One of the things about which I have prided myself on Empire Avenue is thanking people for every investment and giving a special welcome to every new investor that I have personally typed over and over again with each new addition. However, as the site grows, I receive more and more buys leaving me with a choice — I can spend all my time just typing shoutouts, or I can look to speed up that process and focus on providing more meaningful value to you, my shareholders and the broader Empire Avenue community. I am choosing to focus on that meaningful value because I will go crazy with message after message saying not identical, but similar things. So, this post is meant as a welcome to my new shareholders as they join a great team of 1,800 people. The welcome also serves as insight into my approach to Empire Avenue whether you are a shareholder or not.
Next, my focus on helping and relationships.
1. I Focus on You, Not Eaves
If you are just reading this as a new investor, that means, obviously, that you just purchased some shares. Please know that I have a strategy of long-term holding your (and everyone else’s) shares. I don’t care what your dividends are and whether you sell my keep or sell my shares. Ironically, I think that much of my success on Empire Avenue comes from not caring because I care about the relationships I build instead.
2. I Will Long-Term Hold Your Shares
I will only sell your shares under one of two circumstances. The first is if you have been completely inactive on the site for at least several weeks suggesting that you are no longer using the site. The second is if I run out of eaves to buy shares in people buying me and I happen to own a bunch more of your shares than you own of mine. In this second case, I will only sell a few shares of the total I own of yours and I won’t sell more than you own of mine. Plus, the less expensive your shares, the more generous I will be with that ratio.
3. I Always Try to Buy Some Back
Whenever you buy my shares, I will try to buy some back from you. I don’t do stock swap deals, I just like to support those people that support me. Sometimes when work gets crazy, I might not get to everyone and on other occasions, I miss somebody. If I have missed you and it has been a couple of days since you bought, don’t hesitate to drop me a note as a reminder. I really want to support those supporting me. I spend almost all the money I get from people buying my shares and from dividends buying shares back in people. I only make 10% on your share purchases. So, I can’t match eave for eave. I try to do this fairly for everyone and I tend to buy between fifty to seventy-percent (value wise) of what you purchased from me depending on how much cash I have that day. Ironically, the more popular my shares are at that moment, the less cash I have per shareholder.
4. I Don’t Respond to ‘Buy Me’ Requests
Again, as I have said, I buy shares when people buy me. So, a Buy Me request is not something to which I respond. However, if you like you doing stock swaps, I have started a Buy Me community you can find here. It’s great for those people that like this that Empire Avenue created a link to it in the bottom right corner of the site (in yellow). This helps reduce the Buy Me requests in other communities where it is frowned upon.
5. I Enjoy Helping
As you can see from this blog site, the Empire Building Network, I like to give back to the community by helping out and sharing advice as I can. I have created well over 200 blog posts in my year plus here which probably means that I have written more about Empire Avenue than anyone else including the development team. ;-) So, if you have any questions about Empire Avenue or charitable fundraising, please do not hesitate to ask me.
6. I Want to Stay Active
I see real world value to Empire Avenue. So, I want to say active on the site. Sometimes work keeps me busy, but when that happens, I will be back and work hard to reward you with solid dividends.
7. I Am Happy to Connect
When I buy your shares, I add you to my watch list. I am happy to add people to my recommend list when they are greater supporters of my social networking activity, or they have content I really love. I don’t auto follow people on Twitter and the like when people buy my shares. However, I am happy to do so if you ask. Feel free to send me a friend request on Facebook. Also, I post lots of Empire Avenue information to my Facebook (fan) Page. As you know, you access all of my networks on my (e)RZR profile. My one exception is LinkedIn which I use for my work contacts.
8. I Encourage Supporting Charities
I am a professional fundraising consultant that helps charities with major donations and sponsorships. I have a blog with charity videos and another with cause-related photos. I encourage you to go and buy some shares in the charities on Empire Avenue. Again, if you have any fundraising-related questions, do not hesitate to ask me.
Thank you so much for your buy. I look forward to getting to know you.