Leverage Your Marketing Profile

Leverage Your Marketing Profile

There are many do-it-yourself ways to begin marketing your business. A mechanical approach starts with a single piece of directed correspondence that “speaks” to your targeted audience. Call it a sales or marketing letter.

Write this material like a “personalized” message to a “person” rather than a generic speech to the “crowd.”  A sales or marketing letter includes:

  • Who you are (your introduction)
  • What you do best
  • Why the “how/when/where you do what you do” is unique
  • What you charge for what you do
  • What value do you give (your unique selling proposition)

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Word of Mouth as Social Media Marketing

word of mouth, strategic social media marketingWord of Mouth as a form of social media marketing has influenced people for centuries; the concept existed long before Twitter and Facebook grabbed our collective attention. We have used “Word of Mouth” as a source of all our social activities since people wore fur and hunted small game out on the plains. It doesn’t matter whether a suggestion comes from your Mom, your sister, or a friend. It doesn’t matter whether the words hit your face with warm breath or roll up and down the glass screen on your smartphone. We talk to, trust, and buy stuff from people we know or people our friends and family know more often than strangers! We feel more confident about a message from people we know.

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Your 2015 Tax Filing Extension

IRS tax formsRequesting a tax filing extension is relatively easy if you cannot complete your individual income tax return on by April 18, 2016. You have until April 19 to file a tax return if you live in Maine or Massachusetts.

You need, however, to understand the IRS rules and regulations. The following information will demystify the way the tax filing rules work and provide key points specifically about filing an extension for 2015.

Using IRS Form 4868

A request to extend the April 2016 filing deadline is free and will be automatically granted for six months or until October 17, 2016, if you submit your request for a filing extension before the original filing due date. You can submit your application online or by mail.  The reference to instructions for IRS Form 4868 below provides Post Office address information. If you are a US citizen or resident out of the country on April 18, 2016, you have an additional two extra months to file your return and pay any outstanding tax due.

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