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Small Business Promotion: Free Resources

1 Nov

Big firms may spend a lot of money to promote their businesses. And they may use all types of offline and online media. But what about about small firms? Many don’t even use free information. They don’t read posts such as these. Marketing Tips for Small BusinessesFREE Marketing Planning Tools!  Today we look at small business promotion: free resources.
 

Small Business Promotion: Free Resources

According to Webbiy, a Web site creator:

“Starting a business is very daunting. It becomes tougher when a firm works on a shoestring budget. Furthermore, promoting a firm among other established companies can be expensive. But it is possible even on a tight budget.”

 “Before the Internet, small and mid-sized businesses had few ways to promote their goods or services. Banner ads and fliers can be expensive. To get the best return on investment,  here are ways to promote your firm without spending a fortune.”

  1. Online Business Directories — “They allow users to search businesses in any niche. These sites are good places to start in launching an online presence. These sites have a wide range of audiences who are also potential customers for your business.”
  2. Local listing services — “Many small firms overlook this option even though it is free. And it an easy way to find customers searching in your area. Google Places makes it simple to locate your business on Google searches. Besides, Google Places shows your exact location mobile-friendly map. Yahoo Local and Bing Places for Business are also free to register.”
  3. Social Media  — ” The world is using these social media sites. So make sure you create your business profiles and pages on them. Set up a personal and company profile on LinkedIn. Post offers on your Facebook page. And have a direct channel on Twitter.”
  4. Content Promotion Sites — “Submit articles on topics your customers are interested in. This includes sites like Ezinearticles, HubPages, and Articlesbase. They let you add backlinks to your Web site to give you traffic.”
  5. Press Release Web Sites — “Always shoot off a press release and submit it to popular sites like PRLog and Free Press Release every time you do something newsworthy. There are many other sites where you can make an impact like Open PR and 24-7 PressRelease.”
  6. Blog — “Blogs are a perfect way to connect with customers directly and get your name out there. The key to successful blogging is updating as often as you can.”
  7. Online Communities — “Every niche has an online community. Join it and contribute actively. These communities are also free places to promote your business. They let you add links to your signature or mention firm when the need arises.”

 
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Video Tips to Help Improve YOUR Self-Confidence

29 May

Are there times when YOU don’t feel confident to speak in public, pursue a new job, ask for a promotion, etc.? This happens to most of us at one time or another. What can YOU do to be more motivated and self-confident? LEARN from and enjoy the six video clips that are shown below! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

This first video is to give you a chuckle and psych you up for the other — more serious — videos.
 

 
This next video has been viewed more than 9 million times. And the others have all been viewed several hundred thousand times or more!!!
 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Vigilant in Protecting Your Reputation?

22 Feb

Whether we are reviewing our company’s reputation or our own personal self-brand, the results may be challenging because of the spread of fake news and the proliferation of negative social media comments. What we hope for perceptions of our reputation may not be in sync with the way others see us. And having a favorable reputation is critically important.

What can we do to have a well-respected reputation? Consider these suggestions from Sapir Segal, writing for Marketo:

Social media marketing requires a lot of patience and maintenance. Once you’ve established your social media presence and are generating engagement and measuring your ROI, the most important stage is to protect your hard work. Monitoring and protecting your social media presence from decline or extinction is just as pivotal as demonstrating it in the first place.”

“Controversial posts, account hacks, and inadvertent mistakes are all examples of threats that could harm your brand’s reputation. Luckily for marketers, many of these troubling factors are avoidable or correctable. To protect your social media reputation, you must have a careful eye for potential problems, a plan for handling crises, and a team you trust to write and manage the content. Here are three common mistakes that plague social media marketers: (1) unsupervised content publishing; (2) controversial content; and (3) account hacking.”

 

Click the image to read Segal’s solutions to these problems!


 

Rating the Super Bowl Ads: What’s YOUR Take?

7 Feb

From a sports perspective, Super Bowl LI was an exciting football game — the first one ever going into overtime. But was this Super Bowl an advertising success? The reviews of the ads are mixed. [Click here to access all of the ads.]

Consider these observations from

“The New England Patriots’ furious comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons must have felt like a relief to the National Football League and many of its fans, if only because it squarely turned the focus and conversation back to football. That came at the close of a Super Bowl where commercials that once would have seemed relatively innocuous felt provocative thanks to the polarized political climate.”

“Super Bowl ads featuring images of multiculturalism and inclusiveness are hardly new — sponsors like to appeal to wide audiences with feel-good imagery. Even so, amid all the acrimony over government policies, several commercials risked becoming lightning rods, including a Budweiser ad that dared to trace founder Adolphus Busch’s immigrant roots and a Coca-Cola spot that offered ‘America the Beautiful’ in different languages.”

“[Nonetheless, for the most part], the much-ballyhooed commercials yielded as few highlights as New England’s offense did during the first half.”

 

Each year, Advertising Age runs an online post-game poll whereby anyone can vote on the question: “Which Super Bowl Ad Was the Best?” As of Monday night, the following ads were rated the best by those participating in the Ad Age poll. In addition to listing the best ads (in the order of the Ad Age poll results), we are providing the ads themselves. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

 

Airbnb “We Accept”

 

84 Lumber “The Journey Begins”

 

Audi “Daughter”

 

Bai Brands “Gentlemen”

 

Budweiser “Born the Hard Way”

 

Mr. Clean “Cleaner of Your Dreams”

 

Honda “Yearbooks”

 

Kia “Hero’s Journey”

 

Tide “Bradshaw Stain”

 

 

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