How to find free and legal images for your small business marketing

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How to find free and legal images for your small business marketing

Images add a lot to a blog post or social media post. Blogs and social media posts with images grab more attention and get shared more often. However, with so many images flying around the Internet, it can be easy to get into legal hot water (and many don't even realize it). 

This blog will share how to avoid copyright issues when sharing images, and where to find free, legal images to use.

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Small business social media for beginners: What the heck do I post?

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Small business social media for beginners: What the heck do I post?

When I talk to small business owners about the benefits of having a social media presence, the number one question I am asked is, "What the heck am I supposed to post?"

This is an understandable question, especially for social media beginners. Most of us are familiar with using social media for personal reasons, but successfully employing social media for business requires specific posting strategies. This blog will discuss what you should post on social media and how to consistently find good content to post.

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Small business social media for beginners: Establishing your voice

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Small business social media for beginners: Establishing your voice

This is the second blog of a series called Small Business Social Media for Beginners, which focuses on how to get started on social media or improve your existing social presence. Our first blog focused on creating a social media strategy, an essential step that many miss. 

This blog will focus on another often overlooked topic: establishing a social media "voice." It's important to have a consistent voice and brand when creating a social media presence for your business. In this blog, we'll talk about what that means, and how to achieve it.

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Small business social media for beginners: Creating a strategy

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Small business social media for beginners: Creating a strategy

Social media can be extremely beneficial for small businesses. It can help build your brand and reputation, attract new potential clients, improve customer loyalty, and more. However, the hardest part for many small business owners is just getting started. Which platforms should I be on? What should I post? Do I need a social media strategy?

To help answer some of those questions for social media beginners, I'm writing a blog series called "Small business social media for beginners," covering topics and FAQs like those above. This blog will focus on what to do before you even make your business profile: creating a social media strategy.

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Celebrate With Us & enter to win $300!

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Celebrate With Us & enter to win $300!

We've been busy behind-the-scenes and on Feb. 6 we're excited to unveil our rebrand! We've been moving toward this new brand for a while, focusing more on online marketing training & coaching, and soon we'll make it official. 

To help us celebrate the big day, we're offering a drawing for $300. Read below for more about our new brand and how to enter the contest.

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What should I post on social media?

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What should I post on social media?

"What should I be posting on social media?" This is one of the most common questions I hear from small business owners when it comes to implementing a business social media strategy. This blog will overview some topics to consider when creating a social media strategy. 

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Jumpstart your small business digital marketing efforts

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Jumpstart your small business digital marketing efforts

As a small business owner myself, I know that time and budget are two of the biggest reasons for not starting a new initiative (such as a marketing program). But what if you could dedicate a few hours a week, for 8 weeks, and come out the other side with a fully functioning digital marketing program? 

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This Small Business Saturday, Give Yourself a Gift

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This Small Business Saturday, Give Yourself a Gift

Small Business Saturday 2016 is approaching, and many of us are preparing to #shopsmall, whether in our local communities or to support small online businesses. As a small business owner, you yourself may be planning your own Small Business Saturday promotion. As we're in the season of giving, I want to encourage small business owners to support their OWN business and give themselves a gift this Small Business Saturday. 

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Bite-sized marketing tips for small business owners

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Bite-sized marketing tips for small business owners

I am excited to share that we have a new YouTube channel. I know, I know, everyone is on YouTube already. But as I advise my clients, it's better as a small business to focus on doing a few social media platforms well than trying to do everything and sacrifice quality (especially when you're just starting). 

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I have a buyer profile, now what?

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I have a buyer profile, now what?

The natural next question after creating your buyer profile is "what the heck am I going to do with this thing?" Fortunately, your buyer profile can be used for many important benefits within your small business. We'll examine a few in this blog. 

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How to work smarter as a small business owner

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How to work smarter as a small business owner

The Internet is full of productivity and similar advice for entrepreneurs: start your day early, exercise regularly, plan a consistent schedule, etc., etc., etc. As an entrepreneur myself, I wanted to share what I feel are my keys to doing my best work, because I have a feeling many others might benefit from the same strategies.

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Small business owners: Don't make my mistake

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Small business owners: Don't make my mistake

As a business owner (or any type of professional who interacts with clients or prospects), it's important to think of your image at all times, including your online image. You want to portray a professional, personable image in-person and online, and avoid controversial topics or anything that may turn a potential or existing client off. 

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How to make video part of your small business marketing strategy

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How to make video part of your small business marketing strategy

Producing a great video for your business is an awesome marketing tool to have in your tool belt. However, not every marketing video is a success, and those that fall flat usually have one thing to blame… great video, no plan.

In this guest blog, Tony Gnau talks about the importance of having a marketing plan when creating a video for your business. 

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