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It All Boils Down To Who, What, Why and How

By now, you know how much I enjoy using the various digital marketing platforms, tools, and strategies to empower small business owners to take control of their online presence.
Whether consulting on a website redesign, creating e-newsletters, working on a social media strategy, or analyzing insights on the various platforms, what is of topmost priority is ensuring that the client’s brand and message are consistent and that we can clearly convey what differentiates them from all the others. Read more

Empowering Entrepreneurs
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The Solo-Preneur Hat Collection

Are You Wearing ALL the Hats?

Empowering Entrepreneurs

As entrepreneurs, we need to focus on ourselves and our relationships, as well as our business growth. This month, I’ve curated some helpful articles to keep you connected to what’s most important.

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When Email Marketing is Like a Plate of Spaghetti

I just read a fantastic post on Inc.com, which tells us that structuring your presentation as a story makes you sound brilliant.  This is interesting to me, because I just love bullet points.  I usually post my content with lots of bullets in order to keep my ideas in some sort of order.

Well, I actually do have a story to tell about email marketing /newsletters.  I suppose it will be more interesting as a story, so here goes:

Let me tell you a story about two small businesses.

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Workshop: Get Found: Understand and OWN Your Online Presence

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This workshop is designed for the small business owner. You know who you are. You’re the one wearing all of the hats. Your zone of genius shines in the work you do. Your clients are thrilled with your services.

Now, how do you let the world know about the awesomeness of YOU?

Really – that’s what it’s all about – using the online tools that are available to help your potential clients learn more about you. It’s also about creating an online presence in which you are the hands-down resource in your area.

But – how will you manage building, growing, and owning online presence on top of all the other tasks you have as the business owner?

As a fierce advocate for the small business owner – I will supply you with
• Knowledge of ‘behind the scenes’
• Strategies to become a trusted resource (online)
• Tools to save time (Yes!)
• Teamwork tips to AMPLIFY your message.

My promise: You will come away with at least 3 takeaways that will make a real difference in how you view and manage your online presence.

Contact me to schedule a workshop for your office or group.

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are you listening to your audience?
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Social Listening to Boost Your Business

Do you monitor what people are saying about your industry online? Do you use that information to your benefit?

are you listening to your audience?

Social listening (also called media monitoring) is about spending time online and on social platforms to see what’s being said about areas that have to do with your industry.

Follow other businesses that are similar to yours. Keep up with industry-specific hashtags, as well as trending topics to see what people are talking about. Listen to what your own contacts are talking about. Offer helpful advice to challenges they are facing. Then, work these topics in to your marketing strategies.

Here’s an example of someone who mastered social listening:

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Workshop: Get Found – Increase Your Online Presence

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This workshop is designed with you in mind. Just when it seems that we’ve figured out things to know about building the online presence of our businesses, there’s something else to learn.

Erin Sweeney Design will be on hand to explain why it is important to not only have a website that will impress your target audience, but one that is functional and allows for easy navigation. It also needs to be optimized so you get the most exposure.

The presentation portion of the workshop will give an easy-to-understand overview of search engine optimization (seo) and how your online activities affect how easy it is for your audience to find you.

We will touch upon website content, social media platforms, online search sites (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc) and email newsletters – all the many tools that a small business owner can use to “Get Found”.

You may know, I describe myself as a “connector”. I think that I’ve found that sweet spot where I can patiently partner with small business owners to claim and build their online presence.

Bring your questions – Bring your ideas – Bring your curious mind.

Thursday, October 22
9:30-11:30
HarborOne U, Mansfield

There is no charge for this workshop.

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Reserve your seat or send questions to: susan@susanfinnonline.com

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Make the Most of your Local Business Networking Group.

One of the most common pieces of wisdom more experienced business people will share is that business networking is the quickest and most effective way to successfully growing your business. It is commonly stated and widely accepted that “people will do business with other people they know long before they’ll do business with people they […]

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Who We Were, Are and Becoming

Wikipedia tell us that Job Satisfaction has been defined in many different ways. Some believe it is simply how content an individual is with his or her job, in other words, whether or not they like the job or individual aspects or facets of jobs, such as nature of work or supervision.

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Here is a follow-up to a blog I posted last month, Our Many Incarnations, which had been written  in response to an article that reported that the majority of baby boomers have held 10 or more jobs by the time they reach the age 46. I asked folks to take a survey to let us all know about their jobs journey.  I asked about past and present jobs, favorites and least favorites, and job satisfaction.  Here was my response to the participants’ involvement in this survey.

Fascinated! I am incredibly fascinated by the many paths we take in our journeys.

Grateful! I am incredibly grateful that folks were so very generous in sharing their experiences, comments, thoughts and feelings.

Overwhelmed!  I was overwhelmed as to how to make sense of the information in any way as a coherent blog, so I decided to present it in this bulleted list form.

Here is a brief summary of what I learned about our jobs journeys. Read more

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Learning to Grow

So, I am two weeks into a six-week committment I have made for myself.  One hour a week, I am meeting with Kemi Sorinmade of the Growth Studio.  We are reviewing “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” as presented by John C. Maxwell.

write it down - make it happen

One thing that Kemi mentions over and over; “If you write it down, it is more likely to become a reality.  Just by writing it down, it seems to be internalized.” So, I have decided to blog about this experience. This is a tool to help me review and internalize the content I am ingesting at these meetings. Read more

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Our Many Incarnations

I had a lovely chat with Gina over coffee this morning. Gina and I are of similar mindset. We both have a passion for helping small businesses grow by providing those administrative services around their websites and social media presence that most small business owners do not have the time to do. Each of us has come to our area of expertise via varied paths and a number of incarnations.

It seemed fitting, then, after our conversation this morning, that on my way home from the coffee shop, I listened to a wonderful piece running on NPR by Kelly McEvers. Workers Should Be Prepared to Start Over in New Jobs. 

Baby boomers have held 10 to 11 jobs  by the time they reach age 46.

Baby boomers have held 10 to 11 jobs by the time they reach age 46.

Kelly had asked folks to list off some of the jobs they’ve had in their lifetime. It was evident that most of us have held many – and varied – jobs in our lifetime.  It is also evident that the folks who are willing to learn new skills, open themselves up to new experiences and make connections are the folks who will best adapt in times of economic challenges.

I am often inspired by the members and friends of the Women’s Business Network of SE MA.  So many of the amazing women in this group have re-incarnated themselves a number of times over. Many of them have left very comfortable and lucrative corporate positions in order to increase their job satisfaction. During a recent group activity, the question was posed: “Would you take a million dollars and be told you could never work in your current field again?” The woman to my left had a very strong reaction to that question. “Never”, she answered, “Aligning my passion with my business has been priceless. I can’t think of anything else I would ever want to do.”

I am reading similar stories on a blog I recently started to follow: “Career 2.0” by Amanda Orr and Lisa O’Donoghue-Lindy. Here, they share stories of women facing adversity, facing huge life changes, following their passion, helping others, and so much more.  Once again, and over and over again, I am awed by the power of women. I am awed by their ability to adapt, to support each other’s growth, to understand the value of education, networking and continuing growth.

All of this made me think about all of the jobs I have held in my lifetime (so far)

  • babysitter
  • counter help jobs (pharmacy, health-food shop)
  • visiting artists coordinator
  • dietary aide at a nursing home
  • lab tech for high pressure liquid chromatography components
  • lab tech, supervisor and quality control manager at a dairy plant
  • water testing technician – home water filtration systems
  • MOM
  • discovery toys consultant
  • nutritional analysis labeling consultant
  • personal advocate for a disabled person
  • science program coordinator at a local children’s museum
  • custom tote-bag designer
  • memory quilt designer
  • birthday party consultant
  • personal administrative assistant – realtor
  • owner – susan finn online – helping small businesses with their online presence.

I am ever so curious….  What jobs have you held in your lifetime?  Which were your favorite? Your least favorite? Which one gave you opportunity for the most growth?

Please leave your comments below or take my 8-Question Survey.  

Results will be published in a future blog.

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Content Curation and Sharing

Using the Power of You.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, Social Media and Personal Branding, there are loads of folks who want to learn what you have to share. Your followers are interested in watching you follow your passion for your area of expertise. By sharing interesting articles (including your own, as much as possible) you are establishing yourself as a resource for others who want to learn more about you and your business

Content Curation – What is That All About?
Content curation is the process of making your way through the vast amounts of content available on the web to then be able sift, sort, arrange and present it in a meaningful and organized way.  You will want to be choosy to pick the best content that is important and relevant to your own community. Often, curated content may be organized around a particular theme.

personal brandingCurating great content can help you as a  small business owner establish yourself as a thought leader, a valuable resource within your spheres of online presence, thus strengthening your personal brand.  You essentially become the “go-to” authority for issues or topics related to your industry.

By curating relevant content, you develop the ability to serve up frequent content which then increases your opportunities for interaction, which can help exposure over time as you strengthen your online personal branding.

This means that you will need a number of reliable sources to turn to for access to interesting and appropriate articles.

There are many tools and personal favorite methods for collecting articles that are relevant to you and your business.

Here are my current top 6 content curation sources and tools. Read more