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 …

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 …

Just Get Started!

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

Growing a small business can be a wild mix of challenges. Your website’s contact form is — if it’s anything like mine — constantly bombarded with SPAM from SEO companies (“We noticed your website doesn’t rank very well in search engines,” or “We can get you to the top of Google.”). Obviously, today there’s Facebook, Twitter… and now Foursquare. We’ve …

3 Small Business Marketing Ideas for the Summer

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

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!

Increase Your Response: Make ‘Em an Offer They Can’t Refuse

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

Here’s #5 of 5 Ways to Increase Your Response just by changing the words you use! 5. Make ‘Em an Offer They Can’t Refuse In the spirit of Don Corleone (and with your best hoarse Godfather voice) think about what motivates — no, drives — them… then give ’em something to do. Discounts are good, but remember #4 (you gotta …

Increase Your Response: Write From “Me” to “You”

David G. Johnson Get Strategic, Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

Here’s the 3rd of 5 Ways to Increase Your Response just by changing the words you use! 3. Write From “Me” to “You” I have a shocking revelation for you: Your future customers don’t care about you. That’s right. I said it. I’ll say it again. They don’t care about you. Why, then, is so much of our marketing material …

Increase Your Response: Make A Bold Promise!

David G. Johnson Get Strategic, Small Business Marketing 4 Comments

Here’s the 2nd of 5 Ways to Increase Your Response just by changing the words you use! 2. Make a Bold Promise Ultimately, marketing is about promising something to your future customer (or your existing customer… if you’re working toward repeat business). What you promise and how you fulfill it is completely up to you, but nevertheless, you’re making a …

Increase Your Response: Use a Headline!

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

You’re on your way to getting better results with the 1st of 5 Ways to Increase Your Response just by changing the words you use! (You may want to take a moment and read that introductory post if you haven’t already.) 1. Use a Headline Without question, this is the single most important place to focus your efforts first. Some …

5 Ways to Increase Your Response

David G. Johnson Get Strategic, Small Business Marketing 7 Comments

Looking to get better results out of your website, e-mail, direct mail or other advertising and outreach efforts? Over the years of working with and training the greatest businesspeople on the planet — small business owners and their teams — I’ve found that this is by far one of the greatest opportunities for growth available. You can significantly impact your …