Easy Changes to Make Your Business More Green

These days, it seems like so many businesses are switching to more eco-friendly operations. While these changes are not only great for our planet, they can also help to boost sales and improve customer loyalty!! Did you know that 55% of shoppers are willing to pay more for products and services from businesses that are environmentally friendly? Making your business more eco-friendly can be quick and easy!  Here are a few tips on how to make your business more green!

Use less paper!!

With technology being so prevalent in the workplace, this switch should be relatively easy. Instead of using paper to share ideas and feedback, try to use your computer instead! Google drive is an easy way to collaborate and share information with others. However, we know that achieving a completely paper-less business is nearly impossible. When you do have to use paper, consider switching to recycled paper, or PWC paper! PWC stands for “Post Consumer Waste” and uses less energy and waste during production. And make sure to throw your scraps in the recycling, not trash bin.


Replace equipment with eco-friendly alternatives

We all know that technology and furniture is not built to last forever. When you’re looking to replace your business equipment, consider investing in eco-friendly alternatives. Purchase technology that conserves energy or purchase used furniture. And when disposing of your equipment, look for alternatives other than the landfill. There are businesses that will take your old electronics, or try selling or donating your old furniture. The little bit of effort that you put in now will have huge impacts on the earth in the long run!

Make small changes in the office space

There are so many products used in businesses due to their convenience. Try slowly switching out convenient products, you will save money in the long run too! For instance: get rid of styrofoam and plastic cups and promote reusable cups and bottles instead, switch to hand dryers over paper towels, stop making individual servings of coffee in order to eliminate excessive packaging, switch to eco-friendly cleaning supplies…..the list goes on and on!  


Consider using alternative energy sources in order to fuel your business!

There are a number of alternative energy sources, solar energy being one of the most prominent. Many people look down on solar panels because the installation can be pricey, but in many cases the government will help you pay for a portion. In addition, solar panels reduce your energy costs tremendously and decrease carbon footprints so it is a win-win!!

As you can see, there are so many easy changes you can implement in order to make your business more eco-friendly. Social media is a great way to show off how green your business is! Try promoting national environmental holidays and updating customers on the changes you’re making in the workplace. Click here to see how we can help improve your social media game!  

Why Small Business is Best

Operating a small business is not something to try to sneak past your customers, but rather something to accent on throughout your marketing strategy. There are so many benefits to purchasing from small businesses as opposed to large businesses. Accenting on the personalized customer service, increased customer value, and high quality products and services your small business offers, will greatly increase the effectiveness of your company’s marketing. Below are three tips in how to effectively market your small business…

Inbound Marketing

Considering that small businesses tend to do less business and therefore generate lower profits than larger businesses, there is less money to be allocated towards the marketing budget. Inbound marketing is extremely helpful in allowing small businesses to compete with larger businesses who can afford to spend more on marketing. TV advertisements, print advertising, and radio ads have become extremely ineffective in recent years as customers are now using social media and music and tv streaming services. Inbound marketing includes blogs, websites, and social media marketing. Inbound marketing revolves around attracting the customer to your business, rather than simply marketing a product or service to them. It’s about creating a need for your customer so they come to you as opposed to the other way around.

If your business needs help with improving its inbound marketing, click here to check out our MaxExposure products on our website!

Customer Service

One of the best parts about working with a small business is that you actually get to know the people you are working with. Instead of being stuck on a customer service number, customers are able to reach out directly to the employee they work with. This improved customer service as compared to large companies gives customers a peace of mind that if they are not satisfied with the service, and so on, they have someone they can contact directly regarding their concerns. If you are operating a small business, make sure your customer service surpasses expectations through employee training and business norms. The better the customer service, the happier the customer.

Satisfying your customers not only ensures they continue purchasing from your business, but that they will recommend your company to their friends and possibly even write you a review online! Customer recommendations and reviews go a long way in marketing your small business. Small businesses are typically not well-known and trusted right off the bat because many people have never used or heard of them before. Through customer satisfaction, reviews, and recommendations, your small business expands its customer base and improves its branding.

Check out our MaxExposure social posting products for your small business by clicking here!

Last but not least, the best part about working with, or for, a small business is that everyone within the company has a stake in how the company performs. Smaller businesses have a smaller amount of employees, so each employee they do have, hold various responsibilities for the company and care about the quality of the service they provide to their customers even more. Hiring a small business to do work for you means getting top notch customer service from skilled people who care about their work and the quality of their work everyday.

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SEO: The Recipe to Getting your Restaurant Noticed

If we think back to the last time we searched Google looking for a restaurant, I think we could probably all agree it sounded something like, “restaurants near me..”. No matter where you are located, Google is going to find you at least 50+ restaurants that apply to your search. I’m sure you know by now, no one ever scrolls to the 50th restaurant that pops up. So how do you get your restaurant to the top of that list?

There’s three aspects your restaurant needs to value in improving your company’s SEO…

1) Customer Reviews and Review Site Profiles

2) Company Website

3) Social Media Engagement

Customer reviews and claiming review site profiles is essential in improving your company’s SEO. The more reviews your company has online on sites like Google, Yelp, Foursquare, and TripAdvisor, the higher Google is going to rank your restaurant, and therefore the more people will see your company’s profile.

“92% of consumers read online reviews for local businesses and 84% base their buying decision based on positive reviews.”

Customer Reviews and Claiming Review Site Profiles

It can be difficult to increase the amount of customer reviews your restaurant is receiving, the key to doing so is utilizing your business. What I mean by that is, offer your customers a free coffee or small dessert after their meal if they rate your restaurant online! Customers love free things so they’ll be encouraged to rate you even higher than if they rated you without any incentive! This will greatly increase the amount of customer reviews your company is receiving, bumping up your company on Google search results!

P.S. — Another important thing to keep in mind! 89% of consumers read businesses’ responses to customer reviews! If you need assistance in responding to customer reviews online, click here to check out our MaxExposure Review Response product!

Company Website

The company website is also essential in improving your restaurant’s SEO! Speaking as a consumer, the three most frustrating things I experience when using a restaurant’s website is not being able to access the full menu, online reservation scheduling that doesn’t work, and when incorrect hours listed.

Keeping your website up-to-date is essential in not only improving your SEO, but increasing the amount of click throughs your website receives when it does show up on a consumer’s search. Having a PDF version of your menu linked to your company website is a great functionality for consumers as they can print off your menu and have it easily accessible on their computer! Online reservation scheduling is not necessary and the times available are hardly ever correct seeing as reservations are constantly changing throughout the day. Customers are willing to call if they want to make a reservation and you’d rather they schedule over a call with you rather than not schedule at all because of incorrect availability online.

Social Media Engagement

Social media engagement is also extremely important in improving and managing your restaurant’s SEO. Not only can this help get the word out more about your restaurant, but it can even provide content for you to publish to your restaurant’s social media accounts as well as your restaurant’s Google profile. Social media engagement is like free marketing for your company. Every time someone tags your restaurant’s location or social media account in their post, they are marketing your restaurant to every single one of their followers, which can be thousands of people.

Making sure to like and comment on posts that your restaurant has been tagged in, or reposting a customer’s image on your company’s social media is a great way to not only market your restaurant, but show your customer that you care about their experience. The more your restaurant is mentioned on social media, the more online engagement your restaurant will receive, and the better your restaurant’s SEO.

If your restaurant could use some help with its social media engagement and postings, click here to check out our MaxExposure social media products!
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Top 3 Apps for Small Businesses

With all the new and emerging technologies and applications today, starting up and maintaining businesses has become much easier to manage. There are now applications used for various functions from organizing business tasks, to keeping track of paychecks, and even to measuring and reporting a company’s current success and status. Below are three of the best applications for your small business or organization!

Evernote

Evernote is a downloadable software, or mobile application, which contains note taking, organizing, and archiving capabilities. Evernote allows for small businesses to maintain fluidity and organization throughout the business by giving visibility into projects, work flows, and deadlines across various employees in the business. This allows business people to work better and more efficiently together by ensuring everyone in the company, or in a specific department of the company, has up-to-date information.

Zoom

Zoom video conferencing is another software application which greatly improves business management and functions for small to medium-sized businesses. Zoom allows for HD video conferencing with simultaneous screen sharing and white-boarding aimed to greatly improve group collaboration long distance. If a business partner or employee is traveling or out-of-state for a conference, networking, and so on, they are still able to easily collaborate and communicate with their fellow employees, allowing business to maintain speed in business projects.

Square

Square is another application that has greatly improved business efficiency, as well as the customer experience. Square allows for online payments to be made right from a smartphone, removing the need for cash registers and computer systems at the checkout. The application also allows businesses to manage inventory, customer directories, and digital receipts. You can also send invoices to customers, save cards on file, use Square to sell online off of your company’s website, and it even works with no signal so there are no disruptions or inconveniences!

These applications allow for business management to be made easy, improving your business efficiency and success, and overall customer satisfaction as well. Utilizing these apps, along with the various social media applications to market and manage your business will allow your business to continuously expand and improve every year.
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Start Providing VALUE!

Today we go through the importance of providing upfront value. What are you doing to incentivize customers to do business with you? Whether you are a restaurant, salon, or carpet store, you need to give someone away up-front to build trust. Everyone has different expertise. It’s time to start sharing your knowledge, now!

Prospecting Tip: Reference USA

Today we go through some tips on using ReferenceUSA for prospecting. If you aren’t familiar with ReferenceUSA, it is a database full of business and consumer information. By using the filters you can reach your ideal prospects and find out who the decision maker is in just a few minutes. Plus, it’s free!


Employee Feature: Amanda Ciarci, Marketing Assistant

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What do you do for MaxExposure?

My daily tasks include sourcing and posting content for clients as well as monitoring their social media accounts.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love having the opportunity to enable our clients to have an online presence that aligns with their goals as a business owner. I feel as though this is typically thought as a luxury for large-scale corporations, but in this day and age it’s now a possibility for every business, no matter the size, to be able to build upon their brand and reputation.

Why do you feel companies should choose MaxExposure?

Having a team like us, completely focused on the marketing, enables every customer to freely pursue the dream that led them to starting their business! What we offer is a new way to connect with the users of the phenomenal products and services our clients are already providing.

What is your favorite MaxExposure product?

I don’t think I could pick just one! One of the best aspects of the services we offer is that we can create a customized package tailored exactly to what each individual business needs. 

Check out our website or give us a call today to see what product package would work best for your company!

How’s your mindset?

Your mindset in business is just as important as anything else. If you don’t know how to deal with adversity or don’t have the right attitude to fix problems that come up, then you might be in trouble. Check out our video about how the ocean is alot like entrepreneurship.