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32 Ways a Digital Marketing Consultant Can Help Grow Your Business

A lot of clients—marketing professionals and business owners—get in touch and ask me to help plan, write, and create websites, eBooks, and blog posts. That’s far from a complete list, but three common requests.

On the other hand, a lot of clients reach out to me without a specific task list in mind. They know they want to grow their business. They know they want to produce traffic, leads and sales. And they think they need the help of digital marketing consultant.

They’re right, but their question is often oh-so-broad: “How can you help me?”

Shwew. My answer could be any number of things and at that point, not having the benefit of knowing where their digital marketing currently stands, I’m seldom able to quickly deliver a perfect answer.

I certainly don’t want to blurt out a specific digital marketing tactic… “YouTube is the answer” or “An email campaign will make rain for you.” That’d be reckless.

A digital marketing consultant should recommend tactics based on needs identified from a carefully considered audit. I’m a strategist. I’m a copywriter. But I’ve been doing digital marketing since it existed, so there are a substantial number of ways I can help you grow your business through digital marketing.

Here they are.

The list won’t magically nail an effective strategy, but my hope is it’ll provide some answers to the “How can you help me?” question and give us lots to talk about.




The Emotions that Drive B2B Purchases

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You’ve heard from me before on the need to push your readers’ hot buttons. I got into all kinds of writing strategies in Conversion Copywriting: Strategies to Create a Customer Comfort Zone. In case you missed it, here’s my presentation:


Today, we’ll get more insights from Ardath Albee on the subject.

Ardath is a B2B Marketing Strategist and author of Digital Relevance: Developing Content and Strategies That Drive Results.

In this guest post written for Kapost’s Marketeer blog, Ardath examines how B2B decisions are made and to what extent emotions enter the picture.

Her article begins…

When considering the differences between B2B and B2C marketing, it’s often said that a B2C purchase decision is more emotional, while a B2B purchase decision is logical.

I disagree. 

If you look into the behind-the-scenes processes throughout the continuum of the buying process, you’ll find a lot of emotion underlying the logic in B2B purchase decisions.

The most obvious reason why this is true is that B2B buyers are people. They’re just people spending their company’s money—rather than their own—to achieve a business goal. Spending company funds comes with a lot of expectations and pressure. Depending on the nature and size of the purchase, the decision a B2B buyer makes could affect a whole lot of people, and even the company’s sustainability or growth potential.

Read the full article at:


Content Marketing Roles: A Guide to Building Your Team

Content Marketing rolesHelp wanted? Let me help you with that.

Sooooo… You know you need to keep nailing your content marketing to increase traffic, leads and sales. And (I hope) you also know success in content marketing is enjoyed only by companies committed to hiring the best talent.

Content development director Michele Linn of Content Marketing Institute recently wrote:

Each year we track the challenges marketers are having with content marketing in our research. This year, one challenge was far more pronounced than it has been: finding trained content marketing professionals. 

Unsurprisingly, I’ve found in addition to a huge demand for hiring talented content marketers, companies are craving advice for how to go about it. As a content marketer and writer (who’s often hired to help market various types of marketing solutions), I’ve also found myself tackling these “help wanted” challenges a lot lately.

I encourage you to gather and read these resources, however, I’m going to roll much of the material up and into this post to help accomplish this mission. (more…)


I Got a New Phone

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I’m so excited. I got a new phone. No, not one of those pocket sized computers you use to make retro photos or 6-second videos. I’m talking about a desktop phone. You’d need some seriously big pockets to carry this one around.

It has two lines. A blue display lights up to show me who’s calling. I can tell it to memorize the phone numbers of my friends. It has a handset, but I don’t have to use it because it also has a speaker.

I have lots of ideas for how I’m going to use my phone.

This thing’s awesome. Check out these ideas I have for putting it to use. (more…)


Research Reveals Digital Marketers are Sleep Deprived & Unconfident

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76% of marketers say marketing has changed more in the past two years than the past 50 years prior.

They say they’re confused, lost, unsure, ineffective or some variation there of.

When reading the research, from Adobe—which is colored by a large chunks of editorial—one might gather marketers don’t know what they’re doing. If that’s not fair, you could conclude marketers know what they’re doing, but don’t know if they should be doing it.

Seriously. That’s what I got. Read it and share your take.

Whatever your take, numbers are numbers. Here are the first few:

  • 48% of digital marketers feel highly proficient.
  • Just 40% think their marketing is effective.
  • How many strongly state their digital marketing is working? 9%.

Care to hand over your budget to these people?

Marketers can’t count sheep.

Proceed with caution. Here are more bone-chilling stats.



Most Marketing is a Bunch of BS


I know actionable marketing expert Heidi Cohen a little and like her a lot. She gets this online marketing stuff big time. I read her blog every day. She’s all about delivering advice. In fact, with almost every post she gives readers what she calls “actionable marketing tips” and signs off with “Happy Marketing.” Pretty upbeat stuff.

Heidi came out swinging with this one.

Your Prospects Think Marketing is BS” was the title of her November 13 article. I dug it. Beside using the term “BS,” Heidi talked about “pissing prospects off.” Watch out.



Famous Scientist Reveals Why Many Marketers Suffer Insanity

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This is an old joke, but a profound one…

Guy goes to see his doctor. He says, “Doc, it hurts when I do this. What should I do?” Doctor says, “Stop doing it.”

And then there’s that axiom from the famous physicist Albert Einstein, who said…

 The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Are you insane?

Forgive me for probing into your mental health uninvited, but it feels like my question needs to be asked. I’m going somewhere with this, which is based on a chunk of data I’ve come across in a number of articles this month citing the research findings from “Constant Contact Small Business Pulse.”