Life Lessons by Inspiring Moms on Mother’s Day (+ Every Day!)

I think it's worth celebrating inspiring moms every day. When my mom and I decided to start a business together this year, it came on the heels of me getting mad at other people on the Internet (typical!). I was looking for new marketing freelancing opportunities and, on the recommendation of one of my friends, I checked out Fiverr. And I didn't like what I saw, at all. Now, I'm 100% all for people rocking their side hustle (and we'll share more of our thoughts on having a successful side business in the future). But one particular seller was hawking off...

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Want to Create an Ad? 7 Questions to Get it Right the First Time

Advertising your business is absolutely necessary. If all the great brands do it (think Coca-Cola®, Apple®, Nike®), you need to do it too. With so much competition for people's attention, there's a need to constantly remind current customers AND potential new ones of what you have to offer. If you want to create an ad that will have a positive image and ROI, you'll need to do some important upfront thinking on your part. I've seen many small (and large) businesses have to re-work their ads after poor results: expenses that could have been avoided. Grab the 10 page workbook that goes along...

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10 Marketing Lessons I Learned the Hard Way–So You Don’t Have To

10 marketing lessons

I’ve spent a career working across many different businesses, in the consumer and b2b domains. I've been on some of the best brands globally–Jell-O Gelatin, American Express and IBM. For anyone who spends a significant time in an area, you know you build up both muscle and scar tissue in doing so. As you plan your own marketing efforts, even if you’re just starting with a Facebook page, the following is a list of my top 10 marketing lessons, learned the hard way. Here's to your success. Superior value: Ensure that what you’re offering is better in all ways than what the competition is providing....

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Facebook’s News Feed update now considers time as a valuable metric

News Feed Update FYI: More Articles You Want to Spend Time Viewing Facebook announced this week that they are once again making changes to their News Feed as part of their “Feed Quality Program.” Based on feedback from users, they’ve determined that the actions people take, such as liking, clicking, commenting, or sharing content, don’t always paint a full picture of their sentiment. This change will affect both Instant Articles and posts you interact with through Facebook mobile. [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="" poster=""][/video] This change comes on the heels of a similar news feed update made back in February. Through research...

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3 Effective and Low Cost Ways to Cultivate Your Customer Knowledge

hree Effective and Low Cost Methods to Cultivate Your Customer Knowledge

I found this African proverb not long ago, “Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.” It serves as a reminder about the importance of challenging ourselves to continually seek to understand what is going on around us and in the world at large. For those of us who run a small business, it can be especially hard to spend the time to look outward given our limited time and financial resources. But cultivating your customer knowledge and applying it immediately to your business can be easy and cost effective; just by leveraging a few...

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