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Get a Facebook Page for Your Business—or Else!

Apr 26, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Marketing, Social Media  //  No Comments

Get a Facebook Page for Your Business

A small, local festival had a small problem … or a big one, depending on how you look at it. Someone had set up a Facebook page about the festival—which was fine, except they’d used the festival logo as the profile picture, giving the impression that they were the “official” page. The webmaster had even received emails saying, “but it says on your Facebook page …”

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The Apple Death Curse

Apr 20, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Business  //  No Comments

In 2007, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughed at the iPhone

“Five hundred dollars? Fully subsidized? With a plan?” he exclaimed in a 2007 interview, shortly after it was released. “That is the most expensive phone in the world, and it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard, which makes it not a very good email machine.”

That was September 2007. Today, not quite five years later, the iPhone portion of Apple’s business alone is bigger than all of Microsoft.

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Confessions of a Twitter #Newbie

Mar 25, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Social Media  //  No Comments

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If you’re wondering why I’ve inserted the # symbol before ‘Newbie’ in the title, fear not, you’ve come to the right place. Because I write about web marketing, it’s tempting to want to appear the expert on all things web. Which is why (until recently) I’ve avoided topics like marketing your business on Twitter.

I considered waiting until I learned enough to at least appear as if I knew what I was talking about. Instead, I decided to write about it as I stumbled along. That way, someone besides me would learn from my mistakes.

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How to Fire an Abusive Client

Mar 11, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  4 Comments

Fire a client

Let’s face it—some people are just bullies. Maybe it’s because none of the other kids on the playground were big enough to stand up to them. Or perhaps their mom and dad took Dr. Spock’s permissive parenting advice to heart. Some people never really grow up. Instead, they learn just enough manners to get by in life … until they can’t get what they want, and resort to grade-school style bullying.

It’s easier to be choosy once you have an established clientèle. But when you’re new and desperate for business, the temptation to take on any client with a pulse is difficult to resist. Once you find yourself in an abusive client relationship, however, you have but one option:fire the client.

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How to Market Your Business with Twitter

Feb 27, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Internet Marketing, Social Media  //  No Comments

I must admit, of all social media, Twitter is the one I “get” the least. Don’t believe me? Check out my whopping 59 Twitter followers. (Oops, make that 60!) So if you want talk about RTs and #hashtags, this won’t be the read for you.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something more basic, like “How can I market my business with Twitter?” then read on!

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Twitter: Your Own Personal Pocket-Yoda

Feb 20, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Internet Marketing, Social Media  //  No Comments

Whenever I’m asked about Twitter, it’s usually from people with the pre-conceived notion that everyone there is a self-absorbed narcissist tweeting about what they ate for breakfast. And while Twitter does attract more than its share of self-centeredness, it’s also much, much more.

Twitter often defies explanation, but my niece has one of the best I’ve heard:

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Bazooka Joe, the Original Content Marketer

Feb 16, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Social Media  //  No Comments

Walking to the corner market with my best friend to buy a packet of that little pink bubble gum wrapped in a comic strip was one of the highlights of my nine-year-old existence. Sure, there were other bubble gum brands on the shelf, but none of them had the latest adventures of Bazooka Joe inside. I was too young and blissfully ignorant to realize that my purchase decision was being influenced by a well-used, little-known marketing strategy, called Content Marketing.

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Yes, Your Smartphone Really Is a Computer

Feb 12, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing  //  No Comments

I have a confession to make. I don’t own a smartphone. There, I said it.

That may come as a surprise, especially from a self-professed web marketing geek like myself. It’s not that I don’t want one, it’s that I don’t really need one; I have all the computers I need in the places I need them most—at home and at work. And I don’t really feel the urgency to get online in the supermarket or at the doctor’s office. Sure, letting all my Facebook friends know I’ve been stuck in the waiting room for the past 20 minutes would be vindicating; but that’s a luxury an expensive data plan can’t justify.

Meanwhile, a debate is raging online over whether the iPad should be considered a computer or not.

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Transactional vs. Consultative Selling: Knowing the Difference Makes All the Difference

Feb 2, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Unlike many “natural-born salespeople,” I never had the childhood epiphany of, after selling newspaper subscriptions door-to-door, gloriously realizing that I loved to sell things. I never imagined myself in a position that would require selling, much less that I’d be blogging about it and teaching others how to do it.

I learned to sell out of necessity; because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to do what I truly loved—developing websites and helping clients market. Oh, and I wouldn’t make any money … did I mention that?

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Base Your Marketing on Real Data, not Biased Opinion Masquerading as Fact

Jan 29, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Social Media  //  No Comments

In my latest article on SitePoint, Transactional vs. Consultative Selling: Knowing the Difference Makes All the Difference, I compared the transactional sale with a consultative one. In Harvard Business School professor Ranjay Gulati’s new book, he explores the fallacy that media companies are “consultative and customer focused.” According to the article, salespeople are saying “I’ll talk about your needs so long as it leads to you only buying my portfolio of solutions …” but that they are “communicating with customers through a product lens (with a pre-determined end in mind).” That’s a problem.

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