The Small Business Marketing Blog


“Marketing” is an umbrella term for every action done to promote your business and increase sales. This includes websites, email marketing, print campaigns, social media strategies, and brand image. Below you will discover ways to establish a sustainable marketing foundation.

Do your customers know you’re open? (+ FREE STICKERS!)

By Randy Monroe | April 3, 2020

I hope by now you’ve taken the opportunity to claim your Google My Business (GMB) page. Here’s a link to last week’s email should you need a reminder of the recommended things to do. According to recent forecasts concerning COVID-19, it appears that we have a ways to go before we begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Google has begun to recognize this and has allowed some changes that you…

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Find it. Claim it. Update it. …But what was IT again?

By Randy Monroe | March 27, 2020

Our world has changed these last seven days. But we are still working. We’re just working differently. Just like you. I mentioned that I would send out some marketing tips that you can use even now. Let’s begin by looking at your Google My Business (GMB) page. Find it Begin by doing a Google search for your business name. Once you find it, scan the information and see if it is correct. Claim it Have…

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We’re all in this together

By Randy Monroe | March 20, 2020

Hey guys, The last few months have been a great time to be a business owner. But then, just like riding a roller coaster, you hit that spot you didn’t see coming and you weren’t expecting. And all of a sudden, you want off this ride. But that’s not an option yet. Just like the roller coaster ride, you have to wait till you reach the end of the ride to get off. I’m not…

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30 Effective Marketing Ideas for Your Small Business

By Danielle Henslee | October 18, 2018
Advertising Tactics and Marketing Ideas for Small Business

Advertising and marketing are the same. True or false? False. Advertising is a slice of the marketing pie. Similar to the concept that all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares, all advertising is marketing, but not all marketing is advertising. Marketing vs. Advertising. What’s the Difference? While the terms “marketing” and “advertising” are used interchangeably in many conversations, they are each distinct in their purpose, tactics, and target results.   So what…

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3 Valuable Problem Solving Techniques I Learned From an Egg

By Danielle Henslee | September 12, 2018
Business problem solving techniques_the Story of the Egg

I don’t know about you, but in my experience, working in small business means that every day is a new day full of solving business problems. Troubleshooting and resolving issues for this, that, and the other can be energizing for those who have the entrepreneurial spirit, namely ENTPs, ESTJs, ENTJs, INTJs, and ISTJs. I am an ENTJ and I definitely fit this bill. As I observe everything from the current internal workflows and project development…

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The Best Growth Opportunity for Business is Not the Next New Fad

By Danielle Henslee | July 3, 2018
A woman smiling with shopping bags slung over her shoulder

There is hidden growth potential in your business. In every business, there is this potential – no matter how big or small. Fortunately, it’s not about getting on the next greatest lead generation bandwagon or social media platform. *phew*   There’s a simpler way to increase business growth.    And yet, it seems that day in and day out businesses must be working to generate more leads to fill the void left by customers that…

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How Many Customers Should You Expect to Get from Marketing?

By Danielle Henslee | June 18, 2018
How Many Customers Should You Expect to Get from Marketing?

Digital Examiner found that 45% of small businesses do not track ROI of their digital marketing spend. That’s terrifying! As a marketing agency, we attest to that reality with on-boarding clients. Even the most financially astute, colorful spreadsheet wizards are clueless when it comes to analyzing the return on their marketing efforts. But why? Many small business owners are not equipped to know WHICH questions to ask WHAT digital marketing data points to track HOW…

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7 Ted Talks You Need to Watch to be Successful in Small Business

By Danielle Henslee | April 27, 2018
Ted Talks for entrepreneurs and people who want to change the world

There are countless Ted Talks for small business that I have used as springboards for new ideas and deeper motivation. But for now, here is a Ted Talk for each day of the week to motivate you to do more with yourself and your small business; to empower you to see the hidden potential that is waiting to be unearthed; and to change the way you do business for the good of all. #1: Tim…

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5 Free Tools That Will Help Your Business Work Smarter (Video)

By Sarah Perry | March 9, 2018
5 Free Business Tools

If you’ve owned, run, or worked for a small business you know there is a laundry list of things that need to be done, checked, monitored, cleaned and more every day, week, month, year. But with the constant need to get more customers and run the business time is limited for other things, making research for new tools and systems a near pipe dream. You want to make things better and find better solutions to…

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How to Have a Successful Small Business Marketing Campaign

By Danielle Henslee | February 13, 2018

As one beloved influencer, Paul Jarvis, put it “You don’t hate marketing, you hate what you think marketing is.” To many, this fits all to well. There you are, working hard to grow and make your company a success, when in reality you end up feeling like you’ve willingly tossed all that hard earned cash out the window. via GIPHY This isn’t a good feeling, ever. Businesses, nowadays, get information so fast and loose that…

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Online vs Print: What Font Designs Will Work Best for My Marketing Campaign?

By Sarah Perry | September 21, 2017
Picking Fonts for Marketing Campaigns

When you are designing a marketing campaign, it is important to select the right type of font for use in the ads. You want the ads to be easy to read, but also to convey the right style and message to your target audience. These are things that your choice of font can enhance — or hurt. This holds true for online and print marketing campaigns: a font that works for print ads won’t necessarily…

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How to Conduct an Audit of Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

By Sarah Perry | August 30, 2017
Audit Social Media Marketing Strategy Third Angle - Smartphone viewing sphere of faces

If you have been usingsocial media marketing to promote your business, it is important that you at least semi-regularly run an audit of your strategies. Audits help you identify what works and what doesn’t, so that you brainstorm ideas to make sure that your future campaigns perform as well as they possibly can. If you’ve never done an audit of your social media marketing strategies, we wrote this guide to help. Create the Template of…

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How to Create a Marketing Campaign to Increase Foot Traffic to Your Store

By Randy Monroe | August 4, 2017
How to Create a Marketing Campaign to Increase Foot Traffic

Updated on November 26, 2018 for freshness. If you own or manage a business that has a physical location where you sell products or services in your store, most of your marketing campaigns likely strive to increase sales revenue. However, there is a similar but slightly different goal that you should also keep in mind, and that is increasing the number of customers who visit and shop in your store. Why? Because, for brick an…

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Creating The Right Message For Your Mail Campaign

By Sarah Perry | July 12, 2017
Mail Campaign Message

When you are coming up with a new mail marketing campaign for your business, the message you convey in your mailer is just as important as the creative design and what addresses you send them to. Think about it — how many times have you received a flyer, brochure, or coupons in the mail that you tossed out after looking at it for a couple of seconds? There’s a good chance it is because that business…

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