Episode 408 – What Is a Marketing Strategy and Should You Want One?

Many people try to create marketing plans but lack a strategy to execute it successfully. A Strategy is – a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim. That is why I subscribe to the Ready, Fire, Aim method of marketing. 

There are only two ways to get traffic back to your own properties (website), pay for it, or earn it. Starting Facebook or Google ads may be a tactic, but without a strategy, it can become a business money pit with limited results.

You have to ask yourself what you expect from these ads:

Where Do You Want Them To Go?
What Do You Want Them To Do?
What Should They?
In this episode, we will discuss how to create a profitable marketing strategy and go from being a Wantrepreneur to an Entrepreneur! 

Episode 407 – Why Do 4 Out Of 5 Doctors Need A Marketing Prescription? with Paul Pavlik

As a healthcare provider and business professional with more than 40 years experience, Dr. Pavlik has “walked the walk” and understands the daily and long-term responsibilities involved in running a business. Paul is an author and Business Life Cycle Management coach. He helps business professionals, wherever they happen to be in their business life cycles, achieve success in that stage and future stages of their businesses. His goal is to have these professionals be comfortable with the business of their business, predictable with their cash flows, to have money in their bank accounts, and ultimately, to be able to sell their businesses to the right persons for the most they possibly can. Paul established Tracker Enterprises, Inc. to help other business professionals achieve financial success with unique concepts and tools that do not replace, but significantly augment, information received from an accountant, bookkeeper, financial consultant, and/or software management programs. He enjoys helping business owners and their teams discover how their decisions affect them both now and into the future. His services include coaching leadership skills, preparing business plans, valuations, entrance and exit strategies, and building and then interpreting forecasting, budgeting, and “what if” scenarios. Paul has earned the reputation of being a part-time, off-site, or virtual CFO to these businesses.

Episode 406 – How-To Own Your Website And Save Time & Money

I believe that one of the fundamentals of running a business is creating and managing your own website. If you use a free service like Squarespace, Wix, and others, you may have a website, but you don’t have an asset. An asset is something you OWN and you can move to a new location and repurpose at will. Free and closed-loop systems, like those mentioned above, have one goal and that is to keep you locked into their platform. And if you want to add functions chances are you will have to pay.

I have had some experience with website development, and hosting (over 20 years since I made my first one), and all I can tell you is that things change, and change is happening at an accelerated pace today!

Here are the 5 core things I want you to think about when creating web assets and owning them…

Episode 404 – The Ultimate Sales Question – How Can I Help You?

Most 12 step programs start with this… “Do you realize you have a problem?” When it comes to the sales process, most people seel to needs, but customers buy to wants. Ultimately, you have to get to the root cause of the problem the client is having, and help them find the optimum solution to it. You do this by helping them to explore issues surrounding the cause of the problem, and help them navigate to a successful, profitable, and satisfying solution!

Here are some things to ponder as you start to develop your sales conversations and marketing messages with potential customers:

Episode 403 – Who Is Gen Z and How Do They Spend $600 Billion a Year with Kathleen Hessert and Krista Jasso

When the marketplace was still fixated on the peculiarities of Millennials, Kathleen migrated to what’s NEXT- Generation Z. Used to working with young athletes, she turned to teens to build WeRGenZ from the grassroots up. Today she helps brands understand the future through today’s youth and amplifying voices of the generation. She’s a much sought-after public speaker, and consultant wowing audiences with insights derived from her original research and thousands of members of the WeRGenZ Teen Think Tank.

Episode 402 – How-To Simplify Your Marketing – What Would Mr. Rogers Do?

My wife and I watched a documentary this weekend called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”. It chronicled the life of Fred Rogers, the pastor, actor, and puppeteer from “Mr. Rogers Neighborthood” (a PBS children’s TV show). He had a special way of connecting with children That has been legendary for years.

It made me think…”What if we applied some of his methods of communicating with children in your marketing?” A lot of marketing is based on fear and self-doubt. What would happen if we could apply some of his tactics? He made children feel…

Heard
Accepted
Loved
Safe
Worthy
In this episode, we will explore applying those to our marketing efforts. It may not work with every product or service, or even yours, but why not try to insert some positivity in the world?

Episode 400 – Lessons Learned in 4 Years and 400 Episodes?

On November 2nd, 2014, this podcast was launched. It was originally called “My Marketing Magnet” because I thought people would not get the BACOn reference about me and my book “It’s Not About You, It’s About Bacon! Relationship Marketing in A Social Media World!”. Boy, was I wrong?

Three months later, I changed it to “The Bacon Podcast” and it started to take off. I had to go through all the past episodes and re-edit them with new intros and outros, text, art and more! Now it receives thousands of downloads a month and was voted one of the top small business podcasts by Inc. Magazine!

Episode 399 – Creating Viral Social Video In Animoto with Jason Hsiao

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.

Episode 398 – How-To Learn The KEY To Your Success?

Every business person is on the lookout for new business. What stands between you and success is the KEY. KEY stands for “Knowledge Empowers You!”

There are really only 3 ways to grow your business…

Sell More To The Same Customers?
Sell More To 
New Customers?
Raise Your Prices?
People often spend a lot of time trying the latest and greatest Bright Shiny Object which are touted as the NEW wat to create business. These are often simply tactics like Facebook Live, Instagram, YouTube, Ads and more. Sometimes people will try to sell you visibility through services like Google, Yelp, Houzz, and more. But do they get you the KIND of potential client you are really looking for or just a bunch of price shoppers and tire kickers?

In this episode, we will explore how to use your BRAND to build trust and why investing yourself pays the greatest interest!

Episode 397 – Business Success Strategies with Cathy Demers

Founder of BusinessSuccess.com and Host of the popular Business Success Cafe, Cathy Demers is not a “wanna be” when it comes to proven business success. In fact, she co-founded a company with a tiny $10K investment and turned it into a company worth over 20 million dollars!

She’s amassed over 25 years in business development, with companies such as Microsoft and IBM, she successfully took her own company public while serving as President and CEO.

Cathy is a sought-after expert and has presented keynotes and courses for organizations worldwide including the Women Presidents’ Organization, Wired Women, and Novice to Advanced Marketing Systems to name just a few.

Known for her direct, but friendly and supportive, style as well as her business savvy and her “let’s get ‘er done” approach, Cathy combines the wisdom that comes from her vast business experience with her unique talent for helping business owners get clear…stay focused…take inspired action…and get fantastic results!