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

4 ways to improve your CRM

November 30, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

No matter where you are in the business world—just starting, just catching your stride or a long-time veteran—you won’t get any further without loyal customers who trust you. To build up that foundation and to improve on it you need feedback from your customers, old and new. You need a viable Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategy—or a... Read More

Facebook plans an even deeper ‘Canvas’

November 02, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Facebook’s most visual form of advertisement is about to get even easier to create. The social media giant announced recently that changes are coming to its canvas ad format that will make it easier for marketers to take advantage of the new concept and tell a more compelling story about their brand. Launched in February of... Read More

Five email marketing tips

November 01, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Email marketing is still one of the best ways to get the word out about your business and to engage your loyal customer base. Your email list should be populated by customers who have given you permission to send them marketing material directly—you should never buy an email list from a vendor—so you already have piqued... Read More

Should you outsource your social media management?

October 03, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

When you think about your business’s social media presence, you probably keep coming back to one question: should I farm it out, or do it myself? Social media is a 24/7 proposition—and, for that matter, so is running a business. Who has time to do one, let alone both? There are advantages to outsourcing your... Read More

5 customer retention strategies

October 01, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Customer retention is an important part of maintaining a healthy business. It’s cheaper to keep customers than to attract new ones, and the longer a customer stays with you, the more likely he or she will be to bring other consumers to your doorstep or your web site. In fact, Harvard Business Review reports that... Read More

How to humanize your brand

September 04, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

You’ll have more success if you treat your customers like friends, not dollars. It’s not enough to have a lot of friends or followers subscribe to your social media channels. The number may look comforting and you may be able to brag about it, but what you’re really looking for, as a business, is the quality of... Read More

5 key SEO facts

September 04, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Search Engine Optimization is the art of getting your business noticed without paying for it. Online marketers will always talk about the importance of Search Engine Optimization. We’ve written plenty of blogs about it, too, and even provide service to increase your rankings. But what exactly is it? Think of SEO like an organic phone book where algorithms... Read More

4 essentials of reputation management

September 03, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Online reputation management can make or break your business. You can’t put too high a price or place too much value on reputation management. The reputation your business has with your customers—new, old and potential alike—is the foundation for your success or failure. Consider these three statistics: about 82 percent of consumers say they visit review sites... Read More

How to write snappy headlines

August 06, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

In today’s quick-paced world, you may only have one chance to grab the attention of your customers or potential customers: your headline. Only 20 percent of the people who see your posts will read beyond the headline. And remember, your organic reach is already dropping, so even fewer people will see your post to begin... Read More

How to use Pokémon Go to attract new customers

August 05, 2016

Posted By: Scotty Spielman

Pokemon Go can deliver new customers to your business, if you play the game right. You may have noticed more people walking around, staring at their phones than ever before. Chances are, they’re not listening to music or texting their friends—they’re playing Pokemon Go, a game recently released by Niantic, a spin-off of Google, that... Read More