Whoever said silence is golden didn’t work in customer service

One of my neighbors was grousing the other night about how he contacted four contractors to repair his gutters and none returned his calls. I feel his pain. When searching for photographers, sign companies, printers and other vendors, it surprises me how many businesses aren’t responsive. It’s new work and potentially a long-term partnership (more […]

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Should your SEO be primary or secondary? (HINT: Both)

I’m working with one of our creative/techie teams to imagine a new brand for a software client. This is from-the-ground-up work that keeps our creative minds happy – branding, identity and digital marketing. We recently started to develop the company’s website – the future beating heart of its digital identity. A website is not a […]

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Decode your ideal customers to ignite sales and marketing

Selling to everyone is easy street. You cast your net wide and reel in as many fish as possible. That strategy might work for a while, but it won’t hook your ideal customers. Sooner or later, you’ll struggle to keep your business afloat. Doing the hard work of figuring out who your ideal customers are […]

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The ultimate guide to email newsletters

Email newsletters remain a popular marketing tool, but if you’re still doing them like everyone did in 2006, it’s time for a reboot. Typically, that meant full-length stories that required significant scrolling, self-promotional content that provided minimal value, no way to track the most popular articles and other analytics, and little reason for anyone to […]

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Winning marketing strategies that become losers

Tried-and-true content marketing tactics are all over the internet. “Top 10 best practices …”, “Amazing tips and tricks from the pros …”, “Winning marketing strategies …” Generally, the advice works. Things go wonky, however, when common sense leaves the building. Let’s break down six of these techniques: Tactic #1: Build an insanely great website You […]

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6 top tips for improving your technical writing

Companies sometimes approach technical writing as if they want to lull readers to sleep. They torture them with long, turgid documents that are poorly written, painful to read, difficult to understand and of interest to no one. Admittedly, instruction manuals and spec sheets aren’t exactly sexy. No one expects a software user guide to be […]

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Neglecting customers could cost you

Congratulations! You made the sale. That hard-earned client you’ve been wooing for years finally said yes. What’s your next move? You work on closing the next prospect on your list – and then the one after that and the one after that. Sound good? Here’s the problem: You’re working so hard to attract new business […]

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