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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5 Tools to Help You Create Captivating Social Media Posts

The cursor on a blank Twitter or Facebook post blinks, and seconds pass as you wait for a “Eureka!” to break your creative block. But, in many cases, creating great social media content has less to do with inspiration and more to do with working outside the mind — and there are a lot of tools out there to help you. Here are some of our favorite tools to help you create captivating social media posts. Grammarly What you post…

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How to Use Facebook Ads for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is on November 25 this year! Created by American Express, it’s a great opportunity to drive more customers to your local business. With the date just around the corner, you should take advantage of all the tools available to your small business, especially on Facebook. Here are some ways to use Facebook ads for Small Business Saturday: Target the Ideal Audience With Facebook advertising, you’re able to get really granular on the audience you choose to target….

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The 411 on Facebook’s Non-Promoted Posts Test

When businesses and advertisers caught wind of Facebook’s recent test, which removed any non-promoted posts from the main News Feed, panic ensued. How would you release new and important content on your page if no one would see it? Fortunately for us, it’s just a small test covering a total of six countries. But, what if Facebook decides to expand the test or make it permanent? Here are some frequently asked questions about Facebook’s non-promoted posts test. Will people ever…

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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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Mobile Advertising: 3 Tips to Directly Reach Customers

Did you know that Americans are now spending five hours per day on mobile phones? Chances are you’re reading this article on a smartphone right now. With so many people spending so much time on mobile devices, it’s only natural as a business owner to think about how you can get in front of those consumers. Here are some ways you can use digital marketing to capitalize on that smartphone screen time. Make Your Website Mobile Friendly One of the…

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SEO vs. PPC: What’s the Difference?

Have you ever wondered about the difference between SEO and PPC and whether or not you actually need them both? Search engine optimization, or SEO, and pay per click, or PPC, are two common digital marketing strategies. While they both help your business show on search engines, there are a number of differences between the two. Let’s walk through some key differences between SEO and PPC to help you determine which is best for meeting your marketing goals. What Is…

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Online Reputation Guide: Managing, Monitoring & More

Do you know how your business looks online to consumers searching for your products and services? If you have a poor online reputation, you may be losing customers to your competitors. Consider these stats: 81% of consumers research online before buying. 56% of consumers say search engines are the top source they use to look for reviews about businesses. 90% of consumers say online reviews influence their purchase decisions. So, we know that online reputation matters, but with so many…

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