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7 Key Plots for Small Business Brand Storytelling

December 31, 2016

Brand storytelling is the process of sharing information about your company, product or service in a way that puts the story first in order to create relevance in the mind of the consumer. Stories help consumers visualize their life with your brand interwoven into it. They build trust, engagement and are a desired deviation from the pitches that are widely ignored today. If you want to build a successful, sustainable business, you need stories positioned towards your target consumer on your website and across your social channels.

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Why Your Web Browser Matters

December 31, 2016

A browser is the program you use to access the internet. Your web browser impacts your online experience. If you’re using an outdated browser, here are some unfortunate situations you might encounter:

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Don’t Hit ‘Publish’ Just Yet – Blogging Grammar

December 31, 2016

Give it five minutes or so before you hit “publish” on that new blog post or send that article you just wrote for an industry publication. Use that time to read this post, then go back and see if you are actually ready to send your words out into the big, wide world.

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Why You Need Marketing Automation in Your Small Business

December 31, 2016

Email marketing remains one of the most effective ways to nurture leads as well as keep your customers in the loop, but it’s certainly not the quickest of all marketing strategies to set up. It takes time to create and schedule messages, track who opened them and follow up appropriately. With marketing automation software, you have the capability to set up a single campaign that will last a lifetime with a few minor tweaks here and there.

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4 Security Tips for Website Plugins

December 31, 2016

Plugins can make your small business website stand out from the competition in terms of customization, speed, and integration with other systems — like social media networks. Plugins such as WordPress SEO by Yoast can help people find your site. Plugins also can compromise your website if they’re not secure.

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Common Grammar Errors Bloggers Make

December 31, 2016

Recently a SCORE blog post from GoDaddy talked about the importance of proofreading blog posts before hitting “publish”. I was asked to contribute these grammar tips as a sequel. Sure your proofreading, but do you know what to look for? Sometimes words seem similar and are easily misused.

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5 Ways to Help You Find Time to Manage Social Media

December 31, 2016

You start off on Linkedin looking up a colleague’s experience and background and before you know it you’re one click away from watching the latest video gone viral on Youtube. Before you know it, you’ve gone down the rabbit hole of wasting time and not getting anything important done. Here are 5 ways to stay focused and productive when you are using social media.

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Realistic Goals in Social Media

December 29, 2016,

This is one of the solid, classic books on social media, “A World Gone Social” by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt. I highly recommend it for those of you who are still trying to figure out this newfangled marketing and those of you who are used to the old-fashioned or as the authors put it, “Industrial-Age” marketing.

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Don’t get stuck in the Past: 4 tips to Modernize your Website

December 29, 2016

In this age of ever-evolving content, your website needs to stay with the curve. Nobody wants to be the person with the website that looks like it was made in 2004. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, but you should definitely be aware of newer trends and how they drive more traffic to your site.

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Pics that Pay – 5 Tips for Using Images in your Online Store

December 29, 2016

As the owner of an online store, it’s up to you to sell people like me on your products. I can’t touch them or smell them or taste them, but I can zoom in and hover over them to my heart’s content. The better the pics, the more likely I’ll be to buy. It’s that simple.

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