Why Doesnt Anyone See My Facebook Posts?

Why Doesn’t Anyone See My Facebook Posts?

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 6 Comments

You’ve got your Business Facebook Page set up. You’ve put the effort into getting it all decked out with a nice profile pic and a timeline cover. You’ve even built up some followers (Hallelujah!). Now it’s time for the post. You set aside a few minutes, crank out a nice little status update, maybe even upload a picture to go …

How SEO Hasn’t Changed [Infographic]

David G. Johnson Get Strategic, Rants, Small Business Marketing, Social Media 1 Comment

From the very moment we began providing training to business owners and marketing executives to help them understand how search engines work, we have preached a very simple message: Create content that delivers value to people in your target market. And do it often. I’m constantly amused by the SEO (search engine optimization) industry—when not infuriated by stories of ripoffs, …

Reason #237 for Marketing Strategy: the Elevator Pitch

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Seth Godin’s post from today reinforces yet again the need for you to strategically and intentionally design your business’s “message”: If your elevator pitch is a hyper-compressed two-minute overview of your hopes, dreams and the thing you’ve been building for the last three years, you’re doing everyone a disservice. I’ll never be able to see the future through your eyes this quickly, …

3 Small Business Marketing Ideas for the Summer

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Ah summertime… the dog days of summer… sweating under the sun with the smell of coconut and salt water wafting by…

Wait a minute!

If you’re in business, then those may not be relaxing thoughts at all! It’s time to do something about growing your business!

Unless you’re in a tourist industry (in which case you need marketing ideas fast) or other seasonal business, summertime may be a slower time of year. Customers, clients and prospects are more inclined to be on vacation, and that can make it harder to get results with your marketing.

So how can you use the slower season to your advantage? Here are several ways you can use right away!

Facebooking at Work?

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You or your company have probably already grappled with the question at some level or another:

Should employees be permitted to use Facebook or Twitter on the job?

The typical reaction from owners & managers is some flavor of: “What a waste of time!” And while I’m the first one to agree that there are zillions of ways to waste time online, here are some factors worth considering.

Should You Change Your Pricing Strategy in this Economy?

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One of the questions many business owners are grappling with right now has to do with pricing strategies. We frequently hear it this way: Should I lower my prices as a response to shrinking demand? Conventional wisdom in most cases says, “Yes.” But I want to challenge you to think this through carefully before indiscriminately squeezing what may be left …

5 Low-Cost Ways to Get New Customers in 2009

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Well 2009 is in full swing. My question for you is: How does your pipeline look? If you’re not satisfied with the number of new prospects or leads coming in to your business, it’s time to get serious about what you’re doing to bring them in. Here are 5 ways to gain new customers on a budget: Get to the …

Beat the Recession: Communicate Valuably!

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As salespeople and business owners, we’ve often been trained to communicate value. After all, if we don’t connect what we sell, produce and provide with the needs of our prospects and customers and do it in a way that helps them understand the return they should expect on their investment, we’re sunk! But in times like these, it’s more important …

Beat The Recession: Reward Loyal Customers

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Today I walked into a local Starbucks and was greeted by a prominently-placed offer for the new Starbucks Gold card. You probably know by now that I’m a Starbucks regular. But I’ll admit, I’ve spent a lot less time (and yes, money) in Starbucks locations in recent history. A quick scan of my unread e-mail shows that they sent me …

Perpetual Marketing: What Message Are You Sending?

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Did you ever stop to think about the fact that “marketing” is happening all the time in your business — whether you want it to be or not?  Here’s an example to illustrate what I mean… Picture yourself walking into a restaurant for dinner with your spouse.  It’s a reasonably nice restaurant with an energetic atmosphere.  There’s plenty of activity… …