The Extraordinary Value of Sharing and Being a Connector


Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is the Founder, Publisher, and CEO of She left her role as an executive at Ralph Lauren to launch the Momtrends blog in 2007.

Momtrends has grown massively since then and is now a boutique media brand, which provides moms with the latest news on all things trendy and cool. It has an ever-growing mom community with more than 150,000 visitors to the site and its social media channels each month.

On top of this (and with the help of her team), she has created a successful events business that connects top-tier brands with influential bloggers, and she has hosted nearly 100 events so far.

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Why a Hot Seat Is Shockingly Good for Business

How a professional group helps grow your business

Back in 2004, the heat was on for me and my little marketing and design studio.

In those days, I was a single mom with a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old, and I desperately needed my business to produce.

And by that, I mean produce profit. I needed money, honey — to support my family, run my household, and build my business.

I knew it was time to ramp up my efforts. My business was successful, but it was time to take it to another level.

Around that time, I started hearing about mastermind groups.

And now, when I look back, I recognize that joining a mastermind group profoundly changed my business for the better, especially because of one specific exercise these groups do.

That’s what I’m going to share today. Because earlier this month, we began doing something similar inside one of our communities at Rainmaker Digital.

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How Joe Berkowitz (Journalist and Fast Company Editor) Writes: Part One


Author and Fast Company Editor Joe Berkowitz stopped by The Writer Files this week. His latest, a humor book titled You Blew It!: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways in Which You’ve Already Ruined Your Life, lands this October. He took a break from his busy schedule to rap with host Kelton Reid about how he survives the harried life of a big city journalist.

In addition to his work for Fast Company, Joe’s writing has been featured in The Awl, Salon, The Village Voice, Vulture,,, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many others.

For a writer who works on breakneck deadlines, and almost never gets a break from the writing life, he has some pretty solid advice for keeping the cursor moving.

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3 Practical Content Conversion Tactics That Actually Work Today (and Where You Can Find Even More)


Ever wondered if those content tips you read a few years back are still relevant today? Hit Publish host Amy Harrison has just returned from a conference of conversion experts who spilled the beans on what tactics are working right this minute. And she wants to share them with you …

Last week, Amy was part of a copywriting panel at the Call to Action Conference in Vancouver. The two-day event was packed with practical, actionable tactics from conversion experts all around the world.

These are the people who know what to do to your landing page, in terms of design and content, to make people want to take action.

Amy has picked her top three takeaways that she thinks you, as a Hit Publish listener, will love, but she’s also linking to more resources on Rainmaker.FM to help you boost those conversion rates.

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The Easiest Way to Know if Your Project Has Failed


Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a speaker, advisor, entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of multiple books, such as Engagement from Scratch! and The Audience Revolution.

He is the founder of Firepole Marketing and Productive Inbox, and the host of the Business Reimagined podcast. He is also the creator of training programs, such as Audience Business Master Class and Course Builders Laboratory, which have collectively trained more than 3,000 online entrepreneurs.

In just a few years, Firepole Marketing hit seven figures in revenue and a worldwide team of 20 people, who support a community of more than 40,000 entrepreneurs.

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Finding the Balance Between Pragmatism and Your Ideals


If you feel like you need to choose between idealism and getting your bills paid, look again.

If you’re getting along financially but compromising your own beliefs, you’re going to make yourself sick and miserable. But if you’re leading some kind of “pure” life but suffering a lot of financial stress, that’s not the key to a great life either.

Somewhere, there’s going to be a path that brings those two together, and that will get you where you want to go.

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Building a Trustworthy Brand in the Digital Business Environment


In today’s episode of the Search & Social Podcast (formerly Search & Deploy), host Loren Baker discusses social media and content with none other than Chris Brogan.

Chris and Loren dive into the importance of trust and relationship building in digital business as well as traditional relationships.

They also discuss the importance of content ownership, personal branding, the shelf life of social media, and how businesses can implement storytelling to break through the noise online.

Last but not least, they go over the specific things they’ve learned over the years from speaking, lifestyle choices, and also launching different digital businesses.

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10 Ways Specificity Helps You Build a Profitable Audience

why you should sweat the details

If you’re building a business through content marketing, you’ve probably noticed that the attention span of your audience is shrinking by the second.

We’re all on the verge of an attention meltdown.

This can be a huge hurdle if you’re trying to effectively engage your audience and get your products or services in front of them.

That means you have to use every writing tool you can to gain and keep audience attention.

Believe it or not, a return to solid writing fundamentals — and more specifically, specificity — can get you out ahead of the competition without having to strap dynamite to yourself to get noticed.

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Why Originality Is King, and Why Every Online Business Owner Needs to Embrace It More


Youpreneur.FM host Chris Ducker delves into what it takes to be truly original in online business, why it’s important, and why you don’t need to cut corners in order to create new content.

We are back with another solo show on Youpreneur.FM!

Originality is something many of us have lost touch with, especially in the online world. We’ve forgotten how to set ourselves apart from the crowd, and many have simply ripped off other people’s ideas and content as their own.

On today’s episode, Chris maps out the five reasons why he believes originality is king in today’s online marketplace, why each reason is important, and how you can implement them in your business for greater success.

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The Entrepreneur’s Path to Building a Real Business


Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a marketing expert, entrepreneur, and bass player.

He is the Creative Director of Kinectiv, a marketing firm that focuses on developing business identities and providing customers with a great experience via websites, graphic design, and social media.

He’s been described as the “brains” behind this operation, as he develops strategies and marketing campaigns to ensure the success of Kinectiv’s clients.

He is also the owner of Commonwealth on Queen, a farm to fork cafeŽ.

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