How to Personalize Your Small Business Marketing

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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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13 Nov

“Welcome” Tips for Hosting a Successful Small Business Open House

Would you like more customers? Don’t worry -- that was a rhetorical question. But it’s not like you can just fling open your doors and grab passers-by off the street. Or can you? An open house is a great way to introduce people to your business, make your sales pitch and get to know your neighbors. But it’s not quite as easy as putting on...

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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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30 Oct

Holiday Season 101 for Retail Small Businesses

It seems like every year, retail giants begin the holiday shopping season earlier than the last. While Target has vowed to avoid the “Christmas creep” in 2017, other stores are already displaying the holiday tinsel and all the trappings right beside the pumpkins and pilgrim-themed dinnerware. While many customers are vocal about their disdain for Christmas coming before the Thanksgiving menu has even been planned,...

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23 Oct

Facebook Canvas: Your Mobile Ads, Supersized!

It’s no secret that Facebook has become a big player in advertising, accounting for 16% of the world’s digital ad spending and 23% of global mobile digital ad spend. And like any advertising giant, Facebook needs to constantly change things up, creating bigger and better innovations to stay relevant in a cutthroat industry. Enter Facebook Canvas, the social media platform’s newest (and coolest) offering. It...

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16 Oct

Is Google AMP Right for Your Small Business?

Google says that more than half of us will ditch a mobile site if it takes longer than three seconds to load. For small businesses, that’s a big problem. So Google decided to level the playing field a bit by introducing Accelerated Mobile Pages -- AMP for short. AMP pages load up to 85% faster than regular, non-AMP pages, presumably satisfying your audience’s need for...

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10 Oct

How to Use UTM Parameters to Measure Your ROI

If we asked you how much money your small business made last month, you’d be able to tell us. If we asked you how much one particular campaign made you last month, however, you might have to do some digging. And if we asked you to analyze the success of one campaign versus another, you’d probably just fix us with a blank stare and point...

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02 Oct

Dynamic Search Ads: Say Goodbye to Keyword Management!

This is part three of a three-part series on using Google AdWords to maximize your small business advertising campaigns. Don’t forget to check out parts one and two, as well! Keywords are the first things you learn about when you start implementing SEO, and especially when you decide to launch AdWords campaigns. Which is why it’s almost inconceivable that Google would have a program that...

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25 Sep

AdWords Extensions: The Key to Small Business Success

This is part two of a three-part series on using AdWords to maximize your small business advertising campaigns. If you missed part one, click here. Check back next Monday for the final installment. Google AdWords is advertising at its finest -- but like all advertising, it can get a bit competitive. To be successful, you have to stay on top of your campaign, outdo your...

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18 Sep

Getting Started With Google AdWords: A Small Business Guide

This is part one of a three-part series on using Google AdWords to maximize your small business advertising campaigns. Check back each Monday for a new installment. When your free marketing ventures aren’t quite cutting it (or cutting it so well that you have advertising cash burning a hole in your pocket), sometimes it makes sense to “pay to play” -- and there are few better ways to...