Why Social Media is Important for Small Businesses

I hear this one often: you’ve got a small business, so why even bother with social media? As much as we might like to ignore it, social media has become a major player in today’s internet. As a business owner, it’s not something we can ignore, and with Facebook’s Two Billion+ reach, why would we? Lamenting …

How To Find Your Ideal Client And Rock Them

Let me present a situation to you: You’re blogging away, creating all this great content, and you’ve been at it for months yet nobody has seemed to turn into a regular follower. Your email #’s remain low, as does your traffic. What gives? If your content is good and your capture forms are in place, chances …

How To Harness Social Media to Boost Your Business

You constantly hear that social media is the way to build business, attract friends, fans, and followers, and “go viral” overnight. But as anyone who has waded into the web has quickly discovered, you can easily spend hours caught in this “web” with very little to show for your effort. If only it were as …

Why Write a Killer Blogpost

Sure, it seems easy enough – all your friends seem to have started one, so why shouldn’t you? But with the advent of the internet and weblogging, it seems that everyone has become an expert and so it’s hard to separate the good content from dross, the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. There …

Top 10 Words That Capture Readers’ Attention

As writers and editors, we know that our word choices are important. Some messages call your readers to action – others not so much. What is it that makes one paragraph soar while others fall flat? According to fictitious studies published some 40 years ago, certain power words capture our attention more than others. Though the studies …

How to Generate Free Publicity (Part 2)

OK, so you’ve got a great story about your business you want your local media to cover. How do you get their attention? Just like in fishing, we call it The Hook. The Hook is an intriguing email subject line/press release headline that makes readers (and editors are readers) want to know more. Here are …

How to Generate Local Publicity (Part 1)

It’s the holy grail of all small businesses –  Free Publicity. But how do you get it? In this age of information overload, it can be hard for beginning businesses to be heard above the din of more experienced buzz-makers. The good news is that the more media outlets there are–newspapers, e-zines, magazines, social media …