Do You Want to Be Known?


Mark Schaefer released a new book on personal branding earlier in 2017, and it’s one of the best books of the year. Sometimes it feels impossible to stand out. Digital and social media marketing have exploded the amount of information we are bombarded with, and data proliferation has made online tactics very attractive to both advanced and wannabe marketers. The …

#1 Tip For a Successful Inbound Marketing Strategy

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What’s the single most important ingredient for a successful inbound marketing strategy? Angela Stringfellow at NG Data recently asked 40 marketing professionals their answer to that very question. It’s a great read and I’m honored that Angela included my answer on the list. Here was my response: The single most important factor in determining your success is actually the exact …


Entrepreneur: Living in Stress Today, Hoping for Beach Vacation Someday

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What it’s really like to be an entrepreneur. When most people think of an entrepreneur, they think of some young, probably sexy, person living a really cool lifestyle—usually in a bustling city. A bit like riding a fun roller coaster. In reality, most entrepreneurs are small business owners riding a roller coaster you wish would just stop. They’re older people, …

New Online Marketing Course for Small Business Owners Coming Soon

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Gurulocity is finalizing a new online marketing course for small business owners, launching Fall 2017. 12/12/2017 UPDATE: THE NEW COURSE IS NOW LIVE. YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT HERE: 30 DAYS TO A WINNING SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING MARKETING STRATEGY I’m excited to announce we are taking a crucial step towards helping more small business owners and entrepreneurs take their business …


How to Gather Competitive Intelligence Even if You’re Small

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10 ways to gather competitive intelligence quickly and efficiently, even if you’re a small business with minimal resources. Just because you’re small doesn’t mean you can’t compete. While small businesses may not have the same resources as larger competitors, they do have distinct advantages. Small businesses are often faster and more flexible, able to adjust to changing market conditions. It’s …


10 Most Effective Marketing Strategies for Small Business

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The ultimate list of effective marketing strategies for small business in an increasingly digital world. Learn the best marketing ideas for small business growth. There’s so much written about digital marketing tactics that it’s hard to know where to start. It’s especially true if you are a small business owner without a marketing department or a lot of digital experience. …


15 Innovation Activities for Novel Ideas

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Quit brainstorming and start uncovering novel and useful ideas for your business. Brainstorming stinks. While there are cases where a well-trained brainstorming expert can get a group to come up with something useful, for most people it’s a drag. Most attendees simply dread them. Especially when larger groups come together in corporate environments. The trick is to avoid large sessions …

20 Favorite Small Business Marketing Tips

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You’re sure to find a tip on this list that will spark a worthy idea for your small business marketing efforts. If you’re a small business owner looking for a few pointers to help your marketing efforts, you’ve come to the right place. In the early days of this blog, I wrote a post for corporate marketers: 50 Quick Marketing …

The Final Test of a Good Marketing Idea

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You have a marketing idea but aren’t sure if it’s any good. This is the third of three critical questions to ask before implementing the idea in your small business, including a template to easily prioritize your ideas. Maybe you’ve got an idea in mind. But is it a good idea? Hopefully you’ve already been following along. Back in May, …

The Second Test of a Good Marketing Idea

Testing Ideas

You have a marketing idea but aren’t sure if it’s any good. This is the second of three critical questions to ask before implementing the idea in your small business. Maybe you’ve got an idea in mind. But is it a good idea? Earlier this month I wrote about The First Test of a Good Marketing Idea. It was the first …