How This Entrepreneur Built a Happy Life and Successful Business in the Islands

St John

Buy a ticket to St John, go to the beach, have a drink, get a tan, fall in love, start a band, open a business, and never return. That's the path entrepreneur Jared Warren took after college. Most people have no idea what to do next after graduating from college. So they seek the advice…

How I Bypassed Traditional Methods and Got Hired Using Social Media (Twice)

Social Media

Life as a military spouse is rewarding and challenging. Unemployment and underemployment are faced by many. Applying online for a job and waiting to be contacted doesn't work. I used social media to establish my personal brand, bypass job applications, get noticed and hired twice. I have a Chemistry degree. I worked for several years…

What Tony Robbins Taught Me About Influencer Marketing

Tony Robbins

Let's face it: Getting exposure and creating a buzz for your brand is not getting any easier. As competition is rising everywhere, marketers are stuck with a constant challenge of finding new and innovative ways to get their brand in front of customers. Many brands have turned to influencer marketing as a way to gain…

Start off 2019 Free of Trolls and Cyberbullies Using These Insider Tips

Cyberbullying

It seems Cyberbullies are everywhere these days It was a typical work day, I grabbed my phone to check my Twitter like I do multiple times a day every day. Only this time was different. There were hateful tweets directed at me from at least a dozen complete strangers. I couldn't understand what was happening…

Learn How Coffee-Mate Wins Customer Loyalty With Just Two Words and an Emoji

Coffee

Coffee is my love language. It's literally the only thing I enjoy about mornings. The other day, I was feeling quite perky and a bit playful after my morning cup of joe. So, I sent out a Tweet, “Love the feeling of being fully caffeinated! #coffee” with a gif of Bill Murray chugging down a…

How to Wordsmith Your Calls to Action to Improve Conversion Rates

Every month, I consult with a variety of entrepreneurs and brands on their social media strategy. When I first meet with them, they always raise the concern that they are generating likes and followers on social media, but not a high enough percentage of them are actually being converted into customers. The biggest hole in their strategy is often…

How I Rescued My Career from the Brink of Failure

Just four years ago that I thought my career was over. I remember the exact moment well: There I sat in my drab, mundane-looking cubicle, which sat in the middle of a rather large call center. Most days I could drown out the noise. However, on that day, the sound of what seemed like 1,000…

Before Passing Judgement, Try Understanding the Whole Story

Social marketing solutions

It seems that people these days are a little too quick to pass judgment on others. Just last week, I got accused of being a racist on Twitter. It was based on one wrong interpretation of one single tweet I sent. Two guys started to chastise me and label me based on one tweet. They didn't take the…

7 Influencers With Followers in the Millions Share Their Marketing Tips

Each month I consult with several companies on their social media strategy. One of the concerns they bring up is the challenge to compete with the social media presence of established brands in their industry that often have thousands if not millions of followers. Creating a marketing machine on social media to compete with bigger brands can seem nearly impossible.…

Here’s Why Brand Loyalty is Not Totally Dead

If you ask people this question, you are likely to get a lot of heated responses. Never mind that people generally pick a cell phone manufacturer and stick with it for years out of the need for seamless transitions. But most people will tell you unequivocally that brand loyalty is dead. They may not be entirely wrong -- brand…

How Generation Z is Creating a Youth Movement on LinkedIn

LinkedIn rolled out the red carpet for Millennials years ago, only to have them largely stay away from the business- and career-focused social media platform in favor of other sites that have the "fun factor." It's no secret that LinkedIn's core active user base is dominated by Gen X and Baby Boomers. However, LinkedIn may finally be attracting a younger user base, and…

UK Influencer Oliver Isaacs Shares How to Go Viral on Today’s Internet

When it comes to going viral on the Internet, there may not be a bigger expert on the planet than Oliver Isaacs. He is a serial entrepreneur, social media guru, and a top influencer in the UK. Oliver's social media pages are well known and regularly reach millions of users every month. He has given…

The Entrepreneur’s Complete Guide to Using Twitter for Sales

Twitter Marketing

If you use it right, Twitter can be a massive lead generation tool for your business. The problem is, many don't take the time to learn how to use Twitter effectively. They open an account, put out some tweets, and then wonder why there aren't thousands of people flooding to their account to follow them and buy their product or…

How a Seedy Denny’s and a Recovering Meth Addict Helped Me Get an MBA

Denny's diner

I waited until my late 30's to get an MBA. By then, I had a full-time stressful corporate job and a wife and kids to support. Luckily, there are online courses that allow you to pursue a degree while managing the many curve balls a busy life with kids throws at you. For me, the hardest part of…

How to Get Rid of Bots and Fake Followers on Social Media

Get rid of fake followers on social media.

Just like fake news, fake followers are a massive problem on social media. Not only can having a lot of fake followers damage your social credibility, but it can also hurt the distribution of your posts. In other words, if you have fake or low-quality followers in your social networks, only a small number of your…

LinkedIn’s Videos Just Got Way More Animated (Here’s what it means to marketers)

LinkedIn's new video feature and how it will impact marketers in 2019.

The year 2018 has been the year of video for LinkedIn. The business social network finally caught up to the video-first trend at all the other major social networks. While they still don’t have a live video feature, LinkedIn has rolled out an impressive suite of features for individuals and brands to market themselves throughout…