Though the process of starting an online business is easier than ever, establishing an online presence is not. The World Wide Web is flooded with options for purchasing the same products and services from different outlets. And while there are plenty of legitimate sites looking to sell their products and services to customers using virtual means, you really have to shine to attract the right online consumers. Here’s how to ensure your online presence stands out from the crowd.
Good storytelling cannot be exaggerated. Perhaps the marketing term “storytelling” is overused, but its premise is not. Potential customers and clients don’t just connect with your brand’s mission; they need a narrative that’s easy to align with … a story that’s easy to share. In business, everything’s better with good storytelling. Here’s how to achieve that.
Hashtags and conversations are like the Ren and Stimpy of the internet — they play so well together (and compliment each other). Think of hashtags like a label on a file folder in a filing cabinet full of files. Used correctly, they alert you to shared searches and interests and can even cultivate conversations. If you’re not taking advantage of the hashtag as a business or marketer, keep reading.
If you’re a business owner or marketer, you completely understand the significance of your logo design. From its shape to its color, your logo represents everything about you and your business. Your logo visually symbolizes your brand. So when it comes to choosing the right logo design, you may soon realize that it’s not a task for the weak-hearted.
I was personally touched by a story on the news recently about a Colorado homeless man who won $500,000 from a $10 scratch-off lottery ticket. This man, who had lived in a homeless shelter for more than four years, purchased the ticket with his own money. For most of us, achieving success within our chosen careers or as business owners, relies on having a strong work ethic combined with healthy doses of both patience and persistence. Of course, we occasionally hear of successful entrepreneurs who inherit their wealth and coast through life because of their famous names. However, most successful entrepreneurs rely on neither on inheritance nor luck. They instead put in a lot of time and hard work earning their wealth, branding their businesses, and creating a name for themselves. But do smart and successful businesses start with branding? Let’s take a look …