7 Ways Email Marketing Can Improve Your Business

~by Ashley Andrews~ . You’ve probably heard that email marketing can improve your business. However, while you may know the basics about email marketing, like how to use an opt-in box and use an auto-responder to send out a newsletter, you may not know how it can improve your business. For email marketing to be an effective way to improve your business, you first need to have three things in place:   1. At least one attractive offer on your website. This could be your own product or an affiliate product. 2. An opt-in page to capture visitors names and

How to Assess the Health of Any Business

~by Marlena Stoddard~ . Just because a business hasn’t yet closed its doors doesn’t mean it is in good financial condition. Some companies may be able to borrow money from friends, relatives or financial institutions to keep them going in the hopes that they will one day turn a profit. In some cases, the owners themselves contribute capital to keep their dream alive. How can you tell if a business is healthy or not? Take a Look at Its P&L Statement The profit and loss statement will give you a good idea of how much money the company brings in,

Why Should You Care About an Email List?

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . It has been said many times that the money is in the list. But many of the business owners I talk to, whether they are a realtor, insurance agent, HVAC repair company, or in Direct Sales, do not use or manage their email lists. That is quite simply money that they’re leaving on the table.   I’m not saying that building a massive list should necessarily be the goal, but you should be collecting email addresses from people you network and do business with and adding them to your email list (provided they’ve given verbal

How to Build an Enthusiastic Facebook Group

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ During the month of May I added 746 members to my Facebook group. I added just about 400 members in the month of April. I’m building my Facebook group quite quickly, but truly, I don’t want to spend a fortune on advertising. In one year, I added over 3200 members to the group. And I learned a little something along the way. Here are some of my best tips for building a dynamic and engaged Facebook group: 1. Get a friend to help you with moderating the group and with posting to the group. The more

How to Make Marketing Your Brand More Manageable

~by Brooke Chaplan~ . Anyone who’s launched their own business can attest to how difficult it can be to market a new brand and products successfully. Although marketing can be intimidating to new business owners, anyone can master the skill of expanding their brand and reaching new customers.   Here are some tips for making your marketing strategies more manageable: Have The Right Foundation If you are completely clueless about marketing, it’s not a bad idea to go back to basics and get a little education. From marketing blogs to books, there is a plethora of information out there to

Tips on Nailing Your Business Promotional Materials

~by Emma Miller~ . Expanding your business is a continuous venture. You’re doing well and that’s great, but that doesn’t mean you can just sit back, relax and enjoy yourself. People need to know about your company, so it’s time to promote it. Actually, it’s always time to raise your brand awareness. Reaching out to your audience and converting them to your clients is what every business in this world needs. There are various ways to promote your business, such as printing and handing out posters, brochures, catalogues, and presentations. Put as much effort as you can into creating a

The Reality of Sales: How to Get Clients

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . Too many people think that if they ask a person or two, or maybe post a few times on social media, that they’re going to get clients. Just like that. When that doesn’t work, they get discouraged, and will often quit because it’s not as easy as they thought.   The reality of sales is that it’s a numbers game, and it takes some persistence. You have to build real relationships with people to get those larger dollar item sales. Then you have to convince them of the value of what you do. If someone

How to Manage Twitter and Work it for Your Business

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . Twitter is one of those social media platforms that a lot of people think is either passé, or that they just don’t get or understand. I’ve heard it said that Twitter is dead too many times to count.  Yet, I’ve found that Twitter is one of the biggest powerhouses for helping me grow my business. Once I finally started to get the hang of it, I realized just how much money I was leaving on the table by not using Twitter. And I was shocked at how easy it can be to manage it. Here

Entrepreneur Interview – Jennifer McDonough

Jennifer McDonough is originally from the cheese state of Wisconsin and moved to Raleigh, NC 12 years ago with no plans to be any where else soon! She has 2 children, ages 8 and 5, who keep her on her toes. She enjoys reading, movies, and always learning! Entrepreneur Interview Q & A —– 1. What is your business/Business Name? What does your business do? Modere. My business is a Clean Living company that sells consumable products for you and your home such as vitamins, hair care products, men’s products, weight management, laundry and dish detergent and so much more!

What in the World is Guerrilla Marketing?

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . Have you ever heard of Guerrilla Marketing and wondered what in the world it is? Does it sound like some weird form of marketing that maybe involves covert operations or perhaps weapons? It might, but in reality, Guerrilla Marketing is simply finding unique and creative ways to get your business out there that don’t involve spending lots of money.   Fact is, most small businesses simply don’t have the budget to pay for large TV or radio advertising campaigns, nor are they really as effective as the typical small business owner would need for them