I've been following Gary Vaynerchuck online for several years now, but I hadn't yet read any of his books. It wasn't until I heard an interview with him by Chris Hogan on the EntreLeadership podcast about his newest book that I decided to give him a read. I'm glad I did.
The first part of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook covers some basics of getting online and telling your story in a compelling way. The key, according to Vaynerchuck, is not to shout your "right hooks," or calls to action, over and over. Rather, he describes looking at the art of adding value to your customers over and over again without asking for anything. He compares this "jabbing" to the strategy boxers use in order to get their opponents to drop their guards. When the time is right, they come in with the right hook and, hopefully, knock them out. You, as a marketing storyteller, need to time your jabs (informational value adds) and your right hooks (calls to action for purchases or w…
On February 21, 2018 I, once again, had the honor to do a presentation at a Pubcon event. In this case, it was the 1-day local event in Austin, TX. It was great to meet up with other experts in the digital marketing community, swap stories and ideas and learn from some of the best in the business.
Of all the great presentations I sat in on, one central theme seemed to surface throughout the day: Website owners need to get going on Structured Data tagging. As I said in my presentation, "You need to make Schema.org your new, favorite website.
The first mention of structured data tagging was from Google's Gary Illyes during his kickoff keynote. He said several things regarding Schema, but the most important thing was that "Schema is here to stay," and he strongly encouraged website owners to start leveraging that. He even mentioned that some types of content, such as job listings and recipes, wouldn't even rank if it wasn't marked up with Schema.
Seth Godin starts out Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? (Amazon Affiliate link) insisting everyone is a genius, though, perhaps, not in the “genius” way we think of Einstein, Hawking or other Nobel Prize winners. He stresses, though, that everyone is a genius in their own way. Each of us has something in us which makes us unique and hard to replace in the workforce.
He tells us that we need to find our niche, that thing which is an art to us that no one else can or will do. We need to transfer that knowledge and skill to the workplace to make ourselves the “Linchpin” – the essential piece which holds everything else together.
The great truth is that all of us, no matter what we do for a job, can be a linchpin. He uses the example of a waiter a couple times in the book. One can be a waiter who gives friendly, honest, but otherwise un-noteworthy service. Anyone can do this. Or, one can be a waiter who not only does the minimum, but goes above and beyond by giving the best service possib…