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Is Your Business “the One”?
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As an entrepreneur, chances are you’re an idea person.

This can be a great thing. You’ve got a constant stream of ideas on ways to improve your business or new angles to try.

The only problem? You can’t choose just one.

How Do You Choose the Perfect Business?

I struggled with this for years. I took hundreds of classes and read thousands of resources on starting an online business. I launched sites, let them die, and then launched new ones. I wrote lists of ideas on scraps of paper in the middle of the night, most of which I’d discard in the morning. I bought new domain names like they were candy.

The thing was, I knew I wanted to start a business. I just couldn’t decide which business.

If you’ve had this problem, you know how frustrating it can be. People tell you to just do what you love, but you love so many things. Or maybe the thing you love really isn’t a good business opportunity. Or maybe you just have a problem with commitment.

Is the problem you? Or are you missing something?
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If Honest Marketing is Possible, Why Are We Sucked Into Cookie-Cutter Copywriting?
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Close up of pink cookie cutter in doughRecently I came across several blog posts, articles, podcasts, and videos talking about “being honest” and “finding you inner voice” in content creation and marketing communication.

It’s actually refreshing to find posts like these, because many online marketers have a reputation for being sleazy, manipulative, and only after a quick buck.

And it’s true – there are people online who are all of those things. They give everyone a sour taste in their mouths, and they give those of us who are trying to build honest online businesses a bad rap. But despite their sleazy tactics and “buy it now!” marketing copy, it’s all too easy to fall into using that same kind of hype in our own marketing.

Why do we do this? If we want to build trusting, honest, profitable relationships with our clients, why aren’t we doing more of it? Why are most of us still stuck in cutting and pasting sleazy copy from some cookie-cutter templates, then feel “yuck” about it but keep doing it anyway? How can we get off the hamster wheel?
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Failing My Way to Launch: From Stressful Corporate Job to Building a Successful Online Course
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jettyAll of us have expertise to share – the question is, how do we share it effectively?  You’ve likely thought about launching your very own course. Or maybe you’ve seen others create courses and wonder how they got their inspiration to take action.

But there is something holding you back…

The truth is, you’re not alone.

Back in 2013, I felt extremely frustrated in my corporate job. I knew that there was an alternative to the traditional career path; I just didn’t know how to get there.

I felt scared and alone as I told friends that I was leaving my (admittedly strenuous but lucrative) corporate job to try to establish a different lifestyle – one that didn’t involve negative stress and a daily commute.

Most importantly, I was looking for something that I could create that would immediately add value for others.
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CEI 105: Newsjacking with David Meerman Scott
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Breaking news is all around us in our everyday lives, but we don’t always think of using breaking news in our business. That’s where David Meerman Scott comes in.

David has written ten books in the last 12 years, mostly centered around online marketing, sales, and content creation. He’s also the person who defined the term “newsjacking” and made it popular about two or three years ago.

Today, Danny dives into what newsjacking involves, how to use it in your business, and how the online marketing world has changed in the last ten years.

So let’s get started! All you have to do is click the play button below.

Podcast runtime: 28 min 32 seconds | Transcript

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Improve Your Relationship Marketing with Insight from Google Analytics
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competitive advantage word cloudYou know relationship marketing will grow your business, and you’ve been using multiple strategies to increase your reach: guest posting, building an email list, commenting on blogs and forums, writing reviews, managing social media accounts, creating videos, encouraging reviews of your product, etc.

But, how do you know what’s working?

Like most small business owners, you’ve only have so much time and money for marketing. You want to be sure to spend it on the activities that are creating the highest return for your business.

Google Analytics can help you to gauge your results and prioritize your efforts by generating statistics about your website’s traffic and traffic sources, and measuring conversions and sales.

After signing up for a Google Analytics account (it’s free!), the first step  is to register your website as a new property. Next, you’ll need to enlist the help of a developer to set up your web tracking code. Or, if you’re using WordPress for your website, you can set up Google Analytics by installing a plug in like Google Analytics by Yoast.

Once your Google Analytics have been set up, it just takes a little work to learn how to use it to measure and improve your marketing. This way, you’ll be able to do more of what works, and less of what doesn’t.

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