When you put yourself and your business in the public eye, you are going to face critics. In this episode, we discuss how to assess critics to determine if the criticism is valid and how to deal with it.
There are many types of critics out there. Some may have good intentions but many do not. Assessing which type of critic you are being confronted with helps you deal with them better.
Trolls are people who go around the internet trying to get a rise out of people. They thrive on pissing people off. Their criticism is typically not valid as they do not have a personal stake in your business and are just trying to get you to react angrily.
Haters are people who have a personal stake in taking you down. This are different from trolls because haters are targeting you for some reason. Either they do not like your success or they are competitors that are trying to take you down. You cannot make these people happy and you should probably take their...
There are two types of people in this world, the Whys and the Why Nots. In this episode, we discuss these two types of people so you can identify which type you are and see who you are surrounding yourself with. Don't confuse this with your purpose, which is often called your why.
Why people are those who are constantly asking why you would do something. Sometimes, the internal voices in your head are asking you why you would do something. Often, we are also surrounded by people who question what we do. Have you ever heard these things, either from yourself or the people around you?
Those are the Why people. These people are constantly questioning your actions. Typically, this happens because they can't think as big as you can. Why people are generally not dreamers, and put...
There is more to content creation that writing or recording content. In this episode, we discuss how we create content and give you tips for creating your own content schedule. Things to think about before you start
We've said it before, and we'll say it again. You can do anything, but you can't do everything. Decide what content you want to develop and how you will display that content (video, podcast, newsletter, Periscope, blog, a book, a course). You must also decide which social media platforms you will focus on.
Think of all of the steps involved in content creation. How much time do you believe it will take you to complete those tasks? Once you have that in mind, double or even triple that estimate. If you finish up your tasks more quickly, use that time for other tasks on your list.
When you set a content release...
If you are watching the news or following social media, you are being bombarded by so much negativity. There have been a flurry of tragedies, both in the U.S. and around the world. As a small business owner, how do you keep going? In this episode, we discuss this very important topic and give you suggestions to keep pressing on.
Violent crime is down almost 50% from the 1990's, but you wouldn't know it from watching the news and checking your social media feed. The 24-hour news stations know people will watch tragic events, so they cover them. Sometimes, we just need to turn off the TV. Sometimes, we need to shut our browser, or close our social media apps.
In the 1960's, we were united in the space race. In the 1980's, it was the Cold War that held us together. Now, we focus so much on what divides us, we sometimes forget what unites us. We spend a lot of time tearing each other down, rather than trying to build each other up and finding our commonalities. Let's...
Did you create goals at the beginning of the year? Have you been reviewing them on a regular basis? In this episode, we discuss how to review your goals as we reach the middle of the year to celebrate your wins, tweak your goals, and do some introspection to see why you haven't achieved your goals.
Half-way through the year is an excellent time to review your goals. Many times we create goals at the beginning of the year but we completely lose track of them. Now is a great time to dust them off and see how you are doing. If you find that you are having trouble keeping track of your goals, check out the Spark planner and Spark notebook. The Spark planner has really helped me stay on top of my goals for the year.
It is very important to start by saying that this is not an excuse to beat yourself up. If you have not made good progress on your goals, spend your energy looking at why that is the case. Do not beat yourself up about it. One...
Are you looking at your website stats? What are you looking for? Do you see the numbers and aren't sure what they mean? In this episode, we discuss where you can find your website stats, what you should be looking at, and what you can do with them to grow your business.
Did you know you can find a lot of data about your site and your competitors' sites? We use the following sites to look at our stats and the stats of other sites:
Alexa is one of the main sources for finding general information about your site and others. The site must be one of the top one million websites to get good information. The site will tell you the international and U.S. web ranking, bounce rate, time on the site, and lots more. You can find out what sites are linking to the site and key search words and phrases.
Similar Web is also a great resource for looking up your site and your competitors. It can also help you find...
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is constantly changing. In this episode, we discuss the top SEO tips for 2016. If you haven't looked at the rules for a while, you might be shocked to see how much things have changed in the past few years. We look at two major categories that affect your ranking: technology and content.
Announcement: Jeff and Kristin will be presenting at Launch Out St. Louis on July 22 and 23, 2016. The workshop is titled "Stop the Excuses: Building the business of your dreams." If you are interested in coming to see us, use the code ingram16 to save $25 on your conference ticket. If you are going to the conference, give us a shout out on Twitter @SBLPodcast, or post in the Facebook group.
In the past, the focus of SEO was short posts, keywords, and lots of graphics. In 2016, the search engines are getting smarter, and therefore they expect your content to be smarter. If you think you can just write short posts packed with...
We have seen so many businesses fail because they are not focusing on the two most important aspects of their business: building an audience and providing products and/or services.
Even if you have the most amazing products and services in the world, if you have no audience then you will have no sales. Building an audience is a critical step for success. Here are some tips for building an audience.
In this episode, we discuss 7 simple ways to wow your customers. So often we get so focused on the next big thing that will move our business forward, that we forget the small things. These are 7 business fundamentals that you can begin improving upon today. We give suggestions for many types of businesses to improve your communications with clients.
In this episode, we discuss business cards. While some sites believe that the business card is dead, we believe it is still a necessary marketing tool for business.
Some people believe that the business card is passe because it is not interactive, it is not social, and it is old school. We believe business cards are still relevant. During our recent vacation, there were a number of times when giving out a business card was a great option. We got into discussions with Uber drivers, realtors, and other small business owners who asked what our podcast title was. If we didn't have the cards, we would have lost those potential listeners. We have been back for less than a week, and we've already had a number of people reach out to us after receiving the cards. I doubt those people would have remembered us, had we not given them a card. In many networking situations, people can't (or don't want to) pull out their cell phone to look you up on social media,...