This week, just like every other week, I got an email from Tinto, a small wine shop and tasting bar in my neighborhood. But this week it really struck me how consistently I actually open and read their emails. And it’s not just because I love wine and consistently hand over lots of my money to them in exchange for it.Read More
In an age where we gaze at our timelines more than magazines or television, it’s become clear that social media is no longer a business’s icing on the cake — it’s fundamental to building a brand image.Read More
Consider the recent #metoo, #blacklivesmatter and #ALSicebucketchallenge campaigns - they brought people together, made an impact and also helped people find those stories and share their own. Brands and businesses can use hashtags in a similar way to create a community with their customers and fans.Read More
As an entrepreneur in the competitive world of businesses marketing services, I often feel at a disadvantage.
I’m not a competitive person. I was never into sports as a kid, although I was active and spent most of my time climbing trees and swimming. When I was forced to play a sport for my physical education credit in high school, I chose tennis - arguably the most noncontact, least team-oriented sport possible.Read More
How often in your business have you tried to be the entire body? I know I have. Accountant? Sure. Strategist? Of course. Owner, writer, editor, client services manager, administrative assistant, and tech support? Why not?Read More
whether you outsource your content creation or decide to take it on yourself, here are four compelling reasons to give good content a chance.Read More
When you create content, you want to get the most out of it.
You don't just write a blog then let it sit on your site, hoping someone will happen upon it and read it.
That's a pretty good reason to carefully consider your brand. Because unless you're Wal-Mart or Amazon or can somehow guarantee the lowest price, you're going to need to give people a reason to choose you over everyone else.Read More
Content marketing is the thing you don't notice if it's being done well and the thing that can hold up an entire project, campaign or even a new company if it's not done well. Content marketing is how every piece of collateral, whether it's your website, fliers, business cards, social media posts, emails or blog speaks to your audience (read: customers).Read More
Yes, it's time for that retrospective blog post.Read More
Writing for the web is different than writing in any other format. People read, perceive and retain information differently on the web than they do on paper, billboards, signage and other physical places. In addition, people read different kinds of web content differently.Read More
E-newsletters are an easy way to maintain contact with your customers or supporters. They can provide news, specials, events, contact information, and special coupons and deals for newsletter subscribers only.Read More
Information Architecture (IA) is a fancy name for how content is organized on a website. Good IA increases findability on a website and helps connect site visitors with the information, product or service they are looking for.Read More
May 12 - 16, 2014 is National Small Business Week. Think "small" and "local" are just new buzz words used for marketing? Au contraire. Small Business Week has been in existence since 1963.Read More
Does your business website have a blog? If it doesn't, it should. This infographic explains why blogging is so critical to your site's search engine ranking and visibility.Read More