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Purpose-Driven Business Collaboration

For those of you who know me well, you might easily guess that I’m a big advocate of collaboration in business. Built into Beckmann Collaborative is the understanding that partnerships make us all stronger. When I share resources with my strategic partners, it allows us to improve the quality of each project, increase leads, expand brand awareness, and have a business…

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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…

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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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Customer Journey Mapping and Your Brand

Marketers often talk about funnels and customer journey maps, but it’s all marketing jargon without a useful explanation. There are many ways to define the concept of a customer journey.   Customer Journey Maps: Define the step by step experiences of your customer beginning with the initial discovery of your business, getting to know you, deciding to buy, and then…

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Customer Experience Branding. Can You Deliver on Your Brand Promise?

Your Brand + Your Customers = Customer Experience Branding   Building strong relationships with others is a foundation of humanity. We have friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors who we devote time, energy and effort towards. Developing those individual relationships is of high importance. There is a disconnect in business where we sometimes forget that customers are people who we should…

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3 Reasons to Consider Online Courses for Your Business

Why Should You Consider Taking an Online Course? ✔ Business Development ✔ Professional Development ✔ Personal Growth   1. Business Efficiency. Time is money, and every minute you spend on researching the latest “trend” in marketing tactics or business development ideas could be used in a smarter and way. Spend a couple of hours in an online course that is focused on actionable takeaways…

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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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3 Essentials for Defining Your Brand

The simplest way to gain a competitive advantage in business is by attracting more customers and increasing customer retention. Sounds simple, but it is also a huge challenge for small business owners with small teams and a tightly structured budget.   Many businesses, both large and small, have increased customer loyalty by building up their brand reputation. Seeing these results…

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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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