Best Practices for Business Blogging

Recently I did a little math and calculated that I had written or edited some 15,000 blog posts in my career to date. That’s a mammoth number… and it’s taught me more than a few lessons about what to do and what not to do when writing a blog post for your business. Today I’m … Read more

3 Ways to Humanize Your Brand Online

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Dale Carnegie said it best: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” Attracting new customers and retaining existing ones requires more than simply pushing out marketing messages and waiting for results. Consumers are … Read more

Are You a Social Media Bore?

Business owners have repeatedly heard about the importance of social media marketing. As anyone with a social media account has likely learned, however, some people appear to have misunderstood the message. Yes, social media marketing is important but, as with any other marketing campaign, it’s possible to overdo it and scare people off. Consumers have … Read more

How to Use Hashtags to Boost Your Search Rankings

You’ve seen them on Twitter and maybe even Facebook — they’re denoted by the pound sign, immediately followed by a term. Hashtags are tools used by Twitter users to ensure tweets are grouped with other tweets on the same subject. A tweet about issues relating to small business, for instance, might be followed by #smallbusiness. … Read more

Tips to Improve Your YouTube Channel

When business owners think about social media marketing, they often focus on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. But many forget that YouTube is a strong marketing avenue too, providing potential for improving search engine placement and reaching new customers. Active YouTube members know that establishing a presence on the site centers on creating a YouTube channel. … Read more

Is Your Blog Boring? 5 Tips to Spice it Up

Just when we thought our attention spans couldn’t get any shorter, along came micro-blogging. In 140 characters or less, people can tell readers all about how great dinner tasted or what they think of the latest political scandal. So why, in the breakneck social networking world, would people take the time to read 300 to … Read more

Can an Internal Blog Boost Employee Morale?

Internal newsletters have long offered a great way to share information inside a company. Published by employees, for employees, these publications can help workers feel more involved in the business’s day-to-day operations, boosting overall morale. But as attention has shifted toward the internet, the company intranet has taken the place of those newsletters. Enter the … Read more

No Habla Espanol? Expand Your Reach by Becoming Multilingual

Many small businesses gear their websites to the customer next door, keeping in mind the local community. But in a nation that is becoming increasingly multilingual, can small businesses afford to assume everyone who views their site or sets foot in their storefront speaks English? The U.S. Census says no. In 2009, 20 percent of … Read more