Social Media Marketing

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...]

5 Business Events Not to Be Skipped

Owning your own business is definitely time consuming, to say the least.  It is hard, but it is rewarding.  The time it takes can make it difficult to do anything else however, even if the other things you need to do could be beneficial to your business.  There are certain business events out there that every business owner should be attending, but many do not either because … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Creating a Subscription-Worthy YouTube Channel Description

According to an article published by the Huffington Post in early 2013, YouTube (a Google Inc company) reported that they were getting one-billion unique visitors each month—or almost half of the people online. Now, I ask you: If your small business is not currently on YouTube, why not? With statistics like this, surely some of your target market can be found on this social … [Read more...]

BM Windows in San Diego: Ethical Sales and Marketing Plus Consumer Education Give a Small Business an Authentic Advantage

Family-owned B.M. Windows rises above competition with a sales, marketing and service approach customers trust. Michal Bohm, owner of B.M. Windows in San Diego, talks to us about social media challenges, marketing opportunities and the connection between ethics and longevity for small businesses. Michal notes that the company gains most of its customers through referrals … [Read more...]

5 Ways a New Business Can Boost Holiday Sales NOW

When you are the new kid on the block, often you are just wondering how to get your head above water.  You need to break even quickly so you can start making a profit, and the holiday shopping season is far from your mind.  However, no matter what time of the year you open, it is never too early to start gearing up for “that” time of the year when sales tend to skyrocket.  Here … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Self-Marketing Your Business Via Social Media

As a small business, especially if you are just starting out, you likely know that you need to be actively marketing via social media, but you may not know how or where to start.  Once you do get started, do you know how to keep things going?  One of the hardest aspects of social media marketing is keeping things fresh and active so the audience stays engaged. Relevant and … [Read more...]