It’s the day after International Women’s Day.
I’m sure by now you’ve read statistics about the pay and promotion disparity between women and men in the workforce.
It’s 2017 and men are still getting paid more for the same role.
Realistically, we’re dealing with the legacy of a culture where only 100 short years ago women were granted the right to vote. Systems, be they private or public, tend to be slow to evolve and catch up with changing times. … Continue reading
Going to the mall as a young teen with my Dad was absolute torture.
I’d ask him to give me a ride and drop me off at the doors, but he’d always insist on entering the building with me.
I’d spend hours getting ready so I could look exactly like my posse of girlfriends, and my Dad would wear track pants WITH his dress shoes.
I was basically a … Continue reading
Reading a good book can change your outlook on life.
Philosophically speaking, you may even be a different person than you were before you read the book.
Most of the successful business owners I know are voracious readers, they have coaches and consultants and are in regular attendance at workshops and seminars.
Their growth game is strong.
The continued evolution of their offering, brand, services and approach to business and life has a downside no-one talks about.
Sometimes, you can evolve so fast, the online reflection of your business is outdated as soon as you launch.
Yep. Your website is … Continue reading
Friday January 6th 2017 at 12pm I clicked the refresh button on my browser and was overcome with excitement – my latest project was live and ready for public consumption.
www.tilosamericas.com is one of the larger projects I’ve worked on. Here I am sharing behind the scenes of what went into creating this multi-lingual ecommerce website.
Snapshot: the e-commerce website by the numbers:
Serves 23 countries, in 2 languages, over 72 pages with approx. 20,000 words, selling 22 products, completed … Continue reading
Mieke Lily Van Orden is the creative force behind Flux & Stone, a line of handmade artisan jewellery designed to make women feel beautiful.
Based in Victoria, BC, Mieke built her business over the last 4 years by showcasing her work in person at various shows and markets around BC.
Mieke was active online, but wasn’t making any sales from her website or online efforts.
She wanted to start making … Continue reading
You know how to advertise on Facebook already.
Click boost post and you’re done, right?
Facebook has done a brilliant job of making it easy for small businesses to spend money on ads.
The trouble is, boosting your business page posts may not be providing the results you’re looking for.
Here’s some things you didn’t know about Facebook advertising that are going to help you skyrocket your sales this holiday season.
Stop Boosting Posts. Seriously.
If you haven’t heard of Continue reading
You know how to make money.
You’ve been running your business for awhile, and by all appearances, you’re a success.
The thing is, there’s this feeling. The feeling that you’re heart just isn’t in this anymore.
You’ve tried to ignore it and rationalize it, but it just gets stronger.
The way you’re spending your days just feels “ugh”. Whether it’s because you seem to be constantly on the verge of burnout (lame). Or … Continue reading
Scrolling through your Facebook feed while your coffee gets cold isn’t social media marketing.
You’re supposed to be doing something to promote your business online, but all those videos of cats can be awfully distracting.
The next thing you know, 20 minutes of your life has slipped away, and you still haven’t done anything productive.
The scenario I just described is typical for small business owners succumbing … Continue reading
It’s a familiar scene: the ambitious, young business person works determinedly at their laptop.
The desk that surrounds them is littered with empty Red Bull cans and coffee cups.
There they are, grinding it out, hustling, pushing. Meeting that deadline and hitting those numbers.
It’s such a commonplace occurrence that it hardly bears mention.
“Sacrifice for success” is such an accepted and … Continue reading
The first rule of business is make money.
Whether it’s donating a certain percentage of profits to charity, organizing staff volunteering events or committing to being “green”, doing good doesn’t always make the high priority list for busy entrepreneurs.
Business owners focus on ensuring profits are good and operations are going smoothly before considering any altruistic programs.
This is called a transactional business model and it’s a common way of doing business. Essentially, … Continue reading