Follow Your Heart, Not the Crowd in Business

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Remember when you were a teenager and you faced enormous peer pressure to “fit in” with everybody else?

One thing I’ve learned over the last decade in business is that peer pressure isn’t just for teens. Entrepreneurs often succumb to that too. It just looks a little different.

It’s jumping on the bandwagon of the latest, greatest marketing technique.

It’s creating a presence on Instagram because all the “experts” say it’s the place to be if you want to earn 6-figures!

It’s signing up for every Facebook challenge that comes along.

It’s attending every marketing conference, and then buying one (or more!) programs being sold at the event.

Sound familiar?

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5 Ways You Can Use Freelancers to Boost Your Small Business

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By Courtney Rosenfeld

As a small business owner, you’re no stranger to hard work. While putting in this effort is essential to the success of your small business, doing it all on your own isn’t sustainable. Too much stress and an overburdened schedule can quickly lead to professional burnout, but there is a simple way to prevent these problems: hire freelancers. Wondering how freelancers can boost your productivity and increase profits for your startup? If so, keep reading to learn about five areas where using freelancers makes sense for small businesses.

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[CASE STUDY] LinkedIn Profile Makeover

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When is the last time you updated your LinkedIn™ profile? It’s important for business owners to keep their profiles up-to-date so prospects, referral partners and joint venture partners can see whether it’s worthwhile to connect.

If you’re an employee, it’s also important to keep your profile updated, because in today’s economy, you never know when you’re going to be out of a job.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Why it Pays to be Emotional In Your Marketing

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We all know the adage, people do business with people they know, like and trust. Of those three items, likeability and trust are paramount for making a sale. It goes without saying that you should be knowledgable about whatever product or service you’re selling. So how do you get people to like and trust you? Two words: Emotional Marketing.

People want to know you care about them, that you’re not just a number on a sales report. People like to feel valued and respected. It’s human nature. That means the messages you share with them should come from the heart. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Admit when you make a mistake. Get real with people. Be sincere. It will pay off when you do.

SocialMediaToday.com shared an infographic that emphasizes the importance of engaging in emotional marketing, especially if you’re in the B2B space. Here are some compelling statistics that bear this out:

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