The Unofficial Email Marketing Roadmap for Local Business

The Unofficial Email Marketing Roadmap for Local Business

Email marketing remains one of the best ways for local businesses to build customer loyalty and attract new customers. It’s affordable and accessible – but it won’t be effective if you don’t make the most of it. The good news? Every dollar spent on email marketing in the United States generates $44 of revenue. That’s crazy ROI by any standard. Welcome emails generate 320% more revenue than other emails – something that underscores the importance of attracting new subscribers. Convinced? Good! Here are some pointers to help you navigate the…

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How to Use Facebook to Connect with Your Local Followers

How to Use Facebook to Connect with Your Local Followers

You probably already know that Facebook has more than two billion active monthly users. Obviously, not all of them are in your target audience – but many of them are. For that reason, it’s important to understand how to use Facebook to encourage your existing customers to talk about your business and recommend it to their friends. Facebook offers a variety of tools – some old, some new – that enable small business owners to connect with their customers. I It’s time for all small business owners to make full…

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Creating a Loyalty Program That Keeps Your Customers Coming Back!

Creating a Loyalty Program That Keeps Your Customers Coming Back

Loyalty programs are everywhere. I’m willing to bet you have several loyalty cards in your wallet. You may even have loyalty memberships you’ve forgotten about. Customers love them – and with good reason. A well-thought-out loyalty program provides benefits to customers that can range from reduced prices for products to giveaways to exclusive access to special events and offers. For businesses, they help with customer retention by incentivizing loyalty. The trick, of course, is creating a loyalty program that does both. There are lots of different options, including referral programs.…

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7 Ways You Can Make Sure Your Website Isn’t Falling Behind the Times

7 Ways You Can Make Sure Your Website Isn’t Falling Behind the Times

Is your website hip and modern – or is it out-of-date and sad? If it’s been a while since you updated your site, there’s at least a chance that it’s a dud. That doesn’t mean it’s poorly designed, but it does mean that it’s your job to give it an honest evaluation and update it if it’s not good enough. Fortunately, an update doesn’t mean a full redesign. Here are 7 simple things you can do to make sure your website is offering the user experience and value your customers…

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What the Future Holds for Social Media Marketing

What the Future Holds for Social Media Marketing

At this point, few people would argue that social media marketing is a passing fad. It’s here to stay. But… that doesn’t mean it’s not changing. The truth is that social media marketing is not the same thing it was just a few years ago. And, it probably won’t be the same as it is today in a year or two. Like everything else in digital marketing, it’s in a near-constant state of flux. So, with that in mind, let’s look at where social media marketing is now, where it…

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How Social Proof Can Give You An Edge Over Your Competitors

How Social Proof Can Give You An Edge Over Your Competitors

Do you offer a worthwhile product or service? You know you do! But how can you convince the people in your target audience of its worth? That’s the purpose of marketing. It’s your job to prove your product’s worth. There are all kinds of ways to prove that a product is good. Remember the old Coke vs. Pepsi taste tests? That’s one example of proof. But, in these days of social media marketing, by far the most popular and impactful kind of proof is social proof. What is social proof?…

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Latest Google Updates

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Latest Google Updates

When it comes to marketing, Google’s the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Impossible to ignore and if you can get it on your side, you’ll be better off than you would if you tried to fight it. Every marketer knows that Google’s algorithms are proprietary. For that reason, using Google as a marketing tool can be tricky. You’ve got to make your best guess about what will work in most cases. That said, every once in a while Google does marketers a solid and releases information about updates. That’s what…

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5 Tips to Get the Most from Your Local Business Blog

5 Tips to Get the Most from Your Local Business Blog

Blogging is still one of the best ways to drive traffic to your website and attract new customers. But are you making the most of your local business blog? Maybe not. If you’re not, the big question is what should you be doing? The answer starts with numbers and ends with specific advice. So, let’s dig into some statistics, and then we’ll look at 5 tips you can use to put your blog to work for you. Blogging by the Numbers A massive study of blogging, which reviewed 912 million…

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Why Maintaining Your Website is a Must

Why Maintaining Your Website is a Must

As a business owner, you’ve got to wear many hats in the course of a day. You might be a salesperson one minute and a human resources manager the next. It’s a lot to do. And, when it comes to add items to your to-do list, you might do everything you can to minimize what you take on. Your time’s limited – and valuable – and there are only so many hours in a day. Website maintenance is the perfect example. It might seem unnecessary – and you might wonder…

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