Light The Fuse Blog

LinkedIn Virtual Meet & Greet

I’ve started networking without the empty calories, to make sure you’ve got a great LinkedIn profile. Now it’s time for the virtual meet and greet. How do you connect with the right contacts on LinkedIn? It’s time to start searching for connections. You’ve got two...

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$10k payoff for reading the fine print

Who actually reads the fine print? Despite everything seemingly coming with Terms of Service or Fine Print these days, don’t we all just click “I agree” and go on with our lives? Donelan Andrews, a Georgia school teacher, has long taught her students to pay attention...

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Networking without the empty calories

When you go to a networking event, you’re likely going to get in front of potential prospects. You put forth the time, effort, and money to purchase entry, travel to a location, and get in front of people over the course of an hour or two, handing out and receiving...

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NM State Police bucks the national trend

Job applications at law enforcement agencies are plummeting nationwide: Seattle: down nearly 50% Nashville: down 64% Even the FBI: down 39% New Mexico State Police: up 75% How did Captain Jesse Williams, in charge of recruiting for the New Mexico State Police (NMSP)...

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Magically grow your email list 60%

Want great marketing? Build a great email list. It’s not that LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SEO, and pay per click, etc. aren’t important, but we follow the data, and the best way to increase sales is to build an email list. The only problem? It’s really...

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How to not be the next Sears

It’s easy to blame the bankruptcy of Sears on Amazon, but are you going to accept that excuse when a new competitor comes out of left field in your market? Many retailers are actually expanding in the age of Amazon, both in e-commerce offerings and more stores....

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Only 53% of sales people make quota

I’m typically on the optimistic side, but this is a case where the glass really is half empty, particularly when you think about how quota is often just enough to make it worth having that salesperson. Imagine what would happen if we could fill up the glass! A group...

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Random acts of marketing

There is a question that I get fairly regularly, either from a friend that knows what I do, or a client for which we’ve done some limited work: “Should I run this ad? It seems like a great deal! It’s a big discount, and they’re going to run free banner ads for me!”...

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