Where to find photos for your social media posts

June 28, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Good graphics will increase your engagement, no matter what platform they’re viewed on. It’s no secret that posts with graphics tend to get more attention than text-only messages. In fact, according to bufferapp.com, photographic posts get 39 percent more attention than text-only or even video posts. There are a number of reasons for this, and... Read More

Survey says: local, online reviews are crucial for your business

May 02, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

According to a recent study by brightlocal.com, online reviews are more important than ever and, when it comes to the origin of those reviews, the closer to your business, the better. Brightlocal has conducted the survey every year since 2010. Last year, they polled more than 1,050 individuals to get insight on how online reviews... Read More

5 easy steps to improving internet security

April 30, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

If you’re a business owner, it’s important to take information security seriously. As a small business owner in particular, you and your customers are at risk. About 43 percent of all cyber attacks target small businesses, according to smallbiztrends.com. Fortunately, there are several relatively easy—and cheap—steps you can take to protect your information and your... Read More

How to maintain brand consistency–and why you should

April 28, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

You may think your business isn’t big enough to be a “brand,” but you’re wrong. Any business, from the smallest mom-and-pop operation to a corporation like Coca Cola, is its own brand. A brand is defined as what people think about your business—the impression they get when they see or hear its name. It’s more... Read More

Four ways social media can help your CRM

April 01, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Marketing with social media is effective because it can help build or strengthen your connections with existing customers. Used properly, it can enhance your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) results and build a solid, loyal customer base. There are plenty of reasons to improve your CRM, of course. The biggest is the cost factor. According to... Read More

SEO trends for 2017

March 30, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

The Search Engine Optimization market, like the algorithms that power it, are constantly in flux. Google’s algorithm is almost constantly being updated, which keeps business owners and marketers alike on their toes. This year will be no different. Here are a few things to keep in mind if SEO marketing is one the main ways... Read More

Should you give up your Facebook business page?

March 02, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

You may have noticed that the organic reach of your Facebook business page is dwindling. It may seem like no matter how creative, graphic or entertaining your content is, the vast majority of your customers do not or will not see it. Well, you’re right. The Facebook newsfeed algorithm is constantly changing and, it seems,... Read More

6 ways to persuade customers through social media

February 25, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Your business’ social media pages are perfect places for you to persuade customers to visit your shop, use your services or buy your goods. It’s more of a soft sell that other forms of marketing, like direct advertising or cold-calling; you’re trying to foster a relationship to build up trust to bring customers into the... Read More

Digital marketing trend for 2017: Permission Marketing

January 07, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

When it comes to marketing in 2017, one early trend is becoming clear: if you want attention, you’re going to have to earn it. That’s particularly true in the digital world, where more and more people are hanging out and advertisements are increasingly getting ignored. Banner ad click-through rates continue to decline, your organic reach... Read More

Is your website mobile enough for 2017?

January 06, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

If you’re still planning your marketing strategy for 2017, make sure you answer a simple question, first. Are you mobile enough? Mobile internet users have outpaced desktop users for more than two years, now and trend will only increase this year. That means more and more people will be using their smart phones and tablets... Read More

How to set a marketing budget for 2017

January 03, 2017

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Setting a marketing budget can be a challenge for any type of business, large or small. It can be even more difficult when you are operating a small business, because you often have to make these decisions on your own, without a team of experts to advise you or back you up. As we look forward to... Read More

Five ways to improve sales with social media

December 03, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

It’s difficult to walk the fine line between advertising and social media. On one hand, you want your business pages to be fresh and fun, but on the other hand you still want them to reflect your business and, ultimately, bring customers to your doors. With the right approach, you can use your social media channels... Read More