Does Social Media Marketing Really Work?

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Getting fans and followers is awfully trendy right now. But if you’re like many small business people, you’re probably saying, “Yeah… but does it increase sales?”

Our clients and trainees have known for some time that it’s possible to grow your business with social media because, when approached strategically, it comes in line with one of our cardinal principles in modern-day marketing:

“He or she who engages, wins.”

Should You Use Social Media to Market Your Business?

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We’ve already tackled the question about YouTube for Marketers recently, and I’ve been a big believer in it for a number of years. In fact, business owners and entrepreneurs in our 21st-Century Strategic Marketing Program have heard me beat the drum of not just YouTube, but also social media outlets (including Facebook and Twitter) since the program’s inception in early …

Increase Your Response: Pass the “So What!” Test

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Here’s the 4th of 5 Ways to Increase Your Response just by changing the words you use! Pass The “So What!” Test One of the biggest contributing factors to the dismal results that small business marketing tends to get has to do with the value and sequence of your content. Again… it doesn’t matter what medium you’re using (direct mail, …

Increase Your Response: Write From “Me” to “You”

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Here’s the 3rd of 5 Ways to Increase Your Response just by changing the words you use! 3. Write From “Me” to “You” I have a shocking revelation for you: Your future customers don’t care about you. That’s right. I said it. I’ll say it again. They don’t care about you. Why, then, is so much of our marketing material …

Increase Your Response: Make A Bold Promise!

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Here’s the 2nd of 5 Ways to Increase Your Response just by changing the words you use! 2. Make a Bold Promise Ultimately, marketing is about promising something to your future customer (or your existing customer… if you’re working toward repeat business). What you promise and how you fulfill it is completely up to you, but nevertheless, you’re making a …

Increase Your Response: Use a Headline!

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You’re on your way to getting better results with the 1st of 5 Ways to Increase Your Response just by changing the words you use! (You may want to take a moment and read that introductory post if you haven’t already.) 1. Use a Headline Without question, this is the single most important place to focus your efforts first. Some …

5 Ways to Increase Your Response

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Looking to get better results out of your website, e-mail, direct mail or other advertising and outreach efforts? Over the years of working with and training the greatest businesspeople on the planet — small business owners and their teams — I’ve found that this is by far one of the greatest opportunities for growth available. You can significantly impact your …

3 Content Creation Ideas for Small Business Marketing

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One of the points that anyone marketing in the 21st-Century will reach is the moment known as “writer’s block.” We know that we need to be creating great content and pushing it out — whether online, via e-mail or print newsletter, or through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. But what happens when you start running out of ideas …

Beat the Recession: Communicate Valuably!

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As salespeople and business owners, we’ve often been trained to communicate value. After all, if we don’t connect what we sell, produce and provide with the needs of our prospects and customers and do it in a way that helps them understand the return they should expect on their investment, we’re sunk! But in times like these, it’s more important …

Beat The Recession: Reward Loyal Customers

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Today I walked into a local Starbucks and was greeted by a prominently-placed offer for the new Starbucks Gold card. You probably know by now that I’m a Starbucks regular. But I’ll admit, I’ve spent a lot less time (and yes, money) in Starbucks locations in recent history. A quick scan of my unread e-mail shows that they sent me …