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Boost Business with These 7 Tools You Probably Haven’t of

A great artist may have vision and talent, but to bring a vision to life, the artist needs the right tools. That’s as true of painting as it is of marketing. And while a true artist should never blame tools for a job poorly done, the truth is that the wrong tools can have a negative impact on their work. Your social media tools aren’t getting the job done. You might think you have the latest and greatest – and maybe your social media game is on point. But that said, I’m willing to bet that there are a few […]

How to Rank for “Businesses Near Me” Local Searches

Search has changed in the last four years. Anybody who’s paying attention knows that. Since 2014, mobile searches have overtaken desktop searches. At the same time, Google has prioritized local searches to the point where finding non-local results has become almost impossible. In fact: These two factors, combined with a concurrent rise in voice search, have changed the ballgame when it comes to ranking for local searches on Google. They explain why searches for “businesses near me” have skyrocketed. After all, if someone’s out looking for a place to eat or a store to visit, they’re probably not looking for […]

How to Increase Sales on a Shoestring Budget

You’ve got to spend money to make money. Right? Well… maybe. The truth is that it it’s not that simple. Many of the tried and true marketing tricks you read about do require a substantial budget. But some don’t. In fact, there are ways to increase your sales even if you’re running on a shoestring budget. It’s all about getting creative and taking chances with your marketing where it makes sense to do so. So, with that in mind, here are some super-effective marketing tricks that can help you grow your sales without blowing through your (small) budget. Use Customer […]

How to Get More Customer Referrals

You want more business. That’s a no-brainer! But if you’re thinking that the best way to get it is through paid advertising, think again. The truth is that even in this electronic age, word of mouth advertising is worth its weight in gold. That’s why online reviews are important. 97% of all consumers read online reviews prior to patronizing a business – and most often, they’re reviews from strangers. Referrals from friends and colleagues carry even more weight. In fact, they convert 30% more often than leads that come from other sources. That’s why you need to set up a […]

What’s the Definition of a GOOD Website?

Most businesses these days have a website. But is that enough to make your business a success? Is it enough to help your business grow and thrive? I don’t think so. I’ve seen some pretty terrible websites. Here, I’m talking about sites that are arguably worse than having no website at all. They’re amateurish, ugly, and worst of all… They’re ineffective. That means they don’t do a single thing to elevate the business they represent. They don’t attract visitors, and when someone lands on the site by chance, they don’t stick around. The problem is that a lot of entrepreneurs […]