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.…

LinkedIn Says Your CMO Needs to Know About These 5 Marketing Trends

Marketing trends 2019

Let's face it, CMOs have an enormous amount on their plates. With marketing becoming more complex. It seems that a CMO's responsibilities are growing nearly every day. Keeping pace with technology and rapidly changing trends can be overwhelming at times. Even more so if you're a CMO and your company wants you to sell more with a smaller budget.…

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…

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 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…

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 to Deal With Social Media Trolls

Are you familiar with this term? We’re seeing evidence of them everywhere on social media, which is a shame. As a verb, troll can mean “to post inflammatory or irrelevant material on an electronic forum to provoke responses; as a noun, it can mean “a person who posts such material.” But no matter what the…

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 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…