4 Ways to Boost Your Small Business with Content Marketing

4 Ways to Boost Your Small Business with Content Marketing

Marketing Strategy
No matter how big or small your business might be, using content marketing can still make a big difference in your brand’s presence. If used well, content marketing can highly promote your business and boost your website traffic. How do we do this? First, let’s elaborate further on the what and why of content marketing. Then we discuss how to use it to boost business. Content marketing is the method of using content to advertise your business and educate your audience. It may include the use of high-quality videos, social media posts, and blogs to explain and showcase your products and services. The expertise of your business must be the topic and focus of the content so that your audience can develop interest and trust in your company. The basic requirement for…
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3 Key Ways to Partner with Influencers in Your Niche

3 Key Ways to Partner with Influencers in Your Niche

Marketing Strategy
Many new business owners get so excited at the thought of starting their own profitable company online that they do not look before they leap. They come up with what they think is a great new idea. Then they try to sell it without doing any homework. This lack of prep includes doing the proper market research to figure out demand for their new idea. This research should also include finding out what customers in the niche are willing to pay for products. Other new business owners go to the opposite extreme. They steer clear of certain top-earning niches because they think there is too much competition. Have you fallen into either one of these camps on your entrepreneurial journey? I'm a planner and researcher by nature so I'll typically fall into…
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Top Marketing Trends for Small Businesses in 2017

Top Marketing Trends for Small Businesses in 2017

Marketing Strategy
Happy New Year! Did you enjoy your holidays? Good! Now that you've recovered from your holiday fun, it's time to take a deep breath and get ready for a strong year with plenty of success. As anyone in marketing can tell you, yearly success is dependent on having your pulse on the latest trends. What worked last week or last month or last year isn't going to get it done. At best, it's a quick way to tread water instead of being innovative. For marketers, it's the lifeblood of their work. Anyone doesn't do their research is bound to fail, and hurt their company in the process. In short, get your resume ready if you decide to take a long mental vacation to start the year. A smart marketing executive…
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Transform Your Slide Shows Into Marketing Machines

Transform Your Slide Shows Into Marketing Machines

Marketing Strategy
If you've read my earlier post on slide shows, I'm hoping you realize slide shows aren't just for corporate suits. You can use them in just about any niche. I'm almost positive YOU can use them in your business! Slides are an excellent way to present information like images and text in a way that is organized and efficient. There are many reasons to use slide shows. For one, they are universally known. Anyone who is online knows how to use a slide show. They can be used anywhere and by almost anyone. PowerPoint has been the slide show standard for as long as I can remember. However, nobody said you have to stick with PowerPoint. You can create slides using Google Slides, Animoto, Slide.ly, Canva... the list goes on. My…
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A Crash Course in Creating Effective Slide Shows

A Crash Course in Creating Effective Slide Shows

Marketing Strategy
In an earlier post, we introduced slide shows and how you can use them in your content marketing. Slide shows have a conservative, boring stigma attached to them, but they shouldn’t! Long thought of as the tool of choice for stodgy corporate America, slide shows have gotten a bad rap. You have probably been exposed to some dynamic slide shows, so dynamic that you didn’t even realize they were slide shows. [Tweet "Slide shows aren't just for corporate stiffs. They can be a powerful marketing tool!"] Slide shows can be an effective marketing tool, if you can design a show with impact. Before we discuss the makings of a great slide show, let's talk about application. Where you can use slide shows? Where To Use Slide Shows Classrooms Using slide…
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How to Transform A Strategy into a Plan of Action

How to Transform A Strategy into a Plan of Action

Marketing Strategy
Strategy is a favorite word of many an entrepreneur, myself included. After all, you have to develop a strategy to accomplish pretty much anything right? Just as we use a planner to organize day, month, and year, we spend time putting together the right strategy for our business. A product launch. An event. You name it, and we develop a marketing strategy for it. But, what is a marketing strategy? What does a strategy do for us? Or better yet, lemme ask: how many times have you developed a strategy, only to proceed and stray away from said strategy as you go about achieving your goals? I've done it, too. You are not alone my friend. Do you get the strategy right? Is it laser focused, or do you struggle with…
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Are You Setting the Best Marketing Goals for Your Business?

Are You Setting the Best Marketing Goals for Your Business?

Marketing Strategy
Create a product or service, market it, sell it, and make money. This is the goal of many an entrepreneur in the simplest form. After all, we start a business for any number of altruistic reasons, like passion, effecting change, seeing a need and filling a need, and a host of other free spirit reasons. In order to run a successful business, you gotta make money. You can't effect change by staying broke and hungry. Products and services have to be created to be sold, people have to be hired, people have to be paid, taxes have to be paid, etc. [Tweet "To run a successful business, you gotta make money. You can't effect change broke and hungry."] Therefore, we have to set some goals when we're running a business. Some…
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8 Ways to Increase Profits with Related Products and Services

8 Ways to Increase Profits with Related Products and Services

Marketing Strategy
One of the most important ways to sustain profits in your business is to create new products and services that your targeted audience will be eager to buy. If you have a product (or service) that your audience likes, you likely want to DO something to capitalize on this interest. Of course, raising the price of said product or service is one way to raise profitability. However, raising the price will not extend your offer or grow your business. How can you figure out which products/services your audience wants to buy? It may be time to create ancillary products and services related to your original, core offer. Or, it may be time to create a next-level offer for your audience. Figuring out which products and services your audience wants can…
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