How to Include Unusual Holidays In Your Editorial Calendar

How to Include Unusual Holidays In Your Editorial Calendar

Branding, Marketing Strategy
Coming up with fresh content every day, all day can be an exhausting pain in the butt! Let me just get that out of the way now. It’s okay if you have made your brain sweat trying to repurpose and syndicate content. Of course, when you come up with a content idea, you can repurpose it in many ways. At the very least, one blog post can be repurposed into a video, infographic, graphic memes, and/or a series of social media posts. Sidebar: when I say repurpose, I mean transform content from its original type into another type. However, as a content creator for your business, you still need to some up with new ideas, ways to spin content, and most important, keep your audience interested and engaged! What makes…
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You Need It, I Got It: Grow Your Audience, Visibility and Influence

You Need It, I Got It: Grow Your Audience, Visibility and Influence

Book Reviews, Marketing Strategy
With almost 30 million entrepreneurs in the United States alone, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle, causing you to be overlooked, overworked, and overwhelmed in your business. To stand out, it is imperative for you as a business owner to foster brand sensibility and effectively market, and most importantly, follow through with the unique solutions you can offer to your ideal audience. These are the challenges addressed by me and my fellow co-authors in this breakthrough collaboration: You Need It, I Got It: Conversations with Global Entrepreneurs on Growing Your Audience, Visibility & Influence [caption id="attachment_8232" align="aligncenter" width="577"] Click here to get the book You Need It, I Got It: Conversations with Global Entrepreneurs on Growing Your Audience, Visibility & Influence on Amazon![/caption]   When you read…
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Does Your Business Need An Explainer Video [Infographic]

Does Your Business 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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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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Do Press Releases Still Work In the Online World?

Do Press Releases Still Work In the Online World?

Marketing Strategy, Tips and Tools
One of the oldest marketing ploys around is the old-fashioned press release. But, do they still work? The short answer is that if you have a newsworthy reason to issue a press release, then by all means you should do it. Press releases still have great value for many reasons. They still get results, although not always the types of result you might expect. Do Press Releases Still Work? Yes they do! Here are several reasons why you should consider using press releases as part of your marketing strategy:     Number 1: Low Cost Press releases are still relatively low-cost ways to get the word out about a new product, service, or event. This is true whether you do it yourself or hire a service to do it for…
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How to Handle the Challenges of Multi-Channel Marketing

How to Handle the Challenges of Multi-Channel Marketing

Marketing Strategy
We're posting on LinkedIn, tweeting everyday, going live on Facebook and creating stories on Instagram. We've got ads running every which way, blogging as often as we can stand, and retargeting to everyone. In other words, in this digital era, we're doing some of everything everywhere. We're using multiple channels to market our businesses. There is no question that multi-channel marketing offers a high return on investment. It doesn’t matter what your product is - if you’re not sending your message to multiple channels in multiple ways, you’re going to miss a large portion of your audience. Challenges of Multi-Channel Marketing Reaching more of your audience translates into higher profits. But, along with these profitable opportunities comes challenges. Keeping a Consistent Message It’s tempting when moving to a new channel…
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