Tag: business practices

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 […]

8 Ways To Secure Your Online Presence

  With every new step in technology comes an advance in hacking and other cybercriminal offenses, which can be especially devastating to a small business owner. We at DCAVirtual have come up with several ways you can better secure your online accounts. # 1 Create Strong Passwords That Are Unique to Every Account It’s not enough to […]

How To Accumulate Positive Online Reviews, and Use Them To Your Advantage

The Internet has been a wonderful new means of communication for small business owners. It gives us the opportunity to advertise ourselves virtually anywhere at any at time. It has also redefined our understanding of “word of mouth advertising” – expanding it to include online reviews! Satisfied clients or customers aren’t just talking about their favorite […]

How to Fire a Client

Why on earth would you want to fire a client? Isn’t that somewhat like quitting a job? Well, yes and no. Typically it is not a good business practice to give a client a ‘two-week notice’ and then wash your hands of them. However, I did recently give this advice to someone who asked. This […]