Why Choosing Colors for Your Brand Matters

Choosing colors is very important for any business. In fact, it is very important in a lot of ways that you may be unfamiliar with, especially with regard to your marketing efforts. Color is a very important aspect that you need to keep in mind as you choose your...

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Email Marketing vs. Social Media Marketing

There’s a debate going on within the marketing industry. The debate is between defenders of time tested email marketing and those defending the newer online strategy, social media. The question asked is: Which is actually better – email marketing or social media...

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Do You Know Your Customers?

This question might come as a surprise to you. How well do you know the customers that you are serving? Perhaps you’ve already made your assumptions when it comes to demographics, sales history and buying habits. However, how about hard data? Assumptions can lead to...

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Is Your Business Building an Email List? It Should Be!

If you have a business, and you are taking advantage of modern technologies online, one of the most important things that you need to have is an email list. As a matter of fact, if you do not have one, you are actually making a very big mistake. Of course, you may...

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Direct Mail is Not Dead

There is a tested and proven way to reach more potential customers, directly communicating with your target market and making you stand out against your competition. It is not through the use of digital methods such as social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or...

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What Does Your (Lack of) Branding Tell Potential Clients?

Branding is a very important aspect in the marketing circle. It has the power to push your business forward, giving you a competitive edge. A strong and well-defined brand will result in an increase in sales, customer loyalty, brand value, and most importantly, the...

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Does Traditional Marketing Work in a Digital World?

In a modern, digital world that currently revolves around the use of tablets, smartphones and laptops, it’s very challenging to think in an offline sense. Both traditional and offline marketing still have their clear advantages, but the method of choice for your...

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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...

Local Promotion Guide

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...

Get The Most Out Of Your Online Shop Using Shopial

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...

Get in tune with your prospects using Answer The Public

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...

How to Research your Competitors with iSpionage

How to Research your Competitors with iSpionage

If you’re thinking about starting a Pay Per Click campaign, or you’re looking to improve your organic ranking in search engines, the place to start is competitor research. Looking at the keywords your competitors put money into, or rank for, can help you be much more...

Get More Engagement From Your Social Media Photo Shares Using Canva

Get More Engagement From Your Social Media Photo Shares Using Canva

By and large, image posts perform best on nearly every social media network. The need to be able to quickly design an image to help reach your audience is more necessary than ever. If you don’t have a team handling your social media marketing, you can make more than...

Find Out What Works On Top Performing Facebook Pages With SumoRank

Find Out What Works On Top Performing Facebook Pages With SumoRank

It’s high time we introduce a tool that will help you make sense of Facebook metrics, to improve overall Facebook marketing efforts. We all need to know what days are best for posting, what times are best for posting, what type of content is best received by our...

February Roundup: 20 of Our Favorite Small Business Marketing Tips

Running your own business can be exhausting, and it can be a challenge coming up with new, fresh and fun marketing ideas when you're burnt out. Not only that, but these fun marketing ideas need to be within your marketing budget. Fear not! Here are 20 effective...

Why should I have a newsletter? Who cares what I’m up to?

When it comes to marketing campaigns, a newsletter isn’t likely the first idea that comes to mind. However, despite its reputation as a “boring” or antiquated tool, newsletters can offer a unique way to connect, communicate with and sell to, your customer base. Heck,...

The Magic of Leave-Behinds: Leaving Lasting Impressions

We’ve all seen them. More than likely, you have several in your house. Take a look around. How many pens do you have bearing a company logo or slogan? Keychains? How many business cards to you carry around in your wallet or purse? If you’ve been to a career fair, then...

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...

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The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers

This video presents key findings from "The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers," a study from Google and conducted by Ipsos OTX, an independent market research firm. The findings come from research conducted at the end of 2010 among 5,013 US adult...

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Are SEO and AJAX Compatible?

Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) is not new, but it is becoming somewhat of a buzzword with IT departments and web developers and it can also be a potential source of friction between IT/development and marketing. AJAX is a development technique designed to...

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Run your own blog? Think it’s finished? Think again!

The good folks over at Thesis (People who created this awesome theme we are using) came up with 7 tweaks you can do to spruce up your blog. Check out the post below.   I have some bad news to break: no matter how many hours you’ve put into designing...

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So What Cha Want?

Cobra and Brass Monkey.  Those two items may not mean much to most of you. In just the last 2 weeks, the world has lost a couple great people (in my eyes, anyway). I have never driven a Cobra, but I still admire Carroll Shelby for creating something...

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New Client: Touch Screen Hearing Kiosk

Green Elephant, LLC came to us looking for a website promoting their Touch Screen Hearing Kiosk product. We began by customizing a WordPress theme that we thought would be the perfect fit for what they are trying to accomplish.Now that everything is in place, the SEO...

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Site Revamp: MenStoppingViolence.org

We have been busy the past couple months working with a wonderful non-profit organization. Men Stopping Violence works locally, nationally, and internationally to dismantle belief systems, social structures, and institutional practices that oppress women and children...

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A Few Ideas On Internet Marketing

Promoting your small business on the internet is crucial in today's world. The entrepreneur who ignores this gold mine of potential opportunity does so at his or her own peril. There is too much to be gained through marketing on the internet, and little to be lost. If...

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Five Questions You Should Ask Yourself About SEO

Fact: Your website needs search engine optimization (SEO) to help your website achieve more. Many try and go it alone in the search engine optimization process and, in the majority of cases, they never see the results they would have achieved if they had enlisted the...

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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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Best Practices in Contemporary Web Design

Some websites look like they're a historical archive or what you would have come across when you first started to surf the 'net back in the 1990s. Those sites made much use of table-based graphics, employing onsite builders to create a look that was usually...

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Blog Unleashed: Tips for a Terrific Site

Google Panda and Penguin have unleashed much havoc across the blogosphere, hammering bloggers in a variety of wages. Some of the complaints include a drop in web traffic, disappearing SERPs and a monumental fall in PageRank. You may be doing everything right to update...

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Marketing Should Help Your Business, Not Hurt It

It goes without saying that businesses can’t survive and thrive without a marketing strategy. How will people know about your goods or services if you don’t display your business in some way? Unfortunately, far too many businesses market their company in the wrong...

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3 Common Mistakes When Picking a Web Designer

Choosing the proper web designer is an important process in creating your website. If mistakes are made prior to hiring a firm or individual it is much more difficult to fix those mistakes after the site has gone live. Regardless of whether you have a plumbing, salon...

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What is Public Relations? : An Overview

We often hear about PR campaigns and public relations whenever companies launch new businesses and products, individuals launch their music and promote tours, or organizations promote projects and causes. While public relations is a term commonly used, many do not...

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GFQ Article – When To Know You Need Help

There’s a saying:, “Entrepreneurs are the only people who work 80 hour weeks to avoid working 40 hour weeks”  How true is that! When you first start your business it’s only natural that you’ll want to do things yourself for several reasons. You’re in Start-Up Mode and...

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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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