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.
When I read the title of Cliff Lerner’s book, Explosive Growth: A Few Things I Learned While Growing to 100 Million Users — and Losing $78 Million, I chuckled to myself. In an era where it seems like every business or marketing book is focused on success, here was an author using his abysmal failure to speak to his audience.
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
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.
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 this year, let me give you a few arguments for hiring a professional content writer.
Happy New Year!
Today is the first day of a blank slate. What will you make of it with 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tomorrow’s a special day for us at Egg. It’s the day we celebrate being in business for…wait for it…10 years! We’ve beat the odds, and come out better than 96% of small businesses. That’s huge.
When I wrote my first press release for a client in 2006 (who I found on MySpace Classifieds, by the way), I was looking for a way to make money until my next job. But after a few more projects, I realized: this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to help small businesses who couldn’t afford to hire full-time marketing staff to attract customers. I’m proud to say that we’ve stuck to that mission.
A lot’s changed in 10 years: