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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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Apr 18, 2018

In the latest episode, I spoke with That Speaker Guy  Corey Poirier, about the business of speaking, whether it’s part of your content marketing strategy or the way you plan to make your living. We covered everything from inspirational vs. how-to content, webinars, online summits and speakers bureaus. If you like what you hear, write a review, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor

Mar 21, 2018

In the latest episode, Chris Leone of Web Strategies, Inc. generously shares in detail the “highly accountable, highly trackable system” that drives his agency’s marketing. He shares not only the guts of their process (which tools they use and which are most effective), but also why they do it the way they do. It’s another excellent example of marketers practicing what they preach, essential if you are going to be credible to your clients and prospects. If you like what you hear, write a review, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.

Feb 28, 2018

In the latest episode, I chatted with Carl Smith, former co-founder of nGen Works about the various business models his agency tried, including the 4 person partnership that founded the digital agency. Smith currently runs Bureau of Digital, whose mission is to provide the support system agency owners never had. If you like what you hear, write a review, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor

Feb 21, 2018

In the latest podcast episode, Ilise Benun continues the conversation with marketing professor, Michael Solomon, who literally wrote the book on consumer behavior. Today’s topic is the most important currency being exchanged in today’s economy (it’s not money) and what designers and other creative pros can do about it. Hear more from Michael at the brand new HOW Marketing Live 2018 in Boston on April 30. Details at howdesignlive.com and more HOW Design Live podcasts here. And if you like what you hear, write a review and subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor

Jan 3, 2018
If you’ve been wondering whether you are suited to build a business that employs others, or whether you are better off “just you,” this interview is for you. For the first podcast episode of 2018, Ilise Benun talks with time lapse filmmaker, Michael e. Stern, of Build a Better Photograph, about what it takes -- and what it means -- to be an “entrepreneur” and how he decided how big to build his business.   If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor
 
Dec 20, 2017
In the next installment of the Experienced Newbie series of interviews, Ilise Benun talks with Andy Brenits of Brenits Creative  a designer who has gone back and forth between self employment and working in house in big name corporations. He’s 2 years into his latest stint on his own, taking it seriously and the success has built his confidence. Listen to the strategy that worked for him. If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor
Dec 6, 2017

Many creative professionals give away their strategic services because it’s intangible and you don’t know how to account for it when you price a project. Tiered pricing is a technique that will ensure you get paid for everything you do. In this week’s podcast interview, time lapse filmmaker, Michael e. Stern, shows us how he breaks down his process so we can see how much actually goes into a project. To learn how to use tiered pricing, check out Marketing Mentor’s Tiered Pricing Kit: How to Earn More on Every Project, which you can find (probably on sale) in the Shop at Marketing-Mentor.com. If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor

Nov 8, 2017

This week’s podcast is perfect for introverts and other people who hate “networking." Listen now especially if you have an event coming up that you’re a little bit nervous about attending. You’ll learn the language to use to start a conversation, get someone’s business card and how to remember names, an essential and learnable skill. Also how to use the content you create as a networking tool. Download the PPT from this session (and more) at: GetTalk.at/networking. If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.  And I hope to see you at HOW Design Live 2018 in Boston, April 30-May 3. Details here: http://howdesignlive.com/

Oct 23, 2017

In the 4th episode of Season 2 of the “Revolve Conference Speaker Podcast Series,” Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, interviews Cheryl Smithem of Charleston PR, who will be speaking on The Essential PR Basics: Should I Send a Press Release? at The Revolve Conference, where design and creativity meet marketing and design. The big event will be held Oct. 26-27, 2017 in downtown Charleston SC. Details here: http://revolveconference.com and more Revolve speaker podcasts here.

Oct 18, 2017

In the third episode of Season 2 of the “Revolve Conference Speaker Podcast Series,” Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, interviews Business Coach and Brand Strategist, Thomas Heath, whose topic is Increase Engagement with Storytelling Videos, at The Revolve Conference, where design and creativity meet marketing and design. The big event will be held Oct. 26-27, 2017 in downtown Charleston SC. Details here: http://revolveconference.com and more Revolve speaker podcasts here.

Oct 4, 2017

In this episode, Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, talks with Katie Lane, lawyer, negotiation coach and blogger at Work Made For Hire, about how to overcome the particular challenges faced by creatives and by women when it comes to negotiating the best deal for yourself. If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing

Sep 27, 2017

In the second episode of Season 2 of the “Revolve Conference Speaker Podcast Series,” Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, interviews Dan Mall  of Superfriend.ly, whose topic is “Should Designers…” at The Revolve Conference, where design and creativity meet marketing and design. The big event will be held Oct. 26-27, 2017 in downtown Charleston SC. Details here: http://revolveconference.com and more Revolve speaker podcasts here.

Sep 13, 2017

Here’s the 3rd interview with "experienced newbie," Lisa Mullis, of Paraphrase Communications, in which we discuss the pros and cons of comparing yourself both to others and to yourself in your previous career. Plus an update on how she’s doing now 7 months into her new venture. Read more from this series on the blog and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor

Aug 30, 2017

In the first episode of Season 2 of the “Revolve Conference Speaker Podcast Series,” Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, interviews Katie Kern, VP of Media Frenzy Global who will be speaking on How PR is Being Reimagined at The Revolve Conference, where design and creativity meet marketing and design. The big event will be held Oct. 26-27, 2017 in downtown Charleston SC. Details here: http://revolveconference.com and more Revolve speaker podcasts here.

 

Aug 16, 2017

In interview #11 of the popular series of chats between Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com and time lapse filmmaker, Michael e. Stern of BuildaBetterPhotograph.com, they define multitasking for self employed creative professionals, how to handle client demands (and their maddening lack of responsiveness) and why Michael walked away from a $60K project. If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.      

Aug 2, 2017
In this episode, Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, talks with an old friend, Alan Seiden of The Seiden Group, about how he left an unsatisfying job to start his own consulting business. Now he manages big projects, charges big money and does marketing with a flare. He’s even garnered a bit of celebrity status in his focused niche. If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.      
Jul 19, 2017

In the second conversation with author and marketing professor, Michael Solomon, of michaelrsolomon.com, he explains to Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, how to use your price as an indicator of quality and attract the clients who value your services. And if you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.

 

Jun 21, 2017

Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, interviews author and artist coach, Gigi Rosenberg about how to balance the desire to make art with the need to make a living and how to tell who’s a competitor and who’s a potential collaborator.  If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.

 

Jun 7, 2017

It’s already 6 years since Bryn Mooth left her cozy full-time job as Editor of HOW Magazine to strike out on her own as a freelance food and wellness writer. I caught up with her at HOW Design Live and had a chance to hear how she has used what she learned to build a 2nd career doing what she is passionate about. See more at Writes4food.com and brynmooth.com. And if you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.  

May 24, 2017

On the 1-year anniversary of her new branding firm for the brand new cannabis industry, Jenn Culpepper of Brand Joint, shares how they got their first client and which marketing tools are most effective as she grows her new business. If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.  

May 10, 2017

Here’s the second interview with Lisa Mullis of the new firm, Paraphrase Communications, sharing details about how she is re-building her online presence and email list (almost) from scratch. Read more from this series on the blog and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor 

Apr 26, 2017

In the next episode sponsored by Twenty20.com, Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, interviews author and marketing professor, Michael Solomon, of www.reachyourconsumers.com about how to be objective and authentic in your own self promotion. Plus, you can support our sponsor by starting your own 5-photo trial account now at Twenty20.com/mmpodcast

Mar 29, 2017

In the next in a series of episodes sponsored by Twenty20.com, Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, interviews Wendy Merrill of AreYouGrowingSmart.com about how to overcome fear of self promotion. Plus Wendy shares the LinkedIn content marketing strategy that gets her a stream of new clients. Start your own 5-photo trial account now at Twenty20.com/mmpodcast

Mar 16, 2017

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.

Feb 23, 2017

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.

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