The countdown is on to 2015, and if you’re an entrepreneur who is involved in the trade show circuit, you know what that means: it’s time to order your trade show swag so you can hit the ground running come January. Here are our top picks.
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Wedged in between the sales juggernauts known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another holiday: Small Business Saturday (SBS). This day celebrates the “little guys,” those businesses upon which our great nation was built: mom-and-pop shops, eclectic boutiques, entrepreneurs going it alone, and the corner stores that have been around for decades.
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Election Day is just around the corner. It’s a proud moment when we cast our ballots in this country, but here’s a question to consider: is it ever OK for businesses to get political? While this ultimately needs to be a decision you make on your own, here are five things to consider as you weigh the pros and cons.
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If you’ve been in business long enough, you’ve probably heard this piece of advice: you should always be marketing, even when you’re busy. While we agree that regular marketing is crucial to a company’s success, you should still be aware of three situations when hitting the pause button is just as important.
Here’s what you need to know.
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According to Marketing Sherpa, a third of all online activity is spent watching videos, YouTube is the number 2 search engine in the world, and video increases the understanding of a product or service by 74%. With stats like these, it’s no wonder more and more businesses are figuring out how to add video into their marketing mix.
But how, exactly, should small businesses be using video? After all, not everyone has a huge budget for video or the talent in-house to create them. How can a small business successfully weave videos into their marketing plans without going broke or insane?
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Earlier this year, social media guru Mark Schaefer coined the phrase “content shock” and made a compelling argument that content marketing is not a sustainable strategy for businesses. Only brands with deep pockets will be able to ride the content tsunami wave, he reasons, because only they will be able to afford the increasingly high costs involved with “paying” people to consume their content. (We recommend you check out the article. It’s a great read.)
Schaefer makes many excellent points, and we definitely hear what he’s saying. But before you panic and think it’s impossible for small businesses to compete with big brands with even bigger pockets, let’s take a step back and tell you how we see things:
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We all need a little inspiration from time to time, which is why we thought we’d focus on three brands that rock social media…and what small businesses can learn from them. Here we go.
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