Writing. Consulting. Branding. You.

When I was very young my mother asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told her I wanted to be a drummer and a saxophone player. And while I did eventually pursue those, later I came to realize that there were other things in life that mattered more.

Like making a difference.

Like impacting the life of another.

I write to communicate to others. I find it to be one of the purest connections that can be made between people. Whether it's prose or lyrics, writing cuts through the thick mechanisms of socially-prescribed banality and truly reaches another's soul.

This website is devoted to my artistic and written works. It is my byline. It's sort of my home as a writer on the web.

Thanks for visiting.

Best,
Matt Hanses

Beautiful Night, Magical Life

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“Drums!” she said in broken two-year-old English. “Drums on the hill!” She looked way up the hill, past the fountain and multiple of sets of stairs, to the pavilion far at the top. From the heights, the warm sound of conga drums wafted down to us and lightly made itself known. Curious. Why would there be drums on a Sunday night, here in the middle of Forest Park? Beyond the ever-changing lights of the fountain, two friends walked and took pictures in the dark. The summer air was now Continue Reading

5 Steps to Marketing That Resonates With Your Prospects

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This is an excerpt from one of my articles published on Entrepreneur.com. You can read the original here. From a marketing standpoint, the internet is a hurricane of competing messages, publicity stunts and celebrity endorsements shouting at everyone who logs on. Really, it’s a problem of “tuning out.” There are so many messages out there that the only way people can cope is by tuning out all the sales chatter. The people you're trying to reach are lumping you in with all the other marketing Continue Reading

Successful Marketing: What’s The Real Bottom Line?

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This post is the last installment of seven-part series called “The Fundamentals of Internet Marketing.” To read earlier posts, visit Part 1: Introduction, Part 2: Definitions, Part 3: Strategy, Part 4: The Tools, Part 5: The Skills or Part 6: Communicate! At the end of the day marketing is about making sales. In the words of advertising genius David Ogilvy, “If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.”  So true. Marketing is about leads. It's about sales. It's about closing. To get serious Continue Reading

Published on Entrepreneur.com

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  It's a trip to scroll through a Twitter feed and see 250 different people talking about an article you wrote--people you've never met from all over the world. There's just something really cool about that. I actually didn't know that Entrepreneur.com had published my article. I found out through Twitter. Someone I didn't know mentioned me and quoted something I'd said. I thought that was odd and checked to see if my article had already been published. Turns out that, not Continue Reading

The Obvious Secret of Marketing: Communicate!

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This post is the sixth section of seven-part series called “The Fundamentals of Internet Marketing.” To read the earlier posts, see Part 1: Introduction, Part 2: Definitions, Part 3: Strategy, Part 4: The Tools or Part 5: The Skills. Marketing is simple. It can seem mysterious and highly technical: Gurus talk a blue streak about the techniques they use. People scream from the rooftops about how you’re doing it wrong. Books upon books and blogs upon blogs make it seem like an immense Continue Reading