How to Use Pinterest to Drive Traffic and Sales + Workbook

By Jennie Lyon / April 20, 2021
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When you hear “social media,” you probably think of Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. But there are other social media networks out there that can also offer incredible value to a small business owner. For example, Pinterest! In the world of social media, I think that Pinterest is MAJORLY underrated. It’s simply a fantastic place to spend your time online. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, it’s free of much of the “drama” that’s traditionally associated with social media. You can simply log into Pinterest and take a look around for some great content!  But the real magic of Pinterest for a small…

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5 Steps to Auditing Your Social Media for Influencer Attraction

By Jennie Lyon / April 13, 2021
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How many influencers do you follow on social media? A social media influencer is one of those concepts that no one saw coming at the birth of social media. Today, influencers are more important than ever when it comes to marketing! Attracting influencers to your social media channels should be a key component of building your following. Getting a retweet from someone big in your industry can instantly bring many followers to your accounts! Of course, that’s easier said than done. And before you get to that point, you need to make sure that your social media is in fantastic…

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Email Marketing vs. Social Media Marketing? Which is Better?

By Jennie Lyon / March 23, 2021
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I get asked this question all of the time! Should I focus on social media marketing or email marketing? Which one is more important for my online business?  Ok, I am going to preface this by saying that I absolutely love social media marketing. The arrival of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media networks we use today completely changed what digital marketing meant for small businesses. Before that, your digital marketing options were limited. There was your homepage, landing pages, and maybe pop-up ads on some websites, and that was it.  Social media changed all that. It allowed small…

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5 Ways a Social Media Expert Can Grow Your Audience Quickly

By Jennie Lyon / March 5, 2021
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Do you feel that your social media growth has stalled? One of the most frustrating parts about creating an online community is the feeling that it isn’t growing. Many small business owners start pages for their businesses on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and invest hours and hours into them, only to see their followers tick up one at a time in slow motion. Many social media “experts” will tell you that the trick to social media is perseverance, and I agree with that. However, it’s important to remember that spending hours every day on social media is NOT your job! And…

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10 Things to NEVER Do On Instagram and How To Fix Them

By Jennie Lyon / January 23, 2021
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Wait! Stop! Don’t post that photo of your dog on your Instagram! Ok, maybe I was overreacting slightly (it’s not like the internet can’t use a few dogs). But you should know that countless small business owners are making simple mistakes when using Instagram to promote themselves and their business. Instagram is my current favorite of all the social media networks. It actually reminds me a lot of Facebook before Facebook became “FACEBOOK!”  It’s a place where you can simply enjoy your friend and followers’ content. No spammy games, random news stories, and other kinds of unwanted content. Instead, you…

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Hire a Virtual Assistant To Boost Your Social Media Engagement

By Jennie Lyon / December 1, 2020
Hire a Virtual Assistant to Boost Your Social Media Engagement

How much time every week do you spend on your social media? I’m not just talking about writing it. Creating compelling content is only one of the keys to social media marketing success. So much more needs to go into it if you genuinely want to build your audience and convert your followers into paying customers! Here’s an admission for you: I’ve been spending WAY too much time recently growing my Instagram! But I genuinely believe that it’s worth every second. Social media channels like Instagram and Facebook offer small businesses an invaluable (and remarkably cheap) advertising platform to reach…

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The Importance of Digital Marketing on Cyber Monday (and Beyond)

By Jennie Lyon / November 10, 2020
The Important of Digital Marketing on Cyber Monday and Beyond

I bet the holiday shopping season is going to be a little different this year. Every November, you see the same news story on Black Friday: hundreds of people crowding outside of Walmarts and Targets around the country, waiting to grab as many deals as they can. It’s the biggest shopping day of the year with sales galore. COVID-19, however, has changed all that. I suspect that we won’t see the insane crowds as usual outside of stores this Friday, November 27th. As large indoor gatherings are prohibited, stores won’t allow a borderline mob to roar in, grabbing everything in…

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How To Complete A Social Media Audit

By Jennie Lyon / September 15, 2020
How to Complete a Social Media Audit

Are you on social media? Of course you are! Who isn’t! Do you remember your very first exposure to social media? Oh my gosh, for me it was Classmates.com! Haha. But for many of you, it may have been MySpace! Do you remember what it felt like to, for the very first time, have unlimited reach? You could make friends and connect with anyone in the entire world. Communication was the way of the future. That was the promise of social media in the late 90s. But no one could have predicted what it would become in the 2010s! Facebook,…

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How to Create a 3-Month Content Marketing Calendar in 1 Hour (Free Template!)

By Jennie Lyon / August 4, 2020
How to Create a 3-Month Content Calendar in 1 Hour + Free Template

Want to know an online business secret? Content equals growth!  It’s true! Content creation has been the core of everything I’ve done with my businesses for the past 20 years. However, when I took my content creation to the next level that is when my business really took off.  Take my green lifestyle blog, Sweet Greens. Haha! Are you thinking, What? She has a green lifestyle blog too? Sweet Greens was born of my passion for environmental causes and green products. It started as a simple blog (I thought it would be a fun way to document the fun eco-friendly…

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How to Grow Your Email List with Social Media Marketing

By Jennie Lyon / July 7, 2020
How to Grow Your Email List with Social Media Marketing

So let me ask, how many years have you been building your email list? Time and time again on consultation calls, I hear from potential clients who want to focus ALL of their marketing efforts on social media. But here’s the thing: you don’t “own” your social media followers. I’ve tragically seen clients’ accounts closed down by Facebook & Instagram (sometimes for no reason, just a simple mistake), meaning that they lose those followers forever or at least until they can get a hold of someone who can help! Plus, as you know, Facebook likes to choose who sees your…

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