Monday, April 21, 2014

9 Small Business Tips for Setting Boundaries

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  If you are a small business owner like me, you not only love your clients, you take a personal interest in their successes, their lives, and their family milestones. You want to see them happy, you care about every high and low their businesses go…

Friday, April 18, 2014

On A Budget: Marketing!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Energy Motivation

Here's a little marketing motivation through a giant in the energy industry.

Leavell Energy Services (LES) is a Texas based LLC that provides Lease management and restoration services. They locate, acquire, and restore established oil and gas leases in the Texas Panhandle. Their history in lease acquisition, drilling, equipment manufacturing and sales spans over 50 years which gives Leavell Energy Services a big advantage. LES's experienced and disciplined approach makes lease ownership profitable. And they pride themselves in being there after the purchase to assure your lease assets are well managed and secure. 

Sometimes going after something that has already been discovered works too and most likely is often over-looked when thinking of new ways to stand apart from your competition. Here Leavell Energy Services has made their mark in the energy industry with a tried and true method of locating, acquiring, and restoring established oil and gas leases. And with Texas being such a large state, trust me, there is plenty of competition out there.

So how can you step away from your competition if your industry is already filled to the brim with competitors? The old saying "think outside the box" is the first thing that comes to mind. It's taking what you do a step further and twist it a bit to create something entirely new. Those that are successful at achieving this are the ones coming out on top leaving all others behind.

Maybe just being there for your client after the work is complete sets you apart or offering a better pricing structure might do it too. Whatever you decide, step it up by doing a little brainstorming and using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to interact with your followers and their friends with what they'd like to see or already enjoy with businesses like yours.

To find out more about Leavell Energy Services, check out their website here:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Go Beyond the Norm and try something New!

building photo by Brad Leese
©2005-2014 Brad Leese of Wicked Light Photography
Bitcoins, something new from an old idea...

Expanding on the norm can take your efforts well beyond anyone's expectation. Take this relatively new idea of using Bitcoins to buy, rent or lease Real Estate. Yes, you can invest in real properties and pay the owners in Bitcoins. Everyone has been trying to figure out what to do with these things once you've accumulated them, so being able to buy, rent or lease a place to call you own is amazing. And if you have a property to sell, you can list and take Bitcoins as payment instead of cash. has stepped outside the box and can match buyers with sellers willing to accept Bitcoins.

The Bitcoin Real Estate listings company has many years of experience in real estate, building, property management, sales and marketing of real estate. provides direct public access to the most current and comprehensive listing of properties for sale or rent for Bitcoins, through the world.
With Bitcoin Real Estate, homeowners can now offer their homes privately or with their Realtor / Real Estate company. You can list properties for sale or for rent in Bitcoin, to a worldwide audience.
Buy, Sell or Rent a home, business, lot, farm, acreage, commercial  or vacation properties for Bitcoins, throughout the world.
Bitcoin Real Estate provides owners worldwide, a place to showcase your property to a different group of buyers. The Bitcoin community. With the help of Bitcoin Real Estate it’s very easy!
Listing on Bitcoin Real Estate allows you to use your own photos, post a lengthy description, add a video, pick features, add a google map and even a chance to be featured on our front page slider.
You can even list your property for FREE!
  • With for sale properties, if your listing results in a sale they have a small .5% referral fee. You won't owe them any money, until you sell your property.
  • With for rental properties if they find a tenant for your rental there's a $250.00 referral fee. And again, you won't owe them any money, until you sell your property.
List your property on Bitcoin Real Estate today and get exposure to Bitcoin buyers around the world!
Listing your home is simple. Just click here:  LIST NOW!  
So how does this relate to marketing? Easy, it's all about expanding your focus outside what you know, maybe not re-inventing the wheel, but putting a new tread on it, getting it to do other things in new ways. What if you were to take a vacuum cleaner and... well that's been done, so what can you do with your product or service to stand out from the crowd? Something that will make you different...? Just think about it for a little while, bounce a few ideas off your friends and family, then step forward and become the next industry innovator.  

Blog placement?

So maybe you have a blog, but is your product or service listed on other blogs?

Have a product or service that is geared towards families? Why not look for blogs like "Born 2 Impress" to advertise and showcase your business. brings you family friendly reviews and giveaways of the best products in the market for all family members. It's a place to share opinions, interests and a great way to find out about the best mom and children products out there. 

Most of these blogs offer ad placement for free or a minimal cost. And if you offer a them a special discount or a giveaway, they'll likely write a blog entry about you that pushes traffic to you and helps them too. 

On a website I started and currently run, I offer direct links to educational discounts geared towards photography and film college level students and educators. Photo Student Discounts is free to use and is updated monthly to keep everything current. About twice a year I send out a request to the companies listed on the site for a product or service I can giveaway. Then when I have one or two products/services, I place the giveaway(s) info on the home page, on all related social media platforms and within the Photo Student Discounts blog. The company giving the product or service away gets lots of exposure through various forms of media all at a very low cost to them. I don't charge the vendors that appear on the website, so asking for a giveaway or two from just a couple of them per year isn't seen as a negative. In fact, the site sees about 80,000 visitors per year from all over the world and per emails from several of the companies listed, they've seen a good amount of buying traffic from my site. 

How about co-placement? Offering a post about their blog on yours and vise-versa. This gives each of you an incentive and gives your readers an expanded knowledge base. It's a win-win situation and could lead to a long-lasting blog collaboration.

How to Start: Find a blog or group of blogs that focus on your product or service category. Write the owner, ask about advertising, co-placement or giving them something to giveaway to their readers in exchange for a blog post about your company. Then act on whatever you agree to do and enjoy the new traffic and customers. Yes, it really is that easy.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cut the Bull and Take Charge of Your Story!

Many of us feel that we are able to convey the message we want to get out there better than an outsider, but that's not always true. Enter the ghost writer. A writing service that can massage and flip your words bringing them from just ok, to simply amazing.

 I found a writing service out of Oakland, CA. that prides itself in it's ghost writing services. Editoro, is the breakout bad-boy of the underground "ghost" writing world.

 Want to shine? Get your words seen? Remembered? Then hiring Editoro is a must for anyone that wants to be at the top of their market.

Editoro offers: Writing & Translation Services along with Editing & Proofreading. You can learn more at their website:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tap In To Online Tools For Your Local Marketing Strategy

Tap In To Online Tools For Your Local Marketing Strategy (via

Google, Facebook, Moz, and Ubersuggest: Tools To Improve and Plan Your Marketing Approach In the past, demographic and business intelligence data was difficult to come by and even harder to manipulated. Thankfully, local businesses now have a wealth…