Convincing Happy Customers to Rate & Review

Paul Rose Jr Growth Marketing, Small Business Marketing, Social Media 1 Comment

It’s a brand new world out there. It used to be enough to provide a good product or service to your community. Then word of mouth was bolstered by well written and placed advertisements that heralded the benefits of your product and service, along with an endorsement from the Better Business Bureau. The next step was, sadly, misleading ads and …

What Is a Lead Magnet?

What is a Lead Magnet?

Paul Rose Jr Email Marketing, Get Strategic, Marketing Automation, Small Business Marketing 6 Comments

You finally took the plunge. You did the research, built your website (probably with WordPress) and launched the online side of your business. You made sure you were listed on and started ranking on Google, Bing, & Yahoo. But unlike the folks in those UPS commercials, you don’t just sit back and wait for the customers to just show up. …

3 Things Every Business Owner Should Do in 2018

3 Things Every Business Owner Should Do in 2018

David G. Johnson Marketing Automation, Small Business Marketing Leave a Comment

Every January, we have a habit of re-evaluating what we’re doing. What worked last year? What didn’t work? What needs tweaking? If you’re like most business owners, you also think about new goals. Did we hit our revenue targets for last year? What is a realistic number for this year? How do we get there? As a business owner whose …

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 Leave a Comment

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 Leave a Comment

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 Leave a Comment

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 Leave a Comment

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 …