12 Live Streaming Video Tips to Build Your Brand and Business

Live Streaming Video

Linkedin is the last major social media platform to implement live streaming video. They are slowly rolling it out this year. I operated a photographic supply business and camera store for more than 28 years. During that time, I witnessed the dramatic evolution in imaging technology. With still imaging, I have seen all the variants…

Find Out What Your Car Says About Your Personal Brand

Cars and personal brand

When you see a big brown delivery truck you automatically think UPS. When you see a pink Cadillac you automatically think Mary Kay. Some business vehicles have been around for so long they become part of the cultural background and branding, immediately recognizable icons of decades-old businesses. However, startups don't get that type of visibility.…

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,…

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 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…

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…

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…

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.…

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 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…

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…

Learn From the Influencer Who Gets 25-Million Impressions a Day

Influencer marketing has captured the hearts and minds of entrepreneurs all over the world. The realization that we can use other people's platforms to build our business has quickly become a go-to strategy for most small, medium, and large businesses of all kinds. You may be wondering what can change in influencer marketing which will affect your business even more…