Stories Are Valuable Marketing Assets

In a world in which content is clearly king, one of your most valuable business assets are stories that validate its capabilities. Stories can not only express how your business can help potential customers, but also the vital human qualities that differentiate it from look alike competitors. Consider that your business made a considerable investment […]

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State of The Social Marketing Industry

We’re almost at the midpoint for this year, making this an ideal time to assess your social marketing efforts and reallocate resources as necessary. To give you some benchmarks, I’ll be sharing research results from the 6th Annual Social Media Marketing Industry Report from Michael Stelzner and our friends at Social Media Examiner. This is […]

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How Storytelling Makes More than Marketing Come Alive

If you have not already, you can expect to be hearing more about storytelling as a means for communicating your business message. Storytelling is one of the cornerstones of sales and marketing, because great stories are memorable, and therefore, readily shared. Every business interaction with a prospective buyer or customer is a potential story. That’s […]

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LinkedIn Publishing Platform: Enhance Your Influence

If you are even moderately Internet savvy, one of your primary go-to resources for checking out a new connection is LinkedIn. While most other social media profiles and bios are abbreviated, a LinkedIn profile is intended to be thorough and complete, including both professional and personal information. The reason for this is LinkedIn’s primary source […]

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How To Use Technology for Its Highest and Best Use

For many of us, a standard calculator was our first introduction to technology. Therefore, it’s understandable why we still use technology predominantly for the purpose of automating mundane tasks such as mathematical functions, when we can be accomplishing so much more. This past week I attended a conference hosted by Infusionsoft, a sales and marketing […]

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New Marketing: Personalize What You Automate

One of the primary responsibilities of every sales and marketing professional is developing warm relationships with customers. In the days before computers, we made it a habit to learn about the personal lives of our customers, including their families, pets, hobbies, leisure activities, and favorite sports teams. All of this information was either written down […]

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How Content Marketing Prepares Buyers to Sign On The Line

Need a reason to embrace content marketing? People tend to fear what they do not understand. Therefore, they are unlikely to work with your business if they do not understand your process for helping them. Your current customers are your customers because you have earned they trust. They know, like, and understand you and your […]

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How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Email Subscribers

During my networking at Social Media Marketing World this year I had the opportunity to talk with some of the top experts in the world about Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, and more. Given their respective areas of focus, it should not be surprising that they all take a slightly different approach with their social media. […]

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How To Be So Helpful They Can’t Ignore You

Being so helpful (or so good) that people cannot ignore you is the basis of enduring relationships. It’s knowing that someone can count on you – no matter what. Does your marketing communicate that? How about your sales or customer service? Helping and adding value is the new marketing, selling, and customer service. Thanks to […]

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Should Your Business Accept Blog Comments

One of the top blogs on the web recently discontinued comments, and this came as a surprise to their community. The truth is many of us have struggled with comments over the years on our blogs. This is one reason why notable marketer Seth Godin discontinued comments on his blog way back in 2006. During […]

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