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Elements of a Good Inbound Marketing Strategy

Elements of a Good Inbound Marketing Strategy

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Marketing is an essential part of running a successful business. In fact, business and management expert Peter Drucker once said, “Business has only two functions — marketing and innovation.” Different types of marketing strategies and campaigns have different levels of effectiveness: some marketing strategies are more expensive with very little measurable effect, while others are […]

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Web Content that Truly Matters: Be Inspirational

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In my recent posts about publishing web content that appeals to your target market, a key point I make is that writing company-centric articles about your products and services won’t work. Your key focus should be the needs and desires of your ideal clients. How can your web content inspire them to trust you, like […]

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Business Priorities: Do Less, Not More

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“Less is more,” the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe liked to say. Can that be true in business? When we focus on fewer business priorities, do we get more of the right stuff done? And does it mean more success, more business growth, not less? I recently read an interesting Harvard Business Review post […]

Business Blind Spots and How to Avoid Them

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We see what we expect to see. It’s a well-documented psychological phenomenon. We have virtual blind spots that are created by our brains when something appears that is not expected. As business leaders, we become so passionately entrenched in our strategic vision that we can fail to see evolving trends. James Kerr writes about Business […]

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Strategic Story: Off-centered Stuff for Off-centered People

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In reflecting about our Dogfish Head Brewery tour, I was impressed with everything about the company, down to the creative use of fonts on the utility cupboards. To me, it embodies the essence of small business strategy, marketing, branding, and customer experiences. They live their strategic story. It’s not just the beer they produce. It’s […]

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Smart Companies Are Starting to Get Social

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Businesses are just starting to use social media as a key strategy for growth. Some are hesitant, however. I don’t think social business is ever going away, although the tools are rapidly changing. Many small businesses aren’t clear which tactics are best for their company, and how to get the most out of their social […]

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Can Your Business Growth Rapidly Accelerate?

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What if there were some sort of Miracle-Gro to accelerate your business growth? Recently I came across some statistics, and I was really surprised. It was about athletes. When an athlete starts marking down his or her achievements regularly, his success gets at least 20% greater! No extra trainings, no new equipment… nothing else changes […]

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Strategy vs. Tactic: Important Differences

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I think everything we do in business needs to have a strategy behind it. I notice sometimes people struggle with the difference between strategy and tactic. “Our strategy is to build up an email list through social media and webinars, then drive people to our webpages for web sales.” Those are all tactics, not strategies. […]