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Can Social Cards Help You Attract New Customers?

It’s gratifying when someone links to one of your social profiles. It’s free advertising – and what’s better than that? You might not have a huge marketing budget. One free link could translate to thousands of dollars of business. But… What is the link that displays saying about you and your business? If it’s generic-looking, it might not be saying much. The solution is to come up with a way to display a killer image, some compelling text, and call to action whenever anybody links to your website or social profiles. In......

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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.......

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Are All Your Locations Visible on Google? Here’s How to Make Sure

Optimizing a website is both a science and an art. It can be a challenge to get even one page to rank when you’re operating in a competitive niche. But what happens if your business has multiple locations? Here’s a hint: If you don’t give each location a chance to shine, people won’t be able to find you online. For obvious reasons, that’s not a good idea. You need your target audience to be able to find you. The trick? Knowing how to optimize your website so that each location gets its......

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Your Website Content Sucks and Here’s Why

Your website content sucks. Ouch. That’s painful to hear, but it’s also probably true. But you’re not alone. Most small business website content sucks. It’s badly conceived, poorly written, boring, and – worst of all – ineffective. Double Ouch. The good news is, you can make it not suck. It’s not even that hard. The most difficult part is evaluating your content with a critical eye and acknowledging that it’s not working. Once you’ve done that, it’s within your reach to create compelling and persuasive content that will get results. Signs That......

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Why Building Authority is the Secret to Online Success

Who are you and why should anybody care what you think? If you can’t answer that question in a compelling manner, then you’re probably not an authority figure in your niche. Maybe you’re just starting out. Or, maybe you’ve been in the game a while, but you’re having a hard time getting people to pay attention to you. Either way, the solution is to make yourself into an authority. Here’s the secret that a lot of entrepreneurs don’t know: Authority is not something other people bestow on you. It’s something you can......

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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......

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6 Reasons Why You Should Outsource Your Marketing to an Agency

Online marketing is easy. Everybody’s doing it, from bloggers to Etsy entrepreneurs. Why should you pay for something you can do yourself, right? You could look at it that way. It’s certainly true that technology has made marketing more accessible than ever. If you’re just starting out, you may think that spending money to hire an agency doesn’t make sense. You’re wrong. In fact, failing to hire an agency is one of the biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make. It’s not necessary for every situation. But here’s the thing: “If you’re not a......

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Are You Ignoring 35% of All Web Users?

If you tend to keep up with SEO and search trends, then you know that almost everything focuses on Google. And why not? Google is by far the largest search engine, snagging about two-thirds of all searchers. Two-thirds is a lot, but do you notice what’s missing there? If you remember what you learned about fractions, it’s not that hard. Got it? That’s right! One-third of all searches aren’t using Google. And yet, amazingly, most businesses aren’t thinking about other search engines at all! They remain laser-focused on Google. That’s good news......

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How to Generate Local Leads with YouTube Ads

Most small businesses don’t have a huge marketing budget. Sounds familiar, right? Advertising is expensive. You want the money you spend to stretch as far as possible – and that means finding advertising opportunities that are going to get you the biggest possible bang for your buck. There’s no shortage of options. And one option that you may have overlooked is something that you’ve probably spent a lot of time on as a consumer. I’m talking about YouTube ads. You probably visit YouTube often – maybe you even go there more than......

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7 Ways to Acquire New Customers

A stagnating business is more likely to fail than one that’s growing. I mean, let’s face it. That’s just common sense. Businesses that experience new growth – in the form of new customers – have an advantage over businesses that are barely managing to hold onto their existing customers. That’s not to say that customer retention doesn’t matter. It does! But attracting new customers is a must. And it can be expensive. In fact, research shows that attracting a new customer can be up to 10 times as costly as retaining an......

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