Business & Politics: Is It OK for Small Biz Owners to Get Political?

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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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Video Marketing Tips: What Real Business Owners Are Doing

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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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Have We Reached the Content Marketing Saturation Point?

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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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Building Customer Loyalty – Tips from the Front lines

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A popular marketing adage goes like this: it’s easier (and cheaper) to get your current customers to buy from you than it is to go out and get new customers. And not only do our best and most loyal customers tend to regularly buy from us; they also tend to be the best referral network a small business can have.

But how can a small business owner get to this point? What are the best ways to build and nurture customer loyalty?

Below you’ll hear from some real small business owners about their experiences with keeping their customers happy and loyal.
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