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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Entrepreneur Tips: 6 Reasons You Should Publish a Book Now!

Want to be a Thought Leader?
Oh, if you could only get all the awesome ideas you have floating around in your head on paper and make a book out of it. Wait a minute! With digital publishing, you can.

Here are six reasons why you should seriously put together a book this summer and launch it in the fall.
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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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7 Signs You Need a Website Makeover

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Your website: it’s the face of your business. For some, it’s an accompaniment to a brick-and-mortar store, and for others, it IS the store, albeit a virtual one. You’ll be hard pressed to find many successful businesses, large or small, that don’t have a website today.

That said, simply having a website isn’t enough. It needs to reflect your brand. It needs to be user friendly. It needs to invite people in, rather than scare them off.

So how do you know if your website is doing all those things? How can you determine whether it’s time for a makeover? If your website is guilty of any of the “sins” we discuss below, then the answer is NOW.
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It’s in the Bag: Promotional Totes That Get the Job Done

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The great thing about promotional tote bags is that people can use them year-round: at the beach, back to school, and on those weekly trips to the grocery store. And let’s not overlook the fact they’re environmentally responsible to boot. Plus, tote bags provide plenty of room for your organization’s imprint or message (there’s nothing like a moveable billboard, right?).

Have you been thinking of ordering new promotional totes for your business (or maybe stocking up on them for the first time)? Wondering which ones to get? Here are eight of our favorites.
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