Tag: learning and development

Evaluate Your Business, business evaluation, year-end audit, marketing strategy

Are You Scared to Evaluate Your Business?

Whether in business, relationships, school assignments, or almost any situation you can think of, you can get too close to a situation and the path forward becomes dubious. Everyone experiences this barrier. You don’t have to be scared of evaluating your business.    Your Relationship with Your Business   For some reason, making decisions gets harder the closer we get…

Experiential learning, business management software, learning software, business software

This New Business Management Software is supposed to make my life EASIER

Everyone wants to make their life easier, right? We have email because it’s easier than snail mail. We have social media because seeing baby pictures is nice, even if those ‘friends’ are not close. Technology is driven by the idea of convenience. This is especially the case with some of the business management software that’s now available. Ideally, these tools…

teamwork, professional development training, professional training, corporate training, business development, employee retention, business consulting

How Professional Development Training Can Benefit Your Small Business

Why Would You Invest in Professional Development Training? To attract and retain the best team of employees, professional development training must be more than a fringe benefit. Both salaried and hourly employees are seeking to work for the businesses who invest in their team. It is a prerequisite for attracting those top-performers.   Make employee training an ongoing process built into…

brand storytelling, brand story, brandstory, brand stories, business brand, business branding, becmkann collaborative

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…

social media tool, find your customers, ideal customer, ideal customer persona, market research, analytics

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?…

sales and marketing, CRM Strategy, CRM System, CRM Software

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.…

Business Owner, Freelancer, Freelance dynamo, always be learning, small business blog, small business development

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…

attitude of gratitude, thank you, business development, company culture, beckmann collaborative

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.  …

Fall Challenge, Finding Your tribe, market research, customer journey, ideal customer, ideal client, market research

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…

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