Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert & Which Do You Think Is Better For Internet Marketing?

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Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert (or Pervert) & Which Do You Think Is Better For Internet Marketing?

I am a hardcore Introvert, I am not a "people person" at all. If I could live on a deserted island with my family and still have internet access I would.

My home is quiet as a mortuary which is just the way I like it and I have my wiener dog to keep my company when the family is not here.

However because I am home all the time I can spend a lot of time on my laptop getting things done or further my internet marketing education.

How about you?
#extrovert #internet #introvert #marketing
  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    Originally Posted by Mike Shain View Post

    Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert (or Pervert) & Which Do You Think Is Better For Internet Marketing?

    I am a hardcore extrovert, I am not a "people person" at all. If I could live on a deserted island with my family and still have internet access I would.

    My home is quiet as a mortuary which is just the way I like it and I have my wiener dog to keep my company when the family is not here.

    However because I am home all the time I can spend a lot of time on my laptop getting things done or further my internet marketing education.

    How about you?

    I think you mean, "I am an introvert."

    As for me, I am a little of both - not sure it really matters though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Yeah thanks for pointing that out. I fixed it.
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  • Makes no difference, you either have an aptitude and talent or you dont.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elmer Hurlstone
      Like most people I'm neither all one or the other.

      Originally Posted by InternetMarketingIQ View Post

      Makes no difference, you either have an aptitude and talent or you dont.
      While aptitude and talent are certainly necessary, without interest and ambition they're useless.

      Elmer
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  • Profile picture of the author shaddai
    I think if you have those extrovert qualities you do have a tool you can manipulate to your advantage. Having a big mouth & being able drive people to either love you or hate you within a few sentences can be a good thing. The attention will bring sales..

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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    Actually, everyone is one or the other but it's on a spectrum. Some more introverted/extroverted than others. If you are in the middle, than it's not really noticeable.

    I'm really introverted and just prefer doing things by myself. But, when I need to be social and talk to people, I have no problem with it. It's just draining and i need to go recharge by myself occasionally.

    Introverts probably prefer IM more because they like solitude but I don't think either one has a distinct advantage.
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  • Profile picture of the author kalens99
    I am an introvert, but yes it is a spectrum and I would classify myself towards the middle. I really enjoying socializing with people and have sometimes gotten kind of lonely doing IM, as much as a love it. I have attended many networking groups and got some business leads out of it. However, I realized that I was just going to satisfy my need for human connectivity and to brag about myself. Since then I have spent my time just doing what I know will pay off and looking to socialize with others, not prentending that I was doing it for work to feel less guilty. However, I now work in an office with two other web professionals (and friends) which I like much better than I did when I was working alone.

    I am into bars, parties, mixers, clubs, discussion groups and local Meetup groups, so I wouldn't say I am nearly as shy or introverted as I was when I was a kid, but I don't deny that I am still an introvert regardless of what I try to convince other people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    It depends on who you're selling to.

    If you're market is mainly introverted, then being an introverted marketer will give you the edge. Maybe.

    But I'd have to say that being an extrovert is better if you're appearing in products, sales videos or on stage.

    I'm painfully introverted and only appear in products and sales videos because I have to.
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  • Profile picture of the author fitnessmaster
    I'm a happy introvert and wouldn't want it any other way. Introverts are typically seen as less knowledgeable than extroverts since they don't speak up as much. However, the internet is the perfect outlet for introverts to prove the world different.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Kelly
    Hi,

    An interesting question and a far more intriguing personality characteristic that has a distinct impact for someone in the 'social world' that exists outside of the Internet.

    Outside of IM this characteristic may impact on your functioning - dependent on the level of social involvement (Introverts tend to be drained by moderate to high social involvement, yet Extroverts strive and are recharged by social involvement). Social involvement on the internet can be controlled and social impressions can be directed from a distance using your keyboard. Thus, I believe you can succeed very well in IM if you classify yourself as an introvert.

    An interesting read on the subject (although limited scope re: the internet) is a book by Marti Olsen Laney - The Introvert Advantage.

    cheers, Patrick
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    my 2 cent is :

    success in internet marketing doesn't relate entirely with whether we're extro or introvert people.lol . It only : do we want to take action or not? Do we dare to fail and try or not?
    Both extro and introvert people, when they take the right action, they'll success.
    lol
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  • Profile picture of the author DP55
    I would class myself as an introvert, but once I'm out socialising (it does happen now and again!) something clicks and I sway more towards being an extrovert and start talking to all kinds of weird and wonderful people.
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  • Profile picture of the author ericbryant
    I'm an extrovert. I network, I teach, I consult, I present as a motivational/inspirational speaker. I think the introverts get more done in a day, as mentioned here by the OP. The pro to being an extrovert is being OK getting in front of the camera, creating a brand, and engaging people in person or on the phone, etc. Overall, I truly believe that either personality type can crush it in IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Grace
    I'm definitely introverted, but some times it's good to be able to "Turn it on". Case and point, I don't like being in front of the camera, but in one hour I'm shooting a live action video for a new product.

    Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do....
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by Mike Shain View Post

    Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert (or Pervert) & Which Do You Think Is Better For Internet Marketing?

    I am a hardcore Introvert, I am not a "people person" at all. If I could live on a deserted island with my family and still have internet access I would.

    My home is quiet as a mortuary which is just the way I like it and I have my wiener dog to keep my company when the family is not here.

    However because I am home all the time I can spend a lot of time on my laptop getting things done or further my internet marketing education.

    How about you?
    I'm definitely a pervert, but I digress......

    It really depends on your business model, your market, how you reach your market, etc. I know a lot of successful IMers and they encompass the entire spectrum of introverts and extroverts. Human beings are complicated so they're far more than just being one of the two in regards to their business.

    I've actually been classified as an introvert by my therapist many years ago, based on how I perceive the world around me, but if you were to ask my friends they would swear up and down that I'm an extrovert, especially in social settings. Go figure.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Rod, I guess that explains why you're in my living room. But I digress...

    I'm very much an introvert. That doesn't mean I feel uncomfortable in social setting; but it does mean I find them exhausting. While some people thrive in a party setting, I have to have solitude to recharge. I do think this helps me spend hours in front of the computer without feeling stressed.

    Rose
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Quite honestly, I really don't think it matters that much one way or the other in IM. For instance, I would never have guessed in a million years that Rose was an introvert.

      And when I'm on a forum or other social platform, the question of are they an introvert or an extrovert never even crosses my mind, let a lone if I'm searching for a product or service.

      It can make a difference in offline business depending on how visual you need to be for success, but that is only a "can be."

      I myself am an extrovert and love being social and around other people, but I'm not sure if that has any impact on my marketing at all.

      Just some thoughts to ponder.

      Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author CurtisSWN
        Any kind of business ultimately is a people connection. You can be the disembodied webmaster out there, and you can make a ton of $$$ doing that right. But people ultimately buy from you because they like you, and that is definiltely a "people" thing.

        As some have already said, what counts is the ability to see a need, respond and adequately resolve that issue in a timely fashion. It doesn't matter if you're shy or the life of the party, if you can accomplish relevant work is.
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      • Profile picture of the author Cali16
        Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

        I'm definitely a pervert, but I digress......
        Well, at least you're owning up to your deviancy.

        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

        I myself am an extrovert and love being social and around other people...
        YOU, an extrovert?? No way!!!!

        On a more serious note...

        I totally agree with Terra; I don't think it matters at all. What does matter is the usual stuff: developing a good business plan, taking action, staying focused, tweaking your plan as you go to maximize your results, and so on. Introversion vs. extroversion doesn't really factor in when it comes to those things.
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

          Well, at least you're owning up to your deviancy.



          YOU, an extrovert?? No way!!!!

          On a more serious note...

          I totally agree with Terra; I don't think it matters at all. What does matter is the usual stuff: developing a good business plan, taking action, staying focused, tweaking your plan as you go to maximize your results, and so on. Introversion vs. extroversion doesn't really factor in when it comes to those things.
          You mean it shows? :p

          Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author therichb
    Hehe, I am extraintroverted mostly busy with work all day long, no remembrance of anything, mind stays at one place always & I feel happy to be like that !!!

    Most people say they are extrovert, but a lot of them even dont go to social gatherings / parties, true lies I am far better sitting at one place & busy working ...
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