3 Keys to Creating a Strong Visual Brand | Key #1 Who is Your WHO?

Before You Can Attract Your Ideal Client…You Have to Know Them When you open a business and start to develop a brand there seems like many things that you need to focus on so you can start getting clients. It can be overwhelming!! But if can wrangle three things first and foremost, the rest will seem a whole lot easier. So lets start with the first of 3 keys to creating a strong visual brand…Your …

7 Ways to Create Selfies with Substance for Your Brand

The selfies is no longer for the 20-somethings, it is being seen all over social media being used by all ages, notably by business professionals. Now that is not to say selfies are being used correctly all over the place, but if used with intention, the selfie can be a powerful storytelling tool to use in marketing. As a business professional or entrepreneur, selfies are a way of showing people a sneak peek behind the …

5 Body Language Cues You NEED to Dial Into

When you walk into a room of people, what is the first thing you notice? You notice how the people are engaging right? What group is inviting and welcoming? What group is closed off? (I actually love to walk up to closed off groups and introduce myself…I’m just weird that way). The body language we use (subconsciously or consciously) is powerful!! Once you are aware of a few cues, it will blow your mind what …

The Anatomy of a Visual Brand Plan (TM)

As the saying goes. if you fail to plan…you plan to fail (Benjamin Franklin). When it comes to business most people are familiar with biz plans and marketing plans, but it is also important to plan out how you want to tell your story visually. Visual marketing and brand creation is part of where we are now at in our lovely age of technology and high connectivity. By having a strategy in place you can: …

The Rules of Networking | Tips for Effective and Intentional Face Time

Networking is an important part of business, but there is a right way and a wrong way. Do it the wrong way you are wasting your time. Do it the right way and you will start to create a dynamic tribe of people to call your own. Here are some tips for effective and intentional face time: Networking is more than face-time at meetings. Just showing up and passing out cards at networking meetings is not …

5 Steps to Take Your Core Values from Blah to Bam

What do you think of when you hear the words “Core Values”? Things like integrity, diversity, inspiration, community, creativity, sustainability… blah, blah, blah. While these are good and noble values that represent how quality business is done, they are really just what business owners think are the “right values” when it comes to creating this part of their brand story. What is truly lacking from these “right values”  is a way to put them into …

DIY Video Production (TM) | Please Stop Shooting Vertical Video!!!

Please, please, please….STOP shooting vertical on your phone when you are filming your LIVE or even capturing video that you will post later on social media!!!! Why you ask? Well here are the top 3 reasons to stop shooting vertical: ONE: When you post your video it has those annoying blurred out side bars. By shooting horizontally you are getting all the screen time. TWO: When you watch a video shot vertically, you instantly know …

Watch Your Language | 5 Steps to Improve Writing for Your Biz

Language…what do you mean watch your language? No, I don’t mean f-bombs, I mean are you really using language that matches who you authentically are when you are writing in your social profiles, marketing content and correspondence with clients / customers (so I guess this could mean f-bombs)? So all those times you were in English class and wondered how you were ever going to use it in real life…well here is a prime life …

5 Steps to Create a Custom MailChimp Automated Email

Automated email campaigns are a feature that is available regardless of what plan you have. This is an amazing tool that can help you with a variety of marketing and administration tasks. You can check out the preset “Automation Emails” or you can create your own. The steps below are for custom automated emails…great for a series of emails that you can send out to a specific list or will trigger as you add names. …

What’s the Difference Between a Facebook Business Page & a Personal Profile?

If you are on social media at all, then you almost definitely have a Facebook profile. And if you own a business, then you likely have a business page or at least you have thought about it getting one. I am often asked, especially as clients are ramping up their visual storytelling, what is the difference between my Facebook Business Page and my Personal Profile? Well they both have their place and you should manage …

Marketing Yourself While Being Realistic

As a small business owner you wear many hats. You do the work, manage the books, pull the trigger on your marketing….it can be a lot. One of the first things I have my clients do is to tell me what they are doing for their marketing and then we talk about what makes them happy…and what is purely a chore. Marketing your business is different for everyone and there is no magic formula. The …

What Story Are You Telling Without Saying A Word?

You don’t have to hang around me long to know that I am a bit dramatic. I have been acting, dancing and performing since I was 4 years old. My mother put me in dance and acting to increase my confidence. Both of these crafts focus on how you present yourself and how to communicate with out words…to tell a story with out even saying anything. These skills translate to everyday life. I think all too …

Content is King: Create Your Own Meme

Content is so important to sharing your story…what is even more crucial is that you are using unique content whenever possible. Why? Because your followers want to be able to connect with you! By sharing images that involve you, your business, your products and what someone will experience when they engage work with you they will get to know you better. So how do you create unique content? Well snapping images with your phone is …