5 Things Every Small Business Website Needs

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

There are many awful websites online. While some offer poor designs, others are not user-friendly or provide next to no value to their visitors. To ensure your company isn’t one of them, read the five things every small-business website needs.

  1. A Simple URL

A simple URL is not only easy to remember, but it will appear more professional. It is an extension of your brand, so you must carefully choose a domain name before you even embark with a web design. If possible, we recommend using your brand name so it stays in your visitors’ minds.

Companies are wise to opt for a .com domain or one applicable to their local area such as .co.uk. However, non-profits should opt for .org to build visitor trust. Also, try to avoid using hyphens or numbers in your URL, as it could cause confusion and a visitor may type in the wrong web address.Continue reading

Tips To Help You Sell More Efficiently

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Sales is a tough, yet, rewarding profession. There are tips, tricks and tactics that sales professionals must use to get ahead.

However, it’s important to brush up on your game once in a while and learn new techniques – even if you’re a sales professional and been in the industry for years. See tips to help you sell more efficiently and close the deal faster.

Prepare

You must prepare to become a success. Make sure you have the background and confidence to approach a situation before diving into it. Learn everything you can about selling and practice every chance you get. The more prepared you are, the better chance you have at making a sale. It’s really easy for a customer to know when someone isn’t organized, and they’ll be turning away very quickly.Continue reading

5 Ways Email Marketing Can Help You Grow Your Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Email marketing remains one of the most common marketing methods out there. It is a low cost way to market to customers with a high rate of return. Here are five ways email marketing can help you grow your business. All of them are within easy reach of every business utilizing email marketing, and none of them involve spamming your potential and current customers.

Use Email Marketing to Enhance Local Outreach

When someone talks about local outreach to potential customers via digital marketing, they initially think about local search engine optimization or sending messages to those customers in your marketing database and local area. However, you can use email marketing to improve local outreach. Continue reading

The Importance of Having a Targeted B2B Email List

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

By targeting the right business at the best time with the best offer, you will dramatically increase your B2B prospecting success. It will also help with the overall growth of your business. Not only does careful B2B targeting help maximise the chances you have to make a sale, it will also prevent you from wasting your money.

There are several steps you can follow that are cost effective, easy and profitable ways to help you build a targeted B2B prospect list.

Know Who Your Customers Are

The first thing that you will need to do is take some time and think about your current list of customers. Who are they?
While thinking about this, you will be able to complete a picture of your prospects by looking at all of the information you have about them. Some of the things you should look at are:Continue reading

Internet Marketing Tips for New Startups in 2017

Contributed article in our startup series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Internet marketing has changed a lot in recent years. Newer instruments such as social media and mobile apps are changing the way businesses connect with target users. More importantly, the market is very competitive, especially with internet marketing helping small businesses from around the world reach different market segments.

If you want to connect better with your audience in 2017, there are a few important things to keep in mind. In this part, we’re going to review the best internet marketing tips for new startups.

Focus on Relationships

Reach is just a number. Similar to old-school advertising, the pursuit for wide reach and amazing exposure is only a small portion of today’s internet marketing scene. What’s more important is building a deeper, stronger relationship with the audience; in the case of startups, the target users.Continue reading