Let's start with a basic truth. Everyone is creative. Yes, even you. Even if you don't think you are. Creativity manifests itself in many different ways, not just by painting a picture or writing a story, which is why I guarantee you have seeds of creativity in you. Now, if you're an entrepreneur, you likely know you're creative because every day you're probably … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! Why Embracing Your Inner Artist Could be the Key to Your Success
It happens all the time. You have what you think is a "marketing problem." You have a disappointing product launch. You have issues consistently selling your services. A program that used to sell well stopped. There are a lot of reasons why this could be happening, and in most (if not all) of the cases, the issue comes down to what looks like a marketing problem. But, … [Read more...] about Marketing Problem? The Surprising Reasons Your Product/Service Might Not Be Selling
Before I dive into walking you though how to build a business around multiple passions, I thought I'd back up a step and talk about whether or not this is even a good idea. Conventional wisdom says no. Never build a business around multiple passions. And for years, I, too, would also advise entrepreneurs not to do it, because it's a lot of work. You see, while in some … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! How Do You Build a Business Around Multiple Passions?
I was recently cleaning out some old papers I happened to find at the bottom of my desk, when I came across some teachings from Dan Kennedy. If you haven't heard of Dan Kennedy, he's this old, grizzled marketing and copy guru and author of the No BS series of books. In the beginning of my career, I learned a lot about how to write traditional copy from him. (He was also the … [Read more...] about The Secret to Building a Business That Can Weather Any Storm … No Matter How Scary
Before I get to the story about the business with 12 Million followers, I want to start by discussing a Facebook ad about the "truth around building an audience" that drives me bonkers every time I see it, so I decided to share my analysis around why I think it's extremely misleading (and could even be dangerous to your financial and business health). In a nutshell, the ad … [Read more...] about [Real World Analysis] How a Business with 12 Million Followers Went Bankrupt
Recently, I was at an event half-listening to a speaker give his speak-to-sell talk about his favorite marketing tactic, when I heard him say something that jolted me out of my daze (I’m paraphrasing, here): "I'm going to show you why speaking is the only marketing tactic you need to build your business." Why did this jump out at me? Well, not because it isn’t true (or at … [Read more...] about Not Happy with Your Marketing Results? Maybe You Haven’t Picked the RIGHT Marketing Tactic for You
A few years back, there was what I call a “launch business phenomenon” (for lack of a better term) in the Internet Marketing/Information Product Industry. In a nutshell, these were "businesses" that relied on the product launch for their main source of income. These entrepreneurs would do 1-2 product launches a year, make 7-figures, and spend the rest of the year delivering … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! Are You Building a Business Or Are You Just Making Money?
For a good chunk of my life, I struggled with goal setting. Growing up in Wisconsin, I was taught that hard work was not only valued, but the key to success. So, when I started my business as an adult, I WANTED to be so busy I was working nights and weekends. After all, if I was working long hours, that meant that I was "successful." Right? (It took years and multiple … [Read more...] about [Goal Setting Checklist] A Simple System to Make Your Dreams Come True
Along with creating new goals and resolutions, it's also that time of year to dust off the crystal ball (aka an angel snow globe in my case) and make some predictions for the New Year, especially around the hot topic of business success. And, I'm not going to sugar coat it; 2017 was a little rough, and it could get rougher. BUT, as always, there is opportunity as well, … [Read more...] about 7 Hot Predictions for Business Success in 2018