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Restaurants offer some unique challenges when it comes to marketing and advertising. Spending too much money on promotions can take away from your bottom line, and it’s a big investment to have a dedicated sales team to drive new revenue directly.

Content marketing presents a suitable alternative. It’s a relatively inexpensive strategy to pursue, it can grow your traffic exponentially over time, and it drives new visitors to your site while building your reputation. However, content marketing isn’t a magic solution, devoid of challenges for restaurants.

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It’s the beginning of a new year, which means a fresh start and endless possibilities! For small businesses, a new year brings opportunities to explore different avenues for growth and success. A major consideration for many small businesses is investing in social media, but it can be overwhelming. Social media is a continually evolving landscape, but understanding the essentials removes the complications and makes it easy for anyone to seamlessly use social media marketing.

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Digital marketing channels are the bee’s knees for spreading seasonal cheer throughout the holiday season. From your small business website to social media to email campaigns and blog posts, your business has ample opportunity to impart merriment to its audiences. The best part about using digital marketing is that you can do it all for free! If you have the systems in place, special holiday campaigns require only a bit of pre-planning and time. By successfully sharing festive sentiments over digital channels, your business can build brand awareness and customer conversions. Who wouldn’t want to give it a whirl?

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Email marketing is central to many small business’s marketing strategies. It is a fantastic way to send out branded messages to potential clients as well as longstanding, loyal customers. However, writing emails that inspire conversions and sales isn’t super intuitive to most people. Today, we’re going to break down the five essential components for successful email copy.

Let’s get right to it.

Keep It Short and Sweet (KISS)

As we’ve discussed, people’s attention spans are very short, as in you have eight seconds to hook someone into reading your email and continue reading your email copy. In order to position your emails for optimal open, read, and click-through rates, limit your word count. This applies to your subject lines and your email content.

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Small business budgets can be, well, small. Whether you’re in the beginning phases of a new business or are an established entity, budgets are tight and every penny is allocated to a specific function. When it comes to marketing budgets, they are often non-existent. Yet, marketing continues to scale the ladder of importance when it comes to small business operations.

The real question, then, is how does a small business integrate marketing efforts with minimal budget? One practically free means of marketing is to enlist your current customers as unofficial brand advocates. Tapping into your captive and loyal consumer base offers your business endless opportunities to increase brand awareness for minimal spend.

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Is your marketing campaign sufficiently visual? Images are at the core of modern marketing, but it’s important to grasp the full extent of visual marketing strategies now available, from traditional photography to the increasingly popular infographic. It’s no longer enough to stick to just one form of visual content.

Luckily, putting extra energy into your visual material will be worth your effort, since blogs featuring appropriate image content accrue 94% more views than those without such content. But, of course, some of these visuals are more powerful than others. It’s important to play to your content strengths.

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Content marketing has become synonymous with successful businesses over the past few years. However, it remains an anomaly to many. Today, we’re going to dive into what content marketing is and how it can significantly impact your small business. Let’s start with the basics.

What is content marketing?

“Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action,” according to the Content Marketing Institute.

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For your small business, your website plays an important role in establishing credibility and enticing people to become consumers. It is a primary method of verification among the public, and people don’t take website appearance lightly. If you’re an established business, your website is expected to reflect your level of professionalism and legitimacy. In fact, according to the Vistaprint Digital Impact Report on Online Identity,

“45% of people are unlikely to buy from a business with a poorly designed website.”

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I have to admit I have never been very good at writing Calls To Action. Some people seem to have this preternatural skill, getting customers to click effortlessly. For me, it was always a major struggle. One that held me back for a long time, keeping my content from ever reaching the potential I knew it could.

Thankfully I have gotten over that hurdle. What pushed things in the other direction was learning about click triggers, and how they can improve your CTAs almost instantly.

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We’ve talked a lot about web design and best practices for setting up a professional business website, but once that’s complete, what do you do next? Generating traffic to your beautifully crafted website is the next hurdle to overcome. This is where backlinks come into play. Simply put, backlinks are inbound hyperlinks from one website to another website.

You may be thinking, “How is this relevant to my business?” Well, every backlink to your website increases your site’s popularity and pushes it higher in SEO rankings for your industry or niche; they improve your credibility and authority within the marketplace.

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