24-63 Don’t Buy That List

It feels satisfying to purchase a list of 10,000+ names but it is a waste of time and money. Purchased listes tend to be only 60 - 80% accurate and using them may result in spam complaints. Better to build your own, smaller and more focused list, which will be more accurate and result in higher open ... [Continue Reading]

17-65 Marketing Momentum

Marketing momentum is measured in months not weeks. Commit to a marketing program when you and think in terms of a 12 month time horizon. Much shorter than this and your effortws will be frustrated. ... [Continue Reading]

16-05 Marketing Automation: Tough For Startups

Marketing Automation is much less compelling than its promoters have claimed, particularly for start ups, whose resources are limited. Start simple, keep your efforts modest, using a simple outbound email tool to offer content to prospects.  Don't get lost in social tools. ... [Continue Reading]

14-64 Email + Authentic Content

Your initial marketing efforts should focus on exposing a tight, accurate email list to authentic content - content that you have generated yourself - in a steady, consistent and repetitive manner. ... [Continue Reading]

Your Website

The first thing I recommend is that you keep your web site simple and that means using website tools that are easy to manage - website designs go through fashion changes every 18 - 24 months and you will likely make major changes to yours in about that cycle.  Avoid more complicated CMS (Content ... [Continue Reading]

What Should You Be Doing About Social Media?

Social media has a lot of traction and an irresistible pull on maketing and sales folks.  Industry wonks talk about “social selling” and “sales 2.0”, with some implying that if you fire up a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account and post assiduously, the leads will pour in.  In this post, I will ... [Continue Reading]

One Minute on Developing Your Website

In this two minute video I describe how to develop your website. One Minute on Developing Your Website Transcript  I think your website is who you are. That's how people check you out and that's how they're going to find you, so it's very important. But when you're starting out you don't ... [Continue Reading]

What About a Whitepaper?

Since the '90s, whitepapers have been a common form of content made popular by analysts like Gartner and Forrester Research who generate their own content but also do so for clients, typically featuring that client's product as the leader in its category (The fabled "Magic Quadrant").  They can also ... [Continue Reading]

Your Email List

Because outbound email marketing is efficient and economical, it is likely to be the core of your early outreach efforts.  I blogged about email marketing as a whole and about email lists specifically here a couple of years ago and now want to update my thoughts about your email list. A solid ... [Continue Reading]

Five Things to Keep in Mind About Email Marketing

It can be a bit of a puzzle getting an outbound email marketing program going and the whole process can seem a little overwhelming.  Keeping the following five things in mind should simplify and demystify the process for you. Develop a Clean, Focused Email List When putting together your email ... [Continue Reading]