As part of my Foresight 2020 series (looking back to forge ahead to make next year the best year ever), I wanted to explore how and why I think email marketing is going to be bigger and better than ever next year). Looking into my “Zoltar” crystal ball, I can see that social media will…
Social media has truly become more media, and less social. All platforms are based on selling something (mostly ads), and they tilt the scales in their favor. Business pages in Facebook are lucky to get 1-2% of their likes (fans) to see any post without boosting or paid advertising. Even LinkedIn is starting to clamp…
Why is it better to build a pile of needles versus finding a needle in a haystack? Because the needles are what you use to sow (sew) new business. Yet still, people spend way more time trying to find that needle.
Advertising is typically putting your message out to a large audience and hopes it attracts the right customers at the right time. Marketers try the same concept with email lists. They collect names, but are they the right names and emails at the right time?
The difference is a pile of needles is a group of very targeted customers or influencers who help you focus on getting to your goals faster and better.
Busy business people like contractors, don’t have the time to build relationships like full-time salespeople, but through finding and working with influencers, they can amplify their messages if they simply invest time in specific relationships!
Time to stitch together some new business? In this episode, we will explore how you can build a pile of needles simply by asking yourself some key questions!
People tend to think of social media posting as free advertising, and it some senses it is. I tend to look at it from a business sense as a gamble. It’s more like a casino filled with loud and bright shiny neon slot machines calling out to you to drop in a dollar or two and hope that luck will be a lad tonight?Social Media Is kinda like the bright shiny Slot Machine of Marketing
People often treat marketing like the lottery… All you need to do is SCRATCH & WIN! That was easy? But in reality, if you just play the lottery, you will ultimately loose more than you win. The games are designed not to make you rich, but to make money for the lottery or gambling organization. Few get lucky, so may try and fail.
There are those rare occasions where people figure out a strategy to legally beat the system. Marketing is a lot like the lottery. Once you figure out the formula, you can start to make more money than you spend (a profit). But, there are some basic things that people miss or try to skip over to claim their winnings that hinder their success:
Emily Hirsh is an industry-leading Facebook Ad Manager and Sales Funnel Strategist who has built an expert team of top-level professionals to help entrepreneurs to grow their businesses using proven social media sales strategies and creativity that converts.
Jason Hsiao is the co-founder and Chief Video Officer of Animoto, an award-winning online video maker that makes it easy for anyone to create professional-quality marketing videos, even if they have no technical skills and have never created a video before. With the mission of empowering everyone to create powerful videos regardless of age or experience, Jason founded Animoto with his high school and Dartmouth College friends back in 2006.
Animoto’s certified partnerships with Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and the Small Business Administration give it unique insight into the changing social media and business landscape — which may be why more than 1-million businesses around the world are already using Animoto to create marketing videos. Prior to founding Animoto, Jason was a producer for MTV Networks and Comedy Central.
Building a tribe is one of the hardest and long-term games in marketing your business. A tribe is a group of people who have a passion, purpose, and payout when your brand is involved. Here is the definition of these terms…
Passion – an intense desire or enthusiasm for something
Purpose – a person’s sense of resolve or determination
Payoff – a final outcome; a conclusion
In this episode, we will discuss how I turned my passion for my dog into a growing and engaging Facebook group that integrates experts and dog owners around holistic methods to promote dog health. Although there is a component of selling products, that is the long-term game and not the immediate results! Patience will have a payoff!
Michael E. Schmidlen is a serial solo entrepreneur (aka “Solopreneur”) who has successfully run his multi-million dollar, home-based business for over 24 years. An Angel Investor and Published Collaborative Author, Michael is currently “working” on finishing his own first book, “THE Underwear Entrepreneur” – “The Definitive Guide To Working From Home”, where he shares his many business experiences and unique stories. The book is designed to be a blueprint for other small business owners, would-be entrepreneurs and start-ups to beat the overwhelming odds to create a successful, thriving small business model. He is also currently publishing two new business-themed magazines: CRUSHING IT Magazine and VIRTUAL COMPANY Magazine, in addition to running his home-based business.
He is also building a new B-2-B Hybrid Digital Marketing Agency, “Old Bulls Marketing”, where he will provide a vast library of tools, software apps/programs & resources to his fellow marketing partners.
Social media has somewhat evolved from a social networking platform to an advertising platform. I look at the ads as a distraction and generally with some trepidation. Then again, I run a small business and I have to sell what I do to people. The question you have to ask yourself is “Would I buy…