July 31, 2015

10-Minute Marketing: write a LinkedIn recommendation

10-minute marketing: write a linkedin recommendationMarketing is a give and take, you always want to balance your “taking” (i.e. selling or promoting your organization) with some “giving.”

A great way to give is to leave recommendations on LinkedIn.

I like to leave LinkedIn recommendations for colleagues and vendors that I’ve worked with—and especially for clients who I love working with.

An unsolicited LinkedIn recommendation will most certainly make the person’s day—and you never know, it might just prompt them to reach out to you with a new project or collaboration.

This week’s 10-Minute Marketing task:

Write a LinkedIn recommendation for a colleague (or two, depending on how fast you are)

Are you on LinkedIn? Connect with me here.

10-Minute Marketing is a weekly series featuring short, easy-to-accomplish marketing tasks. Follow along with past posts here.

July 22, 2015

6 tips for an engaging organization newsletter

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6 tips for an engaging organization newsletter

One of my favorite ways to keep in touch is through my newsletter. Every time I send one, I inevitably hear back from a client or prospect that has been “reminded” of me.

Would you like to have this same effect with your organization’s newsletter? Read on for my tips for a more engaging newsletter.

  1. Write for your target audience: The first thing to consider when writing a newsletter is: what do your members or supporters want to hear about? What are their questions, pain points or interests?
  2. Keep it short: The days of long newsletters are gone. There’s more inbox clutter nowadays, so you have to keep your message short and to the point.
  3. Create a simple and flexible email template: I highly recommend using one of the online email newsletter services (I personally use and love MailChimp). This allows you to create a template that can be easily adapted for each issue.
  4. Develop a basic editorial calendar: Having a schedule for your newsletter not only helps you stay on-track, but your readers will begin to expect to hear from you (out of sight really does become out of mind!) It can be a simple as an Excel file with monthly send dates and newsletter topics. Hint: make things ever easier and plan topics a few months in advance. See an example editorial calendar.
  5. Keep a file of topic ideas: One of the biggest blogging complaints I hear is: I have nothing to write about. Once you’ve considered your target audience (see #1), the ideas should start to come easier. Now, create a file where you can store all these great ideas (I use the app Evernote).
  6. Send it consistently: Readers tend to engage more with a newsletter that is familiar to them rather than one that is infrequent. I send mine monthly, however depending on your organization (say, if you host weekly events) you may need a more frequent schedule.

So there you have it… you’re on your way to a more engaging newsletter.

Have you put any of these tips in practice? Let me know, I would love to know how it works out for you!

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June 19, 2015

10-Minute Marketing: write an email newsletter

Filed under: 10-Minute Marketing — Tags: , , — lidia @ 10:30 am

10-Minute marketing: werite an email newsletterI often hear people tell me they dread writing and sending a email newsletter. I, on the other hand, love them. Why? It’s an easy way to stay in touch with clients (I always hear from someone or receive a new project after sending a newsletter).

Also, I have the process down to a system: short lead-in article that links to a blog post, a few callouts about recent newsworthy items.

It wasn’t always this easy for me. I used to spend hours preparing (or agonizing over) a newsletter. Now I can knock one of these out in a half-hour!

Having a clear strategy for what I was trying to accomplish, paired with a simple editorial calendar made all the difference. With that in mind, before you start writing your next newsletter, review your marketing strategy (who are you trying to reach and why) and you’ll find writing so much easier.

This week’s 10-Minute Marketing task:

Write an email newsletter.

Need help creating an editorial calendar? Download my simple template here (Excel file).

 

10-Minute Marketing is a weekly series featuring short, easy-to-accomplish marketing tasks. Follow along with past posts here.

January 23, 2015

10-Minute Marketing: write a case study

Filed under: 10-Minute Marketing — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 12:15 pm

10-Minute-Marketing: write a case studyI know some people avoid writing case studies, but personally I love them. They are a great way to document project details and results (trust me, you will eventually forget them otherwise) They help share your expertise and allow clients and prospects to see how you can help them.

Case studies should include client background, the challenge, your solution and results. They can be included in a marketing piece you send to prospects or added to your website or blog. See an example of one of my case studies on my blog.

This week’s 10-Minute Marketing task:

Write a case study for one of your projects.  

TIP: keep your writing focused on the client, not yourself. See this article from Ed Gandia for super useful case study writing tips.

10-Minute Marketing is a weekly series featuring short, easy-to-accomplish marketing tasks. Follow along with past posts here.

 

October 24, 2014

10-Minute Marketing: list your marketing essentials

10-Minute Marketing: list your marketing essentialsIf you are on my mailing list, you saw my recent newsletter about marketing essentials. What are marketing essentials?

The marketing channels that bring you the most return on your investment of money and especially, time. With so many ways to market yourself—and so little time—it’s best to focus on a few marketing techniques that are working, instead of trying to do it all.

Potential marketing essentials:

  1. Website
  2. Email newsletter
  3. Social media
  4. Content marketing
  5. Printed materials
  6. Cold calling (or emailing)
  7. Networking

This week’s 10-Minute Marketing task:

Write down your top 3 marketing essentials and post it on your office wall.

10-Minute Marketing is a weekly series featuring short, easy-to-accomplish marketing tasks. Follow along with past posts here.

June 3, 2014

Round-up: kicking LinkedIn up a notch

Filed under: Marketing & Promotion,Networking,Round-up — Tags: , , — lidia @ 10:00 am

This week’s round-up features my latest obsession: LinkedIn. I never thought much about my profile, however after talking with a marketing coach, I decided to revamp mine and use it more actively—and found lots of great resources along the way.

  1. 10 Insights: How to Use LinkedIn to Build Business Success Faster than Your Competitors [Jeffbullas’s Blog]
  2. How to Use LinkedIn as an Effective Prospecting Tool [Smarter Freelancing Podcast]
  3. How to Attract Great Clients With LinkedIn [Smarter Freelancing Podcast]
  4. How I Used LinkedIn to Get a 41 percent Response Rate and 6 New Clients [biznik]
  5. How to Create a Compelling & Optimized LinkedIn Profile [Top Dog Social Media]
  6. Build a Killer LinkedIn Profile | Think-n-Drink, Chicago – LIVE EVENT TONIGHT 6/3

Have you found ways to maximize LinkedIn? Share your success stories.

Our Round-Up features useful business tidbits we’ve collected. See past Round-Ups here.

March 21, 2014

10-Minute Marketing: write your positioning statement

Filed under: 10-Minute Marketing — Tags: , , , , — lidia @ 1:59 pm

10-Minute Marketing: write your positioning statementYour positioning statement, also known as your USP (unique selling point) tells people the “what” and “who” of your business.

It’s a crucial part of your branding and marketing. I refer to mine before doing any type of marketing outreach, i.e. drafting website copy, writing a blog post or planning a marketing campaign. It should be basic and straightforward, without any industry jargon.

Your positioning statement can be broken down into the following:

  1. Your unique service or product
  2. Who you provide it for

10-Minute Marketing task:

Write your positioning statement

Example:

  • Wharton Business School: The only business school that trains managers who are global, cross-functional, good leaders, and leveraged by technology. (via dummies.com)
  • typebaby: typebaby is a line of baby & kids apparel for urban parents that lets kids share their personality type through typography.

10-Minute Marketing is a weekly series featuring short, easy-to-accomplish marketing tasks. Follow along with past posts here.

March 12, 2014

Marketing tip: decide who you will NOT target.

Filed under: Marketing & Promotion — Tags: , , — lidia @ 5:07 pm

A key part of marketing is deciding whom you will NOT target.

From Tips & Traps for Marketing Your Business Tips and Traps for Marketing Your Business by Scott Cooper , Fritz Grutzner and Birk Cooper

March 7, 2014

10-Minute Marketing: Write your vision statement

Filed under: 10-Minute Marketing — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 10:00 am

10-Minute Marketing: write your vision statement [Biz Mama blog]Your vision statement captures the passion and future plans you have for your business. As this Forbes.com post says, it answers the question: “What’s the best you can be?

It may seem complicated, but you can break it down into the following: who (customers), what (product or service), where (region) and why (your passion/vision).

Why write a vision statement?  It serves as a guide for how your company presents itself in daily business and marketing activities—as well as long-term goals. It’s not just for start-ups; it should evolve as your business grows.

Your 10-Minute Marketing task:

Write your vision statement.

Example – Whole Foods
Our motto—Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet — emphasizes that our vision reaches beyond food retailing [why]. In fact, our deepest purpose as an organization is helping support the health, well-being, and healing [what] of both people [who] — customers, Team Members, and business organizations in general — and the planet [where].

Need inspiration? Google your favorite company + vision statement for ideas.

10-Minute Marketing is a weekly series featuring short, easy-to-accomplish marketing tasks. Follow along with past posts here.

December 6, 2012

Industy Insider: Ilise Benun of Marketing Mentor

Filed under: Industry insider — Tags: , , , , , , — lidia @ 10:59 am

Industry InsiderIlise Benun of Marketing Mentor is an author, consultant, speaker, founder of Marketing-Mentor.com and co-producer of CFC: the business conference for the creatively self-employed.

Through one-on-one mentoring, she provides practical guidance, accountability and a sounding board to creative professionals who are serious about growing their creative business. She also speaks internationally to trade groups and students. Her books include “The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing,” “Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive,” “The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money.

Ilise has indeed been a marketing mentor for me. Several years ago, I attended one of her marketing webinars that helped me get more organized with my marketing. I met Ilise at the inaugural Creative Freelancer Conference in Chicago in 2008 and we have kept in touch ever since. Her advice and books have been a valuable resource as I grow my graphic design business.

Ilise Benun of Marketing Mentor

Tell us a little about what you do/who you work with.

I specialize in working with self employed creative professionals and I help them get the clients they want at the fees they want to charge.

How has your past work experience influenced your current career?

I actually had very little work experience before I ventured out on my own, or was pushed actually, when I was fired from my second job out of college.  I started helping the creative types who surrounded me in NY and started simply by helping them get organized and get paid. From there it evolved into helping with marketing, pricing, proposals and any other  business issue that presents an obstacle to growing a business.

What is the favorite part of your workday?

I don’t think I have a favorite. Every day is different and I make my own schedule, which is what I like best. I start early and I tend not to work too late. I also take breaks for dog walks or just to clear my head.

What do like best about working with creative people?

Well, not all creative people are alike. Some are flaky and unreliable and don’t usually get far in business. I like working with creative people who are professional in their approach and open to bringing their creativity to the business side of their business.

Tell us about an exciting project you’re working on or have recently worked on.

The world is going digital and the future is interactive. So I just finished writing the 2013 Marketing Plan + Calendar to Get Interactive Work. It’s a simple plan for creative professionals that shows how to tailor your marketing to get the kind of work that is being required more and more: digital and interactive work. It is now available at www.marketing-mentor-toolbox.com

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