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17 Rules for Marketing & Running a Successful Small Business

07

Oct 2016

17 Rules for Marketing & Running a Successful Small Business

Beyond needing high levels of determination, building and running a successful small business requires a certain approach. To achieve your business growth objectives, follow these 17 marketing rules. When you do, revenue will increase and you’ll be well on your way to running a successful small business. #1 — Answer the Question. I know what you’re selling, but why are you selling it? When your prospects agree with you, they’ll buy from you. #2 — Think Mobile. Assume your message will be viewed on a tiny device. To increase readership, add numbers, subheads and photos. The latter is friendly on the...

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Entrepreneur Marketing Plan Ideas & Strategies That Differentiate

23

Sep 2016

Entrepreneur Marketing Plan Ideas & Strategies That Differentiate

How to Define Your Key Competitive Advantage Within Your Entrepreneur Marketing Plan If you’re a solopreneur in the throes of creating an entrepreneur marketing plan, then be sure to define and exploit this key customer benefit… Your ability to provide swift and impeccable customer service due to your extremely small size and agility. First, Let’s Consider Ways to Express This Crucial Entrepreneurial Advantage Aside from our unique skill sets, hands down, the greatest customer benefit we independent sole-proprietors have is our ability to provide great service. The key to generating revenue is to transform this customer benefit into a tangible experience within...

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Ideas to Increase Sales Opportunities by Optimizing SEO Benefits

18

Jul 2016

Ideas to Increase Sales Opportunities by Optimizing SEO Benefits

8 Ways to Increase Sales Opportunities By Optimizing Chamber of Commerce & Other Professional Membership SEO Benefits   If you’re a member of your local chamber looking to increase sales, you’re in luck. If not, stick around, because the following eight search engine optimization (SEO) marketing strategies apply to most professional memberships. When using best practices, SEO is an affordable way to increase sales revenue and ROI from any affiliation. The key to generating more revenue from membership investments… is to optimize all member-available SEO opportunities. Specifically, obtaining all inbound links from your member organization’s marketing efforts. By doing so, you’ll...

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Entrepreneur Business Startup Marketing Ideas

27

Apr 2016

Entrepreneur Business Startup Marketing Ideas

Are you an entrepreneurial or small business startup seeking your first customers? The most affordable and best place to find initial customers for any new business startup is within your own personal and professional network. Specifically, are the people you do business with…doing business with you? No? Why not?  Find New Customers. Contact This List of Prospects & Influencers: Accountant, attorney, plumber, electrician, daycare provider, teachers (school, piano, etc.), dog sitter/walker, housekeeper, landscaper, snow plow driver, pool/window cleaner, pest control consultant, mechanic, butcher, realtor, mortgage consultant, favorite breakfast/lunch spot staff, neighbors, friends, family, minister/priest/rabbi, etc., dentist, physician, gynecologist, nail technician,...

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How to Revive an Old Relationship with Clients & Colleagues

02

Mar 2016

How to Revive an Old Relationship with Clients & Colleagues

It’s been a long time, has it? Trying to figure out how to revive an old relationship? Here are some dos and don’ts to consider before making your initial contact. Recently, I received a message from an old acquaintance. She reached out to tell me about her new service. I ignored it. Now, hold on… Please don’t misunderstand. I enjoy hearing from someone with whom I’ve lost touch with; however, not when it’s explicit that the person clearly just wants something from me. Instead, I seek relationships founded on mutual give-and-take, consistency and trust. Frankly, I don’t think I’m alone....

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Postcard Marketing Tips, Ideas & Strategies

06

Feb 2016

Postcard Marketing Tips, Ideas & Strategies

Postcard Marketing Tips & Ideas I’m Sharron Senter, and in 2003 I used postcard marketing to launch and grow a computer networking and security business. When I sold it eight years later, it had grown to be the second largest business of its kind north of Boston. I credit postcards as the key advertising vehicle I used to generate new customers and deepen relationships with existing customers. What follows are the primary postcard marketing strategies and philosophies I applied during my marketing campaigns. I also call attention to a highly recommended postcard marketing home-study course. I truly believe you can...

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Cold Weather Marketing Ideas & Slogans to Increase Walk-ins

06

Jan 2016

Cold Weather Marketing Ideas & Slogans to Increase Walk-ins

5 Strategies that’ll Heat Up In-Store Sales Plus, a helpful cold weather word bank at the end of this post. Burrr…it’s cold, spurring brick and mortar retail customers to hunker down in their homes. To draw shoppers out during plummeting temps, piggyback your advertising messages onto the cold weather. Why? Because when the weather is extreme in any way, it’s top-of-mind for your customers. Therefore, rather than try and change your customers’ thinking, instead, join in! Try these 5 cold weather marketing ideas and slogans to motivate customers to leave their warm homes and visit your retail location:  #1 — Project...

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