Category: Marketing Yourself & Your Small Business

How to Create Video Ads That Go Viral

Nicole StoryBy Nicole Story, Vice President of Creative, Poo~Pourri

As creative director of Poo~Pourri’s new production company, Number Two Productions, I write and direct our digital video ads. Each gets millions of views, likes and shares on platforms like YouTube and Facebook. In fact, our videos have more than 250 million total views, and counting.

When people learn that I write Poo~Pourri ads, they often ask, “How do you create videos that become viral?” And while there’s no guarantee your ad will go viral, here’s what I’ve learned about creating video ads that are engaging and entertaining enough for people to share. Read More

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Does Your Image Match Your Professional Goals?

Anna AkbariMost of us would never send work emails that were full of sloppy mistakes. Yet many of us do the equivalent on a daily basis with our outward appearance. “The way you present yourself is part of how others filter and receive what you’re saying,” says Anna Akbari, a sociologist, image and innovation expert and author of Start Up Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness. “Someone who is projecting the wrong image can’t communicate effectively.”

In other words, clothes matter—as do shoes, jewelry and hair. And they matter as much for men as they do for women. “Having the right look signals that you know the rules and that you belong,” Akbari explains. “The only difference between men and women is that it’s a lot easier for men to get it right. They don’t have hemlines, cleavage, heel height and everything else to consider.”

To help you put your best foot forward, Akbari, who will be speaking at the 2017 Watermark Conference for Women, offers three simple steps that can vastly improve your image: Read More

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Three Things You Should Stop Doing on Social Media

Luvvie AjayiLast month, “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual,” a collection of essays by Luvvie Ajayi, ranked fifth on the “New York Times Best Sellers” list for paperback nonfiction. It was an extraordinary debut for the first-time author who is neither a famous singer-songwriter like Patti Smith (#9 that week) nor a high-profile journalist like David Brooks (#6). Ajayi, who writes humorously about anything from cosmetics to racist microaggressions, is also not an alumna of “The Daily Show” or “Saturday Night Live.” Read More

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Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes’ Advice for Entrepreneurial Free Spirits

Jolie SikesWhat do you do when you realize that the corporate life just isn’t your jam? When you’re Jolie Sikes or her big sister Amie, co-founders with their mom of Junk Gypsy, you hit the road, hightailing it out of Houston and Austin, respectively—and keep driving for 15 years.

Of course, they weren’t aimlessly roaming Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. They were scouring flea markets and roadsides for discarded treasures that they could fix up and resell. “It was Mom’s idea and her $2,000 stash for the slot machines that we used at first,” says Sikes. “She said, ‘Let’s just go to Canton [where there’s a giant four-day flea market every month] with open minds and figure out what we can do.’” Read More

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Podcast | Make LinkedIn Work for YOU!

Amanda HealyTime to brush up on your LinkedIn skills? In 30 minutes, Amanda Healy, senior marketing manager and social evangelist at TIBCO Software, teaches you how to use one of the most powerful tools in your personal branding arsenal to its fullest. Tune in to learn her top tips and tricks to • increase your profile strength • strategically grow your network • boost your SEO value • and much more. Discover how to refresh your profile in as little as an hour per week—and reap the big dividends of achieving your personal and professional aspirations.

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Free Teleclass | Make LinkedIn Work for YOU!

Amanda HealyMake LinkedIn Work for YOU!
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
10:00 – 10:30 am

Eventbrite - Make LinkedIn Work for YOU! (Free Teleclass with Amanda Healy)
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Tap Into Your Inner Entrepreneur and Get Your Idea Noticed

Albany IrvinBy Albany Irvin, QVC Program Host

With more than a thousand businesses launched every day by women who ring up revenues that top a trillion dollars annually, there is no doubt that women have become a powerful force in business. Swelling those statistics: female entrepreneurs and a new generation of mompreneurs. Read More

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Trade Secrets of a Tech-Savvy Entrepreneur

Stanard, Tiffanie

A word to the wise: If you ever take a meeting with Tiffanie Stanard, make sure you’re fully caffeinated. The marketing and branding strategist and CEO of Prestige Concepts in Philadelphia talks fast, thinks faster—and does what most people consider a full morning’s slate (i.e., sends emails to current, past and prospective clients, updates her to-do list, prepares for meetings and exercises) before she has even arrived at her office. Read More

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How to Get Buy-in from Your Boss, Team, Client, Anyone!

Black, JoanneYou don’t have to be in sales to wish you were a good salesperson. After all, every instance of persuasion—whether it’s getting your team to improve its performance or your boss to green-light your proposal—is a form of selling. Being personable and articulate helps, of course. But getting buy-in is more about know-how than natural gifts, says Joanne Black, who has more than 35 years of sales and management experience and is author of Pick Up the Damn Phone: How People, Not Technology, Seal the Deal. Here, her four steps to winning people over to your side: Read More

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Optimize Brand You—and Boost Your Career (with Aliza Licht)

Aliza Licht 270x270Optimize Brand You—and Boost Your Career
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
10:00-10:30am PDT

Eventbrite - Optimize Brand You—and Boost Your Career (with Aliza Licht)

In the new workplace, a strong personal brand is key to a successful career. Read More

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