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How to Meet Your Next Client On Twitter

How to Meet Your Next Client On Twitter

Social Media
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they send out tweets to the “Twitter universe” is not treating each message as though they were an individual tweet. Each tweet should be tweaked to speak to an ideal customer, aka customer avatar, that they want to reach, as opposed to a mass message sent out to anyone and everyone. This is the same kind of mistake that traditional marketers make. It's also why advertising on television or in magazines is nowhere near as effective as it is online. When people feel like you are lumping them in with anyone and everyone else in the world, and not talking to them, about them, and with them, they are going to tune your message out and it begin to actively ignore…
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Do You Need An Explainer Video [Infographic]

Do You Need An Explainer Video [Infographic]

Marketing Strategy
We know, we know, we should be using more video in our marketing. The question becomes, what kind of video is best: explainer video, testimonials, a day-in-the-life video, webinars, live event footage, etc. We know video is the number one preferred type of content for the average consumer. This is no longer "breaking news" - video is not an up-and-coming form of content. It is essentially a required form of content that should be included in every company's marketing mix. EVERY COMPANY should be using video. [caption id="attachment_8275" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image courtesy of picjumbo.[/caption] While there are many kinds of videos a company can create, there are larger questions that loom for businesses, particularly small businesses that don't have a video marketing budget or in-house production crew: What kinds of…
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Taraji Says Start With You [Video]

Taraji Says Start With You [Video]

Random Chats
You might have heard how negativity is a bad thing when it comes to having the right mindset for success. It’s true. Negativity is one of the biggest things that can derail any attempt at success. The reason that negativity can keep you stuck, holding you back from obtaining your goals and changing any part of your life, is because negativity wipes out motivation. It’s hard to feel motivated about anything when your head is full of negative messages. What happens is that you’re fired up, ready to charge ahead with reaching success, when along comes someone who says that you don’t have the talent, the knowledge, the money, the support or the courage to make it happen. [Tweet "You can't give another human the responsibility of your happiness. - Taraji…
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How to Make a Black Friday Plan for Profit

How to Make a Black Friday Plan for Profit

Events, Marketing Strategy
I'm curious, are you planning to offer any Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deals? If so, do you have a Black Friday plan? It's not too late! We all know people have come to expect these super deals, so why not put yourself out there to grab some moolah? Most of us think about buying and selling physical products for the Black Friday weekend. But who said service providers and purveyors of digital goods can't capitalize on the weekend flurry of sales? How to Start Making a Black Friday Plan Here are a few ideas for offers you can put together. These ideas are specifically for those of us who sell services and digital products: Bundle some products together and stick a price tag on 'em. Record a bonus training for…
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7 Steps to Writing Catchy Infographic Copy [infographic]

7 Steps to Writing Catchy Infographic Copy [infographic]

Marketing Strategy
Most people think of content marketing as producing text-based content, writing words and sentences to sell a product or convey an idea. While that is true, we have it's no the end of the story. There are many types of content your business can use as part of your marketing mix. These include video, blogs, social media posts, infographics, memes, ebooks, reports, slide shows, ecourses, and quizzes. Yes, all of this! In our data-driven world, an image really does have the power to explain 1000 words.  This is why visual marketing is important! One such compelling visual that is widely used by marketers is an infographic. Did you know? According to this survey, 41.5% of online marketers said that infographics and other original graphics were the most engaging. Today, most infographics are created by marketing…
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5 Steps To Take When Creating A Small Business Marketing Strategy

5 Steps To Take When Creating A Small Business Marketing Strategy

Marketing Strategy
Today, you don’t have to be an experienced marketer to understand that it is reputation that drives success. However, did you know there are 28.8 million small businesses just in the United States? Given this astounding digit, it’s obvious that building a recognizable brand is an essential part of any small business marketing strategy. This is not an easy task. On the other hand, if you think that your growing company can’t stand a chance in such a hectic ecosystem, you are wrong. For decades, numerous marketing techniques have been created and modified to provide businesses with limitless opportunities to address the right audience, establish new customer relationships and increase revenue. Here are five things to consider when generating ideas for your new small business marketing strategy. 5 Steps You Must…
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How to Post Consistently on Social Media [MGN Radio Interview]

How to Post Consistently on Social Media [MGN Radio Interview]

Social Media
The amount of advice a business owner can get regarding social media usage is astounding. I mean, just hit Google and look up some tips and tricks for using social media for your business and you can get lost in a rabbit hole for days. Figuring out what to post on social media is only a part of the challenge. The other part, and in my opinion the most critical part to using social media to market your business, is CONSISTENCY. Most people have a hard time being consistent on social media, with both content AND frequency of posts. Consistency is the greatest lead generating tool in your social media marketing arsenal! I had the pleasure of being interviewed on MGN Radio and we discussed this very thing. We talked…
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How to Update Old Blog Posts and Increase Your Page Views [Infographic]

How to Update Old Blog Posts and Increase Your Page Views [Infographic]

Blogging
If you've been blogging for a while, you probably have old posts that could use some sprucing up! You may have some great content that is still relevant, yet it gets very little traffic. Perhaps the content is great, but the post "looks" stale. Not to worry, I have posts that fall into both camps, and I use a simple checklist to refresh those old blog posts. Here are a few simple ways to breathe new life into your old posts, and get some more page views in the process. To share this image on your site, please copy and paste the code below. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p><strong>Please include attribution to marketingsparkler.com with this graphic.</strong></p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p><a href='http://marketingsparkler.com/update-old-blog-posts-increase-page-views'><img src='http://marketingsparkler.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/10-Ways-to-Update-Old-Blog-Posts-and-Increase-Your-Page-Views-Infographic.png' alt='10…
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