I started a new business (with my business partner) that focuses on Amazon this year. But I think I had different reasons than most others do.
Most people focus on Amazon because of the money and the appeal of working from anywhere. That’s cool. I like those things just as much as the next guy (or girl). After all, everyone knows that Amazon is huge. You probably buy more on Amazon this year than last year. But even more importantly, your family and friends are too. It’s not just geeks that buy from Amazon. EVERYONE does.
I don’t want to dwell on this. Everyone else does. But you should know the numbers…
It has been six months since my last blog post.
I started blogging (on this domain) 8 years ago and this is the longest I’ve ever gone. Here’s why…
Already, 2014 is looking good for Internet Marketers in Charlotte. I can’t believe how many Marketing Agencies, businesses, and other entities have contacted me. They are looking for anyone to hire that knows Search Engine Optimization, Google AdWords, or Inbound Marketing in Charlotte. There are several agencies hiring and several businesses looking for “a good SEO guy (or gal)”.
So I’m making a list of Internet Marketing Jobs in Charlotte!
First and foremost, it’s only fair to mention Read More
I often set goals for myself and my business all throughout the year. But it’s always good to write them down when a new year starts. If nothing else, it helps you to remember to look at them at the end of the next year.
1. STAY FOCUSED, STAY BALANCED
As always, I have personal goals that are more important than my business or financial goals. They are top priority and always will be.
My primary business goal for 2014 is simple… Read More
In just two months, it will be the five-year anniversary of the Charlotte SEO Meetup about Twitter. I remember moderating that event with Roy Morejon, Lisa Hoffman, Jason Keath, and Lyell Petersen. They seemed to be the most active Tweeters in Charlotte at the time. It’s hard to believe that Twitter is now public and has been at the center of this huge thing that the entire world uses now called Social Media.
Like most of you, I’ve had my highs and lows with regard to social media, especially Twitter. I’ve loved it and hated it. I’ve started and stopped many times. Most recently, I have barely used Twitter over the past year. But I’m ready to jump back in with both feet! I’m going to give it another shot, especially as I’ve felt awfully disconnected with the marketing community in Charlotte.
This may seem strange coming from someone who was the “Director of Training” for Social Fresh for two years. I also wrote two posts on the Top 100 and Top 300 Twitter Users in Charlotte. But that was 2008 and 2009. I’ve been gone for a while.
So I have some questions… Read More
For those of you that read my occasional email newsletter, you’ve probably figured out by now that I’m starting to work with Knowmad. I’ve known the good people at Knowmad for quite a while. In fact, I first met them years ago when I was teaching my Internet marketing classes in the Charlotte area.
Knowmad is what I consider a “boutique marketing agency” in Charlotte. They are a small group of smart people that work hard (and intelligently) for their clients. Over the years, I’ve felt they were one of the small agencies in Charlotte that did not get the attention they deserved. Why? Read More
When Microsoft bought Nokia earlier this week, they made a bold move. Sure, it’s a copycat move, based on the fact that Apple already makes iPhones and Google owns Motorola. But it was still bold, big, and important.
It’s also a bold move to remove Steve Ballmer as CEO. Personally, I think that was long overdue and I think you’ll see it happen relatively fast. They’re done with him. It’s time to get a more visionary person that will drive Microsoft into the future instead of holding on to it’s past.
But let’s go back to the Nokia purchase. Read More
Should I put my blog on the same domain as my primary site?
The answer is always the same: It depends. Personally, I’ve preferred to keep this blog as well as my primary blog for my e-commerce business on separate domains from the actual site where the transaction or goal happens. But that’s not always the best answer.
The answer for your site will depend on how you want to brand it and how you think you’ll build links for those sites.
As I stated earlier, I’m spending considerable time right now on my own e-commerce websites in an effort to improve their marketing, product range, conversion rate, and more. This is long overdue. These sites make pretty good money and just improving them by 10 to 20% would be a significant benefit to our business.
In the process, I’ve started to come up with a list of tools I use that help me. These are not just tools for e-commerce, but most are good for marketers in general. too. I am hoping this will spur some others to write similar posts so I can see what they use. Here goes…
On September 5-7, Charlotte is hosting the first BlendConf conference. I just heard about it now from my friends at Knowmad. (Knowmad is a small, but impressive Internet marketing agency in Charlotte. More about them later.)
BlendConf is a conference for those interested in user experience, interface design, and development. It promises to have 50 great speakers and 350 attendees. It is three days long and looks impressive.
What’s probably most interesting about BlendConf Charlotte is the unique Read More