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How to Pitch Yourself as an Expert to Broadcast Media

Recently I spoke about influencer marketing at PR Bootcamp in New York City. Just before my presentation, a panel of editors and producers from television programs like Dr. Oz and The Today Show talked to an audience of public relations professionals about getting products and experts on their programs.

While Egg doesn’t have many consumer product brands as clients, we do have a lot of industry experts, so I perked up when they talked about how experts could get booked on the show, even if they weren’t celebrities.

Creating A Market

What a Hot Socks Brand Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Creating a Market

Originally Published in AllBusiness.com

The first time I saw them, I wrinkled my nose in disgust. They’d arrived in my FabFitFun subscription box, their garish pink color and 10 grippy toes mocking me. I had no use for such frivolity in my life, so I tossed them into my giveaway pile.

A few weeks later, I signed up for classes at a new Pilates studio in my neighborhood. The website read: “New students must have toe socks, which can be purchased in the studio.”

Wait, hadn’t I thrown out some of those? Given that they retail for $16 a pop, I was desperately hoping I hadn’t taken my giveaway box to the thrift store. I hadn’t. So I donned my neon pink, five-toed grip socks and headed to Pilates.

One year later, I’m a convert. What in the heck happened in the space of 12 months to change my outlook on ToeSox? Turns out the brand knows what it’s doing.

Apply These 5 Dating Tips To Finding The Perfect Content Marketing Partner

Apply These 5 Dating Tips to Finding the Perfect Content Marketing Partner

Originally published in AllBusiness.com

As always, I find inspiration for my business articles in the things I experience personally. Let’s start this article off with a little TMI: I am divorced and dating at 40. It’s an interesting world, and I’m learning a lot (though I have to say, it’s not for the faint of heart!). It occurred to me that there are parallels between what you’d want in a good mate and what you’d want in a content marketing partner, someone who will help you to produce articles, blog posts, and other creative content to promote your business and your goods and services.

This Wrestler-Themed Taco Shop Understands the Value of Customer Experience

This post was originally published on AllBusiness.com

In San Diego, there’s a taco shop on every corner—you think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. And while every San Diegan has her go-to shop for the city’s famous fish tacos, most of the shops look the same:

  • Bars on windows
  • Bright colors
  • Maybe a sombrero or sarape hanging on the wall
  • Decor is background noise because you’re there for the food

9 Reasons to Invest in a Professional Content Writer in 2018

I of all people understand that small businesses have small budgets, and that every expense should be scrutinized.  I am the queen of DIY, in an effort to save a few bucks.

But I also understand the value of hiring help where it’s needed. While I’m a professional content writer, you probably aren’t.

professional content writer

Do you really think writing your own content is the best way to reach your audience? If you’re not skilled at writing — or just don’t enjoy it — that will come off in how your brand is portrayed to potential business.

The last thing you want to do is turn off the very people you want as your customers.

As you build your marketing budget for 2018, let me give you a few arguments for hiring a professional content writer.

Business Resolutions for Egg Marketing 2018

Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of a blank slate. What will you make of it with your business?

blank slate for your business

For me, there’s always been something so symbolic about having a fresh start. It’s a great excuse to rethink where we want to take our businesses. When you’re chugging along the rest of the year, you rarely take the time to look up and consider whether you’re still moving in the direction you want to be, or whether that direction has shifted.

That’s why I make New Year’s Resolutions for my business.

(and hey, if you’re not feeling up to it this year, check out what I did last year: focused on just one goal for the entire year.)

The Gifts My Small Business Clients Give to Me

This time of year, I’m typically writing articles about the importance and value of sending clients gifts. While I completely advocate doing so (and am pretty proud that I ordered my client gifts in November!), this post is about something more intangible.

I’ve been in business nearly 12 years. While I’ve worked with my share of divas and slave drivers, I have to say, I’m pretty proud to have a roster of clients who genuinely are a joy to work with.

Not every entrepreneur is so lucky.

small business gifts

I’m reflecting on the many gifts I’ve gotten from them. Not cookies and flowers, though I occasionally am delighted to receive those, but more lessons and experiences that help me be better as a business owner.

Jon Wuebben Says the Future of Marketing is Now

Quite honestly, I don’t read and review a lot of marketing books these days. They tend to say the same thing over and over. But when Jon Wuebben, author of not one but two books on content marketing, asked me to review his new book Future Marketing: Winning in the Prosumer Age, something told me to read it.

Future Marketing

Rather than covering the same tired digital marketing topics, Wuebben, a fan of futurist authors like Dr. Ray Kurzweil and Alvin Toffler, applies their theories about the future to marketing. It turns out, they all saw it coming. The technology. The social networks. The sharing of information. It’s fascinating to line up their predictions to marketing, even if they weren’t specifically aimed at marketing.

[BOOK REVIEW] The Ultimate Guide to Content Marketing & Digital PR

The funny thing about books in the digital marketing space is that they become outdated nearly as soon as they’re published.  It’s hard to write a current book, not knowing what technologies and tools are coming down the pipeline. But some books — for example, The Ultimate Guide to Content Marketing & Digital PR by Luke Nicholson, Charlie Marchant, and Tim Kitchen — provide long-lasting value by focusing on strategy and tactics rather than the latest and greatest trends in marketing.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It was right in my wheelhouse: full of actionable advice any small business owner can follow to stand out in a sea of competition. I tend to favor books that teach you how to do something rather than just talk about high-level concepts you can do nothing with.

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