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Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Make lemonade from lemons

 

Messed up? Make lemonade.

We’ve all been there. You check your work once, twice, three times … you read it aloud, ask a trusted employee to review it, save it and give it a final review first thing in the morning with a fresh brain and rested eyes. You pronounce it ready and emphatically click send.

And then: Nooooo! You see the spelling mistake, the missing word, the broken hyperlink. Or something worse, like the price that was supposed to be introductory — but you forgot to add the disclaimer.

Sometimes it’s not our fault; it’s one bloody auto-correct tool or another, thinking it knows better than we do, sneakily messing with our words.

Even the most eagle-eyed among us can miss a typo. So stop beating yourself up, accept that mistakes happen, and make lemonade from lemons. Read on for a few “lemonade recipe” examples.  (more…)

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One Missing Step To Email Marketing Success

Missing Step

Are you missing a key step to email marketing success?

You’re distracted. Yes, you have work to do, but it’s a beautiful day and you want to be outside. Or your personal to-do list is out of control and you just need some time to tackle it. Maybe you simply want to work a little less hard. That’s fair, right?

Not only fair, but smart. With systematic processes, you can streamline your marketing efforts, reducing the hurdles associated with content publication and helping to maintain marketing momentum. One such process can increase your email open rates by 50% without a lot of additional effort.

Want to learn more? (more…)

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The Power Of An Emotional Response

Cheerios emotional connection

 

Emotion is a powerful motivator.

Consider the iconic Superbowl ad where the Budweiser Clysdale races through city streets to reunite with the trainer who raised him. The ad touches the hearts of even the most stoic among us.

Or the Cheerio’s box packaging themed “Made For Little Hands.” For any parent, it recalls days of tiny sticky fingers and the overwhelming intensity of parental love. Again, our response is visceral and emotional.

The Budweiser ad never mentions any product attributes, while Cheerios cites the nutritional benefits of the product only as a post-script with the tagline “Learn more about the goodness inside.”

Can you imagine if your client interactions were even half that intense?  (more…)

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Do Your Website Visitors Hate Your Content?

feeding content

Is your website content attracting visitors or repelling them?

 

 A client considering a website redesign requested I review the effectiveness of their current site. Developed by a web hosting company that specializes in the client’s niche, the site was built from a template which included industry-relevant copy, with designated fields to “personalize” the site.

In fact, the resulting site was impersonal, perfunctory and no more engaging than a Yellow Pages listing. The user experience was inefficient and cumbersome, and the images (obviously stock photos) neither reinforced the copy nor enhanced the client’s credibility. The client and I were in agreement that the website wasn’t particularly compelling or effective. (more…)

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Is Your Blog A Bedtime Story?

Is your blog hibernating? Or are your readers?

Many people launch a blog without considering the commitment. Maybe you wrote a maiden perfunctory post or two when you launched your website. Or you publish something unremarkable occasionally just to assuage your guilt. Perhaps (please, no) you have a single post on your website which smartly states (being cheeky here) “Blog coming soon!”

Whatever the state of your blog’s hibernation, it’s not good. While you understand that consistent blogging is a great way to build authority, demonstrate your knowledge and drive traffic, you’re not inspired. Conceptually, you get it. The actual writing — you’re just not feeling the passion.

Chances are, your readers aren’t inspired either. Creating compelling content is a skill, and like fine carpentry, accounting or ballroom dancing, not everyone has a natural aptitude or affinity for it. The answer isn’t to push through and publish dull content; it’s to drill down on a way to connect with your target audience. (more…)

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