How to Make My Business Grow: How To Get More New Customers That Come Back More Often & Spend More Money Every Time

By Perry Belcher
Co-Founder & Manager Partner, DigitalMarketer

How to Make My Business Grow was written to give small businesses the strategies and information they need to succeed. This isn’t a get-rich-quick book. It’s a summary of the strategies that have worked time after time for a serial entrepreneur.

The book breaks business success into simple, easy-to-understand processes that work in just about every industry. From marketing to psychological triggers, you’ll learn the tactics Perry uses over and over again to rise above the pack and achieve success in his business ventures.

Perry is a great mentor and really knows his stuff. Very entertaining and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to marketing online and offline. Perry is a true savant when it comes to unravelling ideas that might seem complicated and then presents them with the simplest idea with countless examples on how to apply his teachings to any market or industry any one aspires to get involved in. I've used his methods in the past and they work period.

Books, Business and Marketing

HYPERGROWTH: How the Customer-Driven Model Is Revolutionizing the Way Businesses Build Products, Teams, & Brands

By David Cancel
CEO, Drift

Are you communicating with your customers on a regular basis? Do you know how to manage and prioritize customer feedback once you’ve gathered it? When it comes to building a great product, a great team, and a great brand, relying solely on the opinions of internal stakeholders will get you nowhere. The key to achieving HYPERGROWTH is being customer-driven. So if you’re ready to start putting your customers first, keep reading...

What You’ll Learn: A New Approach to Product Management and Developing SaaS Products People Love

Today, there’s no excuse for not communicating with customers on a daily basis. Messaging has exploded, new generations are focused on 1:1 communication by default, and artificial intelligence is finally coming so we can deliver 1:1 at scale. So why would you build a product, or a company, without leaning into the advantages of that ecosystem?

In his new book, HYPERGROWTH, serial entrepreneur and Drift co-founder/CEO David Cancel shares a modern approach for building products and structuring teams that makes customer communication a central priority. The book tells the story of how Cancel’s customer-driven approach started out as a test with a product team (Performable), transformed an entire organization (HubSpot), and sparked a new movement (Drift).

What’s Inside: Practical Advice and Frameworks for Becoming Customer-Driven and Growing Your Business

  • Responsive Development (RD): a new approach to building products that adds the customer back into the equation
  • The Burndown Framework: a framework for implementing Responsive Development that’s faster and more flexible than Agile.
  • The Three-Person Team: the customer-driven way to structure engineering teams. Each team consists of a tech lead who manages two other engineers.
  • Getting Rid of Roadmaps: through building a culture of transparency and accountability and working closely with internal customers, you can release product updates more rapidly and iteratively.
  • The Spotlight Framework: a framework for helping you focus on the right parts of customer feedback so you can take the appropriate next steps. The framework breaks feedback down into three main categories: user experience issues, product marketing issues, and positioning issues.

  • Who This Book Is For: Entrepreneurs, Startup Founders, Product Managers, Product Teams, Marketing Teams … Entire Companies!

    Every part of your business can benefit from being customer-driven. 

    With the rise of SaaS and the on-demand economy, customer expectations have changed.

    Customers expect their voices to be heard. They find value in being part of a community, and being part of that journey of creating the product. 

    So stop running your business like we’re still living in the 2000s. It’s time to take a customer-driven approach.

    Here’s what people are saying about the book:

    “David Cancel is one of the best when it comes to building products that customers love. And now he’s sharing his wisdom and writing the book explaining how he does it. This is a must read for any entrepreneur or business owner.”
    -MARK ROBERGE
    Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School, Former SVP of Sale and Services at HubSpot

    ”When it comes to building business software, there’s no one better than David Cancel, and I saw first-hand how his customer-driven approach to building products made an impact at HubSpot. I’m glad he’s finally putting all of his insight in one place.”
    -MIKE VOLPE
    CMO, Cybereason / Former CMO, HubSpot

    About the Author: David Cancel
    • 5x Founder / 2x CEO
    • CEO/Co-Founder, Drift
    • CPO, HubSpot
    • CEO/Co-Founder, Performable
    • Owner/Founder, Ghostery
    • CTO/Co-Founder, Compete
    • Investor/Advisor/Director to Various Companies and VC Funds
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    Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money

    By Pat Flynn
    Founder, Smart Passive Income

    Stop rushing into businesses born from half-baked ideas, misguided theories, and other forms of self-delusion. A lack of proper validation kills more businesses than anything else. As Joel Barker says, “Speed is only useful if you’re running in the right direction.” Will It Fly? will help you make sure you are clear for takeoff. It answers questions like: 
    -Does your business idea have merit?
    -Will it succeed in the market you’re trying to serve, or will it just be a waste of time and resources?
    -Is it a good idea for you? 
    -In other words, will it fly?

    Chock-full of practical suggestions you can apply to your business idea today, Will It Fly? combines action-based exercises and real-world case studies with anecdotes from the author’s personal experience of making money online, hosting successful podcasts, testing niche sites, and launching several online businesses.

    Will It Fly? will challenge you to think critically, act deliberately, and dare greatly. You can think of the book as your business flight manual, something you can refer to for honest and straight-forward advice as you begin to test your idea and build a business that takes off and soars.

    In five parts, Will It Fly? will guide you through the validation of your next business idea:
    -Part one, Mission Design, helps you make sure your target idea aligns with and supports your goals. 
    -Part two, Development Lab, walks you through uncovering important details about your idea that you haven't even thought about. 
    -Part three, Flight Planning, is all about assessing current market conditions. 
    -Part four, Flight Simulator, focuses on the actual validating and testing of an idea with a small segment of a target market. 
    -Finally, Part five, All Systems Go, is for final analysis to help you make sure your idea is one you are ready to move forward with.

    What people are saying about Will It Fly? 

    “Pat has done the perfect job of inspiring, teaching, motivating and guiding new entrepreneurs through the most important part of the business building process... the fundamentals. However, he goes further, taking us on a journey of discovery, confidence building and support - all with a healthy slice of reality! If you want to get started in online business the smart way, you need to read this book.” 

    -Chris Ducker
    Bestselling Author of Virtual Freedom

    “People love to dream, imagine and hope. But even great ideas without action and execution never get off the ground—they don’t change the world or your bank account. This book will help identify your ONE sentence, your ‘unfair advantage,’ and a plan of action to make your idea fly. Spectator or pilot—you get to choose.” 

    -Dan Miller, New York Times bestselling author, 48 Days to the Work You Love

    Books, Business and Marketing

    Be Like Amazon: Even a Lemonade Stand Can Do It

    By Bryan Eisenberg and Jeffrey Eisenberg, with Roy H. Williams

    You’re on a road trip with an old man and a younger one.

    Business stories are told. Wisdom is revealed. A new perspective emerges. Companies like Costco and Kodak, General Motors and Walmart provide colour and texture as they appear on the horizon and in the rear view mirror. Real companies. Real decisions. Real outcomes. Jeff Bezos and Amazon give this road trip its rhythm as the four pillars of their success are made plain. It’s a wonderful success, easily repeated, even by a lemonade stand. But only if you understand the importance of the marshmallow.

    Be Like Amazon is a 2018 Axiom Business Book award winner in the business fable category.

    Endorsements:

    A little book with enormous impact. Be Like Amazon demystifies the principles and practices of the world’s most successful brands. It’s magical!
    – Jay Baer – President of Convince & Convert & author of Hug Your Hater

    Putting relationships front and center is what “Be Like Amazon” is all about. The authors observe that continuous improvement is not about cost cutting but about relationships. “Be Like Amazon” provides a roadmap for businesses to build and improve relationships. I highly recommend "Be Like Amazon" to every business person. 
    Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI and NY Times Bestselling Author

    "Be Like Amazon" covers one of the most important elements of being a business owner, how to work on your business instead of in your business. I’d highly recommend this book to every entrepreneur who wants to have a roadmap and skip the years of trial and error.
    T. Harv Eker, NY Times No. 1 Best-selling Author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind™

    "There are many things that differentiate Amazon and it's competitors. Perhaps the most underappreciated one the deeply faith-based initiative that if they align their interests with their customers, they'll win in the long-term. And. They have! You still need a guide to help you figure out how to apply this to your business. Let Bryan, Jeffrey & Roy help you win bigger."
    Avinash Kaushik, Google Evangelist

    You are going to read a lot of positive blurbs about Be Like Amazon. Let me give it to you straight: If the Eisenberg Brothers feel compelled to write a book, I drop everything to read it. They are just that smart. Be Like Amazon is one of their best efforts. I hate to be so non-specific, but everyone in business really should buy and read Be Like Amazon. The fact that legendary marketer Roy H. Williams co-wrote it with them, only adds to the equation. For the sake of your brand, please please please read this book!. 
    – Mitch Joel President, Mirum – Author, Six Pixels of Separation & CTRL ALT Delete

    “Wow, that is one of the best “business” books I’ve read in years. Incredibly inspiring — both the story itself and the way in which you told it. I’m in awe.”
    – Scott Brinker, ChiefMartec

    “Witty anecdotes and crisp, often hilarious dialog combine with an exploration of powerful marketing principles and customer engagement strategies that have driven the growth of many of today’s most successful companies…making Be Like Amazon a must read for everyone from business professionals to people who love an engaging story well told. Jeffrey, Bryan and Roy have crafted a clever and insightful book that not only underscores the importance of branding, but also lifts the spirit and tickles the funny bone.”
    – Chris McCann, President and CEO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

    “This is your best book yet! For students of growth and transformation, this book provides the bridge to go from the “Why” espoused by Simon Sinek to an enterprise’s marketing and messaging. Just brilliantly told story!”
    – Steve McKean, CEO, BILLSHARK

    “Clear, foundational thinking that provides hope instead of hype.”
    – Mark Schaefer, Author of “Known” and “The Content Code”
    Books, Business and Marketing

    Local Marketing Trends 2018

    2018 is well under way, and it’s imperative that businesses are thinking about marketing on a local level.

    1.

    You can expect to see some of the biggest brands working to perfect their local marketing strategies in order to stay ahead.
    Google and Facebook are starting to integrate hyperlocal features which make it easier than ever for businesses like yours, to interact with their customers.

    2.

    The use of customer reviews of your products/services is huge and it’s bound to keep growing in 2018. Your potential customers are busy doing their research and looking for authentic, honest reviews from customers.
    You can easily generate new reviews by encouraging your customers to share their feedback.

    3.

    We are also starting to see a change in the way that people are searching for local businesses in 2018. Whether it’s smartphones, tablets or devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home, there is a steady rise in voice searches over the last few years.

    Well, that’s it. We hope you enjoyed learning some of the trends that you can expect to see in 2018. 

    Whether you’re interacting with your customers on a Facebook Live video or looking to improve your content marketing, we challenge you to find new, creative ways to engage with your customers.

    For more information on how you can improve your digital marketing, contact Beverley below

    To summarize

    1. Bigger brands will start to integrate hyperlocal features to interact with their customers more easily


    2. Review marketing will continue to grow, so you need to encourage your customers to leave you feedback


    3. More people will start searching for local businesses using voice search

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    3 Principles for Bootstrapping Success as an Entrepreneur

    There are many websites you could be visiting and many blogs you could be reading. So why spend your time here, on Beverley Hutton Marketing, instead of out there, where hypey content, distraction and funny cat gifs beckon?

    There are 3 good reasons to be here. We stand for 3 things, above all else. There are 3 things that, echo our personal values and shape how we serve our clients.

    The following video from Shane Melagh from ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes is about those 3 things.

    Here he outlines his own manifesto, which  explains the 3 Pillars we follow exactly.

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    Website Design Framework

    When you hear the word Design -
    Do you think that means -
    How things Look -
    If so that is a Big Problem.

    Design is Not About Design

    A high converting website consists of high converting pages. As an business person, you need the ability to specify/design such high converting pages. But there's a problem with this word - "design".

    Most of us think of design to roughly mean "making things look awesome". A good designer is someone who can draw and create badass looking stuff in Photoshop, right?

    For the rest of this article from Thrive Themes Shane Melaugh follow this link:

     

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    Social Media Image Sizes

    Doesn't it annoy you when you are setting up a new or updating one of your social media accounts and the cover or profile picture is the wrong size!

    Well you will never have to worry again with this easy "Cheat Sheet" showing the current recommended sizes for the most common sites.

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