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Is Your Social Media Social?

You post interesting Tweets every day and add to your Facebook pages up to five times a day. People seem to like your posts, and you are obtaining a following. Good for you! But it may be time to take a closer look at your social media efforts. After all, you may be forgetting one [...]

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StartupNation’s 10th Anniversary and 10 Million Served

Here on the eve of StartupNation’s 10th anniversary, we’d like to thank you for your support of StartupNation. Through the years we’ve helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs become more successful. And now we’re upping the stakes, cranking up the volume and pushing it to the max! Introducing StartupNation’s Next-Level Success Club. It’s a game-changer. [...]

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Gerber Hits a Nerve

One affiliation I am thrilled to have made over the years at StartupNation is with Scott Gerber. You may have seen him contributing on our Small Business Braintrust video series (http://braintrust.startupnation.com), or if you’re a Gen Y entrepreneur, you may know Scott in his role as founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, which is a [...]

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7 Ways to Effectively Market Your Small Business

I’ve been working from home for 20 years (not counting the Kool-Aid stands I set up, and the business I had selling rocks door-to- door when I was 8). When I started my first home-based business, technology wasn’t where it is now. I thought I was so cool when my dad gave me his old [...]

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9 Best Darn Holiday Marketing Ideas

The holidays can be one of the busiest and most profitable selling seasons of the year for small business owners.  The key to your success is marketing. Leverage the goodwill of the season by implementing your own holiday marketing campaign.  Here are 9 of the “best darn” holiday marketing ideas from small business owners across [...]

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Are Your SEO And PR Results Scary?

Happy Halloween! Have you added search engine optimization (SEO) keywords to your site but aren’t seeing results? Did you send out a press release to hundreds of reporters without receive one phone call? Are you ready to “throw in the towel”? This may be scary stuff, but don’t stop now! While you may think you [...]

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Blogging Tricks & Treats

It was a BIG week for me last week. I celebrated both the one year anniversary of my blog and my birthday.  Truthfully, I was a little more excited about my blogaversary.  I could stand to not have a birthday or two, but it was a lot of fun to take a look back at [...]

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Push Past PR and SEO Frustration

I have been on the phone since 5:00 a.m., and it’s now 11:00 a.m. I just got a major media-venue to agree to an exclusive story about my client. But, it’s been one hour since I spoke to him, and I haven’t heard back… what gives? I call him up, and he says he has not [...]

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QR Codes in Marketing- Is it Right for Your Business?

There is a lot of buzz about how QR codes are the latest and greatest marketing thing for small business. According to a study by Mobio Identity Systems, the number of QR code scans increased by 4549% in the US in one year.  But for some small business owners, this might feel like just one more thing [...]

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Are You Whining or Winning?

I can’t do that! I don’t want to! Wa! Wa! Wa! Sounds like a small child not getting his or her way, doesn’t it? Well, believe it or not, I’ve heard plenty of adults saying these exact same things recently and felt the need for a little pep talk via this blog. Whether it’s a [...]

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9 Halloween Marketing Ideas

According to the National Retail Foundation, Halloween 2011 is poised to be one of the biggest Halloweens for business in nine years with approximately 70% of consumers indicating they plan on celebrating it this year. In fact, I recently heard that Halloween is quickly becoming one of the most popular holidays in America, second only [...]

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Have A Better Website in 30 Minutes

Don’t have much time and need to update your Website? No worries. Here are three things you can do to add valuable information to your Website in 30 minutes, or less: 1. Add a Link to Cool Information. Did you just read an interesting article in the newspaper, a news item on an industry site or [...]

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Growing a Biz & Kids, Part 2

Hello StartUpNation! This upcoming Monday is Columbus Day, and guess what? That’s right – My kids are off of school.  Days off School and School Breaks are a challenge to moms and dads who run small businesses and start-up ventures everywhere.  I am so thrilled because I already secured a plan for Monday with another [...]

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3 Quick Ways To Boost Awareness Now

Are you a new business owner struggling to increase sales, handle public relations and get new customers to come to your site? Well, here are three, free tips to help you get noticed by the media and the search engines… fast. 1. Write An Article. Want to share some valuable information with potential customers? Write [...]

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My Love Hate Affair With Twitter

Hi gang, I really love twitter. Actually, I can’t stand it.  What a wonderful tool – and what a waste. I am so conflicted – I am the @chazbono of Twitter users. I’m not going to take the time to explain to you what Twitter is, because you already know what it is.  It’s easy [...]

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8 Ways Technology Helps You Save Time

Working in blocks of time, using a to-do list and focusing on your top priority tasks are all proven ways to save time. When you combine those timesaving methods with technology, you can save even more time.  Consider these eight tools to help you save time. 1. Computers Whether you use a desktop with a [...]

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Growing A Biz & Kids, Part 1

A few weeks ago, I wrote about moms and dads everywhere being ecstatic over Back to School.  For mom and dad business owners, Back to School signifies schedule, routine, and hopefully, high productivity.  However, Back to School also brings sick days, snow days, school holidays, and winter vacations….Which in turn all limit productivity. Often, as [...]

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