Are you famous? Have I heard of you before? Most of us don’t have the luxury of being able to answer “yes” to these questions. In a world where attention gets more and more scarce, what can we do to overcome this – without resorting to cheap stunts?
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.
Creativity Is a Business Imperative
You can draw people in with your creativity. Or you can repel them with annoying ads. We have a choice, and my strong belief is that the storytellers and artists will win, while the aggressors and interruptors will lose. Let’s commit to making every interaction with your audience either educate, inspire, enlighten, or entertain.
The Four Principles of Teaching Your Customers
Do you like to be sold to? I don’t. “Push marketing” can only generate awareness. While awareness is important, it’s only Step 1. Trust comes when you try to teach your customers instead – bring some value to them instead of just pushing product on them.
Producing Content to Educate Your Customers
When you educate your customers, you can lead them to a better, more informed purchasing decision. One that they feel good about – and one that sticks. That means that you are an educator. In running your content strategy, can you think like a teacher?
Twitter and Its Persistent Superpower
While I was attending a conference last week, I had a realization about Twitter and why it’s still an important platform for business purposes – despite all of the talk of its decline. There’s one aspect in particular that Twitter does better than anyone, and they seem to be doubling down on it.
New Opportunities in a Post-Gatekeeper World
Why are you waiting for permission? Walk straight past the Gatekeeper and connect with your audience directly. There’s nothing holding you back anymore, and there are no excuses. Your audience is your greatest business asset—it shifts the power in your favor.
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!
How to Get Publicity and Other Media Coverage: Interview with Chris Well
How do you get media coverage for your business? On this week’s episode, I interview Chris Well about his strategy for how to build your media kit, identify the right outlets, craft the perfect pitch, and set up a series of appearances that can help boost your authority.
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.
Optimizing Your Content for Searchability and Discoverability
Getting found and getting heard are a huge challenge in today’s world. Here’s how to set yourself up to be searchable and discoverable so that you have a better shot at it. Smart tactics with no tricks.
Differentiating Yourself as a Small Business
Articulating your solution in your customers’ own language is a much more powerful way to connect than just throwing me-first marketing-speak at them. First, you have to know your audience.