In this special podcast, Ilise Benun asks Jamie Saunders, Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Neenah Paper and Packaging, all the questions you wish you could ask your ideal client about promoting your work, including, “Is it BS when you say, “stay in touch” or “send me something?” (This conversation is excerpted from the “3 Steps to Your Ideal Clients” webinar and is just a taste of the Get Better Clients Bootcamp, taking place in Chicago on May 2, 2017. Details here.
When JC Candanedo of greypistachio.com heard Part 1 of this new series, he responded immediately and wanted to share his experience of changing careers in his 40’s, competing with photographers half his age and developing confidence by bringing his experience from the first career to bear. Read more from this series on the blog and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.
Ilise Benun chats with Danny Iny, author of Teach and Grow Rich, & founder of mirasee.com (formerly Firepole Marketing) about how to grow a scalable business, who should (and shouldn’t) spend time building an online course and which courses do well (and which don’t). If you like what you hear, sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.
Ilise Benun starts a new series of conversations with communications professional, Lisa Mullis, as she goes through a mid-career makeover and navigates the challenges of building a new firm, Paraphrase Communications, on the foundation of her past experience and presenting it transparently. Watch the Marketing Mentor Blog for Lisa’s companion posts too.
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Ilise Benun chats with Jeff Sauer of Jeffalytics, the brains behind the JumpStart Podcast and former agency owner-turned-consultant specializing in making sense of analytics data, about how creatives can set themselves apart and achieve better results for clients by positioning themselves as “data-driven” creatives. Check out his podcast too (and his interview with Ilise) at https://www.jeffalytics.com/
Here’s another excerpt from Ilise Benun’s new marketing plan, The Marketing Blueprint: How to Connect the Dots of Your Marketing. It’s called, How Not To Stalk Your Prospects and Still Get the Project: What to Say When Walking the Fine Line of Follow-up When You Really Want the Project. You’ll learn exactly what to say when reaching out to get the attention of your carefully selected prospects, which may feel like stalking but isn’t! Details about the 2017 Marketing Blueprint here: http://www.marketing-
If you’re doing some marketing but still struggling with feast or famine because your ideal clients aren’t knocking on your door, it could be that you’re not connecting the dots of your marketing -- yet. That means you have the right mindset and use the right tools in a way that supports your positioning message and speaks to the right people -- loud and clear -- at the right time! In this special podcast, Ilise Benun reads aloud from her latest, The Marketing Blueprint, and shows you how to connect the dots and integrate your marketing to get better clients with bigger budgets. Find details about the 2017 Marketing Blueprint here: http://www.marketing-
In episode #9 of the popular series of meaty and chatty conversations between Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com and time lapse filmmaker, Michael e. Stern of BuildaBetterPhotograph.com, they both share strategies for how to intercept self defeating attitudes and behaviors so you can do the best possible job for your clients. If you like what you hear, sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor here.
In this conversation, Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com chats with one of her star students, web designer/developer for creative professionals, Jill Anderson of Jill Lynn Design, about how to end a client relationship that isn’t working, without burning bridges. To find out how Jill focused and grew her business 17% with content marketing, read the case study here
This episode is #8 in the popular series of chatty (but always meaty) conversations between Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com and time lapse filmmaker, Michael e. Stern of BuildaBetterPhotograph.com. This one is about the mindset and tactics required to be a satisfied, self-employed creative person and focuses in on client communication skills, especially how to figure out the right thing to say, in real time and in writing. If you like what you hear, sign up for the free marketing ecourse here.
Ilise Benun chats with Terri Trespicio and Paula Rizzo, the brains behind Lights Camera Expert, who can’t help but share what they know about what it takes to get the media’s attention and whether you need to have a book to get on TV. If you like what you hear, sign up here for their free 3-part course, “How to Be a Media Magnet.”
In this episode, Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, interviews Paul Parreira of Company Cue about the evolution of content marketing, the changing expectations of consumers and new gigs for content writers. If you like what you hear, sign up for Ilise’s Quick Tips here.
Here’s #7 in a series of chatty (but meaty) conversations between Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com and time lapse filmmaker, Michael e. Stern of BuildaBetterPhotograph.com. In this episode, Stern gives an update on the prospect he’s been stalking for the project of a lifetime and a novel way of thinking about value-based pricing and bartering. If you like what you hear, sign up for the free marketing ecourse here
Here’s the next in a series of ongoing conversations between me, Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com and time lapse filmmaker, Michael e. Stern of BuildaBetterPhotograph.com. In this episode, he shares 2 stories in which he heard about a project that would be perfect for him, proceeded to “insert himself into the conversation” and already secured one of the projects. There’s a lot to learn here, but listen especially for his attitude. If you like what you hear, sign up for my new free ecourse here.
In this conversation with writer, Lori Ferguson, Ilise Benun teases out the details of what Lori did and said for 18 months, until her ideal prospect was ready to give her a big project. Plus, which marketing tools she’s using to build a strong, portable business that will allow her to spend half the year on a Caribbean island! If you like what you hear, sign up for Ilise’s free mentoring session here.
If you are a mid-career creative pro with a solid portfolio and lots of experience but you still struggle with pricing, you’re not alone and this podcast is for you. Time lapse filmmaker, Michael e. Stern ofBuildaBetterPhotograph.com, chats with Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com about how you may be undermining your success. He also shares the worst thing to have in your head when you talk to a new prospect. If you like what you hear, sign up for Ilise’s new free ecourse here.
What the heck is digital marketing? Is it online marketing? Is it Internet marketing? Is it a moving target? That’s the question I tackled with David Bain of Digital Marketing Radio. We talked especially about podcasting, live audio and video broadcasting. if you’ve been thinking of starting your own show, this is a great episode for you. And if you like what you hear, be sure to write a review and sign up for my new free ecourse here.
If you’re selling big-ticket services and want to connect directly with your best prospects, the phone is an effective marketing tool, if you know how to give good phone. Michael e. Stern generously shares his proven techniques in his 3rd podcast/interview with Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com Want more? Sign up for Quick Tips here.
How do you reach a wide audience when you don’t have thousands of raving fans? In my latest interview, music entrepreneur, Budi Voogt, explains exactly how he gets wide exposure for his talented musicians and how commercial artists and other creative professionals can adapt these strategies to reach a larger audience to find better clients. Want more? Sign up for Quick Tips here.
From surviving to thriving as a creative professional -- that’s the path Michael E. Stern walked the past 35 years as a photographer. It’s taken him time, but he’s found the niche that fits him like a “fur-lined” glove -- construction time-lapse films -- and gives him the freedom many can only dream of. You can hear that freedom in the sound of his voice as he talks with Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com about the strength of his positioning. Want more? Sign up for Quick Tips here.
Cynthia Sterling of Sterling Creativeworks talks with Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, about how she chose the wine and spirits niche in 2011 when reinventing her business. She also shares how the resulting clarity has freed her to pursue (and secure as clients) the top multi-brand marketers in the category. Learn about her at SterlingCreativeworks.com and Sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.
In this interview with the Small Business Advocate, Jim Blasingame, Ilise Benun debates what exactly is a niche and how to go about choosing one. If you're struggling with your niche, download the free worksheet "Is Your Market Viable," excerpted from The Pick a Niche Kit, http://bit.ly/
For this special “Pick a Niche” podcast, Ilise Benun is joined by Tomas Fransson of FlauntMyDesign.com and Scarlett Rugers to talk about Scarlett’s success in the book design niche. Want more? Sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.
Copywriter & Marketing Strategist, Amy Posner, describes in exquisite detail the 9-step direct outreach approach (avec chocolat) with has so far yielded a 16% response PLUS a dream client. Learn about her at amyposner.com and Sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor. The transcript of this interview is also included in the 30 Minutes a Day Marketing Plan for Creative Professionals.