Your small business doesn’t need to be a worldwide name to have a strong brand. And there’s more to your brand than just a logo and catchy tagline. Your small business brand is everything your company does, your products or services and your customers’ experience. You should think of your brand as the total experience package from the moment your potential customers hear about and interact with your brand, all the way through purchase and post-purchase. And the way consumers perceive your brand can be the difference between make it and break it in the tough world of small business.
Marketing teams have a fierce mission to develop original work for their clients or the brands they work for — whether that’s a piece of creative material, a memorable commercial, a cool Instagram post or a stellar re-brand. However, the market is so saturated with ideas, messaging and advertisements via any and every channel you could think of that it’s often more taxing to find that original concept that sets your agency and your client apart from the rest.
Increasing the prices for your agency services can be overwhelming, especially working through the transition with current clients who might be at a rate that’s lower than you’d like. The thought of trying to charge your clients more may make you feel guilty or afraid. Guilty for charging more to those who have been loyal and helped your agency succeed, and afraid that increasing your rates will cost you work, or at the very worst, a client. But, to sustain your increasing business costs and growth, a rise in price is inevitable as your agency grows.
Viral videos. It’s becoming a trend for brands looking to win in content marketing. This is not surprising, as over 79 percent of senior marketers say video’s role will increase in overall visual content strategies and gets three times the engagement of other content. While going viral should never be the objective of your video marketing campaign, the term itself has really garnered a lot of attention each year as brands like Dollar Shave Club create videos that reach thousands — sometimes millions — of people. But, to produce an effective video, and before you can focus on the outcome of the video, you need to ensure you’re using the right tools.
Content marketing is identified as one of the most important aspects of a business’s overall marketing strategy. A good content marketing strategy is designed to create and deliver valuable, consistent and relevant content to your brand’s target audience in an effort to get them to visit your business website, purchase your product, sign up for a subscriptions, read a blog or download a piece of content. Nowadays, brands can deliver content on so many different platforms, such as SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook (posts, stories, messenger), Instagram (posts and stories), messenger bots, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Reddit to name a few.
One of the more important questions to ask yourself today as a business owner is: do I need help with SEO? Search Engine Optimization is the art of making sure your website is being found in search engines by the thousands of people searching every day for the service your business provides.
If you’re not sure if you need help, let’s begin with opening a Google search in your internet browser and typing in your top keywords. Do you come up first on the web page? If not, the answer is clear, and you need help with your SEO.
A business is nothing without its customer, and the more a business knows about its customer, the better it can market to them. With the world we live in today, knowing your audience and customer’s unique wants and needs is easier than ever. To help you pinpoint and segment your marketing strategy, we’ve gathered a roundup of customer-centric blogs to gain clarity on your audience and improve customer loyalty. Expect lots of premium content on how to cater your marketing efforts to your customer; whether that's in email marketing, paid ads, brand voice, or social media. After all, they are your biggest asset.
When I launched First Page two years ago, I decided to use SquareSpace to build my business website. I chose SquareSpace because I heard it was really easy to use if you wanted to build a beautiful website on a limited budget. I had also plenty of experience with WordPress but zero with SquareSpace, so I wanted to be able to compare the two. Now that I’m two years into my business, I wish I would have started out with WordPress and I’m stuck with an expensive, annoying conundrum on how I transfer everything over from SquareSpace to WordPress.