Five Reasons Video Marketing Should Be Part of Your Business Plan

Five Reasons Video Marketing Should Be Part of Your Business Plan

mark buckner, social media
Over the past several years video marketing has developed into one of the most powerful tools for a successful business. In a recent study, Cisco Systems, Inc. claimed that video will make up 82% of all consumer Internet traffic by 2021. Video has become such an essential part of the internet marketing process, there is virtually no reason not to use it with your business. But if you still need convincing, here are five reasons you should implement video marketing into your business plan. Consumer Engagement We live in an increasingly fast paced world, and while there are still plenty of readers out there, there are plenty more people who would rather watch a video on a subject than read an article. Video is the preferred medium for people on…
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Tips To Turn Your Friends and Followers into Raving Fans and Paying Clients

Tips To Turn Your Friends and Followers into Raving Fans and Paying Clients

mark buckner, networking, Prospecting
When it comes to starting a successful business, many believe in the old adage: "It's not what you know, it's who you know." There is some truth to this, networking is essential to building a stronger business, but it isn't enough to just know people, they need to talk about you too. At a recent workshop, Barbara Caine gave some advice to help turn friends, family, and all those followers you have on social media into paying customers and raving fans for your business. The first step Barbara suggests is to make what she calls a 250 x 250 list, a list of 250 people that you know. You can download a template of this worksheet HERE. Just think of as many names as you can, it's okay if you…
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How You Can Expand Your Business Through Pinterest

How You Can Expand Your Business Through Pinterest

mark buckner, social media
When you think about social media platforms suited for business use, you probably don't immediately think of Pinterest. A visual-based social media site, Pinterest is essentially an electronic pinboard where you can save pieces of multimedia to various themed “boards” (so you might have a board full of recipes, a board full of cat pictures, etc.). This might not initially seem conducive to business purposes, but Barbara is quick to remind people that if there is a user base, there is a potential audience, and Pinterest has a sizable user base. Doing business on Pinterest is one of the sites' best-kept secrets: many people don't realize that Pinterest even has business accounts. Thankfully it is quick and easy to set one up. The process should take a couple of minutes at…
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How to Use Hashtags to Expand Your Social Media Influence

How to Use Hashtags to Expand Your Social Media Influence

instagram, mark buckner, social media
Whether you are an experienced business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, the ability to leverage social media to your advantage is an essential part of the job. As a freelance writer, a good deal of my business is going to be handled online, so I can use any help I can get to make things easier. Thankfully, I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop with Barbara Caine dealing with Instagram and how using hashtags can help gain followers. She explained that hashtags were the way that social media users find like-minded people online, so just adding relevant hashtags to our posts would lead to more followers in no time. After making sure that everyone in the group had an Instagram account set up, Barbara tasked each of us…
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What’s the Difference Between Working “On” Your Business and Working “In” Your Business?

What’s the Difference Between Working “On” Your Business and Working “In” Your Business?

business building, mark buckner
If you read enough books or articles on entrepreneurship and business advice, a phrase you're bound to come across eventually is "Work on your business, not in it." It's become something of a mantra for the budding business owner, a reminder to be aware of the scale of your company and to avoid unintentionally limiting it's growth. This can be difficult advice to follow through with, as it isn't always easy for the owner of a startup or a smaller business to identify when and where they can step back from the inner workings of their company. Their business is their baby, so they want to be involved in every aspect of running it. But just as someone can "over-parent" their child, an entrepreneur can do the same for their…
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