The Oxymoron of Small Business Social Media Marketing

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I’ve worked with a great number of small businesses that I admire, both as social media consulting clients as well as potential customers. Are small businesses ready to appreciate the value that they bring? What can small businesses do to overcome these challenges?

What Really Motivates A Small Business Owner

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

The reason for the delay is because of a last minute invite to write about a Visa… Read the rest of this entry » Marketing, Business & Entrepreneurship Small Business, Freelancing and Home Based Business Tip entrepreneur motivation getting things done intrinsic rewards visa small businessThis weeks article is sneaking in front of the Creative Visionary series I have been putting together since my previous post.

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How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Social media gives small businesses a platform to amplify their voice and visibility among prospective customers. Related posts: Twitter Link Roundup #46 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More.

Five Things Small Businesses Should Know About Google+

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Google+ (also known as Google Plus) has generated lots of buzz, but most small businesses are still largely unfamiliar with Google+ and what it offers. Assuming Google+ continues to grow in popularity, small businesses will absolutely want to have a presence on Google+.

Options for Small Business Financing

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The state of small business financing is a bit uncertain these days in terms of both supply and demand. To get the full picture, we need to frame this discussion by understanding how unimportant securing new financing is to small businesses in the current economic conditions. The most recent survey from the NFIB survey released this week suggests just how much small business owners are retrenching right now.

Beyond The Hype Of Pokémon GO – What Does This All Mean For Small Businesses?

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The instant fever brought about by Pokémon GO has been phenomenal, but when it comes to consideration for long-term investments, businesses should look beyond the game itself. Small businesses have the advantage, in this case, to react more nimbly to customer responses on the ground.

[Infographic] Small Businesses More Comfortable With Social Media: Constant Contact

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Constant Contact recently released data from its Fall 2011 Attitudes and Outlook Survey , and the biggest and most interesting finding was that small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) are more comfortable using social media marketing as opposed to six months ago.

6 Important Startup Trends that Defined 2011

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[Infographic] The Truth Behind Small Business Lending

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If you’re wondering about how small business view bank loans, this infographic from Chicago, Illinois-based credit card processing fee comparison engine FeeFighters shows that only 42-percent of small businesses see bank loans as a viable financing option.

Small Business Credit Myth

The Entrepreneurial Mind

There is a myth that a lack of access to credit is what is holding back small businesses in our economy. Washington keeps trying to enact policies to increase the pool of funding available to loan to small businesses and to encourage banks to lend to smaller firms. His data shows that recent small business loan approval is actually up in 2010 when compared to 2009, but that demand for credit is still low.

Does Your Small Business Need Cash Flow? Try This…

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Today I want to take a quick spin from the internet entrepreneur to the small brick and mortar business owner. Because I am a big proponent of diversification in most aspects of life, in addition to real estate, the capital markets and private business investments, I ventured out and acquired a small business in my community back in the mid 2000s. So I went knocking on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) doorsteps.

5 Things You Must Do To Sell To a Small Business Owner

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5 Things You Must Do To Sell To a Small Business Owner This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Small business owners are an odd lot. Cracking the small business code is something that routinely perplexes large organizations.

Why It Rocks to Be a Small Business Owner

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Okay, there are loads of reasons it’s great to be the owner of a small business, but the one I’m liking the most nowadays is the ability to turn on a dime. And, yes, it’s easy to poke a sharp stick at “big business&# , but you know what?

Getting Creative with Foursquare for Small Business

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Target the hot spots If there are businesses near you that get lots of checkins—hotels, conference centers, sporting arenas—consider adding tips to these venues that point people to your business or special.

Adding the Google +1 Button :: Small Business Marketing Blog from.

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SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Home About Consulting Products Programs Workshops Blog Resources Contact Subscribe by RSS Subscribe to Duct Tape Marketing by Email Small Business Week 2011 Our winners! The Complete Small Busine.

6 Secrets to Creating an Amazing Small Business Website

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Finally, small business owners everywhere realize they need an online presence if they are going to compete in today’s world. Your website is very often going to be the first impression people get of your small business.

Help Me Celebrate National Small Business Week

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SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Home About Consulting Products Programs Workshops Blog Resources Contact Subscribe by RSS Subscribe to Duct Tape Marketing by Email Small Business Week 2011 Our winners! The Complete Small Busine.

5 Practical Tips for Getting More from Facebook :: Small Business.

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SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Home About Consulting Products Programs Workshops Blog Resources Contact Subscribe by RSS Subscribe to Duct Tape Marketing by Email Small Business Week 2011 Our winners! The Complete Small Busine.

Startup tips: 5 great tools for freelancers (and small businesses)

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What is a freelancer if not a small business? Just like small businesses, freelancers must engage in marketing, manage payables and receivables and other accounting tasks, perform HR functions, direct production, and plan strategy.

The Future of Business Is Mobile—Your Small Business Needs to Adapt or Fall Behind

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Between 2011 and 2014, smartphone usage rose by 394 percent, according to comScore. Should your small business have a mobile first strategy, even if your IT budget is limited? Your business objectives. See Also: Cellular Provider Sample Business Plan.

5 Steps to Small Business Public Relations Success

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5 Steps to Small Business Public Relations Success This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Most small businesses, particularly local businesses, can probably dig up the five or six important journalists, producers and editors that they need to focus on with very little effort.

Small business and startup tips: 5 ways to tune out distractions!

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Every day we start work and spend a great part of the day battling the noise that surrounds any small business owner or entrepreneur. Related posts: Small business and startup tips: training day! Small business and startup tips: track your own customer service data.

Technology Creates a Competitive Advantage for Small Businesses.

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In my opinion, technology is the driving force behind the burgeoning small business market. Technology levels the playing field and allows small businesses to do business anywhere in the world from anywhere they choose. Business Management small business technolog

Best Free and Low Cost Resources for Small Business Owners

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Here are the top free and low-cost online resources for small business courtesy of our young entrepreneur profile from April, Grade A Marketing founder Amanda Fischer. How to” Resource for Small Business: www.Web20blog.org.

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What Small Business and Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Roger Federer

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How did Federer win again and what can small business and entrepreneurs learn from Federer’s performance at Wimbledon? Athletic competitions, just like business, are unpredictable and challenging. Consider your own business.

Small Business Tip: Challenge Your Customers’ Assumptions And Behavior

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Small businesses and startups can learn an important lesson from these examples: to change behavior, you sometimes have to change people’s assumptions. This is especially true for small businesses and startups that are trying to get people to do something they’ve never done before.

Small business and startups: 5 great self-service HR resources

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The everyday grind of running a business can be tough. I am talking about the nitty-gritty reality of operating a business, paying the bills, washing the dishes, and managing employees. Related posts: Startup tips: 5 great tools for freelancers (and small businesses).

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Simple Squares

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Serendipitously, I was in attendance at an entrepreneurial conference hosted by Northwestern Law School’s Small Business Opportunities Center (a great legal clinic for emerging businesses) where one of the panel members mentioned the creative auction house.

10 New Years Resolutions For Small Businesses and Startups

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I am talking about business resolutions – specific actions and efforts you should take over the course of the next few months to strengthen your business, improve your customer’s experience, and strengthen your team in the year ahead.

Lean Marketing: Public Relations strategies for small businesses and startups

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One of the least expensive and most effective ways that small businesses can grow is through the strategic application of public relations. PR can be executed on a modest budget, and the awareness and word-of-mouth that can be attained is priceless for a small company.

Google+ Offers Great Business Potential :: Small Business.

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SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Home About Consulting Products Programs Workshops Blog Resources Contact Subscribe by RSS Subscribe to Duct Tape Marketing by Email Small Business Week 2011 Our winners! The Complete Small Busine.

5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2012

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5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2012 This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. It’s time for my annual prediction of small-business trends. Small-business owners don’t care what’s cool. But, welcome to the odd world of small business.

Small Business and Startups: The Trends for 2014 (Pt I)

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A few months back, Ross asked in this blog whether small business should simply give up on social media marketing and outlined several trends that would support the decision to do so. For small businesses in particular this is great news.

How to Attract and Retain Customers :: Small Business Marketing.

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SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Home About Consulting Products Programs Workshops Blog Resources Contact Subscribe by RSS Subscribe to Duct Tape Marketing by Email Small Business Week 2011 Our winners! The Complete Small Busine.

Twitter Link Roundup #112 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Small business and startup tips: 5 ways to tune out distractions! What Good Does Design Do For Business? crowdSPRING’s Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Green Envee Organics – [link]. Small business and startup tips: 5 ways to tune out distractions!

No Good News on Employment Outlook from Small Business

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Dunkelberg, issued comments on the continued dismal job findings from the latest NFIB monthly economic survey that will be released on Tuesday, October 11, 2011: "There is a reason that Washington is talking in circles when it comes to the economy: There is no good news to report. Until sales improve, until it becomes cost-effective to hire new workers, we cannot expect small-business owners to take advantage of new hiring tax credits and increase their employee rolls.

Twitter Link Roundup #102 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Small business and startup tips: which type is your brand?- Small business and startup tips: which type is your brand?-

Business 2011 - Optimism, But Heed the Lessons

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Even though it has been a long haul, it’s nice to see some optimism surfacing in 2011. Just yesterday, a new study “ The PNC Economic Outlook: Survey of Small & Middle-Market Business Owners ” was published. Increased business role in US economic recovery.

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Twitter Link Roundup #104 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! The graphic above is one frame from an infographic on how small businesses are using social media. How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] – [link]. Lean Marketing tips: business card as selling tool – [link]. 55 Brilliant Letterpress Business Cards – [link].

10 Tips for small business: surveying your customers

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One of the most important things a business can do is to invest the time to understand its customers. This can be accomplished in several ways: by collecting and analyzing business data, by observing customer behavior, or by studying comparable companies.