Category: business strategy

To Outsource or Not to Outsource? That is the question…

A few years ago, DCA Virtual Business Support published an article about outsourcing for small business owners. The constantly evolving landscape of the business world means, at times, we may need to reevaluate and assess what worked then versus what may work better now. Not to mention digital platforms and capabilities make things that were […]

What’s New on Instagram

Instagram has evolved a lot since 2010 and has set a tone for how individuals use social media in their everyday lives. From sharing snippets of their everyday on their photo grid to posting 15 second videos to their Instagram Stories, Instagram has made it possible to connect with people, brands, companies, and causes around […]

How to Use Facebook’s New Rules to Your Advantage

Facebook is cracking down on what’s called engagement bait, as part of a larger strategy to declutter users’ News Feeds. This will, in turn, force marketers to be more thoughtful in creating relevant messages. What is engagement bait? Engagement bait asks users to interact by liking, commenting and sharing inauthentic or irrelevant content. Examples include […]

Choosing the Right Hashtags on Instagram

If you’re a business owner, the rule for using hashtags is straightforward. Use hashtags that will reach your target audience and that are relevant to your brand. Discovering the proper hashtags can be tricky, however. Avoid using ambiguous or over-used hashtags like #fun or #beautiful if you want to reach your specific, target customers and […]

Alignable: Is It Worth It?

Alignable is a new B2B social media network that promises to reinvent the small business economy. It claims to have millions of business owners within its web, all of whom collaborate to increase their customer base. Networking with other businesses or industry professionals is key to small business success. It leads to quality referrals and […]

Email Marketing, Automation, and Workflows

Good news, small business owners! Newsletter platforms are more intuitive than ever. Their automated campaigns and workflow features have made it even easier to keep in touch with your clients or prospects. At DCA Virtual Business Support, we tend to stick with MailChimp and GetResponse, although there are other highly-ranked, affordable newsletter platforms out there […]

Using Analytics to Learn About Your Customers

Looking at web traffic data is extremely useful if you use a website to do business or communicate with customers. Although analytics can be a little overwhelming to a beginner, it is one of the best ways to gather information about your client base. So, how do you get to know your customers through data? […]

Marketing Innovation for Economic Cycles

The new year brings talk of change and resolve to do something. Normally, for business owners this means discussion of numbers and goals for growth, which is great, but why not resolve to do something different? Why not resolve to become prepared in 2018? By become prepared, we mean become prepared for the worst and, […]

Work from Home Positions Offer Real Value for Employers

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of individuals working from home has increased 115%. Nine million U.S. employees, or 2.9% of the total U.S. workforce, work from home at least half of the time, up from 1.8 million in 2005. While many employees may find working from home ideal, employers are still on the fence […]

Customer Relationships: How to Build a Customer Focused Culture

What does it mean to be customer focused or customer centric? By definition, it is the orientation of a company towards serving its clients’ needs. Being customer focused is not just about great customer service but offering a great experience for your customers from beginning to end. Putting your customer’s satisfaction first is a strong […]