How to Transform A Strategy into a Plan of Action

How to Transform A Strategy into a Plan of Action

Marketing Strategy
Strategy is a favorite word of many an entrepreneur, myself included. After all, you have to develop a strategy to accomplish pretty much anything right? Just as we use a planner to organize day, month, and year, we spend time putting together the right strategy for our business. A product launch. An event. You name it, and we develop a marketing strategy for it. But, what is a marketing strategy? What does a strategy do for us? Or better yet, lemme ask: how many times have you developed a strategy, only to proceed and stray away from said strategy as you go about achieving your goals? I've done it, too. You are not alone my friend. Do you get the strategy right? Is it laser focused, or do you struggle with…
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Too Many Social Media Choices, I Can’t Decide!

Too Many Social Media Choices, I Can’t Decide!

Social Media, Strategy
I can’t count how many times I discuss social media with business owners and they feel like they can’t get the hang of a particular platform. Or they feel like they should be using them all, and they get completely overwhelmed at all the options popping up pretty regularly. Here’s my advice: don’t feel coerced into stretching yourself across all the social media platforms out there. You won’t have time to run your business! Here’s the one thing these business owners (and maybe you) don’t understand: Not all social media platforms are created equal. They each have a purpose, user group, frequency of use, their own language, etc.  Start with the most commonly used platforms and learn the ropes. Read some articles/how-to’s on each platform. Review the FAQs, user guides, and…
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Why Use Social Media As A Marketing Tool?

Why Use Social Media As A Marketing Tool?

Strategy
I read an article this week that made my jaw drop! It talked about how 64% of small businesses don’t think social media is important. What?! If this is the case, this means these business aren’t incorporating social media into their marketing strategy. My only caveat: there was a small sampling of business owners, and stats can always be misconstrued. However, these stats are alarming, sample size and industry aside, so I was compelled to discuss. I could write a thesis on the value of social media but neither of us has time for that. I will give you some answers to help bridge the social media divide, from the perspective of a person who started a marketing career before the age of the internet and social media, back when we…
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Connect On LinkedIn With A Personal Message

Connect On LinkedIn With A Personal Message

Networking, Social Media
Let's face it, to build your professional network you will want to forge relationships with people who you don't know personally. So why not use LinkedIn as a professional starting point? LinkedIn is designed for professional networking! Let's take a step back first. What are the rules of offline networking? You don't just walk up to a person and ask them for their resume and list of contacts do you? No, you introduce yourself FIRST. The same rule applies to making connections via LinkedIn, that is if you want to really network. You don't want to go spamming people with empty invitations or canned messages to connect. You have to introduce yourself first! If you don't, you'll look like a lazy networker/sleazy salesperson who happens to be clueless about building relationships on social media. I know you don't want that to…
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