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Offering Value

Offering Value November 2018   In addition to what they pay for, what value do you offer your clients? Do you go above and beyond what they expect from you? There are lots of things you can do that give extra value to your clients and prospects. Monthly newsletters Do you send a newsletter with useful information? Newsletters are a simple way to keep your name in front of your clients

answering email can be a chore

Dealing with emails

As a business owner, I’m sure you get a ton of emails every day just like I do. Keeping up with emails can take a good chunk of time every day. Dealing with the junk The first thing I do is clear out the junk. I set up rules (which you can do on a Mac) to send mail from spammers to my junk or trash folder and they’re gone

11 tips to make the most of your Facebook posts

Grow your following We all have Facebook pages, but getting new followers is can be tough. Here are some tips to increase your following and engagement of your posts. 1. This one is obvious. You can buy page likes. However, when you buy followers, they might not remain followers. Some will follow for a short period of time and then disappear. 2. Using the correct demographics for your business when

If a website is there and no one looks at it…

… does it really exist? Why don’t more people see my website? You listen to everyone’s advice and you got a website, but no one is visiting. Why does it matter whether or not you have a site or not? The truth is that you just never know when a prospect may look to see exactly what is on your website and what you do. Almost every business, big or

How do you define success?

After watching the Barbara Bush funeral on Saturday, I have been thinking about legacies. What will your business leave to the world? How do you measure whether or not your business, and you as a person, are successful? How do you define success? We had a discussion in my networking group today about this topic. Of course, there is the money definition. A successful person is one who has a

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

Fake news

A couple weeks ago one of my Facebook friends posted a news bulletin announcing the death of an actor. I had seen the actor that very morning on live television and I doubted the post was real. A few of the person’s contacts doubted it as well. We all responded to the post saying we thought it was fake. She took it down immediately, but I’m sure many people posted

Self-doubt, worry and emissions testing

For the first time ever, I had my emissions tested well ahead of the deadline. So worried that I would not pass due to car problems I’ve had recently, I wanted to get it over with and find out what problems needed to be fixed. Figuring that the week between Christmas and New Year’s would be a less busy time to take care of the emissions testing, I went yesterday.

Twitter analytics

Using Twitter analytics in business Using Twitter for business purposes is a vital part of sales in today’s marketplace. Twitter analytics gives you insights to the people who are visiting your profile, looking at your tweets and responding to them. As you use Twitter analytics month after month, trends begin to develop. Who is retweeting my tweets? Who is my most popular follower? Which post did the best in the past

a graphics primer from social squids

A graphics primer

Part 1: Design elements Graphic design As entrepreneurs or business owners, we all need to have graphics done from time to time. Having a professional graphic artist instead of using your own support staff or trying to do it on your own, can be the difference between an amateurish brochure that will end up in the recycle bin or something that really grabs the reader’s interest and is worth keeping.

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