Mars Dorian

    • Three New Year Business Resolutions You Should Steal

      By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist I’ve watched a volley of Youtube videos about making New Year’s business resolutions and realized they’re… A) too complex and cumbersome to follow through B) too focused on specific measures which you can’t control Without further ado and blahblah, let’s kick-off 2017 with a bang of viable online actions: 1) Set goals you can truly influence I .

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  • Three drastic marketing changes ahead for 2017

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist Since 2017 is about to knock on your screen, it’s important to reflect on your online strategies. For me, the past year has been a paradigm shift in how I treat my personal site and the social networks. I am going to jolt you today with my three most drastic marketing changes I have implemented…

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  • 5 Marketing Lessons I learned from the dystopian “Black Mirror”

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist A viciously addictive series has taken my mind hostage and filled it with warnings about the future. The culprit is Black Mirror, a dystopian sci-fi show from the UK, now bought by Netflix and prolonged to a third season. Each episode works like a standalone cautionary tale and deals with ordinary…

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  • 5 questions you should ask yourself every day before bed

    …. That unhealthy working routine forced me to visit a doctor who advised me to bring order into my day. In other words, I needed to find a simple and effective way to structure my day. Now if there’s something more available than sand on beaches it’s productivity guides on book shelves. Every pundit with a PhD tells you the ultimate formula…

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  • Social media giants tighten their grip on small content producers

    …. The newest social media giant to limit one’s content marketing is the video platform — and second biggest search engine — YouTube. The platform has become more strict on how videos are allowed to make money. Within a couple of days of the announcement, many YouTube stars with millions of subscribers have lost the ability to monetize their videos…

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  • Four online business rules that don’t exist any more

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist A few days ago, I was working my face off in my creative cave, realized my social battery was drained, and decided to join a bar meet-up in my hometown of Berlin. I had a chance to talk to online entrepreneurs from all over the world and listened to their unique business stories. It reminded me how…

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  • Five ideas: Constructive engagement in destructive times

    … of connection. When I’m looking at my social media newsfeeds and glance over the updates from my friends and peers, I fool myself into believing I’m still connected to them, even though I haven’t spoken to some in years, or even a DECADE. Engagement equals connection. Let me add to that— genuine engagement equals genuine connection. Being a Facebook…

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  • 3 Business tips to make the second half of your 2016 count

    …) opportunities await those who dare to ask. Soon, I’m going to sunny Italy to social media-ish assist an artist while living 3 weeks in a beautiful countryside mansion…for free. I have to ‘teach online marketing’ for a couple of hours a day and can spend most of the day working on my dream projects while enjoying the sexy nature and sun. The price…

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  • 4 Lessons learned from super niche marketing

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist It’s frustrating to work your face off and release a product online that no one wants to buy. (X___X ) < That was me about two years ago, when I uploaded my first sci-fi book to Amazon where it vanished into the algorithm of the digital abyss. Disappointed but not defeated, I wrote my next book…

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  • 3 Social media lessons I learned from my painful hospital stay

    …, if you’re willing to learn. After days of complaining about my situation, my lack of web access and the inability to work, I put on my learning cap and tried to extract value from my painful stay. Below, I want to reveal the three major social media lessons I have learned from my hospital stay. 1) Ditch the digital debates This was Mad Mars from…

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  • 3 Unusual networking lessons I’ve learned from improv

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist The grrreat peak and performance coach Tony Robbins once said, “If you want to get results no one’s getting, you have to do things no one’s doing.” To power up his statement, Tony mentioned golf-giant Tiger Woods lifting weights(!) to up his game. Golfers lifting weights? Wasn’t normal, that’s why…

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  • The business benefit of setting your knowledge free

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist This is the story of how I became a “web missionary” and learned how setting your knowledge free is the key for building online businesses. When I was starting out as a digital illustrator padawan, I was desperate for online advice. As a German living in Berlin, I wanted to know how to snatch up…

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  • Personal business lessons from 2015 and what you can learn from them

    By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist The end is nigh for 2015, which has been an interesting year for the online world, to say the least. Blogging has been declared dead, before it was revived, after it has been dubbed micro-blogging, but before it was dead again. Today, I want to share the most important personal business lessons from my online career in 2015.

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  • How a tweet from Shutterstock’s CEO changed the way I think about customer service

    … by Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist There have been a few online exchanges that have changed the way I do business. One such exchange happened recently, on November 24th, and I thought I’d share with you the lesson I learned. That day, with J-pop music blasting from my iMac speakers, I was working on a cover for my upcoming sci-fi…

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  • 3 Tips for Future-proofing Your Digital Career

    … for your next project: Original illustrations by the author. The post 3 Tips for Future-proofing Your Digital Career appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Related Stories Seven fascinating marketing lessons of 2015 How to write 3,000 words every day when you don’t feel like it Polish up your best content to drive content marketing value Why the economics of blogging are diminishing The future of blogging and online publishing …

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  • Is your online presence too safe for your own good?

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist I open my browser bookmarks, read through my daily news blogs and find a common theme nowadays: offended people everywhere. Someone said or did something on the net that someone else finds “deeply problematic” which then winds up the outrage machine. Social media users go on a virtual witch hunt…

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