June 7, 2021
Episode 128 - Marketing Isn't Difficult
Marketing isn’t difficult if those on the receiving end of your messages know that you care about them. If those messages are cold, impersonal, calculated and repetitive, they will see right through you and ultimately ignore you. If you’re listening to them, engaging with them and supporting them, they will gravitate towards your brand and everything you have to offer. People do business with people.
June 4, 2021
Episode 127 - The Social in Social Media
Don’t automate everything you share on social media. Don’t be all business, either. Be all human. Share your feelings and opinions, not just news and information. Show what’s going on in your life and the lives of your colleagues, not just what you have to market and sell. Be there for your audience, those who are following you and supporting you. Give them as much attention as they give you, even more. Listen to them and engage with them. Praise them and thank them. Help them as much as possible. Don’t overlook the importance of the social in social media.
June 1, 2021
Episode 126 - Involve Your Audience as a Marketer
Back in the day, early in my career, I learned the importance of involving my audience as a marketer. I worked at Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, Iowa. As a copywriter, my job was to write direct mail packages on behalf of the company's roster of magazines, convincing those on the receiving end to subscribe to them. One technique we used was to encourage recipients to move a sticker or token from one side of the order card to the other before returning it for a free trial issue of the magazine. The idea was to get them involved, to overcome inertia, to trigger a favorable action on their part. That was 1985. This is 2021. Yet the same principle still holds true in marketing today. Whether you're using direct mail or social media, print or digital, if you involve your audience as a marketing professional, chances are they'll respond more favorably to what you have to offer.
May 30, 2021
Episode 125 - The Emotional Connection You Make with Your Audience
Marketers, advertisers, brands, businesses...it's not just about the products or services you have to offer your audience, it's about the emotional connection you have with them. Kudos, props and congrats to Anheuser-Busch for reinforcing this very important point in their ridiculously awesome ad for simply getting together over a beer.
March 29, 2021
Episode 123 - What's What in Social Media with Angela Pitter
In this episode of my podcast, episode 123, I talk to Angela Pitter about marketing, social media and more.
About Angela Pitter
Angela Pitter is Founder and CEO at LiveWire Collaborative, a digital marketing consultancy. LiveWire Collaborative helps business owners and executives to tap into digital marketing solutions that unleash their brand’s full potential and to use social media to connect, collaborate, and convert their target communities. Angela is a highly sought-after speaker who was previously featured on the TV series Chronicle, WCVB, and has personally trained thousands of CEOs, business owners, and consultants worldwide on their signature LinkedIn Influencer system. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds both her M.S. in Administration and B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University. Angela currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Newton Needham Regional Chamber of Commerce. Follow her on Twitter: @angelapitter and visit website www.livewirecollaborative.com
March 10, 2021
Episode 122 - Talking with Helen Pinchanski about Marketing and Social Media During the Pandemic and Beyond
In this episode, I talk to Strategy Consultant, Purpose Marketing Strategist and Digital and Customer Experience Advisor, Helen Pinchanski, about marketing and social media during the pandemic and beyond. Helen is a fellow member of the board of directors of AMA Boston, a marketing industry colleague and a good friend. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to her areas of expertise and a great conversationalist, as you will hear. Listen and enjoy.
About Helen Pinchanski (From Her LinkedIn Profile)
Experienced Strategy Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services, retail and consumer/business products industries. Skilled in Strategy, Purpose Marketing, Analytical Skills, Management, Start-ups, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship. Strong consulting professional and advisor with a Master of Liberal Arts, Marketing Management focused in Branding, Social Media and Customer Experience from Harvard University.
February 18, 2021
Episode 121 - Nobody Trusts Anybody Anymore
Nobody trusts anybody anymore. At least that's how it seems.
I recently read a ridiculously awesome article on Heidi Cohen's blog about five marketing trends https://heidicohen.com/marketing-trends/, one of which had to do with the erosion of public trust.
Unfortunately, this lack of trust can have a negative impact on the success of your marketing and sales efforts. The less people trust, the less likely they are to support brands and businesses unless they're already loyal customers.
That's where social media can help. Social media makes it possible for you to build mutually beneficial relationships with those on the receiving end of your messages.
Social media gives you the opportunity to show that you have a personality, not just a pulse.
The more people learn about you on social media, the more likely they'll be to trust you. #SocialMedia #Marketing #Branding
February 5, 2021
Episode 120 - Being Incessant on Social Media
Incessant creating. Incessant sharing. Incessant listening. Being incessant in everything you do on social media is one of the keys to success there.
In the documentary, “ZZ TOP: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas,” the band’s lead singer and guitarist, Billy Gibbons, talks about the “incessant touring” they did in the early stages of their career and how that helped them become so popular. The rest of their story, of course, is history, as they went on to become iconic, international superstars on the music scene.
As it was for these ridiculously awesome rock musicians, it is for you, me and anyone else who wants to perform successfully on social media. We have to be incessant. #SocialMedia #Marketing #Branding #ZZTop
January 24, 2021
Episode 119 - Put on a Show
Chris Brogan is on to something.
In an article he recently published on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-im-changing-my-title-showrunner-2021-chris-brogan/), he said he was going to be changing his title to “Showrunner” and that he would be helping companies turn their business into a show.
Chris is perfectly suited to do just that for his clients. He's a master communicator, whether he's hosting his daily video show, The Backpack Show, keynoting a conference or writing a blog post. Imagine what he can do for your digital brand if he does just a little of what he does for himself and others already.
I concur with Chris completely.
With the emergence of #SocialMedia years ago, we said that every brand was a publisher. I say that they’re now broadcasters, too.
Whether we’re talking about independent consultants and contractors or big and small companies, creating a variety of content on a regular basis and sharing it publicly is the way to go in the new year ahead.
Every business should be employing people who are capable of communicating compellingly in front of a camera, behind a microphone and in writing.
To stand out among the clutter and compete successfully against the competition, every brand should be putting on a show in 2021.