Money & marketing Recipes

Bite-size ideas to take your money or your marketing from ugh to aha!

The #1 Tool I Use For My Passwords

The #1 Tool I Use For My Passwords

How many times do you hit the “forgot password” button when logging into one of your online systems? I’ve got the best solution. Of all the apps and software I use for my business, the one I can’t live without is this tech tool called Last Pass. I use this every...

How I Found $4500 on the Curb

How I Found $4500 on the Curb

Curbside pick-up and delivery is the must-do shopping experience for some of us at the moment. But have you considered how much money using an app for pickup is saving your family? Here’s how I found $4500+ over the last three years using Target pickup and how it...

VIDEO: Boost Your Credit Score (in 90 seconds)

VIDEO: Boost Your Credit Score (in 90 seconds)

Thinking about refinancing your home or auto loan while you wait out COVID-19? Interest rates are back at an all-time historic low…a silver lining for borrowers in the ugly COVID cloud. One of the most important steps to refinancing (pregaming, if you will), is making...

VIDEO: Stitch Fix for Savings

VIDEO: Stitch Fix for Savings

My favorite SmartCookie money hack? Spend it! Wait…what? How many of you have clothes in your closet that still have the tags on them? Or clothes that you wore even though they weren’t flattering, just because it was easier to just keep them than to make a return. Add...

29 New Tools for Small, Busy Teams

29 New Tools for Small, Busy Teams

I have a hard time sitting still. My to-do list never seems to be a ta-da-done list. This means I'm forever testing tools, apps, and resources that help me do everything – faster. And for good reason. I love what I do. I want to do more of it. Here are 29 tools that...

4 Secrets To Smarter Social Media Posts

4 Secrets To Smarter Social Media Posts

Last week, my client handed me a deposit for her new website and branding strategy. And as we sat down to lunch, she asked me, "do you feel my current marketing is all over the place?" Wincing inside, I said, "I do. But in a few short weeks, you'll have a handle on...

How One Introduction Can Make You More Dough

How One Introduction Can Make You More Dough

Remember, bread? Remember, breadmakers? It was the mid-90’s when they shot to popularity. I remember when a friend’s mom got hers. While I don’t remember eating a slice, I did learn how and when to introduce a product. If you’re looking to improve your bottom line and...

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(Here’s my bio. It’s written in 3rd person – because that’s how all the cool kids write them.)

Meet Nicole Schmied, digital marketer, podcaster, and four-time entrepreneur. For almost two decades, Nicole has provided web, email, social media marketing, & event strategies for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and small businesses. She’s a FRIENDS sitcom fan and she’s even moonlighted as a marketing professor with a private university. Founder of SmartCookie Media and co-founder of Events That Don’t Suck, she approaches business with humor, persuasiveness, and an eagle eye on profitability. 

Raised by a single dad running his own business, Nicole found herself playing office manager, soaking up marketing lessons, (and getting countless paper cuts.) She realized her biggest job was to help dad navigate marketing and new technologies. Years later, she figured if she could help her not-so-techy dad in the 80’s, then helping you, a user of Facebook and a smartphone will feel easy breezy.

Don’t let her fool you, Nicole’s not limited to marketing and quotable 90’s sitcoms; she was the accidental, first place winner at a Lake County Fair Tractor Pull at age 9. (And to her knowledge she remains the only accidental winner since.)

When you can find her sitting still (almost never), she’s found listening to a Crime Junkie podcast while folding a mountain of kiddo laundry or she’s with husband, Kyle and their two boys, Luke (5yrs) and Will (1yr) attempting a new house project.