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No matter what type of small business you own, you will eventually need to market it in order to grow. And one of the first things you will need when creating any piece of marketing collateral is imagery. Your website, social media profiles, online ads, editorial pieces, print ads – virtually anything you do to promote your brand could benefit from imagery. But not just any imagery – bad images can often hurt your marketing efforts more than having no images at all.

In order to get appealing, engaging, flattering images of your place of business, your products, or your services, you’ll most likely need to hire a professional photographer at some point. Forming a good working relationship with a talented photographer can have a huge impact on your business’ public image. In order to start that relationship off on the right foot, and keep it from ending up on shaky ground, there are some common misconceptions to be aware of. Educate yourself by reading the myths and truths below, have clear and candid communications with your photographer, and you’ll form a lasting relationship that will benefit your business for years to come.

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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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People sure do throw around the term “brand” a lot these days. They often use it interchangeably to describe a business’s logo, or the business itself. But branding is so much more than either of these things.

Your small business’ brand is made up of a lot of different elements that the public comes to associate closely with your company. These brand elements can include things like your name, your logo, your slogan, your company colors (Tiffany’s aqua blue), a certain sound (think NBC’s chimes), a tone of voice (LivingSocial’s signature snark), or even a smell (walk by a Subway restaurant and you know it). Branding is the process through which you make decisions about your brand elements and take steps to link them to your business in your audience’s mind.

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