Networking

There’s something to be said for networking in person

I love social media and doing everything online. At the same time I see the benefits of networking and meeting people in person too. Social Squids can do work anywhere in the world as long as people pay in US dollars. Consider that talking to people in the flesh, seeing their body language and shaking their hands creates a connection that just isn’t possible online. Meetup and Eventbrite are good

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Keep it Simple 

My mom used to call me the queen of the simple sentence – I thought I was simply being concise. As a senior in college I worked for a tv station and wrote for the 11:00 news. In only 15-20 seconds, I had to relate my story. That’s a mere 4-6 sentences. In the world of social media, being the queen of the simple sentence can be a good thing.

What would you do?

Last week I found myself in an awkward situation. Maybe you have been there a time or two yourself. Here is my story… This morning I am sitting in Starbucks for the second time waiting for someone who has not shown up. It is my second attempt on an appointment with this person and getting together was his idea. He seemed rather embarrassed when I talked to him after he

How do you telecommute when the “tele” is not working?

I found myself in a bit of a dilemma yesterday when my &#%$ cable/internet/phone went out right in the middle of a phone call with a client. With a large deadline looming, I was in a panic. It seems that every time I do have a problem with my internet, it happens during a big deadline. What to do… I refer to my neighborhood Starbucks my “branch office.” The branch

We need more brains!

No, this is not a post about zombies. Sorry if you thought that! Have you ever had a great idea, but after pondering it for a little while, you are not quite sure if it will fly or not? It happens to me all of the time. I get all excited about some business or plan and then once I think about it for a day or two, I lose

We need more brains!

No, this is not a post about zombies. Sorry if you thought that! Have you ever had a great idea, but after pondering it for a little while, you are not quite sure if it will fly or not? It happens to me all of the time. I get all excited about some business or plan and then once I think about it for a day or two, I lose

Common bonds and business growth

I met a prospective new client last week and we found out we had a lot in common in our personal lives. That can make a deeper connection with a client, better than simply making a sales pitch. And, she hired me on the spot. That does not always happen. Finding a niche market might for your business could incorporate discovering new business associates with common interests. As an entrepreneur,

Social media for business in 2014

One of the biggest changes in the past year in social media has been advertising. Now there will be video ads on Facebook, ads and sponsored tweets on Twitter and sponsored posts on Instagram. Many apps, like ESPN, have added small banner ads across their pages. People, especially the 18-35 demographic, are using their cell phones more and computers less. Ads are showing up everywhere in the mobile realm. Twitter,

Use images to your advantage

In cyberspace, much like real life, image is everything. Do you have your logo or a photo on all of your social media pages? The black silhouette on LinkedIn or Facebook and the empty egg on Twitter give people the impression that you are either new to the site or inactive. A professional studio photo is best, but really just having some kind of image is better than nothing. Put

Making the most of trending topics

With a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Vine or other social media page to help grow your business, you should take note of what is trending. Try to connect something from the topics to your business. Many times social media is trending. Everyone who has a social media account can relate to that. Other times there are sports figures, politicians, criminals, natural disasters or other current events trending. Anniversaries of big news stories

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