How To Tell If a “Social Media Expert” Is Faking It

Social media arose quickly as a prominent way for businesses to showcase their brand. Anytime, a product or service enters into the marketplace quickly there are opportunists that move into the space and become largely self-proclaimed experts. Hence, the rise of the social media expert. Just last week I had a college senior reach out…

You’re In Sales Too Whether You Like It or Not

sales rep

I bravely walked in through the front door right past their "No Soliciting" sign and up to the front desk. It was a cold call. I felt so cool standing there with my BlackBerry 8700 in hand (later versions even had a color screen!). It was early in my previous career in the wireless industry,…

13 Expert Tips to Help You Massively Scale Up Your Instagram Following

Instagram

Instagram is always changing the way it operates. Getting engagement on the platform can be challenging when they make unannounced tweaks to their algorithm. They change their algorithm to prevent people from developing "hacks" that can make someone appear more popular by inflating their numbers. To prevent your engagement from dropping when Instagram changes their…

The NBA Championship is More Than Just Hoops. (It’s Marketing, Sales, and Jobs)

NBA Hoops

If you think the NBA Championship is just another bunch of basketball games, think again. Now you may be asking yourself what basketball has to with marketing and sales? Or maybe you’re not, because you have the necessary business acumen to get that this isn’t just business, or even just big business…but major league huge…

8 Reasons How a Powerful Personal Brand Will Make You Successful

If you do not have a powerful and visible personal brand you are putting yourself at a disadvantage in almost every aspect of your professional, business and personal life. Personal branding has become a requirement for anyone looking to grow their business, get a better job, get noticed by the press, take their career to…

This Is How Entrepreneurs Can Dominate The Clock (But Most Don’t)

In today's market, entrepreneurs and business owners get flooded with a massive workload. Truth be told, I personally work in excess of sixty hours a week. So, unless you implement a tactical approach, things can go haywire in the blink of an eye. Time management skills are a crucial aspect of entrepreneurship. Everyone gets the same 24…

Just Got Fired? Take These 8 Steps to Bounce Back Stronger Than Ever

What to do if you get fired

I was humiliated. I had just been fired. I said goodbye to my boss and team. Then, I had to do the walk of shame right past all the rest of my 150 or so coworkers as HR walked me out of the office. I honestly don't know if they were all whispering and gossiping as I…

How Data Savvy Marketers Get to Know Their Customers to Gain Their Loyalty

Data Savvy

Brand loyalty is evolving, and the emphasis is squarely on the consumers rather than the brands these days. Customers expect you to know them better than they know themselves and to treat them like the unique individuals they are. But this can be harder than it seems in today's fast-paced world -- gone are the days of shopping…

How to Know When It’s Time to Fire a Toxic Client

When to fire a client

Last Friday, I briefly hated my job again. I was brought back to a dark place I hadn't been in my career for a long time. I had what was by far my most awkward business meeting in years. During the session, I started feeling anxious, my blood pressure rose sky high, and I began to have flashbacks to…

How to Model Your Startup After the Most Successful Companies of Our Generation

Current attitudes aren't too kind towards the old American way of doing business. In recent strategies, companies have been more involved with taking actionable approaches to the outward functions of their business and not so much the inward audits of how their company works. If you're looking to create a brand that runs productively and effectively, most…

How Gen Z Entrepreneurs are Crushing the Barriers to Entry

Gen Z

You can learn a lot of things by flipping burgers that you aren't going to learn anywhere else in the world. It's a great exercise in patience, and you'll learn the nuts and bolts of food safety that your parents don't teach you at home. But there's a growing trend among Gen Zers to skip these early life…

How to Write Content That Converts Likes on Social Media Into Sales

Content Marketing

How do we make more sales? Companies around the world ask themselves this most basic yet fundamental question almost every day. Consumers are greater informed, and they have more choices on how to spend their money than ever. Getting them to buy your product or service takes some serious skill. To get them to buy, you need to…

10 Power Tips to Becoming a Thought Leader

Thought leader tips

I get asked frequently how I got to be a contributor for a major platform like Entrepreneur. In fact, every time one of my articles get published on any of the several well-known platforms I write for, I get Facebook, and Linkedin messages and emails asking, “How do I get published there?” I also get asked how I got to…

What You Need to Know to Create a Best-selling Book

Best selling book

Five years ago, I decided that it was time to write my first book. It was the story of how a single dad of five led his kids, his business and himself from disaster to success. At that time, I hadn't written even a single word on the topic. Writing a book seemed like an…

Learn How to Brilliantly Cross-Promote Your LinkedIn Recommendations to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Social Networks

Students, job seekers and those with a "stable career" all have one thing in common. They need to build their personal brand. It's one of those things that's best to have and not need than to not have and need. Recommendations are a great way to do this. It's known that LinkedIn is a good place…

How to Present Your Personal Brand So That People Remember You

For me, not having a personal brand meant several years of working at jobs I hated. In my previous career, working at large companies, I always felt like I was just a number whose voice didn't matter. I had no influence and my social media network was pathetic. That all changed four years ago. I completed an…

4 Global Instagram Power Users Share Their Top Tips

Instagram

The very first Instagram photo was taken by its founder, Kevin Systron in Mexico in 2010. I find it fitting that it was of a dog. We all know pets, especially dogs, are a big hit on Instagram. And as most things seem to go on the Internet nowadays, bra-less women are the latest Instagram rage. However, Instagram…

How To Use Your Haters As An Instrument For Growth

Growth

Throughout my career, I've been plagued by people telling me I'm not good enough. I've been rejected for more jobs than I care to remember. I've heard every excuse in the book for not being hired. Some of them were quite absurd and hard to swallow. I've had my share of toxic bosses who have tried to hold me back.…

How Georgia Tweeted Away Their Chance to Win the Sugar Bowl

Georgia Bulldogs

No. 14 Texas beat No. 6 Georgia 28-21 last night in the Allstate Sugar Bowl delivering a big upset to the Bulldogs who were a 12 1/2 point favorite. Despite their claims of being ready for the game, Georgia delivered a sloppy performance until the end with their comeback attempt falling short. The players' Twitter…