Social Media Marketing

Top Apps for Small Business Marketing (Infographic)

For small business owners with a smart phone, managing your company’s marketing efforts is now easier than ever. This infographic, submitted by Justin Green of M2 On Hold, provides a list of the best apps for project management, social media management, project collaboration, file sharing, and keeping up with digital developments. … [Read more...]

8 Local Marketing Trends That Can Boost Profitability

Are you taking advantage of all that local marketing has to offer? Amazon Local Services (ALS) is a relatively new and simple way for customers to buy services from local providers, like carpenters, auto mechanics, and electricians. ALS’s rollout last year is prompting other technology providers to consider doing something similar. The introduction of more ALS-types services … [Read more...]

For Fledgling Businesses, the Best Things Are Not Free

The best things in life may be free, but the same cannot be said for business. All businesses, no matter the size, are conscious of the need to keep costs low and revenue high. But there are times when money well spent becomes an investment in the vitality and longevity of your business, and money withheld can spell disaster. For a startup or a fledgling small business, … [Read more...]

Crowdfunding Can’t Exist in a Vacuum

Small businesses and entrepreneurs can gain exposure and financing with crowdfunding, but even the most powerful tools do not work like magic. For a crowdfunding campaign to be successful, it must be supported by a solid marketing and communications strategy. Prospective funders need to be able to access information about who you are, what you do, why they should trust you and … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Build Your Email List Using Content and Calls to Action

Mailing lists are an asset to business owners across industries. Whether you use your email list to distribute a newsletter, introduce new products, offer sales and promotions, or maintain engagement and interest in your business, an email list is a valuable communications and marketing tool that extends beyond basic lead generation goals. One of the challenges many small … [Read more...]

How to Schedule Social Media

Once your business commits to maintaining a consistent social media presence, a key piece of the strategy for social media success is determining when to post what. Create a weekly social media schedule to prime the social media pump while promoting engagement and calls to action without creating excessive burdens for you and your staff. In addition to streamlining social media … [Read more...]

How to Keep Social Media from Feeling like a Vortex

One of the biggest challenges to consistent social media use, and by extension, social media success, is the perception that time spent on social media becomes time lost to distraction or to activity that cannot or does not support the real, practical goals of your business. This is a real fear, and a legitimate one. Social media is a difficult space to navigate. There is so … [Read more...]

The Power of Networking: 3 Effective Networking Options to Consider

There is an old adage in business that says “It’s not what you know, but who you know that matters most,” and there is a lot of truth to that. For instance, if it weren’t for my mom putting in a good word for me with her boss, I wouldn’t have gotten my first dish-washing job at the age of 13. This allowed me to prove my work ethic and eventually become a cook, the position that … [Read more...]

Why Share Content I Don’t Create?

Stop using social media to broadcast your own message; start creating connections Social media is never as easy at is seems.  And there is a simple reason why: it is social space.  That means that opinions, voices, conversations and conflict are a part of daily interaction and engagement.  Except when they’re not.  And that’s when your business really has a problem. Too … [Read more...]

How to Market Your Small Business When You Don’t Like to Toot Your Own Horn

Marketing comes easier to some people than it does for others. Take me, for instance. I hate marketing. There. I said it. I don’t mind marketing for other people as I rather enjoy helping small businesses get their name out in the mainstream by providing “content that sells.” But when it comes to marketing myself, I struggle. And struggle. Sound familiar? Although there are … [Read more...]