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How to blow a sale #1,324,295

By Renae - Testing

Yesterday, something happened that took me aback.  Like … I literally sat at my desk for several minutes, looking up and down, and back and forth, between the air above my head in the room in front of me and a text I received through Messenger. Before I show you … a little backstory. I had been stressing […]

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Closed loops: the most-overlooked secret to business success

By Renae - Testing

It’s something so small, so easy, yet so often overlookedI’ve been working from home as a marketing writer since 2002. Over the years, I’ve hired many dozens of vendors and contractors:PrintersDevelopersDesignersVirtual assistantsEditorsResearchersWritersAnd I am consistently dumbfounded by people’s inability to do one simple yet crucial thing, even if asked. That thing?  It’s closing loops. Not Fruit Loops®, the brand.Photo […]

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Yes

By Renae - Testing

Join my tribe?Do you sweat the small stuff? Do you want your online presence to inspire trust and confidence? Do you grit your teeth when others don’t care enough about YOUR web experience? Are you all about creating an excellent website and excellent content that makes it easy for people to get to know, like, […]

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Is your business struggling? You might need softness.

By Renae - Testing

Softness. Such a lovely word. It brings to mind pillows and clouds. Feathers, warm towels, and cuddly kittens.​ But I doubt “softness” is a term you’d associate with a struggling business, so it’s probably not a “solution” that’s crossed your mind.  Whether you’re finding it hard to win customers, attract prospects, gain traction, or even break even […]

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“We will respond in 5 business days”

By Renae - Testing

Chasing down broken emails  Just this morning, I filled out a form on the Holiday Inn Express website because they’re sending me email messages I can’t read.Here’s what I see:​ Broken in the browser, tooI use Outlook, which presents this message for all emails with images: “If there are problems with how this message is […]

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“Your company sucks!” The value of negative feedback

By Renae - Testing

Have you ever been swayed by a company’s testimonials? You know, those customer statements that tell you why you should buy? As a prospect, you read through the glowing testimonials thinking, “Gee, if all these people were happy, then maybe I will be, too!”​ Trouble is, no company willingly publishes negative testimonials. Amazon and Yelp aside, could you […]

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Your company sucks! Negative feedback, part 2

By Renae - Testing

In part one of this three-part series about the value of negative feedback, I talked about one particular instance where I wasn’t able to satisfy a client, and why I think the engagement went wrong.Here, in part two, I’ll share yet another painful, personal example of a failed client engagement. In this instance, I really […]

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Can webinars really be “full?”

By Renae - Testing

The sold-out webinar: Is it false scarcity? Or is it for real?I confess: Since the dawn of the webinar, I’ve always thought that statements like these from webinar hosts were nothing other than feeble attempts to use scarcity to try to convince people to “sign up now”:There are limited seats and we’re almost full up.​Seats […]

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How to lead people to YES with marketing content

By Renae - Testing

A few years ago, while pursuing a master’s certificate in professional and technical writing, I dabbled in a grant-writing class. Something I read in that class stuck with me because it’s as relevant to content marketing and content writing as it is to grant writing.From Miner and Miner, 2005, p.5., emphasis mine:​During the review process, […]

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