Does Your Website Sound Like You?

A recent client came to me because she wanted to redo her websites in English. One of the problems she told me about was the fact that her clients love her, but after getting to know her, they say: “You know, your website sounds nothing like you…”

Then, I was being interviewed for a podcast, and the host told me she gets the same reaction.

This got me to thinking about how the “voice” of your website works for or against you when you’re reaching out to your ideal client.

How do you stand out? How do you connect with your website visitors? Continue reading

Websites vs. Online Portfolios for Clips

I wrote the featured article for the 29 November 2019 issue of Funds for Writers, published weekly by Hope Clark, in which I talk about the various options that exist for freelance writers and journalists who want to have an online portfolio of past projects to show to editors. Below is a short excerpt.


 

Freelance writers are typically asked to provide clips of previous publications when they pitch articles to a new publication. No matter if it’s for a print or online magazine, the editor wants to see that you have a good track record and to check out your writing style. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Getting Booked on Podcasts

Looking to get booked on podcasts? Learn from my experiences.

At the beginning of 2019, I set myself the very modest goal of being interviewed for at least five podcasts — a small goal, yes, but one I felt I could accomplish among other goals for the year. At the end of 2018, I had published a book, Branding for Beginners, and I thought it would be a good hook for getting on podcasts geared toward small businesses. With so many podcasts out there, I thought surely I should be able to get interviewed by at least five.

In January, I joined a Facebook group for speakers and authors. This was good timing for me, because the beginning of the year seems to be when a lot of podcast producers put out calls for potential guests. Several podcast hosts posted in the group that they were looking for guests, so I checked out their podcasts and wrote to those I thought would be a good fit for me as someone who runs my own freelancing business and had recently published a book — I knew I could provide some valuable advice to their podcast audiences. Continue reading

For Event Promoters: A simple fix to prevent wasted time and energy

As part of my business, I also manage a blog for a client. To create new content for this blog, I often have to research events using websites and social media. A big waste of my time occurs when an event listing contains no information about whether there is an entrance price for the event.

IMG_7867When I need to find out whether or not there is an entrance fee, and if so, how much it costs, I usually have to contact the event organizers or the exhibition hosts. If I am doing my research during normal business hours, I can typically call them. If I am researching outside of normal business hours, I have to send an email, or message them on their Facebook page.

Either way, it takes time for me to contact them. On their end, the person answering the phone or responding to emails has to take the time to reply with the information I need. Continue reading

Should You Consider a Selfie Station to Promote Your Business?

I’m not usually a selfie-taker, but there have been some selfie stations that were just so funny, I couldn’t pass them up. There was the time I posed inside a reproduction Baker’s Dunk at an old Silesian castle (#torturemuseum). Perhaps you’ve been known to stick your head through a picture of a jouster at a Renaissance Festival (#renfair), or stand inside a large speech bubble in a major city (#BeBerlin) – or even to simply pose with a costumed mascot at a sports game (#GoNats). All of these are ways businesses and institutions use to get someone else to do the marketing for them.

Small business owners have limited resources when it comes to online marketing – limits both on staff hours and funding available to dedicate to promoting the business on social media. However, this doesn’t mean they have to resolve themselves to being hindered by these limits. Continue reading

Things Small Businesses Can Learn from Street Artists about Standing Out on Social Media

It’s a noisy marketplace out there on social media. When you post on Facebook or Twitter, it can seem like a leaf falling in a forest. Yours is just one among thousands of posts happening across the internet at any given moment.

How do you stand out?

Graffiti and street artists have a similar problem, so there are some great tips we can learn from them to help us stand out on social media. Continue reading

The Call-to-Action: What is it and why do you need to use one?

So, your blog post or newsletter article has really inspired your potential customer. Is that all you want your blog post to do? What’s next? Are you just going to leave them hanging there? What do you want them to do now?

Every blog post or newsletter article you write, every advertisement you create – and probably almost everything you generate to reach out to your potential customers – should have some sort of a “Call-to-Action” (aka CTA).

What is a Call-to-Action? It is just what it sounds like – it’s an invitation to the reader or viewer to take some sort of action. Continue reading