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8 Essentials of a Successful Social Media Plan

8 Essentials of a Successful Social Media Plan

Social media has become a vital piece of marketing for small businesses. But many lack a specific strategy for using social media and end up with a scatter-shot approach that lacks punch. This misses a major opportunity to engage with customers and prospects and manage the business’s online reputation. “Without a social media strategy, how […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Ways to Influence Your Influencers

6 Ways to Influence Your Influencers

Word of mouth has long been considered the best advertising a small business can get. And in today’s digital world, word of mouth is even more important and effective than ever.  But the social media explosion has transformed how word of mouth works. Social media vastly amplifies word of mouth in a 24/7 system. But […]

6 New Business Tips for Facebook Success

6 New Business Tips for Facebook Success

An estimated 42% of small businesses in the U.S. now have a Facebook page.  And about 70% of small businesses overall plan to use social media this year. But beyond that the landscape gets murky.  While having a Facebook page is now “the thing to do,” a decidedly small percentage of businesses have any idea […]

The Future for Small Biz in Social Media

The Future for Small Biz in Social Media

Time.  It’s a little word, but the single biggest roadblock to small business engagement in social media.  Sure, millions of biz owners have embraced social.  But time constraints produce constant dropouts and millions more won’t buy in as long as they believe the time sink outweighs the benefits. The future, then, may well be a […]

How to Jumpstart Your Biz with Social Media

How to Jumpstart Your Biz with Social Media

Lots of small businesses – especially new ones – are jumping into social media because it’s the hot thing to do. But achieving results is something else entirely. You need a strategy and framework for creating the kind of experiences consumers want and demand in the digital era, says Rick Mathieson, vice president for Silicon […]

Tactics to Tackle Twitter in 2011

Tactics to Tackle Twitter in 2011

Over the past two years, awareness of Twitter has zoomed from 5% to 87%, according to research by Social Media Today.  As one of the world’s fastest-growing information networks, Twitter is now being used by millions of people, organizations and businesses to discover and share new ideas. Twitter now claims 370,000 new signups daily and […]