SmallBusinessUpdate Newsletter Archives 2013


7 Days of Complimentary Downloads: 150,000 Graphics and Images
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Date: 2013-12-19
How to Make The Most of Your Testimonials
Testimonials are wonderful things. They offer potential clients an insight into your service and approach and illustrate the benefits of your product/service in a real life situation.

Date: 2013-12-18
[Download Now] Monitor your IT infrastructure in real time
When virtual environments co-exist with physical and cloud components, it is hard to troubleshoot performance issues as there are many moving components involved. As a result, IT admins can spend numerous hours just to isolate the problem.

Date: 2013-12-05
Trying GroupHigh for Blogger Outreach Campaigns
I am hereby making the jump from humans to robots for all my blogger research. In the last decade I have seen social media marketing and digital PR mature as a practice, I have seen social media metrics and analytics evolve by leaps-and-bounds.

Date: 2013-12-04
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Insightly is a great tool to help small businesses deal with the vital task of managing your contacts, organizations, partners, vendors and suppliers. With Insightly's web-based contact management features you won't miss a beat.

Date: 2013-11-25
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Insightly is a great tool to help small businesses deal with the vital task of managing your contacts, organizations, partners, vendors and suppliers. With Insightly's web-based contact management features you won't miss a beat.

Date: 2013-11-21
Gainsight Gives Customer Success Managers a Database of Their Own
I had a conversation last week with a vendor whose pitch was all about providing execution systems with a shared database that contains a unified view of customer information from all sources. Sadly, they were unfamiliar with the concept of a Customer Data Platform as I’ve been developing it over the past few months and didn’t realize that they fit the definition.

Date: 2013-11-13
Sales and use tax: are you hitting the moving target?
45 states, including the District of Columbia, impose some form of sales and use tax. Every jurisdiction you deal with adds a layer of complexity to your businesses. And with localities increasing tax rates on a regular basis, compliance becomes a moving target.

Date: 2013-11-07
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Date: 2013-10-22
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Date: 2013-10-22
4 Ways Brands Can Use Facebook's Expanded Graph Search
When I use Facebook for personal use it’s usually to look at pictures, keep in touch with friends and scroll mindlessly through my News Feed. Twitter is where I head for that World Series game, so I can mourn with the world that the Braves will not be continuing on in the Series. With the recent expansion of Facebook Graph Search, that distinction between the two may winnow down. The expansion will allow users to search status updates, comments and photo captions. As a result, Facebook may become a bigger competitor for Twitter in regard to real-time conversation.

Date: 2013-10-16
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Date: 2013-10-15
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Date: 2013-10-10

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Built for small business owners to track time, log expenses and invoice clients in record time

Date: 2013-09-26

How can Carbonite online backup save your business money?
Carbonite Business automatically backs up an unlimited number of computers, external hard drives and NAS devices to the cloud – no matter where those devices are located – real-time and in the background.

Date: 2013-09-19
Five Tools You Need To Rock The World Of Inbound Marketing
Inbound marketing is all the rage right now and savvy brands looking to promote their services to the public need to stay on top of the latest trends to make sure their message is being heard.

Date: 2013-09-18
Zoho Survey : Create Unlimited Online Surveys for Free!
Surveys are the best means of asking questions that help you make informed decisions. No matter who you are, and what you do, surveys are for everyone.

Date: 2013-09-05
5 Successful Steps To Business Blogging In A Content Marketing World
Are Business Blogs Dead? I know it’s a tired, over used concept, but that’s the question I was asked recently for an interview. It’s been asked on and off over the past 10 years or so.

Date: 2013-09-04
Make billing painless with FreshBooks
Built for small business owners to track time, log expenses and invoice clients in record time

Date: 2013-08-22
How to quickly create a huge increase in your income and profits
Did you know that it’s entirely possible, that there are huge, windfall profits right under your nose? Well, it is! In today’s post I’m going to show you how to find them. I’m also going to share how this helped a small business owner go from being 90 days away from bankruptcy, to enjoying his most successful year ever.

Date: 2013-08-21
Amazon Product Ads - Sign up and get $75 in Free Clicks
HSN saw a 50% increase in conversion and a 40% increase in return on advertising spend within one month with Amazon Product Ads.

Date: 2013-08-19
Zoho Pulse; go social within your organization
Introducing Zoho Pulse the social network for your company, that lets your employees connect with each other, share ideas and collaborate securely, all in one place.

Date: 2013-08-09
Tips For Getting Ideas For Your Blog
Business blogging with minimal resources over a long period of time can be a challenge. Heck, for SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) blogging without the experience of writing on a regular basis can be a barrier to even start.

Date: 2013-08-08
Zip Codes for Sales Tax: The Wrong Tool for the Job
States are increasing the number of auditors and audits, and looming federal legislation could enable more sales tax collection. Understanding the pitfalls and effectiveness of ZIP codes is important.

Date: 2013-08-06
Don't Be Afraid To Raise Your Prices
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. “I’m afraid to raise my prices because my customers might walk away.” And when they do get up enough nerve to raise their prices, they worry about how to say it and feel like they must apologize or have an excuse.

Date: 2013-08-01
Make billing painless with FreshBooks
Built for small business owners to track time, log expenses and invoice clients in record time

Date: 2013-07-25
Is Google's SEO loophole hurting your business too? Here's how to check
Google has opened the door to an aggressive SEO tactic, Negative Backlink SEO. Here’s what it is, how it works, how to tell if you’re being targeted and how to stop it hurting your business!

Date: 2013-07-17
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If you run a small business, chances are you have a lot on your plate. That's why Carbonite Business automatically backs up an unlimited number computers, external hard drives and NAS devices – no matter where those devices are located – real-time and in the background. And best of all, it's all for a predictable annual cost you can budget with confidence.

Date: 2013-07-16
Content Marketing: Get better results, by removing these 3 words
In my opinion, there’s no real need to insert the first 3 words of this sentence into your newsletter, blog or social networking update. What you write is, by default, your opinion.

Date: 2013-07-10
Make billing painless with FreshBooks
Built for small business owners to track time, log expenses and invoice clients in record time

Date: 2013-06-27
Are you a social media forager?
When you put lots of energy, time, and passion — but no plan — into your social media marketing and PR campaigns, you’re a forager. And you surely won’t starve foraging. You’ll always be fed. Social media foraging does get protein in the pot, though that protein is generally more in the form of grubs than it is prime grade lean steak.

Date: 2013-06-19
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If you run a small business, chances are you have a lot on your plate. That's why Carbonite Business automatically backs up an unlimited number computers, external hard drives and NAS devices – no matter where those devices are located – real-time and in the background. And best of all, it's all for a predictable annual cost you can budget with confidence.

Date: 2013-06-13
Steve Jobs And The Power Of Focus
How many new projects are you working on right now? I ask you this, because one of the fastest ways to massively improve your effectiveness, is to give your full focus to as few projects as possible.

Date: 2013-06-12
Make billing painless with FreshBooks
Discover the fastest way to invoice your clients, log expenses and track time in the cloud.

Date: 2013-05-23
How to make prospective clients fall in love with your business!
If you want to massively improve the way you and your prospective clients feel about your business, you will find the following technique really useful.

Date: 2013-05-22
Skip the zip, get Carbonite cloud backup. Free trial + special offer!
With Carbonite Business, you'll get automatic and continual online backup so you can rest assured knowing your back up is up-to-date. And best of all, it's affordable.

Date: 2013-05-16
Failing to Document Your Processes Puts Your Business At Risk
Do you have anything written down in your business or is it all in your (or your employees) head?

Date: 2013-05-14
Are you ready to start charging sales tax?
Everyone agrees online sales tax is only a matter of time. The House approved, the White House supports, and the Senate votes in the next few weeks.

Date: 2013-05-07
Are you ready for the cloud? 4 reasons to try Carbonite cloud backup.
Carbonite Business automatically backs up an unlimited number of computers, external hard drives and NAS devices to the cloud – no matter where those devices are located – real-time and in the background.

Date: 2013-05-02
Wanted – Tips on Networking Please
I’ve spend years writing oodles of blog posts about the skills of a copywriter, marketer and social media user and how they can be used to help boost your business success. But if there’s one aspect of running a business I don’t enjoy, it’s networking.

Date: 2013-04-30
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Date: 2013-04-25
Take data backup off your to do list. Get Carbonite today.
With Carbonite Business, you'll get automatic and continual online backup so you can rest assured knowing your back up is up-to-date. And best of all, it's affordable.

Date: 2013-04-18
5 Financial Planning Tips for Your Small Business
It's that time of year again: tax season. Lately people have been asking me—me—for financial planning tips. Me, the guy with the five-dollar latte in his hand. So, I did what any smart entrepreneur would do: I outsourced to people smarter than me.

Date: 2013-04-15
Twitter Vine – How to Use it For Business
It’s a way of capturing and sharing short looping videos. When we say short, we mean short, in fact 6 seconds of short. Adding them to your tweets gives you a whole new dimension through which you can engage with your audience.

Date: 2013-04-10
12 Sales Tax Tips for Small Businesses!
To help you navigate this complicated, ever-changing world, we've compiled a list of 12 tax tips from selected sales tax experts. Each one is carefully designed to help you stay on top of the ever-shifting sales tax landscape, reduce audit exposure, and spend more time doing what matters - generating revenue.

Date: 2013-04-09
Social Media Listening Is Sound Business Practice
How many times have you had something, whether it was in your personal or professional life, go wrong because of poor communication? If you are honest, there are likely more than you would like to admit.

Date: 2013-04-03
Social Business: Before you publish, press pause and think
I want you to think about the following for a moment:

Date: 2013-03-27
How can Carbonite online backup save you money?
Carbonite Business automatically backs up an unlimited number of computers, external hard drives and NAS devices to the cloud – no matter where those devices are located – real-time and in the background.

Date: 2013-03-21
Why Boosting Audience Retention With Video Will Do Wonders For Your Business
Retaining an audience is perhaps the most crucial act any website can do to achieve their goals and conversions. If audiences are bouncing from your site there is very little chance they’ll come back again. This is where video comes in, not just to make websites “stickier”, but to retain those visitors in both the short and long term.

Date: 2013-03-20
Beyond Social Scoring – The Situational Factor of Influence
If you thought influence marketing was a hot topic at the moment for marketers and brands, it’s only just beginning to really take shape.

Date: 2013-03-13
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Date: 2013-03-07
Your Small Business Network Is Very Important
Have you let your small business network die?

That’s a huge mistake.

Date: 2013-03-06
The 2 Ingredient Recipe for the Social Media Magic Middle
Your customers do not care about your org chart. To them, it’s irrelevant how your organization is structured, and the internal power plays and land grabs that unfold across your company are immaterial.

Date: 2013-02-27
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Date: 2013-02-21
Get More Clients By Speaking Your Way To Success
Yep. I know.

The thought of speaking in front of a group of people terrifies a lot of you.

But I think you need to get over it.

Date: 2013-02-20
Make Billing Painless in 2013 with FreshBooks
With FreshBooks, your business is accessible everywhere, on your desktop, your smartphone, and your tablet. Hellooo cloud!

Date: 2013-02-19
Create Value For Your Community By Blogging
Within the blogging community there’s a substantial number of bloggers that are independent business people and even more that run a personal blog. With the rise and fall and rise again of blogging as an online communications channel there are the expected debates about best practices and such.

Date: 2013-02-13
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Date: 2013-02-07
A Customer Loyalty Program Will Bring More Cash Into Your Business (Video)
I don’t know about you, but when I started my business in 1996 I was fresh out of the corporate world and didn’t know a lot about how to sell. (Okay, I didn’t know anything about how to sell.)

Date: 2013-02-06
Ecommerce is a Target for Sales Tax Collection
Sales tax is more complex than ever and what you don't know about your liability can, and will, hurt you.

Date: 2013-2-05
What every business owner needs to know about prices and fees
I ask this question because one of the biggest and most costly mistakes small business owners make, is that they set their prices or fees based on what they need to sell them for. Here’s an example of what I mean.

Date: 2013-1-30
How to protect your business from Freebie Seekers
If you use free offers as a way to generate genuine interest from prospective, paying clients, it’s essential that you take freebie seekers into account.

Date: 2013-1-23
How Good is the User Experience of Your Website?
Just because your website is live, doesn't mean that it's loading fast or working properly. Monitis helps monitor the user experience of your site and alerts you instantly if there are issues.

Date: 2013-1-22
How Digital Marketers Can Shake the Big Brother Mantle
Americans have long been wary of new technology and its potential to invade an individual’s privacy. Digital marketing has evolved so quickly that it’s hard for the average consumer to keep up. But privacy breaches – both real and perceived – put businesses at great risk. It’s up to digital marketers to reduce that risk. What do Facebook, New York’s Journal News, and the FBI have in common? They’ve all been criticized for violating an individual’s privacy.

Date: 2013-1-16
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If you run a small business, chances are you have a lot on your plate. That's why Carbonite Business automatically backs up an unlimited number computers, external hard drives and NAS devices – no matter where those devices are located - real-time and in the background. And best of all, it's all for a predictable annual cost you can budget with confidence.

Date: 2013-1-10
Online Billing Made Easy? What a Fresh Idea!
With FreshBooks, your business is accessible everywhere, on your desktop, your smartphone, and your tablet. Hellooo cloud!

Date: 2013-1-08
Vulnerability is essential to your social media marketing success
In order to succeed in social media, be it as a tool to build your own personal brand or as part of a marketing strategy for your own interest or for your employer, you will need to get over yourself and deal with some very primal fears you may have that feel a lot like your fear of public speaking.

Date: 2013-1-02


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