27 minutes | Jun 8, 2023
What I Learned After 100 Podcasts
I can’t believe I am on my 100th podcast! What a fun learning experience with ups and downs. I originally wanted to write a book, but realized I am a much better talker than I am a writer, so I shifted my focus to launching a podcast. I have several coaching clients that I have helped launch podcasts so I also thought I better practice what I preach and launch one myself! I get asked a lot of questions about my podcast so I just answer a few of the most common questions for you: Is my podcast perfect? HECK NO! Did it take me out of my comfort zone? YES! Did it help me learn and grow? YES! Has my podcast made me a ton of money? NO! Has it helped brand me as an expert in marketing and business? YES! Does it provide great advice to business owners and anyone wanting to master marketing? HECK YES! Is it easy? Some days YES, some days NO! Since this is my 100th episode, I thought I would do a podcast about what I have learned over the last 100 episodes. If you are thinking of launching a podcast, listen up!
17 minutes | May 25, 2023
Coming Up With Your Brand Name
One of the hardest things to do when you are starting a business is to come up with the name! You want it to be memorable, mean something, easy to say, easy to Google, eventually become a household name and make you money! That is a lot to ask from a brand name! The process of coming up with a brand name is one of the most important steps in establishing your company's identity and creating a lasting impression with your consumers. An amazing brand name can evoke emotions, communicate the company's values, and differentiate you from your competitors. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating a brand name, there are certain strategies that we use at D2 Branding that can guide you through the process. I am going to share with you five ways to come up with a brand name and give you examples of how companies successfully developed their brand names on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast at https://www.d2branding.com/podcast/!
16 minutes | May 18, 2023
Want to Sell More Products Online? Listen Up!
I have a coaching client I am working with that has an amazing e-commerce product. The founder is an inventor who created an incredible patented one of a kind product that solves a massive problem in their industry. They recently attended a highly visible trade show and got a ton of traffic to their website. Sales were good, but when they looked into their “abandoned cart” customers, they realized they had close to $1 million dollars in abandoned cart orders! This is a massive problem that needs to be fixed because if they just got 10% of those orders, that would be an extra $100,000 in revenue! I started to do some research that I thought would help anyone out there who has an ecommerce product they are selling on their website and came up with 7 ways to sell more products online on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast.
19 minutes | Apr 27, 2023
3 Ways to Create a Compelling Video for Facebook + Instagram
Producing a compelling video in your digital marketing campaigns is so important to grab your potential customer's attention! People are scrolling mindlessly and they have to be stopped in their tracks to pay attention to your brand! What is the "hook" that is in the first few seconds of your video to get them to stop and pay attention? To create a great video to use in your Facebook and Instagram ads, there are several key elements to consider: Grab attention quickly: Facebook and Instagram users have short attention spans, so it's important to grab their attention quickly. Use an attention-grabbing hook in the first few seconds of your video to capture their interest and encourage them to keep watching. Focus on benefits: Instead of focusing on features, focus on the benefits of your product or service. Use the video to show how your product or service can solve a problem or improve someone's life. Keep it short and sweet: Facebook videos should be short and to the point. Aim for a length of 30-60 seconds to keep viewers engaged and avoid losing their attention. Listen to the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast where I share examples of three companies that used video that absolutely changed their business bringing massive brand awareness and increased sales!
17 minutes | Apr 27, 2023
Is it Better to do SEO or Google Ad Words in Your Marketing Plan?
If you have been listening to this podcast for a while, you know I love Google. If you can get to the top of Google for key terms in your industry, you will win! I get asked all of the time if it’s better to do Google Ad Words or SEO. It all depends on your specific business goal, target audience, and budget. Google is not a gamble in marketing. If you are at the top of Google for key terms in your industry that people are searching for, you will get leads! It is important to find out how many searches were on Google in your area for those key terms over the last 30 days before you start. If there were 10 searches, it's probably not worth going after, however if there were 100 searches or 1,000 searches, then it makes sense! Find out if Google Ad Words or SEO is better for your business on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast at https://www.d2branding.com/podcast/!
8 minutes | Apr 13, 2023
You’ll Never Regret Launching Your Personal Brand
I do a lot of personal branding coaching and one thing I always say when they are starting is, “You’ll never regret launching your personal brand!” It will follow you wherever you go! Let’s just say you are a well known attorney and you are an expert in your field. No one outside of your field would know this unless you built a personal brand around it and started posting as you are the expert on your social media. Then you create a podcast on a subject you are passionate about or an expert on. Then you decide to launch a website with your personal brand to put your podcasts on and have a place for people to inquire about hiring you. Then you decide to write a book on the same subject and put it on your website for sale. This will lead to speaking engagements that may be for exposure in the beginning and eventually you start getting paid $10,000 to speak for one hour on the subject because you are the expert! Then you are asked to consult businesses and individuals on your expertise and get paid to do it! Do you see how starting to post as an expert on your social media can lead to a full blown business? If you are thinking of launching a personal brand, check out these five steps on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast!
12 minutes | Mar 30, 2023
How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Marketing
What if you could predict your customers' next move and improve their overall customer journey? You’ve probably been hearing a lot about artificial intelligence and how it is changing the world. The world of marketing is no exception! Maybe you’ve heard people talk about AI but aren’t sure what it is? AI marketing uses artificial intelligence technologies to make automated decisions based on data collection, data analysis, and additional observations of audiences or economic trends that may impact your marketing. A great example of this is using AI chatbot to write marketing copy like a blog post, podcast script, Facebook ad or an article. All you have to do is tell the chatbot the topic you’d like it written about and give specific directions to get a 500 word article back in an instance! It’s insane! You can even ask it to create Facebook ad copy for a specific product and it will come back with copy for an ad! I have even seen an example where it told the bot to make the ad funnier and it came back funny! Find out the best ways to use artificial intelligence in your next marketing campaign on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast at D2Branding.com/podcast.
18 minutes | Mar 23, 2023
Are You a Present Leader?
How present are you in your day-to-day interactions as a leader? Or as a mom, a friend or a spouse? I can tell you right now, this is one of the things I struggle with the most! Learning to be present in your day to day interactions with your team and with clients will up your leadership game! Often, many of us let distractions (online & offline) hold us back from fully being present in the moment. This prevents us from giving our entire attention to the conversation or the task at hand. As a result, we aren't able to give our 100% to anything, and end up missing key details or opportunities. While this already sounds like a bad thing, it's even worse in the case of leaders. I find myself distracted so easily with emails, text messages, phone calls, slack messages, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, TikTok notifications and more! You really could spend an entire 8 hour day just answering notifications and getting nothing done. I see it in my coaching clients and find myself guilty of it all of the time. Here are three key qualities of a present leader on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast at https://www.d2branding.com/podcast/!
12 minutes | Mar 16, 2023
5 Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur
Working with entrepreneurs for the last 20 years, there are some common traits I have discovered that make them successful. No matter what their business is or what industry they are in, their age, sex or income level, I have found the most successful entrepreneurs possess the following traits on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast at (link here)! If you strive to be a successful entrepreneur, adopt these traits in your life and start to see your life change and improve for the better!
16 minutes | Mar 9, 2023
People Buy For Pain or Pleasure
There are two reasons you can get people to buy your product or service: Get them out of pain Bring them pleasure Let’s talk about pain for a minute. Think of the weight loss industry. They are playing off of pain. It is painful to be overweight, unhealthy, have low self esteem and feel bad about the way you look and feel every day. They promise a new life, they show pictures of people losing weight, having fun again and enjoying friends and family. They are taking you from pain and bringing you pleasure. For example, marketing can be painful for our clients. They try to do it on their own, they don’t know the best practices or how much they should spend on ads, or what platform to use to reach their ideal customer. It can be very painful! We want to get to the biggest problem they are having and tell them why we are the solution to solve their problems! If you solve people’s problems, they will BUY! Find out how you can include pain or pleasure into your sales presentation or marketing copy to get people to buy on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast!
15 minutes | Feb 9, 2023
5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Team
I was listening to some podcasts over the weekend that were talking about masterminds. This is getting a group of experts together to share what they are working on right now and what they are struggling with to get peer to peer help in all areas of their life. It is so important to have people around you to help you grow in business and in life! It made me think not only are these great questions for a mastermind group, but also great questions to ask your team, your spouse, a friend or even your children! They are thought provoking questions that reveal a lot about a person right away. You may be surprised at some of the answers you get back. As a CEO/entrepreneur, sometimes you are so busy working on aspects of growing your business that you don’t stop and ask your key players how they are doing and what you can do to help them. They may be struggling with something you don’t even know about! Here are five questions you need to ask your team on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast!
17 minutes | Jan 26, 2023
7 Keys to a Happy Life
Well they don’t call it the January blues for nothing. This time of year can be very depressing for many people as the holidays are over, you probably spent more money than you wanted to, maybe even gained a few pounds with all of the parties and it all starts to set in. Maybe you aren’t where you want to be in life and the new year reminds you of that. Another year older and nowhere closer to your goals. And if you live in my part of the country, it doesn’t help that the days are short, cold and often dreary. For me, it is harder to be happy after the holidays because there is nothing to look forward to. I recently read The Happiness Advantage where it says happiness comes first and then success will follow! The book shares 7 ways to create happiness in your life. It says not all of them will work for everyone but encourages you to pick the ones that interest you and be diligent about doing them! I thought I would share them with you today because I have definitely seen a trend with my clients where the happiest clients are the ones that gain momentum and propel themselves into success! I know in my own life when I am happy I feel like I can sell anything and there’s nothing that will stop me from success! Check out the 7 Keys to a Happy Life on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast!
10 minutes | Jan 12, 2023
7 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2023
This is the time of year I am always re-evaluating my life and looking for ways to improve with the new year. This is a great exercise to do in business as well as your personal life. I also do this exercise with my coaching clients evaluating all areas of their life including their financial freedom, time freedom, health, relationships and their spiritual life. In most cases if you are excelling in one area, there are a couple of other areas that are suffering. Balance is key and now is a great time to look at priorities, make goals and come up with a gameplan to get there. I came up with 7 ways to improve your life in 2023 on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast!
10 minutes | Jan 5, 2023
Latest Marketing Trends for 2023
One of my favorite things to do is read up on the latest marketing trends. Things change so quickly in the digital space and it is fascinating to me to see what is working and what is phasing out as quickly as it came in. This is why you hire a marketing expert that can help you navigate the digital marketing world! I am sure you don’t have hours to read up on all of the latest trends, so I came up with some of the hottest things happening in marketing in 2023. Remember the goal is not to implement all of these things but choose one or two that make sense for your business! Check them out at D2Branding.com/podcast.
15 minutes | Dec 7, 2022
6 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2023
We are all looking to grow our businesses this next year. December is a great time to start looking at your expenses and looking at the revenue that is coming in to see what is working and what you need to pivot away from. Maybe it’s the people in your business or programs you are paying for that are no longer serving you. Everyone wants to see growth but not everyone tracks where their money is being spent to see if it is working. If you want to have business growth in 2023, I came up with six business strategies you need to implement ASAP on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast!
12 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
7 Things You Need to Get a Small Business Loan
I love working with startups, the energy and enthusiasm they have for their dream is contagious! It does take money to start a business and sometimes they do not realize the magnitude of what it will cost. Even if you are an online business, there are costs to create your brand, create your website, create a brand story video explaining the problem in the world you are solving to get them to buy and your X-Factor that makes you different! I have a client right now who has been putting in thousands of dollars a month to launch a product and the product is still not perfect, which means more money to manufacture it with tweaks. It is starting to affect their personal lives as they are either going to have to change their lifestyle or get a small business loan or an investor to continue. Here are 7 things you need to do to get a small business loan on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast at D2Branding.com/podcast.
17 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
Digital Marketing Skills You Need to Get a Job in 2022
I recently had the honor of speaking to digital marketing students at Oklahoma State University. I just love talking to students that age that are eager to learn and want to know what the real world is like for when they graduate! What you learn in the classroom will help you as you get into the real world, but there is nothing like real world experience! I presented a case study about a local donut shop that came to D2 Branding with an idea. We helped them create their entire brand and digital marketing strategy and now they are franchising! At the end of my presentation, one of the students asked a great question: What digital marketing skills can I learn now so when I am searching for a job I will be ahead of my competition? I love that question! I love that he was thinking ahead to when he graduated and was looking for a competitive edge to land his dream job! The question had me thinking so I came up with 8 digital marketing skills you need to get a job in today’s marketing landscape on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast!
13 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
6 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self
The older I get, the wiser I get when it comes to business, relationships, parenting, making money and living a happy, fulfilling life! What if you could give your younger self advice that would save you YEARS of stress and heartache? I don’t have all of the answers, but there are many things I wish I figured out earlier. Here are 6 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast!
9 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
Avoid Layoffs, Just Sell More!
If you flip on the news, it’s doomsday. The recession is here, gas and food prices are at an all time high, and interest rates have gone up. They want to scare you into a poverty mindset of staying home, not spending money, laying off employees, and preparing for the worst. I hate this mentality which is why I choose to not watch the news. I even worked in TV news for 10 years. I can’t even stand watching it because it’s one negative story after the other telling you it’s doomsday. I get it, there are bad things happening in the world and the economy has shifted, but there are many businesses who absolutely thrive during a recession. It’s the people that aren’t scared, keep spending money to make money, and don’t lay off their staff that end up on top! Find out how to Avoid Layoffs by Just Selling More on the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast!
11 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Be YOU Because Everyone Else is Taken
I do a lot of personal branding coaching, it's one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I love to see the light bulb go off when someone discovers their brand by taking their skills, knowledge, expertise and life purpose and packaging it and selling it to the world. The first thing I always say to my clients is the only way for a personal brand to work is by YOU being YOU! You have to find an X-Factor--something that makes you different and something people will pay you to learn from! If you are thinking of starting a personal brand, the latest episode of the DO IT MY WAY Podcast outlines five questions you must ask yourself first...