What Can I Do for You?

Business, Copywriting, Direct Marketing, Marketing, Social Media
I'm a traditional marketer. I'm a digital marketer. I'm a content marketer. I'm a social media marketer. I can provide you with strategies and workflows. I can help you manage people and projects. I can provide you with copy. I can provide you with content. Yup. I've been writing in this field for a long time…since 1983. I've written everything from direct mail to email, print ads to banner ads…AND then there's social media. In 2004, I started my blog, "A New Marketing Commentator," and I haven't looked back. Yup. I've done a ton of social media! Frankly, I consider myself an ultra-modern, hybrid marketer who can help you out in a variety of ways, both B2B and B2C, agency and client side. What can I do for you? A…
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Music to the Ears of Your Audience on Social Media

Branding, Business, Marketing, Social Media
Bruno Mars and Cardi B. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha. Performers in the music world do it all the time. They collaborate. They form partnerships. They join forces to produce music that they know they couldn’t have done on their own. You can do the same thing on social media. Hook up with other brands, businesses and people to produce content that you couldn’t do on your own. Guest post on their blogs and vice versa. Conduct interviews. Barter services. Tag-team projects. Engage with them in some way, shape or form. Mix it up. Put different faces and voices in front of your audience every so often. The results may pleasantly surprise you. Collaboration. It’s music to the ears of your audience on social…
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12 Boston-Area Marketing Pros to Follow on Twitter, Part I

Boston, Business, Marketing, Social Media, Twitter
There are roughly 330 million monthly active users of Twitter, and who knows how many of them work or live in and around Boston. I’ve identified a dozen of those users who not only fall into the latter category, though, but who also happen to have proven themselves to be ridiculously accomplished marketing professionals. If you’re not following these rock stars of marketing, advertising, PR and social media yet, get after it now. Here is a little information about each of them, including their respective Twitter handles and an aggregated stream of their latest tweets from a public list I’ve added them to on Twitter. You can follow them individually by clicking on their handles below and subscribe to my list, which includes all 12 of them, here. 1. Beth…
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The 90-9-1 Rule and Social Media

Business, Marketing, Social Media
Very few people on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like are going to create original content and share it with others on a regular basis. The same goes for wherever you work. A small percentage of employees are going to write blog posts, record videos and use social media on behalf of his or her employer. That’s the 1% of the 90-9-1 rule. That’s the 1% that any organization should identify, recognize, reward and look up to for thought leadership, branding, marketing and PR.
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Video Rocks

Video Rocks

Branding, Business, Marketing
People are asking me all the time now about my videos. They're seeing my videos on social media and wondering how I do them. My answer is always the same... Recording my videos is easy. Most of them I shoot by myself with just my mobile phone and a selfie stick. Sometimes my wife, Barbara, helps me shoot them. Nothing fancy. Very low-budget. But well-thought-out. Shooting videos like I do is something I think everyone in marketing, advertising, PR and social media should be doing today. Video rocks. It’s emotional. It’s easy. It’s effective. Video helps you deepen the relationships you have with your connections, constituents, clients and customers.
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Seth Godin’s Book, Purple Cow

Business, Marketing
How many of Seth Godin's books have YOU read? I've read a ton of his books, but my favorite one is Purple Cow. I think it should be required reading for anyone in business, especially for those of us who work in the advertising and marketing fields. As Seth himself says on the inside front cover of the book, "You're either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice." Have you read this book? Are you remarkable? Or are you invisible? Are you a purple cow? Watch. Listen. NOW.
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Robert Solomon’s Book, The Art of Client Service

Advertising, Business
Are you a good listener? Do you listen more than you talk? Do you give those on the other side of the table the attention they deserve? It is so important to listen to others in both our professional and personal lives. People will think more favorably of you if you give them the floor. They will appreciate your interest in what they have to say. "Listening is more important than talking." That's just one of "54 things every advertising and marketing professional should know" according to Robert Solomon's book, The Art of Client Service. Watch. And, yes, listen...
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Are you a trust agent?

Business, Marketing, Social Media
Thanks, as always, to my ridiculously awesome - and VERY patient - wife, Barbara, for recording this video. It's all about the importance of trust agents in business, especially in social media and marketing. It's my takeaway from a book written by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith. The question is...Are YOU a trust agent?
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10 Ways Public Speakers Should Use Social Media

Business, Marketing, Public Speaking, Social Media
If you're giving a presentation and your audience members are looking down at their electronic devices, not up at you, don't be annoyed, be pleased. As someone who speaks often at industry conferences and events, after all, I know that if those in my audience are looking down at their phones, tablets and laptops, they're probably not ignoring my presentation. They're likely sharing what they're hearing on social media, which is exactly what I want them to be doing on my behalf. I want them to be amplifying my message to their own networks, extending the reach of what I’m saying to a much larger number of people. That’s what I would call the "socialization" of my presentation. And that’s what I would think every public speaker today would want…
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