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Why You Shouldn’t Be a One-Wo/Man Show

If you are, as I suspect, a “solopreneur,” meaning you handle everything from opening your business in the morning to signing checks and taking out the trash, I have a wakeup call for you. You could be doing a whole lot better. By being the only person in your business, you’re likely missing the bigger picture (it’s hard to plan strategy when you’re putting price tags on inventory).

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I’ve talked before about delegating, but here I want to talk about working with mentors and consultants. I am a marketing consultant, and I fill that role of someone for business owners to bounce ideas off of. I falsely assumed because I consult that I don’t need my own consultant. (Don’t you hate those “oh duh” realizations?) I’ve worked with a few business coaches who have helped me see my business in a different light, and who have given me ideas based on their own experience that I wouldn’t have come up with on my own. Read more

Entrepreneur Inspiration

I’d like to deviate from my usual discussion on marketing to discuss being an entrepreneur.

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What excites and inspires you most about growing your business, and why?

I love Egg Marketing & Public Relations. It’s really blossomed over the past year. And now I’m ready to help it grow. It’s as if it took me a year to truly believe that my business was going to thrive, and now I’m ready to take the next step forward. Read more

When Sex Shouldn’t Sell: Taking Corporate Responsibility in Marketing

You may have heard about (or seen) Hardee’s commercials featuring a strip-teasing teacher, Paris Hilton washing a car, or a woman putting her fist in her mouth and wondered exactly what the burger chain was selling. The company has been getting a lot of flack for its “sex sells” campaigns, and I have to agree with the critics. While, yes, as a marketer, I understand that sex is used all the time to sell products, I have to draw the line at the innuendo that a teacher being ogled by her students presents. Sure, it was a spoof. I could almost laugh at it. But for the fact that degrades women (essentially comparing them to a slab of beef) and gives young men and women a skewed idea of what marketing should be.

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And come on, who really believes Paris washes her own car or eats greasy burgers? Read more