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How to Tell Your Brand Story: Lessons from Swashbuckling Pirates

Running a business is a bold adventure. It’s like setting sail on the high seas. Like a ship, businesses have a lot of moving parts, need skilled labor to run well, and are always on the lookout for other pirates competitors. All Captains (founders, managers, etc.) desire to keep a tight ship, outrun or properly engage their foes, and keep their destination clearly ahead on the horizon. With a good set of core values and …

The Content Marketing Ecosystem [INFOGRAPHIC]

Who does content marketing? Nowadays, depending on how big your team is, content marketing can be a DIY task, outsourced to freelancers, passed on to an agency on retainer—or a little of each! All of those players are part of the content marketing ecosystem. The infographic below shows the results of surveys among those who carry out content marketing: agencies, employees, and freelancers. It reveals: the most popular types of content that agencies create for their …

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Valid User Reviews: Marketing Your Business with User-Created Content

Online user reviews, though consumers rely heavily on them in their buying decisions, are not nearly as valid as they seem. That’s according to a new study completed by Bart de Langhe and his team of researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition to outright fakery, a lack of objectivity further skews consumer reviews. Consumers simply react to a single experience, rather than making a scientific comparison. In addition, there tends to be …

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The Best Way to Get Survey Responses: Lessons from Marketing

So you’ve got a survey. But what’s the best way to get survey responses? Clicking the “send” button from your email provider isn’t enough. Tweeting about it isn’t enough. Even begging every relative, friend, and acquaintance isn’t enough. Getting survey respondents requires the same amount of effort as other marketing campaigns. This post will show you how to master the techniques that empower surveys to become more likable. Make sure to read all the guidelines, …

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How to Make Your Business Stand Out in the Sea of Sameness

Standing out online is a challenge. Competition is fierce. Thousands of others already cover the topics you want to cover. That said, it IS possible to cut through the noise and get noticed… but NOT while doing the same things everyone else is doing. You have to do something different. Something that demands attention. That’s when people take notice. Here are 6 ways to differentiate your brand, cut through the noise, and stand out in …

Redefining Success: What If Success Isn’t What You Thought It Was?

Everyone wants success, but we can’t get a consensus on what success is. You’ve probably found yourself talking about success at one time or another and then found yourself unable to articulate even for yourself what it might mean. You might have considered success while in your office, or at home, or in the shower or at the gym. You’ve likely talked success through with your spouse or partner, family or friends. (You might have …

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9 Reasons Now Is the Best Time to Start Freelancing (Even If You Didn’t Get Fired)

I wanted out. In late 2014 I found myself at a crossroads. I was burnt out after working for two consecutive online marketing companies in New York City. Over my years hustling from apartment to office, I slowly realized that I wasn’t content to be constantly looking for the next stepping stone in my career. I couldn’t stand the idea any longer of working to hit hours instead of goals. I could no longer tolerate …

Zippy Courses Platform Review: Does It Really Solve the Course Building Puzzle?

The sales page for the Zippy Courses standalone platform points out that some online course creation tools are optimized for easy course creation, while others are optimized for selling courses. My experiments with both standalone platforms and WordPress plugins, which allow you to build your course on your own WordPress website, bear this out. Most platforms make the building simple and the selling… not so simple. So I was excited to try the Zippy Courses …