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Social media is great, right? It’s a chance to build community, to prospect to new customers, and to create buzz about new things that you’re doing.

But social media holds pitfalls and can be rocky terrain for many small businesses. The wrong post, the wrong photo, and a company can quickly gain an unwanted reputation. And a digital footprint? That’s forever: it never goes away.

And blunders are going to happen. Someone is going to perceive a post in the wrong way. The question is, when one happens, what can you do to fix it? read more

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With the growth of technology, and more so the use of the smartphone, the world has become a global village. Currently, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have over a billion users with majority logging in through mobile devices. There is no doubt that if you are marketing your small business you would do great with mobile advertising.

To give you an insight into the future of mobile marketing, an eMarketer’s study of 2015 showed that the budget being allocated to mobile ads by today’s businesses is on the rise. Based on the report, 49% of the budget allocated for digital marketing by US businesses in 2015 was used on mobile ads. This is a 50% increase from 2014 figures. The report goes further to estimate that by 2019, the numbers will increase to 79%. read more

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Social media is everywhere! You can barely go one week without seeing a new update to a social media platform in the news. It’s time to harness the power of social media and drive traffic to your small business website. There are numerous platforms to choose from, and knowing which social media sites are best suited for your target audience is the first step in embracing social media marketing. There’s no need to have a presence on every platform. Remember, quality far outweighs quantity and this goes for social media accounts alike. read more

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Competition for social media customers is more intense than ever, with brands across the globe using sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to promote their products and services. As inventive as marketers have become in the ways they stand out in busy newsfeeds, data analytics have become the great equalizer. With the right tools in place, businesses can monitor their efforts and adjust their campaigns accordingly.

As those tools have become more sophisticated, however, some brands have the advantage of speed. Instead of waiting for aggregate data, businesses now can monitor visitor engagement in real time. Knowing what visitors do as soon as they do it gives businesses the ability to know right away if a new campaign is ineffective, avoiding months of wasted time. read more

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For businesses of all sizes, social media marketing has become a necessary part of the overall marketing strategy. Social media allows brands to reach broad audiences and communicate directly with consumers for free. It’s a no-brainer marketing strategy, especially for small businesses. However, this adds another business component that must be balanced across limited people and resources.

In order to deliver the highest quality social media campaigns, without sacrificing other areas of your business, try prioritizing your social media to do list. Taking control of your ever-growing to do list will positively impact your social ROI and give you a sense of direction. Starting with the biggest hurdles and working your way down to the minutiae will make your to do list seem easy! read more

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Marketing for small businesses is a multi-pronged endeavor. There is print marketing, which encompasses items such as business cards, rack cards, and flyers, and there is digital marketing that includes websites, social media management, and email campaigns. The goal is to incorporate the right balance of print and digital marketing to successfully brand and promote a small business.

With so many options available to small businesses, how are you to know which avenues are worth your time? In the social media world, knowing where your audience is most active is necessary for choosing your social platforms. However, before you automatically select Facebook or Twitter, consider Pinterest as well. This platform has huge benefits for small businesses, and with its newly introduced business profiles, has positioned itself as a leader in social media marketing. read more

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Whether you’re an established operation or a brand-new startup, social media can supply a wealth of knowledge, resources, and profits for your business. One of the most worthwhile ways companies can use these networks to improve their performance today is to sell products.

Capitalizing on your various social profiles when you’re looking to move product is one of the best ways to make a sale. Whether you’re trying to make a quick sale in real estate or you’re launching a new business venture with an entirely new line of items, social media can assist you in many different ways. Here are just a few. read more

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Despite being only halfway through 2016, the stats about mobile usage are staggering. Increasingly, people are using mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, for more than checking email and texting. These devices have become an integral piece of people’s lives. In fact, according to a Facebook study,

73% of people always have their mobile device with them.”

This is a clear indication that mobile usage is booming and shows no indication of slowing down.

For small businesses, integrating mobile marketing into their business strategy is necessary. Without mobile assimilation, businesses of any size are more likely to fail because they’re missing the majority of their target markets. This doesn’t mean you have to turn your marketing plan upside down or find additional resources (i.e. money) to support these tactics. read more

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The power of social media is growing at an unbelievable rate and the smallest of interactions has serious impact upon brands and businesses. We can all think of an instance when you saw a brand respond to a user’s post or inquiry, and it either surprised and delighted or completely horrified you. We’re going to dig into the former and reveal how fewer, quality interactions on social media can reap great rewards from a broader audience.

A recent example of small social interactions done with great intent is from Google. An older British woman submitted a Google query in the politest of ways. Her grandson came upon her search and posted a picture of it on Twitter tweet because of its sweet nature: read more

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Instagram has done it again! Earlier this year they launched an algorithm that placed the most individually relevant content at the beginning of each user’s feed. Now, Instagram has introduced a suite of business services to further solidify its standing as legitimate and in-demand advertising business platform. Regardless if you’re a micro business or a business Goliath, the need and opportunity within Instagram is significant:

“According to Instagram, about half of users now follow a business on the platform and even more—around 60 percent—say they’ve learned about products on Instagram.” read more

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