Small Business

Sales vs. Marketing: Make 1+1=3

Though sales and marketing have a long history of being at odds in many companies, they’re actually two very important sides of the same coin. Identifying the differences between sales and marketing, then finding ways to bridge the gap between them, can create a strong, consistent revenue stream that is greater than the sum of […]

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Crafting Products and Services to Reduce Time-to-First-Dollar

We’ve all seen our share of tire-kickers – those would-be buyers who take their time in making a purchase decision, evaluating every detail because they’re in no rush to pull the trigger. This problem becomes especially prominent when your company’s main service or product is a comprehensive, all-inclusive solution since there’s that much more to […]

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Six Ways Going “Green” Can Boost Your Bottom Line

We’ve heard it over and over again: it’s important for the environment to work “green” or eco-friendly initiatives into our lives whenever we can. For individuals, the path to a greener lifestyle is simpler, but for businesses, an eco-conscious approach may seem difficult to integrate at first.  We think there are plenty of green initiatives […]

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How COVID-19 Could Impact Retail Design: Clean lines, Clean Spaces

History has already shown us quite how drastic an effect disease can have on spatial design. COVID-19 will undoubtedly impact how we create space.


The COVID-19 pandemic will likely be an inflection point in the design of public and retail spaces. Expect to see changes in materials used (plastic and steel are out – copper is in) and navigation paths (more IKEA single-path navigation, less Apple Store open concept). In addition, advanced HVAC filtration systems and spacial semiotics to denote entrance to a clean, controlled environment will be needed to instill consumer confidence and encourage customers to return to brick-and-mortar retailers.

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Get the Most Out of Small Business Saturday

It’s that time of year when people are getting the most shopping done but it can be difficult for small businesses to compete on Black Friday. Thankfully, Small Business Saturday is the very next day and focuses on shoppers’ attention on buying locally to support small businesses. While it might not be as familiar as the other big shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it still generates a lot of attention. Last year, shoppers spent about $17.8 billion at smaller companies on Small Business Saturday.

If you’re a small business and you want to take advantage of the Small Business Saturday, make sure you set goals and are prepared to meet them! Generate as much attention as you can through local online groups and throughout the community to let them know you’re are participating and be sure to answer any questions or comments online. Part of the allure of shopping at a local business is being greeted with a friendly face and engaging in conversations – be sure to create a warm environment and unique experience so that shoppers will remember you and keep coming back!

Consumers will be using Saturday to shop local – make sure your business is at the top of their list to visit.


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Effective Strategies and Tactics for Incorporating Photos Into Your Small Business Marketing Plan

Many important marketing tactics rely on eye-catching, arresting visuals and never has it been more important to make sure professional-quality images and videos. In this day and age when glamorous selfies, mouth-watering food photography, and breathtaking action shots (not to mention cute puppies) dominate our social media feeds, businesses need to step up their game with their own images.  A good picture has the power to grab a user’s attention and help your small business gain visibility, both on your website and social channels. Professional pictures of employees, products or even your building can resonate with prospects and make them feel more connected to you as a business.

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20 Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2019

A study stated that office workers are becoming more distracted at their desks and feel like they don’t have a space to be fully focused. Our company is fully remote and with project management and communication programs, our employees feel the same comradery between each other, and feel more productive and focused in their own environment. While offices continue to transform into spaces with more perks, like games and snack bars, employees could be prone to get more distracted. While many argue that the productivity between remote and office workers fully depends on people’s personalities, there are several key differences that can make an impression on one’s work performance.

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