How Being A Super-Connector Can Next Level Your Business

How Being A Super-Connector Can Next Level Your Business

In Fall of 2017, I was fortunate to start working with a super-connector, young entrepreneur, award-winning book author, and motivational speaker and then become exposed to HIS network of likeminded super-connectors. We’re building something together that will help its members scale up their businesses faster, design their ideal lifestyles, and most importantly, connect with each other to build products and companies that will solve society’s problems. In this group, a “super-connector” is a successful businessman or woman who wants to learn how to build “world-class” networks. A few basic truths have emerged from the experience of working with this group so far: The best and most successful people out there aren’t magical gurus, or necessarily even at the top of their fields. They’re the ones who are committed to giving back, and sharing their knowledge with others. Creating more abundance in the world helps spread it around. Like many people, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of working with people who only view me as competition and try to hoard information or give a condescending response when asked questions. Not only is this not helpful when it comes to building a collaborative team, it actually holds everyone back by keeping information siloed. You can’t grow without resource sharing. The power of networking can’t be understated, and I’m not talking about going to meetups and shaking a bunch of hands. It’s more about creating strategic alliances with people – finding or being a mentor, establishing joint ventures, and building relationships with people who have similar missions and goals. I used to think I had to do everything by myself, especially as...
Increase Engagement Through Video Marketing

Increase Engagement Through Video Marketing

Facebook now favors video updates in Newsfeeds, and average over 1 billion video views per day. Last year, Buzzfeed scored over a billion video views per MONTH, leading them to launch the new Buzzfeed Entertainment division, led by web video impresario Ze Frank. Listicles are so 2015….video ads are now delivering the hype. And thanks to their ever-evolving algorithm, Facebook reach has plummeted to a dismal 6% (according to this Social@Ogilvy study). But here’s a happier stat: 1.65 BILLION people are watching video on Facebook everyday Those of us who follow such things surely noticed the high number of mentions of online video marketing in those ubiquitous Top Digital Marketing Trends of 2016 published last January. I don’t know about you, but we paid attention. And we came to the conclusion that video marketing is the new social media, in a sense. With both digital trends, companies were initially reluctant to recognize and admit that they needed to include them in their marketing, or risk getting left behind. Both were seen as time-consuming and slow to generate ROI. This is no longer true, of course. Companies can use instant gratification platforms like Vine or Snapchat to generate videos for their brand, or find increasingly affordable outsourcing options like Humblee or VeedMe (full disclosure: Humblee is a client of ours). These serve as a kind of matchmaking service between companies and a vetted network of videographers and producers – awesome! Or there’s always platforms like Typito (which is subscription-based), a sort of Canva for online video that lets you craft videos out of standalone images or video clips, or use...
Brand Copywriting: How to Get it Right

Brand Copywriting: How to Get it Right

Marketing copy that grabs your attention is either effortlessly cool or unbearably cringe-inducing. Hubspot recently profiled a few companies who are getting it right and also distills the learnings from each great copywriting example into some actionable tips. We’d like to share some of our own thoughts on how to consistently write great marketing copy that hits all your goals: to grab and hold your target audience’s attention amidst all the other social noise, get them interacting with you on social channels, and keep them coming back for more. Ultimately, we hope this relationship-building is also leading toward more lead generation, more sales, and more brand awareness of your products/services, but first things first. While it’s true that other forms of media are successfully grabbing the lion’s share of consumer attention (Vine, SnapChat, Pinterest, Instagram), the written word will never lose its impact.  Especially when it comes to translating your brand vision, voice, and mission. What’s a picture of a Nike shoe without the tagline “Just do it”? It’s fantastic to show all of this through great video campaigns and the perfect graphic image, but we think the combination of showing AND telling is where the lasting power of brand messaging lies. As the Hubspot blog puts it, The continuity of a brand, despite the advent of new media, hangs on the tenor of a singular voice. The B2C Marketing Voice: Selling a Brand Vision Some of the most successful brands out there (Red Bull, Levi’s, Xbox, Nike) know exactly who their audiences are and how their interests align with the brand’s vision. They’re not going to waste their...