Are you tired of hearing the dealth knell for print?

Last month, PricewaterhouseCoopers released their Entertainment and Media Outlook projections (no, I didn’t read it – don’t you know source-based research is considered passé with this everything wants to be free decree?). Apparently the big news is number crunchers predict e-book sales will surpass print book numbers in 2017. Seems I’ve heard this before.  Since… Continue reading Are you tired of hearing the dealth knell for print?

How to sell is a question with easy answers

If you hate selling you’re not alone. The good news is, you can learn to enjoy it. Finding the right buyer for what you have to offer is so much fun once you realize it’s done best with understanding and a desire to help – and a product or service you’re passionate about. There’s a… Continue reading How to sell is a question with easy answers

Rethink branding precepts for better strategic marketing

We created this company logo more than two decades ago. It still works

Times have changed. Today, people are attracted to businesses offering a face and a name willing to be out there and accountable for product or service satisfaction. Focusing on fluff, image, market research drag time and the latest (usually yesterday’s by the time you see them) fads for quick returns rarely work.

Fabulous Blog Award honors

I’m having so much fun participating in the UBC. I’ve discovered some great blogs I never would have found otherwise. The people are supportive and inspiring. Looks like I’ll even have a few clients out of the mix. Plus it’s provided some great incentive to bulk up a new blog with useful content. I’ve even enjoyed some super mentoring on the way from members kind enough to reach out and share their wisdom freely. How can you beat that for a first-time experience?

Top thirteen sales tips for creative small business promotion

We created this company logo more than two decades ago. It still works

Seek out centers-of-influence – too often, small business owners spend majority time trying to connect one-on-one with prospects. If you build a relationship, rapport and respect with someone (or several people) who can reach out to a large group with needs for what you offer, you’ll gain credibility, save time and avoid cold calling.

Marketing and monsters, oh my!

Fortunately the herbs are still doing well. Here's some sage that's become much heartier since this shot.

Good marketing concepts – and skills to alter course when circumstances change – are like gardening. This agility is a hallmark of small businesses. So often, it’s attitude – including a willingness to learn and experiment with new things – that sets the successes apart from the failures.