How Small Businesses Should Prep for a Busy 2018 Holiday Season

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19 Nov

How Small Businesses Should Prep for a Busy 2018 Holiday Season

Don’t look now, but the holiday shoppers are coming. In fact, many of them are already here. There was a time, not so long ago, when Black Friday actually took place on a Friday. Then, retailers that wanted to get the jump on the crowds began encroaching on Thanksgiving – some of them opening their doors before the turkey was even on the table. Now,...

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22 Oct

Make the Most of Google My Business

Looking for a free way to boost your small business online? Google My Business is your ticket to driving traffic straight to your (real or virtual) doors! Google My Business is a business listing site like hundreds before it. The difference is, it’s optimized for local search. It helps you connect with people right in your own backyard who are looking for your products and...

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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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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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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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19 Mar

Is Your Small Business Using Search Console?

People make more than 3 billion Google searches each day. Google Search Console -- which used to be known as the less-catchy Google Webmaster Tools -- can help you monitor how, where, when and why your small business factors into those 3 billion daily searches. Are you using this tool yet? If not, you should be. Here’s why. It’s Free and (Relatively) Easy You could...

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12 Mar

Yes, People Are Judging Your Small Business Headlines

The old adage cautions us never to judge a book by its cover, but many of us still do -- and the same goes for the headlines you choose for your small business content. Your headline is the first introduction people have to your blog posts and articles. Make a good impression and people will click or scroll. Fail to capture their attention and you’ve...

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05 Mar

Give Your Small Business Content a New Lease on Life

The Winter Olympics have just finished up in South Korea, and for most of us, that means one thing: Our favorite networks will air new episodes of our favorite TV shows. No more reruns! But sometimes, a rerun can be a good thing. There’s something comforting about scrolling through the channels and landing on an old episode of The Golden Girls or The Fresh Prince...

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05 Feb

Nice to Meet You! How to Get to Know Your Small Business Audience

Your audience is your lifeblood. They back your products and services, talk you up on social media and (hopefully) make your bottom line bigger. But do you really know them? Do you understand what makes them tick, and click? Have you taken the time to truly connect? If not, it’s time to start. Mischa Communications has the tips and tricks to help you not only...