Category Archives: Business Development

Blueprint for a Killer Business Plan — Part 3: How You’re Going to Make Money

This third post in our blog series, “Blueprint for a Killer Business Plan,” (here are Part 1 and Part 2.) will help you write the part of your business plan that tells How You’re Going to Make Money. It defines what products or services you are selling and what marketing strategies you’ll be using. Continue reading

Blueprint for a Killer Business Plan — Part 2: Defining Who You Are

This second post in our blog series, “Blueprint for a Killer Business Plan,” (Here’s Part 1) will help you write the part of your business plan that tells the world Who You Are. Here we’re going to going to deliver the info you need to:

  • Refine your executive summary
  • Clarify your business description
  • Simplify your business positioning

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Blueprint for a Killer Business Plan — Part 1: Before You Start

One thing that’s super important when starting any new business is to plan out your vision for it. To succeed and get financing, you must create a rock-solid business plan that clearly explains your goals and missions, including:

  • Who you are
  • What you are all about
  • And how you’re going to make money

We’re going to help you do just that with a new series of posts we’re calling “Blueprint for a Killer Business Plan.” This first post will help you better understand business plans. Before you even start writing one, we want to make sure you know what it’s all about.

Then over the next few months, we’re going to deliver a series of blogs with more of the steps and tips to make creating a killer business plan practically stress-free. Continue reading

The Myth of Simple Custom Design

Today, I’d like to address something that comes up in conversations with clients quite a bit — the myth of simple custom design. The proliferation of “get it done quick and cheap” web builders like Squarespace and design marketplaces like Fiverr have led to a growing public assumption that high-quality custom designs and “simple” websites can be had for a pittance. This is just not the case.

Think about buying a custom website or design like buying a one-of-a-kind dress from a fashion designer, custom-made to fit your figure. You wouldn’t go with whomever could provide you with the cheapest dress, ask for it to be completed hastily or farm it out to a tailor who is too far away to take your measurements. The same is true of custom design and site development!

So let’s break it down and look at some specific reasons why you shouldn’t use your bottom line as your guiding light when making decisions about custom design. Continue reading

How to Plan a Successful First Online Launch

online launchIf you’re like many clients who come to us, you’ve got a great idea for a program, course or product and you want to launch it online. You’ve seen many other entrepreneurs launch their thing, you’ve heard countless success stories, and launching looks like your ticket to finally making big bucks online without trading hours for dollars around the clock.

The good news is, of course it is possible to have successful launches and create a successful online business. We’ve had the opportunity to support many clients with thriving online businesses at Solamar. But it isn’t as simple as it appears from the outside looking in and there are many misconceptions about what it takes to actually pull off a successful launch.

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, so I’m going to pull back the curtain a bit to provide some helpful insights for planning your first online launch. Continue reading

How to Use Facebook Live to Get Personal While Going Public

facebook liveIt’s been just about a year since Facebook Live was born. Since its beginning, businesses all over the world have been cashing in on this fun new feature, which allows them to broadcast video in real-time and connect with their audience, directly from a smartphone, tablet, or a computer app—with just a few simple taps or clicks.

When your own small to medium-sized business joins the growing ranks of Facebook Live corporate users, like Chevrolet, Disney, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Target, your streaming video will show up live as your friends, clients or followers scroll, and the recording will save automatically to your news feed, to be viewed or shared later. Even Santa used Facebook Live last Christmas, so viewers could track his holiday journey, according to newswhip.com.

As an infinite number of words and images are vying for everyone’s online attention, Facebook Live video is winning with increased reach, visibility, and interaction in a fresh and exciting way.

Here are 6 ways to create, share and discover with Facebook Live using its proven and newest features: Continue reading

Drive Traffic to Your Webinar with These 9 Terrific Tips

webinarA free webinar is a proven and effective tool to generate leads, build credibility and authority, attract new business, give your brand a boost, retain customers, and educate your target market. Everyone knows how well webinars work. But, to come out ahead of the pack, you need to know how to promote your webinars and get the right people to sign up, attend and stay through to the end.

We all know that people will sign up for your webinars simply because they’re free. But when push comes to shove, those same peeps will schedule other commitments and bypass the actual free webinar. They may feel that your no-cost session is not all that important, will have information they don’t really want or need, or that if it’s “free” it has no real value.

Here are 9 tips to get people to sign up and really anticipate your memorable, interesting, and useful webinar. Continue reading