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Oh, Look! There Goes My Goal

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I don’t need to tell you how hard it is to stay focused. And that’s why it’s so important to have goals that we can refer to that will keep us on track. Goals are sometimes quite removed from our daily activities. Once they’re determined, … Keep reading…

Why Buy the Cow When You Can Get the Milk for Free?

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Some people still think there’s a scarcity of information in the world, to be hoarded and divvied out carefully. It’s true that information becomes less valuable the more it proliferates… but there’s definitely no scarcity. If you are ever concerned about sharing too much information, … Keep reading…

Boost Your Expert Reputation with an Evergreen Series

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Writing a series of articles is a great way to connect related content together. It is also an attention-getter, encouraging readers to subscribe or return for the next installment in the series. And it can be a showcase for demonstrating your expertise on a particular … Keep reading…

A Call-to-action Formula for Your Free Download

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You’ve got your first lead magnet all ready to go and you’ve got a great landing page for it. You’re anticipating a rush of new visitors to download your giveaway and discover how valuable your small business might be to them. If sending a series … Keep reading…

I Want to Start Blogging – Now What?

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Think of it as learning to drive a car. You’ll need to learn how to drive and you’ll need a car to drive. Which comes first? Some of the learning… the theory part. You can learn about both driving a car and blogging easily enough … Keep reading…

Who’s the Master of Your Domain?

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What if you woke up this morning to discover your domain name has… disappeared? Likely you would make this discovery because your website is down, or perhaps your email isn’t working. Or what if you are contracting for a new website and have no idea … Keep reading…

3 Questions That Need Answering: Lessons Learned From My Lunch and Learn

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I recently (like, earlier today) had the pleasure of speaking to a room full of close to 50 people on a topic near and dear to my heart: podcasting. Now I’m not going to sit here and give you a recap of that talk. If … Keep reading…

Are You Turning People Off With Your Marketing?

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Do you, like me, cringe if someone points out something about your marketing they don’t like? Recent chats with other marketers have me realizing… I don’t get enough complaints. How are complaints useful? Disqualifying prospects: If complaints are from people who aren’t in your target … Keep reading…

3 Ways Having a Social Media Strategy Will Save You Time

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Guest post by Anita Kirkbride Have you ever noticed how being overwhelmed by something tends to make it suck the time right out of your day? The more overwhelmed you feel, the longer it takes to get it done? All entrepreneurs get that feeling about … Keep reading…

Are You Having a Conversation or Giving a Lecture?

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  Guest post by Frances Leary Every business of every size needs a platform that gives it a voice. Social media is just that. It gives every organization, large and small, a voice to share its information, inspiration, products, and services with the world. However, … Keep reading…

How to Share Yourself Through Your Content

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Content marketing strategy can be complicated but this is a good place to start. Are you a learner? Share your learning. Are you a teacher? Share what you teach. Are you an experimenter? Share what you discover. Are you thoughtful? Share your conclusions. Are you … Keep reading…

Oh, The Embarrassment! (And The Engagement)

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You know that feeling when you’re talking to a group of people, quite passionate about the topic, and suddenly your brain resets? You have no idea what you were about to say. Total blank. Especially when it happens in front of a class or on a … Keep reading…

Brainstorming by Email

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Long ago and far away, when I worked for a multinational, sometimes I brainstormed with my team by email. I was working in Georgetown ON and had staff in Toronto, Regina and Abbotsford. Email was fairly new back then, and a welcome alternative to scheduling group … Keep reading…

Who Are You Marketing To?

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You know those workshops you go to where the instructor puts you on the spot right at the start by asking you to describe your target market? I’m one of those instructors. And I do it because a discussion about target markets is a critical … Keep reading…

Online Marketing Faux Pas

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Online marketing provides an ample playground for errors, such as typos, broken links, and incorrect dates. We’ve gotten used to little boo-boos – they happen to everyone and we’re mostly forgiving. Then there are those biggies – the things that can cause a total disconnect … Keep reading…

Unique Content: Do You Have an Opinion?

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The one truly unique type of content you can create contains your opinions. Certainly, there are other unique types of content that will work for some… but not for everyone. If you are an expert, an influencer, a salesperson… you have opinions. Opinions make for … Keep reading…

3 Reasons Why Businesses Should Be Podcasting

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To suggest that I’m a big fan of podcasts would be… a bit of an understatement. In addition to being the host of 3.5 podcasts (it’s a long story), I provide podcasting consulting, speak on podcasting panels and once had a dream that I was … Keep reading…

Please Don’t Use Email For This

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Have you ever sent an email you regretted as soon as you hit Send? There can’t be many who haven’t felt that in their gut at some time or other, including me. Facts are perfect for email communication; feelings are not. (Tweet This!) This is … Keep reading…

No Bricks Between Friends

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Sometimes it’s hard to give honest feedback, especially if it’s negative. After all, the other person worked hard to create something and their feelings might be hurt. But the work is just not ‘right’, and may even be horribly wrong. What do you do? Be … Keep reading…

Summer Content Ideas – Loosen Up a Little

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If there’s any time of year to get more personal with your content, it’s during the summer. The rules are relaxed and people have more time to read deeper. Here are a few ideas you can try: Create a roundup of summer reading appropriate for … Keep reading…

13 Simple, Direct ideas for Client Relationship Building

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(guest post by Natasha Marchewka) Do you need help with keeping in touch with past clients without “bugging them”? When working as an isolated freelancer or small business (and where building your business is all on you) there are ways to efficiently and effectively build, … Keep reading…

Does Your Mother Know What You Do? (Part 2)

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It’s hard to believe it’s been over 4 years since I took my mother to her first (and only) business networking event and wrote about it here. I’m a big fan of the “Mom test” for simplifying our small business marketing messages but I didn’t fully … Keep reading…

Little Things Can Have a Big Impact on Your Business Success

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Seth Godin’s post today – We’re still clueless about lifetime value – got me thinking, as his posts usually do. (Take a minute to read it.) I love his line, “Torrents are made of drips.” He’s referring to the long-term impact of small, seemingly inconsequential, actions – … Keep reading…

Storytelling as Part of Your Small Business Marketing Strategy

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At the Social Media Day Halifax 2018 conference, I had the pleasure to sit through most of Allan Gates’ presentation, Telling Better Brand Stories on Social Media. I was intrigued because I’ve always been a wannabe author (of spy stories!). I’m also drawn to processes, so … Keep reading…