Category: Marketing

January 25, 2015
Content Marketing: Should We Engage in Controversy?

In response to the 'become the hub' idea in the recent blog, 4 Ways to 'Ignite Content,' one reader asked me how I feel about controversy - specifically as a way for businesses to differentiate themselves in the crowded online space. His inquiry is compelling - and it's a question I'm often asked - so […]

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January 11, 2015
Social Media: 10 Of The Most Ridiculous Things I've Ever Heard

This June, I celebrate five years in business. And, if I thought owning a business was tough, I had no idea that owning a social media business would be even more difficult.  An ever-changing, ever-challenging industry, social media is full of surprises. There are days when I feel like I do more educating  than actually running […]

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January 4, 2015
4 Ways to 'Ignite' Content

Some of you have heard of Mark Schaefer's Content Shock theory.  Put simply, content marketing is such an effective marketing strategy that we've become oversaturated, making it increasingly difficult for businesses to break through the noise. Such was the case in a recent email Mark received from a sporting goods company that reported a startling decrease […]

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November 16, 2014
If I’ve Mastered Any Lesson In Business, It’s This…

When I started my business in June of 2010, my mentor Maria gave me two pieces of advice. The first is always do what you say you’re going to do and the second is to recognize that everyone is a potential customer. I have the first piece of advice nailed - so much that it […]

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October 26, 2014
Perfecting the Elevator Pitch

Most business professionals who attend networking events have to deliver the obligatory 30 second commercial or ‘elevator pitch.’  For many, it’s a mundane delivery of your name, your business and what you do for your clients or customers. But, it doesn’t have to be. As a first-time attendee of a recent women’s group, I decided […]

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February 2, 2014
If You Want to Understand Social Media, Just Drop the ‘Media’

The following is a blog by Jim T. Ryan, a journalist, blogger and friend. He just joined the #Strella team last week as a freelancer and business development specialist.    Don't sweat, don't sweat, don't sweat, I told myself. It was my first meeting as a social media professional.  I haven’t been that nervous since […]

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January 26, 2014
Vine for Business: A Quick Start Guide!

The enormous popularity of social media is paving the way for new and exciting channels to emerge. I’m typically cautious to embrace the ‘new stuff’ until I know that a) the bugs are worked out and b) that it’s more than just a passing fad.  Of course, I also want to make sure these new […]

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January 19, 2014
Will Social Media Replace Websites?

One of our clients recently inquired about the relevance of her website.  She said that someone informed her that websites don’t serve the same major purpose they did even a couple of years ago and that social media is replacing websites. This feedback is nothing new.  As social media continues to evolve, there’s been speculation […]

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January 12, 2014
Social Selling: Know Your Brand

My friend and web partner, John Webster, loves to challenge me. In fact, we engage in frequent debates on issues related to marketing and business.   John’s a fan of metrics – and he’s very good at using them to show clients how they are achieving the ROI they seek. I thought he would be pleased […]

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