Digital Strategy Insights Marie Poulin

Reflections on Microconf 2016

business

I’ll admit, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up for Microconf. I didn’t know much about it other than the fact that several people I knew and respected online had called it a “must-attend” conference. Microconf calls itself The Conference for Self Funded Startups. It couldn’t have been more perfect. I’ve attended...

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Should you use pre-made themes or drag-and-drop builders?

design, process, productivity

Here’s my (potentially controversial) opinion on working with themes and builders. To paraphrase a great question I got from one of my Digital Strategy School students: “I see many people using drag and drop builders for clients who can’t quite afford a custom themed service. But I’ve had reservations. Basically, I’m a purist and all that bloat makes me not happy…plus...

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Transitioning from Web Designer to Digital Strategist

business, design, digital strategy

In this episode of Divi Nation I chat with Nathan B. Weller about my transition from Web Designer/Developer to Digital Strategy and why more people might want to make the switch. We also talk about re-branding, what makes outside consultation valuable, and common mistakes WordPress web designers and developers make with clients. You can read the full interview...

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Why should I hire you?

branding, business

A designer was asked this by a prospective client in a Skype meeting, and she froze like a deer in headlights. “There are lots of designers out there… why should I hire YOU specifically?” If a prospective client asked you this on a call, would you know what to say? If you know exactly what you’d say, feel free...

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Making Space for Big, Ambitious Ideas

business, productivity

Guest post at One Woman Shop as part of their Solopreneur Sanity Series   If you’re anything like me, you’re a busy business owner, and it often feels like there are never enough hours in the day to do everything you want to do. So how do you go about making space for big, ambitious ideas? How do you pay...

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2015 Year End Annual Review

behind the scenes, business, life

Every year in December I write a review of my year. They’re long, and they’re personal.  I take a look at the highs and lows, successes and failures, projects launched, and lessons learned. (You can read my 2014 and 2013 here). From last year’s intentions: 2015 will be the year of: connection, flow + ease. I spent so much of 2014 really focusing...

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New Dates for Digital Strategy School Mastermind

business, design, digital strategy

Digital Strategy School is a design business accelerator that helps designers transition into trusted advisors to their clients. We help designers run better businesses, position themselves more confidently in the market, and help them create their own strategic process. In this online mentorship program, you’ll learn how to run a thriving business as a digital strategist. I’ll show you a complete...

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10 Ways Designers Can Add More Value to Their Client Projects

business, design, digital strategy

As a digital strategist, I help my clients grow their businesses through the use of digital tools, only one of which happens to be their website. On the whole, I’m looking at how their website and related tools, systems, products, and workflow support the greater ecosystem of their business. If you’re a designer looking for new ways to bring more value...

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The Art of the Sales Process

business

(Or, how I ended up doubling my budget for my new hire.)   I can’t emphasize enough the power of first impressions with regards to “sales calls.” I almost cringe when I say “sales call,” because it feels a bit devoid of humanity, doesn’t it? In Digital Strategy School, I teach my students to paint the vision of their...

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How to Sell Like a Saint

business

“Marketing is simply, and literally, “bringing your products to market.” And sales is making the right offer to the right person. And yet, research shows that “selling” immediately brings to mind negative word associations. It’s as if the world hadn’t dramatically changed since the release of Glengarry, Glen Ross. But the world has changed, and it’s the prospect, not...

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Smooth out the feast or famine cycle

business

One of the biggest issues I’ve seen that consistently holds creative business owners back (and plenty of other businesses for that matter) is the Feast or Famine cycle. Most creatives have experienced the feast or famine cycle in some capacity or another: too many projects happening at once, or crickets chirping which makes us nervous, so we take on...

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Chatting about what it means to be a more strategic business owner

business, digital strategy, productivity

Check out our chat over at the Freelancers’ Show. We talk about managing projects, transitioning from freelancer to strategic business owner, and making tough decisions in your business....

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