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There are many people who believe that creativity and productivity do not mix. After all, we think of creative people as free-spirited and productivity as something dull, consistent, and stodgy. However, by applying principles that allow you to explore your team’s creative talents while focusing on getting things done, you can enjoy a high rate of productivity with creative end results that work. The strategies that we swear by:

Get organized

It may feel counterintuitive to carefully plan your creative output. However, strong organization early on makes for better developed ideas. read more

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If you’re smart about it, a blog can be more than just a marketing tool. A strategically designed blog can be a monetizable asset that pushes your business forward. Sounds good, right? Well, it requires a concerted effort on all fronts.

First off, you have to start with a specific idea. As entrepreneur Neil Patel says, “When it comes to creating a money-making blog, you don’t need a revolutionary idea. But, your blog should be focused on something specific.”

In order to have any possibility of monetizing a blog, you have to focus on designing and developing a blog that’s quick, engaging, and specifically targets your desired audience. Nail these aspects and there’s no limit to your potential. read more

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The holidays are a great reason to connect with your customers and show them a the personal side of your small business. Of course, every business is promoting sales, discounts, and limited-time offers, but there are softer ways to engage your clients without asking them to make a purchase. Blogging is a prime way to provide timely, valuable content to your readers that speak to the holiday season and keep them coming back for more helpful tips and material.

If you’re wondering how to position your blog for increased traffic and subtly generate sales, this is the article for you! Try these four tips to successfully blog for business during the holidays. 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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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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We’ve talked a lot about the importance of visual engagement for small business marketing. From beautiful photography to engaging color palettes, a business’s visual imagery plays into its marketing success. In fact, “visual content is more than 40x more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content.” For small businesses, integrating visual content into their business and marketing strategies is essential to stay competitive and relevant in the marketplace.

Today, we’re going to hone in on one type of visual tool: infographics. Infographics have risen in popularity over the past few years for a number of reasons. They provide an immense amount of information in an easy to understand and easy to retain way. Here are three reasons why you should jump on the infographic bandwagon if you’re interested in growing followers and brand awareness: read more

Facebook Marketing in 2016

Despite the rumblings from bloggers that Facebook has peaked and other social media are overtaking its presence, Facebook remains the social entity that keeps on growing. It has evolved from its initial form into an interactive platform for personal and professional usage. As we’ve seen in 2016, Facebook has no plans of slowing down and only seeks to expand its reach to appeal to individuals and companies around the world. During the Facebook F8 Summit held in April, the company announced countless enhancements to the platform in order to maintain and reclaim precious advertising market share. 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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As Bill Gates famously said in 1996, “Content is King” and the sentiment still rings true today twenty years later. His quote continues to resonate because business is no longer about advertising strategy; it’s about how informative a business is to its audience. Content influences a business’s authority and reputation in the marketplace. It takes strategy, research, and time to compile valuable content for your audiences.

When you craft a great piece, such as a blog post, get the most mileage out of your original thoughts by repurposing it in multiple ways. It is a seamless way to break your information into bite-sized pieces that can cover a broad range of outlets. Since SEO is a real metric that determines how credible your business is in its industry, casting a wider net for your content increases rankings and perceived expertise. read more

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