#SalesFail |Stop Sending Your Automated Marketing Strategy to Me

<Begin Rant> I receive dozens of unsolicited emails, phone calls and LinkedIn messages every week, and they all seem to have the same tone. Personalized, urgent call to action or subject line. Overly friendly approach. “Hey Sue this is John again from XYZ company getting back with you about XYZ product” as if I’d reached … More #SalesFail |Stop Sending Your Automated Marketing Strategy to Me

Marketers Please Stop Using Tragedy to Promote Yourself

Yesterday we all watched in horror as the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned. The world gathered around their computers, their phones, their television screens, to share in this horrific experience. I’ve traveled to Paris twice in the last decade, and I quickly rooted through my photos to share my memories in solidarity. I … More Marketers Please Stop Using Tragedy to Promote Yourself

Social Media Marketing Today: Why Trust is the New Black

It’s been a tough time for social media marketing in the recent past. We’ve seen a massive Facebook data breach, exposing the accounts of over 50 million users. The ramifications of that breach are still not fully understood, but the news spread, ironically, around Facebook like wildfire. Twitter spent its summer hitting the delete button, deleting … More Social Media Marketing Today: Why Trust is the New Black

7 Ways to Use Social Media for Community Events

Recently a friend asked me for suggestions for using social media for community events, specifically a local, community-based rowing crew club in which she and her children are involved. Her goals: more exposure, promote programs, increase interest in membership. Her audience, junior high and high school students and their parents. They were using Facebook, Twitter, … More 7 Ways to Use Social Media for Community Events

The Value of SEO: How to Improve Ranking on Existing Content

“The best place to hide a dead body is Page 2 of Google’s search results.” Arnie Kuehn, Vertical Measures You already know the value of creating great, quality content that helps your customers. Putting out that content for free is part of your strategy to create a body of work that helps potential customers with decision … More The Value of SEO: How to Improve Ranking on Existing Content

8 Ways to Spruce Up Your Brand’s Social Media Presence

Running a profitable operation presents its own set of challenges for small business owners. And if they’re not in an industry that’s appealing to the masses, chances are they’ve struggled at some point or another to successfully market their unique products or services. Fortunately, social media presents the opportunity to increase brand awareness in a … More 8 Ways to Spruce Up Your Brand’s Social Media Presence