How do you "break the ice"?

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How do you "break the ice"?

Social media allows us to be verbose while encouraging a paperless existence. We can post long and often with our blog sites ~ and interactive replies can produce short acceptance of view or long arguments of dissent.

do it my way button

The Facebook format encourages shorter burst of thought and equally often obtuse replies with abbreviations

Twitter requires a modicum of discipline limiting users to 140 characters (including spaces)

Spare a thought for a medium I like ~ buttons.

Even my largest production size of 3" does not allow for many characters to get my message across. In some cases the message contains different meaning for different viewers. Sometimes my alter ego O'Larry the Clown influences the content. Apart from boring branding for political aspirants, buttons cover the requirement of so many fields in establishing content or branding. Simple logos, pictures, suggestions...

I have been the "Badge and Button Man" of Sandy UT, as long as I have been in the USA, longer than I have been "Larry O'Sullivan - Rocky Mountain Realty". "O'Larry the Clown" has been around much longer, but benefits from the display of buttons as well.

do it button

On my tiny platform, which I consider to be an effective icebreaker, I have worked establishing communication in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese etc to get people's messages across susscintly. Versatile, short sharp promotion

A notable irony ~  a button advertising a computer

Social Media generally encourages sloppiness ("write as you speak"), buttons demand precision.

Buttons speak for themselves.

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  1. Pete Xavier 09/02/2012 10:20 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Larry, like "be reasonable, do it my way." Why not, thought it through and it is the best way, right? Enjoy your day.

Aug 15, 2012 10:18 PM #1
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Wayne - definitely reasonable. Made that one for my wife for her birthday today.

Aug 15, 2012 10:31 PM #2
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Larry,  I love your buttons.  They are a great "ice breaker".  And they promote smiles from strangers.  Nothing better than that!

Aug 16, 2012 01:09 AM #3
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Larry I see your point, buttons are an effective way to convey a specific message.  I am sure everyone in your area looks forward to your latest button.

Aug 16, 2012 03:44 PM #4
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Belinda - they have always worked for me. Then again, I might be biased since I make them.

Jennifer - I can make them short run (changing often) or sustained (eg in hundreds for trade show). I refer to them as my "short, sharp promotion"

Aug 16, 2012 09:25 PM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I think your buttons are a great ice breaker!  The whole social thing online is really getting out of control...I can hardly keep up!

Aug 20, 2012 07:16 AM #6
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide


Great buttons, do you sell them?

This would make a great side business.


Sep 02, 2012 09:39 AM #7
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Larry-Your post reminds me of a saying that is as true today as was ever uttered, "Whatever works." Buttons with clever sayings rule.

Sep 02, 2012 10:32 AM #8
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