You’ve heard it loads of times – “YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN ELEVATOR PITCH READY AT ALL TIMES!” But who in an elevator ever actually wants to hear any pitch? I understand that it’s all figurative, people are rarely in an elevator when elevator pitches are given. The major  problem with the idea of elevator pitches is this: there is no regard to the audience, their circumstances, or their willingness to listen. Elevator pitches assume that a captive audience is the best audience you will ever get. But that is simply a huge lie touted to salespeople in hopes that it will get them to market at any remote opportunity.

The truth is, the best marketing happens outside the captive audience, outside of obligation. The best marketing happens in the right context. Continue reading

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Jessica McSweeney is the owner & artist of Poppy & Scooter, a Baltimore-based wedding stationery & calligraphy company. She creates beautiful pieces that have been featured in Southern Weddings Magazine, Geraldine Magazine, Flutter Magazine, Weddings Unveiled, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow, and Magnolia Rouge. And get this, she has only been in business for two years! The growth of her business has been incredible!

Oh the question of a lifetime — how do you get customers to come pay for your services? Better yet, how do you keep them around once you’ve got them? Here are some excellent strategies to help you market yourself effectively when you’re starting out.

Whether you’re a freelancer, a business owner, or member of corporate America, there comes a time when you have to put a price tag on your expertise, your effort, and your time. Continue reading

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Ready? Say it with me…

YASSSSS…

You can officially pat yourself on the back because you’ve come up with something that inspires you and makes you want to conquer the world. Continue reading