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How Do You Get Your Message to Stand Out in a World That Never Stops Talking?

By |November 13th, 2017|Communications, Facebook, Hire an Agency, Internet Marketing, Leadership|

The power of Facebook as a marketing tool is undeniable. With over 2 billion users, it’s important to be part of the conversation. But, in a world that never stops talking, how do you stand out? In the words of Albert Einstein, “Be a voice, not an echo.” Standing out in an online world that [...]

Why Do People Call Me an Expert?

By |October 16th, 2017|Communications, Hire an Agency, marketing strategy|

Dictionary.com has multiple definitions of the word ‘expert.’ As a noun, an expert is someone who has special skill or knowledge in a particular area; a specialist, an authority. I do have special skills and knowledge. Today I specialize in online marketing (or content marketing or inbound marketing—whichever you prefer.) This includes blogging, social media, [...]

Best Practice: Responding to a Negative Online Review

By |October 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Who doesn’t love a compliment? Don’t we all like to be recognized for the quality of our work or how good we look in a new suit? One of my favorite quotes is by Ken Blanchard: “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” When we hear what we do well or learn about changes we can [...]

3 Essential Tools for Any Successful Online Marketer

By |September 25th, 2017|Hire an Agency, Mobile, online marketing strategy|

How I outran Hurricane Irma and still kept my business running without missing a beat. We agonized over the decision for several days. Should we stay? Should we evacuate? Where will we go? As the days progressed, The Weather Channel played continuously in the background. Irma was described as a “monster” and “unprecedented.” It was [...]

It’s Not Always What You Spend…

By |April 19th, 2017|Advertising, Facebook, Internet Marketing, Lead Generation, marketing strategy, Mobile, online marketing strategy, Search Engine Marketing|

It’s where you spend it. As a small business we know how important it is to find the most effective way to reach our target audience to sell our product. We have that discussion nearly every day. When you advertise your business, what medium do you use? They all have their plusses and minuses, they [...]

How Long Does It Take for Advertising to Work?

By |April 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Several years ago, there was a big box appliance store with multiple locations in southeast Michigan that promoted a one-day sales event on New Year’s Day. The TV commercial was memorable. It dramatized a “sale so big” that people we were lined up outside the store with faces pressed against the glass for hours before [...]

Do You Know a Guy?

By |March 16th, 2017|Internet Marketing, online marketing strategy, Search Engine Marketing|

The mind of a marketing and advertising junkie is a busy one. We are all bombarded with thousands of advertising messages every day. Everywhere you look a message is leaving its impression on you. It’s unavoidable. Aware of what advertising is and how it works keeps my mind working overtime. I see good ideas, bad [...]

The High Cost of Invisibility

By |March 9th, 2017|Hire an Agency, inbound marketing, Internet Marketing, Lead Generation, marketing strategy, online marketing, online marketing strategy, Search Engine Marketing|

Occasionally, while browsing on social media, you may run across an odd, but somehow intriguing, questionnaire designed to give you some insight into yourself. I often wonder what sort of algorithm they use to determine the results, but that really isn’t the point of this conversation. One question I’ve seen recently is: "What would your [...]

Three No-Nonsense Strategies to Fight Giant E-tailers

By |January 18th, 2017|marketing strategy|

Did you know that 55% of all online searches begin on Amazon? Take a moment to let that factoid sink in. Over HALF of online searchers begin their shopping experience on an e-tail site!  Also known as: Your Competition! What are you and your business doing about that? Besides decrying the erosion of business from [...]

The One Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Web Presence

By |January 13th, 2017|online marketing strategy, Web presence|

Executing new marketing ideas is strictly for the adventurous. It’s exciting to ponder the possibilities of “what could be;” but without a template and no assurance that your idea is going to work, the adventure can be incredibly scary. If your idea turns out to be the one thing to boost sales and brand awareness, [...]