Tag: business practices

Why You Must Use Multiple Social Media Platforms

Social media has started a whole new way of networking. What started out as a way to connect with your circle of friends has now expanded to include the entire world. With 60+ platforms available there is a little something for everyone. This has changed the world of marketing! A business is no longer restricted […]

The Importance of Having a Strong Mission Statement

For some start-ups, developing a strong business plan can seem irrelevant. Even established companies can lose sight of their plans after securing outside investors. No matter where your business falls, there is value in outlining why your business exists. There is a reason your company formed, and it is found in the mission statement.    For Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups:   Funders and investors review your business plan before making a financial […]

Why Ignoring a Vacation will Cost You Time and Sales

Taking a vacation can lower your stress and improve your heart and mental health. It can also improve your connections and how you communicate with people. When was the last time you took a vacation? If you’re like many business owners, it’s been awhile. In fact, studies have determined that only around fifty percent of […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Fund Your Small Business

Funding is important, but different sources may be better for you depending on your business maturity, type of business, and other factors. A lot of businesses from small to very large have used some type of funding to get to where they are today. Many people have heard of companies such as Dropbox, reddit or […]

Influencer Marketing For Small Businesses

A recent Forbes article discussed why community matters so much for small business owners. By working together, we can create sustainable and thriving business communities that benefit everyone. “Influencer marketing” is another way of implementing this principle. While a lot of online resources about influencer marketing tend to be directed toward large, high-profile companies who are […]