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3 Ways to Know If You Should Do Social Media or Not

As a small business owner, you are probably inundated with news about the latest, social media trends. There is facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and more. Do you have this feeling that you should get involved with it but just aren’t sure? Well, here are… 3 Ways to Know Whether or Not You Should Get [...]

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Welcome to the Party: Blogging

By now, You have probably heard that you NEED a blog.  Blogging for business is not only crucial to keep your website fresh, but to show your customers and potential audience who you are, what you do, and what you know BEST. Right now, you may be saying that sounds easier than it really is. [...]

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Setting up for Success in Your Home Office

Last week I moved my home office.  I am still at home, but just in a new place.  When I first started my business, I took over an alcove on the first floor.  For a little over a year, I called this tiny space home. Recently, I outgrew my alcove.  That coupled with my kids’ [...]

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Find Out Why the Media Isn’t Calling You

Yes! You just started your new business, and customers are starting to arrive at your door and visit your Website, but you haven’t heard from the media. Why aren’t they calling you? Well, here are…

The Top 3 Reasons Why The Media Is Not Calling You

  1. They won’t unless you call them.

Have you reached out to media members to introduce yourself and your new business? If not, how are they supposed to know you exist?

Take the time to make a list of specific media members you want to contact. Then, call introduce yourself. Tell them who you are and the benefits your new business has to offer. Most important, let them know that you can act as a resource for future stories in your area of expertise.

Keep it short and sweet and ask them if you can send them news about your business. The worst they can say is “No,” but at least they’ll know who you are and you’ve started a media relationship. And if you are nervous about calling media members, start with a small, local publication and move up to more important and larger media venues after you’ve had a little practice on the phone.

  1. You don’t care about them.

When you contact a media member, you’ve got to think about what’s in it for them and provide information they can actually use. If you simply talk about how great your business is and all the product features you have to offer, you will hear crickets chirping or a dial tone.

However, if you think about how you can offer valuable information to a media member that he or she can actually use, you’ll be more likely to from a lasting relationship with that person. By creating a reputation of always providing interesting and current information, over time, media members will want to call you for future stories.

3. You haven’t done your research.

When you contact a media member, do you have a specific story in mind that relates to his or her target market?

If not, you need to do more research. Before contacting a media member, you should know what that person writes about (his or her beat), read their previous stories and learn about their audience. Then, you need to use this information to develop a unique story idea specifically for that media member.

Do not send a blanket media pitch to a huge list of media members!

Yes, this is easy to do, and you may get a few, media nibbles from your efforts, but if you want to develop long-lasting relationships with the media and get fantastic stories written about your business, take the time to do your research.

After all, if you were a member of the media, would you want to talk to someone who has an interesting and unique pitch just for you or read a “template” e-mail you know was sent to many, other reporters?

Do What it Takes to Make Your Phone Ring.

You may think your new business deserves press, and media members will just start calling you. But this is just not going to happen unless you are already well-known. Getting good publicity for your new business takes time and effort.

Conduct the appropriate research and learn about specific media venues, reporters, producers, and bloggers before making contact. Develop specific pitches and think about how you can help media members do their jobs. By doing so, you’ll become a respected expert that media members will want to speak to, and your phone will start ringing!

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Yes! You just started your new business, and customers are starting to arrive at your door and visit your Website, but you haven’t heard from the media. Why aren’t they calling you? Well, here are… The Top 3 Reasons Why The Media Is Not Calling You They won’t unless you call them. Have you reached [...]

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How to Focus SEO Activities For Results

Overwhelmed with SEO Options? There are many choices available when it comes to search engine optimization, or SEO, and you probably have many questions: Should you do your own SEO or hire a firm? Is SEO worth it? Will you be able to get to the top of the search engines? With all of the [...]

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The Rules of Networking

I know you may find this surprising since I am always chatting about connecting on the Internet, but I am a big believer in face-to-face networking.  In fact, if you spend all your time being social on social media, it is my belief that you will get nowhere fast.  The main idea behind using social [...]

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Leading Moms in Business: What a collective!

I was planning on a different topic for this week, and then I had a change of heart. This week marked the beginning of the 3rd annual StartUpNation Leading Moms in Biz Competition.  Yes, I do realize that you are on the StartUpNation site, but I really want to call your attention to this unique [...]

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5 Reasons to Use the Phone Instead of E-Mail

If you are an SEO copywriter, love technology, or just don’t like dealing with people, you may be using e-mail too much and missing out on some important opportunities and communications. If you haven’t picked up the phone in some time, here are… 5 Reasons to Use the Phone Instead of E-mail 1. You have [...]

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3 Ways to Improve Your Copy in Less Than 60 Minutes

Are you an entrepreneur handling every aspect of your new, small business? If so, you are probably writing all of your marketing materials and Website copy. While you may not be able to afford a professional, search engine optimization (SEO) copywriter yet, there are some things you can do to improve your copy… and they [...]

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Are you Pinterest-ed?

Last summer, I was working with a client and she was bubbling over with excitement about Pinterest.  While 6 months ago, Pinterest was relatively unknown to many people, as of last month it is now a TOP 10 social media network.  That’s right – TOP 10. Are you Pinterest-ed yet? Pinterest is basically a visual [...]

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eBay, Amazon, Mobile, e-Commerce, and Stripping.

Hi gang, John Lawson is a nationally known e-commerce and social media expert.  You can find him speaking at conventions all over the world and on colderice.com and if his name sounds familiar it’s because he was a winner of Startupnation’s own Home Based 100 contest a few years ago. I’ve known John for a long [...]

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Are You Moving Too Fast with PR and SEO?

Today, the world of public relations (PR) and search engine optimization (SEO) runs at the speed of light. You need to write, optimize, send, and monitor press releases quickly to keep up with news and the competition. In addition, your site needs to have the right SEO keywords and coding in place to be noticed [...]

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30 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out From the Crowd

Let’s face it, starting a business can be very easy, but staying in business can be very difficult given that our customers have too many choices on where to spend their hard-earned cash.  So the question I posed to small business owners was “How do you make your business stand out from the crowd so [...]

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Start-Up & The Net: A Love Affair

I feel as though I am always writing about social media and the rapid changes of that thing we affectionately call the ‘Internet’ here at StartUpNation.  There must be a reason why I feel as though both you and I should stay up to date with this rapidly changing area.  No, it is not to stay [...]

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