As a copywriter and marketing expert, I've found SEO to be a really valuable tool. And that's why I thought I'd put together this little step-by-step primer on SEO basics including using keyword research to grow your business . But, first, let's start with a little background on what SEO is and why it's important. SEO stands for “search engine optimization,” which is “the … [Read more...] about SEO Basics: How to Use Keyword Research to Grow Your Business
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
When creating a content marketing plan, a lot of entrepreneurs I know do it backwards. They sit down and start brainstorming a bunch of topics. Which can work. But, it can also be a big time waster (especially if the entrepreneurs get stuck and have no idea what they want to create). There's also a high likelihood they don't end up creating content their ideal client wants … [Read more...] about 3 Crucial Steps to Take BEFORE Creating a Content Marketing Plan
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
It may not be your fault you haven't accomplished your big dream. The problem may be who you believe you are. Let me explain. You may have heard the famous saying, often attributed to Henry Ford, Whether You Believe You Can Do a Thing or Not, You Are Right. I would take that a step further and say who you BELIEVE you are, determines what you can do or can't do. For … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! Is Who You Are Getting In the Way of Your Big Dream?
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
Has this ever happened to you? You have a big goal. Maybe you want to start a business or grow a business. Maybe you want to hit a certain income goal. Or maybe you're finally ready to start writing your book. So, you start taking action toward that goals. But ... something funny happens. All these fears start coming up. What if I fail? What if I succeed? What if I … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! Why Aren’t My Goals Coming True?
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
The first time I heard about New Year rituals (actually it was more of a year-end ritual because it took place over Winter Solstice) I was intrigued. But I also felt like it would be a waste of time. Could rituals, any ritual, but especially New Year rituals, help me make my goals come true? Well, as I had been spinning my wheels for years and never getting any … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! Are New Year Rituals a Waste of Time?