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Go Make a Sale

Daymond John, the founder of Fubu and one of the venture capitalist recently had a post on the importance of making a sale and actually focusing on testing the market and proving there is value in the market.

“One of the biggest mistakes I see entrepreneurs making these days is spending too much time trying to perfect their product, or raise more capital for it, without ever testing it on the market. The only way for you to know if your product is truly sound is to get up, get out there and make a sale….No matter how you do it, this step is absolutely crucial. Stop planning, stop pitching, and go out there and SELL!”

 

Read more: http://daymondjohn.com/power_journal/go-out-there-and-sell/

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Being an Entrepreneur & Pushing the Envelop

On pushing the envelop “I’m constantly evolving my videos. I like to experiment a lot and tell different stories…”

“Part of being an entrepreneur is also being a creator and you have to create new ideas and take that risk.”

On partnerships: “Draw boundaries right before you start.”

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Mobile Friendly Search

Google recently posted a blog about mobile search rankings. While it has been rumored for a long time, Google finally made an announcement about it being a ranking signal.

Take away: Make sure your website is mobile friendly.

“Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.”

Google Blog Post: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2015/02/finding-more-mobile-friendly-search.html

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Keep Moving – Gary Vaynerchuk

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Remember that activity is king. Remember to keep moving. There’s some harsh language but sometimes that’s necessary.

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Don’t Be Self Conscious About Being an Entrepreneur

Harrison: What advice would you share with up-and-coming entrepreneurs?

Westergren: The best piece of advice I ever got was from my wife, which was “Don’t be self-conscious about being an entrepreneur.” I think most successful companies go through some kind of trial by fire. During that time, you’re borrowing — you’re borrowing people’s time, you’re borrowing goodwill, you’re borrowing money. You’re begging and borrowing. And that can begin to make you feel self-conscious, feel like you’re failing or that you’re a leech.

It takes a lot to stay committed, and I think a big part of that is accepting that, “Okay, I signed up for this. I’m building a company, and part of building a company is that I have to borrow.” I think that’s one of the big hurdles for entrepreneurs, to stick with it when you feel like you made a big mistake.

Read the entire post here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/when-we-were-small-pandora/2015/02/06/11ad75f4-ad5c-11e4-9c91-e9d2f9fde644_story.html?tid=sm_tw

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Own Your Domain

For entrepreneurs and business owners that are starting their business, one big thing that entrepreneurs can do is to purchase and own their domain (ex. www.yourdomain.com). Often business owners will use website builders and or sites like wordpress.com and won’t actually own their domain. Instead, they have URLs like www.yourdomain.wordpress.com or www.yourdomain.wix.com. Sometimes, the cost may seem like it’s a lot when a website builder packages their services but often the cost is around $10-$20 if you go to a registrar like Godaddy. Having and owning your domain looks more professional and it also ensures that you will “control” your website and its ranking on search engines. 

Here’s this tip and some other tips from Blue 16 Media and other panelist on a recently featured Radio One interview here.

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Focus on Showing up in 3 Sections on the First Page of Google

For your marketing strategy, it is important to understand these 3 different ways for you to show up on the first page of Google. Budget permitting, you should try to show up in all 3 sections.

Here are the 3 sections:

1) Pay Per Click (PPC) / Google Adwords section / Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
2) Organic (SEO) section
3) Maps or Google Plus Page section

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SEO Tip: Blog to Improve SEO

Google and other search engines are “attracted” to constantly changing content and one of the ways to do that is to have a blog installed on your website and post consistently. It could be once a month but the more active and more “changing content” on your website the better it is to attract those “spiders.”