Small Business Guerrilla Marketing for the Internet Age

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08 Oct

Small Business Guerrilla Marketing for the Internet Age

Let’s talk about guerrillas. They’re independent, often out-manned fighters who band together against a bigger, more prepared enemy using surprise, ambush, sabotage and hit-and-run tactics to accomplish their goals. Sounds a lot like a small business, right? Guerrilla warfare has long been a way for underdogs to gain a competitive edge, and guerrilla marketing is no different. In the brick-and-mortar world, guerrilla marketing often takes...

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24 Sep

The Pros and Cons of Amazon for Your Small Business

Don’t look now, but Amazon has just taken another giant step in its neverending question to dominate retail. Amazon on Sept. 17 launched Amazon Storefronts, designed for U.S.-based small and mid-size businesses (SMB) that offer products in 27 categories ranging from handmade crafts (think Etsy) to automotive parts, pet supplies, home and business services and more. The site also offers curated collections for things like...

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27 Aug

Is Your Small Business Embracing Technology? (Hint: It Should)

Small business is increasingly going electronic. But is the switch from brick-and-mortar locations to e-commerce cause for concern? According to a recent Gallup poll, 15 percent of small business owners say it’s helping their business, while 16 percent say it’s hurting their business. That leaves a wide moat of 68 percent that say it hasn’t affected them at all. So … what’s the deal? Is technology...

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20 Aug

Online Reviews: Your Small Business Needs Them!

Imagine you just moved to a new city. You’d love for someone to recommend the best restaurant, the most dependable babysitter or the most reliable mechanic – but you don’t know a single soul here. Where do you turn? Google, of course, or whatever your preferred search engine may be. You’ll patronize the restaurant, book the babysitter and hire the mechanic to fix your brakes...

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11 Jun

How Cold Emailing Sets Your Marketing Strategy on Fire

We recently showed you how cold calling can generate hot leads. But picking up the phone and calling a stranger isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, there’s another option: cold emailing. The concept is the same. You’re reaching out to someone who doesn’t know you from Adam or Abby, hoping to establish a connection that will (eventually) lead them to your customer corral. But cold emailing differs...

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07 May

How NOT to Handle Your Small Business Marketing

At Mischa Communications, we’re awesome at telling you what to do. Sometimes we even come off as a bit bossy -- but that’s just because we’re so passionate about showing you the right way to market! This blog post, however, isn’t about the right way to market. It’s about the wrong way. The way that leads you down the road to ruin. The way that...

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30 Apr

The Best of Mischa Communications’ Small Business Blogs

We’ve been blogging for a long time now. Our first official blog post on this website was posted way, way back in March 2013, and we’ve been going steady ever since, giving you the latest marketing news, tips and tricks with a little witticism, weirdness and wry humor thrown in along the way. Some of you have been on this wild ride with us from...

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09 Apr

Forever-Free Resources for Growing Your Small Business

They say you have to spend money to make money. That’s generally true, but we’ll let you in on a little secret: Numerous resources out there can help you grow your small business ... but don’t cost a penny! Some of these tools may require you a few hours to get the hang of. However, if you’re at the point where outside help isn’t at...

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02 Apr

Conversion Tools: Making the Sale Easier

Let’s pretend you own a brick-and-mortar business on a busy city street. The bell over the door chimes merrily, announcing the arrival of a customer. You’re there to greet them, help them find what they’re looking for, educate them on your products and services and (hopefully) make the sale. For online-only small businesses, however, that same sale -- or conversion, as it’s usually referred to...

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29 Jan

How to Convert Free Trial Users Into Paid Users

If you’ve ever experienced a Costco or Sam’s Club at noon on a Saturday afternoon, you understand the pull of “free.” From chicken to pasta to cookies -- and often even wine and beer -- people line up 10 deep for the samples meant to encourage them to buy the actual product. But how many of them heft that 27-pound package of mozzarella sticks into...