Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up social media accounts for your business and are gaining followers and increasing engagement daily. Your hard work is paying off, but do you feel like social media management is becoming a full-time job, on top of running your small business? With the numerous platforms available, all which have different functionalities and requirements – cue Twitter’s 140 character limit for tweets – it can be a cumbersome undertaking. You may find that you spend a shocking amount of time on this one piece of your business. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then keep reading!
The second biggest holiday in the Small Business world is coming up in just about a month, and it’s time to start planning how you can get involved. National Small Business Week takes place May 1st -7th here in the U.S., and this year’s theme is “Dream Big, Start Small.”
Created by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) back in 1963, National Small Business Week provides:
“An opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and other from across the nation.” (SBA)
A recent study done by Clutch found that 46% of the 350 small businesses surveyed did not have a website. 22% of those businesses say they do not plan on ever having a website. Some of the reasons behind this include cost, social media presence and lack of knowledge. If you recognize yourself in any of those scenarios, bear in mind that not only is having a website more important than ever today, it is also easier than ever to create one!
Why Your Business Needs a Website
A website is a crucial aspect to any growing company. In this digital era, an online presence is necessary to reach potential customers. It is a place where your customers know they can get reliable information and where your business can stand apart from others.
Assuming you have a valuable proposition, there’s only one thing that can stop your users from converting: trust. If a user trusts your brand, they’ll gladly partake in an exchange with you. However, building that trust is no easy feat—it takes consistently good service across multiple recurring transactions and exchanges, sometimes spanning months or years, before a user intrinsically trusts your brand.
The Time Problem
This doesn’t do you much good considering most users entering your website will form a lasting first impression of your brand based on their first eight seconds of activity. Provided you get lucky enough to win a first-timer’s business, you can build trust with your level of service, but how can you build trust from the very first interaction, with no prior user knowledge of your brand or product?
When it comes to email marketing, a good subject line makes all the difference. In fact, one study found that 33 percent of email recipients open an email based solely on its subject line. As consumers have grown more spam savvy over the years, they’ve learned to quickly scan their inboxes and single out the messages they want to read.
For businesses, this means old email marketing rules no longer apply. It isn’t enough to deploy a single message to tens of thousands of customers and hope some of them buy in. The vast majority of those emails will hit the trash folder without ever having been opened. The first step to creating email marketing messages that convert is to make sure your subject line grabs attention and convinces recipients to open it.
We are only one day away from 2016, which means that we have become a bit nostalgic about the last year of content we have created for you.
In a digital world, tips, tricks, and tools are often being changed, updated, or have disappeared. However, we think the following articles we’ve written about web design, digital marketing, SEO, branding, and your small business growth this year will be helpful in preparing you for a happy and successful 2016.
So to get ready for the year ahead, dive in, and reflect on what we’ve learned from 2015:
Small Business Saturday 2015 is Saturday, November 28th! If you are unfamiliar with the event, think of it as the Black Friday for your small business. In other words, it is a day for communities all around the nation to show their love for small businesses, just like yours!
In 2014, 88 million people shopped small on Small Business Saturday. To prepare for a monumental day of traffic and sales for your small business, there are three ways you can participate and make the most out of the occasion:
We are just a little over a week away from Halloween weekend, which means one thing: it’s time to talk about holiday marketing!
Not what you were expecting?
Google did a lot of research into some trends seen during the 2014 holiday season, and found that 48% of holiday shoppers did a majority of their shopping on or before Cyber Monday; and a quarter of shoppers asked did some shopping before Halloween.
Not surprisingly, 78% did that holiday shopping research online and 40% successfully purchased. We can only assume this percentage will grow this year. In which case, we urge you to prepare your website for the holiday rush!
With Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope and more eating up all the virtual column inches these days, good old email marketing doesn’t get a lot of attention anymore. Everyone is so worried about whether or not they’re live-tweeting, self-broadcasting, and keeping up with all the other ‘shoulds’ of modern marketing that they forget to perfect their strategy on what remains one of the most effective platforms – email!
With the holidays just around the corner, now is an incredibly important time to optimize your marketing efforts – especially if you sell things online. Even if you don’t, email is a great way to bring people in to your physical store and keep your brand top of mind as people are filling out their holiday gift lists.
Over the years there have been plenty of examples illustrating tweets or status updates that should have been given a little more thought. Even if there is functionality in place to take a step back and remove tweets or other posts that were quickly identified as bad ideas, someone out there is always ready to take a screen capture of the evidence. If you’re in charge of posting for your company, it’s always a good idea to have a second set of eyes review any important posts prior to making them live.