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Joey Hickson Stresses on The Importance of a Customized Social Media Strategy for Musicians




Since the advent of social media, marketing has changed completely. The kind of loyal fan base you could build in 10-15 years is now possible in a few months, all thanks to digital marketing. Many musicians have built a large fan base on social media by connecting with their fans and providing quality content. But as rewarding as social media tools can be, they are equally difficult to master.

The owner of Integrate Social Group, Hickson has built a network of over 30 million followers on social media. With his knowledge and skills, he has helped many musicians, comedians and businessmen get followers who have been eventually converted into customers.

Hickson believes that, “Social media is of no use, unless there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The whole point of social media is to build trust with your potential customers, so that they land on your website. When they access the website, the content, product and service need to be presented in a manner that is as attractive as the graphic that got them here in the first place. Only then the readers can be converted into customers.”

Hickson has helped musicians like Daniela Andrade, Vivian Hicks, Jacuzzi La Fleur and many others rise to fame with his social media marketing strategies. Hickson believes that every individual needs a customized strategy which will work for them. No two musicians can have the same marketing strategy to promote their music. Many artists underestimate the power of right social media marketing. There are many talented musicians out there who could be much more successful, if they were using the right social media tools.

There is no set formula for success in social media marketing. It is a place which is constantly evolving and unless you don’t adapt to the changes and evolve with it, you cannot be successful. Everyone uses Instagram stories, but those who try to be more interactive with their fans using quizzes, polls, questions and other tools offered by the platform tend to have a bigger fan base than those who don’t. Instagram has over 500 million monthly active users and Hickson believes, that many musicians and influencers can benefit from the platform.

In a span of 10 years, Hickson has helped many small businesses grow tremendously. He has helped musicians and comedians reach out to the right kind of audience with social media targeting and hashtag marketing. He was named “Today’s Top Entrepreneurs under 40” by Entrepreneur and his work has also featured in Forbes.

One of the best feelings in the world for Hickson is to see his customer’s follower base increasing. “I know what it’s like to start out small and need help, so this is my way of giving back to those who need assistance in becoming successful in their own industries. It’s a great feeling when I see them succeeding and their following growing from zero to the thousands,” he said.

With social media experts like Joey Hickson available to guide businessmen, influencers and artists, the future of social media marketing looks promising.

The idea of Bigtime Daily landed this engineer cum journalist from a multi-national company to the digital avenue. Matthew brought life to this idea and rendered all that was necessary to create an interactive and attractive platform for the readers. Apart from managing the platform, he also contributes his expertise in business niche.

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The Perfect Investment: RAD Diversified and Income-Producing Farms




Amidst the global lockdown of 2020, Dutch Mendenhall, founder of RADD America, began looking for an alternative to standard residential real-estate investments. So, he turned his analysis to farms and was blown away by the immense potential he saw. After going public in late 2019, RADD America purchased US farmland and made slices of the real estate available at minimum investments of $10,000.

Income-producing farms vs. other real estate asset classes

According to Mendenhall, an apartment complex in today’s US real estate market commands approximately a 4% or 5% cap rate. Farms offer somewhere around a 15% to 20% cap rate.

“When I first began looking at investing in farms, I compared each acre to an apartment or housing unit,” Mendenhall recalls. “The variety that income-producing farms provide is what I really love about them as an opportunity. With one season producing wheat and corn the next, you can double tap — you can raise livestock on top of agriculture. Putting money into the farm only pays off in time. Everything from improving soil to increasing irrigation makes a major impact on potential income, and so much of America’s farmland has fallen into disrepair during the last 20 years.”

When Mendenhall began investing during the early days of the pandemic, sustainable acres of producing farmland sold anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000. Today, he finds that income-producing acres of farmland easily sell for $9,500 to $10,000.

“I’ve seen farmland values almost double during the last couple of years,” Mendenhall says. “Currently, we’re in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Idaho, but we are analyzing land all over America. What reports don’t show is the difference between a properly maintained acre of farmland and an acre that is in disarray. There’s only so much workable farmland on the market today. We’ve hit the tipping point, and now, there’s a scarcity of land for people to buy. If you have the opportunity to purchase amazing agricultural land, you have to pull the trigger quickly.”

Income-producing farms as an asset class

Mendenhall is no stranger to investors. Since 2006, he’s connected them to deals in short sales, wholesaling, residential properties, and storage units, though he admits that every asset class has caused the same excitement as farmland. “At this point, we can’t find enough bargains for our investors,” he says. “They take real pride in their investments and keep asking us for more.”

RADD America takes a true grassroots approach when connecting its investors to farmland. “The farming world is different from any other in real estate,” explains Mendenhall. “We start by having our acquisitions and agricultural teams meet with farmers. When we get ready to brand cattle or plant, all the local farmers come and help. In the same spirit, our teams go out and help the local farmers when it’s their turn to brand and plant. To do it right, you have to build a relationship and a connection that’s quite different than other types of investing.”

RADD America is composed of expert investors and expert farmers. The company offers its investments through fractionalized ownership. In other words, the company purchases one farm and then allows a joint pool of investors to own it together. 

“If you don’t have a team that knows how to farm and maximize income, you’re not going to get the best possible return for investors,” warns Mendenhall. “Thankfully, our team isn’t so big for this type of investing that we forget who we are, and we have the economy to scale at a great pace.”

The impact of global competition on income-producing farm investments

RADD America closely monitors global trends. In Mendenhall’s experience, investors win when they move before the market. However, when they move after the market, they lose.

“When Russian first invaded and sparked its war with Ukraine, for example, we kept a close eye on its global impact,” he says. “As one of the largest producers of wheat in the world, we knew that Ukraine — now in the midst of a war — wasn’t going to be able to produce wheat at the same scale, so someone else needs to step in and fill the gap. We’re constantly monitoring what’s happening in the world to stay on top of evolving trends.”

In terms of global competition, Mendenhall is frustrated by foreign entities staking ownership of American farmland and agriculture. In this area, China has positioned itself as the number one threat to the sovereignty of the United States.

“When foreign powers have ownership of agricultural land in the US, it puts us all at risk as Americans,” remarks Mendenhall. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen soil quality erode, closures of meatpacking plants, and numerous fires. The likelihood of nuclear war in this age is very small. The quiet war of buying American agriculture and unsettling the American dollar is the threat we face today.”

Clearly, RADD America has a lot to pay attention to at home and abroad. “We’re monitoring weather patterns and making one-year, three-year, and five-year predictions,” Mendenhall explains. “We’re also paying close attention to interest rates to see where this shifting economy is headed. The up-and-down cycles are faster than they’ve ever been. Monitoring the industry is critical. With expert investors and agricultural specialists from RADD America on your team, farmland can be one of your most promising and rewarding investment opportunities.”

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