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How to Make Videos Authentic: Speak Effectively from the Heart So Viewers Love Watching You

Your mouth quivers as you stare into the camera. The voice that comes out doesn’t sound like you. Talking at the camera feels weird as there’s no physical energy. There’s no one there to talk with or to respond to you. You’re told to turn on the camera and smile, breathe, relax, act naturally, be yourself, have fun. But it doesn’t help. I know! This is the same generic advice that didn’t work for me …

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Authentic Marketing: How to Attract More Customers by Removing the Hype

Are you tempted to use hype and exaggeration, so you can cut through the noise and get your audiences to pay attention? “Double your profits in 7 days or less, guaranteed!” “The best CRM software in the world!” “10x your website traffic with just a few clicks!” If you find yourself veering towards claims like that, restrain yourself. Hype annoys prospects and customers. Up to 76 percent of survey respondents think that advertising is exaggerated and …

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How to Write Your Nonfiction Book from Scratch in Just Three Weeks

“I don’t have the time.” “I can’t motivate myself to write every day.” “I’m not inspired to write anything today.” Or how about: “I’m great at starting a book … it’s the finishing that’s the problem.” “How do I know finishing the book’s even worth it?” “I keep getting new writing ideas I’m more excited to work on than the last one.” I’m sure you’ve been there. … procrastinating on writing because emails have to …

5 Easy-Peasy (But Effective) Tips for Powerful Audience Engagement

Unlike other business people, solopreneurs must do everything alone. Every business role requires your attention—from project management and accounting, to marketing and customer service. Though it takes a lot of time and effort to keep such business afloat, the hard work eventually pays off. If you are brave enough to become a solopreneur, congratulations. While such an endeavor is difficult, with the right tools and the right mindset, it is far from impossible. There will …

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But I’m a New Solopreneur. Do I REALLY Need CRM Software?

Customer Relationship Management software (CRM) is usually associated with smooth talking sales guys from BigFirm Inc. These guys use state of the art systems that costs thousands of dollars every year and require months of training just to even turn them on! Luckily, the landscape of CRM software has evolved, and while those sales guys from big companies and expensive software are still kicking around, CRMs are now affordable, and accessible to the solopreneur. In …

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How to Turn Your Customers into Promoters

How often do you go to a restaurant or see a movie because a friend recommended it? That opinion probably means a lot more to you than online reviews from strangers or any advertising you see, because it’s from a real source you trust. According to a study by Ogilvy, Google, and TNS from 2014, word of mouth was listed as the largest influence on consumer purchases. From that same study, search and company websites …

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Writer’s Block Cure: 100 Resources To Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas Again

Nobody tells you this, but you’ll probably quit blogging. After the honeymoon period, when the excitement of a new blog wanes and the headiness of authorship dissipates, it hits. Blogging is a lot of work! Once you start, you have to keep going. If you want the traffic to continue flowing, you have to keep feeding the machine with posts. And not just any post you quickly crank out of your keyboard. No, the blog …

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What Can Animal Behavior Teach You About List Building? A Lot

Four months ago, I had no idea that a huge responsive email list was considered the most important asset in the online marketing world. In my fledgling online business awareness, I naively thought that my assets were knowledge of my topic, my teaching skills, and my charisma. Since then, I’ve had a pretty steep learning curve, and my brain kicked into overdrive integrating all the new information on A/B split testing, opt-in bribes, and setting …

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How to Start a Podcast: From Idea to New & Noteworthy in a Month!

With podcasts taking off like they have, it’s possible you’ve thought about starting one of your own. But then the excuses start: “I don’t know how to record audio.” “I wouldn’t know what to speak about!” “I don’t have the network.” And all of these excuses seem valid at first. Well let me be the one to tell you… they are NOT. I am here to show you how we took the Virtual Valley Podcast: …