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By: Nicole Fallon, Business News Daily Assistant Editor

If you want customers to interact with your brand online, your Web presence needs to be engaging.

As a small business, your website is often the first place consumers will go to find you. Your site is your chance to make a good first impression on potential leads and bring back existing customers. If you want to accomplish this, it’s important to make sure your website keeps its visitors interested and engaged.

Most brands are aware of the need to create an engaging Web presence, but smaller ones typically don’t think they have the time or resources to constantly update their website with fresh, new content, or even create a website at all. (more…)

By Nicole Fallon, Business News Daily Assistant Editor

Five years ago, the primary function of social media for businesses was community building. Today, the role of a company’s presence on popular social networks has evolved to include customer service, building brand awareness, and perhaps most importantly, lead generation. (more…)

From Susan K. Bailey Advertising

A shotgun approach is useless when expanding into new markets, especially when you’re a small business with a limited budget. (more…)

8 Small Business Marketing Tips…

April 15th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Marketing - (Comments Off)

Making strategic business decisions about where to allocate limited funds is a day-to-day dilemma for small business owners. For most, the budget doesn’t allow for the services of an online marketing firm.  However, you are also savvy enough to know marketing can’t be ignored. (more…)

Developing a Marketing Plan…

April 1st, 2014 | Posted by admin in Marketing - (Comments Off)

Marketing takes time, money, and lots of preparation. One of the best ways to prepare yourself is to develop a solid marketing plan. A strong marketing plan will ensure you’re not only sticking to your schedule, but that you’re spending your marketing funds wisely and appropriately. (more…)

Referrals, Follow-up with Action Plan…

December 12th, 2012 | Posted by Timothy Rozalski in Marketing - (Comments Off)

In a past blog post, “Marketing and Small Business – Questions to ask yourself,” one of the questions I posted that you should ask was about referrals:

Do you ask for referrals?          Many small businesses have to rely on referral sources to keep business steady. Have you asked your current customers for referrals? This is a marketing channel that in many cases can be very (more…)

Ask for Referrals, Follow-up with Action Plan…

November 20th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Marketing - (Comments Off)

In a past blog post, “Marketing and Small Business – Questions to ask yourself,” one of the questions I posted that you should ask was about referrals:

Do you ask for referrals?          Many small businesses have to rely on referral sources to keep business steady. Have you asked your current customers for referrals? This is a marketing channel that in many cases can be very (more…)

Should your business be in the social media space?

March 29th, 2012 | Posted by Lindsay Kelley in Marketing | Sales - (Comments Off)

As a marketer, I’m often asked about social media and the role it plays for my company. Many business people I network with ask if it’s right for every business and how would a company know if they should be a part of the social world. The answer is never simple, so I often answer, “It depends.” I bring this up, because I was just asked this question at an event yesterday, so I thought maybe others would be interested in my two cents….if not, I won’t take it personally. 

For example, let’s create a hypothetical business: Ike’s Pet shop. Should Ike be in the social space? Well, that depends. What are Ike’s business goals? Does he want to reach a mass audience? Is that audience local, national or global? For argument’s sake, let’s say Ike only sells pets to the Maryland area. What kind of pets does Ike (more…)

It’s tough enough keeping up with the latest technology as it applies to your business. The list of  technology  “Got To Dos” from the top marketing gurus (as well as those who just claim to be) are multiplying like rabbits.  It seems like only yesterday when we were told that we weren’t a “real”  business unless we had a website.  Then we were told we couldn’t stay in business unless we consistently optimized our website to come up on the first page of Google’s search engine results.  Almost immediately thereafter it was explained to us that the latest research shows that potential (more…)

Marketing your business during a slow economy…

September 15th, 2011 | Posted by Ken Mays in Marketing - (Comments Off)

During a slow economy, many small businesses tend to either hunker down and stop marketing altogether or they dive headfirst into an advertising frenzy that leverages every new marketing tool available.  Much has been researched and written about the pitfalls of halting marketing efforts during an economic downturn.  Just remember that the marketplace has a short memory and if you stop all marketing, your branding and key messages will soon be forgotten. (more…)