How to Use Facebook’s New Rules to Your Advantage

Facebooks new rules.

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…

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Choosing the Right Hashtags on Instagram

What hashtags should you use 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…

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Alignable: Is It Worth It?

Is Alignable 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…

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4 Solid Methods to Up Your Game on Social Media

Ways to improve your social media

It’s time to stop trying to sell on social media and time to start networking. Many small business owners feel an urgency to sell, without realizing the real power of social media lies in the connections created.  What is the difference between social selling and social networking? Social selling is where direct revenue is the desired result. Businesses may spend a lot of time and money for a small click-through rate of less than 2%…

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The New LinkedIn – What’s New and What’s to Come

LinkedIn Changes

LinkedIn officially launched in 2003, founded by Reid Hoffman. Hoffman worked on one of the very first social media platforms. In 1994, he lead eWorld, a subscription-based virtual community center by Apple. After 2 years the site closed, and a year later, Hoffman founded SocialNet. This website focused on online dating and real-world meetups, but…

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Choices: The Core of Strategy

virtual assistant, back office help

Developing a winning strategy for your company requires making some serious choices, which isn’t always easy to do. Even basic choices, like trying to figure out what to make for dinner, can be difficult. Developing a successful strategy is not an easy task, but requires you to make a choice of what is best for your company, and…

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What to Look For When Hiring An SEO Company

SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can make or break a website.  What is SEO? SEO is a form of marketing geared towards growing your website’s organic or non-paid search results.  Of the search engines, Google has around 65% of the searches followed by Bing and Yahoo. Studies have found that the Google top search result gets…

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How To Attract Millennials To Your Small Business

Attract Millennials to Your Small Business

You are not alone if your business is having a difficult time encouraging younger adults to purchase your products. Grabbing the attention of Millennials and convincing them to buy are the two biggest challenges, especially for small businesses. A 2014 Eventbrite survey found that 76% of Millennials value experiences, such as vacations, concerts, and dining…

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Get Out of Your Own Way and Market Like a Pro

Market like a pro!

Marketing is so important in the business world. Whether you’re a major corporation or a small family run business, the way you market can make or break your business. Have you ever wondered why some companies excel while some fail at marketing? Preparation and delegation is the best path to success. However, when you are…

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What Is “Social Listening” and Why Does It Matter?

What is social listening and why its important

One of the wonderful things that social media offers is the opportunity to engage with clients or customers in real time. But what use is real-time engagement if you don’t understand current or potential clients? Knowing exactly what customers expect of you can be tricky if you’re a small business owner. Unlike bigger companies, many…

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