Engagement and digital strategy

I read a blog post by Seth Godin last week that had me shaking my head and thinking “He’s wrong!”. Now normally I totally agree with Seth – he focuses on getting things done, being yourself, telling stories, and all the good things that help grow your business. But, this time, I don’t agree… Here’s…

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Are you talking to the right audience with your social media?

Are you talking to the right audience? I recently read an interesting report (the fourth annual 2012 Social Media Marketing Industry Report from Social Media Examiner) showing some of the differences in social media usage between B2C and B2B companies. Basically, they both use social media (in fact, over 93% use it). But B2B companies…

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The Perils of Perfectionism

Have you ever held back from implementing a new idea, publishing a blog post, or updating your website because it’s not quite perfect?  I know I have. And I’ve regretted it. I had an interesting conversation with a client yesterday about why his blog hasn’t been updated in four months. He told me that he…

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website traffic sources

Where do most of your customers come from? If you’re like most companies, you’re starting to see more business coming through the internet and web buyers are becoming a larger part of your revenue stream. Whether you’re selling services (design, consulting, coaching) or products (equipment, plants), internet-based marketing and sales should be a part of how you do…

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How to choose the right email marketing provider

There are two main providers of email marketing (email list) services – AWeber and MailChimp.  You may also have heard of Constant Contact, which is used by many larger companies, but I don’t recommend it because of some limitations with the number of images you can use, storage, and tracking. I use both AWeber and…

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15 Reasons Why You Need An Email List

Do you have a healthy and growing email list? If not, why not?

If you’re a small business, you need an email list. It’s as simple as that. Without it, it’s hard to even call yourself a business – you won’t stay top-of-mind with customers, it’s difficult to create excitement about your brand or product, and you can’t sell the way you want to.

Even as companies jump onto the social media bandwagon, they carefully manage their email list because it’s the single best way to convert leads into business – online and off.

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Social Media Metrics That Matter

So, you’re online. You’re doing all the things you’re “supposed” to do to generate engagement, you’re putting in a lot of time, and you’re finally starting to see increases in those all-important metrics of success – number of Twitter followers, number of Facebook fans, number of comments on your blog… You’re excited – at last, customers will stampede…

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