As you’ll know if you’ve explored the other pages on my website, I’m a full-time nomad and I’ve spent this year traveling through Latin America to explore the entrepreneurial ecosystems in the region. The fact that I have no real home base hasn’t stopped me from running my businesses, so I was recently asked to write a guest post for Under30CEO about how to live life as an entrepreneurial nomad. I got such a great response from that piece that I figured I should adapt it for video and share it here, in case some of you would love the freedom of being a nomad.
Unfortunately, the number of hackers out there that take pleasure in destroying small business websites just to prove that they can is growing. It’s become a game to them, but it’s completely devastating to a small business when its site is compromised and it needs to shut down, restore, and relaunch. Not only do the entrepreneurs who are victims of these attacks have to deal with lost revenue and customer trust created by the site’s inaccessibility but also they have to pay hefty fees to get everything secured and back up and running. For many small businesses this is simply too much and they are forced to close after such an attack.
While there is no way to completely hack-proof your company’s website, there are ways to make it more secure so that you will be less likely to be a target. Check out this week’s video to see some tips that I learned the hard way to help you keep your company website safe.
Two of my most watched videos are those about Porter’s 5 Forces Analysis and SWOT Analysis and I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about how helpful both are. I have also, however, received quite a few questions that imply a number of you are still confused about how to use them. When multiple people have the same question it always means one thing for me: it’s time to make a video to answer it. So this week I’ll give you a little more explanation about how to apply Porter’s 5 Forces Model and SWOT Analysis.
Word of mouth is hands down the most effective marketing technique for any small business or startup and, with an ever-growing number of avenues for your customers to help spread the word, you should absolutely be taking full advantage. However, it’s tough to stand out from the crowd enough that others will start publicly singing your praises.
With that said, there are ways to encourage your happy customers to spread the word. Check out the video below for tips to get your supporters talking:
Even though it’s expensive, legally protecting your new business from disasters and positioning it for success is one of the most important things you can do when getting started. If you neglect the legal issues upfront, it will only be more painful and more expensive when everything blows up in the future. However, since most startup and small business owners don’t have tons of cash lying around to pay lawyers with, this week’s video shares a few quick hacks to help you save on startup legal fees:
Marketing partnerships are a great way for business owners to amplify their marketing reach without creating much extra work or expense. The basic idea is to find another business whose customers are the same as yours but that offers a complementary – not competing – product or service. Then you team up and both help promote the other to all of your customers.
This tactic can be hugely successfully without too much effort, so check out the video below to learn how to implement it:
Because social media only costs in time and not in clear, clean dollars, the ROI is a little more slippery and many business owners don’t bother to track if their social media strategies are succeeding or not. But time is money, so you need to know if you’re wasting it or spending it wisely. To make sure you know whether or not your social media efforts are time well spent, here are a few basic ways to track if your social media efforts are being successful or if you need to reevaluate:
The point of all of these metrics is to make you aware of what is and is not working so that you can adjust your strategy. Remember, this is about taking a step back so you can improve your strategy, i.e. work on your business instead of just working in your business.
Unfortunately, for every great online marketing professional out there, there are 10 more people who truly suck. I’ve heard tons of horror stories from entrepreneurs who got burned by a social media or SEO expert and are now too gun shy to hire an expert again. You shouldn’t let the bad apples scare you off from the entire profession, though. Here are some tips I’ve learned from clients’ experiences that will hopefully help you pick a top notch online marketing professional and not waste another penny on one who’s not worth his or her salt.
If you have any other tips for how to spot the superstar online marketers in a sea of fakes, please let me know in the comments below!
“There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley
Google+ hasn’t always gotten much respect as a key social media channel for business promotion, but that’s changing. Google+ is growing rapidly and provides some extra benefits that some of the other big players don’t. It’s also one of my top traffic referrers, so I recommend that anyone not already using it for their business at least give it a try.
Not only is Google+ a property of the largest search engine in the world, Google (duh), but also it has a great interface and isn’t completely overrun with spammers yet so you can still get some great interaction from other users pretty easily. Google+ is similar to Facebook in that you can create both a personal profile and a company page, so if you want to promote your business you should get started by creating both.
Check out the video below to learn more about why and how you should be using Google+ to help promote your business.
Every entrepreneur needs to assess the pros and cons of each potential marketing avenue and not every social media platform is right for every business. However, if you haven’t checked out Google+ yet, you’re missing out. The SEO benefits as well as the level of engagement you can generate from other users make it a platform that all entrepreneurs should at least try out before deciding if it’s right for them.