feed beforehand. On top of that, you can also auto-schedule images so that they are postedat ideal times.

  1. Plann

How incredibly convenient would it be to have one tool that has filters, other editing capabilities, a functionality that allows you to preview and pre-arrange your grid, and at the same time, lets you save your favorite set of hashtags so that you can easily copy-paste them into your future posts?

Well, that’s Plann for you. This tool lets you preview your feed and move your posts around until you find the grid configuration that screams “beautifully curated.”

Unless you’re a celebrity with an existing fan base or a creative agency, you’ll want to start curating your feed instead of churning random and slapdash posts if you wish to grow your Instagram following and engagement.

So, don’t forget to keep this list at hand. Or better yet, install these tools and have fun curating!

Paula Arce
MicroCreatives

Personal timeline??

Are you utilizing your Facebook personal timeline to help increase your business?

Did you know that it’s against the Facebook Terms to use your personal account to represent something other than yourself (example: your business), and you could permanently lose access to your account if you don’t convert it to a Page?

What they are saying, is that your personal account must be your first and last name and not a business name.  They also state that you will not use your personal timeline primarily for your own commercial gain, and will use a Facebook Page for such purposes.

So, how are you going to use your personal timeline, with regards to the recent changes in our Business Page algorithms, to get you more visibility to your business?

  • Create strategic posts on your personal timeline that talk about your business BUT do not sell your business

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  • Talk about your success, your goals, your accomplishments
    1. Throw your ego out the window.  When people are looking to work with someone, they are looking for successful people and they won’t know you are successful if you don’t talk about it
  • Post pictures of when you are out at events, workshops, conferences
    1. This shows that you are developing relationships, learning, working your business, growing
  • Share posts from your Business Page to your personal timeline
    1. Don’t do this everyday, start of with one share per week, then work it up BUT please don’t do it everyday (for me, I have spent 10 years building my personal timeline and will share a ton of business stuff, but I have earned it and I am okay if people choose to unfollow or unfriend me)
  • Share other Business Pages’ posts to your personal timeline to help them get more exposure
  • Change the privacy setting, on specific/strategic posts, to “public” so that the world can see them (personally I am not a fan of having all my posts set to public)
  • Post inspiration/motivational quotes
  • Showcase your personality through some of the posts, whether it is written or through a visual

These are only suggestions as I can’t tell you how they will work for your business.  What I can tell you, is that for me, it has brought a ton of business to me, along with my Business Page (YES, I still work my Business Page because I get stats, I get to do Sponsored Ads, I am a HUGE supporter of having a Business Page).

What I can tell you that will work, is CONSISTENCY.  Working the world of Facebook for you business, takes structures, takes consistency, takes being you, takes promoting your business.  You can’t just randomly do stuff, it just won’t work in bringing you to the level of success that you are looking for.

Here is to SUCCESS with growing your personal timeline.

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Consistency!!

If you know me in person or even follow me around on Facebook, you will know that I talk about routines and consistency.  If we want to build a business, we have to always be doing things to bring our business attention.

You can’t just randomly work your business if you want to see growth, it is doing it every single day.  I know we are all busy, because we are the type of people who just keep on taking things on lol BUT you have to decide what your priorities are.

  • What must get done?
  • What am I good at?
  • How can I get my message out there?
  • Can I handle it or do I need to hire someone?

These are questions you need to ask yourself and seriously look at.  You have to determine where you can focus your time and COMMIT to it.

I have a TON of elements to my business and I schedule them into my calendar so they do get done.  I also will choose specific tasks that I can send to a VA to complete for me.  These are tasks that yes need to be done, but not by me.

Why is consistency so important?  Let me give you a couple of examples based on my stats:

These are my Facebook Stats for my Business Page within the last 7 days

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What you see here is growth, which is regular for my business page and it is because I am consistent!  I post every day, Monday to Friday, one post (no need to do more); I share my posts into a variety of groups throughout the week; I mix up my content so I am always providing value.  I am consistent!

These are my stats for my website, for the month of January

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So far this is my biggest month BUT for February, to date, I am sitting at 671 views.  Notice where most of my visibility is coming from?  Facebook!!!

If I can drive traffic to my website, based on what I am posting on Facebook, then it opens up the opportunity for people to look at what else I have to offer on my website.

The KEY for me here, is the blogging I do because I then do a post on my Facebook Business Page driving them to my website to read the blog (as you can see in the number 1 page listed for views).

I try to do a blog a week BUT when I am running out of content to write about, I reach out to other business owners (that compliment my business) and have them be Guest Bloggers.  The BONUS here is that it is a free service, brings visibility to both them and myself, and opens us up to potential new clients.

In summary, if you are doing what you need to do, consistently, then how does your business grow?  I am not saying that Social Media is what you need to be doing consistently BUT I would strongly encourage you to look at how it could potentially affect the growth of your business.

 

P.S.  Download my FREE Daily Checklist for Facebook, it just might help create consistency for you.