The Top 15 Resources for Digital Marketing

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02 Jan

The Top 15 Resources for Digital Marketing

Small business marketing is hard. Anyone who tells you different is either lying or not doing it correctly. From content curation to social media to figuring out which marketing gurus you should follow (and emulate), there is absolutely nothing that can be deemed “easy.” The good news is, there are tools, apps and resources that can make it easier (and making your work easier is...

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11 Dec

Small Business Structures: LLCs, C-Corps and More

Starting a small business isn’t all fun and games. Yes, you get to flex your creative muscles by coming up with a name or designing a logo, but you also have to make important decisions. That includes choosing a business structure. Will you be a sole proprietor? An LLC? A C-Corp? How much paperwork will you need to file? What are the tax liabilities and...

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04 Dec

How to Differentiate Your Small Business From the Competition

Always thinking about your small business’ competition? Join the club. Whether you’re selling life insurance, peddling pizzas on the street corner or delivering singing telegrams dressed as a gorilla, you can bet that someone, somewhere, is doing the same thing. What makes you stand out from the crowd? Why should a conscientious consumer choose you over the throngs of people selling the same product or...

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20 Nov

How to Personalize Your Small Business Marketing

Remember, as a kid, how cool it was to find something with your name on it? A license plate for your bike, a necklace or bracelet or even your Saturday morning cereal bowl -- personalization was the privilege of every Bob and Beth, and a never-ending source of frustration for Janessa and Jakob-with-a-K. We may have outgrown the keychains and cheap plastic mugs of our...

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06 Nov

Holiday Season 101 for Non-Retail Small Businesses

If your small business doesn’t fit neatly into the “retail” category, your holiday season might seem more “ho-hum” than “ho ho ho!” Children don’t climb up on Santa’s lap begging for a new HVAC system, and very few newlyweds sit around the tree Christmas morning, gushing over his and her tune-ups at the local mechanic. But just because you don’t offer a high-demand holiday product...

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28 Aug

Not Getting Conversions? Try Segmentation!

You can’t please everyone. But if you’re running a small business, you know how important it is to please as many people as you can. What if it was possible to cater to every one of your small business customers the way they want to be catered to? Target your offers to different groups of people based on what they want and need? Get more...

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21 Aug

B2B vs. B2C: What Your Small Business Needs to Know

A lot of small business owners don’t understand the distinction between B2B (business to business) and B2C (business to consumer) marketing. After all, it’s still “just” marketing -- right? Not exactly. There are some pretty serious differences between B2B and B2C, and if you don’t recognize them, you run the risk of throwing your marketing bucks straight down the drain. Here’s what you need to...

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31 Jul

What to Do When Your Content Is Awesome (But Not Getting Traffic)

We talk a lot about content. How to use it correctly, the different tools you can use to make it “pop," and most of all, how to improve it. But what if your content is already amazing? What if you’ve followed every single rule and suggestion, blazed your own creative trail and see no possible way to improve on perfection -- but you’re still not...

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19 Jun

A Small Business Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics

How is your website performing? How many hits did you have last Tuesday? How many of those hits came from Michigan? What was your bounce rate? How long did the average user stay on a page? Those of you using Google Analytics can probably answer all of these questions in a matter of minutes with a simple glance at their dashboards. Those who aren’t using Google...

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05 Jun

The Anatomy of a High-Converting Small Business Email

High-converting emails aren't some pie-in-the-sky dream. While they're difficult, they're doable as long as you're working within the right set of guidelines. Are you looking for a sky-high ROI? Would you like to see each dollar you spend on marketing earn you $38 in return? Do you want a strategy that will get you 40 times more new customers than Facebook or Twitter? A single...