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The Ultimate Guide to Small Business Keyword Research

Keyword research is an important strategic marketing practice that, when thought of correctly, never really ends. While many people think of this…

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Blogging as a business tool
If Howard Dean’s failed political campaign accomplished anything, I would say that it brought to the mainstream the use of something called a weblog or “blog” as it known in cyberspace. A blog is really nothing more than a diary uploaded to the Internet and until about the last 12 months was the realm of […]
Need business? Raise Your Prices
Most business owners, when faced with a tough selling situation, tend to think about lower their price to get the order. Nothing will kill your business faster. There is a popular belief contained in many Eastern religions that says: We tell the world how to treat us…
Figure Out What Google Has Indexed
Optimizing your web pages so that search engines will index them and send visitors to them is a given marketing strategy. If your website has been up for a while, one of the first steps in the process is to see how you stand today. There is a little tool that Google lets you use […]

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Stay In Touch With Your Network
One of the most productive marketing activities you can engage in is routine contact with your referral network. You should have a contact manager database to help you in this process but you can also do it with a sheet of paper and gut feeling….
Your Marketing Board of Directors
Accountability is what we most need. Small business owners crave it and when it comes to marketing they lack it completely. What’s the answer…appoint yourself a marketing board of directors. Go out there and find 8 to 10 folks in your community who could be convinced to help you grow your business. Clients, vendors, lenders, […]

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What's Your Story
Fred Rogers, excuse me, Mister Rogers had a saying that I love. “It’s hard not to like someone once you know their story.” Marketing for the small business is all about getting your prospect to know, like, and trust you. Few things are more powerful at helping you accomplish this that your story.
Don't we we all over your prospects
When I read most of what people put out there as marketing it copy I have my we we radar up. See most people write things like…We do this, we do that, we have the biggest, we think this, we go to great this… When a potential client reads your ad or letter they don’t […]
Think of it as training wheels for prospects
When you sell a high priced product or service the job of gaining your prospect’s trust gets tougher. White papers, reports, and free information can go a long way towards educating your prospects but nothing works better than a free trial.
Lumpy Mail Gets Noticed
When it comes to your gravy, lumps are bad. But when it comes to direct mail lumps may just be the answer. Getting your mail noticed and then opened IS the first challenge of direct mail and really all marketing. A great option for small business just might be something I call “Lumpy Mail”

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