Facebook Small Business Boost: Free Ads for Small Businesses

Firebelly

Calling all small business owners! Facebook Marketing Solutions , the official Facebook Marketing page, has launched a contest called Facebook Small Business Boost that will award a $10,000 prize to the 10 participating small businesses that accrue the most likes on their Facebook page by April 1, 2012. A Facebook Page for your small business. Your business must be based in the US.

Small Business Marketing Optimization Tips for 2016

Webbiquity SMM

The year is coming to a close, which means it’s time to start looking at the exciting opportunities 2016 will have to offer your small business. but what you should really be doing is focusing on areas you can improve your business every day for the remainder of 2015. Your growth in the coming year will depend on the strategic decisions you make now , so make sure the choices you make give your business’ bottom line the best chance for growth.

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Your First Small Business Step To Online Marketing

Small Business Mavericks

I’ve changed my thinking over the years about how small businesses can make that first all-important step to achieving an online presence. Advice I’ve given in the past is the same advice that most small business marketing consultants give: Buy a domain name, pay for hosting, set up a website, etc. So there needs to be a low-commitment way to achieve an online presence that is still effective marketing for the average small business owner.

5 Things Small Businesses Need To Know To Avoid The Groupon Curse

Waxing UnLyrical

Desperate for answers, I did what any customer in 2012 would do and looked to Facebook and Twitter. She explained that they were a small family business and that Groupon had actually misunderstood their offer dates, posting them incorrectly. To the small business owner, Groupon might seem like an easy solution to drive business and increase sales. I hate to see small businesses suffer by blindly falling victim to the seemingly innocent Groupon curse.

Smart Small Business Internet Marketing Through Pinterest

Small Business Mavericks

Pinterest is one of those social media sites that could be a real boon for small businesses. Big businesses are already finding clever ways to promote their business, perhaps the best is that of Peugeot’s. Don’t over do it, like all things social, the aim is not to push your business on others, rather, it’s to provide content that is useful to you and your followers, and keywords are there to help people find your content.

Fraud The Biggest Threat To Any Small Business In 2012

Small Business Mavericks

What’s the biggest threat to many small businesses in 2012? Most small business owners would probably point at their competitors. There has been a gradual shift in fraudulent activity in recent years with hackers slowly switching their focus away from big businesses and on to small businesses. Big business has the time, money and resources to guard against any hack attempts on their data.

How to Use Foursquare for Small Business

Idaconcpts

At the same time, businesses can attract new visitors and build customer loyalty. As a small business, you’re probably blown away by the figures: 20 million users worldwide are on Foursquare, and they have racked up 2.5 If you can attract even a small percentage to your business, you’ll be doing well. Here are 5 tips on using Foursquare to promote your small business. Don’t be shy – claim your business as soon as possible!

Passbook and Small Businesses

Freelance Social Media

How can small businesses use Passbook? Passbook and Small Businesses. With iPhones upgrading to the iOS 6 operating system, a new feature to be aware of is Passbook. Passbook is an app that allows you to store loyalty cards, boarding passes, gift cards, movie tickets…the list goes on. Simply put, Passbook “passes” replace paper coupons, loyalty cards, etc.

8 Marketing Trends to Implement in Your 2012 Marketing Plan

yMarketingMatters

So here are my 8 marketing trends to implement in your 2012 marketing plan. I think these marketing trends are a must for your SMB this year, following how the landscape “ended” in 2011 and are going to be very powerful in 2012. You need to be implementing them in your business to differentiate yourself from the competition and achieve the success you are looking for. Trend #1 – Humanize Your Business! At the end for the day, business is all about people, right?

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Promoting A Small Business Blog Through Social Media

Small Business Mavericks

A small business blog has a number of benefits, however, it can also be a tax on valuable time resources. Some business owners find that social media sites such as Tumblr and LinkedIn are worth the effort. Blogging for Small Business facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Tumblr TwitterHaving a blog is, too a certain extent, a waste of time if you don’t have the resources to actually promote it, to put the content in front of readers.

SEO Basics For Small Business Owners – The Title Tag

Small Business Mavericks

When it comes to SEO for small business , how much do you know about title tags? SEO for Small Business link building meta tags search results social media marketing title tagsSometimes it’s the little things on a web page that make all the difference. Often, it’s not what the user sees that makes the difference, it’s what the search engines see and interprets.

Passbook and Small Businesses

Freelance Social Media

How can small businesses use Passbook? Passbook and Small Businesses. With iPhones upgrading to the iOS 6 operating system, a new feature to be aware of is Passbook. Passbook is an app that allows you to store loyalty cards, boarding passes, gift cards, movie tickets…the list goes on. Simply put, Passbook “passes” replace paper coupons, loyalty cards, etc.

Become An Entrepreneur – Start A Small Business

Small Business Mavericks

If you are one of many people out of work and have been out of work for a while, take the initiative and start a small business. One, the United States needs more businesses and you need to go to work. Think about the skills you have and utilize them to start your own business. New business start ups have been steadily declining for several reasons. It could be any number of things that might be easy start up businesses in your community.

How To Look Big – For Small Businesses

Small Business Mavericks

Just because your business is small doesn’t mean it has to look small. Here are 4 ingredients to great branding that every small business owner should know: Create a logo that is simple, easy to recognize, and that speaks to your audience. You do want people to associate it with your business. By branding your small business you give it a little bit more edge and room for success. Branding small business

Bringing Authority To Small Business Blog

Small Business Mavericks

Small business owners often have access to a large group of people who could be considered ‘authorities’ in their niche. Every supplier that deals with their business has some authority, and small business owners can make use of that authority to increase their own authority, and the authority of their business blog. Blogging for Small Business blogs

Are You Over Analyzing Your Small Business?

Small Business Mavericks

There is an interesting post on Small Business Newz that discusses the much vaunted “Big Data Train.” ” The article makes sense up to a point, however, there are times when I wonder if small businesses are over analyzing their online presence. Small businesses have succeeded for centuries on very basic data – if they bothered to measure it at all. For many online small businesses, this is easy.

3 Benefits for Small Business Cloud Computing

Ari Herzog

As an advocate for small businesses, I am always looking for resources and innovations that can help them to compete and succeed. While cloud computing is not a recent development – in fact, it’s actually been around for quite a while – it is something that offers increasingly viable and affordable opportunities for small businesses. Small business cloud users can save money by not having to continually upgrade and search for the right computer systems.

Passbook and Small Businesses

Freelance Social Media

How can small businesses use Passbook? Passbook and Small Businesses. With iPhones upgrading to the iOS 6 operating system, a new feature to be aware of is Passbook. Passbook is an app that allows you to store loyalty cards, boarding passes, gift cards, movie tickets…the list goes on. Simply put, Passbook “passes” replace paper coupons, loyalty cards, etc.

Cost-Efficient Facebook Marketing for Small Business

Idaconcpts

A key element to making when it comes to any sort of business is marketing. One important channel for spreading the word about your business is Facebook, but how can you use Facebook in an efficient way? Say that you are running a business that doesn’t receive any traffic (for natural reasons) during night time, well then there is no need for you to show the ad at that time.

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Why Local Small Businesses Fail When Spreading Their Wings Online

Small Business Mavericks

There are tens of thousands of successful small businesses trading in thousands of communities. Why is then that a highly successful local business fails on a wider platform like the Internet? A business management professional could point to a score or more of reasons for this failure, however, I am only going to stick to one today, and it’s one that affects every business that attempts to trade online.

How LinkedIn Endorsements Can Work for Your Small Business

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

If you’re not already familiar with and using LinkedIn, you’re missing out on a great [small] business tool. And now new data indicates that LinkedIn is more popular than ever with small business professionals, making it a free and valuable resource for growing and promoting your business, particularly through the use of a new feature called Endorsements. Spread the word about your business. This is a guest post by Sarah Levy.

90% Of Small Businesses Are Networking Online

The Realtime Report

Nearly 90% of small businesses are spending time networking online, according to a new study by small business forum Manta. Out of 600 small business owners nationwide, 74% believe social networking platforms are as important as in-person networking – if not more so. According to Manta Chief Executive Pamela Springer, “Small businesses understand they need to go where their audience is.”

The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012

Webbiquity SMM

These are the leaders in the information and communications technology sector who truly “get” social media and social business. We’re proud to acknowledge these 50 women from 41 different organizations as the top #Nifty50 women of technology on Twitter for 2012. Active across social networks, Cindy leads Microsoft’s small- to midsized-business sales and marketing efforts as Vice President U.S.

Why PPC For Small Business Is A Preferred Model

Small Business Mavericks

The online business world is very different to the offline business world – at least, that’s what many business owners feel. Sure, your contact with customers is very different, but in many areas, managing each business is very similar. Business manager from both sides are only interested in one thing – growth in both sales and profitability. Where the two business models do differ is in advertising.

Can A Small Business Survive Online With A DIY Mindset?

Small Business Mavericks

The business world can be brutal, and the online business world is even more so. Are you a small business owner who is trying to survive online by doing it all yourself? There is a good chance your business is going downhill, and possibly your health as well. The alternative is to work longer building your business, increasing turnover and profitability. The alternative is to engage professionals to work on specific areas of your business.

Google AdWords – Easy Tips for Bloggers and Small Business Owners

Kikolani

Take advantage of that for a small investment in your campaign. You're reading Google AdWords – Easy Tips for Bloggers and Small Business Owners , originally posted on Kikolani and copyrighted by Kristi Hines, freelance writer and professional blogger. Blogging BusinessThis is a guest post by Ivan Dimitrijevic. Google AdWords is one of the most popular ways of online advertising.

Why Small Businesses Need To Foster Good Customer Vibes

Small Business Mavericks

Some would argue that search engine traffic is becoming too difficult to target and that the current algorithms have made it harder for small businesses, particularly new small businesses, to rank well. Search engines are slowly moving away from the traditional signals used to rank web pages and moving more towards the social connections that businesses make. In most cases, small business owners are hands on and well placed to react to issues.

Mobile Marketing For Small Business – Does It Need A Rethink?

Small Business Mavericks

Mobile Marketing for Small Business bing google mobile searchA post on the Bing Webmaster Central blog is well worth reading if you optimize your website for both desktop and mobile users. The post discusses Bing’s preference for a single URL no matter what device a visitor is using to access your website. There are several points worth noting on the post, and while this post relates specifically to Bing’s approach, one wonders if the same issues exist with Google?

PPC For Small Business – Are You Attracting The Wrong Traffic?

Small Business Mavericks

Small business owners often feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to advertising online. When a small business owner does run an advertising campaign, the most common complaint we hear is that their campaign was a complete flop. What makes matters worse is that many of these businesses do see a remarkable increase in traffic to their websites, they just don’t see the same sort of increase in sales.

Which Metric Should Small Businesses Be Concentrating On

Small Business Mavericks

Online marketing has, to a certain extent, blinded many business people to some of the simpler rules of business. Analytics is one area where the online world often seems to have different rules than an offline business. What’s the most important metric for a small business. These are all areas that online businesses concentrate on, and whilst they are important areas to measure, they are not the most important.

How to Maximize Profits as a Small Business

Idaconcpts

As a small business, there are ways that you can consciously maximize profits in order to reach your business’s greatest success and highest potential. When you are conscious of spending habits, you can reach the same soaring success entrepreneurs like Charles Phillips, Oracle leader have reached in the platform of business relations. Here are some of the ways that you can maximize profits as a small business.

How to Maximize Profits as a Small Business

Idaconcpts

As a small business, there are ways that you can consciously maximize profits in order to reach your business’s greatest success and highest potential. When you are conscious of spending habits, you can reach the same soaring success entrepreneurs like Charles Phillips, Oracle leader have reached in the platform of business relations. Here are some of the ways that you can maximize profits as a small business.

Favorite Social Media Management Tools for Small Business

Convince & Convert

Although we consult primarily for large and medium-sized businesses here at Convince & Convert, we are often asked online and in speaking engagements about social media management tools for smaller businesses. Most of the tools below have options for every type of social media scenario that small and medium-sized businesses may encounter, but certain aspects of each tool are more robust than others. Small budgets. Small budget. Small budgets.

Networking For Small Business – Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn?

Small Business Mavericks

Social media is certainly dominating people’s minds when it comes to online marketing to consumers, but are they the best places to network with other business owners? LinkedIn has become a powerful force when it comes to networking and business-to-business marketing. Where Facebook is all about gaining as many followers as possible, LinkedIn is more about connecting on a professional basis – the heart of networking for small business.

Discipline The Key To Building A Successful Online Small Business

Small Business Mavericks

In its broadest terms, marketing is the single most important aspect of an online business. For small businesses, that can have some limited success in the offline world, however, the online world can be very different. Before trying to replicate what someone else is doing, you need to be able to examine and perhaps measure, or predict, how that action will affect your online business. Small business Internet marketing requires a well planned approach.

Are QR Codes Disadvantaging Your Small Business?

Small Business Mavericks

Large corporations have the jump on small businesses in this area, however, you can fight back. The cost to advertise in these publications is often prohibitive for small businesses – you can get around it. For small businesses, your opportunity lies not in national advertising, but in your own printed matter. This includes letters, business cards, invoices, brochures or flyers, and in local media such as local newspapers.

The Cannes Lions Grand Prix Winners for 2012

Mindjumpers

Tweet Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2012 was held last week and was the 59th annual festival. Direct Lions: Small Businesses Gets An Official Day by Crispin Porter + Bogusky for American Express. Promo & Activation Lions: Small Businesses Gets An Official Day by Crispin Porter + Bogusky for American Express.

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Rick Henry: How a Small Business Owner Defines Mobility and Social Media

Waxing UnLyrical

Even though it was really early in the morning, I had a terrific car ride… not least because Rick Henry , the operator of the car service (or, at least, the car I was being driven in) had a lot to say about how he, a small business owner: Is using (or not using) social media to drive his business. What really grows his business (hint: it’s a 13-letter word starting with R, ending with S, and contains the words “at” and “ship”).

Thinking Of Starting A Small Business Blog? Stop Thinking And Do It!

Small Business Mavericks

Everyone blogs now so it’s no longer viable for my business. These are just some of the excuses that some business owners use when it comes to blogging. Starting a small business blog is easier – if you access to your domains web tools, for example, through Cpanel, then it only takes five minutes to install a blog. And today, WordPress is the easiest for most businesses. So what is so good about a small business blog?

SEO For Small Business – Are You Getting The Most Out Of Old Links?

Small Business Mavericks

Sometimes, to take your SEO for small business forward, you have to look back at that old content and do a little housekeeping. If you have put a lot of work into building links, then you need to treat those links as assets to the business. SEO for Small Business external links inbound links internal links link buildingIf you have been online for several years, you will probably have quite a lot of content published on website.

How A Small Business SEO Consultant Can Make A Big Difference

Small Business Mavericks

Small business SEO consultants can, however, make a big difference to your search results if you’re patient and prepared to let their work bear fruit. Often, a business is blinded by their business. When trying to achieve good SEO results, everything revolves around their business, and if they are in a competitive niche, they will struggle with those efforts. The new set of eyes is able to look at your business a little more dispassionately.

Are Small Business Blogs Still Relevant In Today’s Market Place

Small Business Mavericks

Whilst blogs and blogging has its detractors, there is no doubt that a small business blog can be a real benefit. So how can a blog help a small business? Increased awareness – a blog, especially one that has been optimized for both social and search marketing, can increase the awareness of your website and business. Just good business – you can compare a blog to a business that writes a regular column in a local newspaper.

Are You Focused On A Single Website For Your Small Business?

Small Business Mavericks

Running an online business can be rewarding. If your business’s growth has started to slow, it may be time to take a closer look at how you present yourself to your customers. If you are conducting your business through just one web site, it could be worth exploring a few different alternatives. What is needed is a little lateral thinking, and looking for alternate ways to not only market your online business , but to also conduct your business.