How to create content that drives sales and success

Follow these steps to be sure you're creating content that resonates with your audience, and reflects your brand values and personality

How to create content that drives sales and successYour brand content is the emotional connection that converts a consumer into a customer. With more than 80 per cent of consumers researching – and shopping – online (Retailing Today, 2014), thinking strategically about how your content positions and reflects your brand personality is key. What is content? Content is the the new advertising. In the heady…

Strategies to put your Google Ads credit to good use

Copy well-performing ads, consider more than search ads, start to use remarketing as part of your strategy

Strategies to put your Google Ads credit to good useGoogle announced in late March an US$800-million-plus commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses, health and government organizations, and health workers on the front line. Part of that initiative is US$340 million in Google Ads credits. To qualify, you must have spent money with Google Ads in the past 10 out of 12 months and…

Step away from the clichés

Falling back on clichés to communicate makes us come across as superficial

Step away from the clichésThe next time you're going through a really tough time and some perky little twit says to you, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” or “It’s always darkest before the dawn,” try to resist the temptation to stuff a carrot muffin up his or her nose. That person probably has the best of intentions.…

How to improve your website searchability in three steps

Know your target audience, do your keyword research, use all of this research on your website

How to improve your website searchability in three stepsI’ve talked a lot about the different forms of paid advertising for web and social media platforms. For the next few weeks, I’m going to switch gears and talk more about organic online traffic. This is website traffic that finds you through searches for something in Google organically, not through paid advertising. I use a…

Want business success? Follow the path of others

If we fail to implement best practices, the results are going to be predictably unhappy

Want business success? Follow the path of othersThere’s a certain adrenaline rush you get when you go over the handlebars of your bike and are flying through the air, as I did recently. That thrill (and pain) is hard to replicate except maybe by riding bulls or broncos at a rodeo. The result, however, is certainty predictable: you’re going to hit the…

Hashtag research tips to get your best reach

Hashtags tie public conversations from different users into a single stream, which you can find by searching for a hashtag

Hashtag research tips to get your best reachHashtags are a way for people to discover certain topics that are posted on social media platforms. As an entrepreneur, you can use hashtags so people who are new to your audience discover your product or service. Instagram is well known for its use of hashtags, and although they seem random and off the cuff,…

Advertising online? Three steps you must take

Be very clear on what you’re selling, target audiences to match your products and use separate landing pages for everything

Advertising online? Three steps you must takeOnline advertising continues to rise globally. It’s where the money is being spent. Online advertising has saved some businesses during COVID-19. Some were already using online platforms to promote their services or products, and some started Day 1 of COVID-19. Either way, they’re using the new way of advertising to stay in business. And now everyone…

Hosting NHL playoffs could help Edmonton attract investment

Marketing wins outweigh limited economic benefits for city, province and Oilers, according to U of A sports management researchers

Hosting NHL playoffs could help Edmonton attract investmentIf Edmonton is selected as one of the two host cities for the 2020 National Hockey League playoffs, the big winners will be the province's health-care system and its ability to attract talent, according to a pair of University of Alberta sports management researchers. However, with no fans in the stands and participants all but…

Create custom images for your online platform

Online marketing is very visual. The graphics and text are what catch your customer’s eye. Here are three tips to get started

Create custom images for your online platformI’m sure it’s happened to you: a great image passes by your screen and you stop scrolling. Boom – you find something you didn’t even know you needed. Online marketing is very visual. The graphics and text are what catch your customer’s eye and make them stop scrolling. I create a lot of images and…

Nurture the differences that make your business valuable

In order to survive and thrive, you need to clearly understand the marketplace and come up with a strategy that will differentiate you from your competition

Nurture the differences that make your business valuableHow often to do you get mixed up with someone else? Sherry and Margaret are two good looking women of a similar age who get mistaken for each other frequently. They have similar builds, similar hair styles, and similar smiles. Although unrelated, they’re often taken for sisters when they’re together. It’s not that they’re trying to…