How to Become an Award-Winning Small Business

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16 Jul

How to Become an Award-Winning Small Business

Any small business can hang a framed, cheaply printed certificate from Kinko’s on their wall, proclaiming themselves “Best [whatever] in [wherever].” Fake small business awards might fool some of your customers, but even if no one ever comes asking questions, at heart, you’llknow you’re a fraud. And if someone does ask questions … It’s true that there aren’t a ton of small business awards out there...

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09 Jul

Brand Yourself: Designing Your Small Business Website

What does your website say about your small business? We’re not talking about the obvious stuff, such as hours, contact information and locations. (You should include those things; otherwise, what’s the point of your website?) But we’re talking about the story your website has to tell. Everything on your small business website, from your logo to the colors and fonts you choose, says something about...

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18 Jun

4 Red-Hot Tips for “Cold” Direct Mailing

It’s starting to look and feel a lot like summer. As the mercury rises, Mischa Communications has spent the last couple of weeks keeping you cool with tips for cold calling and cold emailing -- but we’re not done quite yet. Before we return to regularly scheduled sweltering heat, we’ve got one more medium to light a fire under your marketing strategy: cold direct mailing. Direct mail can...

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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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29 May

Take Your Customer Relationships to the Next Level

Question: What’s the difference between a profitable small business and an expensive hobby? Answer: Your customers. The people who buy your goods and services, allowing you to pay your bills and make a tidy little profit on the side … they matter. Without them, your business doesn’t exist -- so what are you doing to maintain and even improve your relationship with them? Whether you’ve...

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21 May

Search Optimization: How to Make Google Love Your Blog

If a blog post pops up on the internet but no one is around to read it, does it make an impact? The short answer is “no.” The long answer is “no, definitely not.” It could be the best blog post you’ve ever written, jam-packed with information that could change the course of human nature (or at least solve the Laurel vs. Yanny debate). But...

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14 May

Why Outsourcing Your Small Business Marketing Makes Sense

Hey, you! Yes, you -- the small business owner hunched over the keyboard, burning the midnight oil, struggling to come up with yet another topic for a blog post while attempting to make sense of last week’s data points and mentally tabulating next month’s target ROIs. Back away from the Red Bull and let’s have a chat. We see you over there, switching hats like...

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16 Apr

How to Boost Small Business Morale on a Budget

Everyone gets down once in a while, and small business owners and employees are no exception. Maybe stress is high while revenue is low. Maybe your team isn’t feeling as motivated as usual. Whatever the cause, it’s important to take morale into account, because if you’ve noticed there’s a problem, chances are good that your customers have, too. We all know the cure for low...

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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...