Category: Small Business Advice

Viral Success Gone Wrong

How Viral Genius Becomes Total Fail

I was on Facebook last night and came across a hilarious (and at over 45M view, successfully viral) video from JC Penney. This struggling retailer started taking some chances with their jewelry advertising, and the results were amazing. The ad is clever, is built to be viral, and it doesn’t “sell” anything other than the

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5 Tips To Help You Have a Great Cyber Monday

Holiday E-Commerce 2015 – 5 Tips To Make Cyber Monday (and Beyond) A Success

The holidays are here – in fact, if you’ve been in a Target lately, Christmas decor has been out since mid-October. If you’re selling online then this is an important time of year for you. If you’re a small business, it’s difficult to be heard above the noise of the “big guys”. But there are

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Small Business Challenge – Pushing Through “Failure Aversion”

Being an entrepreneur / business owner can be lonely. Yes, you may have the money that comes with success, but many of us (if not all) are always afraid of failure. “What if no one buys what I’m selling?” “What if I get a bad Yelp review?” “What if….?” Your mind can quickly take you

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Winning in the online holiday sales

Holiday Shoppers Are Coming – Are You Breaking Through the Clutter?

Does your mailbox look like mine? Ever since October ended my mailbox has been stuffed with a never-ending collection of catalogs for toys, PJs, dog treats, home goods, gifts and more. Where was everyone the other 10 months of the year? That’s the problem, right? Sometimes you don’t think about marketing your business until everyone

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Confessions of a Marketing Consultant

Confessions of a Marketing Consultant

I’ve been in marketing – as both a client and a marketing consultant – for the past 25 years. I’ve worked in the marketing teams of Kraft Foods / Maxwell House, Hain-Celestial and Frontier Natural Products and managed multiple vendors and consultants. I always took the steps needed  to bridge the gap between our internal

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