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In order to maintain an energetic social media presence and an ambition content posting schedule, sometimes we really need to think that every person who sees and engages with our social posts is a power user; those all-important industry influencers who have the power to make your content go viral.

And while that fantasy can certainly help keep you motivated, it’s important to be aware – even if only in the very back of your mind – that it’s not really the case. Do I say this to dishearten you or rain on your parade? Certainly not. But it is important to be mindful of the need to make every interaction with an influencer on social really count.

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We have already talked about why your small business website should be mobile and tablet optimized. Not to mention, we just rolled out 450 new mobile-friendly themes for you to choose when building through Webs.

So why are you still hesitant to go mobile?

If you just need a little more convincing, the folks over at text marketer got you covered.

After reading stats like “90% of adults have their phone within arm’s reach 24/7” (Nielsen) and “9 out of 10 mobile searches lead to action” (Search Engine Land), we feel the importance of mobile marketing will be hard to ignore.

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LinkedIn tips

We’ve talked before about creating a LinkedIn Showcase Page for your small business. And what that’s definitely an important milestone in any business’s marketing evolution, what about the entrepreneur who started it? In many cases, businesses start out as one person offering a product or service – like a photographer, accountant, blogger, or a wedding planner. In these cases, the first step might be to make the most of something you should already have: your personal LinkedIn Profile.

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Happy employees

Following up on last week’s blog post about productivity hacks, today we’re featuring a handy infographic that might just help you turn your workday frown upside down.

Created by commercial furniture provider CMD, this graphic offers advice to help workers maintain a positive attitude throughout the day. These tips should also be observed by business owners who are responsible for employees of their own.

Ideas found below include avoiding office politics, using holidays more effectively, and trying walking meetings.

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The small business landscape is one that is always changing. What’s true of this intrepid group one year may take an unexpected turn the next. So it’s always fascinating to touch base with business owners and learn about their needs, challenges, and aspirations for their businesses.

The infographic below summarizes the Webs Small Business Digital Trends Survey – the latest findings based on the responses of over 2,200 small business owners in the United States. Much of what you find below will probably confirm what you have experienced, and some of it might really surprise you. Here are a few of the stats that really stood out to us:

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Many small businesses start as a hobby, and then take over a larger and larger percentage of the owner’s time until the proportions flip and the hobby has replaced a full time job. And while this gradual evolution is certainly logical, it can also lead to skipping some important steps when setting up a business.

If you’re thinking about starting a business – or maybe just want to check your progress – have a look at the infographic below. It details the 10 steps necessary for a business to get started on a solid foundation. In short, they are:

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How to become a Google Plus Wizard

Do you ever feel that nagging sense that you’re forgetting to do something important? Something that could really benefit your business and your own personal brand, if only you could remember what it was? Psst…that thing you keep forgetting to do is learn how to use Google Plus effectively.

For all of it’s brilliant functionality, attractive design, and good market awareness, Google Plus has still not achieved the social media superstar status it probably should have. Why? There are lots of theories, but one that I find compelling is that people are simply burned out on learning new social platform rules. This theory leaves out the industry experts and savvy social users who seamlessly adopt new tech. It more explains the masses who, having dedicated themselves to learning the ins and outs of Facebook for so long, simply can’t bring themselves to learn the new rules and subtle intricacies of another sophisticated platform.

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The Inbox Diaries is a new series designed to help busy entrepreneurs keep up with all the latest news in small business, marketing, and social media. I’m scouring my inbox every day for interesting tidbits – so you don’t have to.

This Week’s Stories:

Avoid The Clichés Featured In This Hilarious Video
Have you ever seen a field full of wind turbines in a commercial for a washing machine and wondered “what does this have to do with getting my whites whiter?” Then the video below might be for you. According to Mashable, this video comes from the stock video provider Dissolve, and was perhaps created to encourage its clients to advertise responsibly.

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McDonalds Tweets Back at Taco Bell

The Inbox Diaries is a new series designed to help busy entrepreneurs keep up with all the latest news in small business, marketing, and social media. I’m scouring my inbox every day for interesting tidbits – so you don’t have to.

This Week’s Stories:

The Best Offense Is A Good Defense: McDonald’s vs. Taco Bell
When Taco Bell launched its breakfast menu on March 27th, it fired the first shot in the Fast Food Breakfast War against the industry leader, McDonald’s. After watching the launch commercial in which Taco Bell showed dozens of real men named Ronald McDonald chowing down on Waffle Tacos, the world waited with baited breath to see how McDonald’s would respond. For a brand whose mascot is a clown, I found the two-pronged response to be nicely understated. First, McDonald’s announced that for the next 2 weeks they will be giving away their much-praised McCafe coffee free during breakfast hours. This costs the company almost nothing, but provides an incentive for diners to choose their brand while all the hype around Taco Bell fades to the background.  They also shared a classy but pointed tweet that patronizes Taco Bell to just the right extent:

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It’s an overcast Friday afternoon just after lunch, so this seems like an appropriate time to talk about boosting your productivity. It’s also a great time to scour the web for great infographics, like the one you’ll find below from Middlesex University in London. Many of the university’s graduates go on to start small businesses, so to lend them a helping hand, the school created a collection of their favorite (sorry,
favourite, this is from London) apps that can make life simpler for small businesses.

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