Using Instagram to Market Your Small Business

Instagram currently has over 400 million users. So it’s not surprising that it has become a way for businesses to connect with people. While majority of those who use this social platform are teens and college students, there are also people from all age groups who...

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What to Expect for Social Media in 2017

If you own a business, then you probably know how important social media marketing is. A lot of businesses of all sizes have tapped social networks like Facebook and Instagram to reach their audience and interact with them. Social media has been around for a decade...

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6 Social Media Marketing Tips

If you’re new to social media marketing, here are some tips that may come in handy: 1. Create a Social Media Strategy Social media is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful marketing tools you can have right now and if you use it correctly, it will pave the way...

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How to Bring More Customers in to Your Local Business

In order for any business to earn a share of the marketplace, there are four critical areas they need to work on: Engage, Grow, Increase, and Results. Engage You need to be able to engage your audience (in this case your potential customers). We can assist in...

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Local Promotion Guide

In this day and age, having an online presence can be the best thing you do for your business. People search for what they need through search engines, typing in certain keywords to help them find businesses or services in their area. This is where local SEO...

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Get The Most Out Of Your Online Shop Using Shopial

Do you have a shiny new online shop, with a service like Shopify or Etsy, but aren’t making your sales goals? Promoting your items on Facebook is one idea, but what if your store actually existed on Facebook? We’ve discovered a new tool called Shopial that will allow...

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Get in tune with your prospects using Answer The Public

Knowing what questions your prospects are asking about your niche can help you produce better content, and help you rank better in search engines. For a while now one way to do this was to type in a keyword, and take note of what would come up in Google suggestions. A...

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Why Do You Need to Outsource IT Services?

While operating and maintaining IT by yourself is a good option, there are instances where you are better off outsourcing this aspect to a contractor. A startup can only get away with in-house support until it needs greater facilities for storage and data security....

KRACK Attack

It seems like every other day, we are hearing about some new hack or website attack that shows the vulnerability of different websites and network systems. But one recently hit the mainstream media, and for good reason. The recent “KRACK Attack” has garnered this...

Not Another Microsoft Patch Tuesday

If it’s Tuesday in your office, then chances are that means one thing: it’s time for another Windows patch/update from Microsoft. These have been rolling out pretty steadily for some time and it goes back to the business model of putting out a product that is not...

Could The Next Hurricane Harvey Flood Your Inbox?

Many Americans sat helpless as we watched the devastation that has recently hit the southern parts of the country. This started with Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Irma then hit the Southeast and Hurricane Maria devastated multiple areas,...

Top 10 Benefits of Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing is essentially the process of leading people to your office, store, website or blog through platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks. In the past, social media was used primarily as a way for people to...

Why is Social Media Important for Small Businesses?

Social media marketing is considered the “next big thing.” Sure, there are some entrepreneurs who still think of it as a passing marketing interest. But the numbers paint an entirely different picture. In fact, according to Social Media Examiner, an estimated 97% of...

Using Facebook to Market Your Small Business

Facebook is the most widely used social media platform for businesses and as many as 41 percent of small businesses in the U.S. use it as part of their marketing strategy. However, a lot of business owners have reported that their efforts are not as effective as they...

Customer Reviews, an Essential Component to your Business Strategy

Customer reviews have become an integral part of marketing, consumer influence and branding. The principal of social proof is alive and well, with over 75% of purchases being influenced by some type of social influence. The opinions of real people who have actually...

3 Tips on How to Protect Your Computer from Hackers

For many people, theft goes beyond the actual loss of an item. It’s painful because of the loss of privacy and the invasion that it constitutes. But when the stolen item is a laptop or tablet, that invasion of privacy can go much deeper. It’s possible that if your...

Top Concerns for IT Directors in 2018

When you look back at 2017 and see all the Internet nightmares that occurred, it’s easy to see why IT directors have had their blood pressure steadily rise. Last year saw the rise of ransomware, including the WannaCry hack that impacted everything from businesses to...

How to Improve Your Business with Email Marketing

Business is booming. Or at least we hope it is. And you’re looking for new ways to improve your bottom line, drive sales, engage your audience and grow the company. But marketing is expensive. And these days every dollar spent needs to count. Spending hard-earned...

2017 Saw More Cyber Attacks Than Ever Before

The year 2017 seems to have broken all kinds of records, from movie ticket sales to digital downloads. But one concerning trend was that 2017 saw more cyber attacks than any other year before it. This yearly increase is a trend that has been ongoing for about the last...

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Stop Cliche Marketing – Get Real in Your Messaging

cli·ché klēˈSHā kli-,kli-,ˈklēˌSHā/ noun a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. "the old cliché “one man's meat is another man's poison." synonyms: platitude, hackneyed phrase, commonplace, banality, old saying, maxim, truism,...

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The Power of Why in Marketing Your Business

English poet and author, Rudyard Kipling, suggested the use of six questions – as a model for better thinking. Here is Kipling’s witty poem called, Six Honest Men: I have six honest serving men They taught me all I knew Their names are What, and Where and When; and...

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Google My Business – What Does It Mean for You?

Google has been working hard on the launch of their new product, Google My Business, designed for small business owners in order to increase their visibility within Google Search, Google Maps, and Google+. Google provides services to two important groups, paid...

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Penquin 2.0 Has Landed – Did You Get Affected?

Recent news on Penquin 2.0 shows that most of the sites that were affected were porn and gaming sites.  A few big brand sites were hit as well, which further proves that no one is immune; sites like salvationarmy.org, dish.com, and REEDs jewelers. The official release...

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Are Meta Descriptions Important? YES!

Meta descriptions have evolved over the years and there has been many debates as to whether or not they are important. I can tell you unequivocally that they are VERY IMPORTANT!   In the past the rules for meta descriptions were to include your keywords (and in some...

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Why Call Tracking is So Important for Your Business

Do you want to be able to record a phone conversation, know the phone number of incoming calls, the geographical location of the caller, the name and address of the caller, and the time of inbound calls? Do you also want to identify which ads, search keywords, web...

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The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

Chart created by http://nativeinstyle.com/ According to a very interesting article written by Gregory Ciotti of Help Scout, “the idea that colors such as yellow or purple are able to evoke some sort of hyper-specific emotion is about as accurate as your standard Tarot...

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Pay to Play. The End of Free Social Media Marketing

Is the future of social media going to be ‘pay-to-play’? Well, at least for Facebook that’s going to be the case. The Times reported “The Free-Marketing Gravy Train Is Over on Facebook.” What does that mean for people who rely on Facebook for marketing purposes? The...

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What are brands for?

Before asking what brands are for, you need to understand what a brand is. If you search the Internet for “What is a Brand?” you‘ll get a pile of definitions like: At its core, a brand is a promise to consumers Visual + Verbal + Experiential = Brand Perception Brands...

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Google Authorship is Dead – For Real This Time

Google Authorship was created by Google as a way to connect content to an author by use of an author signature. The author’s signature was used to score the author based on trust and authority signals pointing at the author’s content, and that score was then used to...

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Yet Another “Is SEO Dead?” Article

In a recent article in Forbes, written by Steve Olenski, called 7 Reasons Why Your Business Should Invest In SEO, he points out some really interesting facts. Read full article here. He says,” Google the term “Is SEO dead?” and what comes back in return is over 44...

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Ten Cool Things You May Not Know About Google

The fact that Google is used by millions to search the web every day comes as no big surprise, but these ten cool things that you can do with Google might just leave your mouth wide open. Here’s the scoop on ten of Google’s little-known functions. 1. Do you want to...

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Creative Marketing Strategy Defined

According to the website, businessdictionary.com, the definition of creative marketing is, “The outline prepared by the creative team of an advertising agency for the launching of an advertising campaign or message. A creative strategy is generally the result of a...

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Google Plans To Penalize Doorway Pages

Google announced an upcoming change in their ranking algorithm for “doorway pages” and are advising users to stop using them. What are doorway pages? They are special pages designed to help a website rank for a particular keyword or phrase that has very little to do...

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Viewability Standards for Mobile Ads

Facebook, in conjunction with MRC, IAB and Nielsen are working on establishing viewability standards for mobile ads and hopefully these standards will help to define the difference between an ad impression served and an ad impression viewed. Why is the distinction...

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When Branding Fails

Brands fail, sometimes in pretty big ways and other times drip, by slow drip; but one thing is for sure, it happens more often than we think.  Just why do customers lose that lovin' feelin' for a brand and why do loyal customers leave and go elsewhere? As the...

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How To Make Your Company Look Big With Social Media

Have you ever thought about how people perceive your company? If you work out of your home many people won’t give you the time of day.  But there’s ways you can appear bigger than you really are with social media. Secret Entourage has collected 50 ideas to make your...

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