Tag: learning and development

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Why Brand Storytelling WORKS for Your Business

What is Brand Storytelling? Remember the feeling of hearing a great ghost story around the campfire? Those campfire storytelling moments stick with us. There were lessons learned in each story such as “don’t walk alone in the woods at night” or “be careful talking to strangers.” The same logic applies to your brand. The idea of brand storytelling is to…

Business Growth, Online Course. Branding Workshop, brand language, business development, lessons learned

Lessons Learned from Hosting a Branding Workshop

A couple of weeks ago, people from across the country joined me and two of my collaborative partners for a branding workshop. Together, we shared insights on creating brand language from your business’ core values and brand personality. We discussed how to best work with a graphic designer to translate that information into a visual brand. Then we wrapped it…

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Identify Your Ideal Customers With Social Media Tools

One of my esteemed strategic partners, Trusty Oak Virtual Assistants, recently asked me to write a guest post on their blog. I was given the challenge of explaining the uses of the Facebook Audience Insights tool for business development. Social media tools offer incredible information these days, especially Facebook, so I accepted the challenge.   Who are your ideal customers?…

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CRM Systems: Managing Customer Relationships

DEFINE CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Customer relationship management (CRM) refers to the business strategies, processes, and technology that businesses use to organize and improve relationships with customers and other key contacts such as vendors and partners.  We collect data about customers, analyze the information, and use it to improve business relationships, boost customer loyalty, grow sales, and even make product improvements.…

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Business Owner or Freelance Dynamo. Which One Are You?

Are you a business owner or a freelance dynamo? A Freelance Dynamo is really good a specific skill set. He or she works hard to deliver a high quality product. However, there is little or no planning towards long-term goals and growth. This is a person who will always work solo and is okay with it staying that way. There…

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Business Basics: An Attitude of Gratitude

Have an attitude of gratitude. An “attitude of gratitude” means having the habit of showing your thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life – including your business.  This is a powerful tool for any small business owner or leader. Why? Your attitude can transform your life and business, or…  a lack of gratitude can bring everything down.  …

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Fall Challenge: Finding Your Brand Tribe

Do You Know Your Brand Tribe? One of the most important steps to writing strong marketing and sales copy is understanding your customers (See Empathy for Entrepreneurs). Beyond my customers and clients, I think of the larger group as My Tribe. Others may call them the “Brand Tribe” or their business community. My brand tribe includes clients (past, current, and…

Business Growth, Online Course. Branding Workshop, brand language, business development, lessons learned

Your Business Growth Strategy: From Sapling to Full-Sized Tree

We all want to grow our small business from a small sapling to a full-sized tree, right? The goal is to learn, develop, and eventually grow the business from that original small idea to a structured high functioning business.  To get there, you need a flexible and thoughtful business growth strategy that is well organized according to your needs.  …

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