Leave it to my alumni magazine (The University of Texas at Austin) to offer an insightful look into a major pet peeve of professional writers: Over-use of the word “I.” In years of editing thousands of works of film criticism, this has been perhaps my biggest pet peeve. (And yes, I’m aware that I’m breaking … Read more Me, Myself, and I
We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again: The way you get people to pay attention to you in the blog world is not by writing about yourself but about writing about what people are interested in. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently published an interview with Chris Brogan, who puts it in simpler … Read more Be Helpful
Loved this interview with Michael Stelzner on the subject of offering web visitors free content, courtesy of the Intuit Small Business Blog (which we edit). The #1 takeaway is right here: “Your content needs to be commercial free,” Stelzner says, drawing from the core argument of his book, which has won rave reviews from all … Read more Give It Away Now
Today’s consumers are smart, savvy, and more sophisticated than ever when it comes to buying things. The internet has made comparison shopping trivially easy — but it’s also opened the floodgates for all kinds of hazards: Spam websites, shady fly-by-night merchants, and shoddy knockoff products galore. The result is that if you’re lucky enough to … Read more Why Your Business Needs Editorial Content
Recently I did a little math and calculated that I had written or edited some 15,000 blog posts in my career to date. That’s a mammoth number… and it’s taught me more than a few lessons about what to do and what not to do when writing a blog post for your business. Today I’m … Read more Best Practices for Business Blogging
I really liked what Daniel Newman had to say about small business blogging in the Huffington Post. To wit: Since there are a million experts that will tell you how to use social media, I want to focus on something that can truly help your business reach a targeted audience and drive more readership, build … Read more Small Business Owners Deprioritizing Blogging (And That’s a Bad Thing)
Dale Carnegie said it best: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” Attracting new customers and retaining existing ones requires more than simply pushing out marketing messages and waiting for results. Consumers are … Read more 3 Ways to Humanize Your Brand Online
Business owners have repeatedly heard about the importance of social media marketing. As anyone with a social media account has likely learned, however, some people appear to have misunderstood the message. Yes, social media marketing is important but, as with any other marketing campaign, it’s possible to overdo it and scare people off. Consumers have … Read more Are You a Social Media Bore?
In 2011, IBM’s work-at-home program saved about 6.4 million gallons of fuel and over 50,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. A Stanford study found work-at-home employees were 13 percent more productive than working in-house. Marissa Mayer’s recent decision to end work-from-home arrangements came under a lot of scrutiny as it implied a negative connotation to … Read more 3 Reasons to Consider Remote Workers
Social media marketing efforts are often concentrated on the major social networking sites. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all show up prominently in marketing strategies, since they land at the top of most “top social media sites” lists. But several other sites are emerging as popular with select demographics, making them ideal for businesses that are … Read more Is Tumblr the Social Media Site for Your Message?