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. 

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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.

Start your Business with Microbranding!

Approximately 543,000 businesses are started each month. Although hundreds of thousands of businesses are started each month, even more than that shut down each month. So how do startups survive in today’s market? The new trend helping thousands of businesses start up successfully and grow their success rather than shut down is called, microbranding. A microbrand is defined as “a small-scale brand recognized only in a certain geographic location or by consumers in a specific micro market or niche market.”

rawpixel-661940-unsplash.jpgMore and more businesses are starting by first developing and promoting a microbrand in which they sell one specific type of product. Once the product proves successful and gains a customer base, the business has the opportunity to add more products related to the initial product. This way, by the time they develop more products and invest more money in the company, they already have a customer base to sell their new products to, giving them a higher chance of success with their new products.

One company that has been successful in starting up using microbranding is Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics company, Kylie Cosmetics, LLC. Kylie Cosmetics started off as a microbrand that just sold individual lip glosses. After gaining a following and continuously selling out new lip gloss lines within minutes, Kylie Cosmetics now sells various types of makeup including eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, and so on.

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Here’s the key to successful microbranding:

Find your Niche

Even though there are millions of products out on the market, there are products in every industry that could use improvement. It is important that you find a niche that makes sense for you as well. Going into an industry you are passionate about and knowledgeable of will allow you to develop a high quality product, and build a better relationship with your customer base.

 

Build your Following through Marketing

I cannot stress this enough, but just like with any startup, marketing and public relations is an absolute must if you want to start a successful business. Kylie Jenner didn’t have much difficulty in this aspect of starting her company because she already had millions of followers on her social media accounts. One way to get your microbrand noticed is to reach out to people on social media that are in your target market and send them a free sample of your product, or a discount on their first order if they sponsor you. This means they will send out a post or story of them using your product and/or write a review for you on the product. This allows you to reach their followers as well, most of whom are also in your target market.

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Quality is Essential

Considering you are gaining a following primarily based on people’s satisfaction with your product or service, quality is essential. If they are not satisfied with your product, they are not going to want to recommend it to their friends and you are not going to be able to increase your following. Make sure that your marketing of the product and product quality match up on all counts.

 

Have a Long-Term Plan

A microbrand is a great way to get your business started, however no company carries on for years and years on selling and marketing just one product. You need to have a long-term plan and long-term goals for your business so that once your microbrand does gain its following you know where to go next to grow your company even further.

 

If you are looking to start your own business through microbranding and need help marketing your product click here to check out our social posting products!

 

Small Business Tips: Using Personalized Marketing to Reach Customers

Let’s Get Personal.

As many of us have noticed, companies online have been getting increasingly “personal” with their customers…maybe even so personal that we’re a little creeped out. For instance, when you are online shopping on a clothing website and then you go on Instagram and there’s an ad for the same exact dress you were just looking at a moment ago. Many people can even recall a time when they were discussing let’s say a certain book with their friend and that same book showed up in an Amazon advertisement without them ever having viewed it online. Maybe it’s our phones listening to us, or maybe, it’s the businesses we shop at.

Although some forms of personalized marketing can come off as a bit creepy and are not super effective in boosting sales or customer retention, personalized marketing, when done correctly, can have a significant positive impact on your business. So how do we use personalized marketing correctly?? Here’s how…

 

Get CONSENT!!!

Screen Shot 2018-11-07 at 12.24.08 PMFirst things first, if you’re going to personalize emails, text messages, printed mail, or Facebook messages, you have to get consent from the customer first. This means that the customer has to have given you their Facebook account information, phone number, address, email address, and name. One way many companies do this is at checkout when they ask if the customer would like to receive text or email alerts on upcoming sales, promotions, and company news. This way when they receive the personalized marketing, they don’t think your company is tracking down their information or stalking you online because they gave you the information themselves.

 

Track Purchases

Now that you have the information you need to send them more personalized marketing, you need to figure out what type of message you’re going to be sending them. Seeing as you are operating a small business, you may not have access to softwares that track individual customer purchases, so tracking which products are selling the most currently is an easier alternative.Utilizing your social media can be helpful here too by viewing the posts your company is tagged in by consumers. Keeping track of which inventory is selling, and promoting a related product or service will get you a much better return by boosting sales of that product even more. 

 

Comments, Compliments, & Concerns

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS write down anything a customer has to say about your business. Whether it’s in regards to a specific product or service, a specific customer experience, or customer service. If you run a restaurant, write down what customers have to say about certain dishes so you can either change up recipes, or promote a popular dish more often. Even viewing customer reviews on Google, Yelp, or Facebook can be extremely helpful in receiving more specific input on your company’s progress.

 

If you want to get personal with your customers and boost your sales, let us show you how! Click the hyperlinks to check out our Customer Voice and Reputation Management products!

How To: Synchronize your Social Media

If you are running multiple social media accounts for your business (which you should be!) you want to be sure that all of them are telling the same story. A cohesion should exist among your sites, allowing customers to seamlessly transition between platforms while never feeling like they have disassociated between sites. Utilizing multiple sites while presenting a united, synchronized front could be the key your company is missing to putting your best foot forward online. Professionalism is a major key to securing customers and a solid social media base could be your first step.

First, visually tie together your accounts so that when jumping from platform to platform your customers feel as though they are still looking at the same company. There are multiple ways to make this a reality including color schemes, styles, and fonts. These methods may take a bit of practice to perfect, however if done correctly could really bring all of your sites together. A simple fix to this is having a logo. If your company has a recognizable logo that is present on each site, the customer is quickly reminded exactly where they are and who they are looking at. Lacking a stand-out logo? MaxExposure’s Custom Logo Design Package offers a custom logo design to help your company stand out (and stand together on social media).

Second, promote accessibility between sites. If you are looking to present your customers with a fully synchronized, full spectrum social media lineup, you want to be sure that they are noticing it, or it might as well not be in place. Placing links to accounts in the bios of other accounts or directly linking sites in posts on other platforms is a good way to promote the unification of accounts to customers.

Lastly, have the same voice behind all of your accounts, preferably the same person. Having a consistency in the content and style with which your posts are presented can give your company a voice of its own. Before long the voice of the individual running the accounts will become that of the company, as there is never a lapse in tone or consistency.

Don’t have the time to rummage through all of your accounts to post? MaxExposure offers a DIY Package consisting of software that you can use to post to all of your sites with a single click! Don’t have the time to post at all? With MaxExposure’s Social Posting – Basic package, we post for you!

 

5 Tips for Improving your SEO

SEO, or search engine optimization, determines how visible your company’s site is online, or in other words, how highly your company’s site or web pages rank in search results on engines such as Google. 91% of US internet users utilize a search engine every month, and the top 5 results of every search receive 75% of the clicks, so maintaining a high SEO and ranking higher in these search results is extremely important to receiving user interaction. Below are five tips for improving your site’s SEO…

 

1. Search Competition

Searching Google for your competitor’s sites is a very effective starting point for improving your own company’s SEO. By searching your company’s industry name or topics or products within your industry will allow for the sites with the highest SEO’s in the industry to load at the top of the Google search. By clicking through these sites and paying attention to keywords throughout competitor’s sites, as well as the overall organization and set up of their sites will allow you to start in effectively developing ideas for your own company’s site and starting off with a relatively high SEO.

2. Develop a Keyword and Create a Meta Description

Your site may have one or more keywords throughout depending on what information will be included in your company’s site. These keywords may be in your site’s menu topics, as well as throughout any writing on your site. Including these keywords in your meta description can be extremely helpful in improving your SEO when your keyword is used in a search.

A meta description is the short paragraph shown underneath your site’s title and url that allows users to read into the site page without actually clicking on it. Your meta description can greatly impact how many people actually click through to your site. It is very important to include commonly used keywords in your meta description as this will improve the SEO, and encourage users to click on your site.

3. Include Off-Page Links on your Site

Your site will include both off-page information, referring to elements that are on someone else’s site, as well as on-page information, referring to elements that are on your site. Statistics show that 75% of SEO is off-page, and 25% is on-page, meaning that your SEO is mostly determined by the other sites used in your site’s information, rather than the information that is on your site directly. Search engines will recognize the link back to off-page sites and consider your site as relating to that off-page site. Therefore, finding sections throughout your site where you can link back to outside sources and websites with higher SEO’s will in turn increase your own company’s SEO. An example of this might be the link I have included in this blog, linking back to another extremely popular business blog.

4. Utilize Social Media Interactions

Including your company’s site link and information on your company’s social media accounts is a great way to get more user interaction on the site, and therefore improve your site’s SEO. Search engines keep track of which sites get the most user traffic, and are therefore more popular, and will show the sites with higher traffic higher up in the search results. Below is an example of how to link back to your site on Instagram and Facebook. Including the site link in your company’s Instagram bio or profile on Facebook and including the site link in social media posts or informing viewers that the link is in the bio in posts.

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5. Perform SEO Maintenance Regularly

Search results are constantly changing, and search engines are constantly changing the factors they use in sorting search results. This means that your site’s SEO is also changing, even without the site itself changing. Keeping track of changes in keyword popularity, changing meta description accordingly, as well as updating links to off-page sites when the information changes, or there are newer, more popular sources to link back to will help you maintain your site’s SEO.

 

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Sources:

https://blog.hubspot.com/insiders/seo-facts