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Get a Facebook Page for Your Business—or Else!

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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 […]

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Confessions of a Twitter #Newbie

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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 […]

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How to Market Your Business with Twitter

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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 […]

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Twitter: Your Own Personal Pocket-Yoda

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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 […]

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Bazooka Joe, the Original Content Marketer

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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. […]

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Inbound and Outbound Marketing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Michael Hyatt, Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, says that when we think there’s a singular solution to our woes, we’re guilty of “silver bullet thinking.” It’s precisely this type of thinking that’s led to the debate over whether inbound or outbound marketing is “best.” Proponents of inbound marketing claim that, in new era of social […]

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

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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 […]

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Are You Hiding Behind Marketing to Avoid Selling?

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In a recent article I wrote for SitePoint, I pointed out the tendency for consultative sales types, particularly web designers, to hide behind a proposal instead of directly asking for the sale … something of which I was equally guilty: But the fact of the matter is, I would do anything to avoid directly asking […]