I just read a great, inspiring article from James Altucher on LinkedIn Pulse.
I recommend reading this article to be inspired to believe in yourself and take a chance on YOU.
No one can live the life you live. It is uniquely yours, and you can make your world a little better everyday, for yourself and others around you. No small feat of kindness and abundance is too small.
Read the article, especially if you've been doubting yourself lately.
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LinkedIn is a great professional social network, especially for service-based businesses and professionals (i.e. coaches, consultants, attorneys, independent insurance agents, bookkeepers/accountants, etc.).
One tactic on LinkedIn I've had some success using to generate interest, engagement and even leads has been to set up your own LinkedIn Group.
You will likely want to make it an 'open' group so more people join your group and it's searchable on Google. Make sure your group is targeted to your industry and primary marketing audience. The group's discussion topics (posted content within the group) is relevant to the group's members.
Be sure to invite your current connections, list the group URL on your email signature with a call-to-action to join the group, etc...get people to the join the group.
Really, by having people join the group, since you're the group owner, you're able to use the 'Send Announcement' feature and send a weekly mass message to all group members through LinkedIn even if you're not personally connected to each individual group member.
It's like having a email list without even having everyone's email address. The nice thing about those 'Send Announcement' messages is they show up directly in group members' email inbox.
Now, if a group member has changed their group message delivery settings in their group membership then they may not get the message in their inbox.
However, most don't even know they can change those settings, so 9 times out of 10 the setting resorts to the default, which sends group messages to the member's email address associated with their LinkedIn account and log-in.
HubSpot has put together a nice post outlining more details about this tactic.
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Are you familiar with Chris Brogan? If so, you know he's an entrepreneurial expert. He understands the game of monetizing very useful and valuable information on the Internet. Better yet, he's an expert at helping others grow their businesses. Brogan's webinars typically do more to help you grow your own business than his.
Chris Brogan is conducting his Online Course Maker webinar coming up on Tues. March 17th at 7pm (EST) about how to build your own online course to deliver value and build your business.
I have sat in on Brogan's webinars before and they're always jam packed with value that far exceeds the $20 price tag.
This webinar promises to pull back the curtain on developing your own online training including:
Even if you won't be able to join the live webinar, it will be worth signing up just to get the recorded version of the webinar the next day.
According to TheKnot.com, on average, weddings cost close to $30,000.
Multiply that by the 2.3 million couples that wed every year, and according to SoundVision.com, you have an industry worth $70+ billion.
Well, wedding season is fast approaching and for businesses in that industry there is plenty pieces of the pie (or wedding cake) to be had.
While each wedding is unique to the couples who choose to wed there are many commonalities across most weddings.
So if you’re in the wedding industry your product or service needs to differentiate itself from the typical wedding fare to stand out.
That usually means taking a new approach to common wedding products or services, or making them more “luxurious” and/or higher quality.
My point is, it doesn’t seem like there are too many new wedding industry products or services that are truly unique, just different variations on the same old thing.
However, something new and fun is Wedding Day Sparklers. Instead of throwing rice as the new married couple exits the wedding ceremony, lit sparklers makes for a stunning action photo in the wedding album. After all, one’s wedding day is about creating new memories together.
Wedding Day Sparklers also carries sky lanterns, wooden roses and LED balloons -- ways to decorate and illuminate one's special day.
My advice, is if you're in the wedding industry, building strong referral partnerships with industry businesses might be a way to help your product or service stand out...imagine this conversation with a couple, "You know what might be unique? Sparklers. I know a business that can help."
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Are you gearing up to start building your own website?
A wide variety of internet-based tools and platforms have made building your own website easier than ever.
There is no need for any programming or coding knowledge. It’s never been easier to start your own website.
But how do you learn which website building platform is best for you?
Creating A Website Today, provides website creation tools, tips and guidance to its visitors.
The site educates its visitors about online website building platforms. It's one of the only sites I've seen that highlights information about several different free and paid website creation platforms, as there are many to choose from.
The information on Creating A Website Today helps you easily get your own website live and running quickly without hired help. The site saves you the time you would have otherwise spent searching several websites for the same information.
As you read through CreatingAWebsiteToday.com you will gain insight into the array of website platform options and nuances to vet out their pros and cons. There is sure to be a website building platform that best fits your needs and technical abilities as well as, and more importantly, your business needs.
Many of the tools and platforms mentioned on CreatingAWesiteToday.com are free, low cost or reasonably affordable, which is just another reason why this site is a valuable resource.
For the small business owner, Creating A Website Today is a handy reference to choosing, using and enhancing your site (once built) on your own.
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