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Cyber Monday Live Event Sneak Peek

Today’s episode of the Marketing Mentor Podcast is a short clip from the most recent Office Hours, a monthly live (and very interactive gathering) that has become the centerpiece of...

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Is the growth of your freelance business invisi...

If you are far from meeting your business goals, it might feel like nothing is happening. More than likely, growth is happening in all sorts of ways. In this guest blog...

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Does old money "baggage" prevent you from charg...

If your palms sweat when someone asks, “What do you charge?” episode #458 of the Marketing Mentor Podcast is for you. I talked with writer and coach, Austin L. Church,...

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Is anyone listening?

Is anyone listening?

In this guest post by Teresa Murray, social entrepreneur and content creator, we are reminded that, even when it feels like no one is listening, the invisible audience is out...

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The 4 Floors of Your Business

In the new guest post, Rebekah Mays, SEO content strategist & writer for purpose-driven brands, elaborates a new metaphor for your creative business and shows how to vet your prospects so that only...

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What it takes to earn $10K in “passive income” with Jill Anderson

What it takes to earn $10K in “passive income” ...

Want to make money while you sleep? In Episode #457 of the Marketing Mentor Podcast, Jill Anderson of Jill Lynn Design shares exactly what it actually took to make $10K...

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"You Charge Too Much!"

If your palms start to sweat just thinking about pricing, you'll love this worst-case scenario money conversation by copywriter, Marleen Martinez.

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Hate "rejection?" Try this...

If you've been "rejected" lately by a prospect or client, try thinking about it differently. You might even be able to learn something. Read on to find out how.

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What I’ve learned from 20 discovery calls

If pitching your creative services in a real-time conversation make you nervous, read this guest blog post by content strategist and copywriter, Rebekah Mays, about what she learned from doing...

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Hate small talk? This may help...

If you hate small talk, you're not alone. But "chatting" can be very effective and you'd be surprised how much people will tell you with a simple question. Based on...

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The Secret to a Winning Proposal

If you want to know the secret to a winning proposal, Episode #456 of the Marketing Mentor Podcast is for you. It’s all part of the Proposal Oreo Strategy (from...

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Website timeline examples

Guest post by Jill Anderson:As a creative professional, you want to help your prospects know you are stable and sturdy — not someone who’s going to disappear on them. Showing...

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Not sure what to post on LinkedIn? Here's your ...

Should you always add a note when you invite someone to connect on LinkedIn? In Episode #455 of the Marketing Mentor Podcast, Austin Church shared his LinkedIn strategies and so...

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The Hourly Rate Debate

The Hourly Rate Debate

Most freelancers use hourly rates for all the wrong reasons. In today’s episode, I started the debate about hourly rates with Jamie Saunders and Karen Larson of Clear Brand Strategy...

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How to properly value your time with Doug Dolan

If you’ve ever spent too much time on a proposal, episode #453 of the Marketing Mentor Podcast is for you. Doug Dolan, a communications strategist and writer, outlines his strategies...

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4 tips to keep your website functioning well

Guest post by Jill Anderson: We all know how important websites are.  And with technology moving quickly, it’s not just about having a site that looks good, but also one...

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How NOT to freak out when you're not reaching y...

Here’s the scene: it’s the end of the month and you aren’t even close to your goals. What to do? In Episode #452 of the Marketing Mentor Podcast, I’m talking...

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Start a newsletter now. Here’s why…

Guest post by Deidre Rienzo Ray: Start a newsletter now.  Why?  Because in 8 years, you might be making 10k a month from a subscriber. A few months ago I...

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One-page website? Not so fast, please.

Guest post by Jill Anderson: One page websites are pretty common. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re good business decisions.  Do I hate one-page websites? No, not at all. I...

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Where are they now? Alan Seiden

In Episode #451 of the Marketing Mentor Podcast (the next in my “Where are they now?” series), I looked back with Alan Seiden, who explains how he used an advanced...

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What happens when your post goes viral with Wen...

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a piece of content go viral, today’s episode of the Marketing Mentor Podcast is for you. B2B content and case study copywriter, Wendy Jacobson, shares what happened...

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So your post went viral – now what?

In this guest post from copywriter, Wendy Jacobson, you'll learn what happened when her post went viral on LinkedIn and what she got out of it. Listen to our podcast...

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Guide to Event Networking: 6 Easy Steps for Des...

Today's guest post is by content writer, Sharlet Brennan, a member of the GRO Business Incubator I run for AWAI. In it she shares what she's learned about how to...

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What's the difference between confidence and ch...

I asked "The Chutzpah Guy" -- listen to find out what he said.  You see, for a while now, I’ve been saying that it was chutzpah, not confidence, that enabled...

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What can you accomplish in 6 months of marketing?

What can you accomplish in 6 months of marketing? That's what I asked everyone who attended the July Office Hours for the Simplest Marketing Plan. Here's what some of them...

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[video] Better Clients in 7 Minutes?

In this new interview on the Marketing the Invisible podcast, "How to Get Better Clients – In Just 7 Minutes," I covered the fundamentals of BOTH The Simplest Marketing Plan...

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How to alleviate neck pain with Andrea Brody

in Marketing Mentor Podcast Episode #448, I chatted with Andrea Brody, a former graphic designer-turned Pilates instructor. You'll learn not only how to alleviate some of your real neck and back...

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Live Birthday Fiesta Preview: How to do outreac...

In this video preview of my LIVE Birthday Fiesta on June 24th, I tell the story of Alice, a copywriter who is practicing what I preach and, thanks to her...

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Birthday Fiesta! Join us on June 24th

Come to my Live Birthday Fiesta, where you'll hear from creative pros who will share secrets about how to get your marketing started, tell what's really working for them right...

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How one copywriter used LinkedIn to reach his f...

If you’re not sure how to use LinkedIn to get the clients you want, podcast episode #447 is for you. In it, Vivek Shankar, a copywriter focused on fintech (financial technology)...

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Image quality or website speed: What matters more?

Guest post by Jill Anderson: Are your images too big and slowing your website down? If you're using extra-large stock images, unformatted uploads from your iPhone, or you're not paying...

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Command the Fees You Deserve: me on the Chase J...

According to Chase Jarvis, co-founder of CreativeLive, "Pricing creative work is an art unto itself." That's why I am thrilled that he shared some of the lessons from my course,...

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Recipe for Your Newsletter on LinkedIn

In this "recipe" for your own LinkedIn newsletter, whether it's your starter newsletter or you want to expand the reach of your current email newsletter, you'll see how easy it is to...

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How one designer makes the Simplest Marketing P...

In this guest post (and presentation) from designer, LeeAnn Eddins, of LA Eddins Design, we see one way to use the Simplest Marketing Plan when you know you should do...

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Try the "five whys" exercise to build your empa...

In this guest post and companion podcast episode with Melanie Deardorff, learn how to use the five whys to become more empathetic, whether you're a copywriter, designer, marketer or any...

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Creatives Thinking like Breadwinners with Jenni...

In this 2nd HOW Design Live bonus episode with Jennifer Barrett, Head of Content for Fidelity, financial journalist and author of “Think Like a Breadwinner,” and Lisa Mullis, a veteran copywriter...

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Where are they now? Ilena Finocchi, multi-disciplinary artist

Where are they now? Ilena Finocchi, multi-disci...

In episode #445 of the Marketing Mentor Podcast, I reminisced with multi-disciplinary artist, Ilena Finocchi, who shares her most effective marketing tools and, more important, the attitude that’s allowed her...

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Can we stop being afraid of website scrolling, ...

Guest post by Jill Anderson: You can’t beam vast amounts of information into people’s brains upon first meeting.  When they land on your website, they can’t immediately know everything they...

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Presenting Yourself with Confidence with Eleano...

In this Bonus Podcast Episode with Communications Coach, Eleanor Handley and Show Director of HOW Design, Amy Conover, we talk practical strategies for presenting yourself with confidence, whether one-on-one, in...

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3 ways to get out of your own way

If you find yourself overthinking, complicating things and not making progress, you just might be the problem. Here are 3 ways to get out of your own way and take...

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How to use HARO to get PR with Donna Jones

If you want to use content marketing to position yourself as an expert OR if you’re a copywriter who’s not quite ready to put yourself out there, Episode #444 with...

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Tapping the Writer/Designer Partnership Goldmine

Copywriters and designers (including web designers) are natural partners when it comes to servicing their clients; their services often complement each other perfectly or, at the very least, they are...

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The new “what’s new” on LinkedIn with Beth Granger

If you're wondering if you should do your own newsletter on LinkedIn or just trying to keep track of all the new LinkedIn features, you'll love the latest Episode #443 with LinkedIn Trainer, Beth Granger.

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How to stay top of mind so your best prospects ...

Out of sight -- out of mind! That's the reality more and more these days. So how do you stay top of mind so your clients, prospects and referral sources...

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Mary's "Magic" Message (or how to prevent a pro...

In this video clip, Web designer, Mary Maru, shares her simple message that increases her win-rate on proposals. It's "Cookie #2" of the Proposal Oreo Strategy, from my new course...

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How to grow a creative business with Sarah Durham

If you’re a "passionate practitioner" with the “good” problem of too much work, today's blog post (and podcast episode) is for you. Sarah Durham, founder of Big Duck, who has recently...

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What the heck is my name?

This is an unusual guest post by Deidre Rienzo, of Connect with Copy, and one of the reasons I love it is because Deidre has thoroughly integrated her marketing into her...

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Your email newsletter on LinkedIn? with Michael...

If you struggle with your email newsletter, this episode is for you. I talked with the very funny Michael Katz, a marketing consultant who specializes in email newsletters for professional...

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Where do ideas for content marketing come from?

What should you write about in your email newsletter or on your blog? If you can't answer that question, you're probably paralyzed when it comes to your marketing. Read on...

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How to stop writing proposals that go nowhere

How to stop writing proposals that go nowhere

When a prospect says, "Just send me a proposal," should you? In this double-whammy (short video + longer podcast episode) you'll learn how web designer, Mary Maru, qualifies prospects so she doesn't waste her time on proposals that go...

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