20 Social Media Questions: Social Media IQ Quiz for Small Business Owners

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Do you have a social media marketing plan for 2012? Are you wondering if — and how — you should be using social media marketing to grow your business? These 20 questions will help you get started with your social media marketing plan for 2012: 1. Do you have – or do you plan to […] Read more »

Can Send Out Cards Build Your Business?

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Are you using thank you notes, birthday cards, and greeting cards to build your business and cultivate a loyal following for your personal brand? The simple low tech thank you note and birthday card remains one of the most powerful, effective, and affordable business-building tools available to small business owners. Make An Impact, Be Remembered, […] Read more »

Linked In Connections

Linked In Connections

Sometimes I’m a little slow. I’ve been spending so much time posting and marketing on Facebook that I haven’t paid too much attention to LinkedIn as a marketing tool. But after realizing how many 2nd and 3rd degree connections I can reach using LinkedIn, I’m going to make a point of using my LinkedIn account […] Read more »

How Consumers Use Smartphones: What Every Local Business Owner Needs to Know and Understand

How Consumers Use Smartphones

If you are a local business owner, you need to pay attention to the mobile phone / smartphone revolution. Here’s why. Google — the most-used search engine in the United States — recently interviewed 5,013 U.S. adults ages 18-64 to find out: How consumers use smartphones in their daily lives The kinds of information consumers […] Read more »

The Money is in Your Email List: Grow Your Email List Faster With QR Codes

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Many small business owners are scrambling to figure out how to use Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and other social media to market their business. The problem is, social media engagement can distract you from the more important and essential marketing tasks of: developing a website that works, and using your website as a marketing tool to […] Read more »

Why Your Free Website Builder Doesn’t Work and What To Do About It

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Home Page for CARess Car Wash Toledo Ohio CARess Car Wash Toledo Ohio Case Example The owner of CARess Car Wash in Toledo, Ohio would like to show up on Page 1 of Google search results for the keyword phrase “car wash Toledo OH.” Like many cost-conscious business owners who know they need a website […] Read more »

The High Cost of Free Websites: Why Cheap or Free Website Builders Are a Waste of Your Time and Money

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In today’s world, customers expect to be able to find local businesses online. Like it or not, you need a website to compete effectively in today’s marketplace. Godaddy, Yahoo, Vistprint, Verizon, and many more companies are luring local business owners with offers of free or low-cost website builders. Once you bite on the offer, you […] Read more »

QR Codes for Wineries: Creative Marketing Examples

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According to a recent research report, consumer scanning of QR Codes has risen 1,400% over the past year. Now that local consumers are more familiar with QR codes and how they work (you see them everywhere nowadays), more and more smartphone owners are scanning QR barcodes to: download coupons enter contests get product information access […] Read more »

Best WordPress Shopping Cart: Market Theme Customer Review

I recently created my first ever wordpress shopping cart using Market Theme for WordPress for a Virginia winery client and have been very pleased with the results. Before finding the Market Theme, I tried building Narmada Winery’s ecommerce store using the free WP-ecommerce plug-in, but it was a real struggle to get WP-ecommerce to work […] Read more »

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