Learning about marketing can seem daunting for an entrepreneur, but it doesn’t have to be. There are only two things you need. You have to regularly take the time to learn more about it and know the best resources to learn from. We took care of the resources angle. You’ll find a starter list for you to learn more about marketing in short amounts of time below. Make a commitment to set aside 20 minutes every day. It can be in the morning when you first start your day, before you leave for the night, or during your lunch break. This is the most essential thing: committing to consistent improvement each day.
Social media has become an integral tool for online brand management. Last year, companies of all sizes used social networking platforms to communicate with over 3.1 billion global social media users Facebook’s recent data breach, however, demonstrates how important it is to secure your business’s social media presence. Factors like poor account security and data mismanagement contributed to the scandal and compromised the online security of millions of users. While your company may not be in a position to adversely affect as many people as Facebook, you can avoid similar vulnerabilities by developing and sharing a social media security plan with your team. Developing an online presence with social media is an effective strategy for growing your business and its reputation. Protect your investment—and your customers—against data breaches, malware, and hacks with these four best practices.
For any small business owner, figuring out areas to invest in can be a constant debate. When a company’s time and resources are limited, it’s easy to focus on tasks that immediately need to be solved and move longer-term problems down the schedule. But when it comes to technology, small businesses no longer have to choose between these two options. From apps to hardware, numerous free to low-cost resources are available to help businesses run both smoother and smarter.
Confession: Until recently, we didn’t have a customer retention strategy. I’m a small business owner with mostly word-of-mouth and repeat clients. Not having a plan for retaining clients is absolutely dumb (confession #2!). No matter where you are in the process of owning a business, a customer retention strategy is critical to your continued success. Here’s an inside look at how we’re building out our retention plan.
Our remote workers are the fuel to our fire, the peanut butter to our jelly, and the sauce in our awesome. They also happen to be pretty entertaining. If you were a fly on the wall of our project management system, Basecamp, you’d have yourself a hearty belly laugh several times a day. We recently had quite a laugh at our remote worker confessions and amazingly I got permission to share with the world.