I am a firm believer that the good (and bad) bosses you have in your early career set the stage for your future employment success and longevity.  It’s a ripple effect through your employment history. I’ve been working since I was 13. Yes, that’s right.  My first job was watching the little kids at the kiddie pool during the Red Cross sponsored swimming lessons at the area pool.  I don’t remember much about that job other than it was 8 weeks, at least 3 days a week. I used the money ($80) to purchase an expensive puppet to use in the church puppet ministry. FastRead More →

Danielle Steele once said, when interviewed about the writing process, “You’re better off pushing through and ending up with 30 dead pages you can correct later than just sitting there with nothing.” In the interest of having dead pages I can edit later I’m going to commit to writing something every day.  For me this is a bold statement.  Sticking to a habit of writing daily is a daunting task for anyone. I have a lot of thoughts about marketing, business and some on life in general but I often find myself “editing” before I even start to type.  Then the “impostor syndrome” hits andRead More →

A bit of advice that will save you time and money. Before you invest in SEO social media advertising or google ads be sure you’re your website is aesthetically pleasing, functions well and is user friendly. Use great photography. Take the time to test the forms and proofread the content. If you proceed with 1, 2 or 3 without having a great website, you’re throwing money in the trash. So many many people seek professional help for 1,2,3 and the website is a hot mess. Projects that are taken on without a fully functional website result in failure and that’s not the outcome anyone wants.Read More →

It’s no secret that the sales funnel has changed dramatically with the growth of the internet. Prospects can enter the sales process at almost any stage and exit just as quickly for a variety of reasons.  Whether you view the funnel as a bow-tie or flywheel, the motivation of the prospect is the key to gaining more sales. Inbound marketing touts the different stages of the sales process as: awareness, consideration, decision and delight.  These are the tasks that fill the sales funnel. But it leaves out the motivational component. Sure a prospect is aware of your company but is their motivation high enough forRead More →

Think about this: No company ever bought anything. Oh sure there are corporate entities that, on paper, are buying products and services.  But in reality, every single purchase decision was made by a person. People don’t buy from companies, they buy from other people. People they like and people that can solve a problem.  The sooner we all acknowledge this simple fact, the better all marketing becomes. I’m declaring 2019 the year of P2P marketing.  Person to person.  It’s time to get personal. The trend has been in the making for several years and it’s time we all adjust our strategies to develop relationships withRead More →