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 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…

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…

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…

6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Use PR to Grow Their Business

PR

I was unhappy and depressed and in a dead-end corporate career with high-stress/low reward. Management passed me over for countless promotions. Then, it got worse, I was fired from my job and my career was in shambles. All of his was before I had a personal brand. Eventually, I got tired of being the one…

How to Write Posts That Actually Get Read and Shared

Content marketing

I had a call the other day with an entrepreneur who told me that his blog articles are like an echo chamber; it feels like he is talking to himself. He's investing a ton of time and effort into creating posts, but they are not getting any engagement. In fact, hardly anyone is even reading them at all.…

Susan Rooks (The Grammar Goddess) Joins Social Marketing Solutions as Editor in Chief

Friday, December 22, 2017, Fort Collins, CO. Susan Rooks joins Social Marketing Solutions, LLC (SMS) as editor. SMS is a social media marketing agency founded by John White, named a top 5 most influential CMO by Richtopia, entrepreneur, and columnist at Inc.com. Susan has 25+ years’ experience in international communication skills training, having created and led workshops…

The One Skill I Learned While Getting My MBA That Helps Me Make Money

I took what you could call the non-traditional path to getting an MBA. I waited until my late 30's and until I had two young daughters, one of which was still a baby. We weren't getting much sleep, and I was working around the clock. If that wasn't enough, I went ahead and decided to open up…

Is your blog failing? It could be because of this…

In blogging, there are many factors we cannot control. Try as we may to manipulate the "viral gods," they keep us guessing and remind us often of their illusiveness. However, like anything else there are defined strategies and best practices that can greatly improve the effectiveness of a blog. Additionally, there are behaviors and activities…

Providing Feedback is a Value-Added Skill. Don’t Hate!

One thing I have noticed along my blogger journey is that it is much easier to find typos in the posts of other's than my own. For some reason, they jump off the page at me when I read other writer's stuff. However, when I write my own posts I write in MS Word first,…

Four Lessons About Blogging I Learned the Hard Way

When I started blogging, I dove in head first and never looked back. I've learned a lot along my blogging journey. Mostly, through continuing to write, reading a ton of posts from other writers, working with mentors, and applying what I am learning in my MBA program. However anytime in life when you dive in…

Before You Comment, Try Reading the Whole Story

Logical thinking tells us that everybody reads the actual article before posting a comment, right? Wrong! You would think so. However, every day I see people on social media who jump straight to the comment section and start sounding off, without even bothering to read the post. How can you tell they didn't read it?…

Use this App to Get More Tweet Outs of your Blog

Would you like to get more people Tweeting out your posts? Of course you would! Look no further than Click to Tweet. Click to Tweet is an awesome and inexpensive way to drive views to your blog and activity to your Twitter account. It enables you to place clickable links within your blog posts. When…