Years ago, when I was studying the craft of writing fiction, I ran across a book that talked about how story was the "sugarcoating" to make the "medicine go down.” The example the author used was fairy tales, which he claimed were old-fashioned morality lessons (the medicine) wrapped in story (the sugarcoating). People would want to read the fairy tales, and when they did, … [Read more...] about How to Add Magic to Your Marketing with the Power of Story
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 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
I recently came across two contradictory articles about the effectiveness of YouTube. First, the bad. In December, 2017, Business Insider had an article about how many (but not all) of the biggest stars on YouTube are seeing both their followers and their video views dwindle. Now, the good. In January, 2018, a popular blog called IncomeMediary had an article about 8 SEO … [Read more...] about Is YouTube on the Way Out?
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
I'm back with my crystal ball (aka angel snow globe) with a few predictions on copywriting trends to watch for in the wacky world of copywriting over the coming year. But, before I dig into those copywriting trends, let's define what copywriting is. Copywriting is writing promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting a … [Read more...] about The Future of Copywriting: 5 Copywriting Trends to Watch For
Internet marketing has taken a beating these past couple of years. Strategies that used to work aren't working so well anymore. In my opinion, I think what we're seeing is the end of the using "new" as the primary marketing strategy. BUT just because we aren't relying solely on "new" doesn't mean Internet marketing is dead. Not by a long shot. What it DOES mean, … [Read more...] about The Future of Internet Marketing—5 Trends to Watch
Yes, the product launch is dead. No, it isn't. It depends. (Way to be decisive Michele!) Before I dig in, I want to start by defining “product launch.” Product launches aren't new. Businesses have been crafting campaigns to launch a new product or program or service for as long as they've been creating new offerings. Turning the unveiling of a new product into an … [Read more...] about Product Launch Secrets: Are Product Launches Dead?