While the old analogy, “what you sow is what you reap” probably comes to mind, you might be wondering just what other sales & marketing wisdom can be taken from digging in the dirt. You might be surprised by the similarities, not just in processes but also of the mindset needed to be successful. Sales and marketing today are very different than they were, even just a few years ago. Your ideal clients now have plenty of choices easily available to them and access to the information that will help them make that choice. If you want them to choose YOU, you need to give them a good reason. You need to be easy to find, you need to stand out and most importantly, you need to make it very clear why you are the only choice for them. So how exactly do you accomplish this? You do this by building a relationship and establishing trust with your ideal clients. Oddly enough, building trust and relationships is a lot like farming. Here are the six stages of farming and how you can take these lessons into your sales & marketing to be successful – and yes, fruitful. 6 Sales & Marketing Takeaways From […]
How often do you watch videos on YouTube? Do you search for videos on topics to help you with your business? There’s never been a time before where we’ve had instant access to the wisdom and insight from some of the worlds smartest, most talented and wisest people. This wisdom is gathered in one place and continues to grow every year at TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design). Every year TED holds a conference (as well as numerous independent TEDx events held around the world), which feature passionate and often revolutionary speakers who discuss both current and evergreen ideas, topics and issues. Their very motto is “Ideas worth spreading”. The best part is that anyone at any time can access this collection of wisdom and inspiration, for free, from the comfort of their computer or electronic device. I have brought together seven of my favorite business related TED Talks that can inspire businesses of all sizes. These talks are inspiring, funny and most importantly informative about how we can create better, more successful businesses. Whether you are an entrepreneur, business owner or employee, here seven powerful TED talks that you need to watch. 7 Business Changing TED Talks Understand Your Brand’s […]
Have you Googled your name lately? Are you happy with the current state of the results that showcase your personal brand in the search results? It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a job or you have a business that you want to grow, people want to know who you are…your personal brand tells them exactly that. There has never been a time in history where building a solid personal brand has been more important. Just like brands, you as an individual need to share who you are, what matters to you and your vision for the future in a clear and cohesive way. People whom you have never met and who could have an enormous impact on your future, will judge you based on your online presence. This is especially true if you are currently job hunting or working towards getting your dream job. But it’s just as relevant for business owners, professional service providers and entrepreneurs. Gone are the days when employers were limited to learning about you through the carefully controlled environment of your resume or CV and an interview. Employers now have the ability to check you out in your natural environment – social media. […]
The realm of marketing is once again a brave new world for anyone bold enough and creative enough to tackle it head on, authentically, and with the goal to truly connect with their community. Someone just like Sierra Furtado, a young YouTube sensation who literally started with nothing, making videos in her room in the middle of the night. She has since grown her YouTube channel to over 2.3 million loyal subscribers and has just written a novel, Life Uploaded. The novel, while fiction, does include many elements of her own life experience as a YouTube star as well as the normal everyday experiences that all young girls have growing up. Sierra has grown her channel by staying wholesome and not provocative. She tries to provide a clean and positive message empowering young females. This book is a testament to that message which provides a good moral message in a somewhat clouded space in the social media vertical. While this young woman has done some amazing things, what I want to focus on is how she and other millennials similar to her are able to create loyal communities (she calls her fans Sierranators) with no marketing strategy or budget. Just […]
Do you ever wonder why your marketing messages do not produce the kind of results that you were hoping for? Have you started to question the effectiveness or value that you are getting from your social media and other online marketing efforts? If this is true for you, you are not alone. But have you ever considered that you might not be speaking to the right group of people, or alternatively that you are not speaking the right language to get the attention of your ideal clients? In my last article How To Get Your Marketing To Attract Your Ideal Clients, I shared how to define and identify your ideal clients. While being able to define who your ideal clients are is an important first step to being able to market successfully, it is not enough if you hope to connect with this community and build a relationship with them. “Profitability depends on delivering pertinent content and desired solutions to a specific audience.” ~Steve Olsher Once you know who your ideal clients are and how they identify themselves, you need to go deeper and understand them – what is important to them, the challenges they face and the language that […]
“Everyone is not your customer.” ~Seth Godin No one has said it better than Seth Godin. This short, 5-word sentence is a vital concept in business and yet most people still have a hard time fully understanding the importance of it. The thought usually goes, more is better. Especially when you are talking about customers. But that is not the case when deciding WHO your business should market to. Let me share two other quotes, which might shed some light on the situation. “When you speak to everyone, you speak to no one.” ~Meredith Hill “You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be something to someone.” ~Andrew Davis What these quotes essentially mean is that by choosing to market to everyone, your message is so diluted and generic that it will not speak to anyone at all. Today people want and expect personalization. They want a message that speaks directly to them and people like them. They want to emotionally connect with your message – essentially why you do what you do. (Check out Simon Sinek’s TED talk video to help you figure out your why message.) If you fail to do this, then you will […]
When you first started your blog chances are everything was exciting, fresh and new. Comments on your page gave you butterflies and re-tweets had you swooning. But as time has progressed daily routines paired with outside distractions may have turned your once steamy blog life, stale. Below are 4 quick and easy steps that will shake the spice back into your pages. Invite a Guest Blogger to Join You Keeping a monogamous relationship between just you and your readers can cause things to become a little, well, underwhelming. Turn up the heat by opening your blog up to guest contributors. In addition to refreshing your readers by providing them a twist in perspective and voice, you also have granted the opportunity for your blog to be exposed to an entirely new audience, creating a win-win relationship between you and your guest blogger.
If you have invested in a franchise with a great track record of success, you’ve put your best foot forward in building the rapport that will get you in the door with new customers. Quite often, franchisees make the mistake of assuming that their fees and costs to head office will get them far with national marketing. Where Do Your Franchise Fees Go? The reality is that your fees and initial costs pay for the rights to attach the franchise name, products and reputation and with your location. And even though you may be investing into a “national marketing” program you will still need to tackle your local marketing for best results. I’ve had great experiences owning several successful franchises but my profit started to go up as I took matters into my own hands. With many franchises, you must pay an ongoing royalty on sales. There is no harm in paying a fair royalty but the important thing to remember is that the royalty is generally coming from your revenue, not profit. Does Your Franchisor Want To Drive Your Revenue or Profit? When I owned my franchises, the type of national marketing provided by head office was all aimed […]