Content Marketing: How It's Done... How It's Not Done

Content Marketing: How It’s Done…How It’s Not Done

Rod Thomson Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

How It’s Done We love the entrepreneur and small business owner. But today we at the Grow the Dream Show have examples of a little guy getting it wrong and a big corporation getting it really right. First, an example of Pure Killer Content by a major corporation. SC Johnson’s Ziploc Division created a Facebook post that, reasonably enough, is …

Startling Revelations from INBOUND15

Startling Revelations From #INBOUND15

David G. Johnson Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

Now that some of the fatigue has worn off from last week’s INBOUND Conference in Boston and I’ve had a little time to process everything, some of the most important realizations from the event are bubbling to the top. And what’s surprising me most of all is that the things I took away from the event are both nothing new and nothing short …

6 Reasons to Outsource Your Content

6 Reasons to Outsource Your Content Creation

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

Writing a business blog is without question one of the single most powerful marketing methods available to any business, small or large. The data around blogging is huge. Businesses who blog get more web traffic, more leads, and better ROI on marketing than those who don’t. In fact, according to inbound marketing software giant, Hubspot, marketers who have prioritized blogging are 13x more …

Why Doesnt Anyone See My Facebook Posts?

Why Doesn’t Anyone See My Facebook Posts?

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 5 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 …

WordPress Automatic Upgrade Notification Email

WordPress Automatic Updates: Pros and Cons

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

Yesterday the WordPress dev team announced the 3.8.2 Security Release. Previously, when a WordPress update became available, I’d see the notification when I visited the dashboard of one of our websites. Sometimes, I might spot the announcement post (like the one I linked to above) in the RSS feed. But all that has changed. For the first time, I found …

Is Your SEO Actually Hurting You?

How Your SEO Might Actually Be Hurting You

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 1 Comment

The topic of how bad SEO can be for your business’s website is so broad, we could probably start a regular recurring feature here about it. Come to think of it, we’ve written about businesses being Suckered by an SEO Company, why SEO should be a much lower priority than a Marketing Strategy for Your Business, and How SEO Hasn’t Changed …

Is It a Good Idea to Use a Facebook Contest to Grow Likes on Your Page?

Why Running a Contest to Grow Likes on Facebook Could Backfire

David G. Johnson Social Media 2 Comments

First of all: kudos to you for even thinking about doing this. The way I look at it, this means that you’re exploring your options to improve your visibility on Facebook, which is a very good idea. Using a contest, giveaway or other mechanism that encourages people to like your Facebook page in exchange for something has a lot of appeal. It leverages …

Google's Latest Search Overhaul: Hummingbird

Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Google’s Hummingbird Update

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing, WordPress 0 Comments

Ever since Google announced the “Hummingbird” update on its 15th birthday, the web marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) community has been all aflutter (pardon the pun) with speculation about what this massive overhaul to Google’s search engine really means. As with Panda, Penguin and the other changes to Google’s algorithms over the last few years, my recommendation to our …

Why Mobile Matters for Small Business Marketing [Infographic]

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing, WordPress 1 Comment

For the last 2 years or so, we’ve been pounding the drum to anyone who will listen—which mainly means small businesses we train, our clients, and audiences I speak to—that you must be ready for mobile visitors. How can your small business website be ready for mobile visitors? Two words: responsive design. Your website should be responsive. What Is Responsive Design? Very …

Convert Your Facebook Profile into a Business Page

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing, Social Media 0 Comments

Almost every time I speak to an audience of business owners, there’s at least one in the crowd. Someone (or their nephew) created a Facebook “profile” for their business instead of a business “page.” What’s the difference? A Facebook “Profile” (soon to be called a “timeline”) has a first and last name, and can send and receive “Friend” requests. A Facebook …