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The Marketing Mentor Podcast

In the Marketing Mentor podcast, Ilise Benun, founder of Marketing-Mentor.com, offers short but meaty conversational interviews with creative professionals who are doing what it takes to stop feast or famine, get better clients and command the fees they deserve – and sharing what they’ve learned.
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Ilise Benun, founder of Marketing-Mentor.com and author of 7 books, including The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money, interviews her clients and other successful creative professionals about what’s working when it comes to the latest marketing tools and pricing strategies. Ilise’s conversational style is friendly and engaging as she presses her interviewees to reveal the details that you don’t hear anywhere else about what exactly they are doing and how it is working. Each episode is a no-fluff chat about the nuts and bolts of how designers, copywriters, photographers and other creatives are doing to grow their business to get better clients with bigger budgets. Topics covered include taking control over your business, ending the feast or famine syndrome, finding your niche, identifying the ideal clients who value your services and can pay what you’re worth, developing your own marketing style and cultivating relationships that will last.

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Dec 5, 2014

Listen to find out how Jen Neal's Toronto-based firm, K9 Strategy & Design, has evolved since we last talked in 2011. She shares details on their rebranding and how their involvement in the supposedly dying publishing industry has led them to a leadership level in the industry and which marketing tools they use to get there. If you need a plan to get anywhere near this, check out the Enhanced Marketing Plan + eCalendar for Creative Professionals

Dec 4, 2014

This podcast collage is a sneak peek at the brand new Enhanced version of the Marketing Plan + eCalendar for 2015. You’ll hear clips from 3 interviews between Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com and creative professionals who are practicing what I preach and it’s working! They are targeting their markets and finding better clients! If you want a plan to follow, check out the 2015 Marketing Plan in the Marketing Mentor Shop.

Nov 27, 2014

This podcast is a little different than usual – it’s a sneak peek at the brand new

Package Pricing Bundle, the newest product in the Marketing Mentor Toolbox. You’ll

hear clips from 4 interviews with creative professionals who so generously shared

the creative pricing strategies they’re using to take more control over their business

and grow! Find the Package Pricing Bundle here. 

Nov 18, 2014

Packaging creative services is all the rage these days, but it’s more than a trend. It’s actually allowing creative professionals to take control of their work life, raise their prices and save time on estimates and proposals. In this podcast, excerpted from Marketing Mentor’s new product, The Package Pricing Bundle, Ilise Benun interviews web copywriter, Alyssa Martin, about how her copywriting packages “sell out.”

Oct 15, 2014

I recently joined Jake Jorgovan to discuss the biggest mistake new freelancers make when telling people what they do. Listen to learn a better way...

Oct 8, 2014

 

Ilise Benun joins Jim Blasingame of Small Business Advocate to reveal two more critical questions to ask yourself before you become a small business owner.
Oct 8, 2014

 

Ilise Benun joins Jim Blasingame of Small Business Advocate to talk about why most of us start our small businesses, and to reveal a very important question to ask ourselves when we do.
Sep 29, 2014

Here’s the 5th Audio Article written by Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com and read aloud by the author, “5 Steps to Finding the Right Clients.” Listen to learn the secret to closing a deal with new clients by ushering them through a step-by-step qualifying process that weeds out the tire-kickers. Follow this tried-and-true formula to find the clients you really want to work with.

Sep 3, 2014

In today’s podcast, The Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, chats with Heather Lloyd-Martin, SEO Writing expert and teacher of SEO copywriting, about what designers and writers really need to know about SEO plus the art of writing pages that both convert well and connect with web site visitors. Find more on the blog: http://marketing-mentor.com/blog and at seocopywriting.com

Aug 27, 2014

Here’s the 4th Audio Article written by Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com and read aloud by the author, Closing the Deal: From Proposal to Contract. Listen to learn when to talk money, how to present your proposal, when to follow up and what to do if you don’t get the gig. Find actual sample proposals in the Marketing Mentor Toolbox.

Aug 6, 2014

Here’s the third in a new series of “audio articles” written by Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com and read aloud by the author. There is more and more video being used by creatives to market their services, which makes sense. Because when it comes to showcasing your talent, seeing is often believing – and stills don’t always do the trick. Bring a little movie magic to your self-promotion strategy with these tips. Read the article and see the videos referenced here: http://www.howdesign.com/articles/film-school-create-self-promo-videos/"

Jul 28, 2014

Battling big egos and unfair deadlines? You're not alone. For small agencies and solopreneurs especially, one bad client can mean big problems, draining your resources and even harming your carefully built culture. In this podcast, Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, helps you spot the 4 red flags you should be watching for, plus 3 actions you can take for each. Watch the video presentation given at the Ad Age Small Agency Conference here.

Jul 25, 2014

Here’s the second in a new series of “audio articles” written by the Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun and read aloud by the author. “Content marketing” is the latest buzzword, but should you be doing it? The answer is yes, but only if you do it right. Follow this guide to create a content-marketing plan that will lead to more exposure and better projects for your firm or freelance business.

Jul 16, 2014

Here’s the first in a new series of “audio articles” written by the Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun and read aloud by the author. The Art & Science of Pricing covers the basics of pricing for creative services, including the tools you need to price profitably (instead of desperately) as well as the intangibles that make up the “artistry” anyone can master. For more like this, check out The Pricing Bundle in the Marketing Mentor Toolbox.

Jul 8, 2014

The answer, according to Jake Jorgovan, web designer and intrepid freelancer, is an unqualified YES! In this interview with Ilise Benun, he shares how he kick started his business using oDesk + what and who online marketplaces are best for. For more like this, check out www.Jake-Jorgovan.com

Jun 18, 2014

In this post-HOW Design Live/Creative Freelancer Business Conference podcast interview, Laura Foley (@LMFDesign & lauramfoley.com) generously shares so much, including what she learned from Jason Blumer about pricing her services and how she immediately used the 3-tier pricing structure to win a new project -- at the highest price.

May 27, 2014

In Part 2 of their conversation, Ilise Benun joins Jim Blasingame of Small Business Advocate, to discuss one of the most popular sessions from CFBC with Doug Dolan, A Field Guide to Bad Clients.

May 27, 2014

In Part 1 of their conversation, Ilise Benun joins Jim Blasingame of Small Business Advocate, to discuss one of the most popular sessions from CFBC with Doug Dolan, A Field Guide to Bad Clients.

Apr 21, 2014

Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, talks with Corwin Hiebert about how to create a Business Action Plan, which is much simpler (and can be better for creative professionals) than a traditional business plan. Listen to this taste of his session at the 2014 CFBC/HOW Live, Creating a Business Action Plan. Details and sign up for the event in May in Boston here: http://bit.ly/1eNEI0v

 

Mar 28, 2014

Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, chats with Doug Dolan, communications strategist, writer and creative director about a cast of bad clients from the coin counter and the buck passer to the web searcher and the game changer, in preparation for his CFBC/HOW Live session, Solving Your Biggest Creative Problem: The Client. Details and sign up for the event this May in Boston here: http://bit.ly/1eNEI0v 

 

Mar 24, 2014

Started by Jen Lombardi, Kiwi Creative (a small design firm outside Cleveland, Ohio) is now a firm of 6 people - and this growth was intentional. This is what Jen discusses with Ilise Benun of Marketing Mentor, in this episode of the HOWLive/CFBC 2014 Speaker podcast series. Details and sign up for the event this May in Boston here: http://bit.ly/1eNEI0v 

Mar 12, 2014

In this week’s podcast interview, Marketing Mentor Ilise Benun chats with Alina Wheeler, author of “Designing Brand Identity” on the latest survival strategy for the soul: Reinvention. At this year’s CFBC/HOW Design Live (2014), Alina will be sharing the process she’s used to reinvent herself, as well as lots of examples of people to use as role models for reinvention."

Mar 4, 2014

If you want to survive as a creative professional, you need to be one who understands business, especially the things in business that trump aesthetics. But how? That’s what Ilise Benun of Marketing Mentor discusses with Douglas Davis, in this week’s installment of the HOWLive/CFBC 2014 Speaker podcast series. Details and sign up for the event this May in Boston here: http://bit.ly/1eNEI0v

Feb 24, 2014

In the next installment of the HOWLive/CFBC 2014 Speaker podcast series, Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com chats with Jason Blumer of BlumerCPAs.com about the highly subjective art of pricing (especially value-based pricing) for creative services, plus many other topics he’ll be covering in his CFBC session this May in Boston. Details here: http://bit.ly/1eNEI0v"

Feb 19, 2014

In this week’s podcast interview, Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, chats with Ed Gandia, of the International Freelancers Academy, about time-sucking clients and the things we procrastinate (i.e. tasks we hate, don’t do well and shouldn’t be doing in the first place). Details for his popular “Effortless Productivity” program (which starts Feb. 27, 2014) here: http://bit.ly/145e6UR

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