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I Resolve…

By |January 17th, 2018|Hire an Agency, online marketing strategy|

It is now the middle of January. From where I sit, it’s cold, snowy and somewhat dreary. Time to get started on that resolution you made for the new year! Except I don’t really make “resolutions” each new year. Why? Because it sets you up for failure. Oh, I know. Some of you are going [...]

Goodbye Yellow Book Road

By |January 15th, 2018|Advertising, Lead Generation, online marketing|

Finding good blog content can be a challenge—especially if you’ve been writing for a while. I’ve had a “Top 5 Marketing Decisions You Should Stop Doing in 2018” blog rambling around in my head for about a month. It was triggered when once again, the annual Yellow Pages book was recently left at my front [...]

If You Don’t Ask, the Answer’s Always “No”

By |January 8th, 2018|Hire an Agency, Internet Marketing, online marketing strategy, Uncategorized|

Post-holiday news always includes the retail winners and losers. 2017 was a very good year for holiday sales, yet the news continues to roll in of more store closings; Kmart, Sears, Sam’s Club, Mattress Factory, Macy’s to name a few. Sad but true, the retail landscape shifted years ago, and the future looks dismal for [...]

What’s Holding You Back?

By |December 15th, 2017|Hire an Agency, marketing strategy, online marketing strategy, Planning|

The holiday season is in full swing and the year-end hoopla is straight ahead. Busy entrepreneurs are celebrating a year of success or painfully sweating the last few sales days of the year. For some, it’s make it or break it time! Anticipation for the New Year is right around the corner. On January 1st, [...]

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 [...]