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B2B Content Marketing: How To Generate Revenue From Your Writing

You aren’t spending hours on quality blog posts and Medium articles for passion alone. Whether it’s attracting people to your product, racking up dollars on Medium, or selling your services, there’s something in it for you.  Don’t be ashamed of your agenda. We all have one. If you don’t, you need to get one.  Putting …

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5 Reasons Your Content Marketing Isn’t Working

Blogging weekly keeps clients coming to my door. I invest a minimum of 10 hours a week into writing. I say invest because that’s exactly what it is—an investment in the future of my business. I’d love to tell you writing is a breeze, but I won’t blow sunshine and daydreams up your arse. Writing …

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Give Me One Good Reason To Buy

Why should I pick you over my other options? That’s all I really want to know before I give you money. Put my worries to rest with one good reason.  Notice I didn’t say two, three, or ten reasons. Decide where you’re going to hang your hat as a business. You can be serviceable everywhere …

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How To Use A Product Funnel To Grow Your Service Business

I ran another agency for thirteen years before starting Special Sauce. We won awards, made the Inc. 5000 list, and had multiple seven-figure years. We also struggled with inconsistent cash flow, stressed employees, and a dangerously top-heavy client list where 50% of our revenue was from one company.  It felt like we were always fighting …

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How Much Time A Marketing Agency Should Invest In Marketing

Do you wake up and start fighting fires and addressing client emails? I feel you. I did the same thing for 13 years.  I was always available. When a client emailed, I was back in their inbox within seconds. I’d drop whatever I was doing to address their needs. I had intentions of working on …

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The Secret To Marketing Goals That Lead To Revenue

I’m passionate about this subject because I’ve seen countless companies get caught up in the jargon, structure, and formalities of building a marketing plan and never actually get to marketing. My KISS (Keep It Stupid Simple) methodology spits in the face of traditional plans. If you jump on board with my approach, you’ll be adding …

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Find Your Product-Market Fit In 3 Steps

We have an eCommerce client enjoying 400% revenue growth this year. Facebook ads, email marketing, and conversion optimization played a part in that success, but these tactics are worthless without product-market fit. The thing that really moved the needle in this company’s success was cutting 80% of what they sell and refocusing the remaining 20% …

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How To Create Website Content That Opens Wallets

We often obsess over fonts, photography, forms, and SEO and forget the most important function of a website… Your website exists to move someone from awareness to purchase. This is true for billion-dollar brands, freelancers, SaaS websites, eCommerce websites, home builder websites, CPG websites, nonprofit websites, and almost every other website on the planet. The …

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Branding vs Marketing: The Role Of Each In Growing Your Business

You came here to learn the difference between branding and marketing. I won’t dance around the subject. Let’s use sports to make the explanation easy. Marketing gets you to buy a ticket to your first game with a clever, “First 5 beers free” promotion. Ok, it’s probably a first beer free, but I’m allowed to …

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Inbound Marketing 101: Attract Motivated Buyers

I stumbled across the book Inbound Marketing from Dharmesh Shah and Brian Halligan of Hubspot back in the summer of 2010. It changed the way I think about marketing and paved the way for creating my own demand generation framework.  Inbound marketing is now the driving force in my career. I use it to shape …

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