The Upsides & Downsides Of Tying Your Brand To A Social Issue

social issues

I saw this post a few weeks ago and dragged it onto my desktop. I have been thinking about it on and off since then and really can’t decide where I stand on this issue. Back in the day when I was in the ad agency business, this was not a common practice at all.…

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…

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…

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 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Entrepreneur’s Complete Guide to Using LinkedIn for Sales

LinkedIn for entrepreneurs

Every day I talk to entrepreneurs who are struggling to use LinkedIn to promote themselves and their business. Their profiles look like their resume and the focus is on their past instead of the value their business provides to clients. They are unsure of what type of content to share or how to find prospects…