My Top 2018 Reads to Empower You in 2019

As we round the end of the year it’s natural to look back and assess the highs and lows, what worked and what didn’t, AND what helped us get through it and grow as a business owner and more importantly as a person. I’m excited to share my top 5 books of 2018. I’m a multi media reader, meaning I read actual paper books, digital books, and I listen to audio books. As many of you know I spend quite a bit of time in my car seeing clients all over the west coast and I know many of you […]

Entrepreneurial Burnout. It happens!

I remember when I started my own business. I couldn’t believe the time had finally arrived! Was I scared? Heck yes! But my desire for my own gig was greater than my fear. To be fair, my boss back then gave me the final nudge. He knew it was the right time and told me so. And in that moment, I was on my own. Deer, meet headlights. I ventured into the unknown of business ownership armed with just my rolling rack and five garment bags. It was seven months until my first check and two years before I really […]

Royal Wedding Colors On Trend

Unless you’ve been completely off grid, you probably heard about or saw the royal wedding of Prince Harry and our very own Meghan Markle – now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Duchess has a great sense of style. It shone through the color palette of the wedding party. Spring 2018’s dominating color trend is muted, soft, and feminine, featuring light pinks, purples, greens, yellows, and milky whites. The royal wedding photos scream “Trend”! We saw Camilla in pale pink, Meghan’s mother in soft green, and Kate in pale yellow. The Queen was in her trademark vividness (she is, […]

Getting to Know Your Audience

Every relationship needs maintenance, right? Why not develop the one you have with your audience? You customers! With constant change in lifestyles, events, society, fashion, and preferences, it’s important to keep a conversation flowing with your customers in order to ensure that you can not only understand them, but also anticipate their needs and preferences. Hopefully you’ve had the chance to read our last post on email marketing (if not, click here) where we touched on talking with your customers in-store. It’s an important way to keep up on the latest news on the lives of your customers. Knowing if […]

The Art of Email Marketing

If you didn’t get a chance to see the email marketing video in our Facebook group, Haute Hub for Brick and Mortar retailers, you’re kinda missing out. Don’t worry – it’s on the hub for you to view at your leisure. There’s a lot of great, easily actionable items for you to do in order to scale-up your marketing efforts! And conveniently enough, my special guest, Yasmin Yamat, broke them down into 3 simple sections. If you don’t already know Yasmin, she is a marketing consultant I’ve been working with for years. She’s worked for companies like Lines Ballet, Stella […]

List building

Build It and They Will Read

Having just hosted my first guest on the Haute Hub Happy Hour as part two of my email marketing arc, my thoughts went back to the previous HHHH when I talked about list building. After all, the strategies for creating great emails won’t do much without a great list to send them to! If you haven’t seen it yet, you can still check out the video on the hub. I talked about some ideas you can use in your emails, but, without doing a full transcript here, I wanted to emphasize two of the biggest points I made. First being […]

Hashtags 101 – Part 2

Hopefully you’re more comfortable with hashtags after reading Part 1 of this blog entry. Now let’s get into more advanced work and talk about branded hashtags.  Did you know that you can create your own hashtag and use it to start a conversation with your followers or to curate certain content? A simple example of this is a hashtag I created for my dog. If you search #junebugperez you will see photos of her. She doesn’t have an Instagram account so whenever I post a photo of her, I use this hashtag. Now you, the retailer, can create a custom […]

Hashtags 101 – part 1

If your brick and mortar business  is on social media, using hashtags is a must in order to reach your target audience, grow your following, and engage with people out there in the cyberspace. They are great tools for creating brand awareness, community, and a conversation about your brand or company. But let’s start at the very beginning and talk about what the heck a hashtag actually is. A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by the hash or pound sign (#) and is used to associate, attach, or categorize messages or posts to a topic. When used strategically, […]

Do This One Thing to Get 79% More Engagement on Your Posts

Ever wonder why more people aren’t seeing your gorgeous posts? Or how to get new people to see them? You’re not alone! In fact, 95% of social media users are keeping you company. If you want to join the 5% who statistically get 79% more engagement with their posts, there’s one simple thing you can do: attach a geographical tag (also known as a geo tag) to your post. A geo tag is such a simple thing to do. It will elevate your post in searches  and increase the visibility of your posts to people in your geographical area. When […]

Top 4 Must-Do Steps of Instagram Setup

If you’ve skipped any of these steps while setting up your Instagram account, not to worry – you’re not alone. Many of us skip the profile setup in their eagerness to go live.  We come up with a username and gloss over the rest. It’s understandable. I know the feeling!  But your profile is the first thing people see when they pop onto your account. It’s what tells them who you are and what you do, so it’s more important than it seems. The good news is that your profile can and should change and evolve. So even if you’ve […]