How to Get Influential Bloggers Blogging About Your Brand

According to a Nielson survey from just over a year ago, 83% of all online consumers polled from 60 countries say they trust recommendations from their peers over those made by brands themselves. This presents a challenge for brands who have or plan to rely mostly on costly paid advertising methods to spread the word about their brands.

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This reality is doubly true for established offline brands seeking to improve their web presence. However, it’s really only a problem for those who aren’t willing to pivot and find other, more niched-down branding sources. Namely, the most influential of online peers: ie., Bloggers.…

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5 Online Tactics Small Businesses Must Use To Catch Up With The Big Players

If you run a small business it might feel like a struggle keeping up with the big players in your industry, but these days you have an advantage. It could take a large company months to implement something, whereas you could do it within hours. You have so much opportunities when you don’t have to ask anyone for permission. You’ll want to maximize your chances of success, so let’s look at some of the specific things you should be trying out.

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Write New Autoresponder Emails

A lot of big companies don’t want to take risks when they’re writing emails, which means they are potentially losing out on millions of dollars.…

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Why It Is Important to Use Architecture and Design to Build Your Brand

We are currently living in hyper-visual age. For modern businesses, everything from the furniture to the décor in the break room has to be aesthetically satisfying. This is because brands and their corporate environments are becoming increasingly intertwined.

Architectural design for branding

Your workspace is an extension of your brand narrative. Since social media has made it easier than ever to share this narrative, the details must be used for maximum value and exposure. While commercial architecture is a relatively new discipline, it is growing in significance for startup companies and non-traditional ventures.

This guide to the benefits of commercial architecture and design will explain why it is essential for the strength of your brand.…

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Building a Brand: Important for Your Small Business

Surprisingly, there is a substantial amount of small businesses that don’t understand the importance of building their brand. The assumption when most people hear the word brand is that it applies to how cool or memorable your logo is or how catchy the name might be. While both of these are important, the real concept behind the brand and what it means to your business is a little different.

Brand building

In simple terms, a brand is the perception that a customer, consumer or community has about the business. It is where the mind goes when it hears the name. Think Nike or Dell or Wal-Mart.…

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How To Avoid Brand Resentment In Your Email Marketing Strategy

How To Avoid Brand Resentment In Your Email Marketing Strategy

Email marketing is a necessary component of a marketing strategy, but some customers may view it as a necessary evil instead. Tools such as the ones provided by Vocus can insure that your campaigns are a success. The success of sharing news, products and opportunities with customers can be eclipsed by email burnout or customer resentment of unnecessary emails.

Try these five tips to ensure that your marketing emails reach their recipients and don’t cause resentment.

1. Use technology to build a gap between your company and the customers – From an online purchase to a social share, every action your customers take can be aggregated and analyzed.…

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How Small Businesses Should Make The Most Of Their Social Media Presence

There is no doubt that social media is an integral part of online marketing for small businesses. Unfortunately the social media landscape is very fragmented and it is difficult to know what conversations to join and more importantly how to explore these opportunities in the best way. There are many opportunities for small businesses to really get the best out of their social media campaigns simply by looking how the big brands use social media.

How Small Businesses Should Make The Most Of Their Social Media Presence

Find The Most Suitable Social Media Platforms

It can be quite easy to set up social media profiles on many different platforms. The problem is that each account needs a lot of time and effort to be really successful.…

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How To Effectively Manage Your Brand In The Digital Age

manage your brand onlineWhat can one comment on Twitter do to your brand? Surprisingly, a great deal. Social media plays a vital role in how people perceive your goods or services.

Depending on how well connected your brand is, a positive comment from someone with a strong online presence can instantly catapult your sales figures, while a negative comment can diminish your reputation.

A great way of monitoring this is to use a free app such as Tweetscan which allows you to type in search terms relating to your brand. It then produces a list of all the comments on Twitter that use that term, and updates the list every minute or so.…

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Working On Your Business, Not At It

work on your small businessSo corporate life isn’t cutting it and you decide to become an entrepreneur. You translate your idea into a business plan, raise a little capital and start executing your plan. You quickly learn that growth takes longer than anticipated and costs are more than budgeted. So to keep your net profits as high as possible, you take on more and more responsibility for the day-to-day execution of the plan.

But soon funny things start to happen. Your persistence starts to pay off. The phone rings more regularly. Referrals start coming in, sometimes from sources you don’t even recognize! And now you have a new problem.…

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How Promotional Items Can Build Your Brand and Your Business

promotional marketing productsIn this age of social media marketing, it’s easy to forget that one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways   to get your small business in front of people is to give them a gift. According to an Advertising Specialties Impressions study, 84% of promotional products recipients remember the advertiser on the custom promotional items they receive. And, given that you can get items for a lot less than you can get online ad space, promotional items are a great way to market your products or business in these tough economic times.

Here are some tips on how to use promotional items to make an impact for your small business:

Think Form and Function: One of the biggest challenges in using promotional items is in choosing a gift that will end up on someone’s desktop and not in the trash can underneath it.…

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