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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.

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2015 Web Trends Infographic

Ah, the New Year. That magical time when the gyms are packed with people in brand new sneakers, everyone decides to give kale another try, and small business owners rack their brains for how to make this year their most successful yet. Whether your professional resolutions involve starting up, branching out, or holding steady, one of the best ways to ensure success is to know the trends that will influence your business this year.

SEE ALSO: Pagemodo’s list of 10 Social Media Resolutions for Marketers

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As the world becomes increasingly connected, and increasingly digital, marketers (and small business owners!) are becoming more and more data driven. What do we mean by that? Simply that the decisions being made around websites, marketing, and even product offerings are based more on the numbers, and less on educated guesses and gut feelings.

While instincts and expertise are certainly still incredibly valuable, the ability to collect, interpret, and respond to data can offer big advantages. These data can be collected in different ways, each offering different benefits.

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Today we have an exciting guest post from Sarah Henderson about maintaining brand consistency throughout your online marketing efforts. 

The rise of digital marketing has made cultivating an effective brand image more important to businesses than ever before. Whether you are funneling content across social media outlets or participating in PPC advertising, online marketing puts you face to face with expansive pools of potential clients, making it essential to deliver a consistently positive impression. In order to tap into the full potential of your campaign, consider these five steps for ensuring your brand image is supported by your marketing, while your marketing supports your brand.

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Now that you’re familiar with the concept of SEO and what it does, it’s time to build upon that foundation. Part two of this series aims to show you just how critical SEO is to your online success by discussing its benefits.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to read the first post in this series, Search Engine Optimization 101, I highly recommend giving it a quick read. It will give you a very basic foundation for what people mean when they use the acronym SEO and why it’s important to your business.

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