How to Use Your Lemonade Stand Experience to Succeed in Business Lemonade stands have been teaching kids about how to run a business for generations. Remember the old Peanuts cartoon where Lucy dispenses advice instead of drinks for five cents, and then Snoopy undercuts her for two cents? Even if your neighborhood was less competitive growing up, your first experience with being an entrepreneur probably made a lasting impression. Some

DO YOU KNOW YOUR MARKETING ACRONYMS? Marketers at every level enjoy bandying about a few trendy acronyms to explain their work. Here are some of our favorites: Baby Marketer CTA, CTR, CMS YA Marketer TOFU, MOFU, BOFU Mature Marketer ICP Boomer Marketing Boss Whitepaper And here’s what they all stand for – CTA – Call to ActionCTR – Click Through Rate  =  clicks ÷ impressions = CTR.CMS – Content Management

Three Super Simple Tips to Improve Your Businesses “Likeability Factor” (Especially if you have a challenging topic) Don’t know where to start somedays? Start by asking “How can my business be more friendly and approachable?”  When businesses work well, customers feel part of their tribe and return often with their dollars.  Everyone wants to do business with people they like. At best – your customers are your advocates and share

FREE DESSERT – WHAT’S YOURS? My husband’s family loves this little Italian restaurant in the Valley. It’s non-descript, average sized sign, and the first time I walked in I realized I’d been passing it by for years.  But not my husband’s clan. They love it. And have been returning for generations. And bringing everyone they know. What makes it so special? The owner. He stands at the door and greets

Content Strategy 101 Your brand’s content will only be as effective as the strategy you use to create and promote it. Otherwise, you will miss out on reaching a large segment of your target audience. You need to make sure your content is speaking to your audience in a way that is relevant to them, in a place or format they engage with.  Here are some important tips on how

The Value of Public Relations in 2021 Public relations is an old industry, one that began long before the internet or even television. The first documented public relations agency opened in 1900. Businesses of all kinds have long recognized the value of attracting publicity. It’s changed a bit with time, however clear communications and consistent visibility is still a key ingredient to any business success. Getting more publicity for your

3 Marketing Sins You Must Never Commit Marketing is the path to a successful business, but only if done right. Putting your message out in front of people can create customers, but it can also prove to be a waste of time and resources when not done correctly. Unfocused marketing is like flushing time and money down the toilet and no one wants to do that. While the perfect campaign

8 Marketing Resolutions For 2021 You Can Actually Keep 2020 may have taught us a thing or two about best laid plans… But this year, we’re setting resolutions that are invaluable for your marketing strategy and, better yet, easy to keep! Set Your Intentions  Before you start, take some time to think. This is the essential first step. Consider your brand’s mission, purpose and whom you serve. Set a clear

SUREFIRE WAYS TO SUCCEED ON SOCIAL MEDIA NOW Are you tired of hearing the phrase “in these unprecedented times?” Join the club! Yes, we know, it’s unusual and wonky. In a world that has gone digital-first quickly, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and resort to the same old phrases and ideas. But don’t copy cat – find your own way and your own voice.  Consumers are spending record amounts of

Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Known. 5 Easy SEO Strategies to Use in Your Marketing and PR Campaigns There is nothing worse in business than doing great work and having no one see it. Businesses that can’t be found today are doomed to fail tomorrow. Search engine optimization helps your content rank higher in search engine results and makes it more visible online.  All hail the mighty force of Google.

HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM STORIES FOR YOUR BUSINESS Any creative business owner will tell you that to catch your audience’s attention, you have to learn how to adapt to new platforms. The impact of Instagram on consumers is undeniable. So, if you have ever thought of using this platform to elevate your business, now is the perfect time to do so!  Instagram Stories are not only fun but also enormously

6 Ways to Connect with a Journalist If you ask any journalist what question they hear all the time, they probably will tell you: “How can I get coverage in your newspaper or on blog?” As a publicist, I get the same question all the time.  The answer? You need to get their attention. And you need to get it with a good story. If you own a business, or manage