Of the major platforms, there are only three that are motivated to help you put you in front of new people right now. Given how difficult is is to build an audience, should you accept the help and try one of them?
Producing a Podcast: Pros and Cons
Have you ever thought about starting a podcast? It’s a great marketing tool, which is why I’m a big proponent of podcasting. Let’s take a look at the criteria for deciding whether or not it could be a good strategy for your business in particular.
Tweeting Is Believing, Tweeting Out Is Not
Twitter is the best social platform for connecting with people you DON’T know already, making it a critical tool for finding new potential customers. So, why is it still not taken seriously? Episode 106 is about making a shift in mindset so that you can up your game and get more out of Twitter.
The Social Media Strategy Series: Wrap-Up
Social media for business is more than just Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. In the season finale of “Marketing Without the Marketing,” I give a top-level blueprint of a cohesive social media strategy that maximizes impact and efficiency.
Know Your Customer: Using Data-Driven Marketing
Data-driven marketing is becoming a must-have, even for small businesses. Here’s a brief case study of the Starbucks Star Rewards Program – and how to apply the lessons to your own business.
Hope Is Not a Marketing Plan
There are no shortcuts in building a business. That’s why those insidious “instant success” stories are dangerous to real, working businesses. Here is one of those stories – and my reaction to it.
Taking Your Social Media Strategy Seriously
If you’re still deriding social media as a shallow waste of time, it’s time to get with it. Other businesses are getting a lot out of it, forming real relationships with real customers. Are you leaving this opportunity to your competitors, or is it time to start taking your strategy seriously?
Timing and Frequency in Content Strategy
The right information, delivered at the right time, is powerful. The opposite is true, too. Get it right, and your posts are not just welcome—but even anticipated!
Building Your Online Authority
When you’re seen as an authority, it opens up all sorts of possibilities to you. Trust in you builds, which accumulates as an asset for you and your business. The value you create sticks with you, and can even transfer to your next business, your next project, or your next job.
How to Create Brand Advocates
A story is at the root of trust, and a good content strategy gives your brand advocates the language to use on your behalf. Since it’s more believable in their hands, you should be doing all you can to make it easier for them.
Content Strategy Planning for Small Business Owners
Content marketing is about shifting from you talking about you to customers talking to other customers about you. It’s a lot of work at first, but the only way to see rapid, self-replicating growth.
Why Do Small Businesses Need a Content Strategy?
Building an audience is difficult. But the rules have changed, and they are in your favor now. In this episode, I make a case for why your business needs a cohesive content strategy.