• Clients & Customers,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing

    Costco’s Secrets to Soulful and Authentic Marketing Success

    This Week’s Soulful Marketing eNewsletter Highlights: Core Article: Costco’s Secrets to Soulful And Authentic Marketing Success Cool Stuff: You can now create your own digital bookshelf… AI Info & Resources: If you’re frustrated with finding writing ideas – this tool will help.(The best part is that it’s free.) Have you ever driven to Costco, and as soon as you get into the parking lot, depending upon the time of day you arrive, it can be swarming with tons of cars and not a whole lot of parking? Then once you park, you have to snag a cart and flash your member card to get inside. The place is massive, shelves stacked with every…

  • Soulful Marketing Blog - RIchard Branson
    Clients & Customers,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  Motivation,  Questions,  Taking risks

     Behind the Scenes With Richard Branson

    This Week’s Highlights: Core Article:   Behind the Scenes With Richard Branson—From Record Shops to Outer Space Cool Stuff: Scrolling social media for those delicious food recipes? These award-winning photos are mouthwatering AI Info & Resources: It’s May! Time to uplevel your productivity? 🙂   Behind the Scenes With Richard Branson—From Record Shops to Outer Space After I got back from our trip to the UK last month, I recovered from some bug I had caught and was flipping through some documentaries on HBO Max. That’s when I saw one about Richard Brandson. (It’s also on Prime and Apple TV.) I’ve always admired him, and in fact, a little side note—I met…

  • amplify your messages across multiple mediums.
    Clients & Customers,  copywriting,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  Media,  Motivation,  Taking risks

    Mamma Mia, Here I Go Again… My My…

    This Week’s Highlights: Core Article:  From Vinyl to Viral: How to Multiply Your Messages Across Mediums Cool Stuff: Which Tarot Card Are you Professionally (Hmm, this site analyzes your LinkedIn Profile. 🙂 AI Info & Resources: Want a More Effective Social Media Strategy? Check out this AI Inspired Strategy. From Vinyl to Viral: How to Multiply Your Messages Across Mediums My My, here’s another amazing strategy blog inspired by ABBA! “Knowing me, knowing you, there’s nothing that we can’t do!” 😉 Thanks for all the comments and feedback from my ABBA email two weeks ago. There are so many more terrific content strategies from ABBA that I simply had to…

  • Soulful Marketing
    Clients & Customers,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  Media

    What do Snails, The Grateful Dead & Cassette Tapes all have in common?

    This Week’s Highlights: Core Article: What do Snails, The Grateful Dead & Cassette Tapes all have in common? Cool Stuff: Time Travel Enthusiasts – this is kind of cool AI Info & Resources: I might be giving this a whirl on this eNewsletter…hmm What do Snails, The Grateful Dead & Cassette Tapes all have in common? Do you have a morning routine? After journaling, coffee, and meditation, my highlight is walking the dog. There’s just something about being outside early in the morning in the spring when it’s still cool and crisp, and everyone else is sleeping… As Emma and I were doing our spin around the neighborhood, we came…

  • Ripple Affect from Soulful Marketing
    AI - ChatGPT,  Attitude,  Clients & Customers,  Coaching,  Communication,  copywriting,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing

    The Ripple Affect

    Have you ever had a seemingly small interaction that simply left an impact on you? A few weeks ago, at the United Club in the San Francisco airport, I ran into the chef who creates the recipes for the club’s food.  Despite being in a hurry, I took a moment to share with him how much I liked their new breakfast spread of cold-soaked oatmeal with fresh fruit and other healthier alternatives. His face lit up, and we had this wonderful connection over a shared love of cold-soaked oatmeal. Then he shared his favorite cold oatmeal recipes (if I wanted to try them at home) and how he likes to…

  • Breaking through barriers
    Attitude,  Challenges,  Clients & Customers,  Coaching,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing

    Chipping Away Your Barriers to Success

    This Week’s Highlights: Core Article: Chipping Away Your Barriers to Success   Cool Stuff: How does the world’s largest cruise ship feed 10k people? AI Info & Resources: What the Media Gets Wrong About AI Chipping Away Your Barriers to Success   What if you were taking a class I offered and were going to get a grade after you completed it? When I started the class, I announced that everyone started with A.  All you needed to do was complete the exercise and what was on the syllabus, and you’d get an A. What possibilities would it open up for you, knowing you got an A before you even started the…

  • Soulful marketing
    AI - ChatGPT,  Clients & Customers,  Communication,  copywriting,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing

    In a world of algorithms, hashtags, and followers…

    So many things have been swirling through my head since I got back from our trip to Jackson, WY.  Being away and realizing my age (as referenced after our snowmobile tour when I was so tired afterward that Alice and I barely made it through my birthday dinner!) has stirred a lot up from my past and things I’d forgotten…  After I got home, I spent the holiday weekend going through some of my old writing and photos in hopes of inspiring me to organize. What I found interesting was how many quotes I had collected over the years. And this was before personal computers, so I either wrote them…

  • Shannon McCaffery
    Attitude,  Challenges,  Clients & Customers,  Entrepreneurs,  Goals,  Mindset,  Motivation

    Aligning Your Work & Life with Your Deepest Values

    Let me tell you a quick story – (Adapted from Melody Beattie’s More Language of Letting Go.) Two monks were walking along the sidewalk during a heavy rainstorm. They came across a nicely dressed young woman stranded because she couldn’t cross the street without getting soaked.  One monk, without hesitation, picked her up and carried her over the puddles to the other side of the street. The other monk was furious that he did that. They have a vow of celibacy and not having contact with women. The monk who carried the woman replied: “I left that girl back on the corner. Are you still carrying her?”  At the heart…

  • Soulful Marketing
    Attitude,  Clients & Customers,  Coaching,  Communication,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing

    Authentic Curiosity & The Beginner’s Mind: Embracing A Soulful Marketing Approach

    I want to share with you something that’s more than just a concept. It’s a transformative approach in the marketing world – it’s about embracing authentic curiosity and the beginner’s mind, especially when it comes to Soulful Marketing.  This is about diving into what makes your marketing genuinely resonate and connect with your dream clients on a deeper level. Have you ever attended a workshop or event, and the speaker got up there and started talking about a topic, and your mind immediately shut down and didn’t pay attention to the rest of the presentation? This used to happen to me. The more experience I accrued in marketing, my mind…

  • conneting with clients on a deeper level
    Attitude,  Clients & Customers,  Communication,  copywriting,  Marketing

    Connecting with your dream clients on a deeper level…

    Early on in my career, I had no clue about writing direct response copy. I pretty much just winged it. (Yeah, I know… And I was a journalism major, so I did have some writing experience. 🙂 Then, later on, writing better, more impactful copy became one of my core goals, and I invested in several writing courses and mastermind groups over the years. I wanted to get really good at communicating and reaching my dream clients. If you do nothing else in your business except this, it will be time and money well spent. The main reason is that some core markets are becoming incredibly crowded with competition – you…

  • Attitude,  Clients & Customers,  Entrepreneurs,  Mindset,  Motivation

    Why did you start your business? (Or why are you working where you do?)

    When I first started my business back in 2006, it wasn’t because I wanted to go out on my own. I was incredibly scared and a bit freaked out. I spent all my life in corporate America. In fact, I had been laid off unexpectedly 2 years earlier and failed miserably as an entrepreneur. So I went back to corporate, and honestly, it was ok. Yet, I felt it in my bones, I was definitely not living my life purpose. There came a point when I was just kind of done with being an employee. So, when they laid me off in 2006, I knew I had to make a choice.…

  • Clients & Customers,  Marketing

    How picking the best strawberries could boost your business :-)

    Have you ever been shopping for fresh berries at the grocery store? The other day, while picking out some strawberries in the huge fruit section at Costco, I noticed the fascinating decision-making process of fellow berry enthusiasts. As I stood there, engrossed in the fruity frenzy, I couldn’t help but notice the thoughtful deliberation each person displayed. No one simply grabbed the first container they saw. It was like witnessing a secret ritual of strawberry selection. My Curiosity was piqued, and I began to think, “What criteria do these people use to determine which container is the perfect one that will go home with them?” After all, there’s more to it than just…

  • Clients & Customers,  Implementation,  Marketing

    Case Study – REI – How they use Soulful Marketing Principles

    I’m excited to dive into a more extensive case study with you. We’re going to explore some core principles of Soulful Marketing, and how it has created immense success into some well known niche brands. My hope is that it will spark some creative ideas on how you can weave these principles into your own business. Let’s take a look at one of my favorite stores/brands – REI. Alice and I have been to most of them in Northern CA and Oregon! We plan on camping later this year and had to stock up on some stuff. That’s why I decided they’d be a terrific case study. Before I share…

  • Clients & Customers

    Got A Question? Need Some Guidance?

    What I’ve learned over the many years in business working with clients is that they always come to me with something specific that they need help with. It’s usually something like – All of these issues above have one thing in common – They all need guidance on one project or one tactic. In my experience, I’ve found something very interesting when an entrepreneur comes to me for help with one thing — nine times out of ten; it’s not just the one thing they need help with. Or the one thing will entail lots of other things that need to be done… That’s why I always ask more questions on our…

  • Marketing Lessons I Learned from Nike
    Attitude,  Challenges,  Clients & Customers,  Communication,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  Prospects,  Questions

    Is your business like Nike? Lessons from an athletic shoe company

    Last week, I shared about how your business changes over the years and how that change will impact your dream clients/customers. My core message was to ensure you connect with your power dream clients/customers and interview or give them a survey so you can take into account their needs before you implement your changes. This week, I promised to share some interesting insights from Nike (and the athletic shoe industry) – focusing on sales from a unique perspective. And how these insights can help your business. My spouse, during her college years, supported herself by working part-time at Athlete’s Foot. She was one of their top salespeople. She knows running and athletic…