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8 Essentials of Successful Discounting

8 Essentials of Successful Discounting

These days, if you aren’t offering a discount of some kind (or at least the appearance of one), you might not be selling much of anything. Pervasive discounting by businesses both big and small has caused buyers to demand deals on anything and everything. In the midst of all this, how can business owners and […]

13 Business Resolutions for 2013

13 Business Resolutions for 2013

Here they are, along with some of our best tips and strategies to help you pull each one off: Resolution #1: Fix my website! Here are 10 things that are probably wrong with your site, and how to fix them: 10 Things Wrong With Your Website Resolution#2: Improve our customer service! Here’s how: 8 Ways to […]

6 Social Media Changes That Will Rattle Business

6 Social Media Changes That Will Rattle Business

Social media has already had a huge impact on businesses both large and small. But according to the latest projections from the research firm International Data Corp. (IDC), there’s a lot more change coming. IDC analysts expect the coming year to be pivotal for social media in business with (among other things) a new emphasis […]

The Art of the Tweet Tease

The Art of the Tweet Tease

TV and other news organizations are skilled at using “teasers” to entice interest in a particular story and get readers or viewers to click or tune in. It works!  So when you tweet for yourself, your business or your brand, you should aspire to do the same. The result will be a higher headcount of […]

9 Steps to Lead Nurturing Success

9 Steps to Lead Nurturing Success

If your business is spending precious ad and marketing dollars to generate leads, and you have prospects calling or clicking as hoped, great! But what now? Leads must convert to sales – either now or in the future – before they can benefit your bottom line. How and when you respond to leads is critical […]

20 Digital Trends You Need to Know

20 Digital Trends You Need to Know

I just completed an interactive local media conference where some of today’s smartest minds in digital were gathered, from the likes of Google, Facebook, IdeaLab, CitiGrid, Constant Contact and dozens more. Here’s my list of the Top 20 trends (and some implications) in digital, search, social media and online marketing that emerged from this semi-annual […]

Why Google AuthorRank is a Game Changer

Why Google AuthorRank is a Game Changer

The arrival of Google AuthorRank, and its cousin Google Authorship, reorders the digital universe in a way that can send digital importance and social influence soaring for business owners, journalists, writers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and executives active in social media. Authorship and AuthorRank are part of a new and rapidly evolving Google initiative with immediate game-changing […]

16 Sweet Social Marketing Tools You Gotta Try

16 Sweet Social Marketing Tools You Gotta Try

No doubt about it. People are piling into social media marketing like never before. But the most successful ones don’t go naked. They deploy a variety of digital tools to amplify and monitor their efforts. BizBest® has researched over 100 social marketing tools – including some that are brand new – and came up with […]

10 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success

10 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success

With all the emphasis on digital marketing these days, a few tried-and-true methods get forgotten. Postcards are one of them, but they are experiencing a revival as business owners re-discover their powerful charms to deliver results. Postcards are a simple, low-cost sales tool that’s easier to use than ever thanks to websites that offer turnkey […]

A Two Dollar Local Marketing Solution

A Two Dollar Local Marketing Solution

In the small town where I grew up, my father was known as “King of the $2 Bill.” He ran the local savings & loan, located on (yes, this is for real) Main Street, and loved to hand out $2 bills as gifts.  Sometimes he’d even pay spot bonuses to employees in bunches of $2 […]