Today I want to show and tell you about a free tool that can help your online marketing business be more effective and grow. The tool is called ‘Blab.’
Having tried it myself, running it through its paces, I can say this is indeed a tool that has legs to go and grow as a social media platform and it CAN help your online marketing efforts on a number of different fronts
The program is a bit like a combination of Google Hangouts, Twitter, Skype, and the old AOL chat rooms of the 90s – put these together in a blender, shake well, pour it out…and you have Blab!
Let me explain and get a bit more specific…
WHAT IS BLAB
Blab is yet another live video social network platform. I think that it is a viable alternative to its closest relative Skype when you are using that platform’s conference call capability, but in some ways Blab is a LOT better.
It does have elements of some of the other tools I mention above, too, but Blab is distinct from them all, to include Skype, so having said that I think it is destined to take its rightful place in the social networks we have available to us that are useful.
How it works is simple…After you get signed up, you can watch the live or recorded Blabs that interest you. if you want you can also watch or participate in live Blabs as they happen or are scheduled,.
You can initiate your own Blab live chat, advertise the event, and get a sizeable audience to present your information. You and participants can also make comments, can ask any questions, and even go live with camera and audio too, because there are four ‘seats’ or windows for this purpose.
Sounds pretty simple and basic? Yes it does…so let me go through my experiences to date…
It has some very promising application for online marketing business to include affiliate marketing in my opinion. It is worthy of a look by all online marketers and besides, I think most people like to blab once in a while?
The concept of Blab is very simple. Provide a way to get a group of people together to discuss, teach, learn, and describe, sell, easily with very little hassle.
,It has followed this simple concept through in creating a great and simple site design that is also simply effective. Seems to be a lot of simples there, I know.
But simple is such an appropriate word to use in Blab’s case. You can go to https://blab.im/ and you can sign up, or alternatively, you can also download the app on for use on your mobile phone.
You can also sign up on the Blab site and through the app by connecting the site to your Twitter account.
Note that you do not have to use Twiiter to sign in/up, you can skip the linking to your Twitter account if you just want try it out.
You will still be able to see live video streams, and to start with that is exactly what I did.
I don’t know about you, but I do not need extra useless apps hanging around on my phone or hard drive that just gathers dust. I have enough of that already.
I do think that you will see the value of the program within a short period, but check it out yourself…
To start with I connected without Twitter, but shortly thereafter, after seeing what Blab was all about, did connect, and I have not looked back…
In any case, once you are a member and signed in, you can then have a look through a ready made assortment of existing blabs you will be directed to, or if you prefer, you can create your own Blab session(s) easily.
I have started to participate in the Blab sessions after sitting in as a silent onlooker for the first trials, not taking any action on a couple. Last night I started to interact, and I could see the benefit very quickly.
By participating, I mean I started adding to the discussion in the chats by typing in my input into the provided chat area, much like other such programs like Skype.
On Blab you can highlight your questions, by starting your message in the chat section by starting the message off using a “q”. The question will then in a separate box to the left of the page.
Questions on Blab stand a better chance of getting answered if they are highlighted in this manner I think…Other platforms they get lost a lot of times if there masses of people on the meeting/chat/webinar.
So all the above is you being a member and contributing via chat…
If you are feeling brave, and maybe decide you want to go to the next step, you can join in on the chat on a more active level by grabbing one of four ‘seats’ available.
Each Blab session has these four positions open and available and hosts and co hosts can let attendees in or out for each blab.
These are live streaming video and audio screens for each of the four…
You can have less, one is all that is required, but it is a nice touch to be able to add or change people out during the blab…
All participants can see these fours video streams and hear the audio.
The video streaming and audio work well from my experience to now, I had no problems with the display or hearing well what was transpiring…
What was also very refreshing was the relaxed atmosphere of virtually every Blab session I was a part of or watched after the fact (yes there is the capability to rcord the Blabs and look at them later).
This is a screenshot of a Blab page, very simple as I said…
MY LATEST EXPERIENCE
I spent 3 hours last night in a Blab session that was labeled ‘Internet Marketing Pub.’
Participants included many active product developers and eBook authors in this particular Blab, and many subjects were broached over the time.
The session actually went over the scheduled 3 hour period because all the folks were having a good time.
There was a lot of really good information on product roll outs, designing of products, sales funnels, advice, past experiences, and etc. that were discussed…
This kind of information from really busy and successful product developers and marketers is not an easy thing to get ahold of or be a part of.
Just to get them such a crew in one place together used to be possible only at conventions and such. No more..
Truly this one session showed me the value of Blab. Anything that keeps my attention that liong has to be good.
The laid back ambience was also and easy banter was a good environment, and it felt like we were all sitting together at a stammtisch at a pub somewhere (fitting title for the Blab!).
Most participants were drinking a beer or wine too, and whiskey in one case. Myself? I had a San Miguel, but the range of beers was wide.
HOW TO USE BLAB FOR AFFILIATE MARKETING
OK all this is good, but let’s drill down just a little bit more. If this is just some chat site, we can get the same with any number of other such services.
I think to make it worthwhile, there has to be a good use for our business operations.
This platform can provide this.
Here are 10 ways how this can be useful for your program:
Small informal meetings between affiliate marketers working together on a project or a subject of the trade.
If you are a product developer, you can help affiliates prepare to promote your product. Vice versa, if you are an affiliate, you can learn more about the product direct from the developer.
You can use it to promote any of the niches you may have a site for and increases your contributions to the niche. Get buzz going about you and your business.
You can use Blab to provide some training on a subject that you cover on your web site post or article. This builds your credibility and authority if you offer some additional value.
You can listen in, participate, and contribute to Blabs that may be happening or are scheduled as you see fit. If you add something to the conversation or have questions that participants can answer, all learn…
Many times Blab can replace webinars. Some of the webinar services are expensive, cumbersome to use, recirdings are available for a limited period only, and reach a limited audience.
If you are like I am, and you team members are spread all over the globe, this is an excellent platform to conduct team meetings
Many times group mentoring would be as effective if not more so using Blab versus some of the other available platforms. The reliability of Blab at this point is very good, let’;s see if it remains so, but now mentoring works well with Blab.
For product launches, developers can inform their affiliates or potential affiliates about their upcoming product, answer any questions, discover shortfalls prior to a launch, and establish or grow their relationshio with affiliates.
This is an excellent platform for working together with others when you are in a JV relationship. It remains informal, yet business can still be discussed and brainstorming, mind mapping, and other useful steps can be completed using Blab.
I hope this gets your creative juices flowing and you can see how Blab can be if used. I do recommend that you head over to the blab site, sign up, have a look, and play around with this platform.
Myself, I am pretty sure Blab will be as big or bigger than Periscope, and be used like Skype, almost daily.
In any case now you know and can decide for yourself if this may work for your online marketing program. or your affiliate program in some manner…
Also if you would, please let us know your thoughts and any of your own experiencesusing Blab, and also add ways you could see using this social media platform. Let’s all learn from each other!