Last-Minute Tips for Small Business Saturday

With November racing to a close and the official launch of the holiday shopping season just a few days away, that only means one thing: It’s time for Small Business Saturday! At ReachLocal, we love local businesses, so Small Business Saturday is something we look forward to every year. There’s nothing better than getting out, discovering new businesses, and supporting your local community. So, with Small Business Saturday coming up this week on November 25 and your plan (likely) in…

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63% Say Supporting Local Businesses is Key for In-Person Buying: Small Business Saturday Insight Poll Tips

In a ReachLocal survey of over 250 consumers, 63% said supporting a local store or community was a key factor in why they choose to purchase or shop at a physical store. This insight underscores just how important it can be to elevate the message of your local ties and community involvement in how you market your business and engage with consumers. Being a local business is a key differentiator that can help you snag more sales. So, how can…

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How To: Maximize Your Search Campaigns for Seasonality

It’s that time of year again, business owners are shifting focus away from consumers’ everyday buying habits and making room for anything and everything that pertains to the holiday season, from Small Business Saturday through New Year’s Day specials. How Does Seasonality Impact Search Campaigns? We can define seasonality as a foreseeable change that occurs during a given period. Marketing experts make it their responsibility to comprehend those changes, including learning about the consumers that search a given target market…

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Non-Retail Businesses: 5 Ways to Get Involved in Small Business Saturday [Infographic]

Small Business Saturday isn’t just for retailers and restaurants! American Express’s Shop Small® initiative is meant to support local businesses across the United States, no matter the business type. So, if you’re a non-retail business and you’re unsure how you can participate in Small Business Saturday, we’ve created this infographic with five great ideas for getting involved this season. Want more Small Business Saturday resources? Check out these blog posts: How to Use Facebook Ads for Small Business Saturday Free…

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The Power of Small Business Saturday: 5 Stats

Small Business Saturday is officially less than a month away! As you prepare to either host a Small Business Saturday event or Shop Small® in your community on November 25, consider these stats that illustrate the power of Small Business Saturday in supporting local businesses. In 2016, according to American Express: 112 million consumers shopped and dined to support Small Business Saturday Over 6,700 small businesses signed up as Neighborhood Champions There were 135 million social media engagements around Small…

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Spooky Marketing Mistakes You May Be Making

Do you know what’s scarier than zombies, skeletons, and haunted houses? Not investing your marketing budget in strategies that work to grow your business, or focusing your efforts in the wrong places. Find out five spooky marketing mistakes you may be making and how you can avoid them. 1. Focusing on Keyword Reports for SEO Success Too many local businesses focus on keyword reports to measure the success of their SEO strategy. Keyword reports only tell you where your business…

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Digital Marketing Trends & Strategies to Fall For

When you think of trends, you probably don’t think of something that will have a long-lasting impact on your life or your business. But, the truth is, digital marketing trends can quickly turn into the norm. Take social media, for example. In just two years, from 2014 to 2016, social media marketing and advertising budgets doubled. What started as an opportunity for larger businesses and brands has expanded into the local space, with millions of local businesses now active on…

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3 Digital Marketing Tips for Seasonal Businesses

Are you a seasonal business struggling to figure out the best digital marketing strategy to keep your business in front of prospects and customers all year? As we move into the fall and winter seasons, some business owners find themselves wondering what to do until it warms up again, while other businesses are preparing to ramp up business. Use these three tips to market your seasonal business year round. 1. Build a Solid Online Presence A solid online presence comprising…

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How to Spot Fake Business Reviews Online

You know what they say: not everything you read on the internet is true. And while online review sites are a great place to look up a business or a product for more information, there is a possibility that what you are reading online may not be true. For example, did you know that up to 15% of online reviews are fake? That’s why you should always be on the lookout for fake business reviews, both as a business owner…

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How to Eclipse Your Competitors

Do your competitors shine as bright as the sun? Are you looking for a way to block them out so your customers and prospects give you all their attention (and business)? Here are three ways to eclipse your competitors. 1. Be Everywhere (Online) Just like the #Eclipse2017 has been everywhere – from the news to social media – your business needs to be everywhere online, too. A comprehensive digital marketing strategy that includes a paid and organic approach is your…

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