small business

The Rear View Mirror Is Smaller… For A Reason

by Steve Holt April 8, 2013
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When my wife and I bought our first minivan about 5 years ago we discovered an interesting feature. I won’t talk about how hurt our feelings were that we had to buy a minivan in the first place… that’s another post for another day. But I will tell you that it was a welcome feature […]

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Using Your Smartphone For Business

by Steve Holt January 28, 2013
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For better or worse, my smartphone is an extension of just about every aspect of my life, including my business. It’s my camera, my communications lifeline, my calendar, and my organizational tool. And I am sure many of you would say the same thing. So I wanted to share with you how I use my […]

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Surprise them

by Steve Holt January 14, 2013
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One of my favorite snacks as a kid was Cracker Jacks. The reason was simple…. there was a prize inside. Same deal with cereal boxes. My brother and I would pick the ones that had a prize inside because, well, we just couldn’t get enough of secret decoder rings and fake tattoo stickers. Toys in […]

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Steve Holt on ‘Dialogue’ – EPlusTV 6 (Video)

by Steve Holt December 14, 2012
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I was fortunate to be asked to to appear on the Dialogue show on Jackson Energy Authority’s Internet television station called EPlusTV6.  We had 30 min. to talk about the right and wrong way to engage in social media. Here are all 3 segments of the show. I would love to hear what you think […]

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The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It

by Steve Holt December 3, 2012
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A few months ago I was helping one of my clients with their marketing outreach.  We talked a great deal about their social media outreach and where it fit in their overall marketing plan.  We had spent a great deal of time over the past year revamping and updating their look on all their social […]

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Let Them See Your Passion

by Steve Holt November 14, 2012
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I recently attended a choir concert of one of my kids. It was a pretty big affair, with a choir of about 200, and the choir conductor was an African American gentleman in black tie and tails who appeared to be soft-spoken and genteel. Until the music started. The first song out of the gate […]

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Eating Salad With A Spoon

by Steve Holt September 27, 2012
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Around my house each of my family members has some odd eating habits. I am sure you can relate, right? Several of my kids could eat barbecue sauce on just about everything.  They love it. When my wife cooks peas, she loves to drink the pea juice afterward.  It turns my stomach just thinking about […]

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The Power of Connection

by Steve Holt September 21, 2012
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$42.18. That was the price of the meal that we shared, but that was a small price to pay for what I actually got. We’ve all been there.  The business dinner that you really don’t want to go to but you feel obligated to go to it, or maybe even required to go.  The forced […]

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10 Ideas For Using Video To Promote Your Business

by Steve Holt August 14, 2012
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My last blog of 2011 was about the #1 thing that you need to do for 2012. You can read it here, but I wrote that you need to be doing video. And lots of it. And of course you took my blog to heart and you’ve been doing lots of video, right? Oh, ok. […]

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What 80s Music Taught Me About Business

by Steve Holt July 29, 2012
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I had the distinct privilege of going on a trip recently in a vehicle that had SiriusXM radio. I have never ponied up the monthly fee to have it myself, so this was a treat for me. And of course, the first station I went to was 80s on 8, where it stayed the entire […]

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The P-Word

by Steve Holt July 9, 2012
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Just about everybody hates it. The P-word. No, I am not talking about THAT P-word. This isn’t THAT kind of post! I am talking about ‘planning’. Yeah, I know you like to fly by the seat of your pants and ‘go with the flow’, right? Well, if I have any readers left after the first […]

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Millions of Years Away

by Steve Holt May 12, 2012
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The bright light of the stars that you see in the night sky are deceiving, because what you are looking at might not even be there anymore. Sounds strange, I know, but it’s true. You see, light travels through space at the speed of… well… light. Which is really fast. But some of those stars […]

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Systemic Mediocrity

by Steve Holt February 8, 2012
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Lukewarm food. Games that end in a tie. “Let’s just be friends.” You can probably think of a bunch of your own examples, but most people don’t like things that are ‘mediocre’. Things that are bland, boring, and un-exciting. That state of constant blandness, consistent incompetence, or middle-of-the-roadness could be labeled as ‘systemic mediocrity’. That’s […]

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Once Upon A Time…

by Steve Holt January 1, 2012
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Once upon a time there was a small business owner named Bob who was busy. So busy in fact, that he struggled to find time to do all the things that he needed to do. Each morning when the sun shown through his window and awakened his eyes he struggled to get out of bed […]

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Spend some time in the shade

by Steve Holt December 18, 2011
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Some of you might be surprised to learn this about me. Years ago when I was in college I had a summer job as a roofer. After that summer I had a deep respect for roofers. It’s not an easy job. For years I wondered why I would drive by a work site and see […]

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Social Media Guilt

by Steve Holt November 28, 2011
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I read a fantastic article the other day by Stephen Chapman over at ZDNet entitled ‘Social burnout: I am officially sick and tired of chasing social platforms‘. I gotta be honest and say that I have almost reached that point. Actually, I might already be there. I live this stuff every day, so I know […]

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Tales From New England: Be The Canary (VIDEO)

by Steve Holt October 8, 2011
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This is the final post in my series of posts called “Tales From New England”. This one is about why all business owners need to be like a canary. You know, that little yellow bird?

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Tales From New England: What’s Your Name?

by Steve Holt October 1, 2011
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On my recent trip to New England I spent a few days on Nantucket. I had seen the pictures for years about what it was like, but I wasn’t prepared for just how picturesque and quaint it is. Cobblestone streets, historic homes on every street, and that postcard look that everyone knows when you see […]

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Tales From New England: Don’t Hide Your Social Media

by Steve Holt September 24, 2011
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I just returned from a vacation to New England and I gathered a whole bunch of ideas for new blog posts, which I will be talking about over the coming weeks in my “Tales From New England” post series.  This first installment is about how important it is to not hide what you want people […]

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Losing The Big Picture With GPS

by Steve Holt September 13, 2011
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The last couple of trips that I have taken have provided me an unsettling experience. I am a technology guy so I embrace it wholeheartedly, and promote the use of technology to others in my consulting and speaking. But I do recognize that sometimes technology causes more problems than it solves. One such problem, I […]

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