Top 6 Marketing Action Items for New Entrepreneurs Doing It Solo

Top 6 Marketing Action Items for New Entrepreneurs Doing It Solo

Marketing Strategy
Are you a new or new-ish entrepreneur, looking to use online marketing to build an empire? Or at least eat and pay the bills on time? Have you identified your top marketing action items, or is social media pretty much it? I get the allure of social media. People who are winning at social media make it looks so easy, like anybody can do it. After all, social media is free marketing. If you could just figure out the secret to going viral and getting so much traffic that you crash your website. This is what many entrepreneurs believe and act upon, all in the name of marketing. And I hear this sentiment far too often. It's time to make an action-based marketing plan, and stop wishing for a viral miracle. …
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When Using Social Media, It’s All About the Secret Sauce

When Using Social Media, It’s All About the Secret Sauce

Strategy
Some people seem to have a natural knack for using social media for business, while some people can't seem to get comfortable with it. But no matter how many articles are written and reviewed on the subject, some people are still apprehensive when sharing content on social media. Are you one of those people that are still intimidated? I might know why: no one told you about the secret sauce! Huh? Yes, the secret sauce. I'm about to share one of the most obvious, elusive secrets to sharing social media content. It doesn't matter which platform you're using, this secret applies to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, you name it. *drumroll please* The secret sauce to using social media for business is a big ol K.I.S.S.   Step back to move forward Let's…
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Choosing Which Social Media Sites To Join Isn’t Rocket Science

Choosing Which Social Media Sites To Join Isn’t Rocket Science

Social Media
Which social media sites should you use? Now you know I'm not going to say all of them! But I am curious, which sites are you using? More importantly, are you using them all effectively, or do you have a mix of profiles that aren't really working for your business? Consider these factors as you join social media platforms: how often you can post what you will post how and where your prospects communicate on social media which social media platforms your competitors are using your business offering I know there are tons of social media choices out there, and there seems to be no end in sight. However, take this key factor into account: the most effective ways to communicate with your audience. After all, isn't that one of your main goals, to reach your prospects and clients? For example, Do…
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Interview: Social Media With Females With A Mission

Social Media
Have you heard? I was featured as a guest on Females With A Mission Blog Talk Radio program, where we discussed the do's and don'ts of social media. Here's a snippet of the social media items and tips we discussed: Figure out your reason for joining a social media platform before you join. Next, take the time to learn a social media platform before you jump in. Each social media platform has its own bells and whistles that make it unique. Understand the features and decide how best to use them, then you can participate in a meaningful way. Hear a couple of tips to figure out where to start. Google plus profiles and business pages are relevant for SEO. It's Google, you need to learn how Google+ works! Cross-posting content…
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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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3 Quick Tips for Marketing With Paper.li

3 Quick Tips for Marketing With Paper.li

Social Media
We've introduced paper.li and what it's useful for. Now I want to dig a bit deeper and suggest 3 simple ways you can use your paper.li newspaper as a marketing tool.    1. Promote people you follow. I’ve notice people will often retweet my paper.li tweets when they’re mentioned in the “today’s top stories via” tweet, and I do the same. It’s a nice way to give a mention, and it lets people know you’re paying attention to their tweets. Who wouldn’t like that? 2. Provide a content source that directly relates to your industry, thereby demonstrating your understanding of the power players in your industry. For example, I'm in marketing – a rather extensive industry. So instead of creating a “Marketing Daily”, I created a niche paper called Social Media…
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Quick Tip: Stay In The Know With Paper.li

Quick Tip: Stay In The Know With Paper.li

Social Media
Do you publish a paper.li newspaper? If not, do you subscribe to someone else’s paper.li? If you’re scratching your head wondering what I’m talking about, a paper.li is a free service that basically takes links from the people you follow on social media and organizes the links into a virtual newspaper.  You can create your own paper.li based on a list, hashtag, a user, or a custom setting with advanced features.  Once you choose your source, you can name your paper and set it to generate daily or weekly and receive the latest editions via email. Just like a newspaper, there are sections for Headlines, Business, Arts & Entertainment, etc. and popular hashtags. So go ahead and create your own paper.li newspaper or subscribe to one you like. I’m sure…
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I Want To StumbleUpon Your Site

I Want To StumbleUpon Your Site

Blogging, Social Media
I read an eye-opening article about the power of StumbleUpon as a referral source to boost your social media traffic. Did you know it has surpassed Facebook as the largest shared source of traffic? How many of you use StumbleUpon to drive traffic to your site? I just started using it recently and it's quite interesting. I've seen the symbol and little "I like it" hand at the top of toolbars as I view articles on the web, but I didn't fully understand its impact until I started learning the stats. If you are new to StumbleUpon or haven't incorporated it into your social media strategy, check out this StumbleUpon 101 to get started! You can set up a personal profile, receive recommendations based on your interests, and you can index…
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