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Anne Orfila
You Only Need One Space After a Period. Period.

Are you guilty of double-spacing after a period? Or a question mark? Or an exclamation point?

Congratulations! This means that you were a conscientious student in school (ahem, over 25 years ago) – typing class specifically – and your typing teacher would be proud. Today, no teacher would probably sing your praises doing this because the practice of inserting two spaces after a period (or other punctuation mark) is no longer necessary or the norm.

One space after a period does not mean you are lazy, but it does make you look old-school! 

Dropping the extra space after the period is not due to a time-saving effort or because people today are lazy. There was a legit reason behind the practice, so before you enter modern times, let’s take a little walk back in history to learn why double spaces existed.

Typewritten documents actually needed the extra space. 

The typewriter has a monospaced font. This means that each letter, number, or punctuation mark is allotted the same amount of space before and after the character (i.e. the skinny letter “i” has just as much breadth of room as the chubby letter “m”). In short, sentences from a typewriter look long and the act of using two spaces after a sentence gives the reader an easy-to-see break between sentences.

Computers, and word processors, are much smarter creatures.

The characters used in computer fonts are spaced proportionally. Therefore, words look more “joined together” and the space in between is more defined. And individual sentences are easier on the eyes to tell apart. Thus, the extra space is not needed.

There are still a few fonts available that have monospacing, such as Courier and Lucida Console. Here is an example which illustrates the difference between a monospaced font (Courier) and a proportional font (Arial).

Web Marketing Therapy One Space After a Period

Not entirely convinced to drop the extra space? Read this:

If you continue to use that pesky extra space, you are aging yourself!

Whether you are writing website copy, a business proposal, a resume or CV, a blog post, or your profile on a dating app, using that double space will mark you as middle-aged. Let’s put it this way, I was the last class in high school to learn to type on an actual IBM typewriter (that was waaaay back in 1989) where the double spacing was drilled into my typing repertoire. The class after me and beyond used computers (and no double spaces). So anyone who uses the double space is someone who learned on a typewriter ages ago! If you are trying to maintain a certain “arbitrary” age in this youth-oriented world, that double space will “out” you faster than it takes for your Botox to set in!

The bottomline: One space after a period is a simple way to update your writing and maintain your youthful reputation. 😉 

Kelly Kohen
Easy Social Media Content – December National Days

Ah, December! The month that is filled with holiday cheer, Santa, bells ringing, Christmas music (that started before Thanksgiving-seriously?!?) and the end of year celebrations. Although some might think of those things during December, there are quite a few lesser known December days you can celebrate as well! These make great content for social media engagement.

Say goodbye to the Twelve Days of Christmas and Hello to some other fun and random celebrations!

December 1

AIDS Awareness Day

Eat a Red Apple Day

Faux Fur Friday

December 2

First Sunday of Advent

National Fritters Day

Mutt Day

December 3

National Roof Over Your Head Day

December 4

Santa’s List Day

Wear Brown Shoes Day

Sock Day

Cookie Day

December 5

Bathtub Party Day

Repeal Day—the 21st Amendment ends Prohibition

Ninja Day

December 6

St. Nicholas Day

Mitten Tree Day

Put On Your Own Shoes Day

Miners’ Day

December 7

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

International Civil Aviation Day

Letter Writing Day

National Cotton Candy Day

December 8

National Brownie Day

December 9

Christmas Card Day

National Pastry Day

December 10

Human Rights Day

Nobel Prize Day

December 11

National Noodle Ring Day

International Mountain Day

December 12

Hanukkah begins at sundown

Poinsettia Day

Gingerbread House Day

December 13

Violin Day

National Cocoa Day

National Day of the Horse

December 14

National Bouillabaisse Day

Monkey Day

December 15

Bill of Rights Day

National Lemon Cupcake Day

Cat Herders Day

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Underdog Day

December 16

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 17

Wright Brothers Day

National Maple Syrup Day

December 18

Bake Cookies Day

December 19

National Hard Candy Day

National Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 20

National Sangria Day

Go Caroling Day

December 21

Winter Solstice

First Day of Winter

Humbug Day

National Flashlight Day

Look on the Bright Side Day

 December 22

National Date Nut Bread Day

December 23

National Pfeffernüsse Day

Festivus

Roots Day

December 24

Christmas Eve

National Chocolate Day

National Eggnog Day

December 25

Christmas

National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26

National Candy Cane Day

Boxing Day

Thank You Note Day

National Whiners Day

December 27

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

National Fruitcake Day

December 28

Card Playing Day

National Chocolate Candy Day

December 29

Pepper Pot Day

Tick Tock Day

No Interruptions Day

December 30

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Bacon Day

December 31

New Year’s Eve

Unlucky Day

National Champagne Day

Which days are on brand with your business or in line with your clients and customers? Pick days that help you connect with others through social media and then share them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn. National Days are a fun and easy way to create content easily.

Simple graphics are eye candy for your social media platforms! Have fun creating colorful graphics through simple and free tools such as Canva.com and pick royalty free images from Pixabay or Unsplash.

Happy Holidays!

Easy Social Media Content – October National Days

Do you struggle with creating social media content on a regular basis?

You aren’t alone, which is why we are here to help! October is right around the corner and the national days are plentiful next month! Don’t miss out on opportunities to connect with other like-minded fans through your branded social media content celebrating the following days!

October 1st
Fire Pup Day
National Homemade Cookies Day

October 2nd

National Consignment Day – First Monday in October*
National Custodial Workers Recognition Day
National Name Your Car Day
National Fried Scallops Day
National Child Health Day – First Monday in October

October 3rd
National Techies Day
National Boyfriend Day

October 4th
National Taco Day
National Golf Lover’s Day
National Vodka Day
National Walk to School Day – First Wednesday in October
National Pumpkin Seed Day – First Wednesday in October

October 5th
National Get Funky Day *
National Rhode Island Day
National Do Something Nice Day
National Apple Betty Day

October 6th
National Mad Hatter Day
National German-American Day
National Noodle Day
National Manufacturing Day – First Friday in October

October 7th
National LED Light Day *
National Frappe Day
National Inner Beauty Day*

October 8th
National Fluffernutter Day
National Pierogi Day
American Touch Tag Day
Clergy Appreciation Day(or Pastor Appreciation Day or Ministry Appreciation Day)(No official sponsor) – Second Sunday in October

October 9th
National Leif Erikson Day
National Pro-Life Cupcake Day
National Moldy Cheese Day
National Chess Day
National Online Bank Day* – Second Monday in October
National Kick Butt Day – Second Monday in October
Native American Day – Second Monday in October
Columbus Day  – Second Monday in October

October 10th
National Angel Food Cake Day
National Cake Decorating Day
National Handbag Day

October 11th
National Sausage Pizza Day
National Coming Out Day
General Pulaski Memorial Day
National Fossil Day – On Wednesday of Second Full Week in October
National Emergency Nurse’s Day – Second Wednesday in October
National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day – Second Wednesday in October
National Stop Bullying Day – Second Wednesday in October
National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day – Changes Annually (Tentative 2017 date)

October 12th
National Savings Day *
National Vermont Day
National Freethought Day
National Farmer’s Day
National Gumbo Day

October 13th
National Train Your Brain Day
National Yorkshire Pudding Day
Navy Birthday
National No Bra Day

October 14th
National Dessert Day
Be Bald and Be Free Day
National Costume Swap Day – Second Saturday in October
National Motorcycle Ride Day* – Second Saturday in October

October 15th
National Aesthetician Day*
National Cheese Curd Day
National I Love Lucy Day
National Grouch Day
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
National White Cane Safety Day

October 16th
National Liqueur Day
National Dictionary Day
National Feral Cat Day
Department Store Day
Boss’s Day (or National Boss’s Day) – Annually Oct. 16 unless it falls on a weekend. Then it’s the closest workday.
National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day – Third Monday in October

October 17th
National  Edge Day
National Mulligan Day
National Pasta Day
Black Poetry Day
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity – Third Tuesday in October
National Pharmacy Technician Day – Third Tuesday in October

October 18th
National Chocolate Cupcake Day
National No Beard Day
BRA Day USA – Third Wednesday in October
Hagfish Day – Third Wednesday in October
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce – Third Wednesday in October
Medical Assistants Recognition Day – On Wednesday of Third Full Week in October

October 19th
National Kentucky Day
National Seafood Bisque Day
National LGBT Center Awareness Day
National Get Smart About Credit Day – Third Thursday in October
Get to Know Your Customers Day – Third Thursday of Each Quarter (January, April, July, October)

October 20th
National Brandied Fruit Day
National Mammography Day – Third Friday in October

October 21st
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
National Reptile Awareness Day
National Sweetest Day – Third Saturday in October

October 22nd
National Nut Day
National Color Day
National Mother-in-Law Day – Fourth Sunday in October

October 23rd
National Boston Cream Pie Day
National Mole Day
National TV Talk Show Host Day (Johnny Carson’s birthday)
Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
iPod Day

October 24th
National Food Day
National Bologna Day
United Nations Day

October 25th
National Greasy Food Day
Sourest Day
Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day

October 26th
National Tennessee Day
National Day of the Deployed
National Mule Day
National Pumpkin Day
National Mincemeat Day

October 27th
National American Beer Day
Navy Day
National Black Cat Day
National Pharmacy Buyer Day – Friday of Last Full Week in October
National Frankenstein Friday – Last Friday in October
National Breadstick Day – Last Friday in October

October 28th
National Chocolate Day
National Make A Difference Day – Fourth Saturday in October

October 29th
National Cat Day
National Oatmeal Day
National Hermit Day

October 30th
National Speak Up For Service Day
National Publicist Day
National Candy Corn Day

October 31st
National Caramel Apple Day
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
National Magic Day
Girl Scout Founder’s Day
Halloween

WOW-there are a LOT of days there! Which ones will you be celebrating? My favorite ones tend to be the food days! I love any excuse to enjoy my favorite foods! Although I’m pretty sure I don’t need to celebrate Moldy Cheese Day on October 9th. YUCK!

Another way to maximize the exposure that National Days can provide is through creating new ways that your business can celebrate special days. For instance, October 28th is Make a Difference Day. I love the idea of making a difference, big or small! This is your chance to get creative in how you celebrate and how you connect with clients.

Lorrie has often said that marketing is the act of building awareness, connecting, communicating, serving, supporting…all to make sales. National Days are an easy way to make your marketing count!

Lorrie Thomas
The Sum of Business Success – Ops, Admin and Marketing

If you want to succeed in business, you have to respect that marketing is part of the success equation, not an optional additive. Respect the sum of business success:
Equation for Success

  1. Operations. Whether you sell a product or service, you have to deliver. Operations is the making, delivering, etc of what you sell.
  2. Administration. Ah, the unsexy but necessary part of a business. It is critical to collect money honey, pay vendors, employees, insurance, etc.
  3. Marketing. Connecting, conversing, educating, getting attention, addressing client concerns, sharing news, etc.

It’s funny because I rarely hear a client say “Oh, I just am not feeling inspired to pay my bills.” or “I’m just not good at delivering the ___ I sold.” But you hear excuses about why marketing isn’t happening ALL THE TIME! If you look at your business holistically (meaning all parts are connected) you will be leaps ahead of your competition. Marketing is part of the business equation, not an option. I’ve blogged before about how Marketing Does Not Have An On/Off Switch. There is a misconception that marketing is more of a “nice to have” versus a “need to have”. But that isn’t true! Marketing MUST be a constant in your business if you want to succeed.

Here are some key points to remember when integrating marketing into your business:

Marketing is not advertising
The true meaning of marketing is maximizing exchanges (connections, communications, relationships). Marketing includes building awareness, communicating, connecting, serving and selling. Marketing includes everything from the way you write your emails to how you communicate with customers, to how you manage your personal brand. Marketing is essential in forming bonds with clients (current, past and prospective). Stop thinking of marketing as a chore and start seeing marketing as a healthy way to brand, build and boost business!

Marketing is a constant
You don’t take breaks from breathing do you? Well, don’t cut off the air supply to your business by pausing marketing! Regular updating on your blog, website, social media accounts and newsletter shows that your business is playing to win. Beyond that, marketing principles should be implemented throughout your daily routine such as how you communicate with clients and build your business.

Marketing requires effort
If you have marketing help with an in-house marketing team or use a third-party vendor, you have to collaborate with them! They can’t read your mind so reach out and find out what ways you can boost your marketing efforts. Better communication will lead to solid and healthy marketing that reflects your brand.

Stop Stressing!
Sometimes getting over your marketing fears is as simple as rethinking how you approach marketing. When I ask clients “what do you want to help your target audience understand?” the answers flow. Once the message is clear, then how to get the word out is easy. Sometimes it means going back to the website and making changes, sometimes it means adding pages, sometimes it means buying ads.

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Stop treating marketing like a toy. It is a critical tool that you need to succeed!

Here’s to happy, healthy marketing!
Virtual marketing hugs,
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Kelly Kohen
Try Talk Therapy to Get Marketing Messaging Clarity

One of the very first conferences I attended when I started working for Web Marketing Therapy required everyone in the room to stand up and sum up their business in one or two sentences. I personally fumbled around for a bit (public speaking was not my strength back then) and I quickly learned that I needed help succinctly explaining what we do! I wasn’t alone – many business owners have a difficult time doing this, but it’s something you have to overcome!

It is so important to be able to quickly tell someone the value of what you do.

It’s been over 8 yeaquestion-mark-1026527_1920rs since that conference, but that moment is still a very vivid memory for me.

In working with new clients, we always have a launch call to start new project. During the call, we listen to our new client and gain a better understanding of their goals, how we can best support them and then advise the best way to get there.

During a recent launch call with a new business owner,  they shared that they were having a difficult time coming up with a way to summarize their services. She was very clear on who she was, what she does and whom she serves, but was having a difficult time clearly explaining the VALUE of what she does. Within the first 10 minutes of the call, after listening to our client speak passionately about her services, Lorrie, aka The Marketing Therapist and WMT’s CEO, politely interrupted and summed up her business with only four words.

She was able to clearly state the VALUE that our client was providing, and those four words became our client’s tagline.

It’s often hard to see your value when you are in the trenches of your business – asking for help is a small step that can make the BIGGEST difference! It’s talk therapy….for marketing!

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We wrote a post about this very phenomenon and the importance of talk therapy.

If you are suffering from a professional identity crisis, take the time to talk to friends, clients, family or employees and find out what they think you do. You might be surprised when you hear the answer!

Understand and communicate your value! Your goal is to clearly state who you are, what you do, whom you serve and the value of what you do in a few sentences. Once you gain that clarity, it’s easier to have confidence in what you do!

Ask for help with your marketing communications.

Ask for help with your marketing communications.

And if you need support, contact us for a virtual marketing therapy session. We’d love to help!

Lorrie Thomas
Fear-Based Digital Marketing Sales Emails

Have you ever received an email from a digital marketing company or consultant saying that your website isn’t performing well, or your site isn’t found in search engines or you “have to” redo your website…….or else?

When companies try to sell their digital marketing services by using fear-based email messages, I want to reach my hand through the computer screen and smack them.

Here is an example and what to do if you get a message like this to help spare you unnecessary marketing stress.

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I noticed that your website is not mobile-friendly which is hurting your visibility on Google. In April, Google began penalizing websites for not optimizing for mobile devices. Since then, businesses without mobile-friendly websites have lost significant search traffic.

The email example (from a real email a client forwarded me) goes on to insist that without a new website, the client’s visibility is doomed then leads into a free call. These types of email serve to alarm you into taking action…prompting you to call or book a time to talk online.

It is healthy to have ongoing marketing discussions and always great to look at ways to optimize your digital marketing efforts, but never, ever start a conversation in a state of stress. Here is the debrief on messages like the example above.

As this email above said, Google unleashed a new search algorithm (that was often called “Moblegeddon” as it threatened to wipe out websites from the search engines, favoring websites built on newer responsive platforms). Read more about that here. Newer websites that are built to be mobile-friendly will earn search favoritism, but it doesn’t mean that you your non-mobile friendly site isn’t being listed and found. Always do an internet search to see if your site is being found.

There is a lot you can do to make sure your site is being searched if you don’t want to (or can’t afford to) overhaul your website to be fully mobile friendly, which sales email examples like the one above propose. Ongoing search marketing efforts like blogging are a good way to keep your ongoing search marketing on point.

Search ranking is based on a number of factors, mainly architecture, content and linking. The architecture is the coding of the site and can include factors like if it is responsive (meaning it adapts to a tablet and mobile device automatically) as well as your meta data code. If your blog is extremely search friendly and content is regularly posted, it creates a good foundation. Content is king with search – the more content you publish (blog posts, etc) the better. Search engines have robots that read and index websites, the more “food” you feed these bots, the better. Linking is also a big factor – links within page content and other sites linking to you are important.

When Google changed their search algorhythm, many of our clients invested in redesigning their websites as they wanted these new mobile-friendly responsive sites so users had the best mobile experience. But many did not want to spend the money and have been FINE. There is no wrong or right approach and there are tons of benefits to building responsive sites, I always want to make sure folks make their marketing decisions based on understanding their options…not based on a knee-jerk reaction from a scare-tactic sales email.

If you do decide to reach out to companies following one of their emails, be sure to take a close look at what they are selling.  Some companies have very oppressive contracts. Also be leery of sales pitches that say they can redo your website with a very quick turnaround….quick doesn’t always mean good…

Healthy marketing is important. Keeping a close eye on ways you can improve your online presence is always a good practice, but don’t fall victim to alarmist emails. Set your path and readjust as necessary, based on your own experiences and research, or reach out to a reputable firm who is willing to talk with you and educate you on ways you can improve your online presence.

It’s always best to make decisions based on options…never let digital marketing people stress you out. If they do that from the get-go, the relationship is off to a bad start…

 

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