Ed Gandia interviews Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, for his B2B Launcher podcast about her newest networking tricks, including how to choose the right event to attend, how to prepare to make the best of your time, plus a few secrets for standing out, getting noticed and increasing your chances of starting a dialogue that can continue after the event.
Join Ilise Benun and Mark O'Brien (CEO of Newfangled) as they offer a Crash Course in Positioning and Content Marketing for Design Firms.
Does your pricing strategy need a profitability boost? Ilise Benun joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how to replace your hourly rate pricing strategy for professional services with a value-based strategy that focuses on the results of your work.
Ilise Benun talks to Jim Blasingame about the upcoming, 6th annual Creative Freelancer Conference (June 22-24 in San Francisco), and shares examples of the business practices attendees will learn.
In the latest podcast/interview in the Creative Freelancer Conference Speaker Series (the big event is right around the corner, June 22-24 in San Francisco), Ilise Benun speaks with Jezra Kaye, author of “Speak Like Yourself, No Really,” and together they dissect each word of her session title: “Promote and Present: How to Speak Persuasively to Current and Future Clients, In Person and Virtually” and in the process, answer 3 common questions about speaking in public. (Details about the event here: www.creativefreelancerconference.com)
In the latest podcast/interview in the CFC 2013 Speaker Series, Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com talks with writer and strategist, Alisa Bonsignore about how she went from newbie creative freelancer to speaking at the event this year. She also shares tips on the art of saying “no” (including the actual language) and how she’s developed the self confidence to know what she’s worth -- and charge more! Come to CFC June 22-24 in San Francisco to hear Alisa’s presentation, “Saving Your Sanity Through Better Client Relations.” www.creativefreelancerconference.com
Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, talks with Jim Krause (www.jimkrausedesign.com), 25-year veteran freelance designer and author of many books, including Color Index book and Idea Index books, about his CFC 2013 topic: “How to Stuff 10 lbs of you-know-what into a 5-day week, (week after week)” – essentially how to manage time and projects efficiently (without going crazy). Details here: www.creativefreelancerconference.com
In preparation for the networking fest that is CFC 2013: The Business Conference for the Creatively Self Employed (www.
In this podcast interview with Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, Leila Zogby, independent writer of corporate marcom, in business for 30 years but struggling after the recession, gets unstuck by reinventing herself and changing how she thinks and talks about the services she offers.
Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com, interviews Erin Pheil of TimeForCake.com about her strategy for capturing visitors to her web site and offering a freebie so she can nurture them into becoming clients. Check out the model here: NoClientHostingHassles.com.
Podcast: Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com interviews Bryn Mooth on where she is after 2 years of freelancing and her upcoming CFC session: What to Expect When You’re Freelancing, which is perfect for those who are anywhere on the continuum from "I’m thinking about it" to "I’ve made the move but I’m still struggling," Come hear her in person at CFC 2013, June 22-24 in San Francisco. Details here: www.creativefreelancerconference.com
Podcast: Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com interviews Luke Mysse for the CFC Speaker Podcast Series on The Arc of Success and how he overcame his own fears by expanding his vision and committing to helping others. Come hear him in person at CFC 2013, June 22-24 in San Francisco. Details here: www.creativefreelancerconference.com
Ilise Benun of Marketing-mentor.com interviews Colleen Wainwright (a.k.a. the communicatrix) for the CFC Speaker Podcast Series on the latest trends in social media networking for creative pros. Come hear her in person at CFC 2013, June 22-24 in San Francisco for her session, Making People Love You Madly: Selling Yourself in the Postmodern Marketplace. Details: www.creativefreelancerconference.com
For the CFC 2013 Speaker Podcast series, Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com interviews Mark O’Brien of Newfangled.com about what exactly content marketing is for creative professionals and small firms and what gets in the way of doing it. To develop your own content marketing strategy, attend Mark’s post-conference workshop You Don’t Know What You Know: Developing Your Content Strategy at CFC on Monday, June 24 in San Francisco. Details here: www.creativefreelancerconference.com
Jill had plenty of clients through word of mouth, but wanted to get better quality work. She needed to update her website, manage time better, and find more efficient ways of growing her business. In this interview, Jill talks about her successes (including a 17% increase in business!) with the help of Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun.
In the latest podcast interview in the CFC 2013 Speaker Series, Ilise Benun talks with Sarah Durham, Principal and Founder of Big Duck about working with companies who “do good” and suggests how to find them. Also, she shares a taste of what she’ll be speaking on at CFC, “Integrating Your Values and Your Positioning.” The conference is June 22-24 in SF. Details here: www.creativefreelancerconference.com
Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, chats with Dana Manciagli, CFC 2013 speaker (Cut the Crap, Start Networking!) and 30+ year corporate veteran who is also building a freelance business as a speaker/author. This wide ranging conversation goes from how looking for a job in the 21st century is a lot like being self employed, to rules for moonlighting while building a freelance business, to networking tips for introverts.
Freelance designer, Jenny Poff (www.presqueisledesigns.com), found clarity, confidence and a niche market at CFC last year. You can hear the confidence in her voice and learn what she did to catapult her business. To find your version, join us at CFC June 22-24 in SF! Get $100 off (CFC only) if you combine promo code "ILISE" + Early Bird rate before March 15. Register here: www.creativefreelancerconference.com
June Walker, tax advisor to the self employed (she calls them “indies”), talks with Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, about why creatives get so confused about taxes and what you can do about it. She’ll be at CFC (June 22-24, 2013 in SF) and her session is called “Creatively Legitimate Expenses: Don’t Cheat Yourself” – Details at www.creativefreelancerconference.com and sign up for June’s tips at www.junewalkeronline.com
Toronto-based designer, Sherri Gallowitz of G Strategic (gstrategic.ca), started sending out her email newsletter to her nonprofit sector clients in November 2012 and already has 2 decent contracts as a result. Listen to how she did it and do it for yourself!
Rick Carlile and his passionate team are building “the first networked professional marketplace.” It’s called Aegora.com and its goal is to make it easier for freelancers and creative professionals to connect and transact business. I talked recently with Rick about the future of work and whether everyone can really be their own boss, succeeding or starving on their own merits. Hear what he has to say.
See success in action and we kick off the launch of CFC 2013 (June 22-24, 2013 in SF). In this podcast interview, package designer, Jenn David Connolly of Jenn David Design (www.jenndavid.com), describes exactly how she took what she learned at CFC 2012 to heart and used it to reach her 5 year goal in only 6 months. Unbelievable but true!
In part 2 of this podcast interview, Tiffany Estes of Whole Brain Creative (www.wholebraincreative.com) shares more takeaways from the HOW Interactive Design Conference 2012, including the difference between web apps and native apps, what to include in a competitive analysis for a client and whether it makes sense to post pricing for your services on your web site.
This week I was interviewed by Judy Rosenthal about raising rates and she had some ideas from the financial planning industry that could also apply to creative services.
Tiffany Estes of Whole Brain Creative (www.wholebraincreative.com) attended the HOW Interactive Design Conference for the 2nd time in 2012 and in part 1 of this podcast/interview with Ilise Benun, she recaps the highlights. Includes why she’s rethinking Wordpress, how she’s dealing with proposals for complex projects and how her mindset needs to change if she’s going to become a better interactive designer.