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3 Content Tips to Boost Online Awareness Fast!

Rainy weather = better content! How is the weather in your area? For most, temperatures are rising, but you may be experiencing more rain. And as the poem goes, April showers will turn into May flowers. With this in mind, what are you doing to advance your business on the rainy days? If you are [...]

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The Soft Skills of Success

The Soft Skills of Success Today’s Quote is from Management Consultant Kathy Austin, who said: “Managers light a fire under people. Leaders light a fire in people.” Leadership and Management are two of the most highly valued skills necessary to be truly effective in our professional and personal lives. I feel strongly that these skills, [...]

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7 must-read Content Marketing tips and tactics [Infographic]

Content Marketing Tips and Tactics that Make Sense It’s a phrase marketers have been hearing for the past 15 years or so, ad nauseam: Content is King. And in 2015, it seems that content marketing still reigns supreme when it comes to the most commercially important digital marketing trend. Yet according to this infographic, the biggest [...]

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4 Ways to Attract Investors to Your Small Business or Startup

Attract Investors to Your Small Business or Startup When others financially support a small business and its owner, the enterprise can exponentially increase its potential future prosperity and success. So, if you’re an entrepreneur, don’t feel like you are alone on an isolated island. Turn to investors to give your company the financial injection it [...]

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Graffiti: From Illegal to Hired

Artists, Open for Business: How Graffiti Went From Illegal to Hired There was a time when graffiti was an eyesore you’d want to scrub off. Now it’s a way to attract eyeballs to your business. CNN News reports on a trend in South America that’s made its way up north as an advertising vehicle for [...]

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How to Succeed in Pleasing Your Customers

Pleasing your customers is important to staying in business! We all know how hard it is to motivate your team when it comes to putting the customer first. You get excuses such as “I’m an introvert”, “I’m not a people person” or “No thanks”. However, talking to people, and treating them properly isn’t something that [...]

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Love Languages

Love Languages Today’s quote is from NBC Weather Anchor Al Roker, who said: “I love cooking for myself and cooking for my family.” From my youth, I have loved to cook, often helping my mom during holidays or on weekends. We would frequently create a production-line to make and freeze dishes for future meals. As [...]

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Social media Marketing

Giveaway “something” and they will come!

What Gives? Creating a Successful Social Media Giveaway For many startups, generating consumer interest is as hard, or harder, than getting investor interest. When growth and awareness strategies rely on increasing social media follows, likes, and participation, it’s extremely important to know what really motivates people to engage with companies on social media. Over 40 [...]

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3 Blog Design Tweaks to Increase Engagement

Does your audience find your blog engaging? You know why having great content on your blog is absolutely essential – it gives readers a reason to engage with your brand, sets you up as a thought leader and builds trust with your prospects. But even if you have all the amazing content in the world, [...]

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4 Ways to Attract New Customers

Attract new customers and grow your business In the world of business, there are a number of terms that define success. However, there is one term that nearly every business owner can agree on – becoming established. Being able to turn a startup into a thriving business can be very long and stressful job, but [...]

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Sales Strategies for Small Companies

Successful sales people are often described as having been born that way. This is not necessarily true as the ability to charm does not guarantee a successful sales career. Many charismatic individuals have failed to produce favorable results when placed in a sales position. This is good news for entrepreneurs who find themselves having to [...]

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Your Greatest Challenge

Your Greatest Challenge Today’s Quote: “The greatest challenge you face will probably not be the technical side of your job (your expertise), but rather interacting with other people.” (Shirley Tayor, American author and Speaker)   Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients. Here in southeast Michigan [...]

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How to Market an App

Simple Steps To Market an App With more than one million apps available for download in the App Store, and Google Play Store, developers have to work hard to get their app to stand out from the crowd. There are many factors involving the optimizing for App Store searches that can make it difficult for [...]

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Does Your BtoB Content Stink?

Your writing is great… that’s what you think! Are you happy with all of the marketing content your business is producing? If so, it’s time for a review. Yes, I know you have many responsibilities as a business owner, and you may place your content near the bottom of the “To Do” pile. But your [...]

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Thought for a Bad Day

Thought for a Bad Day Today’s Quote: “There are people who would love to have your bad days.” —Author Unknown Thought for a bad day: A few weeks ago I visited my family physician. I was having a difficult time with a challenging bug affecting a lot of people. My symptoms included sneezing, sinus congestion, [...]

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Offline Networking: An Essential for Entrepreneurs

5 Reasons Offline Networking is Essential for Entrepreneurs Professional networking has always been an important mainstay of business conduct. It helps us meet the people who can get us jobs, it gives us sales opportunities when we’re trying to grow, and it gives us new partnerships when we need more manpower or broader capabilities to [...]

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What’s Your BtoB Content Strategy?

It’s time to turn all of that copy into sales via content strategy! News flash. It’s 2015 and time to use your BtoB content to get the best results possible. Sure, you have great blogs, expert insights, social-media posts, articles, newsletters, and more. You have pages and pages of online copy. Your website offers value [...]

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The #1 Relationship Destroyer

The #1 Relationship Destroyer Today’s Quote: “You can’t judge my choices without understanding my reasons.” —Author Unknown Without question, judging others and being critical is one of the most common reasons people give when they talk about unsatisfying or destructive relationships. Unfortunately, this happens daily to some degree, to most of us. A key reason [...]

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