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Small Biz Tip: How to Pitch to Business Investors
Finance, Home Page Blog, Just Getting Started
Small Biz Tip: How to Pitch to Business Investors
24 April 2014

The scariest part of being a small business owner is when it’s time to pitch your idea to business investors. You feel like they are just waiting for you to make a mistake or point out flaws in your business plan you hadn’t thought of. The truth is, 2013 was another big year for venture investments at the seed stage. Read more…

4 Tips For Using Keywords In Your Online Ads
Home Page Blog, internet marketing, On Your Way
4 Tips For Using Keywords In Your Online Ads
24 April 2014

Starting an online advertising campaign can be a big boost for your small business. But if you want to get the best results from your online ads, you’ll need to use the right keywords in them. How can you find the perfect keywords to attract the customers you want and make your ads stand out from all the other stuff cluttering the typical Web page? Here are some tips to help. Read more…

Secrets of Success: Britt Michaelian
Entrepreneurship, Home Page Blog, Interviews
Secrets of Success: Britt Michaelian
23 April 2014

We’ve launched Secrets of Success, a new weekly interview series here at Web. com’s Small Business Forum. I’ve asked some of the smartest, most innovative, most successful people I know to share their insights and success secrets. Read more…

Women in Business Tip: How to Handle Negative Social Media Buzz About Your Business
Facebook/Social Media, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog
Women in Business Tip: How to Handle Negative Social Media Buzz About Your Business
22 April 2014

While the number of consumers using social media for customer comments and complaints is up, companies’ response times seem to be down. Perhaps that’s not surprising, since starting a social media strategy usually involves thinking about all the marketing opportunities you’ll have and not about the potential negative buzz to which you could be exposing your business. If you find yourself faced with the challenge of turning around a bad reputation on social media, start with the source of the problem—which is usually your business. Read more…

How Online Video Can Boost Your Business
Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog, Online Marketing
How Online Video Can Boost Your Business
21 April 2014

Online video is growing in popularity as a marketing tool. But many small business owners are leery of adding online video to their marketing mix. If you’re still on the fence about whether it’s worth your time and energy to develop online videos, a new survey from Animoto might convince you. Read more…

What Sources Work Best for Generating Sales Leads for SMBs?
Home Page Blog, On Your Way, Online Marketing
What Sources Work Best for Generating Sales Leads for SMBs?
18 April 2014

Are you interested in generating sales leads for your small business? Then you need to make it as easy as possible for customers to call you, a study by BIA/Kelsey reports. The most recent BIA/Kelsey Local Commerce Monitor found that phone calls are the best source of leads for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Slightly more than two-thirds of survey respondents say phone calls, including click-to-call online ads, are a “good” or “excellent” source of leads (28 percent say excellent; 38.4 percent say good). Read more…

Small Biz Tip: Fighting Fear of Failure
Home Page Blog, Just Getting Started, Leadership
Small Biz Tip: Fighting Fear of Failure
17 April 2014

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work,” Thomas Edison once said.   Most entrepreneurs are saddled (or blessed, depending on your point of view) with an affinity for risk-taking. Read more…

How to Find and Connect With Online Influencers Who Can Help Your Marketing
Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog, internet marketing
How to Find and Connect With Online Influencers Who Can Help Your Marketing
17 April 2014

Who are online influencers and how can they help your business? Influencers can range from celebrities or well-known bloggers in your industry to customers who like and share your posts and tweets on social media. Being able to identify and connect with online influencers can help you market your business virally, but while this strategy is effective, it also has many challenges. Augure polled marketers worldwide to get some insights into the world of influencer marketing. Read more…

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