ASH AMBIRGE

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Marketing Is Fucking Weird, Isn’t It?

In: Online Marketing

Marketing is fucking weird, isn’t it?

Everyone’s really anxious about it all the time, and it makes lots of people go into hiding and never, ever, ever want to come out. (I think they imagine others looking at them and pointing and growling, “Youuuu dirty rotten slimmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.)

But I gotta say: marketing gets really easy when you believe in your work. And when you’re proud of what you’re doing. And when you actually like your work. (Like my forthcoming book, I cannot WAIT to talk about that shit. But ask me to talk about the mating habits of bees, and I’m just not going to be enthusiastic, alright?)

I think sometimes people hate marketing, not because they hate marketing, but because they actually feel like frauds.

They’re “faking it until they make it,” because that’s what people tell you you’re suppose to do, except for one thing that’s really important in life, which is not feeling like a giant fake everywhere you go because it will come out in even so much as the smile in your photographs and then what? Of course you won’t feel comfortable selling something that you’re making up.

I’m not sure what this call to action is, because I don’t mean to be a shit head and make anyone feel bad about themselves, but I do think it’s worth considering that if you’re just doing it for the money, and not because you like it, or because you even believe in what you’re doing, then maybe we need to do some re-evaluating, here.

Why are we even bothering?
What is the use of doing something that you don’t want to be doing for the next six years?
Are you really sure you actually LIKE your work?

Because, man, if you don’t even want to talk about what you do, why would anyone want to buy it from you?

Jun 11

2014

The Devil Isn’t In The Details. Your Next Dollar Is.

Jun 11, 2014

I was seated in the exit row. And when you’re seated in the exit row, you’re obligated to at least pretend to pay attention to the flight safety video, as 300 other people glance over at you and think, “Great. So that’s the dingle berry in charge of our lives.” I didn’t want to watch […]

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Aug 22

2017

Don’t Sell a Product—Sell a Person Their Identity

Aug 22, 2017

It’s been a while since I read the New York Times Insider subscription that I’ve been paying for since 2015. It’s $45 dollars month, so from time-to-time, I think to myself: Meh, guess I should cancel it. You know, to be a financially responsible person and all. (I’ve heard those are some good eggs, those […]

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Jan 27

2015

You Can’t Sell Tickets to The Titanic if You’re Marketing it as a Rowboat

Jan 27, 2015

Like it or not, people do judge a book by its cover. And that cover happens to include the words on the front. There’s a palpable difference between the words, “hire me” versus “engagement fees.” There’s also a difference between “buy now” and “apply now.” (Even though those “apply now” snobs drive me insane.) And there’s a difference between, “Cost: […]

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Sep 9

2015

“But How The $&%* Do I EXPLAIN What I’m Selling?”

Sep 9, 2015

You know how when you go to talk about something you’re selling (a class, a product, an idea…) and you’re all, “BUT HOW DO I EXPLAIN THAT?” (Cue brainstorm hangover.) Things are always so much easier to understand in your head, aren’t they? After all, YOU know what you’re selling. YOU know how great it […]

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May 13

2011

The Definitive, Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Off Your Butt, Finding Some Focus, And Jump-Starting Your Biz…So You Can Stop Feeling Like an Procrastinating Asshole (And Start Making Some Cashola)

May 13, 2011

Sometimes I make bad decisions. The time I decided to consume alcohol while on a date while ON CRUTCHES  was one of those times. (Thanks for not even trying to catch me as my metal crutches went flying, Bob, you scumbag.)– But then there are other times, when my decision-making skills operate at peak performance. […]

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Sep 14

2017

A Quick Piece of (Marketing) Advice for Every Broke, Newbie Entrepreneur Who Doesn’t Have Two Cents to Rub Together (YET…)

Sep 14, 2017

A question I get a lot is: what a limited marketing budget, what’s the one thing you’d do? And my answer is this: I would talk. I would talk about it everywhere, in front of whoever will listen. The medium doesn’t matter—the fact that you’re out there talking does. Instagram videos. Twitter streams. Podcasts. Webinars. YouTube. […]

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Mar 30

2011

Making Money As an Act of Philanthrophy

Mar 30, 2011

Because quotes are sexy. And so is money that feels good to make. BE SOMEBODY. “You want to be rich in order that you may eat, drink, and be merry when it is time to do these things; in order that you may surround yourself with beautiful things, see distant lands, feed your mind, and […]

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Jan 18

2013

Butt Paste–And How It’ll Help You Market Yourself Better.

Jan 18, 2013

Last night, I bought three tubes of something called Butt Paste.  You’re probably thinking the same thing that the 19 year old male cashier was. Try making that transaction with a straight face. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, after all. And this girl is headed to The Bahamas tomorrow with […]

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I'm a Bad Influence on Women

Hey, I’m Ash! Twenty years ago I was a small town girl growing up in a trailer park in rural Pennsylvania. Fifteen years ago, I lost my family and everything I knew right as I became the first to graduate college. Fourteen years ago, I found myself leaving everything behind for a new life in the city where I could be “normal.” Ten years ago I realized normal was the most disappointing thing that ever happened to me. Nine years ago I quit my job in advertising and pursued my dreams as a creative writer. Eight years ago, I built a 6-figure business doing what I love using nothing more than the Internet and my voice. And now, today, I’m the founder of The Middle Finger Project, an irreverent media co. that helps other women find their voice and teaches them to use it to build whatever the f*ck they want to. With a book coming out with Penguin Random House in February 2020 (YASSS, WE’RE A PRODUCT IN TARGET!) I’m proud to be a bad influence on women and guide them into doing something disobediently brave with their life and their career.

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