Small Business Guide to LinkedIN...

Posted on Dec 08 2011 by
Many small businesses haven't taken advantage of utilizing LinkedIn.com to expand their network and grow their business. When used effectively, Linkedin can help businesses gain new business leads, collaborate with other like-minded business owners, and get help from others. Here are some simple ways to optimize your business profile to get more out of LinkedIn: Create a Vanity URL By default, LinkedIn assigns you a...

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Google+ Business Page Strategies from Chris Brogan...

Posted on Dec 06 2011 by
We had an opportunity to interview best-selling author Chris Brogan. His company, Human Business Works, helps companies with customer acquisition, nurturing and engaging potential customers, and community building.   His books Trust Agents and Social Media 101 are excellent resources for any small business owner who wants to use social media to promote his or her business effectively. And Chris Brogan's blog is...

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Are You Up To The Task Of Running A Start Up?...

Posted on Dec 05 2011 by
Sure, the idea of running your own show, being your own boss, making your own money is a common dream.  But what most people don't realize is that startups involve a lot of time, energy and often money.  Although it may seem rewarding to start up your own company, it can be brutally painful.  If you are still unsure, read on... Can You Work With A Partner?  When it comes to starting a business, I'd say you'd ideally...

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Quick Guide – How to Achieve Year End Sales Success...

Posted on Dec 01 2011 by
Suddenly, there are only 4 weeks left to drive revenue in 2011.  If your thoughts have turned to your year-end sales strategy, you're not alone.  If you don't have your holiday sales strategy set for this lucrative time of year, chin up.  There's still plenty of time to implement smart sales and pricing techniques that will make your year-end a success. Here are five ways to maximize your 2011 income. 1.  Offer...

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Coupons – how not to lose money for your business...

Posted on Nov 21 2011 by
It's possible that you've been visited by a disciple of TLC's Extreme Couponing - a cable television show that educates viewers about getting cartloads of goods for pennies on the dollar. To protect themselves from losses, some of the country's major food and drug retailers are changing their policies. Perhaps it’s time for small business owners to revisit their couponing policies. You don't necessarily want to encourage...

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Tie Up Loose Ends from 2011- Before the Holiday Rush...

Posted on Nov 17 2011 by
What happened to fall?  Just as the seasons are racing by, so are 2011’s work days. For all intents and purposes, there are five, maybe six, productive weeks remaining this year. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and December festivities are not far behind. That means employee engagement is approaching a weak point due to an increasing distraction levels inside and outside of the office. Don’t fret. Instead,...

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Small Business Saturday – Part X...

Posted on Nov 15 2011 by
Keep the Momentum Going! Like its Black Friday and Cyber Monday predecessors, Small Business Saturday is the kickoff to the holiday shopping season. As you prepare for Small Business Saturday, keep in mind this is just the beginning. Create a plan to keep the momentum going all year long. Here are some things to consider: Capture email addresses for your customers and prospects so that you can begin an ongoing dialogue...

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Tips To Optimize Holiday Traffic...

Posted on Nov 14 2011 by
1. Review your marketing campaign calendar for this holiday season and make certain you have "echo messaging" set up to reinforce your acquisition and retention programs. 2. Cart Abandonment - use seasonal shipping urgency to emphasize your saved-cart message.  For example, "We Saved Your Cart!  Still time to get your gifts by the holidays!" 3. Product Badges - try product badging to promote seasonal callouts. ...

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How to Launch a Successful Social Media Strategy...

Posted on Nov 11 2011 by
We had an opportunity to talk with Mike Stelzner -- founder of SocialMediaExaminer.com -- about how he created the most popular social media news site in less than a year. This interview is important for any small business owner who wants to learn how to leverage social media to build a brand presence, increase traffic, links, and ultimately drive more business. In this interview, you’ll learn: A dynamic...

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Small Business Saturday – Part IX...

Posted on Nov 10 2011 by
Small Business Saturday is a great time to let your expertise shine. Remember, you started your business because you are an expert in what you do. Your customers come to you because they like the service they receive. By using your blog and your social media channels to ask questions of your customers, provide answers or guidance, and engage in conversations, you’ll build credibility for your business and build a loyal...

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