How To Overcome The Story In Your Mind

I don’t know about you, but I subscribe to a lot of emails, I also get a lot of emails that I don’t subscribe to. Of course, they’re usually just pitches saying, “Hey, buy my thing.” And then there’s a followup email that says, “Hey, did you get the last email that I was trying…

How to Overcome FEAR with Content Marketing HOPE

Our Noisy World We’re living in a noisy world. We’re living at gigabit speeds, a world of rapid change. Back in the ’70s, we used to see between 500 to 1,500 ads per day. In 2020, we see between 5,000 and 10,000. That means messages are coming at us at a rapid speed. Our TVs…

Thought Leadership? You Need To Have Purpose, Passion, And A Plan

I had an interesting call with a potential client today. He was interested in extending his reach using social media. Part of the problem was that he has two different lives. He had a life as a financial advisor and a life as a musician/composer. One of the things that we had to immediately come…

Want More Business? Give 100% And Expect Nothing In Return

Today I want to talk about business. I know you’re saying to yourself, “Self, doesn’t he always talk about business?” And the answer is, YES. Earlier this year, some businesses came to an abrupt stop. For those of us who are lucky enough to keep busy with work, chances are we’re not doing the exact…

Toilet Paper Math… Why Some Online Marketing Does Not Always Square Up

Today, I’d like to talk about toilet paper, more specifically, toilet paper math. Bear with me because I know you’re asking yourself, “Self, what does toilet paper have to do with online marketing?” I’ll explain, but first let’s look at the history of toilet paper. Have you ever noticed that toilet papers squares, are in…

How To Make Great Business Relationships… As Easy As 1-2-3

One of my favorite quotes is from Zig Ziglar and it goes like this: “You can have anything in life that you want if you just help other people get what they want.” As content marketers, we have the ability to create great content and deliver it to our clients or potential clients. One of…

Questions? Why Good Answers Lead To Better Questions

The question I have for you today is this: Do you like the Moody Blues? I do. They’re one of my favorite bands. They’re from the 60’s, if you’re not that old. I live in Chicago and we have an outdoor amphitheater called Ravinia. I know there’s lots of them all over the country. I’ve…

Foresight is 2020 – What You Need To Do NOW To Get Your Website Ready

For the end of the year, I wanted to do a series called Foresight 2020. It’s based on hindsight 20/20. In other words, we can look back and see what happened. I want to focus on looking ahead to next year to make it the best year possible. The Twilight Zone Let me start with…

Relationship Capital Investment Can Create Greater Interest?

Relationship Capital Investment Can Create Greater Interest?

A few days ago, I got a message on LinkedIn from a guy named Daniel. He said, “Hey, I just flew back into Chicago and I read your book and I loved it and I want to take you out to lunch to thank you for all the great insights.” I said to him, “I…

Stop Selling Your Time… When People Pay For Results?

Over the weekend, we decided to watch an old movie. When I say old, it’s not really old. We watched “The Matrix” and it’s now 20 years old (1999), so it’s been almost 20 years. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about this alternate universe or alternate reality. And that’s kind of what I want…