Social media

Should You Give Up On Social Media Marketing?

Ross | July 23rd, 2013

The claim that social media will drive more customers to your business than search, email or other traditional and online marketing channels has once again been exposed as a myth. Or has it? A recent study by Custora found that email marketing and search deliver more profitable customers than social media. I wrote an opinion […]

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Small Business and Startups: The First Ever crowdSPRING Quiz!

Mike | July 8th, 2013

Now that the 4th of July party is over and we begin the official summer months, many businesses large and small will experience a slowdown in sales, traffic, and customer engagement. Why? Because it’s vacation time, stupid. Because you’ve got a bit of extra time on your hands, I imagine you’ve probably been asking yourself, “What […]

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How To Say No To People Who Want To Pick Your Brain

Ross | June 25th, 2013

As you become successful, people will want to buy you a cup of coffee and “pick your brain.” Even if  you want to genuinely help, it’s impossible to say “yes” to everyone and not impact your own productivity. Here’s a helpful video from Marie Forleo, a marketing and lifestyle expert. Marie offers good tips on […]

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Surprise Is One Of The Most Powerful Small Business Marketing Tools

Ross | June 18th, 2013

It has always been difficult to stand-out in a crowded market. When the products you sell are also available from thousands of other vendors at the same or lower prices, how do you differentiate your business and convince customers to buy from you? Smart companies surprise their customers when customers least expect surprises. When you […]

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To Succeed, Stop Trying To Please Everyone

Ross | June 11th, 2013

Many young entrepreneurs and small business owners make a common mistake when they launch their new business or a new product/service. They believe that at launch, they should always target as many customers as they can. This seems logical. If your potential group of customers is larger, aren’t you more likely to succeed? No. It’s […]

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Small Business Branding: What You Can Learn From The World’s Best Brands

Ross | May 22nd, 2013

  The 2013 Brandz Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report was just released. The report offers important lessons for startups and small business. Apple is once again listed as the most valuable global brand, with Google, IBM, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola rounding out the top five. We’ve previously written about important lessons small businesses and […]

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This Is Why Social Media Doesn’t Work For Your Business

Ross | May 21st, 2013

If you have invested considerable time and resources on social media marketing over the past year and feel frustrated, you are not alone. About 61% of small businesses don’t see any return on investment on their social-media activities … Yet, almost 50% say they’ve increased their time spent on social media, and only 7% have […]

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Small Business and Social Marketing: Time for an Audit?

Mike | May 20th, 2013

Marketing is simple: spend $100 advertising your product or service and earn back $110 for your efforts. This has long been the underlying challenge for businesses large and small:  how do you acquire new customers, convince them to buy more of whatever it is you are selling, get them to tell other’s about your offering, […]

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Small Business Marketing Guide: Types of Traditional and Online Marketing

Ross | May 1st, 2013

Many small business owners and young entrepreneurs are intimidated by marketing. There’s a good reason for this: marketing is expensive, can be time-consuming, and can be a waste of time. But marketing, when planned and executed correctly, can also lead to more sales and revenue. Whether you plan and execute traditional and online marketing strategies […]

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Best Social Media Tools For Your Small Business

Ross | February 20th, 2013

Do you want to know how you can best leverage social media to help your small business succeed and increase revenues? In a moment, we’ll look at some of the best social media management tools that will help you do more with less. Let’s first take a minute to help you understand why you should […]

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