Mars Dorian

    • 3 Lessons I learned from my creative burnout

      By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist This year, I created tons of blog posts, launched a couple of books, and created dozens of pieces of artwork for my clients. I was busy like a bee on steroids. I felt good and useful, at least for a while. Then I burned like a candle dipped into diesel, lit on both ends. The aftermath? I stayed in bed into afternoon and whined. For weeks.

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  • Three ways to turn client email into new business value

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist A few weeks ago, a disgruntled online biz owner shared his frustrations with me. As a German, he wanted to expand his services to the American market and faced difficulties dealing with US clients via email. He blamed “cultural differences,” I told him to stop crying and ordered him to get better…

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  • 3 Important relationship lessons I’ve learned from offline businesses

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist Sometimes the best online marketing advice comes from the offline world. You know, that strange, physical realm inhabited by carbon-based lifeforms that occasionally look up from their square-shaped magic boxes. In this post, I want to reveal the top three relationship lessons I’ve learned from my…

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  • Three ideas to end the social media poison

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist Divisive politics span across the globe, robotization threatens to replace millions of workers, geo-conflicts throw people at each other. The future seems so uncertain. The present seems so … harsh. Flipping through your favorite news channels is starting to look like the billboard chart…

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  • Three strategies to take the heat out of customer conflict

    … conflict, so I want to share the tips I’ve learned from my battles. 1) Work on a common goal and repeat it You can save most client relationships from going southern sour by setting up a good agreement which clarifies your mutual goals. I start this process by asking specific questions: What do you expect from me? What do you like about my art…

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  • 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…

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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

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist I’m a vampire. No, not the solar-phobic Transylvanian bloodsucker with his campy cape, but the graveyard worker who spends all night hitting the keyboard and dropping into bed when the first sun rays sneak through my curtains. You see, I’m what the German government now calls the digital solo-self…

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  • Social media giants tighten their grip on small content producers

    …, it worked. Fast forward to 2016. Popular social media platforms have tightened their grip on user generated content. A few years ago, Facebook limited your business/fan page reach in exchange for payment. Twitter is excluding speakers it deems as controversial and is known for shadow-banning, e.g. making your tweets invisible to your followers…

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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

    … on the other side of the screen. Here are my approaches to constructive engagement in the online world… 1) You don’t need to comment on THAT Every major social media platform is free, which means users feel free to share everything. It seduces our self-inflated ego, because we believe all of our opinions matter. We overproduce content and comment as much…

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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

    …, marketing to niche group within a niche group. Down below, I want to reveal my top five lessons I’ve learned from marketing my fiction to a fan crowd online. 1) Going exclusive is risky and rewarding You hear it all the time—never lay all your books in one basket. If I had gotten a cent from every author telling me to publish my books on multiple…

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

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist As I was laying in my hospital bed with dozens of cables attached to my weakened body, I pondered my future (digital) life. Yeah, it sounds like a cheesy sentence from a soapy beach novel or Hollywood flick, but once you’re dealing with big health issues, it’s amazing how your outlook can change…

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