Online reviews are one of the many reasons social media took off. And now, more than ever, digital reviews of your business will be the difference maker. Here’s why your marketing team should be chasing reviews, and why they’ll dominate smart marketing in 2017.
As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time address your small-business needs, and to think about how to scale up operations for next year. Although growth is a good thing, it can be tough to keep up with. Keep reading for three valuable themes to help you effectively balance growth and your small-business needs for 2017 … without losing your mind or your profits.
Struggling to set your 2017 SMB marketing budget? Many small businesses are grappling to keep up with the constant challenges and changes of digital marketing, and so are their budgets. The misconception that some marketing tactics — especially social media marketing — are free, only adds to the unrealistic expectations SMBs face when trying to calculate budgets. Here’s what our research indicates a healthy SMB marketing budget should be in 2017.
Here’s my feeble attempt to tell you what it’s like to be a social media entrepreneur. Startups are hard; I’m about to be in my 5th year of business and I still struggle daily. Even at my best, I am being chased by my worst. If you own a business, work for a business owner, or employ a business through outsourcing, here’s a peep show you probably can’t unsee.
One of the best ways to boost the efforts of your creative team is to introduce employees to fresh ideas and perspectives. Although bringing on seasoned professionals is a fantastic way to build your leadership team and fill positions that require industry experience, sometimes the best and most cost effective way to bring new ideas to your team is to seek out young professionals looking to gain on-the-job experience. If you’re looking to jumpstart innovation, building a team of interns to support your creative team’s efforts could be something to consider for your 2017 hiring agenda.